Hello Kitty Cafe Lands in Irvine

When you think of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty brand, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t a craft cocktail bar. Luckily for the adult Hello Kitty fan wanting to celebrate the Sanrio brand, there’s now a place to go. On Sept. 14, the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe opened its doors at the Irvine Spectrum Center. It’s the brand’s first permanent cafe concept, and offers both afternoon tea and a …

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Young the Giant – One of Irvine’s Greatest Music Success Stories

From a distance, Irvine might look like a rock ‘n’ roll wasteland: a city of over a quarter million people that boasts only one regular rock venue (FivePoint Amphitheatre) and just three bands who’ve “made it” in the city’s nearly 50-year history: veteran post-hardcore heroes Thrice; defunct Christian rock band East West; and hard-to-define indie darlings Young the Giant. But look closer – or, even better, talk to local musicians …

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Kobe Bryant Talks “The Punies”

Kobe Bryant has created a new podcast called “The Punies” aimed at teaching children life lessons through sports. Irvine Weekly Publisher Brian Calle caught up with Kobe at Children’s Hospital Orange County – where he was doing a surprise special reading of the series for the patients – to discuss Kobe’s new venture in the podcast space. Each 15-minute episode of the podcast follows main character “Puny” Pete, as he tackles a …

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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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