Around Town

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The 2016 Festival of Arts juried fine art show featuring 140 of Southern California’s top artists will commence July 5th and run through August 31st on the Festival grounds in Laguna Beach. Look for guided art tours, hands-on activities, art workshops, live music, and a variety of special events. The renowned Pageant of the Masters reveals a “Partners” theme this year and runs July 7th through August 31st. The “living pictures” are recreations of works of art with real people posing to look like the original works. Accompanied by a live narrator and orchestra, it is always a captivating evening. Visit for further details.

A Spectacular Opening!

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The Grand Opening of the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University was a night to treasure. The magnificent concert hall, the grand performance, with opera great Placido Domingo performing, and the gala party tent with its breathtaking decor hit all the right notes.

It’s About the Men!

Our Men’s Issue showcases one of our own, Andrew (Andy, to those who know him) Theodorou, who you might know as executive VP and GM of the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, but who is featured here as a father. It seemed appropriate to talk about an exceptional dad, since June 19th is Father’s Day. Theodorou was very close to his father and credits both his father and mother for his success as a parent (plus his beautiful wife Susan!). Two more fathers are featured in our Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s Pro/Celebrity Race story–actor/director Ricky Schroder, best known for starring roles in the film The Champ and the sitcom Silver Spoons, and Alfonso Ribeiro, a professional race car driver in his own right and, to many of us, winner of Dancing with the Stars in 2014. And, if there’s not enough testosterone flying around, our travel story features the 100th Running of the Indy 500!

It’s About Art and Community

It’s About Art and Community

Art is for everyone, and nobody believes that more strongly than James “Walkie” Ray and his brother, Michael Ray. As the partner affiliates of Sanderson J. Ray Development, the Rays have used the west-facing façade of their building on the 3400 block of East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar for public artworks for more than two decades.

Ahoy Matey!

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Since its founding in 1922, the Balboa Yacht Club has encouraged yacht racing and cruising, promoted the science of seamanship and navigation, and hosted members, families and guests at its waterfront clubhouse and marina for educational, recreational and social purposes. The Club also maintains a one-of-a-kind outstation at Whites Cove, on Santa Catalina Island. Its year-around Junior Sailing Program for 6-to-18 year-olds accommodates all levels of experience, from learning to sail to advanced racing. The highly qualified instructors emphasize fun and safety, based on proven curriculum from US Sailing. Net proceeds from the Wooden Boat Festival will help ensure that respect for the sea and our rich boating heritage is enjoyed, preserved and passed along to future generations.

No Problem, Mr. Walt

No Problem, Mr. Walt

On Saturday, April 21, 1989, as my father opened the doors to our fine art gallery in Old Town Pasadena, he was met by two L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies asking if he had a son named Walter Hackman, Jr. They informed him that my only sibling had been murdered for a mere $50.

100th Running of the Indy 500

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On Sunday, May 29th, over Memorial Day weekend, the world’s largest single day sporting event will celebrate its 100th running, with 33 IndyCar drivers competing with 300,000+ attendees watching. The iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway plays host to this massive event, where about 250,000 folks get ticketed seats in the grandstand and the rest head to the Snake Pit, the largest infield party, where typically the young at heart dress in their best Americana garb, drink loads of beer and dance to electronic dance music, this year headlined by Skrillex.

Love Is In The Air!

Love Is In The Air!

Who knew boarding a simple airplane 23 years ago in my blue sweat suit (think ‘80s wear) would change my entire life? Certainly not me, or I might have dressed a bit snappier and put on a smidge of makeup and perfume. But, I had reached that elusive place of peace in my quickly-nearing-explosion biological countdown when I figured if the right guy was to come along, I best relax a bit and calm down.

Easy Meals for Men

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but the reverse holds equally true. Every gal loves the thought of her man impressing her with a home-cooked meal! A Mexican theme is always festive and fun, with a dash of spice and a splash of tequila. Plus, these cooling Skinny Melon Margaritas are a third of the calories of the traditional margarita and triple the flavor, thanks to melon liqueur.

Fatherhood Becomes Him

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Andrew, everyone calls him “Andy,” Theodorou is certainly a mainstay in the Newport Beach community. As executive vice president and general manager of the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, where he has been employed since 1999 and where he oversees a staff of 250, you are bound to encounter Andy and his engaging smile and manner somewhere along the way. He also serves on the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is a member of the chamber’s Commodores Club, serving as Skipper in 2014-15, and also serves on the executive board of Visit Newport Beach and Newport Beach & Co., where he is the current chair.

Beloved Balboa Island Celebrates 100 Years

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Guests will gather at the Harborside Pavilion and Grand Ballroom on Saturday, June 25 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm to mingle with neighbors, friends, family and community leaders while they celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Balboa Island’s incorporation into the city of Newport Beach. Tickets include a sit-down dinner, drinks, live music by The Hodad’s and a narrated evening of entertainment by Jim Roberts, honoring Seymour Beek, Shirley Pepys and other island notables. Tickets are $125 per person, with proceeds benefitting the commemorative arts projects celebrating the centennial. For more information, visit

Inaugural “Game Changers” Speakers Series Held

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BNY Mellon Wealth Management hosted its new speakers series at Laguna Art Museum and featured SVP of Finance and Administration for Angels Baseball Molly Jolly and the owner/vintner of Yorba Wines Ann Kraemer. BNY Mellon’s Regional President Shannon Kennedy and Senior Wealth Manager Robin Kalota moderated. Photography Jake Hagopian

Casa Teresa Celebrates 40 Years

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Casa Teresa’s hosted a “Ruby Luncheon” in celebration of its 40 years of serving moms and babies at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine in Irvine. Students from local universities modeled clothes from the nonprofit’s newly-opened boutique, The Collection. Guest speakers completed the occasion, with $44,000 in net proceeds raised for the cause.

Range Rover Sport SVR Performs like a Sports Car

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Neck-snapping acceleration and cackling exhaust pipes are the first signs that the Range Rover Sport SVR is a performance car dressed in SUV clothes.
The snarling 550-horsepower V-8, borrowed from Jaguar F-Type, is capable of propelling this two-and-a-half-ton rig to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds and has a top track speed of 162 mph. The eight-speed automatic is a perfect partner.

Long Beach Toyota Grand Prix Pro/Celebrity Race Dads

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Father’s Day has been celebrated for more than 100 years and this year, it is on June 19th. We like to recognize fathers, fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence they have in our society. The day also has a role in providing a spur for retailers and so, we all participate in the desperate search for a unique gift. On Father’s Day we masculinize our purchasing style and head out the door looking for big boy toys: cars, motorcycles, boats, jet skis, watches, you name it.

SCORE OC Hosts Fourth Annual Women Business Owners Conference

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Female business owners are quickly becoming more and more prominent in the work force. In the year 2012, the National Women’s Business Council revealed that the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. had seen a 26.8% increase over the past five years. California came out on top with the highest number of women-owned businesses. And, finally, perhaps the most surprising fact: nearly nine in ten of these businesses claimed to have just one employee, the owner.

Business Owners Conference Fosters Small Businesses

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SCORE Orange County hosted its fourth annual Women Business Owners Conference at the Island Hotel, where 200 women gathered to hear remarks from a variety of speakers giving insights into the present business climate, including morning keynote speaker Diane Harkey, vice chair of the State Board of Equalization.

Mother-Daughter Time for NCL, Jrs. of Newport Beach

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National Charity League, Juniors of Newport Beach held its 30th annual mother-daughter luncheon and fashion show at the Balboa Bay Resort with a “Fashion Fling” theme. Bloomingdale’s Fashion Island dressed the mothers and daughters for their runway walk, and $80,000 was raised for three local charities. Photography Ann Chatillon