County Museum of Art.
"Life is really about your family and your niece and nephew and
friends. Entertainment is incredibly rewarding, but it's not everything."
-- Kristin Chenoweth, singer and actress, on keeping herself grounded.
Chenoweth, who won a Tony Award as Sally in "You're A Good Man, Charlie
Brown," performed at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in January.
"If the aging process isn't about growing wiser, then what is its
purpose? If we don't learn from our mistakes and all the other things
around us that permit us to learn, then shame on us."
-- Barton C. Friedberg, teacher of a class unofficially titled
"Reading Shakespeare" at the Balboa Performing Arts Theater, on learning
about the Bard's works at a late age.
"Any day above ground is a good one."
-- Malachy McCourt, author and actor, on life. McCourt, who wrote
"Singing My Him Son," appeared at the Newport Beach Central Library in
"When I was a little kid living in the cotton field, if you didn't go
out there and pick your own [darn] piece of cotton, you didn't get your
piece. Why are we in general asking others to help us? God helps those
who help themselves."
-- Eartha Kitt, actress, on her philosophy for life. In June, Kitt
played the fairy godmother in "Cinderella" at the Orange County
Performing Arts Center.
"We're caught up in computers, we're tied up with the television, and
instead of hugging or giving a kiss, we just sit in front of the TV and
watch the color of the channel."
-- Lee Mallory, Newport Beach poet, on his belief that technology is
estranging us from one another. Mallory organized a Valentine's
Day-inspired poetry contest at Alta Coffee House.
"I just think, when you play music or you do something that you love,
that's your passion already, and you can't help but be passionate about
-- Regina Carter, violinist, on her passionate, almost aggressive and
furious performance style. Carter performed in February at the Orange
County Performing Arts Center.
"I'm going to win the Tony and the Pulitzer Prize. If you don't have a