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Art Group Salutes Its Stars

As a 16-year-old in Cicero, Ill., Joe Mantegna failed at an audition for a part in the high school version of “West Side Story.” Seduced away from baseball to acting nonetheless, he eventually forged a stellar career, including roles in theater and film and the television seri...

Strike Up the Band for an Arts Activist

In Carol Reynolds’ thesis, “Music Education: The Power of Human Values,” she revealed her passion for teaching music to students from multi-cultural backgrounds and grade levels, stressing that music by Bach, Beethoven or the Beatles opens the mind and feeds the soul. She was...

Artwork Chronicles Run Up to Epic Bout

Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Sugar Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez are among the boxers whom welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather has defeated in the ring since 2007. Their images preen, jab and hook across a mural sized painting, the...

9/11 Memorial Struck by Vandals

Laguna Beach monument to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks took a beating at the hands of vandals for the second time. During a stroll through Heisler Park this past weekend, its creator, local artist Jorg Dubin, discovered that the shiny sphere at the center...

Art of Racing Roars Into Town

As a teenager, Peter Starr raced motorcycles in his native England and worked for Triumph. When he moved to the U.S., Starr was intent on participating in a Grand Prix race at Daytona. In his luggage, he schlepped a set of special German-made bike brakes to give himself an...

Wordsmith Revises ‘Tom Sawyer’ for the Stage

Reading Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” as a fifth-grader helped spur along the vivid imagination of Mark Turnbull, who built a career as a successful composer and songwriter. In his current role as the balladeer in the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre adaptation of...

Collectors Bestow Rex Brandt’s ‘Rendezvous’ to LCAD

  The painting depicts a sailboat heading into the vast ocean for points unknown. With the wind filling its sails, it glides away from the shore under an early evening sky. Titled “Evening Rendezvous,” it is a watercolor by Rex Brandt that had caught the eye of Newport Beach...

Artist Finds Satisfaction in a Surprising Medium

When she is not making prints, she’s teaching art. When she’s not encouraging artistic expression among seniors, children and anyone in-between, she’s serving in a supporting role for Laguna Beach arts organizations. Such involvement as a docent, print maker and mixed media...

Home Again for Local Actress

When Erika Whalen Schindele presented the Art Star lifetime achievement award to her former high school teacher and mentor, Mark Dressler, last April, the honor had personal significance. “I credit him with inspiring me to become a professional actress,” she said. “I felt proud...

Portraits Capture Last Century’s Inhabitants

A boy sits in a chair wearing a white shirt, brown pants with suspenders askew, and a bewildered expression. Named Sylvester, he’s African American, about 10 years old and clearly not accustomed to sitting still for a portrait. On his first visit to California from New York,...

Rocker Returns to Rock Laguna

“….We’re gonna rock this town/Rock it inside out/ We’re gonna rock this town/ Make ‘em scream and shout…” So goes the refrain of the Stray Cats classic “We’re Gonna Rock This Town.” And former Stray Cat Lee Rocker, accompanied by the Laguna Concert...

Music Festival Mixes in Multi Media

  By folding traditional chamber music with contemporary work, and performing arts with special sound effects, this year’s Laguna Beach Music Festival, Feb. 12-15, continues to evolve into an encompassing cultural event that is likely to draw increasing audiences. Acting,...

‘California Cool’ Up for Bid

More than 100 works of art await buyers that crowd California Cool, the Laguna Art Museum’s 33rd annual art auction on Saturday, Feb. 7, where works typically sell for a fraction of the cost they fetch at art galleries. Last year’s event attracted 400 people and raised $220,000...

Local Selected to Create Main Beach Art Work

A larger than life size bronze sculpture of a woman by Laguna Beach artist Sukhdev Dail was selected for a public art commission for Main Beach by the city’s Arts Commission on Monday. Dail’s proposal includes glass elements that will cast colorful pools of light around the...

Book Store Welcomes Spoken Word Readings

He had arrived in Laguna Beach from New York just eight days ago, but retired English teacher Peter Mathews almost instinctively migrated to Laguna Beach Books’ “Open Mic Night“ last Sunday. “I came here to listen,” he said. But, picking up the creative vibe, he dashed off to get...