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By Emily Foxhall | January 30, 2014
Just as understanding art falls to a matter of perspective, so too does deciding how to fund it. Two Newport Beach council members disagree about whether to spend a possible $150,000 annual allocation on the arts - as the giver intended - or on reducing the cost of hotel stays for some visitors. Visit Newport Beach, a group that works to draw large bookings to the city's hotels, originally offered up the sum as a donation intended to promote arts and culture in the city. The money would come from assessments charged to patrons at member hotels in the Newport Beach Tourism Business Improvement District, or TBID, whose budget Visit Newport Beach oversees.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | January 7, 2014
You know the feeling: You're watching a movie you loved 20 years ago and wonder, all of a sudden, what happened to the actor who played that brilliant bit part. Someone mentions "alt-country" in a conversation about music, and you realize you don't know the difference between alt-country and regular country. You find yourself staring at that weird contraption each time you visit the theater, but you can't say for the life of you what it actually does. In all three cases, we can help.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | October 29, 2010
COSTA MESA — Get ready for a journey to explore the Japanese and Japanese American cultures through a medium that can connect all people: the arts. The JapanOC festival opens Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and various Southern California artistic venues, where the diversity of the Japanese culture and arts will take center stage through April. An opening ceremony took place Thursday at South Coast Plaza, one of JapanOC's presenting sponsors.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | March 10, 2010
People who stumble across Tina Hoffman’s closet-size storefront on the Balboa Fun Zone sometimes mistake her for the palm reader a few doors down. Like Hoffman, the walls of Menagerie Castle, 705 Edgewater Ave., are draped in yards of colored lace, bits of vintage costume jewelry and ribbons. “It’s kind of like a meeting place for people to talk about the community and the arts,” Hoffman said. She has dubbed Menagerie Castle an “inspirational waterfront creative arts community hospitality studio office play space gallery,” but it’s hard to fit all of that on a business card, she said.
NEWS
January 2, 2005
Jeff Benson The Newport-Mesa school board expected to place a greater emphasis on the visual and performing arts when its members drafted its five-year strategic plan in November. But at least one of its schools doesn't have to wait five years to ensure that's a reality. Costa Mesa's Sonora Elementary School and St. John the Baptist Catholic School are among five Orange County schools chosen earlier this month for the Orange County Performing Arts Center's five-year ArtsConnect program.
NEWS
June 28, 2003
An amazing turnout of 2,900 guests filled Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in support of the Orange County High School of the Arts. It was the "Season Finale" on stage showcasing the talents of more than 300 students. "Season Finale" is in its 16th year, a much anticipated annual event that brings resounding applause for hard earned success representing work from nine conservatories of particular artistic discipline that make up the local performing arts academy.
NEWS
February 17, 2003
Lolita Harper Industry insiders have a wish -- that young adults would just do it and make cultural arts the choice of a new generation. Still, with so many companies vying for the attention and spending power of young adults, area arts venues find themselves struggling to attract that high-demand market. Brian Langston, spokesman for the Orange County Museum of Art, said the museum has geared many of its displays toward the under-35 crowd, but it is hard to compete with companies such as Nike, Pepsi and MTV, which have more resources to attract that age group.
NEWS
April 1, 2004
B.W. COOK They are one of the most aggressive fundraising chapters of the guilds in support of the Orange County Performing Arts Center -- women who know how to "work the room." The Sound of Music Guild, celebrating 25 years of service to the center, raised more than $300,000 at its spring gala "License to Thrill: James Bond Meets Austin Powers," reaching the high-water mark by pulling out all the stops. None of the women has "no" in their vocabulary, and they spend money to make money.
NEWS
March 25, 2004
Deirdre Newman After she left the Daily Pilot, former Features Editor Jennifer K Mahal's passion for the arts never waned. Next month, she will be reunited with her love for the arts as the new publicist for the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Mahal will replace Angela Dickson, who had a baby in November. Mahal has been working at Envision Group, an Internet marketing and consulting firm in Torrance, for more than a year. Her experience as features editor for more than two years will be valuable in her new position, she said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 10, 2014
He still remembers Georgia O'Keeffe on roller skates. Growing up as a painter's son in a small New Mexico town, Peter Sarkisian got a firsthand view of many of the art scene's luminaries - including the times when they set aside the brush and played party games with his family. In the abandoned school building that his parents converted to a living space, Sarkisian sometimes felt removed from mainstream society. Still, he witnessed the business end of the arts: the collectors who stopped by the house, the shows in New York, the revenues that paid the bills for years.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | April 9, 2014
The Newport Beach City Council set its sights Tuesday on initiatives for sculptures and streets. An Arts Master Plan is underway for the city, as is a draft of the Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal year 2014-15, staff explained during a study session. Richard Stein, executive director of Arts Orange County, a nonprofit countywide arts council, helped to put together methods for developing an arts plan. Under his vision, applauded by council members, the city's Arts Commission would appoint members of a Master Plan Steering Committee.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | April 3, 2014
"If you want me again," Walt Whitman once wrote in a famous poem about the regeneration of life, "look for me under your boot-soles. " If you want to find Thomas Selzer's art at Orange Coast College, you can look in the same place. Selzer, the college's general manager of instructional food service operations, has a side passion that has helped to make the campus eye-catching - and watered its greenery at the same time. The Laguna Niguel resident is a professionally trained ice carver whose sculptures have dotted OCC's grounds on numerous occasions.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | March 15, 2014
Positioned in the breezeway between the Newport Beach City Council chambers and community room, just to the side of the main thoroughfare, a fabricated piece of metal lies fastened to the ground. It's the only outdoor sculpture at the Civic Center, unless one counts the concrete bunnies scattered throughout the park for children's play. But come March 26, when a year-long lease agreement ends, the sculpture will be removed. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission declined Thursday to keep the 135-pound artwork for one more year, as creator Sarah Wilkinson had offered for a cost of $1,000.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 13, 2014
The first time Linda Lawler spoke to Jacky she expected their conversation to be somber - sad, even. Instead, she was taken by the joy and hope beaming from the young woman, whose real name and age are not being used to protect her privacy. Laughter came easily to Jacky, a survivor of sexual violence who lives in My Refuge House in Cebu, Philippines, Lawler noted after they Skyped earlier this year. "She actually enjoys studying and wants to be a teacher and help poor children and her family," the Newport Beach resident said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 6, 2014
The most common response to Asad Faulwell's latest series comes with a question. It goes something like this: You're neither Algerian nor a woman, so why did you make these? The 35 pieces in "Les Femmes D'Alger" form a modern-day commentary on heavily stylized works created by Delacroix in the 1800s and Picasso in the 1950s. They are the Orange County resident's canvas, acrylic paint and paper shrines to female combatants from the Algerian people's struggle to overthrow the French government.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | February 27, 2014
The new sports complex, Bill Sumner insisted, will not be a 5,000-seat behemoth of a stadium. Its lights will not shine into neighbors' homes through the night, the longtime Corona del Mar High School track coach said. And its footprint, Sumner added, will not be any larger than the aging, patched-up track and field that are already there. Sumner - who is spearheading the high school's efforts to revamp its outdoor sports facilities - wanted to make that much clear Thursday, as he showed off a series of illustrations depicting a state-of-the-art field complex that would seat about 1,400 and include lights, new bathrooms, two team rooms and two snack bars.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
A Corona del Mar High School sophomore is one of 27 students advancing to the state level in the National Parent Teacher Assn. Reflections Program. Kendall Kurzweil, who entered a dance choreography routine titled "I Will Be," is the only CdM student to move on to the state competition, according to a news release. Kendall is a member of the Orchesis Dance Company and the National Honor Society at CdM. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively with original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme.
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By Emily Foxhall | January 30, 2014
Just as understanding art falls to a matter of perspective, so too does deciding how to fund it. Two Newport Beach council members disagree about whether to spend a possible $150,000 annual allocation on the arts - as the giver intended - or on reducing the cost of hotel stays for some visitors. Visit Newport Beach, a group that works to draw large bookings to the city's hotels, originally offered up the sum as a donation intended to promote arts and culture in the city. The money would come from assessments charged to patrons at member hotels in the Newport Beach Tourism Business Improvement District, or TBID, whose budget Visit Newport Beach oversees.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | January 24, 2014
The Orange County Museum of Art will join 20 Southern California arts venues during the ninth annual Museums Free-For-All. Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, patrons can enter the Newport Beach location at no charge. Along with free admission to its galleries, OCMA will also offer a docent-led tour at 1 p.m. About 40,000 people pass through the museum's doors every year, with weekends bringing maximum foot traffic. Despite this, OCMA also provides free general admission on the second Sunday of each month.
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