| Apr 17, 2015
| 5:33 PM
If Alexa Polar makes it in Hollywood, she may have a barbershop with a nearly identical name to thank for it.
The director, whose musical "Speakeasy to Me" will premiere at this year's Newport Beach Film Festival, sought an interior setting that would...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 2:19 PM
They share a love of filmmaking, and for one night, Huntington Beach Union High School District students will present their work on the big screen during the fifth annual Surf City Student Film Festival.
The 42 films, submitted in January by students...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Sabrina Harper comes off as such a nice and friendly person.
And yet the actress is playing the manipulative Fastrada in the national touring production of "Pippin the Musical" at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Fastrada is queen, a scheming wife to...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 12:08 PM
2014 will end in less than a week, and already the year-end lists have started to roll out. As the new year approaches, we asked some of the movers and shakers in the local arts community to name the highlights — and low lights — of the past...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:55 AM
Billy Childs remembers the only time he saw Laura Nyro, the influential singer and songwriter whose albums became part of the soundtrack to his boyhood. She was performing at the Strand in Redondo Beach during the mid-'90s, and for a musician who grew...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 2:44 PM
Lita Albuquerque has led volunteers through the Mojave Desert. She's led them near the Egyptian pyramids, enduring a brief work stoppage when authorities mistook the design they were drawing for the Star of David. She's led them on an expedition to the...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 11:41 AM
If you enjoyed "La Cage aux Folles" and its cinematic offshoot, "The Birdcage," then you'll really rock out to "Priscilla Queen of the Desert," now enjoying a brief engagement at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
"Priscilla," as viewers of the 1994...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 4:31 PM
I don't have a recording of the first poetry feature I ever gave, but part of me is glad I don't. As I recall, I was dreadful.
Like any nervous undergraduate facing a big-time venue — well, Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, although it might as well...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 9:53 AM
Barbara Poppa, wardrobe supervisor at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, reached for a plastic basket and pointed to the washing machine before her.
"I've got exciting laundry to do," she said, holding a ballerina's slip for Russian dancers Osipova and...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 12:35 PM
Week after week, Ron McNeil and his bandmates go onstage and impersonate four of the most beloved, admired, documented, mythologized, scrutinized, retailed and altogether idolized men of the last century.
He's only too glad that he's not actually one of...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 2:21 PM
The Laguna Dance Festival is kicking off its 10th season of showcasing world-class dance presentations in Laguna Beach with a nod to the past and a vision for the future.
"The focus is bringing out dancers who have performed in the past and are...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 9:13 PM
It's a label Liza Minnelli cherishes, and one she's never fully understood.
"Gay icon." Ask her to explain it, and she'll come up empty.
On Google, Minnelli's name alongside that two-word phrase cues up 117,000 results. When she performed back east...