March 11, 2000
Alex Coolman Up close, the details of Gao Xiao-hua's painting "Portrait of an Yi Man" are nothing but a blur of pigment. The forehead is a mahogany smear shot through with clouds of boiling white. But step back and the painting, part of OCC's new "Chinese Realism" show, snaps into vivid, surprising detail. Fine wrinkles materialize in the brow above the man's eyes. Moles and freckles pull into focus. Above all, the painting gains an attitude. The expression of the Yi Man's face hardens into a somewhat frightening mixture of pride and contempt.
July 6, 2000
The Newport-Mesa crowd gathered to support Opera Pacific, which performs at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, as the Gold Ring Society of Founders of Opera Pacific presented its summer gala "An Evening in Seville." The festive Saturday evening crowd partied under the stars and the backdrop of romantic Spanish architecture at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana. The affair was produced by Newport's Nancy Sorosky and Margaret L. "Maggie" Price, both longtime and dedicated supporters of Opera Pacific.
October 29, 2002
Deirdre Newman When the Nazis captured Greece during World War II, they demanded that a Greek soldier take down the Greek flag from the Acropolis and relace it with the Nazi flag. The soldier was so distraught at the national humiliation that instead of turning the Greek flag over to the Nazis, he wrapped himself in it and jumped from the precipice. He is memorialized with a plaque that graces the Acropolis. Orange Coast College professor Irini Vallera-Rickerson shared this story with her students on Monday to illustrate Greek pride in their country and their independence.
September 4, 2002
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October 22, 2004
Paul Saitowitz At a small workbench with her blowtorch's blue flame mercilessly turning a sturdy, chord-like piece of raw silver into putty, Shirley Price performs her version of alchemy. But instead of turning lead into gold, she turns raw, jagged metals into twisty works of wearable art. Then she takes the scraps and turns those into art. Between the sinewy silver, she inserts ovular stones, sometimes more than 2 inches long, to punctuate the appearance and create necklaces, rings and earrings.
September 15, 2006
On Aug. 28, 1966, engineer George Madsen gathered with other Costa Mesa residents to dedicate the Diego Sepulveda Adobe, which he was instrumental in restoring. The Costa Mesa Historical Society was formed partly because of the adobe's restoration, and on Saturday, its members will celebrate the organization's 40th birthday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Estancia Park. The society's Time Travel in the Park, Heritage Fair and Community Social will welcome families who want to learn about the history of the city while having fun in the park.
May 1, 2005
Elia Powers As the story goes, Armand J. Labbe, then 5 years old, was sitting in a rocking chair when his grandfather interrupted to ask what weighed so heavily on his mind. "He said, 'I'm thinking about the meaning of life,'" according to Susan Lerer, a longtime friend of Labbe's. "He was a brilliant person," she said. "It's not often we run into an intellect like that." Noted for his introspection, knowledge of foreign cultures and passion for ancient artifacts, Labbe, a Costa Mesa resident, was the chief curator and director of research and collections at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Arts in Santa Ana. He died April 2 of cancer.
January 25, 2003
It is a cocktail reception that anyone associated with Orange County philanthropy does not want to miss. Pacific Life of Newport Beach, the largest insurance company in the state of California handed out $2 million this week out of a total of more than $3 million earmarked for charitable and civic causes in 2003. The Pacific Life Foundation, a division of the giant insurance corporation, recognized more than 150 organizations, giving grants of $2,500 to $200,000 to assist them in their charitable endeavors.
January 22, 2007
Glenn and Mindy Stearns are looking forward to the sound of resonating music in their home, which they hope will muffle the exclamations of their 15-month-old daughter Brooke. On Jan. 28, the couple — who starred as the Howells on the reality TV show "The Real Gilligan's Island" — will host the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation's presentation of "Opera in the Raw" at their Pelican Hill villa. Created by Opera Pacific, "Opera in the Raw" is designed to bring opera to new audiences in an informal and intimate setting.