Cruelty-Free Comfort Food at The Wheel of Life

For almost twenty years, Irvinians have had access to ethical and tasty vegan food thanks to one small family-owned restaurant, The Wheel of Life. With an Asian fusion style menu and a lunch buffet for easy take out, this small independently owned business is dedicated to making delicious and palatable vegan Asian cuisine for people from all walks of life. Their dishes include standard fusion favorites like pad thai, steam …

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Finding the Tipping Point on Catalina Island with Elizabeth Turk

Internationally renowned Orange County-based artist Elizabeth Turk began working on the “Tipping Point” project in the Fall of 2018 during a month-long open studio/live exhibition “ThinkLab LIVE .002,” at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion at Orange Coast College. In this next iteration of the project, Turk has created an evocative experience at the Catalina Island Museum, “ThinkLab LIVE .003: Tipping Point.” Remaining on view through March 2020 with three core …

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Vegetable Bliss at Butterleaf 

Irvine has few culinary establishments that are fully vegan — meaning no animal products are used in the food or beverages served. Although the city of Irvine is growing rapidly, the plant-based food craze is taking its time getting to the bustling city of opportunity. The few places Irvine does have, however, are outstanding and offer something for vegans and vegetarians in the area, as well as the omnivores who …

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The Idiosyncrasies of Memory in the Gallery at WorkWell

Bright green floating foliage delicately sways and flutters with each passing body in the metal and glass shrine of the WorkWell space. High above the touch of human hands, these self-contained plant bodies hover and dance in place while inspiring onlookers to dream and wonder at the magic and memory they seem to contain. This installation is one of the many works currently on view at Irvine’s coworking space, WorkWell, …

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“Time Under Tension” at Irvine Fine Arts Center Is Art at Its Most Powerful

Visual art can be a powerful force of communication, it can change perceptions, open minds, and tug on viewers’ heartstrings. This power is partly responsible for art and visual communication having such a dominant role in our society; we see advertising, paintings, drawings, installations and even graffiti works that stop us dead in our tracks and make us think, fee, or consider. Making art that has this kind of power …

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Santa Ana Sites Brings Circa Contemporary Circus to Orange County

There are some things in our own livable experiences that can be difficult to put into words — some relationships, some feelings, some monumentally impactful moments in our lives that remain untethered from verbal descriptions or explanations. There are some things that can only be represented through the expression of movement. Very few contemporary dance groups are able to combine the poetry of modern dance with the physicality of real-life …

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Exploring Space and Place with two•cubed

Currently on view at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, there is a curious assortment of artwork that at first glance resembles building blocks and structural designs. With brightly colored paintings, balancing sculptures and tiny houses, this exhibition is entrancing even at a mere glimpse through the large glass windows of the OCCCA space. The work on view is by two distinctive artists, mixing and mingling their aesthetic styles …

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Performance, Poetry and Nature with the UCI MFAs (Part II)

Continuing on the curious exploration of the art world introductions of the graduating University of California, Irvine MFA students, additional relevant themes and ideas seem to reverberate in the work of young artists and in our collective consciousness. In this second round of solo exhibitions for MFA candidates Andrea Welton, Mountain House, Nicolas G. Miller, Ariel McCleese and Michael Thurin, the works on whole are more ephemeral and touch on …

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The Pride of California Art at Brea Art Gallery

For 34 years, the city of Brea Art Gallery has been hosting a locally-treasured art exhibition that highlights California artists and offers visitors a well-rounded look at the current moods and materials dominating the contemporary art practices in California. This exhibit is the most popular for the gallery, garnering massive crowds and over a thousand submissions each year. With awards, prizes, a selective jurying process, and a time-honored exhibition to …

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Hope, History and Play with the UCI MFAs (Part I)

The MFA, the terminal degree for artists — it is what artists strive for and what gallerists pushing the contemporary art market forward thrive on. For an artist, the MFA’s culmination is the thesis exhibition; it is like their coming out party in the art world, their brief introduction into the real art world and can make or break an artist’s forthcoming luck in the art market. UCI’s MFA program …

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