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Stoked by a Fresh Twist on Vintage Storytelling

Laguna Beach author, journalist and surfer Craig Lockwood is set to make waves with the release of the first volume of his new publication, “Hard-boiled Surf Pulp Fiction,” bringing back a genre that had all but disappeared from news stands and adding a new element to the growing...

Art Galleries Adapt to Economy’s Pinch

After five years in what has become one of the city’s most vibrant commercial sections outside of downtown, the Studio Arts Gallery will close its doors on Sept. 30, a victim of a poor economy. Owned and operated by one of Laguna’s best known artists, John Barber, and his wife...

Soldier Leaps Into in Special Company

Matthew B. Blain now stands amid a most select group whose members include statesmen and four-star general Colin Powell as well as rescuers who entered the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack. At a relative’s home in Laguna Beach last Saturday, former Army sergeant Blain...

Laguna’s Public Safety Unions in Contract Talks

The city’s negotiators outlined a tentative labor agreement with Laguna Beach firefighters and a separate progress report on negotiations with police at a special meeting of Laguna Beach’s City Council on Monday. “We’re getting really close,” said Mayor Toni Iseman after the...

Corner Blooms With Native Plants

At the corner of Laguna Canyon and El Toro Roads, near Anneliese’s Willowbrook campus, the Greater Laguna Coast Fire Safe Council is transforming a portion of Aliso and  Wood Canyons Wilderness Park from a  weedy lot to native plants. This project is intended to reduce fire...

Guest Column

Pet Peeves: Lights Out  Laguna.  Another perfect day in paradise, but then there’s the Good Neighbor Lighting Ordinance. Oh, no! I haven’t been here a month and I know the light at the end of the tunnel will be deemed my light and my neighbor will have no choice but to turn me...

Culture Karma

Now Versus Then Laguna they say was founded as an arts colony, but surely the surf drew the boarders from the first. Between the two, the town evolved into a tourist destination. A week-end respite. A safe haven for families. Some like to think of the town as a village, although...

Art Fests Rev Engines to Wrap Up Summer

Singer and songwriter Richard Marx will host the Festival of Arts’ Acura drawing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. The winning ticketholder, who need not be present to win, will receive an Acura ZDX valued at $50,000. Up until then, tickets will continue to be sold ($5 for one ticket,...

Live Performances

If it’s not Baroque, Go Hear It The Saddleback Master Chorale and director Charles Stephenson invite the public to enjoy The Golden Age of Baroque, featuring the music of Purcell, Scarlatti, Pachelbel and other period composers in two concerts Aug. 26 and 28. The performances...

Author Reads Her Tale of Two Tails

Ashlee Fletcher, author of the children’s book “My Dog, My Cat,” will read at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Feel free to bring your kids along to hear the author describe differences between her dog and cat in this bright new picture...

Art Seen

Museum Holds Library Book Sale At the Sept. 1 Art Walk, between 6 and 8 p.m., the Laguna Art Museum will sell new and barely used art books, many from exchanges with other museums around the country and covering historical and contemporary periods of art. Come early for the best...

Panel Auction Enriches Sawdust Programs

The second annual Original Collectors’ Panel Auction, a fundraiser for the Sawdust Art Festival’s education program, raised nearly $18,000. As last year, roughly 70 artists embellished foot-wide panels in whatever manner inspiration suggested, even if it took them out of their...

‘Hawaiian’ Reigns in Chef Contest

Royal Hawaiian’s executive chef James Harris claimed the trophy “Champion Chef of Orange County” last Sunday, Aug. 21, in the Sunday Night Chef Fights at a showroom in Huntington Beach.   The local culinary match similar to cooking competition shows on television pitted the...

Designs Go to the Dogs

A large crowd gathered at Art-a-Fair to get a glimpse of designer dog houses created for Project Pet Houses last Friday, Aug. 19. The shelters built by local architects and contractors will ultimately benefit three nonprofits that also shelter critters: the Laguna Beach Animal...

McWeather or Not

Dolphins and other delights!   After a few days of semi gloomy skies, sunshine returned to Lagunatown. The sun actually made an appearance at Monday’s sunrise. The air quality was so good this evening you could see the mountains and also Catalina Island, something we haven’t...