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Author Archive for Daniella Walsh

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Where Activism and Art Converge

Where Activism and Art Converge

A black and white photograph focuses on a mother reading to her son. The caption under the image by photojournalist and author James Lerager identifies the woman as Debbie Baker, one of the countless “downwinders” affected by the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear explosion. She blamed her son’s Down syndrome on radio-active fallout and sued […]

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Thiebaud Revealed Through the Lens of Friendship

Thiebaud Revealed Through the Lens of Friendship

  Slices of cake, cupcakes dripping with frosting, ice cream cones and gum ball machines rendered in oil paint rather than flour and sugar might momentarily fool the senses and blur distinctions between a sweet shop and the Laguna Art Museum’s newest exhibit, “Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories.” Comprised of nearly 60 paintings selected by the […]

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Museum Opens Trio of Solo Shows

Museum Opens Trio of Solo Shows

Three new shows, “Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories,” “Travels with Millard Sheets: 1950-1986” and “Expose: Dana Harel” open to the public at the Laguna Art Museum on Sunday, Feb. 23. While Sheets counts among the stalwarts of American scene painting, Thiebaud is an icon among Southern California artists whose work reflects the sunny climate and the […]

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Concerts Awash in Star Power

Concerts Awash in Star Power

    Instead, Madsen returned to hike the lesser wonders of Laguna’s coastal canyons. Even so, in absorbing some special comfort while walking Crystal Cove State Park’s environs, her newest composition, “Into the Heart of the Earth: Crystal Cove,” took form. Its premiere was an outdoor performance in the park on Jan. 31. The public […]

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They Keep the Music Playing

They Keep the Music Playing

He played the trombone in high school and still plays a little piano even though lessons didn’t take when he was young. In middle-age, Justus J. Schlichting took up the cello and now advocates and commissions contemporary classical music. His passion for music, ranging from Mozart to pop and jazz crossovers, remained a constant for […]

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Concert Series Spans Genres and Generations

Concert Series Spans Genres and Generations

    Gabriel Kahane lives in Brooklyn, but lately the composer’s native city, Los Angeles, fills his waking thoughts. So much so that Kahane composed “25 Addresses in Los Angeles,” a series of songs based on the diverse architecture, populace and vibe that captured his imagination. Commissioned by the Laguna Beach Music Festival and the […]

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Museum Stages Mock Art Heist

Museum Stages Mock Art Heist

  Titled “The Art of the Heist,” Laguna Art Museum will hold its annual art auction Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 6 p.m., promising a party atmosphere that takes its cues from “The Thomas Crown Affair,” about an art-stealing playboy. Early arrivers have a chance to nab bargains first during a silent auction, while the […]

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Director Infuses Youthful Energy in Music Fest

Director Infuses Youthful Energy in Music Fest

  She plays piano and the viola, but majored in English literature at UC Berkeley and medieval literature in Oxford, England. At a South Coast Repertory internship in stage management, she helped produce plays, but in London she juggled budgets for a tutoring firm. Meet Carla Neuss, 27, whose already diverse portfolio fits the job […]

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Lamb Wheels Into Volvo’s Spotlight

Lamb Wheels Into Volvo’s Spotlight

Swedish automaker Volvo, the corporate sponsor of the recently concluded LA Art Show 2014, invited Laguna Beach photographer Tom Lamb to be the signature exhibitor. Though his acclaimed aerial photographs with an environmental focus certainly got their attention, but his ownership of a vintage 1962 Volvo-Jensen PI 800 Coupé sealed the deal. Lamb’s meticulously maintained […]

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Stray Cat to Rock the Concert Band

Stray Cat to Rock the Concert Band

He strutted into rockabilly fans’ consciousness with hit singles in the ‘80s as a bassist for the Stray Cats and now Lee Rocker will rock his hometown as a guest artist with the Laguna Concert Band. The band’s musical director, Ed Peterson, anticipates a full house at the Laguna Playhouse on Feb. 22 and 23, […]

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Mold Wins a Star Turn in ‘Lagunatics’

Mold Wins a Star Turn in ‘Lagunatics’

To the dismay of many locals, October 2013 passed without “Lagunatics,” the annual spoof of life in Laguna Beach–it’s happenings, foibles and fodder for thought, debate and occasionally snickers. Instead 2014 will see two “Lagunatics,” one that opens this Friday, Jan. 17, and the other in October in the production’s usual time slot. Four days […]

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Nelsons Return to Home Turf

Nelsons Return to Home Turf

Tony Bennett may croon about losing his heart in San Francisco, but a well-documented number of A-list celebrities embrace Laguna Beach with body and soul. Those include rock stars Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, twin sons of celebrated ‘60s era teen idol Ricky Nelson and grandsons of TV icons Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. Gunnar and Matthew […]

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Arts Leaders Fire Up for 2014

Arts Leaders Fire Up for 2014

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Laguna Art Museum’s executive director Malcolm Warner stands poised to begin his third year at its helm, and eagerly anticipates successes and challenges of 2014. He is not alone. While local arts leaders take satisfaction in last year’s high points, they enthusiastically embrace the coming 12 months. Warner hopes […]

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A Gift That Keeps Giving

A Gift That Keeps Giving

Santa Claus temporarily took up residence at the corner of Forest Avenue and Glenneyre Street in a tiny abode known as Santa’s Hut. Frequented this time of year by wide-eyed kids and cheerful adults, the festive street corner also serves as a rendezvous spot for families selected for the annual Adopt a Family drive and […]

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Main Beach Gets Promoted to Work of Art

Main Beach Gets Promoted to Work of Art

“When these city lights bring these streets to life….” sang Lou Reed in the song “City Lights,” implying that lights, in whatever configurations, make things happen. In a twist of those lyrics, locals and tourists strolling around Main Beach last Saturday night saw the usually beige expanse of sand come to life around 5 p.m. […]