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The Crowd: Island Fever comes to the Ritz

July 18, 2013|By B.W. Cook
  • Pam Selber, Mick Mickler, Cindy Davidson and Kim Viera celebrate at the Ritz.
Pam Selber, Mick Mickler, Cindy Davidson and Kim Viera… (Michael Munson )

If it is a summer Friday night in Newport, the Ritz is arguably the place to be and be seen. In the grand tradition of the neighborhood pub, the remarkable Ritz, founded three decades ago by the late local legend Hans Prager and presently in the hands of the talented and hard-working Ray Jacobi, welcomes the social crowd in waves for some high-energy summer-weekend escape. On his European-inspired outdoor dining room Jacobi turns Friday nights into "Island Fever" in the garden, featuring an Hawaiian-style luau complete with a bit of Polynesian-themed entertainment. Grace Thelen and friends were spotted enjoying Maui in Newport. Inside the busy Ritz bar, pretty Patti Delahanty shared a Friday-night cocktail with pal Bob Hilbenhard, and across the room, social mover and shaker Pam Selber dined with her man Mick Mickler and pals Cindy Davidson and national tennis champ Kim Vieira. Artist Michele Dawn and friend Pamela Braccini added some glamour to the night enjoying the music of Jacobi's star entertainers the Baker Boys, who turn the dining room into a Vegas showroom any night they perform.

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Summer entertainment on the Orange Coast took on a decidedly more highbrow purpose as Bridge 2 Broadway supporters came together July 13 to launch a project in collaboration with the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). Philanthropic local arts advocates Tim and Pamela Kashani, who have become important donors for many Orange County arts and educational endeavors, have created and launched a new musical, which they are calling "Higher Education." In actuality, the musical is part of a tuition-free five-week educational arts program that connects local students with Broadway professionals in a wide variety of theater disciplines. The Kashanis have important ties to Broadway inasmuch as they have been investor-producers involved with such productions as "Memphis" and "Hair." Their musical theater program, which is taught at the Margaret A. Webb Theatre in Santa Ana, is now in its third summer season, attracting talented students from OCSA as well as UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Chapman University.

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