2015 People Archive Stories

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  • Milena Kitic Sings the Praises of Newport Beach By: Samantha Dunn
    Belgrade-born Milena Kitic might be the world’s most down-to-earth diva. A world-class mezzo-soprano best known for playing Carmen in major opera productions throughout Europe and American, Kitic is also the kind of person who, if she schedules a morning meeting, invites you to come to her home and whips up a berry smoothie to go with past
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Narong Prangcharoen, Pacific Symphony's artist-in-residence By: Timothy Mangan | Photography by Ed Crisostomo
    The classical symphonic canon includes a number of pieces inspired by geographical areas. Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides” Overture comes immediately to mind, as does Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” and Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony.” As far as we know, though, no one has ever tried to comp
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Cathy Rigby brings out the star in every young performer By: Samantha Dunn | Photography by Kevin Sullivan
    A chorus of ragamuffins belts out “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” during a sweaty rehearsal for a production of “Annie” at the McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts in Yorba Linda. Eyeing every move for a misstep or a limb out of line is conservatory director and co-founder Cathy Rigby, who bounces 3-yea
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Festival of Children Foundation By: Coast Staff
    September was national Child Awareness Month, and the Festival of Children Foundation aimed to honor it in style with its opening night party under the stars at South Coast Plaza’s Garden Terrace. The 450 guests, including political dignitaries, business and community leaders, and representatives from over 75 children’s charities, en
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • SCR's Patron Pals By: Nicole Polizois | Photography by Deborah Robinson
    A picturesque summer evening set the scene for a celebration of South Coast Repertory’s gala patrons, hosted by SCR Emeritus Trustee Tod White and his wife, Linda at their bayside home. “Since Tod joined the board, we’ve enjoyed every minute of SCR, and especially love the gala festivities,” Linda said. The patron
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • The 10th Anniversary of Caterina's Club By: Samantha Dunn | Photography by Steven Georges
    More than $225,000 was raised at a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of Caterina’s Club, the nonprofit founded by chef/restaurateur Bruno Serato in honor of his mother. Since its inception, the program has served up more than 1 million pasta dinners for hungry “motel” children, so named because their working-class par
    Fri Sep 25, 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
  • 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