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Prizes Awarded in Plein Air Contest

For Pierre Bouret, the 13th annual Best of Plein Air art show proved a lucky number as the artist received a first place award for his “Wailua River” from the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association this past Saturday, June 10. Second place went to Patrick Saunders for...

LPAPA Organizes Plein Air Exhibit

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association presents an exhibition dedicated to paintings created in the plein air style. The public is invited to join the “Best of Plein Air” celebration at the opening reception with the artists on Saturday, June 10, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Forest...

Images Capture a Slice of Cuban Life

“Underway,” a show of local photographer Mitch Ridder’s recent work taken in Cuba, opens Saturday, June 3, during the Santa Ana Artwalk at Logan Creative, 1105 Santiago St., from 4 to 8 p.m. The five-day show in Santa Ana will include work by fellow students from Saddleback...

Art Profiles

Newly Restored Painting Reveals Early Laguna

A work by early plein air artist William Griffith and never exhibited publicly before is on display at City Hall. It was donated by a great-grandson of a Laguna Beach homesteader.

Ancient Messenger Receives a Modern Makeover

By Susan Anderson, Special to the Independent Artist Annette Wimmer unveiled her latest work, “Mercury Rising,” among friends at a reception earlier this at her painting studio and salon in Laguna Beach. Wimmer moved to Laguna Beach from Munich after marrying Paul Brian in 1985....

One Show Only for Greg Lyons Trio

Laguna local and percussionist Greg Lyons performs with David Pope and Matt Smiley at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St. Dinner by The White House is served al fresco 50 minutes before the show for $10. The jazz trio plays original music, contemporary,...

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Summer Jazz Heats Up

The Latin Jazz Syndicate, known for high-energy and harmonic perfection, kick off the Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Wednesdays series June 21 at Hotel Laguna. Trumpeter Bijon Watson established the Syndicate as a “vacation break” between tours and recording. His latest work can be...

Season Finale Ends on a Bright Note

“The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” will open Sunday, June 11, and run through June 25 on the stage of Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, 949 497-2787. The sixth and final show of the Playhouse season was written and will be performed by James Lecesne with music by...

Summer Starts on Great Notes

The Summer Jazz Wednesdays series begins June 21 in the Rose Garden of Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Highway. Kicking off the series is the Latin Jazz Syndicate led by Bijon Watson. They are followed by American Idol contestant Samantha Sidley and pianist/ composer Dan Reckard on...

Write Stuff

National Pastime Steps Into the Literary Line-up

Former Los Angeles Times reporter and author Terry McDermott discusses his new book, “Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception” at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. McDermott traces the evolution of pitching and the pitcher’s art...

Winning Poets Alight at the Library

Master of Ceremonies John Gardiner will host a public reading of winning poems from the Laguna Beach Library’s annual community poetry contest, Seaside Butterflies, Saturday, June 3, at noon. The top three winners in each age category will be recognized and are invited to read...

Local Author Shares Life, New Work

Laguna local Rossandra White will introduce her new book, “Monkey’s Wedding” at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The protagonists, adolescents Elizabeth and Tururu share an uneasy friendship on a remote sisal plantation in 1953’s Zimbabwe when...

Third Street Writers Collaborate on First Book

  Join the Third Street Writers as they celebrate the release of the anthology “Beach Reads: Here Comes the Sun,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The anthology of 30 short stories, poetry, and personal essays explores the sun as...

Stahl on Grand-parenting and Journalism

By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent Veteran broadcast journalist Lesley Stahl, a White House correspondent for CBS News during three presidencies and a 25-year “60 Minutes” correspondent, spoke Friday evening at the Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo...

Prison Psychiatrist Shares Life Experiences

Local author Dr. Edward Kaufman will discuss ‘Tales of a Prison Psychiatrist: 50 Years of Criminalization of the Mentally Ill and Addicted,” at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Using the stories of mentally ill and addicted patients and...