2015 On The Stage Archive Stories

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  • Design Finds By: Alexandria Abramian
    One to Watch: Ashley Clark’s Ban on Beige        Interior decorator
    Sat Mar 28, 2015
  • The List: Top Five Rides By: Susan Carpenter
    The List: Top Five RidesOC’s great roads for your favorite vehiclesby Susan CarpenterPhotography by Eugene Garcia, Ana Venagas, Jeff Gritchen The hard truth is obvious to anyone who lives, drives or rides here: There is an awful lotof pavement in Orange County, much of it gridlocke
    Sat Mar 28, 2015
  • Water Warrior By: Terence Loose
    In September of 2009, Laguna Beach native and then-pro surfer Jon Rose was on a boat trip, hunting waves in Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands. The water was clear and warm, the surf was good, the sun was shining. But things in Ro
    Sat Mar 28, 2015
  • Flashback Flair By: Leonard Ortiz
    Style signatures of the late ’60s and the ’70s have returned with gusto for spring. Think wide-leg and bell-bottom pants, gladiator sandals and platform heels, jumpsuits and pantsuits, suede and fringe, bold prints and maxidresses. Just don’t cue the revolving disco ball quite yet. The throwback isn’t so much about steppi
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Best Places to Eat, Coast-Style By: Brad A. Johnson
    Who doesn’t love a list, especially when it’s restaurant critic Brad A. Johnson’s 75 favorite restaurants in Orange Coun
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Morsels: Market Watch By: Jenn Tanaka
    Off the CobSometimes simple is better. When visiting the Irvine Farmers Market, the comforting aroma of kettle corn lures you to an unassuming yellow tent. Inside, corn kernels transform into sweet and salty puffs with the heat of a large barrel kettle. No website or business cards can be found, just unassuming maize. While the kett
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Market Watch By: Jenn Tanaka
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • One to Watch By Alexandria Abramian | Photography by Jessica Bodas Photography
    Interior decorator Ashley Clark is one to watch on the Orange County design scene. The Salt Lake City native lives in Newport Beach with her husband and four kids, and is staking her design claim with an online shop as well as a growing roster of residential design clients. Clark’s boutique, Skout, specializes in pillows and accessories ma
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Bonner Paddock By Steve Bramucci | Photography by Shane Reichardt
    Bonner Paddock exemplifies the word “grit.” At 33, the Laguna Beach resident became the first person with cerebral palsy to summit Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted. A few years later, in 2012, he finished the grueling Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii – another astounding feat of endurance. Between training and working full
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Living the model life By David Ferrell | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    With her blonde locks and flawless skin, Gray became the advertising face of St. John, the high-end knitwear firm founded by her parents in 1962, modeling in ads as early as age 15. The Newport Harbor High School graduate earned an entrepreneurial education rising in the company, taking over as CEO before turning 30. After eventually stepping aw
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Second Home Stunner by Marilyn Kalfus | Photography by John Beutler
    A home for sale high up in the Crystal Cove hills is a car collector’s haven. The motor court leads to a temperature controlled, 6,000-square-foot garage that can accommodate 25 cars. It’s not just functional; The upscale garage includes barreled, cobblestone ceilings and a lounge and is steps from a 1,500-bottle wine cellar.
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • The Writing Life: Rajiv Joseph and Melissa Ross By: Patrick Pacheco
    At the beginning of a Q&A with playwrights Rajiv Joseph and Melissa Ross, the former wryly observed, “You have the dual masks of the theater here. Melissa’s play is so funny and my plays are so (pause) not funny.” Indeed Melpomene (tragedy) and Thalia (comedy) are the yin and yang represented by “Mr. Wolf&rdqu
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Fancy This By: Steve Irsay
    Can’t decide if you want a limousine, sports car, rolling cocktail lounge, or Wi-Fi-enabled mobile workstation? Starting at almost $340,000, the new Bentley Mulsanne Speed is not going to be all things to all people; instead it will be many things to a select few. Think: multitasking mogul types with a penchant for high-performance
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Fresh Catch By: Steve Bramucci
    As Orange County tiptoes into becoming a legitimate player in the national food scene, chefs seem tempted to clonk diners over their heads with  attention-grabbing concepts and ultra-rich flavors. By comparison, at Little Sparrow in Santa Ana, Chef Eric Samaniego’s menu feels impossibly light, clean and balanced. The benchmark example
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • The List: Top Five Rides By: Susan Carpenter
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Water Warrior By: Terence Loose
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Scenes from the 2015 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells
    The 2015 BNP Paribas Tennis Open finished with a dazzling display of tennis brilliance in Indian Wells. Novak Djokovic (Serbia), the No. 1 ranked player in the world, met Roger Federer (Switzerland), the No. 2 ranked player, for the 38th time. In an epic battle, Djokovic prevailed in three hard fought sets: (6-3, 6-7, 6-2). On the lady'
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Flashback Flair
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • The Transformer By: Steve Irsay
    Two years ago, Collin Diller was a full-time college student in need of a new table. Rather than peruse Craigslist or navigate Ikea, the Laguna Beach resident decided to make his own. The son of a retired general contractor, Diller had access to “every tool under the sun.” Working at a lumberyard, he could also get his hands on plent
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • One Door Away from Heaven By: Peter Larsen
    Mon Mar 09, 2015
  • Bag Lady By: Steve Irsay
    With her bright pink Bettie Page ’do and oft-matching pink attire, Jennifer Perkins has a flair for the dramatic. Not surprising, given the Costa Mesa resident spent more than a decade as a costume designer for Disney. After years of creating for movies and television, she turned her attention to blending her love of design with her retro
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • Siren of the Sea By: Terence Loose
    More than 400 miles off the coast of mainland Mexico, Julie Riffe hovered 30 feet deep in the cobalt blue waters off uninhabited Clarion Island, her speargun trained on a huge wahoo prowling the waters a dozen yards away. She fought the urge to breathe or dart to the surface, instead staying calm, motionless and waiting for the fish to swim with
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • Car Concierge By: Steve Irsay / Portrait by Ken Steinhardt
    A couple of years ago, David Cashion got an email from a client with a “problem” of sorts. The client, a well-to-do OC car lover, was eyeing a trio of forthcoming hybrid supercars: the $1.4 million Ferrari LaFerrari, the $1.15 million McLaren P1, and the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder. The problem? He couldn’t decide which
    Fri Mar 06, 2015