Off the Walls of Greatness: Vans, an Orange County Icon

Worldwide shoe company, Vans, is an Orange County original and stays true to its roots in family, hard work, quality manufacturing and creativity. Originally named the Van Doren Rubber Company, Vans has always specialized in making simple, straight-forward, high-quality shoes for everyday wear, extreme sports and stylistic statements. Founded in 1966, the Van Doren Rubber Company, aka Vans, began as a unique business venture that stood out from the rest …

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Left Coast Brewing Company: Dedicated to Quality Beer

In Irvine, Left Coast Brewing Company is our local brewery. There are a few other beers that are brewed here, but none with as much local pride and creativity than that of Left Coast. Helping to build a craft beer scene from the ground up, Left Coast Brewing Company’s founders, the Hadjis family, has been dedicated to making quality beers and extraordinary experiences in their establishments since the 1990s and …

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The Best Art Activities for Every Age in Irvine

Art activities and events are a terrific way to engage your creative right-brain, inspiring creativity, expression and reflection. Activities in the artistic realm can also encourage kids and adults to play more – life is about exploring and enjoying, but we can often get bogged down in the hum-drum of everyday life and forget to play and create. For years, studies have shown that art activities can reduce stress and anxiety …

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Irvine’s Own Shelby and Sandy are Making a Big Splash in L.A.

Walking into the studio of Irvine-born, L.A.-based artist duo (and brothers) Shelby and Sandy, you are immediately transported to another world; a world of possibilities, creativity and fun. The space vibrates with creative energy and seems to exist in a place that is in between eras of art history, bringing all moments in time together simultaneously, and between levels of our human imagination, straddling the boundaries of serious work and …

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The 2018 Irvine Holiday Dining Guide

The holidays are different for everybody, but often involve a ton of home cooking, family, friends and gift-giving. What really helps to perfect the holiday experience is giving the family cooks a break once in a while. At least once or twice during the holidays, make that passionate cook in your family stop showing their love through their food and go out to eat! Not sure where to go? Don’t …

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A Sensory Exploration at Beall Center for Art + Technology

Most people would never think that computers could create compelling or interesting art or music – the human brain has intricacies and nuances that are difficult to replicate, especially when dealing with artistic expression. However, in this amazing technologically driven age, there are in fact computers, programs and algorithms that have been designed to create unique and fascinating musical compositions and the artistic visualizations that represent it, thanks to a …

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Divine Exploration of the Goddess at Irvine’s Museum of Woman

The Museum of Woman is a wonderful and unique educational space that is a largely unknown hidden gem in the city of Irvine. This organization is less of a traditional museum and more of an interactive sanctuary and educational center for goddess spirituality and historical womanhood, telling the stories of goddesses, queens and wisewomen from the paleolithic to the present. Although the Museum of Woman (MOW) does offer visitors rotating …

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The Best of Irvine’s Craft Cocktails

In the craft cocktail world, the biggest dilemma is the fact that it is trendy to drink craft cocktails. That means that as a craft cocktail-serving establishment, your primary customer-base is much larger right now, but most of the average drinkers that will order craft cocktails choose their poison based on the way the drinks look and by the cool names they have. So, you have to create craft cocktails …

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Exploring the Quiet Beauty of “Re:balance” at Irvine Fine Arts Center

Throughout the life of an individual, the balancing act of acceptance and surrender can be difficult to navigate. For women especially, aging is a very trying experience – with motherhood changing your body, your time commitments and your perspective; and, watching yourself get further and further from society’s acceptable standards of beautiful, getting older is a complex thing. However, currently on view at Irvine Fine Arts Center is an exhibition …

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O.C.’s Fling with Phil Shane, Eddie Day and the Lounge Music Revival

In the 1950s and ‘60s, easy listening lounge music made a splash in record sales and cocktail bars all over the world. Although its heyday passed without much public notice, the trend of live lounge music has continued with limited fanfare in small bars and clubs. In Southern California, the scene has been kept alive mostly by music geeks and dive bars, but in the mid-1990s there were two events …

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