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…

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…

‘Living the Life of Riley’

 Article and Photography Deirdre Michalski  I didn’t really plan it this way when I first got our puppy 12 years ago. Like motherhood, I started out with the best of intentions. I cuddled our new bundle of joy and took him to behavior classes and slowly introduced him to other dogs. It all started out so well. I am of Irish…

Enjoy an Island Getaway Here in Your Own Backyard!

Straight from the sandy shores of the Pacific Islands to our own backyard here in Orange County, Irvine Barclay Theatre is bringing an abundance of ‘Aloha’ to SoCal in 2018 with the finest in live Hawaiian music. Performances by Hawaii’s most acclaimed artists, both traditional and contemporary, are a perfect opportunity to experience a mini tropical getaway and a memorable evening…

Hula, Opera and Organs, Oh My!

This season, Irvine Barclay Theatre is significantly expanding its ArtsReach programming with an especially eclectic menu of unique experiences for lucky participants. From reimagined Americana to traditional Hula, from classical opera to the world’s first and only International Touring Organ, these innovative educational programs connect featured main-stage artists with students of all ages in the most inspiring and transformative ways.…

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!

Three Hundred Middle School Students + One 13-year-old Grammy Nominee = MAGIC!

At 13 years old, jazz pianist Joey Alexander was already a seasoned touring professional and a two-time Grammy nominee (now a Grammy winner). He played to a sold-out audience at his Irvine Barclay Theatre debut, but the real fun began the very next morning. The Barclay’s ArtsReach brought 300 IUSD middle school students to the theater to see if Joey…

October 2017 Local Limelight

Award-winning actor and singer Keith David has had a rich career that is as diverse as it is distinguished, with several hundred theater, film, TV, and narrator credits. Among the standouts are the Broadway production of “Jelly’s Last Jam,” John Carpenter’s cult flick “The Thing,” and the wildly hilarious “There’s Something About Mary.” He currently stars as Bishop James Greenleaf…

LOCAL LIMELIGHT

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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.

Laguna Dance Festival’s September Season

Mark your dance calendar for September 21–25 for the award-winning Laguna Dance Festival's 12th year, which will bring three renowned dance companies to Laguna Beach in its quest to showcase new and established dance companies and artists, increase public appreciation and provide quality dance education.

Fifty Remarkable Years of the Sawdust Art Festival

The 50th summer of the Sawdust Art Festival is here. Since 1966, the festival has expanded greatly from a humble dirt lot to a sprawling, three-acre eucalyptus grove in Laguna Canyon. Over time, Sawdust came to organically incorporate many forms of art, education programs and charity efforts. This has allowed the festival to grow, not just its size, but also…

The Road to the Garden

Greta Garbo was awarded ‘Select Bitch’-- the top female of her variety--at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2013. The story of how this two-year-old, wire-haired dachshund won at the top dog show in the land is quite remarkable.