The Sun Is Also a Star Is For Young Romance Fans, Not Old White Men

Following Jamaican-born Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi of Black-ish and Grown-ish) and first-generation Korean-American Daniel Bae (Charles Melton of Riverdale) as they fall into an ill-fated whirlwind 24-hour romance in New York (Natasha’s family is set to be deported back to Jamaica just after they meet), The Sun is Also A Star isn’t out for realism; it’s a young adult fairy tale aimed at tugging adolescent heart-strings. So the substantial amount …

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Review: “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

For whatever upsetting, deep psychological reason, there’s no questioning that American audiences are currently fascinated with the serial killer. Films and documentaries have been cropping up across every platform for the last year featuring the worst and most unforgiving true crimes of our nation’s history. It’s no wonder, then, that Netflix would embrace the cultural trend (that they may have very well restarted in the first place) with not one, …

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Irvine City Council Appoints Mike Carroll to Fill Vacant Seat

On Tuesday, May 14, the Irvine City Council appointed Mike Carroll to fill a vacant council seat in a 3-1 vote. The seat was left vacant in March, when former Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember Christina Shea stepped into the role of mayor, following previous Mayor Donald Wagner’s election to the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “After thoughtful discussion and an intensive interview process, I am pleased to welcome Mike …

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Cracking the Code – Teaching Students the Intricacies of Computer Coding

If video games seem to be the only thing that can grab and hold your child’s attention, we may have found something for you. Parents looking for a new way to stimulate their children’s brains outside of school and prepare them for the technology-based workforce of the future should look no further than Code Ninjas, the new after-school program that opened a location in Irvine this past March. Code Ninjas …

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Coastline Clash at the Irvine Improv

Wrestling fans, prepare yourselves, for one of the most exhilarating nights of wrestling to ever hit Orange County. This Monday, May 13, the Irvine Improv will play host to Coastline Clash, the annual springtime live pro-wrestling event put on by Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (CWFH). The major event marks the first time CWFH has returned to Orange County since its original television tapings at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, …

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Local Foundation Builds Up a Full Head of STEAM

This past Saturday the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) hosted its annual STEAM festival, an exciting and fun event celebrating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Taking place in the Orange County Great Park, the five-hour event featured over 40 fun and engaging activities for kids and was sponsored by a wide array of organizations and educational groups from all around Irvine. The STEAM Fest was designed to “spark student …

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Netflix’s Bonding is a Quirky, Quickie Binge

When it comes to the millennial mindset, there are certain things we all know to be true: (1) attention spans are short, (2) sex shaming is no longer a thing, and (3) “Netflix and chill” is very much still a thing. Bonding, Netflix’s new original seven episode series, is an uncensored look at life for 20-somethings today, and it provides a quirky and quick (each episode is only 15 minutes) …

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Newport Beach Film Festival Guide

Next week, the Newport Beach Film Festival will kick off its 20th annual celebration of the arts and culture in big form. With last year’s event bringing more than 50,000 people to Orange County from around the world, this year is sure to be monumental. Everything will kick off Thursday, April 25, with the festival’s Opening Night Gala following its opening night film. The 3,000 person event, which will take …

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Pretend City Children’s Museum Offers Real Learning and Experiences

Walking into Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine as an adult makes you feel like you are walking into the mind of a child, so much so that you can’t help but wonder how spectacular it must look to the children it was designed for. Despite the name, the Children’s Museum isn’t a museum in the traditional sense. It is a place of learning, yes, but a place of learning …

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Walk MS: Irvine Takes a Step Toward a Cure

At the Academy Awards this past February, actress Selma Blair made headlines for walking down the red carpet. In case you missed the pre-ceremony coverage, or the dozens of news stories following the event, Blair’s walk garnered this increased attention because her walk this year was unique, and very important. Last year, Blair was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a severely debilitating disease of the nervous system. Blair had announced her …

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