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    April 27, 2012

    Newport Beach Film Festival Opens Cloudy with a Chance of Matzo Balls

    The 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival opening night: very Jewy.Not that there's anything wrong with that.The 13th annual festival opened at Big Newport Thursday night with the world premiere of director/co-writer/co-producer Bryan Fogel's Jewtopia, which had an overflow audience next door to the larg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Jewtopia World Premiere Opens Newport Beach Film Festival

    ​After actress Rita Wilson saw Nia Vardalos' one-woman play My Big Fat Greek Wedding in Los Angeles, she was so convinced it could be a movie that she and husband Tom Hanks produced what became one of the most profitable films of all-time. When Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson approached Wilson about t ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Were Doritos Invented at Disneyland?

    ​Over the weekend, I gave my short history of Mexican food in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center's Samueli Stage as part of its hosting of the awesome, ribald Chautauqua! show. Since I doubt I'll ever grace any stage at the Segerstrom again, I decided to focus my 10-minute lecture on OC's two ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Richard and Jolene Engel, High-Flying Society Couple of the '90s, Hid $180 Million in Income

    Richard Gardner Engel​In the 1990s, you could not serpentine around a champagne server at a high society soiree in Orange County without bumping into Richard and Jolene Engel. They were everywhere, even landing aboard the P'zazz yacht when the Nordstrom family hosted a private Newport Harbor suppe ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Kiev Wants You to See the Color of Music

    ​ A few days ago, Kiev--made up of Robert Brinkerhoff (vocals, guitar), Brandon Corn (drums), Derek Poulsen (bass), Alex Wright (keys), and Andy Stavas (keys, saxophone)--caught up with us to talk about how much things have progressed since OC Weekly last interviewed them, and how the OC Music Aw ... More >>