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An Unsettling End for a Restless Life

Over a cup of coffee in Heisler Park last week, Charles “Cowboy” Conwell plucked a “holy” card from his wallet and presented it to Barbara McMurray, a Laguna Beach resident and homeless advocate. The card was embellished with a Jesus-like figure pointing the way to a sailor...

A Battered Diamond Rediscovered

Concert for a Century–Old Piano By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent  For years the piano sat quietly in a corner of Bridge Hall at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, more adornment than instrument.      But last spring local composer and musician Steve Wood sat down...

Club Exhibit Showcases Young Artists

Boys & Girls Club members invite the public to view the works of 150 young artists in a gallery-style juried art exhibition Thursday, Jan. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the main branch located at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road. The art will be displayed in four age groups. The young people...

Film Society Starts Sea Series

Over the next four months, the Laguna Beach Film Society will present Sea Tales: The Truth of the Ocean in Film, documentaries for those who cherish the sea. The films start Friday, Jan. 8 and will running every second Friday of the month through April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Forum...

Tunes & Tomes

Best sellers during the week of Jan. 3   Sound Spectrum Top 10 Bestsellers Nora Jones, The Fall John Mayer, Battle Studies Alicia Keys, Element of Freedom Lady Gaga, Fame Monster The XX, XX 30 Seconds to Mars, This Is War Mary J. Blige, Stronger with Each Year Elvis Presley,...

Props for Pop Art

LAM’s Kuntz Exhibit Makes Critic’s Top 10 Laguna Art Museum’s retrospective on pop artist Roger Kuntz (on exhibit last year from March 1 through May 24) was named one of “the 10 most fascinating museum exhibitions” of 2009 by Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight. The...

Theatre’s Best Deserves a Full House at Home

Editor:   I love reading the “end of the year” lists and one online list recently caught my eye. The site is examiner.com, and included in the list of Best Theatre Directors in Orange County were two locals: Andrew Barnicle (Laguna Playhouse) and Steve Josephson (Gallimaufry...

OCTA Dilemma: Cost vs. Accountability

Editor, O.C. County Supervisor John Moorlach should resign from the Orange County Transit Authority board of directors. He does not represent the millions of citizens who ride the big OCTA buses, Access buses and Metrolink trains operated by OCTA. The driver who texted numerous...

Tales of a Bowl Game Marathoner

Editor, I am a college football nut and my blood flows cardinal and gold. I watched so many made-for-TV bowl games during the holidays that by the long New Year’s weekend they all became one big blur, and that wasn’t the end of the so-called bowl season. Most bowl...

A World Gone Daft

Editor, Phoenix House is a No. 1 rated world benchmark for rehabilitation clinics. They have inhouse doctors, psychologists, therapists, nutritionists and guards to protect and direct a locked down reality check. They are a worldwide, nationally acclaimed institution. The...

Think Globally, Discuss Locally

Discussion group begins Jan. 19 Great Decisions, an eight-week series of discussion sessions on various global topics that is open to the public, will begin on Jan. 19. A program of the Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions is co-sponsored in Laguna Beach by the League of...

Obituaries

 James Edward Perry June 18, 1915 – Dec. 9, 2009  Volunteer, Historical Preservation Advocate James Edward Perry, “Ed,” died peacefully at his home in Laguna Beach on Dec. 9 at the age of 94. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa. His family moved to Whittier, in 1930. After graduation...

Weather or Not

An Enviable Forecast   Happy New Year, weather fans! Time to cloud ‘em as we see ‘em from the coliseum! We’re the only ones in the contiguous 48 that are gettin’ off the hook cold-wise. We’re laughing and basking in sunshine and mid to high seventies...

Goalie is Saving Grace for Breaker’s Slumping Offense

Without former Breakers Annika Dries, Taylor Dodson and Natasha Schulman, who are now scoring goals for Stanford, Cal and UCLA respectively, Laguna’s water polo team has struggled to keep up with the offensive standard set by last year’s squad. With nine matches in the books...

Get Out of the House

Reading Really Pays Off  There we were, surrounded by supersized butterflies, gorillas and giraffes. The air filled with the sounds of a great waterfall and the screech of monkeys. All while eating a really good cheeseburger. No, we weren’t at the Wild Animal Park or the Zoo. I...