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Archive for September, 2012

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It Takes a Village to Combat Drug Abuse

It Takes a Village to Combat Drug Abuse

Laguna Beach resident Judy Kelly’s son Tyeson died of an accidental overdose in January 2006, a deadly combination of heroin and alcohol. A voice message later discovered on his phone indicated that one of the last people to see him alive knew that he was in a very bad way. Ten days ago, Gov. Jerry […]

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Vertical Farm Harvests Its First Crop

Vertical Farm Harvests Its First Crop

Working from sun-up to sundown all summer, soaking his t-shirt to a steamy rag by 10 a.m. and happily baring his tanned and slightly bony chest until the cool-down of a setting sun, Erik Cutter has his sights set on green, the kind everyone can eat and the kind he says we can bank our […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Quarter’s End As we near the end of the third quarter, stocks are up 6% for the quarter and 15% for the first nine months of the year. These returns are of the S&P 500 stock index, which is running a bit ahead of the popular Dow Jones Industrials Average. The S&P includes Apple and […]

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Teen Drinking, Pot Use Still Troublesome

Teen Drinking, Pot Use Still Troublesome

Fewer seventh- and ninth-grade students in Laguna Beach schools reported drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in 2012 than two years ago, but the number of 11th graders reporting use of alcohol or pot one or more times was unchanged at about 48 percent and 25 percent respectively, according to results of the 2012 Healthy Kids […]

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Son of Susi Q: Cavorting Season

Son of Susi Q: Cavorting Season

by Chris Quilter   I’ve been under the weather lately and it’s made me cranky — or as my friends would put it, crankier. Last week, I ended a two-week course of a cancer-eating face cream whose active ingredient has to be napalm. (I lasted 12 days.) This week, my entire forehead has dandruff, and […]

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The Art of Politicking

The Art of Politicking

AR4T Gallery presents “Futureland 2012: The American Flag,” a group art and graphic design show in which a group of 21 artists are asked for their interpretation of the U.S.  flag. The exhibit features original artwork by Gordon Holden, Dennis McNett, Nick Simich, Electric Coffin, Sticky Shaw, Zac Egge, Emily Hoy, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Sophie […]

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Wisdom Workout: Other Ways of Seeing

Wisdom Workout: Other Ways of Seeing

There was a casual gathering of Laguna locals last week. The opportunity to listen and participate in these types of events is enriching and one of the special pleasures of being a part of this community. One conversation that particularly sparked my interest happened after being introduced to a bright, articulate woman who is also […]

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‘Damn Near Impossible’ Piece Premieres

‘Damn Near Impossible’ Piece Premieres

It has taken classical guitarist extraordinaire Eric Henderson four long and sanity-wrenching years to master the pinnacle piece of his tumultuous career.  And he wrote it. Learning how to play the technically challenging nine-minute composition tested the Segovia-trained guitarist’s skills. “It’s the most radical piece I’ve played in my life.  It’s massive,” said Henderson, who […]

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Hero Fest Recognizes Local Standouts

Hero Fest Recognizes Local Standouts

The fifth annual Laguna Hero Fest, hosted by Laguna Beach’s nonprofit My Hero Project, recognizes local heroes working to effect positive change and local students who have produced art and short films in honor of their role models and celebration of the community. The event will be held at Seven-Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., on […]

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Serving Up an Out-of-This World Dessert

Serving Up an Out-of-This World Dessert

Umami Burger Laguna Beach is serving up a new $9 dessert called UFO. The vanilla-maple cream filled oatmeal cookie sandwich is tempura battered and fried, topped with vanilla bean ice cream and coarse sea salt.

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Art Reception Benefits Student Artists

Art Reception Benefits Student Artists

Joanne Artman Gallery hosts an evening of wine, food and art on Wednesday, Oct. 3, benefitting  Ryman Arts, which offers free professional studio instruction to serious art students. The 6-9 p.m. party at 326 North Coast Highway will work by Peregrine Heathcote, America Martin, James Verbicky and Anja Van Herle. A percentage of sales will […]

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Art Walk Sets Out Oct. 4

Art Walk Sets Out Oct. 4

First Thursdays Art Walk happens Oct. 4, featuring a self-guided tour of gallery openings but also artist demonstrations, receptions and cultural energy. The event is free to the public and so is the trolley service. Start out for a 5:30 p.m. happy hour in the lobby at the Inn at Laguna Beach located at 211 […]

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Studios Open for Visitors

Studios Open for Visitors

The official start of the fourth annual Laguna Beach Artist Open Studios is Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can catch a free shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road and take advantage of free parking. Thirty-three artists are observable, working in a spectrum […]

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Sculptor Featured at Artist Eye Laguna Gallery

Sculptor Featured at Artist Eye Laguna Gallery

Artist Eye Laguna Gallery, a cooperative venture featuring the works of 17 California artists, will spotlight new sculptures by artist John H. Stewart throughout October. An artist reception at 1294-A S. Coast Highway with live Celtic music by David Lally will be held at the gallery from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. […]

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New Gallery Opens

New Gallery Opens

Exclusive Collections Galleries invites the public to its grand opening in Hotel Laguna, 417 S. Coast Highway, with a reception for artist Michael Flohr on Oct. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. In a nod to Laguna’s sister city, Menton, France, the gallery will exhibit Flohr’s original […]