December 2017 Around Town

 One Wreath at a Time  The Patience Wright Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, in Laguna Beach, along with chapters in Newport Beach, Irvine, Tustin and Huntington Beach, are supporting Wreaths Across America again this year. They are asking friends, family and business associates to donate wreaths to be placed on more than 6,000 veterans’ graves at Pacific…

November 2017 Around Town

William Finnegan, an award-winning reporter, staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Barbarian Days, a memoir about his lifelong passion with surfing, is making an appearance through the Newport Beach Library Foundation on Thursday, November 9, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library in Newport Beach. Whether speaking about his experiences as a…

October 2017 Around Town

The Hollywood Reporter, which annually ranks the top 25 film schools in America, has placed Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at #6, after three years ranked as #7. It shows the school is gaining stature and Hollywood is noticing. Noting the achievements of its alumni, its distinguished faculty and guest speakers, state-of-the art facilities, international programs,…

September 2017 Around Town

The Scott Brothers, aka Jonathan and Drew Scott, are hosts of three top-rated HGTV series, including the Emmy-winning Property Brothers. The twin brothers–Jonathan a renowned designer and licensed contractor, and Drew, a seasoned agent and real estate expert–have recorded two original tracks and written a book, and for their show, titled “The Scott Brothers House Party,” at SCFTA’s Segerstrom Hall,…

August 2017 Around Town

Hutton Wilkinson and Manfred Flynn Kuhnert were on their game at Laguna Playhouse when they talked about the books they co-wrote–The Walk to Elsie’s and The Walk From Elsie’s. The books, called a “stunning work of historical fiction” by Harper’s Bazaar, reminisce and dazzle with tales of friendship and adventure between Elsie de Wolfe, aka Lady Mendl, the most coveted…

July 2017 Around Town

Up until recently, Daily Pilot columnist Bruce Cook has been silent about his need for a kidney to save his life. He had a “coming out” party hosted by Balboa Bay Club matriarch Carole Pickup in the resort’s Grand Ballroom, where 400 of Bruce’s friends showed up in support. Guest speakers included Newport Beach Nephrologist Dr. Eric Weschler, his partner…

June 2017 Around Town

The 46th Annual Police Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, was held to honor the city’s finest and to show how much residents and local businesses appreciate their work in the community. Held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, the turn-out was a sell-out at nearly 500 in attendance. Police Chief Jon Lewis was front and…

May 2017 Around Town

In homage to visionary philanthropist and retailing legend Henry Segerstrom, the documentary film, “Henry Segerstrom: Imagining the Future,” was premiered for an impressive cadre of 300 guests at the Directors Guild of America’s New York Theater recently. Following the private screening, Cartier pages ushered guests to a champagne dinner at the Weill Terrace Room, Carnegie Hall, with featured remarks by…

April 2017 Around Town

Kudos to Keith Hancock, ’02 and M.A. ’04, who was recently named Grammy Music Educator of the Year, along with being presented a $10,000 honorarium, at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Under Hancock’s leadership, Rancho Santa Margarita’s Tesoro High School choirs grew from a single class into an award-winning program with more than 200 singers, who have toured Europe, performed…

March 2017 Around Town

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has begun construction on its new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and the Center for Dance and Innovation to be housed in the Judy Morr Theater, thanks to The Next Act campaign. The Argyroses gave a generous $13.5 million towards the project. Look for an array of free events, a café and outdoor seating on…

February 2017 Around Town

Crystal Cove celebrated its 20th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Winter Family Festival in early December featuring a visit from Santa, carolers and fun for the entire family. The only coastal beach holiday tree display in California is quite the honor. The hundreds that attended also enjoyed a seasonal bazaar featuring handcrafted treasures by local residents and artists, as well…

January 2017 Around Town

The new Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has won two architectural design awards. The Pfeiffer Partners-designed center has received a Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Orange County Chapter and an Award of Merit for its engineering from the Engineering News Record. Across campus, the future Center for Science and Technology,…

December 2016 Around Town

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders held its second annual Hope & Help Gala, themed “Extraordinary Talent. Exceptional People,” at The Resort at Pelican Hill, raising $512,000 to benefit Center services. Pacific Symphony President Jon Forsyte was guest of honor for his dedication to bringing music to the autism community. He credited the Thompson Family Foundation for making the…

November 2016 Around Town

Newport Beach native Agnes Su, who now dances with Stuttgart Ballet, got her start at Southland Ballet Academy, the dance company affiliated with Festival Ballet Theatre. Recently, FBT held an exceptional night of dance at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at its ninth annual Gala of the Stars, where Su was showcased in the West Coast premiere of a John Cranko…

October 2016 Around Town

Gary Hill, owner of Hill’s Boat Service in Newport Beach and Newport Harbor Yacht Club Commodore, received the 2016 Good Sea Scout Award from the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America at an awards luncheon at NHYC attended by nearly 200 peers, friends and family. The event raised more than $107,000 for the Newport Sea Base–a new record!–which will…

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The 130-room Lido House, the much-anticipated boutique hotel situated on the former Newport Beach City Hall, has broken ground! The hotel’s owner and developer is Newport Beach-based R.D. Olson Development. The hotel plans include meeting and retail spaces, a spa, a three-meal restaurant, a Kean Coffee, and a pool and recreation area. Equipped with shovels and hard hats, Bob Olson,…

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Hundreds of history lovers attended the Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society’s 2016 Historic Home Tour. The one-of-a-kind experience to view seven historic Balboa Island homes and a 1924 vintage yacht was a huge draw. The iconic former residence of actor Buddy Ebsen and the “Jaws House,” designed by architect John Lautner with its balcony shaped like a shark’s open…

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its third annual Arts and Business Leadership Awards Dinner, which honored Zelma “Zee” Allred, chairman and CEO of Pool Water Products, with the Distinguished Leader Award and attorney Ashleigh Aitken Of Counsel for Aitken • Aitken • Cohn with the Rising Leader Award. Both women were recognized for their exemplary business leadership and their…

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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…

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Three-time Grammy nominated Mariachi Sol de Mexico, celebrating its 35th anniversary year under the direction of founder Jose Hernandez, will make its Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ debut on Thursday, May 5, at 8 p.m. Attendees will enjoy traditional Mexican folk, classical and pop music with Hernandez’ vivid and graceful compositions. Billboard declares the group, “One of the most prolific…

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Ethos Contemporary Art Gallery showcased the works of three standout artists at its VIP Preview Party, before the artists displayed their art at the LA Art Show the following week. Artist Georgeana Ireland, Oregon native turned Newport Beach local, exhibited her large scale paintings, incorporating materials such as gold leaf and diamond dust, while Pierre Henri Matisse, grandson of master…

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Congratulations to the Newport Chapter of National Charity League in hosting its 55th Debutante Ball, held at Hotel Irvine. The mother-daughter philanthropic organization is dedicated to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences, with the 33 debutantes, the largest class to date, volunteering more than 9,000 hours of service in six years to philanthropies supported by the chapter. More than…

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The 107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade saw 85 boats decked out in their finest holiday attire glide through the waters of Newport Harbor to grand applause from thousands of spectators for five consecutive nights in mid-December. Together with television, radio and social media coverage, more than 1 million people enjoyed the decorated boats–some extravagantly so!–as they set the harbor…

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“Orange Juliette” cocktails were served in honor of Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low at the Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Sixth Annual “Celebrate Leadership” event at the Island Hotel. Girl Scout alumnae honored included Jacqueline Akerblom, West Region Managing Partner, Grant Thornton; Corinne Burton, President, Teacher Created Materials Publishing; Tanya Domier, CEO, Advantage Sales & Marketing; Sue Graham-Sparks, VP/Store…

December 2015 Around Town

The revered Figge family, known for their iconic photography business in Newport Beach, celebrated their 70th anniversary with 200 of their loyal clients, closest friends and supportive family at the Port Theater in Corona del Mar. The event featured comfort food bites, including mini-sliders, signature martinis, the musical stylings of The Hi-Fi Honeydrops and, of course, a photo booth for…

November 2015 Around Town

In celebration of the Leatherby Libraries’ 10th Anniversary, Chapman University honored the Leatherby Family who is responsible for the lead gift to build the spectacular $26 million facility. A reception and dedication of the Leatherby Family Wall of Honor was held in the Allred Entrada of the libraries, where formal portraits of the family were unveiled, along with a display…

October 2015 Around Town

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission recently installed 10 new sculptures in the Civic Center Park Exhibition. The sculptures selected were among 81 submissions based on their artistic merit, durability, practicality and appropriateness. The grand opening, held on September 12, featured some of the artists and members of the Newport Beach Art Foundation taking visitors on walking tours of the…

September 2015 Around Town

The 75-year-old Assistance League of Newport-Mesa honored 15 high school seniors at its 24th Annual Medallion Recognition Ball, held at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The debutantes were recognized for their close to 3,500 hours of community service during their four years as members of Assisteens, an auxiliary of ALNM. Dressed in traditional white gowns and evening gloves and…

August 2015 Around Town

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, the exhibition that Orange County Museum of Arts (OCMA) recently launched and which runs through October 11, 2015, is a look at the new generation of artists emerging in mainland China since 2000. Born after 1976, all of them are products of the One Child Policy, have grown up with a high-powered market economy and…

July 2015 Around Town

Akoko Okeyo was presented the Newport Beach Lifestyle Artist Award at the 21st Annual Balboa Island Artwalk by the magazine's Publisher Randy Harding. The talented artist engraves on glass by hand, using a drill. "Think of the drill as my brush and the glass as the canvas," Okeyo says. Each of her works of art is unique. See her beautifully…

June 2015 Around Town

The Second Annual Balboa Yacht Club Wooden Boat Festival is coming up on June 6 at, you guessed it, the Balboa Yacht Club! The public is invited to view Newport Beach’s finest wooden boats and yachts, and admission is free, so plan on plan on dropping by for a whale of a good time. Members of the Balboa Yacht Club are the…

May 2015 Around Town

Irvine Barclay Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special exhibition at John Wayne Airport (JWA). Located pre-security along the pedestrian walkway connecting Terminal B and C, the exhibition, entitled “Wit, Style, Power, Grace,” explores the artistic and cultural diversity of Orange County through the lens of events presented at the Barclay over its history. The Barclay has developed…