• A Summer Tradition: Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

    The Festival of Arts is held from July 5- August 31, 2015 in Laguna Beach. The festival is open daily for visitors to enjoy work of exhibited artists, demonstrations and art workshops. This year, the Festival unveiled a new façade and entryway, designed by Bauer Architects. You will experience daily on-site exhibitions and demonstrations on the grounds. Special events include art talks and the popular “Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate,” on Thursdays and “Concerts on the Green” on Saturdays. In the past, I’ve taken the free Laguna Beach trolley to the Festival and signed my kids up for the art workshops. A big part of the festival is the “Pageant…

  • Conversation with Actor-Artist Keegan Allen

    “Everyone wants to fit in and be noticed. Everyone is searching for something, every day, every hour.” – Keegan Allen, life.love.beauty Keegan Allen is a young actor on the hit show “Pretty Little Liars (PLL).” He is also an artist and has quite the social media following Over 1 million followers on Twitter and 2.3 million on Instagram! What draws his fans is his creativity, and what keeps them connected is his authenticity. On the phone he seems serious and yet sweet. I am just one of many phone interviews he is conducting that day, but his answers were well thought out and sincere. I admit I am a fan.…

  • Gustafer Yellowgold Creator on Creativity and Social Media Matters

    Gustafer Yellowgold is playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this weekend. Well, technically Gustafer isn’t – he’s a cartoon alien from the sun, after all – rather his creator Morgan Taylor will be performing. I bought a DVD/CD of Gustafer ages ago when my boys were younger and really into the kiddie rock music scene, back when Nickelodeon still played music videos by the likes of Laurie Berkner and Dan Zanes. It was a great time in kid music, when songs appealed not only to children but their parents too. I suppose that music scene still thrives even if they don’t show any videos on TV anymore. (Who…

  • An Interview with Kris Lythgoe | Princess and Pirates Sing-a-long Concert

    Lythgoe Family Productions presents “Princess and Pirates Sing-a-Long Concert,” directed and choreographed by Spencer Liff (Musical Stager of current Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Emmy nominee for So You Think You Can Dance) with musical supervisor of Michael Orland (American Idol), at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City, CA on weekends from July 18th to August 10th. LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A 4-PACK OF TICKETS TO THE SHOW! If the name Lythgoe sounds familiar, it’s because of their involvement with television. You might know Nigel Lythgoe, the family patriarch from So You Think You Can Dance. The family…

  • StoryCorps: Keeping Our Oral History Alive

    Let me start off by saying I am a fan of National Public Radio. I enjoy programs like Morning Becomes Eclectic (on KCRW), This American Life, the Moth Hour and StoryCorps. There’s just something about hearing a story on the radio that is sometimes more compelling than if you were to see it on screen. So when I got the invitation from Dan Nastika of the Discovery Science Museum in Santa Ana, to participate in a StoryCorps recording about the venerable institution, I didn’t think twice about saying YES. What’s more, I got to do the session with my good friend, fellow blogger and Orange County mom, Shelby Barone. StoryCorps…

  • I Love Lucy Live

    I Love Lucy Live at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a Retro Treat!

    On opening night at the Segerstrom Center, we are transported to the 1950s and we find ourselves at Desilu Studios for a taping of two episodes of “I Love Lucy.” It is sweet and quaint. Life seemed so much simpler then and the ladies fashions so pretty! (I want pedal pushers to come back now!) “I Love Lucy” Live brings to life two episodes of the classic television show. Hardcore fans will recall the antics of “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.”  The actors who portray the characters, especially Lucy (Sirena Irwin) and Desi (Bill Mendieta), are magnificent. I totally felt like I was watching Lucille Ball and…

  • Music Monday: 1st YouTube Music Awards Misses the Mark

    The first You Tube Music Awards was held on Sunday – live from New York! – and I must say it was a bit of a let-down.  It was chaotic, to be sure, but it was also boring and contrived. The numbers don’t lie – only over 177,000 were tuned into the worldwide live stream by Eminem’s performance.  I mean, this is YouTube people, where a husky like Mishka can generate a couple of million views just by barking “I love you,” in dog language! I have to say I had high hopes for the #YTMA especially with the Jason Schwartzman videos before the awards. Like this   And this:…

  • Music Monday: R.I.P. Lou Reed

    Lou Reed was an American rock n’ roll icon, who influenced a generation of rock stars. He passed away on October 27, 2013 at the age of 71. Take a walk on the wild side with me this Music Monday, and enjoy this various artists’ version of “Perfect Day,” from a few years back. You may also listen to the original version here. This version appeared on the BBC and includes Bono, David Bowie, Emmylou Harris and more.  

  • The Airborne Toxic Event Makes Waves with the Pacific Symphony

    It’s no secret. I’ve professed my devotion to The Airborne Toxic Event (TATE) across social media. And if you meet me in person, I’ll let you know too. So when the day finally arrived for their show in Orange County as part of the Wavelength Festival, I was ecstatic. The writer sitting next to me had shared that the Keb Mo/Bonnie Raitt performance the night before was amazing. He was a Keb Mo fan. He asked me to describe TATE and I started off with saying “Well, they are a rock band.” “Like Nirvana?” he asked. “Well no, more melodic,” I said, “there’s a violinist in the band for one…

  • Games, Music and Magic: Pacific Symphony + Video Games Live

    Watching a Pacific Symphony show is always memorable, and watching any show outdoors under the night sky is always extra special. So when the Pacific Symphony presented “Video Games Live” at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater last week, it was quite an experience! My tween son and I arrived just in time for the show to start. The sun had just began to set and onstage there was a pre-show costume contest which was won by a young Mario brother. A video screen showed funny clips like the video of Ms. Pac Man being chased down New York streets by ghosts; and later throughout the show there were funny clips from…