Life & Arts

On Theater: 'Sound of Music' still loud and clear

The hills are still alive with "The Sound of Music" nearly 60 years after this final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II won five Tony awards and inspired the Oscar-winning movie version that followed in 1965. It's one of the most popular family-oriented Broadway shows...

  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Mexican food that is far from ordinary

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Mexican food that is far from ordinary

    The Laguna Beach Brewery & Grille has opened in what used to be the Ocean Avenue Brewery, giving the space a very pleasant facelift. Guillermo Sandoval is the new executive chef, and the food is a quite refined version of Mexican cuisine. The dining area has a long bar on one side next to a beautiful,...

  • On Theater: Elvis gets Laguna 'All Shook Up'

    Elvis Presley, Shakespeare and a touch of "Footloose" may not seem like a match made in theatrical heaven, but somehow it all comes together in the sprightly musical "All Shook Up," now entertaining audiences (and festival-goers) at the Laguna Playhouse. Structuring a show around Elvis songs doesn't...

  • On Theater: George and Lenny revived in classic story

    On Theater: George and Lenny revived in classic story

    In 1937, when John Steinbeck wrote his classic novella "Of Mice and Men," he intentionally structured it like a play, seemingly aware that it would find a life on the stage. He didn't have to wait long. The next year, the Broadway version earned the New York Drama Critics' Circle award for best...

  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Climb aboard the 101 Noodle Express

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Climb aboard the 101 Noodle Express

    I love to find small ethnic restaurants with great food. I recently heard about a place in Irvine's Orange Tree Square Shopping Center, which is a mecca for seekers of Asian cuisine. It is called 101 Noodle Express. The restaurant, part of a very small chain, came to Orange County more than a year...

  • On Theater: UCI brushing up its Shakespeare

    On Theater: UCI brushing up its Shakespeare

    For a fellow who's been pondering whether to be or not to be since the 16th century, "Hamlet" certainly still gets around, especially around Orange County. Shakespeare's greatest tragedy is currently being offered at three countywide venues — Costa Mesa's Vanguard University, the Festival Ampitheatre...

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