December 10, 2007
For years Leon Leyson chose not to speak openly about his experiences during the Holocaust. The youngest survivor of the famous Schindler’s List, now 78, simply thought people would not be interested. That was until Steven Spielberg’s pivotal 1993 film “Schindler’s List” came out, telling the true-life encounters of Leyson and thousands of others under the Nazi regime in Poland. Grossing more than $300 million worldwide, the film brought to light a horrific and inspiring story of how one businessman and noted Nazi supporter, Oskar Schindler, saved more than 1,100 Polish Jews from almost certain death at German hands.
September 17, 2009
A few weeks ago, the Costa Mesa Playhouse inaugurated the 2009-10 local theater season with its revival of “Lend Me a Tenor.” This weekend three other Costa Mesa theaters join the parade, simultaneously. Local theatergoers must choose among a Pulitzer Prize winner, a record-setting musical and a healthy dose of Stephen Sondheim. South Coast Repertory, whose musicals are few and far between, provides the latter fare, a new show titled “Putting It Together” (which itself is a song from “Sunday in the Park With George,” one of the few musicals the repertory has produced)
June 17, 2001
Young Chang Only half an hour into a European cruise, the Celebrity Cruise Line's Galaxy vessel hit something big -- something metallic, passengers guess -- in the ocean. The ship limped back to the Amsterdam shore and Wilma "Babe" Bouk and husband Gale's anticipated boat adventure to Russia, Norway and Sweden ended barely before it began. The propeller was damaged, the rudder was too, the whole ship had to be sent to Germany for repairs and everyone had to camp for a while in Amsterdam.
September 30, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Diane Bonthius' second-grade class at Adams Elementary School turned into a tortilleria for a special lesson last week. Bonthius combined story time for her class with a real-life demonstration of tortilla making. First, she read "The Tortilla Factory," a tale that follows the cycle of corn from planting and harvesting to its production into tortillas used to feed the workers who then go out and plant more corn. She illustrated the story with an ear of corn, pulling back the husk to reveal its white kernels and telling them it can be ground into flour and then made into dough.
September 23, 2010
Wahoo's fish taco restaurant locations will offer a free taco of the customer's choice to anyone who walks into their store Saturday. No coupon or secret password required. Local locations include: 3000 Bristol St.; 1862 Placentia Ave.; or South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St # 211, Costa Mesa. Get some culture, for free Freebie of the Week: Better hurry for this one! Smithsonian Magazine is offering free admission for two people to their choice of hundreds of museums around the country tomorrow.
February 14, 2007
"We want to set you up with a really great guy, Andy Walburger." Who? Set me up? Sure, why not? I laced up my Converse basketball shoes and made my way to the front door. I was late for practice. I was a junior at Newport Harbor High School. He was a senior at La Serna High School in Whittier. The last thing I heard as I raced out the door and down our red brick front steps was Mary Ellen and her husband, Randy, laughing with my mom, "I can see the wedding napkins now — 'Andy and Mandy.
April 3, 2000
Noaki Schwartz "Oriundi" revolves around the ghosts of a passionate love story between two Italians who emigrate to Brazil. Together, they pour their energy into opening a pasta factory, which -- guided by their love -- is at first enormously successful. However, with the passing of time and changing of hands from one generation to the next, that feeling is somehow lost and becomes as stale as dried pasta. The story opens generations later with the Italian curmudgeon Pepe, played by Anthony Quinn, who has become bereft of any will to live.
April 25, 2002
The nation's No. 1 Mercedes-Benz dealership, Fletcher Jones Motorcars, confirmed its reputation by setting a record with its first-quarter sales figures. Generating nearly $107 million in revenue, Fletcher Jones surpassed its projections by increasing its sales of new cars by 19% and previously owned models by 7% over the last year. "We are delighted that our first-quarter sales have eclipsed our initial expectations, a trend we will continue to nurture by continuing our tradition of providing unprecedented customer service coupled with a wide array of owner benefits," General Manager Garth Blumenthal said in a press release.
January 13, 2007
1925 Born July 4 in Bowdon, N.D. 1929 Moves with family to Compton 1942 Drops out of high school and enters U.S. Navy during World War II 1947 Drops out of Los Angeles City College and takes job in trailer factory 1948 Marries Donna Mae Setterstrom 1951 Founds Fleetwood Enterprises, a company designing Venetian-blind system for travel trailers 1954 ...
April 11, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Forget the bikini. It's Easter. Somewhere along the way, the Christian holiday became associated with jellybeans and chocolate bunnies. And chocolatier Bodega, which has its flagship store at South Coast Plaza and its factory in Costa Mesa, has some of the richest, darkest, most decadent bunnies in town. It's almost too decadent for some, at least temporarily. "Lots of people gave up chocolate for Lent," said employee Darla Sink as she tempted passers-by with free samples in front of the store.