Exploring the Quiet Beauty of “Re:balance” at Irvine Fine Arts Center

Throughout the life of an individual, the balancing act of acceptance and surrender can be difficult to navigate. For women especially, aging is a very trying experience – with motherhood changing your body, your time commitments and your perspective; and, watching yourself get further and further from society’s acceptable standards of beautiful, getting older is a complex thing. However, currently on view at Irvine Fine Arts Center is an exhibition …

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O.C.’s Fling with Phil Shane, Eddie Day and the Lounge Music Revival

In the 1950s and ‘60s, easy listening lounge music made a splash in record sales and cocktail bars all over the world. Although its heyday passed without much public notice, the trend of live lounge music has continued with limited fanfare in small bars and clubs. In Southern California, the scene has been kept alive mostly by music geeks and dive bars, but in the mid-1990s there were two events …

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Setting Dreams Afloat With Art in Irvine’s Cadence Park

As you approach the fully-loaded lavishly contemporary Cadence Park in Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods, you will be wowed with the amenities and incredible care taken in creating such a lovely and modern community park – but the pièce de résistance of this gem comes in the form of two bright and beautifully painted murals in the pool area. As you circle the park, you can see them peeking from in …

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Inspiring California Impressions: “Upon a Painted Ocean” at the Irvine Museum

Whether you were born in Southern California or flocked here, you know the splendor and power of the Pacific Ocean and the beauty of the coast here. For centuries, the California coastline has inspired artists to try and represent it in realistic, impressionistic or expressionistic styles, among others. The Irvine Museum Collection has dedicated much of its existence to collecting and preserving works that celebrate our local landscape, including the …

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The Best Vegan Eats in Irvine

Living a plant-based lifestyle in Southern California is no longer the burden it once was. Orange County still lags behind Los Angeles in the plant-powered movement, but Irvine is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in Orange County. With its great range of diverse cultures, Irvine welcomes every kind of cuisine as well as people to its community. With over 65 square miles to its limits, Irvine is a big …

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Finding Innovation and Inspiration at Irvine’s Newest Art Gallery: The Gallery at WorkWell

In the nooks and crannies throughout Irvine, there are small hubs being built, neighborhoods being transformed and needs being met. As the city evolves into a mecca for innovation and inclusivity, spaces like the membership-based coworking destination WorkWell will be much more common. For now, it is a unique and gorgeous gem that can be found in a sea of conglomerates and large companies. WorkWell is a place for independent …

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Creating a Community by Hand: The Patchwork Show

In this day and age, to make something with your own hands is rare, but the effort and the glory of creating something from scratch and seeing it through to completion is a rewarding experience – something that can be felt in the objects themselves, even after the creator has sold or given the item to someone else. Handmade goods have made a comeback in recent years, and in California …

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Exploring Speech, Sound and Source with Ella de Búrca

The role of an art object is a tenacious and assumptive role. What it does or does not do can be decided by artist or viewer. Its singular life and role in our world is complex, always changing and never stationary; it changes as seasons changes, as views shift and as history moves forward. Language acts similarly; meanings of words and sentences change in different contexts, over time and when …

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Quench Your Craft Beer Thirst in Irvine

If you’re looking to enjoy a craft beer, you know your options are endless in Southern California. In Orange County alone, you can find dozens of specialty and craft breweries that offer tap and tasting rooms. But sometimes decisions are hard. So, we’re here to help! We’ve been to all the great beer spots in Irvine and can tell you without a doubt what places should be your first – …

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The Best Galleries to See Amazing Art in Irvine

People have been flocking to Irvine for nearly 20 years for its great schools, utopian planned communities, and gorgeous sprawling landscape. As more and more of Irvine becomes developed and populated with diverse cultures and people with a range of interests, the more cultural offerings we find popping up all over the city. Among those offerings are fantastic art galleries that have been springing up all over the place with …

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