Local Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year where everyone is thinking about what they should buy for their friends and family. If you need shopping suggestions, Irvine Weekly’s Susan Hornik has found some great ideas for our Holiday Gift Guide! For That Busy Friend Healthy eating is a great way to kick off 2019! Check out Anaheim’s Fresh n’ Lean, a delicious, organic meal prep service which is delivered right to your …

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Irvine Historical Museum Tells the City’s Story

You may not know that Irvine has its own Historical Society, which is dedicated to preserving the city’s impressive landmarks. One of their most important projects is the Irvine Historical Museum, established in 1976. Located in the San Joaquin Ranch House, the quaint museum building is part of the original ranch house structure commissioned by James Irvine in 1868. The current building was built in 1877 and is the oldest …

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Catch Louie Anderson at the Irvine Improv

Doing stand-up comedy is not for the meek – you have to be fearless, charismatic and of course, hilarious. Three-time Emmy Award® winner Louie Anderson excels at all three. One of Hollywood’s most recognized comedians, the lovable Anderson is headlining at Irvine Comedy Club November 30th through December 2nd. Anderson has a recipe for success: Be kind. “I get that from my mom,” he told us. “She was always the …

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Dirty John Makes Its TV Debut On Bravo!

Cable network Bravo is bringing the chilling events that led to the murder of John Meehan to life in the crime anthology series “Dirty John.” Meehan, a surgeon who in actuality was a con man, became romantically involved with Irvine/Newport Beach interior designer, Debra Newell. The beautiful Newell had what looked to many like a perfect Orange County life, living in California’s most desirable area. But like many people, what …

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Fallout Continues from Shocktoberfest’s Sudden Cancellation

The fallout from University of California, Irvine’s Shocktoberfest continues, with many students wondering if they are getting a refund to the event. The annual fall concert, which kicks off the university’s basketball season, was shut down after rapper Famous Dex jumped into the crowd during his set on Friday, October 19, propelling many fans to rush the stage. After it was announced that the sold-out Shocktoberfest was canceled, the mayhem …

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North Italia: A Meeting of Passion and Detail

If you don’t have the budget to go to Italy to mangia, you can still find unique Italian dishes here in Southern California. North Italia, the modern Italian concept from restaurateur Sam Fox, has locations in Santa Monica, El Segundo and Irvine. Regional brand chef Sam Sleman oversees the innovative menus. “I love to cook because food is something that brings people together around a table. It’s something I’m passionate …

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Jewish Faith Remains Unwavering Within the Local Irvine Community

In the days after 11 Jewish people were senselessly killed at the Tree of Life Congregation in Philadelphia and the Irvine orthodox synagogue, Beth Jacob along with Irvine Valley College were graffitied with anti Semitic words of hate, the faith remains unwavering within the local Irvine community. “The mood is cautious but resilient,” acknowledged Yisroel Ciner, temple rabbi at Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine. “We recognize that there are haters …

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Irvine Nightlife: The Best Hidden Gems and Rooftop Bars

According to WalletHub.com, Irvine is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. It’s no wonder the area has a myriad of nightlife choices. Destination Irvine, a resource for where to stay, play, eat and meet in the area, promotes the city as a preferred overnight destination in Southern California for groups, sports events, leisure visitors and business travelers. “From the rooftop bar Hive & Honey offering 360° views …

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The Art of the Teese

Watching Dita Von Teese perform is a magical, sensual experience. Like a flickering candle, you are drawn into her graceful movements, mesmerized. It’s no wonder why her performances attract sold-out crowds. The queen of burlesque lives a full life, traveling on a whirlwind Europe tour with her burlesque revue and designing her latest lingerie collection, which is on sale in Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. “I’ve created a show called ‘The Art …

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Irvine’s San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

With everything that is happening in the world, we need down time, preferably in a place that helps take away the stress of the day and quiets the mind. Irvine Ranch Water District’s San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary is just that place. The area offers a quiet respite in the heart of Orange County’s bustling urban environment. Nearly two-thirds the size of New York’s beautiful Central Park, the Marsh …

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