Soka University

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    25 Reasons Why Orange County Will Always Kick LA's Ass

    It's been more than a year now since my "50 Reasons Why Orange County is the Worst Effing Place in America" listicle scandalized so many, and I still get crap for it. I'll always stand by it, because everything in it was true. But to the haters, I offer this olive branch: at least we're not Los Ange ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Bettman and Halpin Turn Folk Into Fine Art

    To the high-class culture hounds of OC, the Soka Performing Arts center is typically synonymous with suit-wearing symphonies, renowned jazz giants and cultural dance troupes. But duo Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin don't fall under any of those categories. In fact, their folk/Americana sound and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Dale Fielder Quintet Honors Unsung Jazz Hero Pepper Adams

    It's hard keeping a jazz band together. Most bands only last a few years before better offers or more stability step into break them apart. Baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, who appeared on over 600 albums, only worked with trumpeter Donald Byrd for three years. Those three years (1958-1961) happen ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    About That Soka University Cover: A Note From the Editor

    ​This week's cover story about Soka University in Aliso Viejo has generated a firestorm of reader comments. The piece discusses the university's first 10 years of existence, as well as the controversial history of the Japan-based, lay Buddhist organization that founded it, Soka Gakkai Internationa ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2011

    Soka University of America Is a School On a Hill

    The Aliso Viejo college was founded by a Buddhist sect that preaches peace—so why are so many former professors alleging the opposite?

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    $73 Million Concert Hall Coming to South Orange County

    RMA Photography​South Orange County is getting its own concert hall.Construction is complete on a $73 million performing-arts center at Soka University, a majestic college campus in Aliso Viejo. The space, anchored by a 1,034-seat auditorium, will be used for dance and orchestra productions, plays ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    2009 Postseason Throwdown: 26 Reasons to Hate Boston, Bostonians and Other Massholes

    Those rubes in Boston probably find this pretty.​UPDATED WITH CORRECTIONS . . . Before Angel fans can truly hate the Boston Red Sox--actually, if 1986 playoffs didn't do it, nothing will--they must first hate the team's fans, the residents of the town surrounding Fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 6/15

     I'm not going to lie. There isn't much going on tonight. So, here are some art exhibits that sound interesting. Mark Mothersbaugh: Postcard Diaries and Arthur Taussig: Postcards from the Edges of AmericaIn case you haven't heard of him, Mark Mothersbaugh is a composer for television, film and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 3/9

    Miss Brea Pageant, 7 p.m.You never know: You might catch a glimpse of a future Republican nominee for the United States vice presidential seat.Brea Improv, 120 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, CA; 714-482-0700Manzanar Pilgrimage Exhibit, until May 5Over the last 25 years, photographer Mark Kirchner has made an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Artwork Depicting Martyred Peace Advocates Spun Into Film

    You may recall Laguna Beach's Tim Leedom from his books about the evils of organized religion. Or his TV and film production work. Or his carrers as a college-football player and NFL scouting facilitator. Or his time in Hawaii's offices of power. Or his publishing companies. Leedom's lates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    In Defense of Aliso Viejo! And Screw Laguna Niguel?

    On this day of rest, when few of you will bother to check out Navel Gazing, what better day to devote a blog post to the Stanton of South County, Aliso Viejo? I wasn't too kind to the collection of gated communities and beautiful, empty sidewalks in my Orange County: A Personal History, and I still ... More >>

  • Food

    February 28, 2008
  • Columns

    September 27, 2007


    Add in a completely substandard produce section and meat that I could find cheaper elsewhere, and you have the perfect storm of crap

  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    Peaceful Visions

    Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter

  • Features

    October 21, 2004
  • Food

    July 3, 2003

    Checklist, Please!

    Five summer school spots

  • Columns

    January 23, 2003
  • Columns

    December 12, 2002