Top five beachs to take your children
Where to have fun, fun, fun for beach boys and girls
Taking kids to the beach isn’t always, well, a day at the beach. There’s unloading all the toys, towels and beachy necessities, then trudging across hot sand to find a place in the sun – and that’s after you’ve navigated... Full story
My OC: Architect Jeffrey Gill keeps moving, but there’s always time for scotch and a cigar
Never one to watch much TV, architect Jeffrey Gill likes to be on the move – hiking, traveling, visiting friends – unless he is hunkered down with one of the long, complex historical novels he began reading as a teenager. Ken Follett&rsqu... Full story
On Global Compassion and Celebrating with the Dalai Lama
What do you give the man who has everything? If it’s the spiritually enlightened 14th Dalai Lama, you skip the tie and the cufflinks and aim straight for nothing less than world peace. That’s the inspiration behind the Global Compassion S... Full story
The story behind the art: Jorg Dubin's 'Pontiff'
2014 oil on linen, 36 by 24 inches
The artist: The longtime Laguna Beach resident is known for paintings of human figures that bridge the gap between realism and abstraction. Born in Eugene, Ore., Dubin, 59, spent his teens in London, where he was influenced by classical art, before m... Full story
Anita Hughes' Rome: What to see and where to eat
Author Anita Hughes loves to spin tales set in beautiful places. That’s why Orange County was featured in her debut novel, “Monarch Beach.” “San Francisco, Laguna Beach, Lake Como,” she says, ticking off locales; “... Full story
Behind the scenes at the Pageant of the Masters
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 websit... Full story
Dig in and bottoms up at Orange County's inventive gastropubs
These six spots are elevating pub fare
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 th... Full story
Home Tour: Quiet luxury fills Angela Tesselaar's Emerald Bay home
In her airy Emerald Bay villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Angela Tesselaar is the very picture of sophisticated yet approachable elegance. This Laguna Beach interior designer and home decor proprietor is the kind of woman you’ll find with he... Full story
Local skippers manage their hopes, strategies and fears for the 48th Transpac
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 quest... Full story
PHOTO: Bold Glory
After the electric guitar notes from the day’s live entertainment have faded, after the no-longer-needed sunscreen gets plunked back to its place at the bottom of the beach bag, the final, most glorious Fourth of July tradition begins at Newpor... Full story


Calendar Looking to spice up your week? Visit our calendar listings to find events in the arts, dance, music, sports/outdoors and more.