2016 Arts Archive Stories

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  • Artist Ted Baker By: Jodie Tillman
    THE ARTIST: His first significant piece of art, in eighth grade, almost landed Ted Baker in trouble. The teacher took one look at Baker’s illustration of a World War II bomber and said, “You were supposed to do this yourself.” Consider it the accidental compliment that launched an art career. The son of a Disney film cut
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Musco Center Opening By: Ann Conway | photography by rick Chatillon, Doug Gifford, todd rosenberg and John Saade
    Mezzo-soprano Milena Kitic blew kisses across the footlights. Placido Domingo sang his signature “Granada” standing before the majestic grand curtain bearing his name. And, waving his baton from the orchestra pit, maestro John DeMain piped, “Champagne, everyone?” The iconic moments just kept coming at the black-ti
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Chinese artist Zhao Kailin By: Jodie Tillman
    The artist: His second-grade teacher recognized in him a gift for painting. But this came amid the Chinese Cultural Revolution, so much of young Zhao Kailin’s efforts were limited to painting portraits of Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong. A turning point came in 1982 when he was 21. That’s when oil magnate Armand Hammer too
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • From Huntington Beach to Alvin Ailey By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Andrew Eccles
    All those years being driven by her grandmother back and forth on the 405 from her Huntington Beach home to dance practice in Santa Monica were worth it for Danica Paulos. She’ll be among the principal dancers when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Costa Mesa for six performances this month, plus a free Arts Plaza performance, &l
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • South Coast Plaza turns palatial for Pacific Symphony Chinese New Year dinner By: Ann Conway | Photography by Nick Koon
    It was a fairy-tale feast fit for Princess Turandot herself – succulent Peking duck breast and Misoyaki butterfish, all washed down with Heidsieck brut reserve Champagne. Staged under the glittering stained-glass dome of South Coast Plaza, the formal dinner for 150 guests celebrating the Chinese New Year was followed by the Pacific
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • The Orange County School of Arts Music Awards By: Noelle Medina | photography by Eric Anderson
    Awards season isn’t over yet. Students of the Orange County School of the Arts welcomed nearly 600 guests to the Hotel Irvine for the OMAs, the OSCA Music Awards. The “celebrity” theme of this year’s gala came to life with student paparazzi, a red carpet walk-up and press passes for guests. With signature cocktails in han
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • Musician Close-up: Michael Cartwright By: Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    Singer-songwriter and trumpet player Michael Cartwright traveled with the Young Americans -- a band that is part jazz, soul, and pop -- when he was in high school. He shares the struggle of many new artists trying to debut fresh music within radio and playlist formats dominated by old hits. Quotes are from an interview with Gary Schwind.
    Sat Feb 27, 2016
  • Applause for the Pacific Symphony By: Ann Conway | Photography by Mary Platt, Stan Sholick, Kimberly April, Doug Gifford and Carla Rhea
    Salons Provide Elegant Backdrop for the Arts It was enough to make a culture vulture swoon. Not only did Pacific Symphony patrons hear the ethereal strains of a 1715 “Titian” Stradivarius violin, they cruised a museum-quality collection of art glass during a salon at the Laguna Niguel home of Stan and Dolores S
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Artist Greg LaRock By: Jodie Tillman
    The artist: After studying fine art at Long Beach State, Greg LaRock figured he had only one choice. “I thought it was be a starving artist or get a paycheck,” says the 50-year-old Newport Beach resident. “I chose paycheck.” He worked in graphic design for decades. Fifteen years ago, he got an itch to paint again.
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Kristin Chenoweth Defies Expectations By: Christopher Smith | photography by Matt Doyle
    Is there a Broadway performer who delivers both spark and substance with the potent wattage of Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth? A quick tour of YouTube uncovers her impressive range. For frivolity there is the wide-eyed bafflement that infuses her Ado Annie as the “Oklahoma” character in “I Cain’t Say No.” Her high-ca
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Musician Close-up: Boh Doran By: Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    Singer-songwriter Boh Doran has been making music since she was a kid growing up in various Midwestern towns. Now she is calling LA home and navigating the life of a professional musician. Doran's EP "Rainbow" is available now on iTunes. For more information about Doran, visit
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Spring's Hot Tickets in OC By: Lisa Fung
    “Mel Brooks Back in the Saddle Again” March 13Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa He’s won an Oscar, four Emmys, two Grammys and three Tony awards. He’s created and written for some of television’s biggest comedy shows, includi
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • 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