September 2013

Cover Story
The O.C. Book of Lists

A compendium of local freebies, indigenous foods, celebrity mug shots, iconic blondes, and other unforgettable realities of Orange County life! Want a sample? For a list of the five Orange Coast covers we regret, click here. For the full feature, buy a print or digital copy of the September issue here.

Hip-Hop Anteaters
UC Irvine, long a magnet for high-achieving scholars, also has become a hotbed for competitive hip-hop dance. Say what? Web Exclusive coming soon: Click here for additional photos from our shoot at a late-night dance crew practice in a campus parking garage.
by Jessica Koslow

Scripting SCR 2.0
As South Coast Repertory celebrates its 50th anniversary, artistic director Marc Masterson talks about leading the Tony Award-winning theater into its post-founders era.
by Pat H. Broeske

Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events, including UC Irvine’s “Creativity & Magic: Discovering Tomorrow’s Medicine Today” gala, which raised $1.3 million.

Coast Lines

Our Person of Interest page introduces you to underwater photographer Bonnie Pelnar of Irvine. Click here to see a gallery of her photos. The Neighborhoods page discovers great places to visit in Old Towne Orange, with a printable page and map to take with you. O.C. Answer Man uncovers the dark secret about Santa Ana’s Centennial Park. Perfect Getaway takes you for a wonderful weekend in Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. Hot Pop offers a pop quiz about former Miss Orange County Michelle Pfeiffer. See a video of Pfeiffer as a Miss California contestant here. See a trailer for her latest film, “The Family,” here. The pop culture pages also guide you through the Orange County Children’s Book Festival, and Monarch Beach author Cecilia Velastegui recommends three favorite works by Latin American writers. On the Market spotlights local homes in South County’s gorgeous canyons. To preview our searchable listings for all Orange County events in September, click here.

O.C. Style  
Our lush 15-page fall fashion preview shows how volume is one of the season’s big stories. Click here for behind-the-scenes images of our fashion shoot at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The style section also includes a Finds page that shows how punk is putting fashionable between a rock and a glam place, a Hot Shop feature that spotlights Beauty Collection in Newport Beach, and a Tastemakers profile of Huntington Beach jewelry designer Stephie Tchamanian.

Our dining section features a Main Course review of Wineworks for Everyone in Mission Viejo. Click here to see a gallery of additional Wineworks photos. Our Rediscovery review assesses Splashes restaurant at the Surf & Sand Resort now that the seaside Laguna Beach stunner has a new chef. O.C.’s Best discovers seven of the best salads in Orange County. In this month’s Global Diner, Katherine Nguyen takes you to three great O.C. places where you can get memorable Vietnamese spring rolls. We also feature a Smackdown that compares lobster rolls from Wink’s Lobster and the Lobsta Truck, and our Behind the Counter Q&A downloads the owner of Buy ’N Bulk, a hot new buy-in-bulk place for local foodies.

Dining Guide Our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 170 recommended Orange County restaurants


Drive Will the natural gas hybrid have a place in the New World Order?

Rituals The weekly Laguna Beach peace protest that’s been going on for 45 years

My Orange County An unemployed freelance food critic learns to live off the land


Land’s End How the life cycle of one neighborhood home says a lot about Orange County

Editor’s Letter The strange and enduring appeal of lists, which remind us the world can be quantified, correlated, and set down in tidy numbers and words.

Arts & Events
Gallery Spotlight
Our Events page highlights six don’t-miss September happenings, and our Arts page celebrates Costa Mesa painter Ben Brough.

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