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Milena Kitic and Emily Uematsu with the Parnassus Chamber Orchestra and Stephen Karr


Irvine oncologist Dr. Kenneth Tokita formed the non-profit Parnassus Society, dedicated to supporting and promoting the development of professional artists (classical music) and promising young artists. They hold competitions for young artists and showcase them, and professionals, at excellent public concerts, at affordable prices. The next Parnassus Society event is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Soka Performing Arts Center.  

Enjoy an evening of beautiful classical music at Soka Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. performed by Orange County’s own diva mezzo-soprano Milena Kitic in her signature role. Also featuring critically acclaimed violinist Emily Uematsu in the monumental Tchaikovsky Concerto. Leading the Parnassus Chamber Orchestra is Stephen Karr, co-founder and music director of Pacific Opera Project in Los Angeles.   

Mozart: Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major
Bizet: Carmen excerpts
Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 4 in A Major, “Italian

Cost $25 General Admission; $15 for students, seniors, and military
Parking is free.
Diane Oshiro 949.417.1100 is at

For Tickets   

Soka Performing Arts Center is at I University Drive in Aliso Viejo.

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Pacific Symphony Plays Mozart & Brahms with Simone Porter At Soka Performing ARTS CENTER


Acclaimed violinist Simone Porter joins Carl St.Clair for a festive work by Mozart and Brahms’ only violin concerto on Sunday, November 17, at 3 p.m. at the Soka Performing Arts Center – Concert Hall in Aliso Viejo.

In the past few years Simone Porter has debuted with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and with a number of renowned conductors, including Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Stéphane Denève, Nicholas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, and Donald Runnicles. The program includes MOZART  Overture to Marriage of Figaro and BRAHMS  Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.77.

$45-$85; Senior, Student and Active Military: $40.50-$76.50. Tickets and more information at,

Box Office will be open 1 hour prior to scheduled performance times on performance days. Open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 949.480-4ART(4278). or

Soka Performing Arts Center is at 1 University Drive in Aliso Viejo.

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Holiday OPen HOUse at Sur La Mer Coastal Goods


Sur La Mer Coastal Goods on Balboa Island is celebrating a holiday open house on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy sips, sweets, and giveaways plus 20% off your entire purchase. Sur La Mer carries a curated selection of coastal goods, Vera Wang bags, Nora Fleming serving ware with all the minis, Vietri for the holidays, coastal rugs for kitchens and front porches, tons of pillows, Spartina purses and sweaters.

Everything is of great quality at affordable prices. There are also blankets, leather key chains for the local high schools, and blankets and bags for USC, Stanford and more.  

Sur La Mer Coastal Goods is at 218A Marine Ave. on Balboa Island. 949.524.3249.

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Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar Launches Houses for the Holidays


This holiday season, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is inviting guests to build their own unique gingerbread houses in order to give families across the country the opportunity to help build an affordable place to call home. Through December 31, guests can order a gingerbread house kit for $5.95—and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity International.

When guests gather around the table at Lazy Dog, they can build and decorate a gingerbread house together as they enjoy seasonal beverages and wait for their meals. Each kit comes with pre-cut edible gingerbread walls and roof pieces, the icing to keep it all together, and gummy and chocolate candies for imaginative decorating. The gingerbread houses will be available at all Lazy Dog locations.

Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, every gingerbread house purchased at a Lazy Dog Restaurant will help families in need of a decent place to live in communities across the U.S. Habitat strives to help others build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Reservations are also available for business and office parties to celebrate the holiday season together and give back to a worthwhile cause.

Designed to feel like a Rocky Mountain escape, Lazy Dog’s warm interior has lodge-inspired furnishings such as cozy fireplaces, ledge stone, a chandelier crafted from Aspen logs and artwork reminiscent of the Cowboy State. Multiple flat-screen TVs are mounted throughout the bar and patio areas so guests may cheer on their favorite sports teams, and a dog-friendly patio offers a special menu for dogs featuring grilled meats and brown rice. Lazy Dog also offers brunch on the weekends, plus daily happy hour and late-night offerings.

For additional information about Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, please visit

Stadium Promenade is at 1623 West Katella Ave. in Orange. 714.769.7020.

Target Pavillions Shopping Center is at 16310 Beach Blvd. in Westminster. 714.500.1140.

The Market Place is at 13290 Jamboree Rd. in Irvine. 714.731.9700.

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