2015 Community Archive Stories

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  • Spotlight: Summer Arts By: Jackie Moe
    It’s the time of year when exploring art doesn’t mean spending the day inside a museum. Laguna Beach’s big three events that run through next month make this the season to get up close and personal with many painters, sculptors and other artists who call Southern California home.One of the area’s best-known cultural
    Wed Jul 01, 2015
  • Spotlight: Shakespeare in the Summer By: Paul Hodgins
    To theater fans, summer means al fresco Shakespeare, and Orange County offers a couple of tempting options.UC Irvine offers an unorthodox and intimate experience with its New Swan Shakespeare Festival, held in a nautilus-shaped pop-up venue that offers everyone a seat close to the action. This summer, artistic director Eli Simon and his cr
    Wed Jul 01, 2015
  • Goodies to buy that are Made in the U.S.A. By: Nicole Polizois
    Pedaling Our WaresInspired by the enduring French design of Porteur bicycles but made in good ol’ Detroit, The Runwell by Shinola delivers a classic blend of urban style and practicality. This 11-speed, meticulously designed American-made beauty is engineered for errand running, commuting or a casual ride along Balboa Peninsul
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • 3 yummy desserts for your inner child By: Jenn Tanaka
    Nostalgia for the whimsical desserts of childhood is the sweet inspiration for a few local chefs. While these dishes might channel your inner child, OC’s fine foodie creations are definitely not kid stuff.Cookie CrazyA take on the childhood classic, the Fluffernutter sundae at A Restaurant in Newport
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Patriot acts: cool clothes that are red, white or blue By: Jamie Lobel
    You’ll want to give more than three cheers for the red, white and blue of these fun-in-the-sun stylesTop thatProtect your face from the sun’s aging rays with Seafolly’s Royale Floppy Hat in white ($52). Available at Seafolly, Fashion Island.   ::
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Take a sip of the Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita at La Vida Cantina By: Jenn Tanaka
    Sweet HotsWhat could make lounging beside an outdoor fire pit, shielded beneath a shady palapa, more perfect than a sweet margarita that tingles the tongue with a touch of heat? That was exactly Dave Griffith’s thinking one day at the Costa Mesa water hole La Vida Cantina, where he is a partner. “The day was hot an
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Top five beachs to take your children By: Laylan Connelly
    Taking kids to the beach isn’t always, well, a day at the beach. There’s unloading all the toys, towels and beachy necessities, then trudging across hot sand to find a place in the sun – and that’s after you’ve navigated bummer-to-bummer traffic and miraculously found a parking spot.Beach reporter Laylan
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Home Tour: Quiet luxury fills Angela Tesselaar's Emerald Bay home By: Nicole Polizois
    In her airy Emerald Bay villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Angela Tesselaar is the very picture of sophisticated yet approachable elegance. This Laguna Beach interior designer and home decor proprietor is the kind of woman you’ll find with her hair in a neat chignon, diamond stud earrings glistening at her lobes and a Brunello Cucinelli
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • On Global Compassion and Celebrating with the Dalai Lama By: Sam Dunn
    What do you give the man who has everything? If it’s the spiritually enlightened 14th Dalai Lama, you skip the tie and the cufflinks and aim straight for nothing less than world peace. That’s the inspiration behind the Global Compassion Summit, held July 5-7 at the Honda Center to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, put o
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • PHOTO: Bold Glory
    After the electric guitar notes from the day’s live entertainment have faded, after the no-longer-needed sunscreen gets plunked back to its place at the bottom of the beach bag, the final, most glorious Fourth of July tradition begins at Newport Dunes. We gather at the beach facing the lagoon, by the restaurant and at the marina. Mar
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • A shining nod to all that summer heat By: Alexandria Abramian
    Check out a new cache of metallic designs for the home, ranging from small hits of ore such as Room & Board’s Pebble pillows to bigger shimmer moments like ModShop’s Sinatra sofa in metallic Lustro linen. Prefer something in between? This metal silver Z Stool hits the perfect sweet spot of just the right amount of shine.
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • The story behind the art: Jorg Dubin's 'Pontiff' By: David Ferrell
    The artist: The longtime Laguna Beach resident is known for paintings of human figures that bridge the gap between realism and abstraction. Born in Eugene, Ore., Dubin, 59, spent his teens in London, where he was influenced by classical art, before moving to Newport Beach and attending Corona del Mar High School. Dubin mentors graduate st
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • My OC: Architect Jeffrey Gill keeps moving, but there’s always time for scotch and a cigar By: David Ferrell
    Never one to watch much TV, architect Jeffrey Gill likes to be on the move – hiking, traveling, visiting friends – unless he is hunkered down with one of the long, complex historical novels he began reading as a teenager. Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth,” set in 12th-century England, is one of his favorites,
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Transcendent Accessories By: Steve Irsay
    Suzan Zahedi’s art definitely imitates life – in this case, her own. When Zahedi was 3, her mother committed suicide and she endured years of abuse by her stepmother. She managed to overcome this difficult childhood and build a successful career in marketing. However, 20 years of workaholism and pent-up emotional pain eventually led
    Tue Jun 09, 2015
  • Stately Elegance By: Photography by Michael Goulding
    Someone once said we should consider every day we have not danced as a day lost. Cilvia Lee and Joe Nguyen announce carpe diem with the waltz on a cloudless Newport Beach afternoon. The dance partners perfect their ballroom form across the mural of the United States painted on the blacktop of Newport Elementary School.
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • The First Lady of Newport Beach By: David Ferrell
    What’s a perfect day for Lynn Selich? Heading to Catalina with her husband, Ed, the mayor of Newport Beach, aboard their 43-foot fishing boat,  Fast Eddie, with their toy Chihuahua, Charlie, in tow. If anyone in Newport Beach is busier than the mayor, it might be the mayor’s wife, Lynn Selich. Her media presence
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Dapper Dads By: Sarah Mosqueda
    Pack It In Shinola’s hip rendition of the briefcase brings some attitude to the classic manly accessory. Designed in Shinola’s Detroit leather studio and handcrafted in the U.S. from Horween Essex leather, this canvas-lined carrier is on-trend in spruce green. It’s finished with an adjustable leather shoulder strap
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Photos: Field of Honor 2015 By: Lawrence Sherwin
    During this week's Field of Honor 2015, 1776 Flags waved to honor past and current members of the military as part of Armed Forces Day. Field of Honor has been presented at Castaways Park in Newport Beach by the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor for six years. The Marine Corps Color Guard from Camp Pendleton presented the colors. The National Anth
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Photos: Surf's up in Corona del Mar By: Lawrence Sherwin
    Hundreds of spectators have been gathering at Orange County's Wedge to watch giant waves ricochet off the jetty soar up to 20 feet in the air and crash onto the sand. A short distance away, across the channel lies the hamlet of Corona del Mar, unlike the Wedge not an icon for surfers. Yet for this and recent storms, dozens of surfers of
    Tue May 05, 2015
  • Super Natural By: David Ferrell
    By digging her hands into the soil, by lovingly caring for her carrots, squash and herbs, Kathryn Agresto helped to grow not just a garden, but a movement. She is one of Orange County’s trailblazers in farm-to-table cuisine, a trend founded on the ideal of eating natural, homegrown produce.Inspired by the gardens her parents once pla
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Playing his Cards Right By: David Ferrell
    Among Adam Pliska’s many distinctions are these odd facts: He happens to look a good deal like President Barack Obama, a resemblance that draws comments in poker rooms from Las Vegas to Paris and even as far afield as China&rsqu
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Wing Man! By: David Ferrell
    The name alone makes Wing Lam memorable. Wing. It conjures all sorts of soaring images, not to mention bird jokes. Then there’s the look: the black goatee of a Ming Dynasty emperor, dangling like a five-inch comma beneath his ch
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Love, Italian-Style By: Kedric Francis
    Romance along the coast comes in many forms, including Venetian gondolas cruising Newport Harbor. Whether it’s a first date, an anniversary or a proposal, prepare to be serenaded in Grand Canal-style by a gondolier as you take the slow and scenic route touring the beautiful bay. Valentine’s Day is prime time for these stand-up entrep
    Thu Feb 05, 2015