Scent Abound
Jeweled bracelets wink seductively from glass cabinets. Beaded flapper dresses whisper, “Slip me on. You’ll look like Zelda.” But I’m headed deeper into the fantasy warrens of this Old Towne Orange antique shop, already tingli... Full story
The dangerous allure of spearfishing
 If there’s a more difficult way to catch open-ocean, fast-moving fish than with a speargun, nobody knows what it is. Known as blue-water hunting, it takes place miles offshore, where the ocean is deep blue and the fish are few and far bet... Full story
The Pretty/Dirty Mind of Marilyn Minter
You know Marilyn Minter’s art when you see it: candy-colored images of filthy feet in fancy heels, close-ups of women’s lips spilling glitter or dirty gems; pornographic paintings showing cropped views of women’s mouths; her early h... Full story
Dining at Disneyland
Our critic discovers a day at Disneyland can actually include a good meal.
If I’m being perfectly honest, I must admit that my favorite thing to eat at Disneyland Resort is the corndog at Corn Dog Castle in Disney California Adventure. So that’s where I usually start. It never takes long, however, before I&rsquo... Full story
Let it Show!
A new, live 'Frozen' opens at California Adventure
An ice storm has hit the West Coast – Anaheim, to be exact. Elsa, Anna, Olaf and other characters from Disney’s instant-classic animated film appear in the new onstage production of “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” at Disney California Adve... Full story
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Sawdust Festival stalwarts look back on half a century of creativity
Nearly 50 years ago, a group of young hippies found a place to sell their art among the eucalyptus trees in Laguna Canyon. The Sawdust Art Festival, which began as an alternative to the more traditional Festival of Arts, reflected the times: precario... Full story
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Seeing Shakespeare as it was meant to be
In one of his most beloved sonnets, Shakespeare wrote, “And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” Before this summer has a chance to pass by, plan an evening of Shakespeare performed under the stars, just as it was in the Bard&... Full story
The Hook makes fishing even harder
Does a more difficult mano-a-mano style make the sport more rewarding?
Far offshore, in the channel between Catalina and Newport Beach, 40-something-year-old marketing professional Keith Munemitsu watches the vibrant yellow and blue flashes of a school of mahi mahi hunting just below the surface, near a large floating k... Full story
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The Hot Dog Queen
Cindy Galardi Culpepper, the sudden CEO of Wienerschnitzel, sees a way for the fast-food empire to uplift others
For decades, she seemed a minor character in the story of the world’s largest hot dog chain: the pretty sunbather who caught the boss’s eye at the beach; the boss’s new wife; the boss’s ex-wife. “I was the silent partner... Full story
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The Loneliness of the Sudden Savant
A traumatic brain injury literally changed Leigh Erceg’s mind, for worse and for better.
Morning means a brief hell for Leigh Erceg. With every sunrise she starts over, unsure at first where she is, who she is, what anything is, really. Not that the previous night is lost entirely, but ever since 2009, when she fell off a ravine in Color... Full story

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