Backstage Chatter with UCI Alum Starring in the National Tour of ‘Annie’

Garrett Deagon received the call April 1. “They said I got the part of Rooster in the national tour of ‘Annie.’ It was April Fools’...

Her Fantastic Third Act: Cathy Rigby, Former Olympic Gymnast and Peter Pan

In more than 3,000 performances, from Broadway to China, two-time Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby was, for several generations of theatergoers, the boy who wouldn’t...

Serial Composer Lisa Bielawa

In “Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser,” the composer and artist in residence at Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center in...

Grrrl Power Players

Rock ’n’ roll is still largely a guy’s world. But Burger Records in Fullerton produces “more girl groups than any other label,” says co-founder...

Eugene Loring, Mr. American Ballet

The hard truth about death is that it inevitably brings obscurity, even to a legend. Artists are lucky—paintings, novels, poems, and music all secure...

Rumor has it that John Wayne really hated the airport that’s named after him....

The story involves equal parts friendship, politics, and irony. In the late 1970s, Supervisor Thomas F. Riley was a fellow Newport Beach resident, and...

The Folk-Singin’ Baby-Deliverin’ Girl Next Door

The Old Towne Orange resident leads an unusual double life as an acoustic-guitar-wielding folk singer, and a certified doula. The 29-year-old owns Abundant Life...

Rock Band Adam’s Attic Is a Hot Entry To Orange County’s Rock Scene

The musicians of Adam’s Attic left New Orleans for O.C. after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, and lost no time winning new fans. The band launched...

Commentary: How Special Will the New ABT Gillespie School Be?

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts recently announced that it was getting into the ballet-school business with American Ballet Theatre in a splashy, high-profile...

Q&A With O.C. Author T. Jefferson Parker

What makes the county compelling, crime-wise?It’s the whole idea of “sunshine noir.” How can you have a place as beautiful as Orange County, and...