Food Styling 101: Cook It Like a Chef

 Article and Photography Jessica Roy  Creating a beautiful dish that will please a crowd or your family and friends is achievable with just a few quick tips and easy-to-follow steps. One of my beliefs is that people eat first with their eyes; therefore, I love to create food that is vibrant, fresh and, of course, delicious. Taste to me is equally if not more important so I always encourage seasoning and tasting as you go. This simple beet and whipped goat cheese bruschetta is served on a multigrain baguette, topped with juicy blood oranges, tri-colored beets, balsamic glaze, and picked garden greens.   

Master Thespian Lets Loose in Irvine

 Article Helena Danovich  With 21 plays under his belt, Lovitz graduated from UC Irvine in 1979.  Inspired by his comic idols, Al Jolson and the Marx Brothers, Jon Lovitz came to UCI in the mid-70s to study acting. In September, he’ll be back in Irvine at the Barclay to offer up his personal brand of stand-up.

2018-19 College Football Playoff Favorites

 Article Rick Gaeth  The 2018-19 college football season is fast approaching. The NCAA playoff committee has made it clear for this season that only Power Five conference teams (SEC, Big 10, ACC, PAC 12, and BIG 12) will be allowed a spot in the College Football Playoff. That leaves only a handful of teams that realistically have a chance to make it to the playoff.   The University of Central Florida (UCF), a Group of Five conference team, was denied a berth in the playoffs last season even though they were the only team with a perfect record, including a win in their Bowl game. UCF coach Scott Frost has moved on to his alma mater, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he quarterbacked their 1997 National Championship team. The Huskers are a team to watch with Frost at the helm.

Monsters Among Us

 Article Dawn Bonker  Monsters aren’t just the stuff of Halloween, swooping onto the scene in the trappings of their breed–capes, fangs, flying brooms and all the rest–then exiting stage left until next season.  “People can conjure them up like soup, with fear of the unknown a key ingredient,” says John Benitz, chair of Chapman University’s Department of Theatre in the College of Performing Arts. “It’s a sad instinct we sometimes gravitate to. Once you’ve successfully objectified a group or person, it makes it easier and possible to display hate against them.”

The Performing Arts are Flourishing!

I always love this issue, since I have an arts background and am tuned in to what is happening here in our lovely community. I have a degree in music and taught vocal music in Indiana, where I’m from, and in Fountain Valley, California for six years before, sadly, the music program was severely cut … Continued

Athens Culture is Intoxicating

 Article Andrea Poe  Athens is a cultured European hub. The city gets a bad rap as a place to fly into before departing as fast as possible. Perhaps that’s because the gorgeous Greek islands beckon like sirens, but, in fact, the city has an undeniably artistic soul. Here, even the shops, cafes and vibrant bustling street life have a poetic edge. Art lovers won’t for a moment regret planning a long weekend in Athens to delve into Greece’s artistic pulse before (or after) hitting the idyllic beaches and Instagram-worthy views the islands offer.                                                ***

Pacific Symphony: A 40-Year Journey

 Article Timothy Mangan  Jimmy Carter was president, “All in the Family” won big at the Emmys, disco was still popular and the Yankees beat the Dodgers in the World Series. There was no cable or cell phones or personal computers. People read newspapers, on paper, delivered by kids on bicycles. We’re talking 1978, 40 years ago.  That was also the year that Pacific Symphony was founded. I was attending high school in Fountain Valley, a trombonist with hopes for the future. In March, a group of community leaders in northern Orange County led by Marcy Mulville got together with the Cal State Fullerton conductor Keith Clark to form what they would initially call the Pacific Chamber Orchestra (changed a couple years later to Pacific Symphony Orchestra). I didn’t hear about it at the time, but soon enough, Forrest Gump-like, if you will, my own musical path would begin intersecting with the orchestra’s at significant points in its history. When I look back on my life, the Symphony plays a big and recurring part.

September 2018 Around Town

Whittier Trust Hosts Reception at Hilbert Museum Following Chapman University’s 40th anniversary of its Economic Forecast on campus at Musco Center for the Arts, Whittier Trust hosted a private reception and tour for their clients at Chapman’s Hilbert Museum, where Chapman President Emeritus Jim Doti (Forecast presenter) and his wife Lynne were presented a certificate of gratitude … Continued

TMS Opens Offices for Treatment of Depression

NewEra TMS celebrated its grand opening with a reception at its new office located at Bella Terra Medical Building in Huntington Beach. In addition, the company is opening another office in Newport Beach/Costa Mesa. The practice offers safe and effective transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression. The innovative solution represents an alternative … Continued

Sixth Annual “Priceless” Luncheon Addresses Human Trafficking

Sixth Annual “Priceless” Luncheon Addresses Human Trafficking

 Article Donna Bunce  Dr. Sandra Morgan, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWF) director, is on a mission. Her passion is to eradicate human trafficking. With a pediatric nursing background, Morgan began her anti-trafficking work in Athens, Greece in 1994 by serving on the board of the Athens International Nurses Association. After returning to the U.S., she volunteered with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force and began to work with Waymakers, a nonprofit that serves as administrator of the task force. In 2010, Dr. Morgan became director of the GCWJ, which provides training and resources to enable leaders to promote justice against human trafficking and modern day slavery.  “Our work over the last 15 years has been to study the complex issue of human trafficking in our own backyard and beyond,” says Morgan, who is recognized globally for her expertise in combating human trafficking and working to end violence against women.

Sensational Offerings from our Community’s Performing Arts Titans

 Article Donna Bunce | Photography Photos Provided  The Orange County community is fortunate to be blessed with three performing arts venues that offer an amazing array of cultural offerings.  The oldest, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, was launched in 1986, and is today one of the country’s major performing arts centers. Celebrating its 32nd season, audiences will enjoy everything from the world premiere of “Isadora,” starring today’s reigning prima ballerina Natalia Osipova as modern dance revolutionary Isadora Duncan, to Broadway’s smashing success, the six-time Tony Award-winning “Dear Evan Hansen.” Under the artful leadership of President Terry Dwyer, the showstoppers continue.

WHW Celebrates 25 Iconic Years

WHW Celebrates 25 Iconic Years

WHW, which provides the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job, celebrated 25 years at its annual luncheon and fashion show (by WHW’s retail store, Deja New) at Pasea Hotel in Huntington Beach. With an “old Hollywood” theme, many of the 400 guests participated, with $197,000 … Continued

Serious Fun Gala Honors Longtime Supporter

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Kate Duchene was presented the Dove Award for her dedication to breaking the cycle of domestic violence by Human Options, a nonprofit dedicated to that mission. Held at the Balboa Bay Resort, 325 supporters enjoyed a Tahitian Nights-themed evening, which featured a performance by the Muana Neui School of Polynesian Dance and helped net $328,000 … Continued

Rivals Cup Inaugural Golf Tournament a Sell-Out

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Kure It Cancer Research's inaugural golf tournament drew a full contingent of golfers to Pelican Hill Golf Club for a great day of golfing followed by an awards banquet and auction. Competitive UCLA and USC alums vied for the trophy, which went to USC. The effort netted more than $135,000 for underfunded cancer research. Photography … Continued

Tennis Classic Brings Out Record Crowds

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The 57th Annual Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic, held at multiple venues over Memorial Day weekend, drew record crowds and raised monies for Holy Family Services’ foster and adoption services. Australian-born tennis champion Roy Emerson shared a bit of tennis history and of his lifelong love of the sport during the winners’ presentations. Photography … Continued

Community Leaders Excel in Raising Awareness and Money for LLS

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Orange County Inland Empire Chapter held its Grand Finale gala at the Irvine Marriott for 300 guests to announce the winners of the 2018 Man & Woman of the Year. Six exceptional community leaders raised money and awareness for and about blood cancers, helping raise $533,224 for the cause. Photography … Continued

Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast Welcomes Basketball Great

Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast Welcomes Basketball Great 5

More than 920 guests attended the 15th Annual Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast at Hotel Irvine, raising funds to support initiatives targeting education, health, housing and income challenges facing women and children in Orange County. With Earvin “Magic” Johnson as keynote speaker and students from Paul Revere Elementary dancing, it was an event to cherish. Photography Steven … Continued