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It took the Natural Thrill some time to get all their pieces together, but when the four-piece band finally fell in place, a polished EP was created. The Huntington Beach-based rock-reggae fusion band has been together for barely six months, but their...
Tags: Music, Entertainment, Bob Marley
For me, the best part about being an author is the chance to go to schools and not so much talk to kids (though I love doing that), but hear their questions. As good or better than any interviewer that will sit down to talk with you, kids seem to cut...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Book, Libraries, Authors
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...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Music, Entertainment, Culture, Music Industry
Last week, Times Community News got a surprise visit from a poet. No, Rita Dove or Mark Strand didn't stop by the newsroom. But our story on DrunkRescue, a new Huntington Beach business that offers rides home for out-on-the-town drunks, got an online...
Last week, I judged a competition where entrants had to have a grabbing lead, a dynamic storytelling style and a wealth of information condensed into a finite number of words. I'm talking, of course, about Poetry Out Loud. For the second straight year,...
It's no small feat to decode the lyrics of Don McLean's "American Pie," but most critics I've read believe "the jester" in verse three is a reference to Bob Dylan. That's the character, of course, who sings "in a coat he borrowed from James Dean/and a...
Kate and Andrew Kirby never got a chance to meet the frontman of the Doors. But they do have his phone number. The owners of the Rock and Roll Emporium in downtown Huntington Beach put together a memorabilia show to coincide with the 40th anniversary...
It's heartening sometimes to see a prediction come true. Two months ago, I wrote a column about the P-Cats, a Huntington Beach blues-rock duo consisting of spouses Ed and Trace Paredes. I mentioned how the pair had embarked on a lifelong dream of...
The poet Joyce Kilmer, in 1913, wrote the oft-quoted lines, "I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree." The Huntington Beach Tree Society, though, is encouraging people to come as close as they can on Arbor Day. The nonprofit society...
Tags: Human Interest, Joyce Kilmer, Christianity, Politics, Elections
"Epic," a fairy tale about a tiny universe of creatures who protect the forest, has many virtues. The animation is lush and imaginative. The 3-D effects are stunning, among the best we've seen. The coming-of-age ideas are framed in eco-friendly ways....
She shot a pair of movies back-to-back that took a piece out of her. But now with "Lovelace" (due in theaters in August) and "Les Miserables" out of her system, Allentown native Amanda Seyfried is lightening up. She began the year with a small role in...
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