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Growing Newport Beach Film Festival keeps a focus on the neighborhood
Growing Newport Beach Film Festival keeps a focus on the neighborhood

If Alexa Polar makes it in Hollywood, she may have a local barbershop to thank for it. The director, whose musical "Speakeasy to Me" will premiere at this year's Newport Beach Film Festival, sought an interior setting that would evoke the furtive watering holes of the Al Capone era. She found it at Hawleywood's, a Costa Mesa barber shop whose back room — concealed, in classic speak-easy fashion, behind a bookcase — features a bar, a miniature stage and decor and magazines intended for the 18-and-older crowd. "When you go in, it's for men only," said Polar, a Westminster resident. "It's a barbershop, and then there's a...

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