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  • Kofu Kai club keeps the tradition of bonsai alive

    Kofu Kai club keeps the tradition of bonsai alive

    Bowers Museum in Santa Ana was able to fit dozens of trees in its John M. Lee Court earlier this month. They were all tiny trees — bonsai trees to be exact. For years, the Kofu Bonsai Kai club based in Orange County has made moves to keep the art of bonsai alive through educational programs and...

  • At Mission Viejo couple's new shop, there's bamboo you can wear or sleep on

    At Mission Viejo couple's new shop, there's bamboo you can wear or sleep on

    This year presented a series of firsts for married couple Kevin and Lisa Long and the people of Orange County. For the Longs, it marked their first time opening a business that sells Cariloha bamboo products. For the county, it signaled the first time having a Cariloha shop. The Longs’ 1,139 square-foot...

  • Tony-winning 'Curious Incident' comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    Tony-winning 'Curious Incident' comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa will present Simon Stephens’ Tony-winning adaption of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” The production, with eight performances Sept. 12 to 17 in Segerstrom Hall, follows 15-year old Christopher Boone,...

  • This Fender Stratocaster has the look and feel of Orange County

    This Fender Stratocaster has the look and feel of Orange County

    Imagine a part of Orange County style captured in a guitar. Mark Kendrick, a former Huntington Beach resident and former master builder at the Fender Custom Shop, did just that by designing a custom Fender Stratocaster for the shop’s 30th anniversary. “Every bit of it [the guitar] is Orange County...

  • Laguna Art Museum explores how 'Art & Nature' interact

    Laguna Art Museum explores how 'Art & Nature' interact

    A lone, lit street lamp balanced in the middle of the ocean like a strange, surreal buoy. This solar-powered art installation, titled “Seascape,” to be created by Mexican artist Pablo Vargas Lugo, may be the highest profile piece in Laguna Art Museum’s upcoming program, “Art & Nature.” But the...

  • ‘Once’ will open SCR's season with an unconventional musical love story

    ‘Once’ will open SCR's season with an unconventional musical love story

    A girl walks down a Dublin street and meets a guy singing with a guitar, busking for perhaps the last time. That’s how both the 2007 movie “Once” and the current musical version, which made its Broadway premiere in 2012, start. But that could be where the similarities end, according to the director...

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  • Center Club Orange County reinvents itself for the next generation

    Center Club Orange County reinvents itself for the next generation

    Ask Shahin Vosough about the “reinvented” Center Club Orange County and he likes to quote that famous line from Oldsmobile. “This is not your father’s club,” the general manager for Center Club says. That’s clear as you sit in the Encore Room. There’s nothing stuffy or even traditional about it....

  • 400 Spectrum Center opens, becoming O.C.'s tallest office building

    400 Spectrum Center opens, becoming O.C.'s tallest office building

    Hovering tall over the Irvine Spectrum retail and business area, near the convergence of the I-5 and the I-405 freeways, stands Irvine’s newest office building, 400 Spectrum Center. Built by the Irvine Co. in only 19 months, the shimmering blue and gray structure had its grand opening on Wednesday....

  • Corona del Mar teen's blog for 'sick chicks' with rare diseases and disabilities flourishes

    Corona del Mar teen's blog for 'sick chicks' with rare diseases and disabilities flourishes

    Eighteen-year-old Shira Strongin remembers when another student called her a “sick chick.” Not in the way that meant “cool” or “good,” she recalled, but in way that was derogatory toward the undiagnosed progressive neurovascular disease she lives with. Strongin, a Corona del Mar native, was in...

  • Charity car show will target prostate cancer

    Charity car show will target prostate cancer

    A car show saved Carson Lev’s life. The Laguna Niguel resident checked out Cruisin’ for a Cure, an annual charity car show at the OC Fair & Event Center that not only showcased over 3,500 vehicles, but also offered free prostate cancer screenings. In 2002, the retired automotive marketing executive...

  • Financially strained Huntington Beach air show gets a $100,000 boost from city

    Financially strained Huntington Beach air show gets a $100,000 boost from city

    The financially struggling Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow will receive about $100,000 in support from the city after the City Council on Tuesday approved temporary increases to parking and recreational vehicle camping rates during this year’s event, which is set to run from Sept. 29 to Oct....

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