2016 Arts Archive Stories

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  • Artist Sharon Jackman's "Moonrise" By: Sam Dunn
    The artist: Sharon Jackman’s first career was in modern dance, which proved to be the perfect training for her next artistic medium, ceramics. “The physicality of the work has similarities to the dance. Throwing porcelain on the wheel demands strength, concentration and coordination. I use yoga breathing principles to produce
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Bernadette Peters Sings from the Heart By: Sam Dunn | photography by Andrew Eccles
    Orange County is getting something red and hot and as sweet as can be, just in time for Valentine’s Day: Bernadette Peters, who’s not your usual box of chocolates. The dazzling, 5-foot-nothing diva — who has won three Tony awards in a Broadway career that began in the ’60s — joins Pacific Symphony February 1
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Applause from the Segerstrom Concert Hall, Laguna Playhouse and South Coast Repertory By: Ann Conway
    Let’s hear it for the lively performing  arts’ reception, a mini-bash fueled by bubbly, delectable fare, and animated gab about the performance at hand. Not to mention the frequent opportunity to rub elbows with the performing artists themselves. When The Philharmonic Society presented the Los Angeles Philharmonic a
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Laguna Playhouse salutes 95 years By: Ann Conway
    It’s an accomplishment no other regional theater west of the Mississippi can claim: “The Laguna Playhouse has been open 95 consecutive years,” said Melinda Masson, co-chair with Barbara MacGillivray, of the venue’s 95th Season Gala, a mix of theatrical acts, pink Champagne toasts, gourmet fare and dancing into the wee hou
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • On Pointe with American Ballet Theatre By: Ann Conway | Photography by Doug Clifford
    Kevin McKenzie was pinching himself. “This is such a gratification for me,” said the artistic director and acting executive director of American Ballet Theatre as he joined cast members and local ballet lovers at “The Nutcracker” opening-night cast party at South Coast Plaza. “I’v
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Time and Space Marry By: Sam Dunn
    The artist: “The word start has ‘art’ in it, doesn’t it? I was very lucky that I got ‘st’arted.’” So says George Herms, a prolific assemblage artist widely noted as a member of the West Coast Beat movement of the 1950s. A longtime lecturer in studio art at UC Irvine, Herms’ work is i
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • 'Nutcrackers' Alight in OC By: Jean Lenihan
    Sugar Plum Fairies abound with these Orange County "Nutcracker" offerings, arranged chronologically. Unless otherwise noted, all productions are performed to full-length recordings of Tchaikovsky’s score. Nutcracker for KidsA 45-minute version presented by the Pacific Symphony and Festival Ballet Theatre a
    Wed Dec 02, 2015
  • Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla finds her tempo as classical’s up-and-coming conductor By: Timothy Mangan
    Her name is Mirga GraĹžinyte-Tyla, weird diacritical marks and all, and so people are starting to call her just Mirga to keep things simpler and safer. Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, less than 30 years ago, she is slender, not particularly tall and, one could even say, girlish in appearance, not exactly the type one expects to find on the podium of
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Artistic Vision: Lynn Welker By: Samantha Dunn
    The artist: Ohio-born Lynn Welker says she has always been an artist. “Even though I don’t recall, my best friend tells me our kindergarten teacher used to hold up my drawings as an example for the class,” says Welker, who now lives in Newport Beach. She attended the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Ar
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Artist Tony DeLap By: Samantha Dunn
    The artist: Nothing in the “very pleasant growing up” of Tony Delap in rural Northern California of the 1920s and ’30s predicted this son of a trial lawyer would become an artist, let alone a pioneer of West Coast minimalism and optical art. Works by Delap, an arts professor at UC Irvine from 1965 until 1991, are in collections
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • South Coast Repertory By: Nicole Polizois | photography by Debora Robinson
    Encore, South Coast Repertory’s 52nd season gala, opened Orange County’s theatrical and social season with bold elegance at the Westin South Coast Plaza on September 12.Partygoers walked a royal purple carpet into Town Center Park beneath colorful banners. Guests sipped the evening’s “mainstage martini” while
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Narong Prangcharoen, Pacific Symphony's artist-in-residence By: Timothy Mangan | Photography by Ed Crisostomo
    The classical symphonic canon includes a number of pieces inspired by geographical areas. Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides” Overture comes immediately to mind, as does Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” and Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony.” As far as we know, though, no one has ever tried to comp
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Artistic Vision - In Play By: David Ferrell
    The artist: While growing up in Laguna Beach, Kathy Jones became entranced by the rich fabrics and beads that her mother, Virginia Reap, a fashion and jewelry designer, carried at her popular store Townsends. Jones studied art at Stanford University and lived in Cairo, Egypt, before taking a job as an illustrator at UC Irvine. She rose to become
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Bugging out By: Photography by Bill Alkofer
    The damselfly is an insect that has been around for eons, but this new species by artist LT Mustardseed called “Demoiselle” just lit in Newport Beach, part of the second phase of the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition. Born of recycled parts, “Demoiselle” sports a mouth made of the grill off a 1940 Chevy truck,
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Cathy Rigby brings out the star in every young performer By: Samantha Dunn | Photography by Kevin Sullivan
    A chorus of ragamuffins belts out “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” during a sweaty rehearsal for a production of “Annie” at the McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts in Yorba Linda. Eyeing every move for a misstep or a limb out of line is conservatory director and co-founder Cathy Rigby, who bounces 3-yea
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • The Next-Gen Segerstrom Center for the Arts By: Antonie Boessenkool | Photography by Michael Maltzan
    The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is already the cultural heart of Orange County. Now it wants to be even more open-hearted, becoming like a town square, where people find community in gathering, talking, listening to music, breaking bread. A $68 million campaign is underway to finance a new arts center plaza that in some ways will be t
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Tatum O’Neal: Journeyer By: Sam Dunn | photography by zuma Press
    Even before Tatum O’Neal authored two memoirs, her triumphs and stumbles have been an open book – from mega success as the youngest actor to win an Academy Award for her role as Addie in the 1973 film “Paper Moon,” to her long struggles with drug addiction, to her painful efforts to reconcile a dysfunctional relationship
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Laguna Beach is music to Carl St. Clair's ears By: David Ferrell | Photography by Drew A. Kelley and Ana Venegas
    For his sixth birthday, Carl St.Clair received piano lessons, a gift that surprised him but certainly did not thrill him. “Studying piano wasn’t exactly what I’d envisioned,” recalls St.Clair, who was a farm boy in the tiny town of Hochheim (pop. 36), Texas, south of Austin. The lessons were life-changing, however, settin
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Fall Arts Guide By: Lisa Fung and Tim Mangan
    CLASSICAL AND OPERA“Gianni Schicchi”/“Pagliacci”Sept. 12, 17, 20, 24, 27, Oct. 3Los Angeles OperaDorothy Chandler Pavilion, ?135 N. Grand Ave., Los AngelesWoody Allen isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think about Puccini. But the director’s fan
    Fri Aug 28, 2015
  • Fall Arts Guide By: Lisa Fung and David Ferrell
    The Broad: A Museum Grows in L.A.It’s the most highly anticipated art event of the fall, and many familiar faces will be there: John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson. They’ll all be on view at The Broad, a new contemporary art museum opening September 20 in downtown Los Angeles.
    Fri Aug 28, 2015
  • Fall Arts Guide By: Lisa Fung
    MUSIC Michael Feinstein Nov. 6-7Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa MesaMichael Feinstein started out playing in piano bars before he was hired by the great Ira Gershwin to archive his record collection. Thus began his path to becoming the unofficial guardian
    Fri Aug 28, 2015
  • Fall Arts Guide By: Lisa Fung
    THEATERCirque du SoleilOct. 15-Nov. 29Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa :: cirquedusoleil.com/kuriosNo matter how many Cirque du Soleil shows you have seen, you’ve und
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Elizabeth Turk's Artistic Vision By: Photography by Eric Stoner
    The artist: A recipient of a 2010 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” Elizabeth Turk divides time between Newport Beach, where she grew up, and New York City. Turk studied international relations before receiving her master of fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Inspired by the seabirds that swoop and whirl over Newpor
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Laguna artist Elizabeth McGhee finds beauty in the past. By: David Ferrell | Photography by Nick Agro
    Artist Elizabeth McGhee favors realism; her portraits and still lifes, while often fanciful, convey mood mainly through composition and detail. The white-haired woman in “Hecate,” a 2014 oil-on-panel work, regards the viewer with a hard, inscrutable look and is set against a backdrop of jagged shadow. An accompanying synopsis notes t
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Artistic Vision: Rob Gage "Form and Grace" By: Sam Dunn
    The artist: Laguna Beach-based photographer Rob Gage has spent much of his 50-year shutterbug career in advertising – including working on Chevrolet campaigns for more than 25 years. His work has taken him to 70 countries and most states. A graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Gage taught there for 15 years and has served
    Fri Jul 31, 2015