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  • Behind the scenes at the Pageant of the Masters By: David Ferrell
    Two singular experiences frame the breadth of Dan Duling’s writing career. One, the 1997 sci-fi movie “Last Lives,” featured a man grappling “against time, space, and his own mortality,” in the words of the review website Rotten Tomatoes, and starred “a criminal from an alternate universe who has a psychic lin
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Dig in and bottoms up at Orange County's inventive gastropubs By: Jenn Tanaka
    Gastropubs aren’t new to the Orange County dining scene, but what is new is the mindset. Gone are the days when grabbing a drink with friends meant nursing a flavorless bottled beer with an apathetically plated appetizer. More than just bars that serve food, today’s gastropubs delight in delicious inventions. “I don&rsquo
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Local skippers manage their hopes, strategies and fears for the 48th Transpac By: Terence Loose
    On Christmas morning when Dana Point’s Chris Hemans was 6 years old, he ran downstairs to get a look at what Santa had put under the tree. To his amazement, he found an 8-foot Sabot sailboat (how Santa got it down the chimney wasn’t questioned). By Christmas night, Hemans was a sailor for life.Decades later and now the father o
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Who are Orange County's Super Chefs? By: Anne Valdespino
    Among local culinary wizards, a handful of veterans rise head and shoulders above the rest. Brimming with creativity and proven leadership ability, each has the physical stamina and strength of character to put out fires — sometimes literally — and leave it all behind the kitchen door when he walks into the dining room to graciou
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Where to eat now? Top 10 spots along Newport Harbor and Balboa Peninsula By: Brad A. Johnson
    Newport Harbor and the Balboa Peninsula embody the endless-summer lifestyle for which coastal Orange County is justly famous. And what’s not to love about the wide-open beaches, The Wedge, the idyllic pace of Balboa Island, the impressive yachts in the harbor, the bustle of Oceanfront Drive…? More than 100 restaurants and bars s
    Thu Jun 25, 2015
  • Balboa Bright By: Peter Larsen | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka
    Houses on Balboa Island tend to the quiet or small when it comes to touches of character. Packed close together on the narrow island lots, they don’t have a lot of room for grand statements, so most make do with grace notes and accents – a calm patio between the sidewalk and the front door, a picket fence, a softly burbling fo
    Mon Jun 08, 2015
  • The Spirit of Ojai By: Sherry Stern
    It’s a Saturday morning inside Lulu Bandha’s airy yoga studio on a downtown Ojai side street, and our instructor, Katie, asks if anyone wants to share community announcements. A woman pipes up that today is Tomatomania!, with heirloom tomato seedlings available at Flora Gardens Nursery. Another woman announces that the Ojai Valley Mu
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Prince of Tides By: Laylan Connelly
    Kolohe Andino comes out of the water at Lower Trestles, his blond hair and orange jersey dripping wet as the sun starts to make its way closer to the horizon. It’s the first round of the Oakley Lowers Pro, a surf contest in late April that brings some of the world’s best surfers to the beaches south of San Clemente. An
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Summer Guide By: Jenn Tanaka
    ROCKIN AT THE OC FAIR Willie Nelson & Family - July 19Alison Krauss and Union Station will join Willie Nelson at the Pacific Ampitheatre as he performs classic hits like “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind” and recent favorites such as “It’s a Long Story,” released
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Mr. Surf City By: David Ferrell
    Surf City was a mythical place, a paradise for the era’s restless teens in the summer of 1963, when the song became the first surfing tune to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.Fame came quickly for the Los Angeles-born duo of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, who became stars in their early 20s. They would build on their success with hi
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Prince of Tides By Laylan Connelly
    Kolohe Andino comes out of the water at Lower Trestles, his blond hair and orange jersey dripping wet as the sun starts to make its way closer to the horizon. It’s the first round of the Oakley Lowers Pro, a surf contest in late April that brings some of the world’s best surfers to the beaches south of San Clemente. An
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Drive, He wrote By: Matthew Thomas
    The light is different in Southern California. Somehow it feels richer than the light in New York – fuller, more saturated. Maybe it’s coming in at a different angle. Maybe it has to do with the buildings being shorter and more spread out. Maybe there’s a meteorological explanation. Or maybe the light isn’t actually diffe
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Ultimate French Polynesia
 By: Rosemary McClure
    ??French Polynesia is the stuff of dreams, a stunning slice of the world known for its turquoise waters, lush scenery and high-end hotels. From the moment your plane begins to circle the landing strip and you catch sight of those rugged green mountains and brilliant blue lagoon, you know you’re heading as close to paradise as you may ever
    Tue May 05, 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
  • 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
  • The List: Let's Do Brunch By: Kedric Francis
    Big BuffetsFor the grand, much-more-than-you-could-ever-eat buffet experience, Motif at the St. Regis is the go-to place on the coast. The multiple food stations that include a variety of breakfast choices, as well as seafood,
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Guardians of the Art By: Diane Haithman
    Orange County museum visitors want more than just the chance to shoot a selfie with a favorite sculpture or painting. Whether they’re diehard art fanatics, retirees, students or just tourists taking a break from Disneyland, visitors to OC’s top museums often c
    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
  • On the Waterfront By: Rosemary McClure
    A half-century ago, Marlon Brando seduced us with the lush scenery and golden light he found in French Polynesia when he led a celluloid mutiny on a ship named Bounty. Today he’s sharing that sensuous beauty with us again, this time posthumously. An
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Photo essay: The 68th Newport to Ensenada By: Lawrence Sherwin
    The 68th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race kicked off on Friday under cloudy rainy skies and minimal wind  conditions. More than 200 boats, including  40-some first-time entrants,  registered to sail the 125 nautical miles to Ensenada. In the race's prime 10 years ago, up to 500 sailboats joined in. The
    Mon Apr 27, 2015
  • Photo essay: A colorful day at the 2015 Long Beach Grand Prix By: Lawrence Sherwin
    The 2015 Long Beach Grand Prix thrilled automotive fans this weekend. It was the 41st running of the 1,968 mile 11-turn course, which winds through the seaside area of Long Beach. Three-time Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon won the  race for the first time. Maximum  speeds reached almost 200 miles per hour along the Seashore portion of the
    Mon Apr 20, 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
  • Market Watch By: Jenn Tanaka
    Fri Mar 27, 2015