November 26, 2010
TODAY Gingerbread House Decorating Pastry Chef Jean-Francois highlights a favorite holiday tradition in this culinary class, where children will enjoy lunch and create a masterpiece to take home. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pelican Hill Resort, 22701 S Pelican Hill Road, Newport Beach. The class fee is $60 per child. For more information, call (949) 467-6800. Endless Summer Artist Meet Endless Summer artist John Van Hamersveld at the Surfing Heritage Museum at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, where he'll be signing copies of his new book "My Art, My Life.
September 8, 2000
Alex Coolman Some of Cody Simpkins' best teachers have been two-dimensional. The 21-year-old Newport Beach resident, a graduate of Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College, spent countless hours of his youth watching old surfing videos. He studied the way longboarders from the '60s held their bodies, the way they kept their poise in the curl. "That's how we learned," he said on a recent afternoon. "We watched their footsteps." The time in front of the television didn't turn Simpkins' brain to mush; on the contrary, it inspired him to become what he is today -- one of the best pro longboarders around.
August 26, 2002
Having actually grown the long side-burns characteristic of the king himself, 44-year-old Mark Curran has incorporated his love for Elvis Presley into his everyday life. The former Web site designer began his Elvis impersonation days when he attended a costume party two years ago. He has since turned his love for performing as the entertainer into a full-time career. "It's a lifestyle and each artist brings something different to his performance," said Curran who had just finished a performance at the Orange County Marketplace in Costa Mesa Sunday.
April 14, 2004
Alicia Robinson Whether you're a do-it-yourselfer pulling a film together on a shoestring budget or a pedigreed director with a big bankroll, there may be a place for you on screen in Newport Beach. The fifth annual Newport Beach Film Festival opens Thursday and will screen 350 films from around the world in its 10-day run. Topping the list are the premiere of star-studded mainstream Hollywood comedy "The Laws of Attraction," which opens the festival Thursday night; the 40th anniversary showing of the classic surf film "Endless Summer" with a tribute to director Bruce Brown; and a slate of documentaries including "Super Size Me," which took the Sundance film festival by storm.
August 23, 2003
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August 8, 2003
Lolita Harper No actors. No stuntmen. No stereotypes. Just unadulterated love for surfing played out on the big screen, beautifully illustrating the passion that entices people around the world to step into liquid. "Step Into Liquid," a surf documentary by Dana Brown, premieres tonight at the Regency Lido Theater in Newport Beach and is expected to draw quite a crowd in this coastal community. The flick follows surfers around the world, capturing their grace and form on the water and delving deeper into what drives them to paddle out time and time again.
October 16, 2006
Trying to open a store in New York, Mark Werts, founder and chief executive officer of American Rag Cie, made a trip to Fashion Island and was inspired. Opening a location in New York was getting quite expensive and so he connected with the Irvine Co. to see if it was interested in having him become a tenant. At the end of last month, Fashion Island became home to the third U.S. American Rag Cie store and café and the flagship store in Orange County. In 1984, Werts, a world traveler, opened his San Francisco store as a vintage clothing store.
May 25, 2005
Mike Sciacca It's coming up on summertime, and as the song goes, it's when the living is easy. For a surfer -- both novice and advanced -- it doesn't get any better than that. But before a surfer can chase that perfect wave, he first must come up with the perfect, personal accessory -- a surfboard. Robert August Surf Co. in Huntington Beach is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the surfing industry, and on Saturday, August -- who went on to become one of the most recognizable figures in the surf world following his starring role in the movie "The Endless Summer" and the Robert August Surf Team -- will be honored for its outstanding contributions in the business during a ceremony at Huntington Surf and Sport.
April 18, 2000
Coming after a long dry spell -- almost an endless summer -- the television news people went completely bonkers after a recent modest rain. All we had was a couple of two-bit landslides and some minor flooding. Still, from the way the TV news people carried on, I kept expecting Noah and his ark to come floating across the screen. All it did was remind me of a real flood we had in 1938. That was one humongous flood. You could stand on the bluff in Costa Mesa and look toward Huntington Beach and see nothing but brown water.
April 27, 2006
A new surf biopic by director Jack McCoy is helping inlanders understand the world of famed Australian rider Joel "Parko" Parkinson ? through the eyes of his dog, Trey. The odd twist on the action-sports genre is McCoy's latest entry in a long list of films about some of the world's top surfers. His film, "Free as a Dog," premieres tonight at the Edwards Big Newport at 8 p.m. The movie follows Parkinson, and more important, his vibrant boxer, as they surf the Superbank near the pair's hometown of Coolangatta, Australia, and several undisclosed locations McCoy said have never been filmed before.