“Parks & Recreation” 8 p.m., NBC The last of NBC’s trio of oddball workplace comedies, “Parks & Recreation,” might never have reached the heights of “The Office” or “30 Rock,” but it has been good enough to rank as one of the better big-network com
For its first concert of the new year, the Pacific Symphony gave us the opportunity to hear for the first time a young conductor who is making a name for himself in Europe but who hasn’t been heard much in the U.S. The young violin soloist on hand, now well established on an international career, was returning, but had never performed indo
Jazz singer Dianne Reeves’ most recent album might seem a wildly eclectic collection at first glance, a handful of originals scattered among her versions of classic songs by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley and Ani DiFranco.
But to Reeves, the material on “Beautiful Life” became all of a piece in t
The storm that lashed Catalina Island the night before New Year’s Eve has an official name: “Avalon Complex 12/30/14.”But in the hearts of an island population shy of 4,000, the storm will always be known as something else:The night Bruce Ryder and Tim Mitchell died.This week, tourists visiti
HUNTINGTON BEACH – As one of the best competitive surfers in the world, San Clemente’s Kolohe Andino didn’t need to enter the Shoe City Pro that was held in Huntington Beach this week – but it was a good way for the pro surfer to keep his competitive juices flowing. Plus, a few thousand bucks for the win isn’t too s
Friends this week remembered guitarist Bobby Redfield as a consummately professional musician with warmth, humor and a love for jazz.A longtime fixture in the local jazz scene, Redfield died Dec. 20 in his home in Laguna Hills after a battle with cancer. He was 77.Redfield performed with the Righteous Brothers in the earl
LOS ANGELES -- Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as “The Lion King,” has died. He was 72.Crouch died Thursday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he had been admitted Saturday after sufferin
ANAHEIM – The Menace roared into Maxwell Elementary School on Thursday afternoon.
The 15-foot-tall monster truck arrive to screams and cheers from more than 100 thrilled students. The truck was part of a demonstration aimed at promoting science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, lessons. Darren Migues, the truck’s dr
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Ever wonder why gift cards are so popular? They’re easy for the gift-giver, but even more popular with the stores. Reason? Because retailers know that as many as 10 percent of gift cards will never be redeemed. I must admit, I have a few still lying around unused.
But what if you could sell those cards and get a good chunk of their
As the civil rights movie “Selma” arrives in theaters throughout Orange County today, backlash has already begun regarding the film’s depiction of then-President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Director and co-writer Ava DuVernay has garnered praise in the past for her ability to craft complex black characters, most notably with the
The time when an American orchestra would go into the studio to make a recording for a big record label with international retail distribution is now long past. These days, the major American orchestras all have their own record labels, make their recordings live in concert and sell them online.
The amount of music recorded in this way i
As I look ahead to 2015, the words “classic” and “cluster” come to mind.
Local culinary phenoms – Amar Santana, Rachel Klemek and Jason Quinn – are expanding their empires in Orange County. The operators of Anepalco’s are dreaming up a new eatery for downtown Santa Ana. Portola Coffee Lab’s
To say Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” feels relevant is a mammoth understatement. It’s altogether animated, propelled and enlivened by its contemporary urgency. “Selma” is a history lesson that throbs with today.
DuVernay, a former publicist with two low-budget dramas to her name, dramatizes the events around
The short rib enchiladas at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen might be the mother of all enchiladas. They’re not rolled, but stacked rather loosely.Corn tortillas are layered and heaped with slow-cooked beef short rib, which has been braised with guajillo chilies until the meat is tender enough to eat with a spoon.The m
If you’ve been to the Anaheim Packing House you undoubtedly have seen the ridiculously long queue at The Kroft sandwich shop on the lower level. Most diners in that line will order the porchetta sandwich. Their porchetta (rotisserie pork) is very good. But what most people don’t know is that there is an even better porchetta sandwich
Gary Louris knows all the kind labels attached to the Jayhawks, the influential roots-and-country-rock band he co-founded in Minneapolis in the mid-’80s, accolades such as founders of the Americana music scene or godfathers of alternative country.
Nice words, sure, but Louris insists he’s never been entirely comfortable in th
Foie gras lovers, including Orange County chefs, are rejoicing after a federal judge in Los Angeles blocked California’s ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver. Judge Stephen V. Wilson on Wednesday permanently blocked the state attorney general from enforcing the law that took effect two years ago. Wilson found that the
Orange County wanderers might be struck with a kind of natural wonder as they visit fairy-tale spots right here in the county.Join Register photographers as they focus their lenses on some lesser-known hidden treasures, including a spectacular 1926 turret along Victoria Beach.The spiral staircase in the “Pirate Towe
ANAHEIM – Disney deals for Southern California residents are back. The company has announced discounted ticket rates of up to 25 percent for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. For $139, a customer gets two visits by May 21 – going to Disneyland twice, Disney California Adventure twice or each park once.
It seems Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl wasn't just joking with fans at the secret show at the Roxy in Los Angeles in November when he invited loyal devotees to join him on his birthday for a special show at the Forum in Los Angeles.Keeping that promise, the Foo Fighters announced Wednesday that the band’s first show of the n
Kurt Zimmerman arrived at the 300th In-N-Out Burger at 2 a.m. Wednesday, knowing he would not be lavished with grand opening swag typical of other fast-food chains. Instead, the die-hard burger fan from Aliso Viejo stayed up all night for one reason: honor.
“It’s the 300th store, and I’m No. 1. I get the first burger,&r
When the International Consumer Electronics Show rolled into Las Vegas this week, it did so with the largest contingent of automakers ever. A record 10 companies showed up to show off their cars, not only as vehicles but as cutting-edge mobile devices that demonstrate the convergence of transportation and computer wizardry.Laser head
Even if you are the bassist in one of the biggest rock bands in the world today, it can still be a bit nerve-racking to step in front of an audience of only about 300 to share your side project for the very first time. Nate Mendel, who has been a part of rock band Foo Fighters since its inception, debuted his brand new group, Lieutenant, in the