| Jul 3, 2012
| 9:24 PM
Jabba the Hutt, the bloated, slimy gangster of the"Star Wars"universe, both made and ran into plenty of trouble on the desert planet of Tatooine, his home base for crime. But he might have found Huntington Beach even more treacherous.
| Oct 22, 2012
| 11:08 AM
For about 12 years now, Louann and I have been writing columns for these pages. We regret that this is our last. Presumably, the Independent will be going in a new direction. Unfortunately, the folks there have decided that we — and many other...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 4:08 PM
The Festival Ballet Theatre will bring a timeless love story to life during its spring production of"Sleeping Beauty,"which is set to grace the Irvine Barclay Theatre on March 24 and 25.
In true corps de ballet fashion, guest American Ballet Theatre...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 4:55 PM
Music runs through my blood like the Nile River runs through Egypt.
And if you know anything about Middle Easterners, Egyptians especially, you know we love our music.
My mom, Shadia, loves the songs and music of Egypt's oldest legends — Oum...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 2:45 PM
One note at a time, the Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra has picked up tempo in its three years of existence.
The HBSO took root in Surf City's rich communal soil in February 2009 with a modest goal of performing two concerts that initial year....
| Dec 5, 2012
| 1:42 PM
When the Orange County Women's Chorus commissioned Kirke Mechem to compose a piece to celebrate their 15th anniversary, he gave them "We Can Sing That" — a song about how the choir can perform any kind of music effortlessly.
If Mechem had titled...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 1:04 PM
He's traveled far and wide to the some of the most desired surf spots in the world, but no matter the exotic destination, Main Street, Huntington Beach, will always remain a magical place for Andy Verdone.
It's where the Huntington Beach High surf...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 2:17 PM
Starting on April 24 and running through May 20, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County will present its 20th Philharmonic House of Design in Laguna Beach.
By touring a grand estate in Laguna, you'll directly affect the lives of children by helping to...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 1:45 PM
Zubies Dry Dock in Huntington Beach will celebrate its 20th anniversary Jan. 7 by rolling prices back to 1992.
Celebrate and enjoy food and drink specials all day. Zubies is a great casual dining spot for seafood, steaks, ribs, chicken, pizza and oysters...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 1:49 PM
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Jan. 13 will kick off its first-ever Off Center Festival, an eclectic nine-day program showcasing cutting-edge theater, music and dance, hip-hop, mash poetry and performance art.
Aimed at drawing audiences that...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 3:47 PM
A dedication ceremony is scheduled Friday for the new Coast High School and Huntington Beach Adult School building.
The building at 17231 Gothard St. is the new home of the two schools, which share the same space and administration, said Principal...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 3:38 PM
A recent headline on Reuters read: "Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization's collapse." The subsequent story documented a subculture of Americans who refer to themselves as "preppers." As the story stated, "Some are driven by a fear of imminent...