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Articles by Brooklynn Wong

“Love Never Dies” is no “Phantom of the Opera,” and the simple fact that it is the sequel to one of the world’s most beloved musicals takes something away from it, as it does not live up to its predecessor. However it does play on the story of the beloved characters and plot line in a new musical with a distinct feel all its own. It is filled with beautiful vocal performances, a clever, dramatic, unpredictable story line, and incredible sets.

At a quick and concise Cypress City Council Meeting with a large crowd on hand to see those honored with presentations, the Cypress High School baseball team and a local veteran were honored, locals raised concerns on a couple of issues, National Police Week was announced, and prospects for the City’s Fourth of July Celebration were discussed.

Orange County has changed a lot over the last century. What was once farmland has become suburbia; what was a homogenous post-war settlement has become multiracial; and what was a local stand to sell berries to families on their way to the beach has become an amusement park visited by millions each year.

When a violin virtuoso, a highly-acclaimed European orchestra ensemble, and a 300-year-old well-loved piece of music all come together, high-quality entertainment and a tasteful production are almost inevitable. 

Remarkable is not much of a stretch for describing Daniel Hope and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra’s performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 21. 

The Danish String Quartet is an award-winning and highly sought-after group and they displayed just why, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

La Palma’s Chloe Kim is bringing gold back to the golden state. 

The charismatic 17-year-old was the favorite to win gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe, so while her success comes as little surprise, the realization of this young star’s potential was a marvelous moment.

The Cypress Americana Awards began in 1975, where Cypress College pays tribute to local residents who generously give of their service to the various communities within the college’s boundaries.

On Sunday, Jan. 21, the Orange County Symphonic Pops put on a production entitled “From Page to Stage to Silver Screen” at the Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts on the lovely, sprawling campus of Servite High School. 

Conductor Pollyanna Gorman gave a pre-concert talk, and then the lights went down, the musicians tuned up, and the performance began.

Take a Sunday drive down the 57 freeway and you’ll pass through Brea with its quaint downtown area, Fullerton with its fair university, cross the 91, and then enter Anaheim, where you’ll be greeted by the soaring Honda Center and Angel Stadium. But take a closer look at this prosperous Orange County cityscape, and one of the area’s biggest problems, homelessness, shows itself.

Circa Contemporary Circus’ name is a bit misleading. One pictures an old-fashioned circus with animals and a ringleader, or a cheesy group of acrobats and stuntmen.