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An Evening with Jay Leno at Musco Center for the Arts

July 23, 2024

On Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 PM, Musco Center for the Arts will host an unforgettable evening with Jay Leno. Known as an acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist, Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” This is a unique opportunity to see this legendary entertainer live.
 
Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included two decades as the host of the #1-rated “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” – after the first two years Jay Leno never lost a single ratings year in which he served as host. When he’s not on TV, Leno performs more than 100 stand-up shows annually across the country and internationally.

Tickets available at muscocenter.org.

Ticketing Service Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to most events.
Location: 337 N. Cypress St., Orange, CA 92866. Parking is available in the driveway.

Phone: 714-997-6812
Email: ticketing@chapman.edu

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Murphy Karges Releases Debut Book ‘Basics for Bassists’

July 22, 2024

Murphy Karges, a BMI-award winning songwriter and founding bassist of Sugar Ray, is set to release his debut book, "Basics for Bassists: Or How to Not Suck at Playing Bass!" on July 23. 

This essential guide is tailored for aspiring bass players who wish to quickly and effectively master their instrument. Drawing from his extensive experience with Sugar Ray, Karges provides straightforward advice, practical tips, and motivational insights. Whether you're new to bass or looking to refine your skills, this book will be an invaluable resource, helping you play with confidence and competence. 

Available in both paperback and ebook formats, you can find "Basics for Bassists" at your favorite book retailer. Prepare to dive in, learn rapidly, and be inspired to play like a pro!

Karges combines over 35 years of experience into a unique blend of practical instruction and entertaining storytelling. Readers will learn key notes, understand song construction, build confidence, identify influential people in their musical journey, improve communication, create without fear, and even start writing their own songs.

With its simple, thorough, and often humorous approach, "Basics for Bassists" encourages readers to pick up their bass, turn on their amp, and pursue their musical dreams. For additional information, email murphy@murphykarges.com. 

To purchase a signed copy, visit Murphy Karges' book page at murphykarges.com/book.

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Russ Bendel Opens Parlor, Woodfire Kitchen & Cocktails in San Clemente

July 22, 2024

Russ Bendel, renowned for his success with six coastal Orange County restaurants that boast an upscale, neighborhood vibe and wine country cuisine, just opened Parlor, Woodfire Kitchen & Cocktails, a pizza Americana and spirits-focused restaurant. The dinner-only operation will debut on Monday, July 22, at 216 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente—across from Bendel’s first restaurant, Vine.

The 5,000-square-foot venue will seat 120 guests between the bar, dining room, and patio. Parlor will feature a state-of-the-art Wood Stone Mt. Baker six-foot stone hearth oven, which uses both radiant gas flame and wood-fired cooking, fueled by almond and white oak logs. This oven ensures even cooking with its infrared burner.

The restaurant’s sourdough crust is made with a 30-year-old starter from a French baker and uses top-tier American ingredients, including King Arthur Sir Galahad artisan flour, cheese from the Wisconsin-based Grande Cheese Company, and 100% California-grown tomatoes.

Parlor's menu is divided into six sections: starters, salads, plates, wood-fired pizzas, pasta, and dessert. Highlighted dishes include prime beef and pork meatballs, chopped salad, Nate’s porchetta, and shrimp and Manila clam bucatini. Pizza offerings range from classic Margherita to truffle roasted maitake mushrooms and BBQ chicken. The sole dessert is the Parlor Grand Ice Cream Sundae, featuring three generous scoops of Fiorentino Neapolitan, topped with hot fudge, salted caramel, and bourbon vanilla bean whipped cream. Chef-partner Nate Overstreet will oversee the kitchen.

Partner and San Clemente native Gabe Whorley will direct Parlor’s beverage program, focusing on local beers from San Clemente breweries Left Coast, Delahunt, Artifex, and Docent. The extensive craft cocktail list, all priced at $16, includes unique creations like El Camino Real, a tequila-based drink with lime, thyme, melon liquor, and Americano Blanco, and Spicy Tina, made with vodka, limoncello, citrus, basil, pea flower tea, and serrano. Fresh herbs and fruits from Vine’s garden will be used, and zero-proof cocktails will also be available.

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