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Concert Band Remixes With a British Invasion Original

  “Please lock me away and don’t allow the day, here inside where I hide with my loneliness; I don’t care what they say I won’t stay in a world without love….” So opens the Paul McCartney song, “World Without Love,” a tune the British duo Peter & Gordon turned into...

‘Cool’ Auction Reflects Museum’s Direction

At the 34th annual California Cool auction, eager buyers will confront 120 works of art from a stellar roster of Orange County and California artists. “Both the quality and total value are higher this year than ever before,” Sarah Strozza, the Laguna Art Museum’s director of...

New Theater Takes Root

  The play is “White or The Musk Ox Play,” and its premise of life, death, grief and letting go has fascinated Laguna Beach playwright Lojo Simon since its 2012 performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Simon calls the play by Jonathan Fitts “a universal story of...

‘Sunbathers’ Sculpture Evicted from Park

The two white-coated steel figures known as “The Sunbathers” have provided a focal point to a crescent of open land behind the high school known as Nita Carman Park since 1983.

Comedy, Drama Intermingle in ‘Act 3’

A chicly attired couple returns home from a dinner party. He’s ready to turn in, self-satisfied in the thought that he has, once again, mesmerized the female he was seated next to. She, clad in a glittery mini dress and towering stilettos, with hair and make-up still just so, is...

Innovators Remix Art Sales

When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. Four enterprising local gallery owners are navigating changes in the art market by devising new business models and adopting new methods to sell art.

Innovators Remix Art Sales

When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. Four enterprising local gallery owners are navigating changes in the art market by devising new business models and adopting new methods to sell art. When Ludo Leideritz first opened his gallery in 2012 at the corner of Ocean and...

Director Says Adieu to Laguna Playhouse

She guided the 95-year-old Laguna Playhouse from thin into thick and now Karen Wood is signing off after eight years as its executive director. Recruited in 2008 from the San Diego Repertory, where she had also spent eight years, Wood possessed skills that enabled her to guide...

‘Snow White’ Unwraps a Comic Christmas Treat

A jealous vain queen, a sweet young stepdaughter, seven short miners, a huntsman and a wifeless prince drive the familiar story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the semi-dark, 19th century Brothers Grimm tale. Little could the good brothers know that centuries later their...

Holiday Show Summons an Earlier Era

It’s 1942 in New York, and radio station WOV is broadcasting hits including “Strike Up the Band,” “I’ve Got a Girl in Kalamazoo,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and the sexy “Blues in the Night.” It’s also the second year that American troops have shipped out to Europe to fight in...

Interpreting the Qur’an Challenges an Artist and His Audience

Construction teams, teen-agers washing cars, surfers preparing to take to the waves, fieldworkers picking vegetables, cowboys competing in rodeos, weddings and funerals, political speeches and soldiers returning home on foot or in coffins. All those images and more represent...

Artists Re-imagine a Winter Fantasy

In his last semester at the Laguna College of Art and Design, Scott Milton Brazee, 26, has secured his first booth at the Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy, which opens Saturday, Nov. 21. Brazee’s passion is portraiture of people and animals, as one of a fox with sartorial...

Dynamic Duos Sustain a New Pageant

Adam and Eve have inspired countless artists. Now, the Pageant of the Masters’ creator, Diane Challis Davy, gives them new exposure in the 2016 production “Partners” by including a painting by two friends, the younger Jan Brueghel and Peter Paul Rubens. Sixteen other works...

Heirs Offer Unsold Ekstrom Works

Cheryl Ekstrom’s art works grace public spaces in Laguna Beach, with the latest installed at the corner on Broadway Street and Cliff Drive. She brought iconic Eames chairs back to life in stainless steel and in 2014 won a grant from the Laguna Beach Art Stars awards to crea...

Museum Introduces a California Classicist

The young woman is beautiful in the classical manner of ancient Greek statues, pensive with her gaze averted and posed against a calm ocean and cloudless sky. With the light shining through her dress and one foot resting on a stone, the seated figure is painter David Ligare’s...