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The Future of Digital Journalism

With the O.C. *Register* making national headlines and the stalwart L.A. *Times* squarely in the Register's sights, Orange County has become the center of the debate over the future of journalism. On Wednesday, the same day the print-first Los Angeles Register launches, Chapman University hosts a panel called “The Future of Journalism in the Digital Age,” moderated by Orange Coast Editor-in-Chief Martin J. Smith. Joining editors from the Register and the Times are representatives of a digital-first publication, public radio, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. The event is free and open to the public. One late line-up change: Jimmy Orr, the Times' managing editor for digital, will replace Times editor Davan Maharaj on the panel. Read more...

Legends: Ruben Salazar, A Martyr Reconsidered

Not yet 10 years old in 1970, the two daughters of Ruben Salazar weren’t aware that their father was one of the country’s most prominent Latino journalists. But they knew he wrote for a newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, and that he worked long hours because they usually ate dinner before he got home. Read more...

Perfect Getaway: Downtown L.A.

Most ghost towns don’t become boomtowns, but you can barely walk a block in formerly forlorn downtown Los Angeles without evidence of a real and lasting transformation. From the Staples Center to the South Park neighborhood to the Arts District along Broadway, loft dwellers, tourists, and workers are filling stores, restaurants, and bars. Long-abandoned architectural marvels are reborn as nightclubs (the Edison, Exchange LA), while historical theaters and banks are turned into hotels, bookstores, or boutiques. And late next year, Disney Hall will get an upscale neighbor when Eli Broad’s contemporary art museum opens.

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Meet Our New Events Editor: Lara Wilson

Meet Lara Wilson, Orange Coast magazine’s new events editor. Choosing each week from among a myriad of arts and entertainment shows, Wilson is your expert guide to the best events in Orange County. Now meet Lara Wilson, dancer and choreographer. Yes, the very same. Wilson, who has a BFA from the esteemed Fordham University-Alvin Ailey School joint program, is co-producing a concert of contemporary dance on April 10 in Laguna Beach. Read more...

From ‘White Castle’ to the White House

“If people call you crazy, that’s a good thing.” Read more...

The Last-Minute Modeling Job

When Orange Coast asked me to model at the last minute for the this month’s cover story, “Eat. Play. Live. Hot O.C. Neighborhoods That Have It All,” I accepted immediately. I’d be helping out my co-workers, enjoying myself—what more could someone want? (Well, it also meant I could compete with a friend who’d recently appeared on a magazine cover.) Read more...

Book Worms Unearth 'Flowers, Bees, Words' at Literary Orange

That girl is coming to town. Actress-author Marlo Thomas and writer Ann Hood (“Comfort: A Journey Through Grief”) headline the eighth annual Literary Orange festival—Orange County’s April 5 celebration of authors and books. More than 30 local writers also will participate, with 15 panels scheduled about food writing, travel, fiction, memoir, mystery, nonfiction, crime, and more. Peggy Hesketh, who gave Orange Coast readers book recommendations in our November Hot Pop column (reprinted below!), will talk about “flowers, bees, words”—among other things—with Vanessa Diffenbaugh and Andrew Tonkovich. Read more...

California Cool: Oliver Peoples Launches WEST Sunglass Line

This being the land of perpetual sun, it's no surprise that sunglass brand Oliver Peoples decided to launch a new line inspired entirely by coastal California. Read more...

O.C. Trunk Show Worth Seeing: Michael John

Don't miss Orange County-based award-winning jewelry designer Michael Hezar's trunk show until 5 today at Neiman Marcus, and again from 10 a.m. To 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. Read more...

‘Nite at the Puppet Asylum’

You’ve heard of poetry slams and open-mic nights. Now there’s Pinocchio-oke karaoke. Wannabe puppeteers make simple characters and perform onstage to recorded songs at this puppet show for adults. The event features short acts by master puppeteers with marionettes, shadow puppets, ventriloquist dummies, and more. Use this chart to explore puppets in pop culture and see if you should try your hand (puppet) at karaoke March 27 at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center. Read more...

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  • Neighborhoods: Rancho Santa Margarita

    Rancho Santa Margarita’s Plaza El Paseo is a South County suburban mall with a twist. It’s the unexpected finds—a little gem of a florist, cozy spots to sample tea and wine, and a top-notch steakhouse across the street—that put it in a league of its own. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Bloody Marys

    Get your vegetables and booze in one convenient—and delicious—serving with what’s been hailed as America’s murkiest and most complex cocktail. Traditionally made with tomato juice, vodka, celery salt, horseradish, Worcestershire, and Tabasco, its origins are widely debated. Here are five superb O.C. renditions of the world-famous drink.

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  • Hot O.C. Neighborhood: East Side Costa Mesa

    This updated neighborhood doesn’t have to try hard to be interesting, original, surprising, and modern—it just is. Take the mile-long stretch of strip malls along 17th Street, between Newport Boulevard and Irvine Avenue, the heart of the renaissance. Foodies come for the Instagram-worthy Aussie-style meat pies at PieNot, coconut French toast at Plums Café, and braised pork panini at Pitfire Artisan Pizza. And that’s just the Ps. Other homegrown restaurants and shops tip toward lean-and-clean fare, such as the casual Jan’s Health Bar. Plus it’s the birthplace of Mother’s Market & Kitchen. Read More
  • Hot O.C. Neighborhood: Downtown Anaheim

    With a focus on food and community, downtown’s fresh look gets inspiration from the city’s rural roots. It takes resourcefulness to restore and imaginatively reuse old buildings, qualities the city’s founding farming families had, too. The new energy is centered on the Packing District, a two-block stretch of Anaheim Boulevard between Santa Ana Street and East Broadway: the restored 1920s-era Packard Building, now home to Anaheim Brewery and Umami Burger, and the 1919 Anaheim Citrus Packing House, with a food hall of locally based food-and-beverage artisans. Read More
  • Neighborhoods: Costa Mesa

    Chain restaurants and stores dominate most of the strip malls on Costa Mesa’s east side. But at Santa Ana Avenue and 17th Street, look a little closer and you’ll find indie boutiques and cafes tucked in among the usual suspects Read More
 
 
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