Tastemaker: Lucia Dinh Pador of Utterly Engaged

Lucia Dinh Pador, 36, is founder and publisher of Utterly Engaged, an online and quarterly print publication that features weddings in gauzy photography and...

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?)

Brandon Eickhoff

The nation’s fastest male texter, by the numbers Like most of his peers, 16-year-old Brandon loves his cellphone. “I got my first one in the...

The First Flickers of Fall: Huys Van Leyden, Leiden, Netherlands

This is Europe, but not blockbuster Europe: There is nothing like the Coliseum in Leiden, nor is there a Versailles. But really, who cares? You’ll be sitting in a serene biergarten alongside one of the meandering, tree-lined canals, Vermeer’s pale, watery sunlight filtering through the branches.

Unique Finds from American Vintage House in Newport Beach

A showroom chock-full of one-of-a-kind vintage objects in Newport Beach

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].

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.

Music to Our Stomachs

Grab your closest foodie and wino friends and head to Dana Point's 2nd annual Food, Wine and Music Festival June 21st from noon to 7 p.m. at Sea Terrace Park. The festival will host an impressive collection of local restaurants, libations, chef demos, and live music.

How to Have Your Best Weekend: 01/20

Irvine Film Festival (January 21st-22nd): The city's 6th annual! More information here. Show Off! Playwriting Festival (January 20th-29th): Held at the Camino...

Perfect Getaway: Ventura

In-the-know beach lovers sneak up to Ventura for its sandy expanses, Victorian-era charm, and easy access to Channel Islands National Park. You’ll find the local late-summer calendar packed with events. The county fair, which runs through Aug. 10, offers a bacchanal of funnel cake, fireworks, and free concerts by the Barenaked Ladies and the Beach Boys. Catch “Who’s Minding the Store?,” an exhibit that examines the role of immigrant grocers, before it closes at month’s end at the Museum of Ventura County.