It would be difficult to put Nashville on the list of must see places if you didn’t have some kind of appreciation for music. Dubbed the “music city,” and named one of Traveller U.K.’s “cool places,” Tennessee’s capital city is home to legendary venues, publishing houses, gorgeous hotels, vibrant nightlife, and sprawling college campuses; like Vanderbilt and Belmont University. Founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and named for Francis Nash (the Revolutionary War hero), the city grew exponentially during the 1970’s, and then again in the 90’s, when urban renewal became the city’s priority, and a handful of urban landmarks…
Summer Film Series Features: Back to the Future July 9 The Princess Bride July 16 Moonrise Kingdom July 23 The Mask of Zorro July 30 Star Trek August 6 Segerstrom Center for the Arts kicks off its 2018 Movie Mondays series with five movies jam-packed with action, adventure and romance: Back to the Future on July 9, The Princess Bride on July 16, Moonrise Kingdom on July 23, The Mask of Zorro on July 30 and Star Trek on August 6. This year, Movie Mondays will be held on the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. All showings are FREE,…
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What’s in a (Girl’s) Name?

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What is in a name? Everything, at least in the 1950’s and early 60’s! Our name branded us. Whether it was a nickname, our given name or the use of our middle name. The first official act of parental power was giving a name to the baby. The baby naming business was large in the 1950’s and early 60’s with the baby booming generation. A child could not prosper without a name that resonated. Did the child become successful because or in spite of the name? Does the name we give our child matter? If we can use it to…
In the past decade, public attention has shifted to focus on the matter of how we obtain our food, and what exactly is going into the making of our favorite meals. While not a new concept to the chefs we hold in high esteem, diners’ focus has made those chefs offerings more and more coveted. It isn’t just ambiance or candlelight anymore: it is locally sourced ingredients, quality extras, artisanal cheeses and handpicked wines. Located in the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel and designed in the spirit of a time-honored classic American steakhouse, enoSTEAK pays as much attention to its decor…
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When I was a child, I remember my parents moving our family into a new house, with pristine, white carpets. Beautiful to look at, but completely impractical when you consider that two young children would soon be tromping about. As expected, my brother and I managed to ruin a swath of the floor covering in spectacular fashion … and in relatively short order. Enough so that it was replaced with a more manageable shade. Had my parents discovered the benefits of professional carpet cleaning services like those offered by the Laguna Niguel-based Beacon Carpet Cleaning, they certainly would have been…
May 28, 2018

Brio Tuscany Grille

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Winner of the Dana Point Times 2017 “Best of Dana Point” People’s Choice Award for “Best Happy Hour” and “Best Bartender” (GOLD) and “Best Overall Restaurant,” “Best Pizza,” “Best Bar” and “Best Take-Out Food!” (SILVER) I have to admit - I’m pretty particular when it comes to deciding where to go for dinner on date night, out for a family meal or simply stepping out to enjoy a glass of fine wine and live entertainment after work. Lucky for me, I live in Dana Point and am only a stone’s throw from a popular eatery that dishes up all this…
I giggled my way through my first yoga class. I took one in college, alongside two of my girlfriends, and we just couldn’t keep a straight face, as the instructor talked us through our poses in one of the phoniest, most nasally voices we’d ever heard. (We’d all heard him talking on the phone before class: his actual voice sounded nothing like what we heard when the lights dimmed!) We laugh at ourselves now, years after, as all three of us have been (on and off over the years) enthusiastic practitioners of the highly touted, extremely popular workouts that originated…
Legendary performer and composer Yanni will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour that will launch this spring in the United States. The maestro returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with the “Yanni 25 – Live At The Acropolis Anniversary Concert Tour." “Live at the Acropolis,” released in 1994, was Yanni’s first ever live album and concert video. Recorded at the Herodes Atticus Theatre in Athens with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra from London, the concert took a year and a half to complete. The album was mixed and produced by Yanni in…
Ahmad Jamal Quartet and Shahin Novrasli Kenny Barron Quintet • Kurt Elling Christmas Branford Marsalis Quartet and Yuko Mabuchi Trio • Catherine Russell Jazz has been part of the Center’s repertoire for more than 30 years, and has helped to establish Orange County’s thriving music scene. NEA Jazz Masters Ahmad Jamal, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Barron bring power to the Center’s 2018-2019 Jazz Series line-up. Making their Center debuts are the astonishing young Azerbaijani pianist Shahin Novrasil performing with Jamal, and the Yoko Mabuchi Trio with Marsalis. Vocalist Catherine Russell makes her Center debut and Kurt Elling entertains with a…
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Ina Garten, the American culinary icon, author of 10 New York Times bestselling cookbooks and host of the popular Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics show on Food Network, is celebrating her newest cookbook, Cook Like A Pro. She will share stories that bring you behind the scenes of filming her television show (now in its 13th season), writing bestselling cookbooks and enjoying food with friends and family. She will also take questions from the audience. From America’s favorite home cook: recipes, tips, and why-didn’t-I-think-of-that tricks for cooking your…
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, (BPH), is a condition in men in which the prostate gland is enlarged and not cancerous.  BPH causes men to suffer with symptoms of frequent and urgent needs to urinate (especially at night!), a weak stream, dribbling or leaking and painful urination. These symptoms make it difficult for men to enjoy many activities of daily living, including getting a good night’s sleep. BPH is the most common prostate problem for men older than age 50. Treatment options for BPH include lifestyle changes, medications, surgery and minimally invasive procedures. For some doctors, the customary treatment is to prescribe…
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, (BPH), is a condition in men in which the prostate gland is enlarged and not cancerous.  BPH causes men to suffer with symptoms of frequent and urgent needs to urinate (especially at night!), a weak stream, dribbling or leaking and painful urination. These symptoms make it difficult for men to enjoy many activities of daily living, including getting a good night’s sleep. BPH is the most common prostate problem for men older than age 50. Treatment options for BPH include lifestyle changes, medications, surgery and minimally invasive procedures. For some doctors, the customary treatment is to prescribe…
July 7 – September 1, 2018Shows Nightly at 8:30pm The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. This uber-creative, one-of-a-kind show combines theater, performance art and art history. Each evening during the summer season, classic and contemporary works of art are faithfully re-created with theatrical illusion and real people posing as living pictures. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each recreation accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra. In the early years of the 20th century, a new generation of impressionists and plein air painters…
When I was 24 and planning a trip with a girlfriend to Cabo San Lucas, our families thought the idea sounded, well, fine. They didn’t know much about the destination other than it was resort town, and that some people they knew owned a timeshare there. So as we boarded the plane to fly down, my friend and I had little inkling that we would spend much of the next decade reminiscing about Cabo as one of our best vacations ever. Annoying, it must have been, to hear all about the pools and the sun and the hammocks and the…
May 28, 2018

Kristy Fleming, MD, FAAD

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Women’s Intimate Health and Wellness is Important The medical device and pharmaceutical industries have made tremendous advances in male sexual health, finally, there is a breakthrough in female sexual health! Childbirth and the natural aging process can cause changes which may affect feminine wellness. To address these issues, Dr. Fleming and her team now offer vaginal rejuvenation via a non-surgical, non-invasive in-office procedure with no discomfort and no downtime. “Controlled radiofrequency stimulates new collagen and elastin production, resulting in better tissue quality,” says Dr. Fleming. “This revitalized tissue translates to improvement in laxity, relief from post-menopausal dryness, and help with…
My husband recently discovered that there are certain restaurants in our area which have a “ghost menu.” Items the chefs are willing to whip up for guests, but only if you know what to ask for. His immediate request? A grilled cheese sandwich. I couldn’t help but laugh. All the choices in the world awaited, including some of the best kept secret recipes of city’s cooking elite, and he picks a grilled cheese. His response? “You can’t ever go wrong with comfort food.” He was right. And that’s exactly what EATS Kitchen & Bar at the Hotel Irvine offers: except…
Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its internationally and culturally rich 2018 – 2019 Dance Series, a season marked with important World, American, West Coast and Center premieres to be discovered by audiences throughout California and nationwide. World Premiere ISADORA Starring Natalia Osipova American Premiere PYGMALION Inspired by the Greek Myth Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg West Coast Premiere HARLEQUINADE American Ballet Theatre Center Premiere PEPPERLAND Mark Morris Dance Group Center Premiere DON QUIXOTE Starring Ivan Vasiliev Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra Annual Holiday Presentation THE NUTCRACKERAmerican Ballet Theatre For information, visit SCFTA.org
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents its annual summer Festival of Arts exhibit featuring 13 contemporary artworks from the Festival’s Permanent Collection. Honoring the oceanfront resort’s long-term partnership with Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, guests are invited to view the exhibit from May 11 through September 4, 2018. Guests can also visit the Festival of Arts, featuring 140 of Orange County’s finest artists, and experience the Pageant of the Masters UNDER THE SUN-themed stage performance where art comes to life. The exhibit, titled “Fantastic Imagination: 45 Years of Contemporary Art,” was curated by Pat Sparkuhl and includes: Iranian…
I love the concept of consignment - finding a true treasure for which someone else paid full retail and I get the benefit of acquiring the same item sans the depreciation. But I have a friend for whom the word “resale” is synonymous with sketchy deals on Craigslist. Suffice it to say that it took some doing to convince her to explore the offerings of the San Juan Capistrano-based Revel Consignment. We were on our way to lunch and had some time before our reservation so we walked in and got so caught up perusing the beautifully displayed furniture, art…

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