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Review: Matt Hartke, JD & the Straight Shot and Matt Costa at The Troubadour,...

Matt Hartke, JD & the Straight Shot, and Matt Costa — three of SiriusXM’s iconic sound performed the Troubadour in Los Angeles on July 25 as a part of their live tour, which ends on July 28 at the San Diego Music Box.

Local Experts: Improve Shoulder Mobility

Athletic Trainer Chris Phillips shares exercises to improve shoulder mobility — moves that can benefit all, but especially dancers.

Former ‘American Idol’ contestant to perform L.A.

Nick Townsend from ABC’s "American Idol," will bring his voice and a collection of popular musicians to the Rockwell Table & Stage on June 20.

Rocker Phil Vandermost to play double shows in Costa Mesa

Wind down your weekend at Old Vine Kitchen & Bar with drink specials and bar bites and enjoy live music featuring some of OC’s top local solo performers playing from 4:30 – 7:30 pm every Sunday. Styles ranging from classic rock, alternative, Americana, soul and more.

How to Be a Hero: 2nd Annual National Rescue Dog Day

Local non-profit Tails That Teach, Inc. encourages everyone to celebrate man’s best friend on National Rescue Dog Day, May 20 through a celebrity-supported social media campaign.

New foundation aims to inspire and support music education in OC & beyond

Freshly launched Music Preserves Foundation's mission is to inspire greater understanding and appreciation for music and provide cultural opportunities and music and arts education year-round.

Ask the Experts: Eight Tips on Dealing with Shin Pain in Dancers

Beautiful leaps and jumps may come at a cost to a dancer’s shins. Knowing how to reduce the risk of shin pain, or how to deal with pain if it occurs, is essential for healthy dancers. These tips give dancers and instructors some technical tweaks and sensible “shin friendly” behaviors off the dance floor. Many cases of shin pain are best served by working with dance medicine specialists who may use x-rays, blood tests, and other evaluations to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Ask the Experts: What supplements are best for dancers?

Dancers can be bombarded with many performance enhancing supplements that claim to build strength and assist in recovery. Use of some supplements...

Luxury medical spa and wellness center opens in Newport

PURE Aesthetics + Wellness in the Newport Coast area has a mission to serve two objectives for its clients — medical-grade, non-invasive beauty treatments...

Q&A Meet the Leads: ABT and Segerstrom Center’s ‘The Nutcracker’

By SIERRA ESQUEDA, Backstage SoCal correspondent The American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School presents their annual production of...

Ask the Experts: How to get the most out of a summer intensive program

Many kids take the “Summer time, and the living is easy” route from a popular song. No worries about school, homework, projects or tests.Several...

Ask the Experts: Big toe getting in the way of dancing or sports?

Anaheim Hills pediatric and sports medicine specialist Dr. Chris Koutures provides information and advice so you don't let this small joint cause big problems:Many dancers...

Local Experts: Pro athletics doctor provides tips to dancers experiencing discomfort

Dance discomfort comes with the territory of doing the usual hard work on the dance floor. Muscles hurt, toes feel cramps, and...

Dancer Overuse: Ask These 3 Key Questions to Reduce Injuries

Dancer Overuse: Ask These 3 Key Questions to Reduce InjuriesDancer overuse is an unfortunately common issue that can limit both rehearsing and performing. While...

Waddle into the brand new Huntington Beach Duck Donuts shop

Duck Donuts Franchising Company is now open for business in Huntington Beach. Owned by Gary Kopel and Minal Mehta, the store is located at 18591...

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