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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...

Artist’s Portrait Captures an Officer’s Character

The brown-eyed man in a Laguna Beach police uniform and baseball cap wears a slight smile, his facial expression radiating security and strength. Officer Jon Coutchie, the subject of the artist’s portrait, was killed in a traffic collision on Sept. 21, 2013, the second Laguna...

Laguna Music Fest’s New Director Strikes a Different Chord

Laura Ricker volunteered her talents as an event organizer of the 2012 Laguna Beach Music Festival and signaled that if the director’s job became available, she’d happily apply. This year, her wish came true. Ricker steps into a post temporarily filled last year by Carla Neuss...

Museum Marks a Milestone Year

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy The year just concluded was a good one for the Laguna Art Museum and 2015 promises to keep pace, forecasts Executive Director Malcolm Warner. He was particularly optimistic about the future of “Art and Nature,” a symposium and exhibition where artists...

Laguna Art Museum Marks a Milestone Year

Laguna Art Museum wrapped up several remarkable exhibits in 2014.

NEA Grant Underwrites Arts Planning for Laguna Beach

  The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Laguna Beach a $25,000 grant to develop a citywide cultural arts plan to further insure the city’s cultural and economic growth. Laguna Beach is far from alone in branding themselves as an art colony, nor is it an exception in...

Children Grown, Mom Returns to TV

Filled with intrigue and possibly murder most foul, the television film’s plot is set in a modern African-American mega church and based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. Titled “Mega Church Murder,” the creation of television writer-producer Kendall Clark and television producer...

Film Documents Laguna Beach from a Local’s Lens

In his tiny, crowded Laguna Beach studio, Douglas Miller produces two diminutive paintings per day. Small, they are nonetheless flawless likenesses of Laguna Beach’s diverse vistas. “I’d starve if I just do big paintings,” said Miller, who by his recollection, has painted roughly...

Museum’s Avant Garde Champion Shifts Focus

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy She unveiled Orange County’s art history in the Laguna Art Museum exhibition “The Best Kept Secret,” and created ex.pose, an exhibition series to introduce overlooked emerging artists. She rolled up her sleeves to fulfill the dictates of a James Irvine...

Reindeer Retrace Their Footsteps

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Little did local actors Ava Burton and Mark Miller know when they first planned it, how timely their second staging of The Reindeer Monologues at the BC Space Gallery, would become. Written by Jeff Goode, the play pokes sharp-edged fun at Santa Claus,...

Reindeer Retrace Their Footsteps

Little did local actors Ava Burton and Mark Miller know when they first planned it, how timely their second staging of The Reindeer Monologues, which opens at the BC Space Gallery on Thursday, Dec. 4, would become. Written by Jeff Goode, the play pokes sharp-edged fun at Santa...

Devout Artist Focuses Her Lens on Heaven

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy   There was as time when Kerry Swank achieved acclaim making photographic portraits of members of California’s upper echelons. But, as it has turned out over time, she aimed much, much higher. Proclaiming herself as a person of faith, she said...

Winter Fantasy Brims With Holiday Cheer

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy The tree-shrouded grounds of the Sawdust Festival will wear a holiday glow for the 24th annual Winter Fantasy that begins Saturday, Nov. 22. Established in 1990, the event has drawn a variety of artists eager to sell their wares outside of the summer...

Main Beach Becomes a Canvas for an Unusual Wave

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy In the waning light of dusk, a tribe of 180 volunteers walked from Heisler Park to the sand of Main Beach last Saturday. Dressed in white, they were women and men, tall and short, fair and dark, all with facial expressions suggesting a meditative...

Star Returns Home in Broadway’s ‘Pippin’ Tour

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy At age 5, Sabrina Harper scampered across the Laguna Playhouse stage as the first mouse in a Ballet Pacifica production of the Nutcracker. Now, at 36, she is touring with the Tony Award-winning touring Broadway production of “Pippin.” Harper stars as...