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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From Irvine Meadows to FivePoint Amphitheatre

When Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre was demolished in 2017, the city lost a landmark that had been a musical, cultural and social hub for generations of locals. The wrecking ball also ushered in determined efforts by both local music fans and venue operators Live Nation to retain a major outdoor music venue in the area. These are currently evidenced by a nearby interim replacement for the Meadows, FivePoint Amphitheatre, which was …

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Spring Music Preview – Second Edition

  LESLIE ODOM, JR. / PACIFIC SYMPHONY Fri – Sat, 3/15 and 3/16 Best known for his Tony and Grammy Award-winning performance in the original cast of Boardway’s “Hamilton” and his part in the muical TV series, “Smash,” Leslie Odom, Jr. joins the Pacific Symphony with a selection of Broadway and jazz hits conducted by Matt Catingub. At Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (Click here for tickets) YUNG GRAVY …

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Spring Music Guide

Plenty of options abound for Orange County concert-goers   Fri. 1/25 MARTIN TAYLOR It says much about the dexterity and intimacy of Martin Taylor’s fingerstyle gypsy-jazz guitar that audiophile hi-fi maker Linn signed him to their record label in the 1990s to help demonstrate their equipment’s legendary fidelity. A protégé of Ike Isaacs and former longtime Stéphane Grappelli band member, this affable Englishman has carved out a formidable solo career …

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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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Fall Show Preview: Must See Live O.C. Music

Thu. 10/18: MAGGIE ROGERS Maryland singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers shot to viral-video fame after her song “Alaska,” penned in just 15 minutes, moved Pharrell Williams to tears during a New York University masterclass. Since then, she’s ushered her prior trad-folk towards a synthier signature, with last year’s Now That The Light Is Fading EP, which includes the falsetto-capped “Alaska,” straddling organic outdoorsy-ness and chilled digital delights. At The Observatory, Santa Ana – Click here …

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