She has a heart as big as all of Orange County. Sally Struthers, the talented actress who played "Gloria" in Norman Lear's "All In The Family," has graced the O.C., performing for enthusiastic audiences at the Laguna Playhouse, the Segerstrom Center For The Arts, and Fullerton's Plummer Auditorium, among other venues.
Struthers returns to the Plummer from Feb. 11 to 27, starring in a local production of "The Drowsy Chaperone." She will return to the county in the light opera season, when she will perform her signature role from July 15 to 31 in "Always Patsy Cline."
"In my free time you can find me at South Coast Plaza, or perhaps Fashion Island, and then definitely on a stroll down Marine Avenue on Balboa Island," Struthers shared.
For ticket information, call the Plummer box office at (714) 589-2770.
In other celebrity news, the incomparable voice of nine-time Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole will join the Pacific Symphony, conducted by pops conductor Richard Kaufman, for a special Valentine run Thursday till Feb. 12 in The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa.
Producers are calling it an "Unforgettable" Valentine's concert series after the romantic ballad first made popular by her legendary dad, Nat King Cole.
Tickets to the Pacific Symphony concert are priced from $25 to $185, and can be reserved by calling (714) 755-5799 or by visiting http://www.pacificsymphony.org.
On Feb. 24 to 26, the Pacific Symphony will sponsor its second "Music Unwound" concert, billed as "Cathedrals of Sound" and conducted by Music Director Carl St. Clair.
St. Clair will take the audience in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall into the musical life of composer Anton Bruckner through his final composition, Symphony No. 9. The program will include a Gregorian chant performed by The Norbertine Fathers with PSO organist Paul Jacobs taking the crowd into the heavens.
Last fall a new luxury lifestyle/society magazine in Orange County was launched and introduced to a guest list of some 500 hipsters, who converged on a provincial French-inspired estate in Shady Canyon.
The magazine is named BASK. It's a brave move in a saturated market at a time less than friendly to print.
Co-founded and published by Jolie Adams, one of the powerful women behind the success of Riviera Magazine, with financial backing from Surterre Properties and Paula Wilhelm, Adams enlisted the talents of Carrie Williams in the role of editor-in-chief.
Williams' impressive resume includes association with both Coast and Orange Coast Magazine, and television outlets such as CNN Los Angeles, as well as assisting in the major image campaign of The McMonigle Group and 360 Commercial Partners.
In just two issues the Adams-Williams team has made substantial progress producing a lifestyle book they claim has its focus "on a new era of luxury in balance." Check out the next issue due out soon.
THE CROWD runs Thursdays and Saturdays. B.W. Cook is editor of the Bay Window, the official publication of the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.