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June 20, 2013
I strongly oppose the Newport Beach City Council vote to remove the fire rings at our local beaches and the South Coast Air Quality Management District's proposal to ban the fire rings or test the use of propane instead of wood. Having lived in CdM for 35 years, my family and friends have enjoyed our annual cook-outs at the beach and appreciate this long-honored tradition. It's part of our culture. But let's look beyond my personal enjoyment. The fire rings are a unique recreational amenity that is accessible to all. It's not just visitors that enjoy our beach culture, but so does our local population.
NEWS
September 3, 2010
This is one of those reports that is very uplifting ("Care catered to Asian Americans," Aug. 29). At first, it makes you feel proud of your fellow citizens. Just how far as citizens we will go to accommodate all cultures and traditions of the known world while paying little attention to our own. We print government documents in various languages for all those to exercise their rights as citizens or permanent residents. Major corporations have several languages you can choose to carry on business, as the common language is splintered into many parts.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | May 25, 2012
In a time when vulgar expressions of excess eclipse what once represented a standard of artistic achievement, there exists a most special refuge from the insanity of an electronic world. It is, oddly enough, a bookstore. And its name is Assouline, located at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Perhaps you remember what a bookstore does? Not a mega-store like Barnes & Noble, but a boutique that specializes in a genre of publishing, a store in which one may develop a close personal relationship with treasured volumes, a place to visit regularly and spend hours immersing oneself in a book.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | January 7, 2012
If you haven't yet heard about the Korean wave, get ready to be submerged. The annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival, a free arts and food bonanza, returns for the third year Jan. 14 at the Irvine Civic Center. "There is a big wave nowadays about to hit the U.S., but it has been very popular already with Korean soap operas, Korean pop music and Korean food," said Irvine Councilman Steven Choi. "People have a lot of interest of what this Korean wave is all about. " Korean barbecue vendors, pop and traditional musicians, fan and drum dancers and other artists will converge at the Civic Center.
NEWS
July 8, 2004
In response to Steve Smith's "Family Time" column ("Disgusted public and radio host get on record") Saturday, in which he writes, " ... I don't live in a rape culture, and I don't know anyone who does," let's look at some statistics. One out of six American women will experience attempted or completed rape in their lifetime, according to statistics from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network website. Many rapes go unreported because the victim fears she will not be believed.
FEATURES
March 29, 2008
Patrons of the Newport Beach Central Library have never had to flee from bomb blasts en route to picking up their reading materials. But in a special program Saturday afternoon, the library paid tribute to a city where culture comes with a higher risk. The Levantine Cultural Center, a Los Angeles-based group dedicated to celebrating the art, music and literature of the Middle East, hosted “Memorial for Mutanabbi Street” at the library on Avocado Avenue. The program commemorated the first anniversary of a terrorist bombing on Mutanabbi Street, a street in Baghdad with a large number of bookstores and cafes.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2007
Daily Pilot Staffer Sue Thoensen went to Edwards University Town Center 6 to get moviegoers' opinions of "The Namesake," starring Kal Penn, Tabu, Irfan Khan and Jagannath Guha. Ashoke (Irfan Khan) and Ashima (Tabu) Ganguli move to America from Calcutta after their arranged marriage. When their American-born children ? son, Gogol (Kal Penn) and daughter Gosh(Jagannath Guha) ? reject their Indian heritage for the more modern way of life in America, family tensions build. "I thought the movie was really, really good.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | May 14, 2011
Growing up in Irvine, Nicole Di Rocco saw Cuba as a dream. Born to Cuban immigrants, Di Rocco soaked up her history through sepia-toned photographs, memories and the native language they shared. Inspired by the vintage styles her parents grew up wearing, Di Rocco started Nicolita, a swimwear line, in 2002 upon graduating from USC. Her latest lookbook for 2011 is inspired by Cuba of the late 1940s and '50s with hip-hugging, vintage-inspired styles in bright, candy-colored hues.
NEWS
July 8, 2000
Don Gregory writes: "There is more than 5,000 square feet of open space in our city" ("Proposed site for center is good one," Community Commentary, June 27). Big deal--there are 57,600 square feet in one football field. Accordingly, I hope Gregory's statistic is a typo, but I doubt it; I've seen what's happened to this place in recent years, and that brings us to the word "culture." The actual meaning of that word is the sum total of the ways, directions, customs and values--in short, the behavior--of a human group.
NEWS
May 21, 2004
Paul Saitowitz After thinking about writing a book for almost five years before getting the ball rolling, and then watching that ball roll for a decade until it became the size of a skyscraper, Newport Beach resident Lisa Iyer can finally call herself an author. Along with co-author Armen Antonian, Iyer's "The L.A. Sensation" is an in-depth look at the culture of Los Angeles -- both high and low, and its reflection throughout the globe. . "We spent so long working on this off and on, and now that it is complete I feel like I can really consider myself a writer," Iyer said.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 29, 2014
All it takes is one look at Thomas Castets for people to arrive at a conclusion - he must have a girlfriend. The sun-kissed surfer is then forced to drop somewhat of a bomb on them. "People just assume I'm straight," Castets, 36, said. "So every time I meet someone I have to disappoint them by saying, 'Actually, I'm not straight. I have a boyfriend.' We need to make this less of a drama, less of a surprise and less of something that is rare. " This shock factor is painfully evident among surfers, the Frenchman remarked.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | February 19, 2014
A fifth candidate - the only Democrat - has entered the race for Assembly District 74. Anila Ali, a native of Pakistan who moved to Irvine in 1996, said she hopes to draw on her background as an immigrant and her roles as a mother and teacher to serve the state. Ali said she moved to the United States because of its promise of equal opportunity and access to education. Now the mother of two, she aims to help improve the educational system, grow the state's economy and ensure a high quality of life for future generations.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia | February 6, 2014
Lily Pham was born to Vietnamese parents, and although she remembers visiting Vietnam as a child, she never fully understood her parents or related to their culture. That is until Pham, 22, began getting involved with the annual Tet Festival of Southern California four years ago. "I started getting more connected to my Vietnamese side," said Pham, a Cal State Fullerton senior who is this year's festival director of marketing. "It opened my mind to the traditional culture, and it became a really big part of me. " Organized by the Union of Vietnamese Students Assn.
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.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 9, 2013
In a county dominated by the need to drive, a few Newport Beach spots offer late-night revelers something rare: a walkable nightlife. One of these clusters of restaurants and bars lies on the Balboa Peninsula, near the Newport Pier. Patrons have come here for decades - be they neighborhood dwellers, summer renters or residents - to enjoy a vibrant, seaside area where they can move from place to place without getting behind the wheel. Steady streams of people continue to enjoy the often party-like atmosphere the Peninsula provides, yet while the surrounding streets bustle, some who live there have raised complaints about patrons' noise and drunken antics.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | October 15, 2013
Starring in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical" hasn't only given Bre Jackson a stronger vocal range and frequent flier miles. She's also primed to offer encouragement and advice. Take, for example, the concertgoer who met her after the show ended, admitting that he had a visceral reaction upon seeing a homophobic slur spray-painted on the side of the onstage tour bus. The indignity struck a nerve because he'd been on the receiving end of similar words growing up - a period when he was afraid to be himself.
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.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | October 2, 2013
Six students from Okazaki, Japan, took center stage this week to share a bit of their culture with students at Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach. For more than 30 years, the Newport-Balboa Rotary Club, working in conjunction with the Newport Beach Sister City Assn., has organized an annual student exchange that involves six students from Okazaki spending a week with host families in Newport Beach in October. In return, six students from Newport Beach travel to Okazaki in July to spend a week immersing themselves in Japanese culture, said Rotary Club board member Richard Oberreiter.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 18, 2013
Visitors at Fashion Island on Saturday appeared to be stuck in a time warp. Parents paused beside chic - and high-tech - strollers, taking pictures with cell phones. The scene in front of them, though, seemed straight out of medieval Europe. Traditional Italian flag-bearers, dressed in colorful leotards and tunics, strode onto the grassy knoll outside Bloomingdale's, clutching intricately designed silk panels that fluttered atop staffs. Flanked by two similarly clad female helpers and a drummer, they executed an athletic and highly synchronized aerial ballet.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | August 15, 2013
Graham Michael Freeman isn't the reigning "Outback Adventurer" for Australia's Northern Territory. His proverbial crown is no less shiny, though. The South African bloke will board a flight to Tasmania on Friday as the state's first "Tassie Devil Wrangler" - a title that will likely be a great conversation-starter in future job interviews, he quipped. In the coming six months, Freeman will create content via photography, videos, blogs, articles and social media, becoming a connoisseur of the island's art, food, wine and history.
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