2015 Features Archive Stories

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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