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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...

‘Flying Saves Lives’ Theme of Airport’s Student Art Contest

Orange County budding artists, from kindergarten-age through 12th grade, are invited to submit their masterpieces for consideration to the 24th annual John Wayne Airport Student Art Contest. All artwork should conform to the theme “Flying Saves Lives.” Contest officials give examples of air ambulances that ferry patients to the hospital; firefighting aircraft used to battle forest fires; and pilots who fly into hurricanes to gather critical information about these dangerous storms. Read more...

Pier Nostalgia

We’re always prowling for art by locals that speaks to something elemental about Orange County. So we were thrilled when long-time friend Lynne Cox, the cold-water marathon swimmer who trains off Seal Beach, mentioned during lunch on Sept. 16 that a local postal worker/artist was building some wonderful coffee tables, benches, and other furniture out of timber salvaged from the Seal Beach Pier. The artist is Gino Dominic Nardo, and you can at least see some of his creations (now, alas, mostly sold) at artbygino.com. Read more...

Backhausdance Heading to Canada

Backhausdance, Orange County’s most prominent modern dance company, has an “$11,000 in 11 days” fundraising drive underway through Wednesday Aug. 22. The company will be performing in British Columbia, Canada on Sept. 28, its first tour outside the U.S. Founder and artistic director Jenny Backhaus said the money raised will be used to offset the trip's expenses. The program will include the first act of “Incandescent” and “The Elasticity of the Almost,” which was featured in an Orange Coast photo-essay [“Submerged in a Dancing Daydream,” May]. Read more...

Internationally Renowned Dancers to Perform in O.C.

You have two chances this month to see some outstanding dance artists who don’t normally share the stage together. San Francisco Ballet’s Maria Kochetkova and Taras Domitro, and American Ballet Theatre’s Sascha Radetsky and Stella Abrera are headlining the Anaheim International Dance Festival gala on Sat., Aug. 11 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Presented by Anaheim Ballet (we profiled the co-directors' son Evan Rosenberg earlier this month here) and Chapman University, the three-day festival also includes a free movie screening and question-and-answer session with a special guest—and we’re in luck. The irrepressible Jacques d’Amboise, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, will be interviewed after a 7 p.m. screening of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (in Chapman University’s Folino Theater). Special classes and a student performance are also scheduled. Go to aidancefest.com for more information. 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

Style Stuff

  • Brea Mall is Home to O.C.'s Second Kiehl's Store

    In addition to getting a newly renovated mall, Brea now has bragging rights to a Kiehl's boutique. Elevating the skin and hair-care routines of loyal customers since 1851, Kiehl's chose The Brea Mall as the lucky landmark to expand the chain's presence, making it the second Orange County location (the other is at South Coast Plaza). Paying homage to Kiehl's East Village New York roots, the store brings a modern Big Apple apothecary to north county, blending antique fixtures with modern neon flair. 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
  • WANTED: Burger Records Musicians

    It sounds like a request for background musicians, but guess again. It's the call of a famous French fashion house and it's lured an up-and-coming musician you may know. Saint Laurent's creative director, Hedi Slimane, has selected---among other locals---Rex Tyler Osterkamp, frontman for O.C.'s Rexx, to model in a Saint Laurent men's fashion show in Paris. Osterkamp is among a growing list of local musicians snagged to strut the catwalk for the famed designer line. Check him out in stills from last weekend's show in the City of Lights: Read More
  • New Year, New Beauty Booty

    You know that deep maroon lipstick and funky purple eyeshadow we always think we’re going to wear on some special occasion, but haven’t touched in years? Now we can donate them and get something in return! Spa Gregorie's has set up a beauty product donation station at each of its three spas as a way to launch its new Osmosis makeup line. Osmosis, which works on all skin tones, is made using 100 percent triple-milled minerals and a unique gogi-berry antioxidant blend. Read More
 
 
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