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Q&A: Folk rock icon Don McLean stops at Cerritos

By Jackie MoeEnter any karaoke bar and chances are someone will request to belt out “American Pie,” a...

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.

Q&A: Broadway musical ‘Aladdin’ flies into Costa Mesa

By JACKIE MOEFor the first time ever, Costa Mesa will be introduced to a whole new world.

Q&A: The Neal Morse Band bring ‘The Great Adventure’ to Whittier

Prog rocker Neal Morse discusses new album "The Great Adventure," the status of prog rock, and future projects — including a new rock opera on the horizon.

Q&A: Styx brings ‘Mission’ to Anaheim

Quick Q&A with vocalist/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan on the band's fans, latest album and the return of "Mr. Roboto."

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...

Quick Q&A: Powerhouse party group DW3 kicks off new year in Huntington

Grammy Award-winning legends Kool & the Gang will hit the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach stage to bring in the new year on Dec. 31....

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...

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Keepin’ the funk fresh: Brian Culbertson returns to Newport...

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Brian Culbertson will perform at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach's Summer Concert Series on Sept. 21, 2018.

New foundation aims to inspire and support music education...

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.

Q&A: ‘Currents’ electrifies Costa Mesa with dance-infused show

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the SoCal debut of internationally renowned Israeli performance troupe Mayumana on Saturday, April 6.

Jazzy Hiroshima remain unique and undefined four decades later

By Jackie MoeRecord stores and radio stations have spent nearly four decades situating the eclectic East-meets-West band Hiroshima...

Local Spotlight

Left Coast Brewing Opens in Irvine with Booze and BBQ!

Left Coast Brewing Irvine, located in Irvine Company’s Sand Canyon Plaza, is now open! The tasting room features Kansas City-style barbecue, exclusive Irvine-based beer, and...

Local Experts

Q: As a dancer, how can I strengthen my core?

By Dr. Chris Koutures, Backstage SoCal contributing expertThere are a few certainties in the dance world. Legs...

Ask the Experts: As a dancer, how can I help the flexibility in my ankles?

Chris Phillips, an Athletic Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Sports Safety Specialist, provides tips on how to improve ankle mobility.

Ask the Experts: Sleep better, dance better

By Dr. Chris KouturesFor all of us, sleep is an important part of maintaining optimum health. For dancers...

Ask the Experts: 10 Tips to Reduce Dance Injuries

Anaheim Hills pediatric and sports medicine specialist Dr. Chris Koutures provides 10 tips to reduce injuries for dancers and other athletes.

Backstage Q&A

Q&A: ‘GLOW’ actress talks new funny podcast about motherhood

Writer-director and “GLOW” actress Kimmy Gatewood has combined her two worlds of entertainment and motherhood into one lighthearted and provoking podcast, “Mother...

Q&A: 9 fun, inspiring stories from Broadway queen Betty Buckley

Before the Broadway hall of famer and Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley returns to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa...

Q&A: Crime Beat podcast digs into OC’s most compelling & mysterious

By JACKIE MOETrue-crime podcast listeners will indulge in Crime Beat for its gripping storytelling, mysterious nature and...

Q&A: New podcast amplifies voice of Golden State Killer’s victims

By JACKIE MOEJoseph James DeAngelo Jr., highly publicized as the Golden State Killer, is alleged to have...