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14 Breathe Easier by Keeping Your Asthma Under Control 16 Ivar E. Roth, D.P.M. Putting Your Best Foot Forward With One of The Region’s Most Respected Podiatrists

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10 Roby & Associates: Keeping Insurance Companies Honest since 1987

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times, feelings and emotions would change. They reflected the concerns of people’s everyday lives and permitted a glimpse into our thoughts, feelings and, perhaps even a mood that existed at the time. It was an idealized world filled with crystal globes of romance that was celestial and comforting at the same time. Each song of the 1950’s and early 60’s was soothing but transfixed, intoxicating to the point where it was possible to actually believe in the words. It truly was ‘poetry in motion.’

ne cannot blame or give credit to the artists and songwriters of the Rock & Roll era for the sounds that were created in the 50’s and early 60’s. There was a natural evolution of the music that was started by “baba loo” Bing Crosby, Louie “Satchmo” Armstrong, The Mills Brothers, The Ink Spots, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday and sooooo many more! While pure Doo Wop must have a group to gather the unique sounds, Rock & Roll single artists and duos were free to pick and choose the vocal styles with the same characteristics, utilizing no name backup groups to add musical flavor.

Singing along with a recording is better than singing the song acappella without benefit of the recording in the background. Listen to the below listed songs to concentrate on the simplicity of the lyrics and message:

For the sake of simplicity, analysis of the Doo Wop sounds will be placed into five various elements to appear in two parts (the first is this feature and the second will appear in the March 2017 edition). This article will showcase the music and lyrics, beat instrumentation and nonsense syllables, while Part Two will address group harmony and vocal range. Songs will also be identified along with the artists that typify each element.

• Love You So – Ron Holden • Goodnight Sweetheart – Pookie Hudson and the Spaniels • I Love You So – The Chantels • The Letter – Vernon Green and the Medallions • There’s a Moon Out Tonight – Nick Santos and the Capris

THE MUSIC AND LYRICS Everyone knows the words to those songs of the past; or do you? The music and lyrics touched our emotional heart strings, but not our intellect. With minor variations, it was the same three or four chord progressions with a melody line that used limited range for each voice. Many times, the words were made up or moved around to ensure they rhymed. They were drenched in emotion with a pitch that was either perfect or just a tone off. It was somewhere between church hymns, gospel and opera.

BEAT INSTRUMENTATION Listening to the music and lyrics of the 1950’s, the words could have been sung acappella on a street corner or in an alley. And, it would be enjoyable. Beat instrumentation was utilized by snapping fingers, having the bass singer keep a beat, or in some cases just hitting a pen in a pocket. Eventually, drums, guitars and saxophones, accompanied by a piano, found their way into the lexicon of early 50’s and 60’s music. Emphasis was placed on the second and fourth beat with a simple, heavy bass and drum beat. The instrumentation was not in the forefront of the music but was a quiet accompaniment. The artists would bring

There was no Cole Porter or Ira Gershwin, but the music and lyrics still wrote of raw emotion, sadness, tenderness and love. They told a brief story about loving you so, kissing, missing or never letting go. No one thought that the FEBRUARY 2017

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in a guitar, or if they could afford, a sax player. The bridge between verses would play out a repetitious melody and provide a vocal re-entry to the chorus. Examples of this include, but are not limited to:

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• Earth Angel – Cleve Duncan and The Penguins (subtle piano) • Angel Baby – Rosie and the Originals (guitar and sax) • Little Darlin’ – Maurice Williams and the Gladiolas and the Diamonds (castanets) • To Know Him is to Love Him – The Teddy Bears (drumbeat)

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Johnny Cymbal said it best: “Who put the Bomp in the Bompa bompa Ba…who was that man? I’d like to shake his hand.” Those sounds can be traced to West African chants but creative juices were flowing on the street corners of New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. In four and five member groups or even large ensembles, the bass and harmony in the background reflected a strong masculine mating call that even Bing Crosby used. The music of the 50’s made the sounds more predictable so they could be repeated in our new language. Many times, they replaced instrumentation, or in some cases became the entire song, with just a few words added to give it a title. Sit back and listen to: • • • • • • •

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Any one of the songs discussed in Making Your Memories is more than a simple pleasure stroll or reflection of a time of innocence. There is a complex structure behind the music that at first glance may appear simplistic and repetitious. Look closely, it is more like an old Victorian home that is being restored. The artist chips away at the many layers of phrases much like the coats of paint or wallpaper. There is a palette of old that is new again, with colors and words unimagined.

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Claims with Confidence Roby & Associates – Keeping Insurance Companies Honest Since 1987 By Jody Robinson

It is rare to find someone who can say that they appreciate adverse events in their life. More rare perhaps to find someone who will admit that such a calamity led them to a job that they love with a company that treats them with mutual respect and admiration.

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ancy Stewart, a long time South County resident and mother of two filed a claim for a water leak with her insurance company and was repeatedly denied. While the problem stagnated, Nancy looked for help. How to go about maneuvering the claims process? How to protect her property and equity?

So he offered to help Nancy obtain her Public Insurance Adjusters License. She is now proud to represent Roby & Associates as their Consumer Advocate. Seeing both sides of the business helps, and Wayne has worked for insurance companies as well as in adjustment for the last thirty years. “We help consumers maximize all of their policy coverage’s,” he says. Beyond that though, Nancy states: “You’re surrounded by a team of quality people who truly care, who are willing to deliver an unparalleled level of service to the consumer.”

Fortunately she found the professionals at Roby & Associates Public Insurance Adjusters who worked on her behalf to negotiate the claim. Roby & Associates specializes in helping clients negotiate their claim or claims for damage under any insurance policy covering real or personal property due to fire, water, wind, vandalism, theft – any first party claims.

Without a keen construction eye, most consumers are left in the dark when it comes to household claims – a situation that can easily can end up escalating into a repair cost nightmare.

“Wayne Roby and his contractor, Jack Paulus, assured me that I had a legitimate claim for damages. They immediately went to work, and we carefully and diligently managed my claim to the very end.”

Having an advocate to fight for you can be the most direct route to protect, secure, and repair the damages done, without incurring more in the process. Wayne, Jack, and Nancy are all active in various organizations and charities around South Orange County - from the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce to raising support for cystic fibrosis. But for Wayne, and all those who work with him, “working with our clients to get them back to a pre-loss condition is the reward in itself.”

Typically, homeowners hire out contractors to take care of things they can’t themselves: kitchen remodels, home automation. The work is planned and executed - such was with Roby & Associates. “Wayne built my claim to maximize the monetary features and benefits of my policy coverage based on my actual damage,” she says. “He taught me what customers need, and how to most effectively manage an insurance claim.”

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BREATHE EASIER by Keeping Your Asthma Under Control With flowers in bloom, pollen released by plants and increased pollution; there are more irritants than ever in the air. This makes it hard for most people with asthma hard to breathe. ne way to help simply manage your asthma is to follow an action plan to help you to track your symptoms, ultimately keeping you or your child out of the doctor’s office or hospital.

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According to a recent study from the University of Southern California, children with asthma who were exposed to higher concentrations of particles were more likely to develop bronchitis.

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Podiatrists know that a lot of pain in the ankle, knee, hip, back, and even as far up as the neck, may be attributa- ble to a condition called hyperpronation, or flat feet. When your feet don’t distribute weight and motion evenly, there can be serious repercussions throughout the body, which occurs to you like pain and exhaustion. Orthotics or arch support products have been used to help flat foot sufferers, but they are minimally effective. So Dr. Roth became the only master certified surgeon in Southern California to perform FootAlignTM, a simple 15-minute surgical procedure which permanently corrects flat feet. permanently. He has perfected the procedure and over the last decade has helped hundreds of people get relief from chronic pain and regain strength and mobility. “I love my work,” says Dr. Roth about his interest in his field. “The foot is an understudied part of the body, yet it is so critical to our everyday lives. I am always seeking out new ways to improve the health of our feet.” Dr. Roth’s master certification in FootAlignTM is just one example of his standards for staying at the cutting edge of his field. Incredible advances in medical laser technologies have opened up treatment options for a wide array of foot conditions, and Dr. Roth has been one of the leading doctors in the country perfecting laser techniques for a number of these conditions.

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Diabetic patients often suffer from neuropathy, or a deadening of nerves, in the feet. It’s a debilitating and discouraging condition. Dr. Roth has perfected a laser treatment technique that addresses neuropathy. It’s a procedure that doesn’t involve drugs or pain, and for most of patients the feeling in their feet comes back, enabling them to walk again.

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Other laser procedures are more cosmetic, but hardly less dramatic. Many of Dr. Roth’s patients see him to treat unsightly or fungus-ridden toenails, a condition that impairs confidence and can even cause pain. Unique to Dr. Roth’s practice is an FDA-approved machine for laser treatment of fungus toenails, which can permanently correct the problem.

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His curiosity and interest in finding new solutions have led Dr. Roth into developing specialized products, including nail and skincare, topical pain relief formulas, treatment for athlete’s foot and much more. All of Dr. Roth’s patented products are designed by him and made by him so, as he says, they do what he wants them to do.

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e all know that treating an injury immediately after it happens can help minimize the pain and damage as well as facilitate recovery. But after rolling your ankle in a soccer game, or hurting your back when lifting your toddler, or tweaking your knee when stepping out of your car, what's best? Should you ice it to try to control inflammation, or would heat be better to promote circulation? While it's difficult to establish a fail-safe rule for when to apply ice or heat, the general directive is to use ice for the first forty-eight to seventy-two hours after an acute injury and then switch to heat. IT DEPENDS The reality is that many conditions are not necessarily the result of a specific injury. I call these conditions "recurrent acute" and find them by far the most common: sciatica that occurs when you drive a car; a back that flares up every time you garden; or tennis elbow from intense computer work. In these cases, consistent and frequent applications of ice may prove very helpful over long periods of time, particularly immediately after experiencing the event that causes problems.

Conversely, back or other muscle spasms caused by overexertion rather than injury may benefit greatly from heat immediately upon the onset of symptoms or immediately after exercise in order to relax the muscles and increase circulation. Also, muscle belly pain not resulting from acute and serious trauma generally responds well to heat, which can break the spasms and release the strain. On the other hand, nerve and tendon pain--regardless of the duration of symptoms, even if you've been experiencing them for months--benefit from ice. WHAT WORKS FOR YOU The bottom line: different individuals will constitutionally vary greatly in their reactions. Some people are more prone to the types of inflammation exacerbated by heat, while others find their bodies contracting and tightening at the mere mention of ice. Try each option and pay close attention to how your body and mind respond, and let your gut be your guide. Ultimately, what works best for you is, well, what's best for you. Michelle Bryant is the owner of the San Juan Capistrano-based Massage Associates. To connect with her, visit 31952 Camino Capistrano (in the Mercado Village), call (949) 489-7924 or visit www.themassageassociates.com. FEBRUARY 2017

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Keeping Indoor Allergies at Bay A large number of Orange County’s young and old are sniffling, sneezing or wheezing their way through spring’s allergy triggers. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with a cost of $18 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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ith increasing amounts of money being spent on treatment against outdoor allergens, we often forget about the small changes indoors that can collectively make a difference in your health. According to CalOptima, the health insurance provider for thousands of adults and children throughout Orange County, it’s important to explore a few common indoor triggers that can bring on stuffy noses and watery eyes. The agency’s tips include:

Critter Control: Many common pests, such as cockroaches and some stinging insects, are known to trigger asthma and allergies. Critter droppings, saliva, and other remnants contain strong proteins that cause reactions. So, keep an eye out for any unwelcome critters especially during the summer months when water is scarce.

Enforce Dust and Dander Borders: Dust is one of the most common triggers of allergy and asthma attacks. So when it comes to creating a safe zone at home, our bedrooms are at the top of the list. We often forget about the sneaky ways dust travels inside through toys, stuffed animals and other clutter. Make sure to keep your bedroom clean and free of dust by regularly washing their bedding, stuffed animals, clothes and more.

It is important to remember that allergies in general cannot be cured but allergic reactions can be minimized or prevented. Research shows it is just as important to control environmental factors as it is to manage symptoms with treatment or other natural remedies. After all, it would be nicer to spend time focusing on spending time with family, rather than passing around the tissue box.

Eye Your Pets: The biggest allergy culprit is pets. There is no such thing as a hypo-allergenic pet. Not only can Fido’s dander cause a reaction, he is also bringing in his day outdoors which can include dust, dirt or pollens. If pets are allowed inside, make it a rule that your bedroom is off limits.

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Pets of the Month This green-eyed beauty is Squeeky, a seven year old kitty looking for a new start. Squeeky is mild-mannered and very sweet would make a spectacular lap cat. With her mellow personality, she would thrive in a quieter home with someone special to call her own.

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Live, Laugh, Leak? STOP LIMITING YOUR ACTIVITIES. PELVIC FLOOR REHABILITATION CAN HELP! By Yvette Manard, MPH

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id you know that approximately 1 of every 2 women experiences some form of urine leakage? This should never be considered a normal part of aging. Oftentimes, it can be treated non-surgically and without bladder control medication. Evans Tran, PA, at Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center’s Women’s Bladder Control Center, discusses this embarrassing condition and how Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation can help.

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A: Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common condition defined as an involuntary leakage of urine. UI affects many daily living activities and a person’s quality of life. Q: What causes urinary leakage?

A: Twice as many women are likely to be affected as men and the prevalence increases with age. However, younger women also experience urinary leakage. Common factors include pregnancy, labor and delivery, back injuries and weakening of the pelvic floor muscles that provide support and bladder control. Q: How is UI commonly treated?

A: Unfortunately, many women are too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about this condition and wear pads and adult diapers to cope with UI. Other women try medications. The results are less than satisfactory for most patients.

At the Women’s Bladder Control Center we successfully treat urinary leakage patients with Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. This treatment has been used for many years and has a very high success rate in appropriate candidates. Q: What is Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation?

A: This therapy is designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles with targeted in-office and home therapy. The first phase is to test, measure and document the strength of a patient’s pelvic floor muscles by sensors. The second step is to gently stimulate and contract the muscles. I personally guide each of our patients and show them how to contract these muscles. Then I give a personal “prescription” for a home exercise regimen. I see patients weekly for the first four weeks of the program and then on an as needed basis after that. The end result is strengthening the pelvic muscles and retraining them to hold a larger volume of urine. Q: Are there any other benefits to Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation?

A: Yes. They include helping patients who have pain during intercourse, relieving certain types of constipation and alleviating chronic pelvic or lower abdominal pain.

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Happy Hour Half off appetizers and wine at Brio Tuscany Grill . 24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point. 3:30-6:30pm.

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Dana Point Farmers Market Each Saturday, California farmers bring fresh produce to sell at the Dana Point Farmers Market from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Craft vendors join in on the fun every first Saturday of the month as well. The Dana Point Farmers Market is located in La Plaza Park on Pacific Coast Highway near the Clock Tower.

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Taco Tuesday Ricardo’s Place Mexican Restaurant. 32082 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano. 11am-9pm (every Tuesday).

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Taste of San Juan THE FIESTA ASSOCIATION INVITES EVERYONE to “The Taste of San Juan”. Help launch the kick-off celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas at The San Juan Hills Golf Club. The Taste brings together many of San Juan’s marvelous restaurants under one roof to tempt you with ‘tastes’ of their fare. Come and be tempted by all there is at “The Taste of San Juan.” 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. rswallowsparade.com

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Live Music Live Music at Villa Roma Argentine & Italian Cusine. 25254 La Paz Laguna Hills.

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Gregory Brock at the Salt Creek Wine Co. in Laguna Niguel. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30

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Capo Beach Farmers Market Visit the area’s weekly market where locally-grown, organic produce and regional artisans are featured. Noon6 p.m. Capo Beach Church, 25975 Domingo Ave.

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San Juan Capistrano Farmers Market Each Wednesday, residents and visitors can enjoy purchasing fresh flowers, produce, and specialty foods at the San Juan Capistrano Farmers’ Market. The market features up to 30 vendors and is held at Yorba Street and Camino Capistrano right in the heart of downtown San Juan Capistrano. 3-7pm

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The Grand Del Mar

One of the country’s best resorts, a stone’s throw from home

By Jody Robinson

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e knew we were in for a memorable weekend when the driveway to the Fairmont Grand Del Mar (fairmont.com/san-diego) took its sweet time delivering us to the resort. A canopy of autumn colors rustled in a lazy and surprisingly warm San Diego breeze as we made our way into the canyon just a couple of miles inland from the 5, which might as well have been 500 miles from kids, laundry, work, obligations. The autumn colors eventually broke to reveal an expertly meandering golf course, which

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the Grand Del Mar is a mere hour’s drive from most of Orange County, but, once there, you feel utterly removed to the warmth of a Mediterranean estate. That utter removal can be of just about any flavor – we were


A friend’s gorgeous family photo taken on the bluffs in Del Mar inspired a visit to the stunning site during our stay.

publications. Travel+Leisure named the Grand Del Mar as “California’s #1 Resort” and one of the world’s best; TripAdvisor called it the United States’ best hotel; it has swept all categories – hotel, spa, dining – with five stars from Forbes.

making it a girl’s weekend, with a focus on rejuvenation and simple togetherness, but golf aficionados, outdoor enthusiasts, couples, families and foodies will all find something exceptional at the Grand Del Mar. It is remarkable to think that, with all the affluence and attraction of Southern California, with swank people desirous of swank accommodations, it is the Grand Del Mar, nestled rurally in North County San Diego and quite out of the way of Rodeo Drive, that consistently earns the highest ratings from all the swankest reviewers and

The Grand Del Mar is not an historic hotel – it opened in 2007 – but for those who love the richness of historic luxury, it satisfies abundantly. Many varieties of wood, marble and tapestry abound in artisan expression that is opulent without gaudiness, a balance struck by the best historic hotels. Of course, if you are one of those history types, you’ll know that historic properties are typically high on charm and low on space. Not so here. The rooms are commodiously cozy (or cozily commodious, per your preference), where you can sprawl out and never feel cold. Our suite was on an upper level with a balcony overlooking the canyon and portions of the golf course, with palm fronds swaying in the breeze just feet from us as we sipped our morning coffee. Los Peñasquitos Canyon is a nature preserve with historical significance as the first route from Yuma to San FEBRUARY 2017

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Diego, which is today a beautiful hiking, biking and horseback riding destination. Guests of the Grand Del Mar have access to all the canyon has to offer, with bikes available for pickup at the front desk, and horses at the on-site stables ready for trail riding. For those whose outdoor adventures entail a driver and a putter, the Grand Del Mar features the only Tom Fazio-designed golf course in San Diego, complimented by swing analysis technology services, a SAMPutt lab, specialized practice areas used by some of the world’s top professionals, and more. If you’re of the aquatic persuasion, the property features two pools, one ideal for families and one infinity (read tranquility) pool for adults only. Not far beyond pools are the resort’s private beach and oceanic excursions including sunset sails and whale watching. And this only scratches the surface. For spa enthusiasts, the Grand Del Mar offers one of the most acclaimed in the country. Naturally it features a comprehensive menu of treatments, such as cleansing facials and therapeutic massages, as well as a custom line of organic products; but it also offers a world-class spa experience,


its restaurants to its in-room dining, from its robust wine program to its seasonal menus and Afternoon Tea, the Grand Del Mar has something for every epicurean. with wet and dry saunas, indoor whirlpools, separate men’s and women’s relaxation lounges with fireplaces, access to the adults-only relaxation pool and all the hot tea, snacks and chocolates you could ask for.

With all that the Grand Del Mar has to offer in activities, amenities, services and dining, the delight of being there is ultimately of the atmosphere, and that comes down to two things: beauty and people.

The dining experience at the Grand Del Mar stands on its own and is itself the reason that many travel long distances to visit the resort. Six on-property dining venues offer something for every taste, mood and interest, often to the sound of live music. Addison, led by celebrated executive chef William Bradley, is the Grand Del Mar’s signature dining feature. Local ingredients are combined with contemporary French influences and presented with exceptional service to make Addison Southern California’s most awarded fine dining restaurant.

The staff members at the Grand Del Mar have a special quality. While hospitality professionals are typically welcoming, of course, the folks at the Grand Del Mar are authentically welcoming. So much so that either the resort has found hundreds of matchless thespians to do everything from valet the car to turn down the sheets, or the Grand Del Mar’s people truly enjoy being there. I want to believe that it is the latter. As to beauty, the Grand Del Mar is simply an exquisitely designed place with lovely spaces; from the driveway to the marbled entrance to the furnishings and the vistas, you cannot escape a floor-to-ceiling sense of beauty of the most approachable kind. And so at every turn you are inspired to tranquility and delight. In the end, that is how we spent our 24-hour break from our everydays – enjoying each other, and simply basking in what the Grand Del Mar is. Long, slowly winding driveways always lead to something good.

Amaya is a more casual option fusing Spanish, Italian and French fare with expansive, sunny views of the canyon and golf course. We enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast of various benedicts and the “Black & Blue” Brioche French Toast with granola, lemon crème fraîche and berries, and an immunity smoothie for good measure (the effects were immediate). But excellence does not stop at Addison or Amaya. From FEBRUARY 2017

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Why St. Valentines? By Beverly Blake and Tom Scott What we call Valentine’s Day has been celebrated for centuries in many cultures under many names. Early Roman rituals worshiped Lupercus, the Roman god of fertility, who blessed the young men’s rites of passage. Often when Roman armies occupied conquered countries they introduced the festival of Lupercalia in which boys drew names of girls out of an urn to determine their partners for the day or even longer. Pope Gelasius decided to replace the pagan ritual of Lupercalia with the celebration of St. Valentine because a man and a woman living in intimacy was thought to be too immoral. As the St. Valentine story goes, the saint approached a couple that was arguing and asked them to make peace. After offering a rose, he told them both to hold the stem and pray to God that their love would live forever. The couple then asked St. Valentine to marry them. The news spread and many couples decided to make a pilgrimage to see the bishop on the 14th of each month, until the bishop died in 273 B.C. Long before the time of Saint Valentine, Cupid played a central role in the ancient Greek and Roman celebrations dedicated to lovers and lovemaking. Venus had a son named

Cupid, the impish archer and “go-between” we know of today. Cupid came to represent the many aspects of love: playful, tender, sexual, and passionate. His invisible arrows of sweet destiny would pierce the hearts of both mortals and gods alike, making them fall hopelessly and helplessly in love, oftentimes beyond all hope or reason! We know Cupid as a smiling mischievous child armed with his bow and arrow ready to pierce lovers’ hearts with romantic love. Originally, he was shown as a handsome young man with a bow and arrows. But, the Victorian era wanted to help make Valentine’s Day more proper for women and children. So, they tossed out this handsome Roman Adonis guy and made cupid more of a chubby baby! Since then, Valentine’s Day has been celebrated every year throughout the world, with couples exchanging flowers, sweets and gifts, all with a single objective – to devote 24 hours to the celebration of their love. In February, come and see how Cupid’s arrows can pierce even the black hearts of three bandits in the melodrama Three Bandits and a Baby – a world premiere opening February 24th! FEBRUARY 2017

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Tribute to Charles McPherson Friday, 2/3 @ 8PM Sax legend Charles McPherson gained fame playing with Charles Mingus in the 60s, but it has been his continuing work with multiple jazz luminaries that places him among the top sax players in the jazz world.

Matt Haimovitz Saturday, 2/18 @ 8PM & Sunday 2/19 @ 3PM – Attend Both! Matt Haimovitz, renowned as a musical pioneer, Haimovitz has inspired countless listeners by bringing his artistry to any place he can bring his cello. In this case he will be bringing his instrument to the Soka Performing Arts Center to perform Bach’s Six Suites for Cello, plus overtures to Bach written by contemporary composers such as Phillip Glass, Du Yun, and Vijay Iyer.

Maria Schneider Orchestra Tuesday, 2/21 @ 8PM 2016 two-time Grammy Award winner, Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed as evocative, majestic, magical, and heartstoppingly gorgeous. The Maria Schneider Orchestra is among a small few to have received Grammys in multiple genres, having received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie.

Sundays@SOKA – w/Sean Chen Sunday, 2/5 @ 3PM The Sundays at Soka features Beethoven Piano Concertos hosted by conductor Carl St.Clair. Rising star Sean Chen, 3rd prize winner in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano competition will perform. Program: • Beethoven – Piano Concerto Nos. 2 & 3

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Saturday, 2/11 @ 8PM Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago. They come from an extraordinary musical family. The band freely mix the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip hop, soul, and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous blend that is just barely contained. Come early for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:30 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm. Only $11.25 for an all-you-can-eat buffet.

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Pacific Symphony Captures Imaginations with Musical Landscapes of Scotland for Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” with Violinist Ning Feng and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony

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n a musical tribute to the United Kingdom’s northern most country, former assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, David Danzmayr, makes his Pacific Symphony debut leading three different musical perspectives evoking the wild, romantic landscapes of Scotland. Most recognizable are Max Bruch’s fantasy

on Scottish folk melodies for violin, played with great virtuosity by Chinese violinist Ning Feng, and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony, inspired by a walking tour of the ruins of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace. Less familiar but also highly evocative is Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn’s “Land of the Mountains and the Flood”—a “charming Scotch overture that carries you over the hills and far away,” as George Bernard Shaw once described it. This concert takes place Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 2-4, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. A preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$125 (Box Circle, $195); for more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

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egerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the annual return of acclaimed ensemble, the Emerson String Quartet on March 28 in a program that will feature the first West Coast performance of Shroud by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. This new work was commissioned in part by longtime supporters of the Center’s Chamber Music Series, Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. The evening also includes Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor, Op. 30. The Emerson String Quartet includes Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola and Paul Watkins, cello. Orange County Register declares “The group remains one of our best chamber ensembles, not merely precise but expressive and intelligent to the last ounce.”

Mark-Anthony Turnage, celebrated composer of the recent opera Anna Nicole, wrote Shroud, the new string quartet specifically for the nine-time Grammy Award–winning Emerson String Quartet. The work is being performed during the Emerson’s 40th anniversary celebrations and international tour. Shroud received its world premiere on September 27, 2016 in Ohio at Akron’s Tuesday Musical in the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. As its name suggests, Shroud is an emotional work that mourns the loss of two of Turnage’s dear friends who passed away close together in time. The new work is approximately 25 minutes long and is composed in five movements, with the first and last movements serving as bookending tributes to each friend. The middle three movements are lighter in tone and are dedicated to the Emerson String Quartet.

Single tickets start at $29 and are now available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. Ticket holders are invited to attend the Preview Talk at 7:15 p.m.

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a postmodern success, extending its reach from the virtual to the real world, touring and performing around the globe for an ever-growing fan base.” Created by Bradlee, the rotating collective of Postmodern Jukebox has spent the past few years amassing more than 600 million YouTube views and 2 million subscribers, performed on “Good Morning America,” topped iTunes and Billboard charts and played hundreds of shows to packedhouse crowds around the world. As NPR put it, they’ve done this by “taking current Top 40 hits and re-imagining them as coming from older eras of popular music.” In one such remake, Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox turned Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” into a doo-wop ditty that’s garnered over 15.4 million views. Last year, they envisioned Radiohead’s alt-rock hit “Creep” as a torch-like ballad that’s racked up over 16.9 million views and was named one of the “9 Best Viral Cover Videos of 2015” by People magazine. MultiGrammy winning artist Lorde praised Postmodern Jukebox’s vintage take on her hit single, “Royals,” which has been viewed over 15.3 million times, as her “favorite.” They recently performed a ‘30s jazz remake of Elle King’s “Ex’s & Oh’s” for MTV UK.

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Tickets to Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox start at $39 and are available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. A limited number of VIP packages will be available for purchase.

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ere in South Orange County, we’re pretty blessed to live so close to the coast and have an abundance of wonderful dining destinations to choose from. But for inventive cuisine and exemplary service in the spirit of much-loved classic American steakhouses and taverns, there are precious few establishments that rival Selanne Steak Tavern. Situated along Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, the restaurant is housed in a historic 1934 two-story country cottage complete with a faux water well and bucket pouring water, red brick walkways and wooden shingled roof tiles. Step through the hand-carved wooden door into the main entry and you’ll find that the interior ambiance and décor is decidedly classic modern - from the stunning glass chandelier suspended from the ceiling in the elegant foyer to the sleek Carrara marble fireplace, wide-planked oak floors, clean lines, upholstered furnishings and accented by local abstract art created by Laguna Beach artist Nick Gaetano throughout the classy bar and five dining areas (The Loft - upstairs dining room; The Wine Library; downstairs in The Tavern; or outside on The Veranda or Sunset Terrace). Owned and operated Teemu Selanne, hockey legend and former NHL star player for the Anaheim Ducks, and local businessman Kevin Pratt. The longtime friends and neighbors, the pair share a commitment to making their restaurant a place for “friends and families to enjoy great food and libations in a comfortable, appealing eatery.” I would have to say the restaurant’s proprietors have certainly hit the mark – and raised the bar for destination dining in the region. On a recent

date night, my husband, Tim, and I reserved a table in the upstairs dining room to indulge in a glass or two of fine wine (focused on California cult wines and other highly-rated, world class wines) and beautifully presented, delicious dishes including what are arguably among the best steaks in Orange County. Executive Chef Joshua Severson has created a menu defined by his distinctive version of contemporary American steakhouse fare with a wonderful variety of top meats from Filet Mignon to Australian Wagyu. There are actually eight options on the menu, including the Chef’s Signature 38 oz Lord Stanley Cut, which serves two.

Our server Mike recommended that we start with the chef’s signature Pacific Diver Scallops, which he claimed were the best he’d ever eaten “with no other coming in a close second.” Now I fancy myself somewhat of a seafood and sushi connoisseur and as such, was expecting it might fall short. But I have to say, Chef nailed it with a perfectly prepared dish enFEBRUARY 2017

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hanced by a delicious cauliflower/ pickled chanterelle. A meat-and-potatoes man, my husband chose the filet mignon and while I typically steer toward seafood selections, opted instead for a 12 oz prime Rib Eye – again at Mike’s suggestion. The marbling was superb, soft, and tender. Served with Chef’s seasonal marrow butter and bordelaise sauce, the beef literally melted in our mouths. A favorite side dish is Selanne’s signature Mac and Cheese – a decade five-cheese fondue topped with brioche crumbs.

The menu also features several other seafood dishes which include a 2 lb. Atlantic Maine Lobster and smoked Skuna Bay Salmon. For vegetarians, Selanne’s serves up a Forest Mushroom Risotto flavored with black truffle oil. There is something delicious for everyone’s taste. Selanne Steak Tavern is located at 1464 S. Coast Hwy. in Laguna Beach. For reservations or more information, call (949) 715-9881 or visit selannesteaktavern.com


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