O.C. Night Market Returns for Another Season

Night markets are a millennia-old Chinese tradition. Historically, they are street-markets comprised of various types of vendors – usually with an emphasis on food, clothing and jewelry. Throughout the ages, the tradition has spread throughout various Asian countries, including Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Many North American cities (in both Canada and the U.S.) with Chinatowns host night markets, and the 626 Night Market, in Arcadia, …

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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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UglyDolls Plays in Familiar Territory

There are some pretty huge names attached to STX films’ new animated musical UglyDolls, particularly from the pop music sphere. But don’t expect Toy Story or anything close. Unlike the Disney classic, which tapped into the nostalgic yet bittersweet heart of why our childhood belongings are so beloved, this little movie offers nothing new in terms of storyline, dialog or visuals. Even the main characters seem very familiar, recalling everything from Nick …

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Irvine Korean Cultural Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Cultural festivals are a core ingredient of this nation’s identity. For those who embrace the reality that the United States is comprised of a melting pot of varying cultural traditions and people of all ethnicities, these festivals provide opportunities to understand the distinctions and similarities between people from different backgrounds. Naturally, cultural celebrations also allow people to embrace their own traditions by reminding them of the experiences that make their …

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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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Knowledge and Inspiration Abundant at OC STEAM Fest

As spring passes by, kids are getting more and more excited about the coming summer holiday. They’ll get to go on adventures with their friends, play video games for hours on end, and they won’t have to learn anything for the next few months. Educators have pondered the question for decades upon decades, and we’ve had the same one on our minds: Why can’t learning be something kids look forward …

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Review: “Five Feet Apart” Comes Up Just Short

“Five Feet Apart,” Justin Baldoni’s freshman directorial outing, follows the heartbreaking love story of two teenagers, both fighting a terrible disease that, tragically (in a vaguely Shakespearean way), links them together yet keeps them apart. Both teenagers suffer from cystic fibrosis, a brutal genetic disease that causes severe mucus build-up in the lungs and other organs. Due to the nature of the disease, and the wide variety of strains that …

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You. Me. D&D.

Some people are blessed with extroverted personalities and active social lives, but some of us … aren’t. In any case, it’s always possible to find yourself needing friends. You may have recently been broken up with, or perhaps you just moved to Irvine for work. Maybe you need a change of scenery. It doesn’t matter why you need friends – you just do. Where do you start? How about Dungeons …

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Hike Irvine: Top 10 Trails

While Irvine is rightly famed for its world-class schools, prestigious corporate headquarters, and fine dining and retail, the city is far from just concrete and glass. In fact, Irvine (which was mostly ranchland until the 1960s) and nearby communities boast extensive hiking trail networks with something to suit all levels of fitness, enthusiasm and time commitment. We visited 10 worth exploring. HANGMAN’S MONUMENT Don’t just show up in your boots …

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Irvine International Film Festival Features a Darker Shade of Narrative

The eighth annual Irvine International Film Festival is right around the corner, and it’s going to be a dark one. The festival, which was founded with the intentions of showcasing international films and providing seminars for its attendees, will take place from March 22 – 28. Its three official selections in the category of feature narratives have been announced, and all three films are either thrillers or horror movies. This …

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