What are year-end investment decisions?Year-end investment decisions may sometimes result in substantial tax savings. Tax planning may allow you to control the timing and method by which you report your income and claim your deductions and credits. The basic strategy for year-end pl
We all have friends who know the best places to go. They’re quick to give informed recommendations when it comes to romantic hideaways, what boutique just opened, or can easily spout out the best ways to show off what our great county has to offer.Coast polled a few of these local influencers to see what’s cool; what’s
Linda English loves comfort food. When you walk into Filomena’s, her Costa Mesa restaurant, instantly you feel as if you’re visiting a friend’s house. “In Italian homes, everyone always gathers in the kitchen,” she says. “I don’t know anyone who uses a traditional family room anymore.” When you eat
Sharon Ellis likes to travel. But don’t look for her in the plush resorts or spas of the world. At least not always. Because often, instead of sampling sun-dried tomato dishes in the Med, she’s building homes from sun-dried bricks in the mud. That’s because Ellis is more than just a figurehead for Habitat for Humanity of Orange
Modern Living at Andaz
It’s one of those games my family likes to play. If we won the lottery, what would be on our list? Starting a nonprofit for victims of domestic violence. Funding a new sports academy in Southern California. Volunteering for a
The ninth Annual Halloween Surf Event brought over 100 surfers to the Newport Pier. It was a perfect day: warm air, warm water and 2-3 foot waves. Surfers of all ages showed their creativity for costumes as well as their surfing skills to the delight of their beach audience.
Bulls on the Beach, a Professional Bull Riders (PBR) competition, rode into Huntington Beach on Saturday. Over 5,000 enthusiastic fans watched fifteen of the world's best riders try to ride fifteen of world's the best bulls. Matt Triplett from Montana won the event, $7,500 and 88 points toward the PBR World Finals that takes place in
On most afternoons and evenings, Knott’s Berry Farm, the “other” amusement park in Orange County, is merely the landmark for commuters on the eastbound 91 and southbound 5 that equates to a collective sigh of relief as drivers are released from the snarls of notorious LA traffic.
In October, Knott’s Berry
It may be presumptuous to read too much into the work of conceptual artist and provocateur Chris Burden, whose 1981 installation, A Tale of Two Cities, is now on view at the Orange County Museum of Art.Burden — who may be destined to be remembered most for audacious performance art created early on (and for only a brief period) in hi
Peace for Liberia started with a dream. One night as Leymah Gbowee was sleeping, a voice told her that she needed to gather the women of her church together to pray for peace. Admittedly she thought this was crazy. But, after decades of warfare, she was determined to try anything. So in June 2002, Gbowee spoke before the congregation at the St.
For a decade or more, the award for OC’s most acclaimed collection of public art could have gone to Laguna Beach, Brea or Costa Mesa, the latter thanks largely to Henry Segerstrom and family. But there’s a new public art player in the county: Newport Beach. The city’s Inaugural Sculpture Exhibition installed in Civic Center Par
Laguna Art Museum's Art and Nature
The debut of Laguna Art Museum’s Art and Nature program last year was a stunning success, with art exhibits and events at the museum and top local galleries, a family festival, and artist Jim Denevan’s intricate and monum
Sculptor and conceptual artist Andrew Myers sits outside of his studio and takes a pull from a bottle of Stella. It’s afternoon in Laguna Canyon and the sun that filters through the oak trees has lost most of its midday fury. Everything in this little corner of the world – from the curving canyon walls to the corrugated tin buildings