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By Rhea Mahbubani | November 25, 2013
It wasn't too long ago that Julia Schaeffer consumed only 300 calories a day. She also refused to spend time with anyone, gave up on sleep and skipped classes to make time for exercise. Dance to gym to rehearsals to work and back to the gym - that was a typical day in her life. Social gatherings were another no-no because they included food and allowed people to notice and comment on her abnormal choices. "I couldn't concentrate in school, and I could barely hold a coherent conversation with my friends," Schaeffer, 22, recounted.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | November 14, 2013
Tucked into the corner of an administrative building, awash with the hush-hush of important work, an earth-toned room was occupied by furniture, books and knickknacks. And there it lay - smack-dab in the center. A curvy black case, held together by a medley of criss-crossing, bedraggled red and silver tape, sat on the carpet. An Eiffel Tower sticker bespoke time in France. As Joe Lewis opened it with a click, his eyes twinkled at the sight of the guitar sheathed within. Propping up his foot on a nearby chair, the suit-and-tie-clad dean of UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts began playing a tune.
NEWS
October 29, 2013
Students from a Costa Mesa martial arts school recently returned with several medals from an international competition at the Los Angeles Convention Center. South Coast Martial Arts netted 14 gold, five silver and six bronze medals at the contest hosted by members of the Shaolin Temple from China's Henan Provence. About 20 students from South Coast competed in Kenpo Karate, Wushu and Shaolin Kung Fu. The event was held in front of Shaolin's Abbot Shi Yong Xin and his delegation of "Warrior Monks" during a cultural festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | October 10, 2013
Henry Segerstrom rarely makes public appearances. But he made an exception Thursday at South Coast Plaza, clad in a dapper blue pinstriped suit and a matching polka dot tie and seeming a tad bashful at all the attention. The entrepreneur and philanthropist, who at 90 is also the managing partner of C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, was the guest of honor at a book launch by luxury book publisher Assouline. He was joined at the 6 p.m. event by family, including his wife, Elizabeth, son Anton and daughter-in-law Jennifer, as well as well-wishers like Debra Gunn Downing, the plaza's executive director of marketing, members of the An family of AnQi by Crustacean, and others.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013
The Orange County Museum of Art's Museum Council will host its 12th Annual Art & Architecture Tour this weekend, with five Newport Beach homes sharing their private art collections. The tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, with a wrap-up party from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the museum. Proceeds will go toward education programs. Lynn Brown, president of the museum council, said the event typically brings in more than $20,000, which helps to introduce local children to the arts.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | September 13, 2013
Discussion of whether trash services should be outsourced in Newport Beach ate up a significant portion of the City Council meeting Tuesday night. As anticipation of the topic of trash grew, and the microphones intermittently turned off and on, council members moved quickly through other issues. Council members also consequently decided to continue two of the four remaining items of business that followed the lengthy discussion. * AERIE Project Brion Jeannette Architecture no longer needs to provide to the city a performance bond, which had been required to "ensure timely completion" of its AERIE condominium project in Corona del Mar. The project, at Carnation Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, has been significantly downsized since its conception, according to a staff report.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | September 13, 2013
When the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute opens its doors to the public Tuesday, UC Irvine will become home to Orange County's first academic eye institute. The 70,000-square-foot eye health institute, which is part of UC Irvine Health, includes 34 patient exam rooms with the latest technology and equipment, an outpatient surgery center, an optical shop and optometry services, a LASIK refractive surgery center, faculty offices and teaching spaces. "A lot of innovation will originate here, so Orange County residents will have access to that first," said Dr. Roger Steinert, the institute's founding director.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | September 12, 2013
When Eliades Ochoa and other Cuban musicians soared to worldwide prominence in the late 1990s with the "Buena Vista Social Club" album, it felt like an act of musical rescue - the sounds of half a century ago preserved and brought to a new generation. That album, produced by American singer-songwriter Ry Cooder, netted a Grammy, inspired an Oscar-nominated documentary and sent many of its musicians on tour for years. Now, a decade and a half after the initial buzz, Ochoa sees more than the 1940s being revived when he takes the stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 5, 2013
After spending Labor Day weekend on Catalina Island, Valinda Martin boarded a ferry for the short trip back to Newport Beach. The vessel bounced on the choppy water. Martin, seated in the back, landed hard as the boat rose and fell. Suddenly, she lost all sensation in her legs. It was Sept. 6, 1993, and Martin's been in a wheelchair ever since. Life changed overnight for the former women's clothing sales representative, who was used to lugging 30- to 40-pound bags in and out of her car up to seven times a day - in four-inch platform shoes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 4, 2013
Pacific Symphony, South Coast Reportory, Orange County Great Park, Art-A-Fair Foundation, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival are among the local nonprofits that recently received grants from Bank of America. A total of $465,000 was divvied up among 16 Orange County groups, all of which target community development and neighborhood revitalization. "Pacific Symphony is grateful to the Bank of America Foundation for its investment in the artistic and educational programming of the Pacific Symphony," President John Forsyte said in an email.
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