| Dec 20, 2012
| 11:52 AM
Watching a performance of "The Nutcracker" during Christmastime is a dream come true for many aspiring ballerinas.
Bona fide dancer and Bel Air hometown girl Shelby Kolar is going one step further and fulfilling her dream of performing in the...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 8:06 AM
Like a visit from Santa, the first sip of eggnog or last bite of grandma's Christmas cookies, "The Nutcracker" is a holiday tradition some families simply can't do without. That's why, in spite of countless revivals every year, folks still flock to the...
| Dec 22, 2011
Even with all the warning, I just can't see to get up to speed with the holidays.
Way back around Halloween when the first hints of Christmas decorations were sprouting like too-early crocuses poking through a February snow, I looked around and figured...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has nearly $189,000 at the ready for his 2013 bid for a third term in office, despite the fact that a challenger has yet to come forward. According to Pawlowski’s most recent campaign finance report, the mayor’s...
| Jan 29, 2011
| 4:32 PM
It's Oscars season and feathers have been ruffled. While Darren Aronofsky’s ballet thriller, “Black Swan,” received five nods, terpsichorean talk has again turned to the issue of weight. Best actress nominee Natalie Portman reportedly lost 20 pounds...
| Nov 18, 2010
| 8:52 PM
Visions of sugarplums are dancing in the heads of area craft enthusiasts, who are opting to shun the mall this weekend in favor of one-of-a-kind gifts.
The Sugar Plum Festival opens its holiday arts and crafts extravaganza this weekend at the OC Fair &...
| Dec 3, 2010
| 8:43 PM
Drive. Dedication. Passion.
Giggles. Friendship. Youth.
Such different words, yet they all fit together for the dancers at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy in Laguna Hills. I had a chance to sit down and talk with a dozen of the students...
| Dec 13, 2010
Too fat to dance? Forget the Sugar Plum Fairy more like the Sugar Plump Fairy. New York Times dance critic, Alastair Macaulay criticizes New York City Ballet's principal dancer for her weight. After reviewing George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Macaulay...
| Dec 15, 2010
| 3:58 PM
Penelope Koulos is dancing one of the three hardest roles in "The Nutcracker Ballet" this month. But when she takes the stage Sunday, she can rest assured that at least one third of the audience loves her unconditionally.
Penelope, a junior at Wilson...
| Jul 28, 2010
| 5:43 PM
Friends of Foster Children prepare for Christmas
Friends of Foster Children on July 24 kicked off their 35th Sugar Plum project. Twenty-nine of the group's 80 active members were on hand at the Altadena home of Charleen Albee to prepare holiday wish gift...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 4:34 PM
A fight scene for the boys. Romance for the preteen girls. Nostalgia for the parents. Plus, the Sugar Plum Fairy and that scary mouse.
The team behind Festival Ballet Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker" has a simple theory for why the show has such...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 8:38 PM
Seeking to scare up some spooky sparkles and spectacular spangles?
Now in its 33rd year, the seasonal Sugar Plum Festival bring local artisans direct to the public on select weekends at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Their annual Halloween...