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“The Illusionists – Live From Broadway”


By Kelley Moody

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is one of 45 stops for the brilliant best-selling magic show, “The Illusionists – Live From Broadway.” A cast of 7—the manipulator, anti-conjuror, trickster, escapologist, inventor, weapon master, and deceptionist—perform death-defying deception, disappearing acts, and wild stunts. They say seeing is believing, but even the shrewdest eye will overlook any slip of hand with these magic stars. 

Audiences are left with gaping mouths and rousing applause with each electrified act of “The Illusionists – Live From Broadway.” Some lucky fans were even selected to join the illusionists on stage, becoming a part of the razzle-dazzle of the show.

While this may not be a traditional musical or play production that is typically found at Segerstrom, the smoke and mirrors of “The Illusionists – Live From Broadway” fill the house with laughter and awe. This magic show is nothing like anything you’ve seen before.

“The Illusionists – Live From Broadway” features world-renowned talent including Yu Ho-Jin, the 2014 “Magician of the Year,” by Academy of Magical Arts, and other international talents like Andrew Basso, the only person in the world to perform Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell with full visibility.

This magnetic show is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment.

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Books on Broadway


By Mimi Ngo

In the age of technology, reading books has become a rarity for some. For those who crave the page turning experience, note-writing and highlighting in your book, Books on Broadway in Costa Mesa is a great place to get your fix.

In this cozy store, you’ll be greeted by a very hospitable Sharon who is ready to answer any questions or offer book suggestions. You’ll find books of all genres, especially a heavy collection of romance novels. These books range from new to recycled and gently used. They also offer a book trade-in program.

All customers receive a loyalty stamp card to reward you for every book purchase which will keep you coming back to add more titles to your collection. 

Right now, you can take $5 off any purchase of $15 before tax. (Cannot be combined with store credit.)

Give the gift of a good read or treat yourself to a trip to Books on Broadway!

143 Broadway in Costa Mesa. 949.645.0529.

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Fashioned for the Future student designer Vanessa Lozada


By Christianna Barrack

At OC Fashion Week last week, each emerging designer of “Fashioned for the Future” was given the opportunity to showcase three to four creations from their collections. Student designer Vanessa Lozada at the Art Institute of Orange County debuted her looks  and was one of the contestants to win a full showcase premiere this September! Vanessa Lozada gives advice to aspiring designers and shares her feelings on being a part of OC Fashion Week with Greer’s Girl, Christianna Barrack.

1. How did it feel to have your collection shown at OC Fashion Week?
It was a wonderful surprise when my instructor Sonin Lee gave me the news. I was excited but a bit nervous because it’s my first time participating at OC Fashion Week. Watching the audience applauding for my work was a great feeling. Having the support of my family and friends at the show gave me confidence.

2. Who are your style icons?
Carolina Herrera has such and effortless feminine style that I truly admire and Alexander Mcqueen has that bold, avant garde surreal style that inspires.

3. What are your favorite fabrics to work with?
I mainly work with solid or textured fabrics for evening wear. I always like adding something else other that fabric to my designs implementing what originally inspired me.

4.  What are your biggest challenges as a designer?
Putting myself out there. Networking. I am not the most social person not because I don’t like people but because it hard to express or explain myself with words. People are always amazed of my work once it’s done but I fear of not being able to convince a client, boss, or investor to believe in my ideas through a presentation before the design/garment is made.

5. Words of advice for an aspiring designer?
You are not always going to win an award or be recognize for your work but what you will always win is experience. Experience brings guidance for the next step.

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Visions and Dreams for the Body and Soul


By Mimi Ngo

Visions and Dreams Gifts of Empowerment in Costa Mesa is more than a small gift shop; it's also a social center to connect and build friendships for the body and soul. 

Visions and Dreams sells unique gifts such as candles, tarot and oracle cards, gems, crystal jewelry and other metaphysical items to fit your needs. You will also find sage bundles, Himalayan sea salts, CBD supplements, oils and other healing products such as Tiger Balm. 

There's a new and used book section where customers can bring in books for store credit.

If you’re in need of some guidance, there are plenty of intuitive readers available for in person readings or phone readings each day of the week.  Readers range from tarot cards, mediums, channeling and more. 

For connecting and building fellowship, the store also has a “NOW Center” which has vaulted ceilings and wood floors to hold yoga sessions, seminars, and workshops. The center is also available for rental for private events.

Visions and Dreams also offers Shakti Grooves Yoga Dance twice a week which combines breathing, stretching and dancing in a friendly no-judgment zone.  Deeksha blessings are also done every Wednesday night.

For more information and daily events, visit visionsanddreamsonline

2482 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa, 949.650.7419.

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