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'
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
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
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
For anyone who loves sushi, as I do, we’ve got it good here. Nowhere else in the United States – not New York, not San Francisco, nowhere – comes even remotely close to the quality of sushi widely available in Southern California.
And while Los Angeles has always been the sushi capital of America, Orange County is right
On a clear and balmy afternoon, professional mountain biker Richie Schley is on his daily sunset ride. He drops in and surfs down the mountainside, winding through singletrack hugged by a profusion of greenery so lush he could be in the British Columbian forest or the Costa Rican jungle – but the Laguna Beach resident is riding in his own
Dean Koontz doesn’t get out much and that’s entirely by design.
The author of thrillers, such as the recent “Saint Odd” and scores of earlier best-sellers such as “Watchers” and “Intensity,” says he likes to put in at least 60 hours a week at the keyboard of his old-fashioned MS-DOS compute
Playing with Light, Space and Geology
Driven to grasp the deepest secrets of architectural design, Anders Lasater turned to his other creative passion: music. The boyish-looking amateur drummer and bass guitarist, a fan of Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin who
Whenever I asked Henry T. Segerstrom about his legacy, he would politely but firmly move on to the next question. “I prefer to focus on the future,” he would say. Now that he’s gone at age 91, I’ll go against his wishes and speak of how I’ll remember him: as the most influential and inspiring person I had the good f
The procession entered, two at a time. My bridesmaids paraded into the St. Francis Assisi chapel wearing cobalt blue Vera Wang empire-waist gowns. They delicately held their bouquets of light green cymbidium orchids and Privé pink and plum-colored roses as they stepped into the hushed chapel. My matron of honor entered last and behi
Rob Roy and Eddie Swaim were together for seven and a half years before they decided to tie the knot. When same-sex marriage first became legal briefly in California in 2008, Rob says, they weren’t quite ready to wed. The two hadn’t been together very long, and besides, a good deal of time is required to pull off the type
As Maggie and David Abrego-Bellis stepped onto the pavement lining Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. they were delighted that something was missing. On most days, the asphalt-lined thoroughfare that leads guests into the park is notoriously clogged with visitors. As the sun rose over Anaheim on this brisk June morning, the couple experience
Weddings are real-life theater, with a couple’s union celebrated in a singular, memorable performance. Like theatrical costumes, bridal ensembles and tuxedos are pivotal in telling a story, whether they’re classic, modern or edgy, or in the case of these not-just-for-the aisle styles captured at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom
Orange County isn’t exactly the first place you think of as needing a soup kitchen. But tell that to the more than 300 hungry men, women and children who show up for a hot meal – or two – every day at Costa Mesa’s Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. Unfortunately, its huge hall is packed seven days a week.The Soup Kitchen,
The Best of the Best
Restaurant critic Brad A. Johnson’s opinions are among the most valued (and at times feared) in California’s culinary world. He’s the only critic to have ever won both the James Beard Award for criticism (2009) and the Cordon Bleu World Food Media Award (2010). For more than a decade
Photography by Joni Sternbach
Long ago, in my college years, I took a class in semiotics. The first day there were 30 students and we were greeted by a bearded professor wearing tattered Birkenstocks and offering a challenge. “Your entire grade will be based on one, final paper. It can be on anything, but you must convince
Visitors touring Azulón at Mesa Verde for the first time may be forgiven for thinking they’ve discovered a chic, new resort hotel. The look and feel of the apartment complex that recently opened in the heart of Cost Mesa’s Harbor Boulevard commercial district is closer in aesthetic and ambience to Santa Barbara’s Bacara
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
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
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
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