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Speaker of Note: Umi Garrett

What qualifies a 13-year-old to give a TED talk? How about being globally hailed as a piano prodigy since her 2009 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”? Garrett, who lives in Aliso Viejo, already has released two albums, played with multiple symphonies, been named a Young Steinway Artist, and won competitions in Japan, Hungary, and New York. Read more...

'The Girls From Corona del Mar' Author Rufi Thorpe

She now lives in Washington, D.C., but the just-published author is still a Californian at heart. Thorpe, 29, taps into the beachy vibe of her hometown of Corona del Mar in her first novel, the story of two “roaming and bratty girls.” The title? “The Girls From Corona del Mar” (Random House). Here are a few of her O.C. inspirations. Read more...

Russian Ballet Superstars Twinkle Locally This Weekend

The renowned Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev return to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this weekend on a center-commissioned program, “Solo for Two.” They will premiere a new piece by Ohad Naharin, the acclaimed Israeli choreographer at the helm of the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv. We caught up with Naharin just before he was to begin work with the couple on “Passo.” Their four performances will also include American premieres by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, of Belgian and Moroccan descent, and Portuguese dance-maker Arthur Pita. Read more...

Orange County's Linda Emond Could Be Bringing Home a Tony

This is a big week for Linda Emond, who will find out at Sunday night's Tony Awards if she wins for best actress in a featured role in a musical for her role as Fraulein Schneider in the acclaimed revival of “Cabaret.” The graduate of Loara High School and Cal State Fullerton is an increasingly sought after Broadway actress (“Death of a Salesman,” starring opposite the late Philip Seymour Hoffman); has had roles written for her by the likes of Tony Kushner and others; and is one of the storied cast members in Terrence Malick’s upcoming movie, slated for release this fall. She’s pictured here with fellow “Cabaret” cast members Danny Burstein (left) and Alan Cumming, and with Burstein (both photos by Joan Marcus). Look for her thoughts on what it was like growing up in Orange County in an upcoming issue. 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...

She’s Baaack! A Second Take for “Friday” YouTube Phenom Rebecca Black

Like many who watched the viral music video “Friday” in 2011, my reaction was a mix of shock, horror, and amusement. It was so hilariously bad that, years later, my husband and I sometimes ironically belt it to each other when Friday rolls around. (We we we so excited, you know?) Read more...

The 'Fast & Furious' Tribute to Paul Walker

The "Fast & Furious" franchise, directed by Buena Park's Justin Lin, is one of the seminal series of my generation. Universal Pictures released this tribute to its star, who died last weekend. This message accompanies the video: Paul Walker's family appreciates the outpouring of love and good will from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul's charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/. Read more...

What Does It Take to Dance in Cirque du Soleil's "Totem"?

Featured in Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem,” Hernandez was 10 when an uncle taught him this Native American dance. Two years later he was performing regularly at events such as Lake Forest’s Rancho Days Fiesta. Read more...

Pacific Chorale Releases Recording of Songs by Frank Ticheli

The Pacific Chorale has a long track record of working with contemporary composers and its history with USC’s Frank Ticheli goes back to his first commission from the chorale in 1999. Last week the chorale, with the Pacific Symphony, released on iTunes an album of the composer’s works, “Frank Ticheli: The Shore and Other Choral Works.” The CD comes out Nov. 19. “The Shore (Symphony No. 3)” was commissioned to honor chorale artistic director John Alexander’s 40th anniversary season and it had its premiere last June at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Other pieces on the recording include “Earth Song” and “There Will Be Rest,” that first commission. Read more...

Art at the Airport: An Exhibition of the Many Faces of Joan Quinn

John Wayne Airport has mounted more than 80 art exhibitions in the terminals since 1990. But these days only ticketed passengers can view them because they’re on the other side of the security divide. While I’ve seen photos of the artwork in the current exhibition, “Joan, Joan, Joan: One Subject, Many Artists,” I’ve not stood inches away from the works, in the flesh, as it were. Nevertheless, I encourage those who have a date with the airport between now and the show’s Jan. 15 closing, to arrive a little early and spend some time with the 200 portraits on the upper level of Terminals A and C. Read more...

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  • O.C.’s Best: Tiki Drinks

    Though some regard them as overly cloying concoctions, tiki cocktails such as mai tais and zombies are enjoying a resurgence in Orange County. Craft bartenders layer the rum-based drinks with multiple spirits and spices to create beguiling and complex potions. Here are five great places to get your tiki on. Read More
  • Neighborhood: Dana Point

    Perched above Pacific Coast Highway, Monarch Bay Plaza reflects the relaxed sophistication of its Dana Point neighborhood. In the Spanish-style mall with red tile roofs, ocean breezes blow through white stucco archways, and upscale-yet-casual boutiques and restaurants attract locals and tourists. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Vegan Breakfasts

    Veg-heads don’t just mow down bowls of granola and slam wheatgrass shots at the break of dawn. Most want to enjoy brunching on Sunday-Funday with everyone else. And because it can be hard to find tofu scrambles and dairy-free waffles, we’ve rounded up five local eateries that provide tasty vegan options to start the morning right. Read More
  • Best of 2014: Nutty Brûlée

    No one can resist breaking into the sugary crust of crème brûlée, and this one packs an extra surprise with its abundance of silky-smooth chocolate-hazelnut custard below—thanks to the addition of Nutella. This sinful dessert is incredibly rich and best shared with a friend. $8
    704 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949‑673‑7173, theslidingdoorcafe.com

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  • Best of 2014: Honey Bee Chicken

    You’ll fall in lust with the chicken pieces at BBQ Chicken at Diamond Jamboree in Irvine. Fried in olive oil for a crunchy exterior, they’re tossed in a sweet honey sauce making them all the more delicious. $11 to $21

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Style Stuff

  • Hot Shop: Betting the Farm

    “There’s not a guy in America who wants to go to the mall,” says John Anderson, left, co-owner, with his brother Mike, of Tankfarm in Seal Beach. Read More
  • It's a Charmed Life!

    Fashion Island's go-to beauty lounge, Blushington, is teaming up with jeweler Kendra Scott to launch her new Charm Bar Collection featuring a variety of charms, letters, symbols, and stones, on Friday, August 8 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Read More
  • Hot Shop: Popping With Petals

    Petals and Pop would be at home in a Paris street scene. Blooms and foliage spill onto the sidewalk from old aluminum buckets and vintage German pickling jars. Inside, a floor-to-ceiling library ladder slides along the shelves of this flower and home goods store, providing access to vases, table linens, garden and kitchen tools, specialty chocolates, and cookbooks. Read More
  • Ruffle Some Feathers this Fourth of July!

    We're all familiar with the food truck craze, but now there's a new kind of truck to get excited about. Pekok Within Boutique is Orange County's first fashion truck to hit the streets. The peculiar name is intended to encourage customers to embrace the idea of peacocking, or "Pekoking": using fashion as a means to attract attention and distinguish oneself. The new business is taking part in the Fourth of July event at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina July 4th from noon to 10 p.m. and July 5th from 1 to 10 p.m. Read More
  • Here Come the Brides!

    Looking for wedding inspiration — something that will set you apart from the crowd? Then keep from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, open. That's when Something Lovely Wedding returns to Orange County, with an impressive collection of more than 30 high-end wedding resources here in SoCal. Read More
 
 
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