Life & Arts

On Theater: Newport plans five 'imports' for 2016-17 season

The Newport Theatre Arts Center, fast approaching its 40th birthday, has unveiled a varied 2016-17 lineup of comedies, dramas, mysteries and musicals that share a common thread. All five productions trace their roots to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Opening the new season will be a golden...

  • Bungalow bar brings a beach-house vibe to Pacific City

    Bungalow bar brings a beach-house vibe to Pacific City

    It's easy to forget you're at a bar, in the middle of a dining and shopping center, while sipping on a beer at the Bungalow. Instead, you feel like you're enjoying a get-together at a friend's beach house. That's the vibe owner Brent Bolthouse was going for when designing the Bungalow, located...

  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Choices galore for fans of Indian food

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Choices galore for fans of Indian food

    Sanaya Indian Cuisine is a charming little Indian restaurant in a small shopping center in Irvine. Indian restaurants are few and far between in our area, so it is always nice to discover one that has great food and friendly service. A serve-yourself buffet at lunchtime offers many delicious choices,...

  • Churros to satisfy any sweet tooth

    Churros to satisfy any sweet tooth

    Fountain Valley siblings team up with marketer to open shop that serves product customized to customers' tastes.

  • On Theater: A powerful Steinbeck revival at Costa Mesa Playhouse

    On Theater: A powerful Steinbeck revival at Costa Mesa Playhouse

    John Steinbeck's Depression-era drama "Of Mice and Men" practically qualifies as an octogenarian, having been created in a 1937 novella. Its theatrical version is occasionally revived, though rarely with the force and involvement now on display in its current incarnation at the Costa Mesa Playhouse....

  • All About Food: Faulty labeling and ignorance contribute to food waste

    I was absolutely shocked when I read an article from Consumer Reports that said a family of four in the U.S. wastes about $1,500 a year in thrown-out food. It seems that we eat 48% of the produce we buy. Meat is not as bad; only 20% is tossed. Half of our seafood gets tossed, 20% of our milk, 38%...

  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Wood-fired flavors at the SeaSalt grill

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Wood-fired flavors at the SeaSalt grill

    Alicia Whitney and Alexander Dale, the team behind the Sea Legs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach, have opened a second location just a few blocks away. This one is called the SeaSalt Woodfire Grill, and it features lots of delicious meats grilled over red-oak wood, Santa Maria barbecue style. The motto...

  • A fierce and flashy revival of 'Cabaret'

    Every 10 years or so, a new version of the strident musical "Cabaret" surfaces, each time seemingly more bawdy and more dramatically involving than the last. It stands to reason then that the current production by the Roundabout Theater Company at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts would pump up...

  • Concert Review: Scoundrels know how to pump up an audience

    Concert Review: Scoundrels know how to pump up an audience

    Backstage at the Pacific Amphitheatre, tucked away in a tiny room, David Rosales of Huntington Beach strummed his guitar as the rest of the members of the Scoundrels huddled to sing along. They sang one of his songs, "Strike Gold," intimately and calmly to get in the right mood to perform as the...

  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Cafeteria-style eatery worth trying

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Cafeteria-style eatery worth trying

    I spend a great deal of time looking for new restaurants — or older ones that I have missed — and usually rely on recommendations. Recently a friend told me about Urban Plates in Irvine, which I had heard of but had not yet visited. My dining companion and I were surprised as we entered to discover...

  • On Theater: Actors get an early start at SCR

    On Theater: Actors get an early start at SCR

    Baseball teams have their farm clubs in the minor leagues where the next big-league superstars learn the game. Theaters like South Coast Repertory have programs like the Theater Conservatory, where acting talent is born and, about this time of the year, showcased on one of SCR's two main stages....

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