Celebrating Frank Sinatra's Centennial
Michael Feinstein joins the Pacific Symphony for an evening of Ol' Blue Eyes
Frank Sinatra was born 100 years ago on December 12; the run-up to that date is seeing hundreds if not thousands of performances across the country. Many, inevitably, will be at the level of piano bar singers belting out “My Way,” predict... Full story
Gordon McAlpine's "Full Circle" Library Tale
Living the Unending Story
For 20 years, novelists, journalists, scientists, historians and other public figures have delivered lectures at the Newport Beach Public Library. I learned of the series when I was invited to speak there in March 1997. That long-ago night, I read fr... Full story
Making a Statement with Eye-Popping Jewelry
These natural wonders sparkle and shine
As fall and winter come to OC, the changes in our natural world are subtle. Most trees keep their leaves, the sun continues to shine and flowers keep blooming. In that setting, it’s a time for celebrations, galas and special occasions – p... Full story
Mauli Ola Foundation, A Breath of Fresh Air
How some of the world’s toughest surfers are helping kids with cystic fibrosis
Hawaiian big-wave surfer Kala Alexander and former world champion surfer Sunny Garcia have some of the heaviest reputations in the sport. No one messes with these guys. Alexander, who has the words “WOLF PAK” tattooed on his knuckles alon... Full story
Paul Musco's Heart of Gold
Even as he prepares to turn 90, with nine stents and an artificial valve in his heart, white-haired Sebastian P. “Paul” Musco works full time and is still cracking one-liners. He has a favorite about his father, an immigrant from Sicily w... Full story
Shopping with a Conscience: 5 Stores to Check Out
Boutiques and Brands that Do Good Are Always Fashion-Forward
Shopping has changed. In the post-great recession environment, more factors go into our choices than just getting what we want. These days the vast majority of us (more than 80 percent, according to a recent survey on corporate social responsibility ... Full story
Twila True's Heart is in Two Worlds
She grows OC businesses while being a voice for her native people.
Twila True’s preferred way to reach Pine Ridge, the vast, impoverished Sioux territory in South Dakota, is by small chartered plane, enabling her to avoid the commercial airport in Rapid City 90 miles to the north. The approach takes her direct... Full story
The Bank Robber and the Sea
Writer Joe Loya dreamed of the ocean from his prison cell
Somewhere around late 1988, I drove down to San Diego County from LA to rob banks. That morning I told myself not to return home until I had $50,000. At one point on the drive down the 5, I passed surfers at San Onofre living the Beach Boys’ &... Full story
Don the Beachcomber celebrates the Aloha culture
Meet Delia Wu Snyder, the Goddess of Tiki
As in fashion and music, trends in dining and cocktails recycle with the times. Voracious mixologists, having already mastered those speakeasy-style cocktails made popular during the Prohibition era, are forever seeking the next hot trend. Take tiki... Full story
How Pelican Hill Resort reaches for its stars
Look behind the scenes how how a resort maintains its five-star rating
Even at peak times, when more than 1,000 guests fill the Tuscan-style villas and bungalows strung across the undulating Newport Coast, the Resort at Pelican Hill seems to operate with tranquil, clock-like efficiency. Guests lounge poolside, overlooki... Full story


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