Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, is celebrating the 2017 Chinese New Year with the Southern California community by offering a number of unique and multi-faceted events. First, all are invited to the inaugural concert, “Chinese New Year: A Love Feast,” which offers a joyous mix of Eastern and Western music and dance, on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Surrounding the concert is a VIP Chinese New Year Celebration reception and formal dinner in collaboration with LUILI crystal art. Then, the Symphony partners with the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/Irvine Chinese School to present the “2017 Lantern Festival,” commemorating the end of the Lunar New Year. This free, family-friendly festival – with numerous activities and performances traditionally associated with the end of the Lunar New Year – takes place Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
January 20, 2017
The New Year at Segerstrom Center welcomes two of America’s most versatile vocalists who will perform a special double bill concert on January 20 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The evening begins with Grammy® Award-winning Mavis Staples, the iconic and influential vocalist who has so brilliantly performed in nearly all genres of music and is a respected Civil Rights activist. She will perform selections from her 60-year-plus career that includes songs from her brand new album, Livin’ on a High Note (which is how she’s also feeling these days). The album features songs from some of today’s leading songwriters, including: Ben Harper, Aloe Blacc, Valerie June and many others.
The evening will continue with Grammy Award-winning, vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter (this concert was previously scheduled for May 8, 2016), who returns to the Center performing from his newest album, Take Me to the Alley, which features the single, “Holding On.” With this track, Porter presents his decidedly different version of the “Disclosure” single that he was the featured vocalist on and co-wrote for their album Caracal.
Single tickets start at $49 and are available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Artists and program are subject to change.
January 19-22, 2017
Southern California’s largest boat sales event premieres at the Fairplex in Pomona, offering boating and outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to see, board, and buy new boats, gear and marine accessories
The Los Angeles Boat Show takes place at Fairplex in Pomona (1101 W McKinley Ave, Entrance 17; Pomona, CA 91768). The Los Angeles Boat Show is the ultimate destination for boating and outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts, featuring custom performance boats, wakesports boats, deck boats, personal watercraft, pontoons, sport fishing boats, runabouts, cabin cruisers, dinghys/inflatables, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and marine accessories.
2017 Los Angeles Boat Show highlights:
Tickets are $15 for adults; youth 12 and younger accompanied by an adult, and active military free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at losangelesboatshow.com or day-of-event at the box office.
“Joe D, The Doctor of Doo Wop”tm
We are a culture forever fascinated by our past and our future. We gaze into crystal balls, check our horoscopes, dream of a life less complicated and wish for the house on a hill, a luxury car, and the ideal mate. We also reflect on our childhood, our adolescence. We embrace fond memories of times that were fun, full of adventure, heartbreak and a lack of responsibility. That was a description of the 1950’s in the United States. It was clearly a simpler time.
The 1950’s was a unique period. It was before the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam war and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was before the Beatles. Our country could have withstood any one of those events, but not all four. Facing just one event, we would have continued unabated into the later sixties much as we had in the late fifties; with stability, innocence and simplicity. But that was not to be. The fifties represented a time of long periods of stability with only periodic episodes of chaos. After 1963-64, that would all change. The later 60’s were a time of infrequent levels of stability with more and more chaos.
Those of us who matured in the years from 1954 through 1960, were exposed to the innocence that the music of the day captured. It would be at an eighth-grade graduation party, with boys on one side and the girls on the other. It would be 1956 when we would be captivated by Shirley and Lee’s “Let the Good Times Roll,” just to hear a faint grunt that said, “we do not have to follow all the notes in the song.” We would watch the 45 RPM records spin and drop down “Eddie My Love” by the Teen Queens and look for someone, anyone, to hold in a small embrace. And then we would thank our musical dance partner and look for someone else.
With the development of the jukebox industry during the 1930’s, Billboard began publishing music charts as an expansion of their business of selling sheet music for the vaudeville theaters. Information for rankings was based upon records sold and jukebox plays. In 1953 there was not one Rock & Roll song on the Billboard top 30. The charts reflected artists such as Tony Bennett, the Four Aces, Eddie Fisher, Patti Page, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day and Kitty Kallen who had the number one song of the year, Little Things Mean a Lot. Those artists had two songs each in the top 30 and dominated the industry. Nat King Cole and the Four Knights represented African Americans on the charts.
One of the most powerful influences of the fifties and early sixties was clearly the music. World War II was over, the Korean conflict went to the second page, and music was having a more profound effect on our lifestyle. Rock & Roll, with its beat, the influence of rhythm and blues and an emphasis on lyrics, as unique as they were, precisely expressed the feelings between two people. We would “watch” the radio and listen intently to the words and how they affected us. The car radio played music that extended to our hi-fi record player that spun 45’s and 33 1/3 rpm long playing albums. Early Rock & Roll would eventually fade out those 78 RPM’s in favor of the smaller 45 RPM discs and twelve inch 33 1/3 albums.
The turning point for music in the 50’s was to occur in 1954. Two songs made the Billboard top 30 that would forever change the fabric of what was listened to; Sh-Boom and Shake, Rattle and Roll. Billboard recognized Sh-Boom by the Crew Cuts and Shake, Rattle and Roll by Bill Haley and the Comets, while much of the country listened to the versions recorded by the Chords in 1953 and Big Joe Turner at house parties.
In the era of the 1950’s, innocence and immaturity dominated. We could do whatever we chose to do with a family support system and our own vision of the “American Dream”. If bread was only twenty-three cents a loaf, we knew we would never go hungry. Our happiness and innocence was being reflected in the music. It was in the words, nonsense syllables, instrumentation, and of course, the beat. Radio was king and it clearly was a world for teenagers.
My column, Making Your Memories (MYM), is not intended to reflect all elements of the music listened to, but tell the reader a story; a love story, an affair of the heart, mind and soul. This era of music was one that was listened to, watched and danced to. It also chronicled our thought processes, our feelings, hopes, dreams and heartaches. Today, this same music provides a time to shed the years.
MYM is about my love affair with the music and the artists. It is my memories, as I remember them, almost off the top of my head. Any references are to ensure I do not misquote an important part of the story told regarding love of the music.
While the times may have been simpler, today’s technology offers many options. It is my intent to utilize this column to capture, one more time, those memories with a few bars of a song or discussion of an artist that you remember. You will not only be able to reflect on the music but also “see” it through the magic of your memory. As Freddy Johnson, bass singer for the Marcels of “Blue Moon” fame wrote:
Nothing can change a memory, especially a time,
When music had meaning to it.
Memories are glimpses to a legendary time.
“Joe D” is an on-air talent for Orange County-based KSBR FM 88.5 and is host of “MAKING YOUR MEMORIES” Sunday nights at 10PM. He is also author of “Making Your Memories- -The Music and Artists of the 1950’s and early 60’s.”
Heads to Segerstrom Center for the Arts
January 19 – 21, 2017
Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert January 19 – 21, 2017 in Samueli Theater. For three nights, six talented singers will take to the stage performing many of Jerry Herman’s beloved musical numbers from Mame, Mack and Mabel, Hello, Dolly! and La Cage Aux Folles. The performers include Karen Morrow, Debbie Gravitte, Scott Coulter, John Boswell, Jason Graae and Ron Raines. In addition, each evening will feature two new local students who will share the stage during these performances as part of The ASCAP Foundation Jerry Herman Broadway Legacy Prize, with the goal of introducing classic musicals to a new generation of theater lovers and performers. This concert is produced by the ASCAP Foundation and Spot-On Entertainment.
“I have been so blessed to be able to spend my creative life in the theatre and to give musical voice to such wonderful characters as Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!); Georges and Albin (La Cage Aux Folles); and Mame Dennis (Mame). I always wrote for specific characters and specific situations. To know that my songs could also have a life outside of their respective shows was always a welcoming surprise to me. When The ASCAP Foundation approached me about presenting a new program consisting of nationwide concerts featuring my songs with symphony orchestras and a series of master classes targeting university/college students in writing and performing for the musical theatre I was thrilled. And I couldn’t have asked for a more sterling cast to sing my songs…I am delighted to have them representing my musical legacy and bringing my songs to you this evening. Clearly, for me, the Best of Times is Now.” – Jerry Herman
Single tickets are $79 and now available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.
Since shopfronts became shopfronts, there has been a need for signs: the need for signs begetting the craft of sign painting. Hand-lettering arose in America in the 1800’s as a means of distinguishing between products and companies when capitalism began to boom. Until the advent of vinyl lettering in the 80’s, hand-lettering and sign painting was thought of as a viable career path, instead of the niche hobby it has become in today’s market.
David Velasquez was painting panels on trucks and hand-lettering company logos on the truck doors in the 80’s, finding that his artistic talent was in much higher demand in the transportation market. Boats, hot rods, jet skis, and even planes. Pinstriping led to logo design, logo design to portraits, and soon enough David was sketching historical points of interest and lovely, yet long-forgotten buildings.
Born in the late 50’s in Ventura County, California, David grew up in El Rio. A small, unincorporated town once known as New Jerusalem, El Rio was founded in 1875 by the local postmaster, who also ran the General Store. David’s life took a similar trajectory, branching along two courses - marrying his high school sweetheart, and going to work in construction, now, well over twenty years.
An uncle first realized that David showed natural talent for drawing, and helped coach him from simply copying comic strips to drawing original art in 3D. For years however, David believed that he wasn’t good enough, and that his hobby was exactly that: just a hobby. When Six Flags Magic Mountain invited him to submit selections from his portfolio to a contest they were having, he balked: “I felt I was very unqualified - I had no intention of accepting the invitation.” 10 pieces were to be chosen by the team at Magic Mountain, to use on items for the gift shop. “I remember being very intimidated, but the sales rep strong-armed me, and they ended up picking all seven of the pieces I submitted. I was blown away.”
Giving him the confidence boost he needed, the contest blossomed into screen printing- and eventually a commission with the National Park Service. David “drew the historic buildings at Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. I also did pen and ink work, and the parks, and eventually Six Flags Magic Mountain all used my drawings for gift items sold at their gift shops.” Impressive, for a man who has no formal art education.
“Love all, trust a few, and do no wrong to anyone. With God’s help, you’ll live a great life’. I believe that, especially in relation to my art: it has been a great source of stress relief and inspiration over the years. Particularly when I come home from running my construction business.”
Most of David’s work is in single tones - black and white, just doodles. Those doodles are now being turned into a coffee table book.
“For years, I would just sketch: or doodle, and thought those pages were being tossed out when my wife was cleaning the house. Turns out, she saved them, and I was asked to include them in my new book.” Pencil sketches, graphics, and other artwork will go into David’s newest work- mediums which are still in high demand elsewhere.
“I am currently working on a logo for a radio station, family portraits, pen and inks of a motorcycle and hot rod, and pencil portraits of the ‘Kings of Cool’: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and Robert DeNiro,” he says.
David has work on display at the Ventura County Art Museum, and the San Buenaventura Mission store. “I thank the good Lord for my family and friends who inspire me to do the right thing in life, and I want to keep doing what I love.” And his advice to young or aspiring artists out there? “Hone your skills, practice. Do what you love, be it drawing, painting, sculpture, music, even teaching. Art can be found in so many things.”
To view more of David’s art, visit his FB page (David Velasquez) or Instagram (velasquezgraphics). To connect with David directly, call (805) 432-6082.
Serving up some of the best Italian dishes this side of Venice
If you’re in the mood for delicious, authentic Italian fare served in a romantic atmosphere where the owners and staff make guests feel as welcome as a member of the family, experience Casanova Ristorante.
Literally everything I’ve tried on the menu here has been nothing short of superb. The service is excellent – attentive and unobtrusive – the ambiance is warm and friendly and its popular cocktail lounge featuring an extensive, specially selected wine list (and full bar) has a loyal following among locals and visitors alike.
Start with the Burrata Cheese platter which combines melt-in-your-mouth burrata with thin slices of Prosciutto di Parma, sliced tomatoes, arugula, olive oil and pepper. Another popular pick is the antipasto misto made up of a selection of cured meats and complementary cheeses or the Cozze Vongole alla Siciliana which arrives as fresh mussels and clams sauteed in white wine and garlic and a spicy marinara sauce.
Popular entrees include the “Pink Lady Fettuccine” made with chicken and sundried tomatoes tossed in a creamy Alfredo sauce and the Rigatoni Mama Rosa which combines Italian sausage and mushrooms in a tomato sauce with a touch of cream.
A seafood aficionado? Options abound – ranging from the Linguini Vongole Veraci (long, flat pasta with baby Manila clams sautéed in a white wine sauce) and Farfalle al Salmone (bowtie pasta with smoked salmon tossed in a cream and tomato sauce with a touch of vodka) to the Linguini alla Pescatora (long, flat pasta with fresh fish of the day, shrimp, calamari, mussels and clams in a light tomato sauce.
Portions are generous, but if you’ve saved room for a little something sweet … try the crème brulee with its perfectly carmelized top or the homemade tiramisu, a traditional favorite.
Take Charge of Your Health
A government task force is about to give insurance companies an excuse not to pay for mammograms. They are creating new guidelines that recommend women delay screening until age 50! They also recommend insurance companies only pay every other year for a mammogram and stop paying after the age of 74.
This is a tragedy. One in 5 breast cancers occur in women under age 50. These guidelines will cause diagnostic delays, force doctors to treat cancer with more aggressive treatments (chemotherapy, surgery and radiation), and cause young women to die needlessly. Young children will grow up without their mothers and families will be devastated.
The irony is that these new guidelines come at a time when doctors are making incredible progress in the early detection of breast cancer. A recent study from Canada demonstrated that starting screening mammograms at age 40 reduces breast cancer mortality by 40 percent.
New technology such as 3-D mammography, screening breast ultrasounds for women with dense breasts and screening MRI for high-risk women gives us the potential for even more dramatic
reductions in breast cancer mortality for all women.
If we do nothing to block the new guidelines, they will go into effect in 2017. We must fight back before the window of opportunity slams shut.
We have a petition for congress asking them to block these new guidelines. To have credibility, we need a million signatures, by the end of the year. We are rapidly running out of time and we need your help to convince congress to block these guidelines.
Please sign our petition and encourage your friends and relatives to do the same.
To sign the petition and to learn more about our campaign go to: 40not50.com
Every Woman’s Guide to Optimal Breast Care
I wrote the book Prevent Survive Thrive because of my growing frustration that women in America are not receiving optimal breast care. They’re confused by conflicting guidelines about what to do and when to do it. As a result, the diagnosis of breast cancer is often delayed and the chances for cured are greatly reduced.
A disturbing example is the story of Michelle Watson, who found a breast lump at age 22, when she was a college senior. Her doctor told her not to worry because she was too young to get breast cancer. When she told her parents about the lump, they were concerned. Arrangements were made for a second opinion, but she was again told she was “too young to get breast cancer”.
Two years later she became aware of increasing back pain. The pain became sever and eventually a bone scan was done. The scan showed evidence of metastatic cancer. Finally, a breast biopsy was done. The biopsy proved that she had breast cancer, which had spread to her bones.
Michelle underwent aggressive chemotherapy, but died at the age of 26. It never should have happened. If a directed ultrasound had been done when the lump was first detected the diagnosis would have been obvious. A needle biopsy would have made the diagnosis. Had this been done, Michelle would likely be alive today.
I wrote this book to educate women about optimal breast care. I wrote it to empower them to be advocates for their own health. I wrote it so they would know when to get a second opinion.
Finally, I wrote it to give women hope and inspire them to never give-up.
This book can save your life or the life of a loved one. It is a must-read for any woman who wants clear explanations about what they can do to insure they receive the best care possible.
For more information on Prevent Survive Thrive go to: BreastCare.com
Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center is Southern California’s largest winter experience. Features include ice tubing, a two million light walk-through show, ice skating, Snow Play with real snow blown in daily, nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony, carnival rides, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and so much more.
“From high-speed sliding thrills to a special toddler-sized snow hill to craft cocktails and local bands, there’s truly something for everyone,” said Brad Billington of Mirage Entertainment. “Winter Fest is the place to make memories and this year you can even ring in the New Year under the sparkle of a snow and light-filled sky.”
Winter Fest is a giant wonderland of immersive wintry fun including a full outdoor ice rink, 130-foot, six lane Snowflake Summit ice slide, a play park featuring real snow for snow angels or snowman building, the world’s largest rocking horse, strolling carolers, personal visits in the cabin home of Mr. and Mrs. Claus and a walk-through holiday light show featuring two million sparkling lights.
Every admission ticket includes:
For more information on Winter Fest visit www.WinterFestOC.com and for the latest updates on entertainment, food and fun follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or with #WinterFestOC.
Cheryl Turner, owner of Paris in a Cup, shares her personal vision and inspiration behind her immensely popular tea salon and boutique based in historic Old Town Orange ... in her own words and just in time for the holidays.
Visitors to my Tea Salon frequently ask me why I chose a French theme for my restaurant, my answer is always the same. I love all things French, especially the beautiful city of Paris. Due to an inner-ear problem, I have never been to the city of love, so I decided to bring it stateside.
I’m a fan of old movies, so I incorporated elements from the silver screen era while designing and planning my restaurant. You’ll see touches from movies like “An American In Paris,” “Weekend At The Waldorf,” “Gigi” and more. My plan was to give my guest an escape, to be transported to another era, if only for an hour or two. Even the clock on the wall reads Paris time and you’ll find the daily Paris forecast displayed in the gift shop. If I had to describe my decorating style, I would have to say “Vintage Parisian Glamour.”
We offer our guest two experiences, shopping and dining. When you first enter, you’ll discover a little French souvenir shop filled with much of the same merchandise you find when you visit Paris, France. I have worked very carefully with several French Importers to assure my customer they are getting an authentic souvenir. We actually have shoppers who purchase our souvenirs, travel to Paris and upon returning give them to their family and friends.
Our Tea Market offers our guest a sample “sniff” of every tea we carry, so you can make your tea selection before enjoying it in the salon or purchasing it to take home. In addition to carrying several French tea lines, we also proudly serve and sell our own Paris In A Cup signature brand. Our teas are imported and blended by a master tea blender here in the US. You’ll find French gourmet goods, tea towels, candies, chocolates, watches and of course Eiffel Towers. French themed jewelry adorned with Eiffel Towers and fleur di lis are abundant and quite reasonably priced. We’re a great spot to find a gift for your favorite Francophile, or that hard to buy for person.
After browsing you enter our Tea Salon, deliberately separated from the shop. Once seated in the salon you’ll forget you’re in the US. Our guests are soon transported to another place and time as they sit back in our cushy, European style banquettes or on one of our oversized chairs. Enjoy our French café music while dining. Close your eyes, you’re in Paris. You’ll be offered a menu featuring tea fare, luncheon and tempting desserts, along with our vast tea selections menu containing 130 teas.