On the Boards at the Barclay…

What do Broadway actors do when they lead the list for more Tony Awards and nominations than anyone else? They take the show on the road!

Israel: The Land of Milk and Honey

There are certain travel destinations that provoke a new sense of focus and clarity of priorities upon returning home, and a renewed passion for life; Israel is one of them. The excitement of this historic destination will consume your senses upon arriving. Close your eyes and imagine what life was like in the Holy Land more than 2000 years ago…

Holiday Happenings

 Traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony at 
South Coast Plaza  On November 16th, the Segerstrom Family hosted South Coast Plaza 36th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Center Park, adjacent to The Westin South Coast Plaza. The 96-foot white fir majestic Christmas tree, which arrived from the Mt. Shasta area of Northern California, is always a popular landmark during the holidays with…

A Love Story in Philanthropy

Suzanne and James Mellor both recall their first meeting as love at first sight. “I fell in love with her the minute we met,” Jim says, and Suzanne adds, “I thought he was the nicest, most handsome man I had ever seen.” Married 64 years, the two met in Detroit, where they were both born and raised. Jim was an…

Thanksgiving – Be Creative but Keep the Classics

After spending more than forty years in kitchens prepping, cooking and serving Thanksgiving dinner in restaurants, hotels, and at home, I came to the following conclusion: In general, people still enjoy Thanksgiving classics such as velvety mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted yams with marshmallows, green bean casserole, and perfectly roasted turkey and gravy. However, besides the classics, it is also exciting…

CanstructionOC 2017: The Contribution of Art to Alleviate Hunger

By now you probably have had the chance to experience and admire the outstanding Canstruction exhibits at ARTIC, South Coast Plaza and John Wayne Airport. For the 10th consecutive year, Canstruction is dedicated to raising awareness about hunger by making a difference in the lives of one-in-five children who struggle with it every day in our beloved Orange County community.…

IN FOR THE LONG TERM

ean Wegener was raised in a family that believed in giving back. “I grew up back East,” she says, “with my parents always leading by example. They considered being involved and giving back to the community one of life’s great blessings.” Wegener came to Orange County in 1972 and settled in Newport Beach where she met Sam Boyce, owner of…

A Passionate Venture

How Harvesters was Launched. It all began with Jill Johnson-Tucker, who as a member of the board of directors of Second Harvest Food Bank was asked to find more funding to help the nonprofit feed the hungry in Orange County. She turned to her good friend, Jennifer Van Bergh, for help.

2017 Michael Chang Tennis Classic Helping the Community

Another beautiful summer day in sunny Newport Beach. Excitement is in the air and lots of fun ahead of us at the 2017 Michael Chang Tennis Classic. Michael Chang, originally from Hoboken, New Jersey, set numerous "youngest player records," turning pro at just 15 years of age. In 1987, he became the youngest player to win a main draw match…

More Than Just A Pretty Facade–Zeitz MOCAA Opens in Cape Town

The anticipation of the opening of Africa’s first contemporary art museum, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, is creating a buzz that is swarming the continent. The Victorian and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront Co., the developer who owns the site, has assembled the venerable team of Thomas Heatherwick and Liz Biden to helm one of…

All the 
Right Reasons

Rick Stein felt he was coming full circle when he accepted the job as President & CEO of Arts Orange County (ArtsOC) in 2008. After acquiring his bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University in 1976 and his master’s in English from Syracuse University in 1978, he had signed on as executive director of the Oswego County Council on Arts…

Things Are Poppin’ at the Barclay!

Ten years after retiring as President/CEO of the Orange County Performing Arts Center (since renamed Segerstrom Center for the Arts), Jerry Mandel got a call in October, 2015, about taking on the job of interim president of the Irvine Barclay Theatre while the board had time to fill the position. Doug Rankin, founding president of the Barclay had retired after…

Hong Kong Indulgences

Hong Kong might be one of the most vibrant cities in the world. It’s full of skyscrapers, luxury hotels, some of the best restaurants in the world, over-the-top designer shopping and, of course, people. It’s a bit of sensory overload as there are retail windows and restaurants filling every piece of real estate on every street. A world-class fine dining…

Sixty-five Years Later…

Joseph Edward Prentice was very clear in 1949 when he stipulated that his gift of 12 acres of land to the City of Santa Ana was to establish a park in his name with the caveat that there needed to be at least 50 monkeys on the grounds at all times. It seems Prentice had a fascination for monkeys and…

Surf City USA Kicks Off AVP’s 2017 Season

Though the skies were grey and cloudy, it didn’t stop volleyball enthusiasts and beach-goers as thousands flocked to the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier for the Huntington Beach Open on May 4-7. The event housed buzzing fans packing the general free admission seats and the limited VIP premium seats daily. The four-day event, hosted by the Association of…

The 2017 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

For Festival of Arts’ Board President Fred Sattler to recall his first memory of the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach isn’t difficult. “Summer of 1965,” Sattler says wistfully. His then fiancé, now wife, was a Laguna Beach resident at the time. “She took me to the Festival,” Sattler recalls, “and I’ve always remembered it.”

A Community Icon Turns 50

It is doubtful Arnold Haskell, founder of Sherman Library and Gardens, ever dreamed he would be establishing a historical research library and horticultural learning center in Newport Beach when, as a young man in 1914, he accepted the job as personal secretary to Moses Hazeltine Sherman, one of the most prominent and successful businessmen in Los Angeles.

July 2017 Road Trip

Japan is one of the hottest destinations for 2017. A significant language barrier has deterred many travelers, as English is fairly uncommon and thousands of characters compose the kanji alphabet. However, it does not take long for the distinguished culture to overshadow this challenge. Shortly after observing the order of everyday life, attention to detail, extreme cleanliness and formal etiquette,…

A Dedicated Father

“I am so grateful for my wife and the life we’ve created together. Our family is the most important thing in my life,” says an impassioned Jon Lewis, Newport Beach Police Chief. “My kids are the light of my world,” he continues.

Seventh Continent Explorations

Explorers and researchers have been visiting the continent of Antarctica for decades, although throughout history, the voyages getting to the mostly untouched land have been met with tales of unprecedented struggles and defeat. Today, thanks to modern ships and experienced crew, getting to Antarctica is no longer what it once was. That being said, the Drake Passage, one of the…

June 2017 Local Limelight

Philanthropist Sebastian Paul Musco joined an acclaimed list of recipients, including seven U.S. Presidents and luminaries such as Elie Wiesel, Bob Hope, Rosa Parks, General Martin Dempsey and Edward James Olmos, in being awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

A Mother’s Story

It turns out that Isabelle was introduced to McDonalds in 1967, when at age 21 she married Pat Smith, who with his parents eventually owned and operated stores in Artesia and San Clemente. After Dolorys and Jack Smith passed away by 1976, Pat and Isabelle opened a store in San Juan Capistrano, later selling it before an amicable divorce in…

The “New” New York

I was born in Manhattan and my mother, a native Californian, logged more than four decades in New York. So, it was with great curiosity that we, together with my 10-year-old daughter, decided to explore a downtown neighborhood located at the narrow tip of the island that spans from the East River to the Hudson River. Locals have started referring…

A Winning Vision

“I was a one-man band,” Sam Goldstein says of launching Art of Dining for the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now known as Orange County Museum of Art), in 1987. “I was on the museum’s acquisition committee, and we needed money to buy art, so I established a fundraiser that would divide the proceeds between acquiring art and the operating fund,”…

A Safari Unlike the Others

A trip to South Africa is a dream for most, and, usually, that dream involves the inclusion of a safari. And, why wouldn’t it? An African safari is by far one of the most incredible experiences an adventure traveler can have in their lifetime. Nothing can compare to witnessing majestic creatures in their natural habitat, where they are free to…

The Beauty of Cuba

The best way to approach Cuba is to resist understanding it and just enjoy it. The most apparent contradiction is the juxtaposition of old and new. While most of the country has not changed in 60 years, half the buildings are in disrepair and seem uninhabitable. Yet, the grandeur of pre-Revolution Cuba is visible on the exteriors. Most of Havana’s…

A World Apart

Everything you've heard about Dubai's unbridled extravagance is true. Well, at least most of it is. (I’d been told that most taxis I’d hail would be Mercedes and with luck even Lamborghinis. Turns out, that wasn’t quite true.) However, this city–technically an Emirate–perched on the Persian Gulf is considered the most expensive in the Middle East. It is the flashiest…

Culinary Capital Extraordinaire

Food gives booze a run for its money in the fun, fabled city of New Orleans. The trick isn’t in finding good food. It’s in seeking out excellent food in one-of-a-kind restaurants that truly reflect the city. Here are few of the best: Galatoire’s. This gilded spot’s old world glamour is a welcome antidote to the 24/7 party raging outside…

Thirty Years and Going Strong!

Orange County School of the Arts is a national model Article | Donna Bunce The Background Orange County School of the Arts Founder/Executive Director/President Ralph Opacic grew up in Annandale, Virginia, one of three children of a Marine and a stay-at-home mother. It didn’t take his parents long to realize that their son was musically … Continued

Celebrating 50!

Werner Escher, Executive Director of Domestic and International Markets, passed away in January, 2017. He will long be remembered for his effervescent smile and his nearly 50 years of loyalty and dedication to the Segerstrom family and South Coast Plaza.

A Perfect Romance!

The year was 1962 and Susan Wright, a sophomore at UCLA, was attending a Halloween party at the Newman Club, a Catholic center on campus. Tim Strader, a third-year law student at the university, appeared with some of his buddies, and as he remembers.

Romantic Rendezvous!

It’s that wonderful time of the year when romance blossoms, boxes of fine chocolates abound and restaurant reservations are in full swing. However, for me, romance is all about three things: being with the person I love, discovering a unique setting to enjoy some alone time, and making it all a big surprise.

What’s Cooking: A Chocolate Surprise for Your Sweetheart

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to spoil your sweetie with a sweet dessert! Nothing says “Love” like a delicious homemade treat. This recipe tastes decadent and difficult, but it is incredibly easy, so even non-cooks can quickly impress a special love. These romantic red velvet cupcakes are filled with a sweet surprise: a creamy chocolate filling!

Third Year Anniversary 
Celebration a Hit!

More than 500 invited guests attended Newport Beach Lifestyle’s Third-Year Anniversary Celebration on Friday evening, November 11, 2016. As they arrived at the private Pelican Hill estate in Newport Coast provided by Bradshaw Residential Group, guests experienced the new Tesla SUV and a beautifully restored 1966 Austin Healy on display for photo ops. The red carpet then beckoned them toward…

Plan to be Transported!

A busy 2016? We got you. The New Year signals a chance to master the elusive art of relaxation. Here are resort spas around the world that offer one-of-a-kind experiences that can help you on your journey:

January 2017 Hot Spot

Simple pleasures. What is more divine than a fresh oyster? Chilled, bite-sized bursts of the ocean sparkle with a briny finish. Eaten raw, oysters come dressed in the bare minimum, sprinkled with a vinegary mignonette or dotted with flecks of spicy horseradish. Oysters are simple, yet undoubtedly elegant. They are definitely simple pleasures. Fortunately, oysters are a specialty at South…

A Holiday Tradition

The Fashionables, a support group for Chapman College (later Chapman University) was 15 years old in 1986 when President Mary Lou Hopkins Hornsby asked founding member Dori de Kruif to create a fundraiser to support the college. Up until that time, the group’s dues provided scholarships for Chapman students, but there was no other fundraising.

Enticements Await!

You may have attended a “tree-lighting” ceremony or two, but what about a “bay-lighting” ceremony? Newport Dunes’ 26th Annual “Lighting of the Bay” showcases the lighting of 50 Christmas trees that float around the bay. The three-day extravaganza kicks off on November 25th with live musical performances, Santa’s arrival and the Lighting of the Bay, followed by the family movie,…

Keeping a Promise: 50 Years and Counting

Fifty years seems like a long time. Looking back at highlights from 1966 brings perspective. It was the year that cigarette manufacturers were required to print the warning, "Caution: Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health," on every pack. Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” rose to #1 on Billboard charts; the first operational weather satellite was launched; 215,000…

Biking Down Bolivia’s “Death Road”

Bolivia is one of the least visited countries in South America by North American tourists, let alone anyone from outside of the continent. For years, it’s been a destination for backpackers and the more adventurous types, as not a lot was known about the small landlocked country. Today, tourism has picked up some, but the country still struggles mostly due…

A Philanthropy Match Made in Heaven!

Elizabeth and Tom Tierney strongly agree that any positive contributions they have made to their family and the community have been a direct result of them creating it together. “We’ve been in escrow a long time,” Tom quips, regarding the couple’s 38-year marriage.

Last Woman Standing

“I can’t believe I’m 94,” Ruth Ann Segerstrom Moriarty says, as she reflects upon her life. Ruth Ann’s father, Anton Segerstrom, was one of 11 children that Charles John (C.J.) and Bertha Segerstrom brought into the world. Anton Segerstrom married Ruth Thomas, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana in 1920. They had two children: Ruth Ann, born in 1922, and her…

The Best of Napa Valley – What Not To Miss 

When visiting California, for most, taking a trip to experience the beauty (and wine) of Napa Valley is one of the most desired things to do. Even for people living in California, visiting Napa is a treat. The region is famous for its superb wines, and visitors can’t help but get caught up in the moment of going from tasting…

To Love and Serve

Paul McDonald remembers his upbringing with great affection. Born in Montebello and raised in Covina, his father Frank was head of maintenance for the Hacienda/La Puente School District and his mother Annie was a stay-at-home mom, until Paul was high school age and both parents worked at night cleaning the GTE building in Covina for Paul to attend the private…

A Winning Team!

Joe and Mechelle Lawrence Adams meet every morning for coffee at 6 a.m. to talk about their exciting work with the nonprofits they head–Joe as President of Discovery Cube and Mechelle as Executive Director of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

An Icon Moves On

To say he is a force of nature is certainly apt. For anyone who knows Jim Doti, the description “Pied Piper” comes to mind. If you met Doti during his 25-year tenure as Chapman University’s president, you easily found yourself following his lead. Not only has he put the 8,000-student university on the map, he has brought supporters far and…

New Kid on the Block

“I’m resuming my love affair with Orange County,” says a smiling Richard Bryant, executive director of the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University. “I’ve lived all over the country, and I feel like I’ve come home.”

A Community Celebrates

September 29, 1986 is the date that changed everything for the performing arts in Orange County. The county officially celebrated the opening of its own performing arts center. 
Originally called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the new Center’s 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall was packed on opening night to hear Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform, along with the…

A Centennial for America’s National Park Service

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th, 2016, and many of the parks are planning to celebrate the centennial of Woodrow Wilson putting pen to paper to "conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and … leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

2016 Association of Volleyball Professionals Tournament in Huntington Beach

The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) is the premier American professional beach volleyball tour and exclusive U.S. beach volleyball home of the nation’s top male and female athletes, including Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalists. The tour is entering its 33rd season. Under the ownership of Donald Sun since 2012, the AVP is scheduled to hold eight tournaments across the…