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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...

‘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...

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  • 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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  • Best of 2014: New York Pizza

    Seal Beach’s A Slice of New York makes pizza the way it’s supposed to be—with a thin, chewy crust that oozes cheese and can be enjoyed the New Yawker way: folded in half.
    142 Main St., 562-493-4430, asliceofnewyorkpizza.net

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  • Best of 2014: Bird-Watching

    When the throngs of beachgoers are too much, spend a day with the birds. Here, with the wind whipping off the ocean and herons, egrets, ducks, and more soaring above, you'll get a chance to be the amateur ornithologist you never knew you wanted to be. Free
    3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-846-1114, bolsachica.org

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  • Best of 2014: Green Cleaners

    Sold from her website and a refitted retro travel trailer, these earth-safe cleaning products are Marilyn Nowak of Coto de Caza's propriety formulas. Products for laundry, surfaces such as glass and wood - even an ecological drain cleaner - all have dispenser bottles and bulk refills $8 to $48
    Resuming in September at Great Park Farmer's Market, Sand Canyon Avenue and Marine Way, Irvine, 949-292-1648, lilgreenwagon.com

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Style Stuff

  • 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
  • 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
 
 
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