Tribute to Charles McPherson
Friday, 2/3 @ 8PM
Sax legend Charles McPherson gained fame playing with Charles Mingus in the 60s, but it has been his continuing work with multiple jazz luminaries that places him among the top sax players in the jazz world.
Saturday, 2/18 @ 8PM & Sunday 2/19 @ 3PM – Attend Both!
Matt Haimovitz, renowned as a musical pioneer, Haimovitz has inspired countless listeners by bringing his artistry to any place he can bring his cello. In this case he will be bringing his instrument to the Soka Performing Arts Center to perform Bach’s Six Suites for Cello, plus overtures to Bach written by contemporary composers such as Phillip Glass, Du Yun, and Vijay Iyer.
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Tuesday, 2/21 @ 8PM
2016 two-time Grammy Award winner, Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed as evocative, majestic, magical, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous. The Maria Schneider Orchestra is among a small few to have received Grammys in multiple genres, having received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie.
Sundays@SOKA – w/Sean Chen
Sunday, 2/5 @ 3PM
The Sundays at Soka features Beethoven Piano Concertos hosted by conductor Carl St.Clair. Rising star Sean Chen, 3rd prize winner in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano competition will perform.
Beethoven – Piano Concerto Nos. 2 & 3
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Saturday, 2/11 @ 8PM
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago. They come from an extraordinary musical family. The band freely mix the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip hop, soul, and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous blend that is just barely contained.
Come early for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:30 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm.
Only $11.25 for an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Here in South Orange County, we’re pretty blessed to live so close to the coast and have an abundance of wonderful dining destinations to choose from. But for inventive cuisine and exemplary service in the spirit of much-loved classic American steakhouses and taverns, there are precious few establishments that rival Selanne Steak Tavern.
Situated along Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, the restaurant is housed in a historic 1934 two-story country cottage complete with a faux water well and bucket pouring water, red brick walkways and wooden shingled roof tiles. Step through the hand-carved wooden door into the main entry and you’ll find that the interior ambiance and décor is decidedly classic modern - from the stunning glass chandelier suspended from the ceiling in the elegant foyer to the sleek Carrara marble fireplace, wide-planked oak floors, clean lines, upholstered furnishings and accented by local abstract art created by Laguna Beach artist Nick Gaetano throughout the classy bar and five dining areas (The Loft - upstairs dining room; The Wine Library; downstairs in The Tavern; or outside on The Veranda or Sunset Terrace).
Owned and operated Teemu Selanne, hockey legend and former NHL star player for the Anaheim Ducks, and local businessman Kevin Pratt. The longtime friends and neighbors, the pair share a commitment to making their restaurant a place for “friends and families to enjoy great food and libations in a comfortable, appealing eatery.”
I would have to say the restaurant’s proprietors have certainly hit the mark – and raised the bar for destination dining in the region. On a recent date night, my husband, Tim, and I reserved a table in the upstairs dining room to indulge in a glass or two of fine wine (focused on California cult wines and other highly-rated, world class wines) and beautifully presented, delicious dishes including what are arguably among the best steaks in Orange County.
Executive Chef Joshua Severson has created a menu defined by his distinctive version of contemporary American steakhouse fare with a wonderful variety of top meats from Filet Mignon to Australian Wagyu. There are actually eight options on the menu, including the Chef’s Signature 38 oz Lord Stanley Cut, which serves two.
Our server Mike recommended that we start with the chef’s signature Pacific Diver Scallops, which he claimed were the best he’d ever eaten “with no other coming in a close second.” Now I fancy myself somewhat of a seafood and sushi connoisseur and as such, was expecting it might fall short. But I have to say, Chef nailed it with a perfectly prepared dish enhanced by a delicious cauliflower/pickled chanterelle.
A meat-and-potatoes man, my husband chose the filet mignon and while I typically steer toward seafood selections, opted instead for a 12 oz prime Rib Eye – again at Mike’s suggestion.
The marbling was superb, soft, and tender. Served with Chef’s seasonal marrow butter and bordelaise sauce, the beef literally melted in our mouths. A favorite side dish is Selanne’s signature Mac and Cheese – a decade five-cheese fondue topped with brioche crumbs.
The menu also features several other seafood dishes which include a 2 lb. Atlantic Maine Lobster and smoked Skuna Bay Salmon. For vegetarians, Selanne’s serves up a Forest Mushroom Risotto flavored with black truffle oil. There is something delicious for everyone’s taste.
Selanne Steak Tavern is located at 1464 S. Coast Hwy. in Laguna Beach. For reservations or more information, call (949) 715-9881 or visit selannesteaktavern.com
Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the return of popular musical ensemble Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox on February 17, 2017 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. In 2015, the group’s sold-out tours of Australia and the United States prompted the Buffalo News to proclaim, “Postmodern Jukebox is literally a postmodern success, extending its reach from the virtual to the real world, touring and performing around the globe for an ever-growing fan base.”
Created by Bradlee, the rotating collective of Postmodern Jukebox has spent the past few years amassing more than 600 million YouTube views and 2 million subscribers, performed on “Good Morning America,” topped iTunes and Billboard charts and played hundreds of shows to packed-house crowds around the world. As NPR put it, they’ve done this by “taking current Top 40 hits and re-imagining them as coming from older eras of popular music.” In one such remake, Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox turned Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” into a doo-wop ditty that’s garnered over 15.4 million views. Last year, they envisioned Radiohead’s alt-rock hit “Creep” as a torch-like ballad that’s racked up over 16.9 million views and was named one of the “9 Best Viral Cover Videos of 2015” by People magazine. MultiGrammy winning artist Lorde praised Postmodern Jukebox’s vintage take on her hit single, “Royals,” which has been viewed over 15.3 million times, as her “favorite.” They recently performed a ‘30s jazz remake of Elle King’s “Ex’s & Oh’s” for MTV UK.
Tickets to Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox start at $39 and are available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. A limited number of VIP packages will be available for purchase.
This green-eyed beauty is Squeeky, a seven year old kitty looking for a new start. Squeeky is mild-mannered and very sweet would make a spectacular lap cat. With her mellow personality, she would thrive in a quieter home with someone special to call her own.
Pop is a 1 year old neutered lionhead-mini-lop mix. With his memorable hairdo and furry mustache, Pop is a real cutie with personality to match his looks! While he can sometimes be a little shy at first, but he loves to be held and cuddled. He absolutely adores pets and head rubs. Pop has good litter box habits and will be an awesome rabbit companion for a happy, loving indoor home!
Mojito is an 8 month old calico kitty ready for fun. Striking good looks paired with a lively personality make Mojito an entertaining playmate. She enjoys playing with her twin sister Daiquiri. While not required, the two would love to go home together and keep up their dynamic duo.
Eight month old Brock is quite the sweet and gentle soul. A bit shy at the start, Brock warms up quickly and loves to rest his head in the crook of your arm. He gets along well with other cats and would make a great kitty companion in a steady home.
If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.
Concert features West Coast Premiere of New Center Commission by British Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage
Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the annual return of acclaimed ensemble, the Emerson String Quartet on March 28 in a program that will feature the first West Coast performance of Shroud by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. This new work was commissioned in part by longtime supporters of the Center’s Chamber Music Series, Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. The evening also includes Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor, Op. 30. The Emerson String Quartet includes Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola and Paul Watkins, cello. Orange County Register declares “The group remains one of our best chamber ensembles, not merely precise but expressive and intelligent to the last ounce.”
Mark-Anthony Turnage, celebrated composer of the recent opera Anna Nicole, wrote Shroud, the new string quartet specifically for the nine-time Grammy Award–winning Emerson String Quartet. The work is being performed during the Emerson’s 40th anniversary celebrations and international tour. Shroud received its world premiere on September 27, 2016 in Ohio at Akron’s Tuesday Musical in the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. As its name suggests, Shroud is an emotional work that mourns the loss of two of Turnage’s dear friends who passed away close together in time. The new work is approximately 25 minutes long and is composed in five movements, with the first and last movements serving as bookending tributes to each friend. The middle three movements are lighter in tone and are dedicated to the Emerson String Quartet.
Single tickets start at $29 and are now available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. Ticket holders are invited to attend the Preview Talk at 7:15 p.m.
We knew we were in for a memorable weekend when the driveway to the Fairmont Grand Del Mar (fairmont.com/san-diego) took its sweet time delivering us to the resort. A canopy of autumn colors rustled in a lazy and surprisingly warm San Diego breeze as we made our way into the canyon just a couple of miles inland from the 5, which might as well have been 500 miles from kids, laundry, work, obligations. The autumn colors eventually broke to reveal an expertly meandering golf course, which in turn gave way to the fountained entrance to our longtime-in-coming getaway with girlfriends.
Situated adjacent to the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego, the Grand Del Mar is a mere hour’s drive from most of Orange County, but, once there, you feel utterly removed to the warmth of a Mediterranean estate. That utter removal can be of just about any flavor – we were making it a girl’s weekend, with a focus on rejuvenation and simple togetherness, but golf aficionados, outdoor enthusiasts, couples, families and foodies will all find something exceptional at the Grand Del Mar.
It is remarkable to think that, with all the affluence and attraction of Southern California, with swank people desirous of swank accommodations, it is the Grand Del Mar, nestled rurally in North County San Diego and quite out of the way of Rodeo Drive, that consistently earns the highest ratings from all the swankest reviewers and publications. Travel+Leisure named the Grand Del Mar as “California’s #1 Resort” and one of the world’s best; TripAdvisor called it the United States’ best hotel; it has swept all categories – hotel, spa, dining – with five stars from Forbes.
The Grand Del Mar is not an historic hotel – it opened in 2007 – but for those who love the richness of historic luxury, it satisfies abundantly. Many varieties of wood, marble and tapestry abound in artisan expression that is opulent without gaudiness, a balance struck by the best historic hotels. Of course, if you are one of those history types, you’ll know that historic properties are typically high on charm and low on space. Not so here. The rooms are commodiously cozy (or cozily commodious, per your preference), where you can sprawl out and never feel cold. Our suite was on an upper level with a balcony overlooking the canyon and portions of the golf course, with palm fronds swaying in the breeze just feet from us as we sipped our morning coffee.
Los Peñasquitos Canyon is a nature preserve with historical significance as the first route from Yuma to San Diego, which is today a beautiful hiking, biking and horseback riding destination. Guests of the Grand Del Mar have access to all the canyon has to offer, with bikes available for pickup at the front desk, and horses at the on-site stables ready for trail riding. For those whose outdoor adventures entail a driver and a putter, the Grand Del Mar features the only Tom Fazio-designed golf course in San Diego, complimented by swing analysis technology services, a SAMPutt lab, specialized practice areas used by some of the world’s top professionals, and more. If you’re of the aquatic persuasion, the property features two pools, one ideal for families and one infinity (read tranquility) pool for adults only. Not far beyond pools are the resort’s private beach and oceanic excursions including sunset sails and whale watching. And this only scratches the surface.
For spa enthusiasts, the Grand Del Mar offers one of the most acclaimed in the country. Naturally it features a comprehensive menu of treatments, such as cleansing facials and therapeutic massages, as well as a custom line of organic products; but it also offers a world-class spa experience, with wet and dry saunas, indoor whirlpools, separate men’s and women’s relaxation lounges with fireplaces, access to the adults-only relaxation pool and all the hot tea, snacks and chocolates you could ask for.
The dining experience at the Grand Del Mar stands on its own and is itself the reason that many travel long distances to visit the resort. Six on-property dining venues offer something for every taste, mood and interest, often to the sound of live music. Addison, led by celebrated executive chef William Bradley, is the Grand Del Mar’s signature dining feature. Local ingredients are combined with contemporary French influences and presented with exceptional service to make Addison Southern California’s most awarded fine dining restaurant.
Amaya is a more casual option fusing Spanish, Italian and French fare with expansive, sunny views of the canyon and golf course. We enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast of various benedicts and the “Black & Blue” Brioche French Toast with granola, lemon crème fraîche and berries, and an immunity smoothie for good measure (the effects were immediate). But excellence does not stop at Addison or Amaya. From its restaurants to its in-room dining, from its robust wine program to its seasonal menus and Afternoon Tea, the Grand Del Mar has something for every epicurean.
With all that the Grand Del Mar has to offer in activities, amenities, services and dining, the delight of being there is ultimately of the atmosphere, and that comes down to two things: beauty and people.
The staff members at the Grand Del Mar have a special quality. While hospitality professionals are typically welcoming, of course, the folks at the Grand Del Mar are authentically welcoming. So much so that either the resort has found hundreds of matchless thespians to do everything from valet the car to turn down the sheets, or the Grand Del Mar’s people truly enjoy being there. I want to believe that it is the latter.
As to beauty, the Grand Del Mar is simply an exquisitely designed place with lovely spaces; from the driveway to the marbled entrance to the furnishings and the vistas, you cannot escape a floor-to-ceiling sense of beauty of the most approachable kind. And so at every turn you are inspired to tranquility and delight. In the end, that is how we spent our 24-hour break from our everydays – enjoying each other, and simply basking in what the Grand Del Mar is. Long, slowly winding driveways always lead to something good.
It is rare to find someone who can say that they appreciate adverse events in their life. More rare perhaps to find someone who will admit that such a calamity led them to a job that they love with a company that treats them with mutual respect and admiration.
Nancy Stewart, a long time South County resident and mother of two filed a claim for a water leak with her insurance company and was repeatedly denied. While the problem stagnated, Nancy looked for help. How to go about maneuvering the claims process? How to protect her property and equity?
Fortunately she found the professionals at Roby & Associates Public Insurance Adjusters who worked on her behalf to negotiate the claim.
Roby & Associates specializes in helping clients negotiate their claim or claims for damage under any insurance policy covering real or personal property due to fire, water, wind, vandalism, theft – any first party claims.
“Wayne Roby and his contractor, Jack Paulus, assured me that I had a legitimate claim for damages. They immediately went to work, and we carefully and diligently managed my claim to the very end.”
Typically, homeowners hire out contractors to take care of things they can’t themselves: kitchen remodels, home automation. The work is planned and executed - such was with Roby & Associates.
“Wayne built my claim to maximize the monetary features and benefits of my policy coverage based on my actual damage,” she says. “He taught me what customers need, and how to most effectively manage an insurance claim.”
By the time he was able to help her resolve her claim, Wayne had recognized a kindred spirit in Nancy – someone who believed in the process and possessed a desire to help others who found themselves in a similar situation. So he offered to help Nancy obtain her Public Insurance Adjusters License. She is now proud to represent Roby & Associates as their Consumer Advocate.
Seeing both sides of the business helps, and Wayne has worked for insurance companies as well as in adjustment for the last thirty years. “We help consumers maximize all of their policy coverage’s,” he says. Beyond that though, Nancy states: “You’re surrounded by a team of quality people who truly care, who are willing to deliver an unparalleled level of service to the consumer.”
Without a keen construction eye, most consumers are left in the dark when it comes to household claims – a situation that can easily can end up escalating into a repair cost nightmare.
Having an advocate to fight for you can be the most direct route to protect, secure, and repair the damages done, without incurring more in the process. Wayne, Jack, and Nancy are all active in various organizations and charities around South Orange County - from the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce to raising support for cystic fibrosis. But for Wayne, and all those who work with him, “working with our clients to get them back to a pre-loss condition is the reward in itself.”
For a complimentary consultation to determine how a Public Insurance Adjuster can help you navigate your insurance claim, call Nancy at (949) 842-5821 or Wayne (310) 251-8091.
Call me old fashioned, but I believe that physical photos are a medium worth preserving. When I recently sat down to put together my daughter’s baby book, I thought of how printed images might at times seem like a thing of the past. But then I can’t imagine showing off my family photos by scrolling through all the images I posted to Facebook once upon a time.
Diana Schmitt of the San Juan Capistrano-based Accents Portraits by Diana understands the desire for individuals and families to preserve their most precious memories in more than merely a digital format. She has spent the better part of 30 years specializing in family portraits, wedding photos and capturing the most priceless of moments in all types of life celebrations.
With nearly 30 years of experience, Diana’s focus is families, and she always aims to deliver “extraordinary customer service.”
“Diana is amazing,” says Heidi Hitt. “She has taken so many special pictures over the years for me and my family. They all turn out so beautifully. I am so blessed to have someone I can trust to help me capture special moments in time. Everybody loves when we send out our Christmas cards; they can’t believe how beautiful the pictures are. Thank you Diana for all the beautiful memories.”
Accent Portraits by Diana and San Juan Photo and Digital is located at 32281 Camino Capistrano, Suite C-104 in SJC. They can be reached at (949) 661-6465 or online at www.accentportraitsbydiana.com
Diane Silverstein had never heard of the show “Absolutely Fabulous” when she named her aptly-titled gifts and décor boutique in central Huntington Beach. But the fun-loving, irreverent, blonde, champagne-promoting show does give a glimpse into what makes Absolutely Fabulous such a treasure. Absolutely Fabulous is not your run-of-the-mill, Hallmark-style gift shop; they are as fun and irreverent as the show they share a name with.
The variety and uniqueness of products at Absolutely Fabulous is astounding: hand-made jewelry, Miche Bag purses (the ones where you just drop the “insides” of your purse into a new shell, rather than having to dump all of your stuff out!), $10 silk scarves, old-school shaving kits for men, a “Daddy’s Tool Bag” that includes diaper changing equipment, and instructional DVD, face mask and other funny items, rare paintings by successful artists, large crystal chandeliers, crystal perfume bottles, stuffed animal baby bottle covers, piggy banks for kids, “dorm survival kits” for new students, wedding party gifts, rare Disney art and collectibles and decorations and decorative items for every holiday.
Connect with Diane and the crew at Absolutely Fabulous located at 6026 Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach, call (714) 842-1608 or visit www.absolutelyfabulous1.com
Breastlink Medical Group is a network of breast cancer screening and treatment centers. We believe the best way to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer involves collaborative care between our breast specialty doctors and full patient participation. Whether you need a routine screening mammogram, a breast cancer risk assessment, breast cancer treatment or a second opinion, Breastlink centers are here for you.
Dr. June Chen
Breast Dedicated Radiologist at Breastlink Newport Beach
June W. Chen, M.D. is the director of breast imaging at Breastlink Newport Beach. She is board certified and completed her fellowship in the subspecialty of breast imaging at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Chen is a frequent invited speaker on breast radiology both in the community as well as internationally, and she also serves on multiple scientific advisory boards. She currently devotes her entire practice to breast imaging and breast interventional procedures. The Orange County Medical Association has consistently recognized Dr. June Chen as a Physician of Excellence.
Dr. Samantha Kubaska
Breast Dedicated Radiologist at Breastlink Orange
Samantha Kubaska, M.D. is the director of breast imaging at Breastlink Laguna Hills. Dr. Kubaska is a board-certified radiologist with nearly 15 years of experience working with referring physicians and helping patients to better understand the results of their imaging studies. She interprets breast imaging studies (digital mammography, tomosynthesis and breast MRI, amongst others) and performs breast biopsy procedures.
Dr. Tchaiko Parris
Breast Dedicated Radiologist at Breastlink Temecula Valley
Tchaiko Parris, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of breast imaging at Breastlink Temecula Valley. Dr. Parris is a board-certified radiologist. She interprets breast-imaging studies (digital mammography, breast automated ultrasound and breast MRI, amongst others) and performs breast biopsy procedures. Dr. Parris's medical training has continuously called for her to give a hundred percent and at times more, and on each occasion she has responded by striving for excellence.