| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Fourteen years ago, a group of movie lovers banded together to organize the first Newport Beach Film Festival. For the opening-night attraction at Fashion Island, they chose "Sunset Blvd.," the 1950 Billy Wilder drama whose most famous moment features a...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 2:20 PM
When Judy Garland first slipped her feet into those ruby slippers 75 years ago, it's doubtful that she realized she was helping to create a modern classic that has continued to charm people of all ages ever since.
"The Wizard of Oz" has spawned numerous...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 1:15 PM
The cast of Edison High School's production of "Footloose" was hard at work on a recent Friday afternoon fine-tuning a beginning scene, and director Diane Christensen was just as busy correcting the actors along the way.
The group of about 40 students,...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 8:46 AM
I received a note early this week from regular column reader Ron Terranova letting me know that he enjoyed the article about Jeff Lebow and the Harvest Club of Orange County.
He also told me that since retiring he's been doing volunteer work,...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 12:31 PM
Designer deals: Repeat Boutique is hosting a warehouse blowout sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 3001 Redhill Ave., Building 1, Suite 104, Costa Mesa. Enjoy major savings on the nonprofit resale boutique's already low prices. Information:...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:44 PM
Golden West College has been awarded a Title III grant that will give the Huntington Beach campus more than $2.23 million over a five-year period.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded the grant, known as Access 2 Success, according to a news release....
| Nov 18, 2013
| 2:17 PM
Back in 1951, Gene Kelly and director Vincente Minnelli put together a movie composed entirely of George Gershwin music. The result, "An American in Paris," won the Oscar for Best Picture of that year.
Three years later, Hollywood took another shot at...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:01 AM
I once met a woman who had known three of the Beatles as a college student in Liverpool. At least, so she said. Having a personal connection to the Fab Four is probably a favorite lie among the British. But her story seemed down-to-earth enough that I...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 2:57 PM
Josie Walsh was walking through Temescal Canyon early this year when her sight was arrested by a mélange of rocks. Jagged stones bulged out on the trail's edge, while others, textured and worn smooth by water, lay nearby.
The passage — and...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 11:45 AM
With some rare downtime last fall, Bobbo and Tracy Byrnes of the band The Fallen Stars decided it would be interesting to divert themselves from their usual Americana songs and try something different.
Being science fiction fans, the Huntington Beach-...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 4:04 PM
Cameron Lew wanted to spend the weekend in New York City.
But, alas, Saturday is the day he takes the SAT.
Early this year, the 17-year-old filmmaker created "Swung," recently short-listed as an official selection for the first-ever All-American...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 3:08 PM
The 2012-13 girls' basketball season got underway this week for several local teams, while several others, make their debuts next week.
The following is a capsule look for the local girls' teams:
Brethren Christian Warriors