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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...

  • 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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