April 18, 2014
It's not surprising that "La Traviata" was the most performed opera during the 2012-13 operatic season. Not "Don Giovanni. " Not "Carmen. " Not "La Boheme. " Not even "Madame Butterfly. " But "La Traviata. " Audiences in Southern California were able to understand its enduring relevance recently when the titular opera — which was written by composer Giuseppe Verdi and debuted in 1852 — had a three-day limited engagement with the Pacific Symphony at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County under the direction of maestro Carl St. Clair.
June 14, 2001
The up and downs of 'Moulin Rouge' Gay: All I can say is "You ain't seen nothing yet!" If "Moulin Rouge" doesn't revive the Hollywood musical, nothing ever will. From the onset, director/writer Baz Luhrmann didn't hold back any of his creative juices. The unbound music, pulsating colors, untamed characters and fever pitch stagger the mind in this lyrically feral love story. You'll cancan and sing your way through gay Paris with a mix of psychedelic aura like no other, from full-blown scenery minutiae to fast-moving legs and people luring you into the infamous nightclub.
October 6, 2000
Young Chang It was not their first trip together. During their seven-year relationship, Allen Noren and Suzanne Valenzuela had endured political turmoil in Africa, demonstrations in Czechoslovakia and numbing cold in the Bavarian Alps. Each trip brought the couple closer together. Until their last trip. In 1993, Noren and Valenzuela took a motorcycle ride through Germany, Denmark and Sweden to the Arctic Circle and other nearby countries. Hard-hitting rains and harder-hitting winds followed them.
July 16, 2011
Browsing cookbooks is a fun and useful way to find new recipes and ideas. But in addition to learning new ways to cook, cookbooks also are being published as combination memoirs and blogs. The Newport Beach Public Library has found them to be a popular source of nonfiction reading, especially for those who love to cook (and eat!). Ree Drummond published her cookbook, "The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels — A Love Story " after her Pioneer Woman food blog became extremely popular.
February 9, 2002
'He loves each one of us, as if there were only one of us.' -- St. Augustine "Guess what, Daddy? Guess what?" said a cute little voice behind me in the coffee line at church. "God loves everybody. We talked about it today and I colored a picture about it." "You're right honey, God does love everybody," a deep voice replied. "Guess what else?" the little girl said. "I give up, sweetheart, what else?" the man answered. "God loves you and God loves me," the little girl said, practically singing.
September 7, 2002
Young Chang A fight propelled Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna on their comedic rise to fame. It was 35 years ago and the couple had only been married a couple years. Taylor had told Bologna to pack up and leave. Bologna began packing and Taylor did, too. The story goes that Bologna asked Taylor, "Where do you think you're going?" Taylor said, "If you ever leave me, I'm going with you." Hence the title of their touring show. Taylor and Bologna started their act four years ago, went on the road with it, performed it on Broadway last year and are now headed for Orange Coast College for a Sept.
April 2, 2009
During the opening scene of the adult-themed Broadway musical “Avenue Q,” when the first few actors come on stage holding their furry puppets in their hands like ventriloquist dummies, one can’t help but wonder why the miniatures are necessary. The puppets mimic the same gestures and emotions as the plainly visible actors holding them. It all seems a bit redundant — that is, until you see a male puppet reach for his groin and make an explicit symbolic movement that is enough to convince any parents that their children would be better off with a group of drunken fraternity brothers as baby sitters than watching the musical.
December 9, 2005
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen has always been the ultimate in "chick lit" and the ultimate chick flick, a witty exercise on love, manners and class set in late 18th century England. There have been memorable versions on the big and small screen, most notably the 1995 BBC miniseries that made Colin Firth a star. Now comes a lush new version that focuses more on the romantic aspects of the love story between the spirited Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennet (Keira Knightley) and the aloof Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen)
April 8, 2005
Elia Powers "California Sea Lions: An Unforgettable Encounter," is a love story, though not in the traditional cinematic sense. Filmmaker Alan De Herrera shows his endearment through a camera lens, following the mammals as they twist under water and interact with each other in their natural habitat. The 40-minute film plays tonight at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and features narration by Sean Astin, one of the stars of "The Lord of the Rings."