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On Theater: 'Almost, Maine' is almost funny

Quirky. That one word, in the proverbial nutshell, pretty much defines "Almost, Maine," the latest production at the Westminster Community Playhouse. Not quite weird or bizarre, just a little, well, off center. Playwright John Cariani has cobbled together nine unrelated scenes with two characters...

  • All About Food: Genetically modifying pigs, salmon and chickens

    Oh, brave new world! Are you familiar with Frankinswine? No? Well, I wasn't either until I happened upon the term in an article about genetically modified animals. Pigs, for instance — Enviropigs is a trademarked line of genetically modified Yorkshire pigs — are designed to digest phosphorus better,...

  • Vietnamese American artists explore ideas of beauty and identity

    Vietnamese American artists explore ideas of beauty and identity

    Thinh Nguyen remembers coming to America from the tiny Vietnamese village of Bao An in the early 1990s, when he was 11, and not fitting in. Back then, he was the only Asian student in his school and didn't speak any English. His feeling of separateness was almost indescribable. That he didn't look...

  • Pet of the Week: Little Ricky

    Pet of the Week: Little Ricky

    Little Ricky was on the euthanization list in San Bernardino County when Home Free Animal Sanctuary in Newport Beach saved him from a cruel fate. Initially, he was so fearful that he would not even walk. But after time in a loving foster home, he's now doing better on a leash. The 2-year-old pit...

  • Pet of the Week: Fleek

    Pet of the Week: Fleek

    At six months, Fleek is an affectionate domestic short-haired kitten. His name rhymes with sleek, an apt description of his black coat. Playful and curious about exploring new things, he was delighted by the cat tree in this photo. Shelter life is all that Fleek has known, since he arrived as a...

  • 'Antigone' is the latest challenge for Academy for Performing Arts students

    'Antigone' is the latest challenge for Academy for Performing Arts students

    The latest play being performed by students in Huntington Beach High School's Academy for the Performing Arts has roots in Greek mythology and is challenging even for the most experienced of actors. It's a 1940s adaptation of the Sophocles play "Antigone," written by Jean Anouilh, and it is being...

  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Hashigo is a blend of traditional Korean with some pleasant surprises

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Hashigo is a blend of traditional Korean with some pleasant surprises

    One of the great pleasures of dining in Orange County is having a wonderful mix of ethnic restaurants to choose from. My dining companion and I recently went to Hashigo, a Korean restaurant that a friend had recommended. It is located in a small mall just off Bristol Street in Costa Mesa where...

  • On Theater: Strap yourself in for a gripping 'Red'

    On Theater: Strap yourself in for a gripping 'Red'

    History and imagination are on a collision course at South Coast Repertory, where John Logan's mesmerizing "Red" is giving audiences a spellbinding lesson in the style and substance of art. Set in 1958 and 1959 in the cavernous studio of celebrated painter Mark Rothko, and robustly directed by...

  • Pet of the Week: Peanut

    Pet of the Week: Peanut

    Peanut arrived as a stray this month in her stylish white and brindle coat. She is thought to be a rat terrier mix of about 7 months, and she weighs less than 10 pounds. Her inquisitive personality helped her adjust to new circumstances, where she instantly bonded with Rey, a Chihuahua/dachshund...

  • The Gossiping Gourmet: A capital idea when it comes to seafood

    The Gossiping Gourmet: A capital idea when it comes to seafood

    A few months ago, I had such a delicious dinner at the new Capital Noodle Bar in Irvine that I wanted to try the earlier restaurant, which is called Capital Seafood and is located in the Diamond Jamboree shopping center. This center has a plethora of Asian restaurants — Thai, Japanese, Korean,...

  • On Theater: 'Steel Magnolias' in bloom in Newport Beach

    On Theater: 'Steel Magnolias' in bloom in Newport Beach

    Few American plays possess the pure staying power of Robert Harling's "Steel Magnolias," which surely holds the title as the most-produced show in Orange County during the past three decades. It's three scenes of broad, often-bawdy comedy topped off by a finale that'll have you reaching for your...

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