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2009 Stories by AMANDA PARSONS

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  • Octavio Paz: His Life and Poetry

    published December 31, 2009

    1990 Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz Lozano is often remembered for his writing that the Nobel committee referred to as “impassioned with wide... More >>

  • Where Masks Still Dance: New Guinea

    published December 24, 2009

    Once innocence is lost, it is gone forever. When photographer Chris Rainier recognized that Western society was creeping into the lives of New... More >>

  • Holiday Organ Spectacular

    published December 17, 2009

    Get your mind out of the gutter, it’s not that kind of organ. We’re referring, of course, to Pacific Symphony’s Holiday Organ... More >>

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    published December 17, 2009

    Lost money has the power to sour even the most wonderful relationships, but it can’t destroy a man’s character. At least not in the case... More >>

  • ENC Green Building Tour

    published December 10, 2009

    Green is definitely the new black—and as being Earth conscious becomes more important to homeowners and businesses, many are left scratching... More >>

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    published December 3, 2009

    Lost money has the power to sour even the most wonderful relationships, but it can’t destroy a man’s character. At least not in the case... More >>

  • The Eight: Reindeer Monolgues

    published November 26, 2009

    If John and Kate’s marriage has taught us anything, it’s that fairy tale relationships—especially those surrounded by lots of... More >>

  • BreastFest

    published November 19, 2009

    When it comes to talking about a downer subject like cancer, you might as well do it with a slur and over a stiff drink. Tonight, Santa Ana’s... More >>

  • Snoop Dogg

    published November 12, 2009

    If you mention Long Beach to anyone outside of California, you get one of two responses: “That’s where the Queen Mary is,” or... More >>

  • Disaster Preparedness Academy

    published October 29, 2009

    Nothing is spookier than disasters, because unlike vampires and Freddy Krueger, you never know when or where they’ll strike next. This is why... More >>

  • Rent

    published October 15, 2009

    The musical about rough inner-city life complete with sing-alongs and dance sessions, Rent is a celebration of love, happiness and living life,... More >>

  • Treasures of Napoleon

    published October 8, 2009

    Vertically challenged men deal with their shortcomings in different ways. Some buy very large pickup trucks. Others wear cowboy boots. Napoleon... More >>

  • Circus Vargas

    published October 1, 2009

    A circus just isn’t a circus without a giant tent. At least that’s how Clifford Vargas felt when he began Circus Vargas in 1969. The... More >>

  • The Ataris

    published September 24, 2009

    When the original Atari was founded in 1972, producing arcade games and home video game consoles for such gripping experiences as Pong, no one... More >>

  • Architexture Dance Company

    published September 24, 2009

    While some may claim that contemporary dance is “too strange” or “confusing” Deidre Cavazzzi, choreographer and founder for... More >>

  • Taste of Newport

    published September 17, 2009

    Nothing satiates an indecisive appetite like having a little taste of everything. And the 21st Annual Taste of Newport provides just that and... More >>

  • Jon Lovitz

    published September 10, 2009

    Everyone who has ever heard of Andy Dick wants to punch him in the face. So when Jon Lovitz gave Dick a proper beat-down in 2007 at... More >>

  • Latin-American Festival and Parade

    published September 10, 2009

    In the early ’30s, the Arden-Ohman Orchestra captured society’s love affair with spectacle in the song “I Love a Parade.” Now,... More >>

  • Men of the Hollywood Strip

    published August 20, 2009

    Aside from the lack of blatant public gambling and obnoxious blinking lights, there's one main thing that sets Orange County apart from... More >>

  • Maragritaville Party

    published August 20, 2009

    Island escapist and musical phenomenon, Jimmy Buffett is inspiring yet another party. His good-times nature has prompted Long Beach dance club,... More >>

  • Man on the Moon

    published August 13, 2009

    In the history of conspiracy theories, debunking the myth of whether or not man landed on the moon is one of the most controversial. But doubters... More >>

  • Lil Wayne

    published August 13, 2009

    It’s a common assumption that people with tattoos on their faces might not exactly be mentally stable. But in the case of New Orleans rapper... More >>

  • Electro-hop Duo LMFAO Prepare for an Arena Show in Anaheim, Bitch

    published August 6, 2009

    Fear of a Party PlanetElectro-hop duo/eternal optimists LMFAO prepare for an arena show in Anaheim, bitchWhen your... More >>

  • Premiere Haute Couture: Reflections of Fashion

    published August 6, 2009

    The lengths women will go to be in fashion are interminable. Corsets, foot binding, ridiculous hats—they’ve all been part of that... More >>

  • Arianna Huffington

    published August 6, 2009

    Winston Churchill is often quoted as saying, “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a... More >>

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