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Author Archive for Daniella Walsh

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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. […]

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Val Kilmer Portrays the Quintessential Mark Twain

Val Kilmer Portrays the Quintessential Mark Twain

He may have been dead for 103 years but in the minds of many Americans he’s immortal, and now he’s coming to the Laguna Playhouse. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain will, beginning on Nov. 21, take the stage embodied by Val Kilmer in the play titled “Citizen Twain.” The show had been […]

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Young Actors Grow in ‘Little Women’

Young Actors Grow in ‘Little Women’

Mr. Laurence, a crotchety old geezer in the musical adaptation of “Little Women,” calls them “those awful March girls.” Like everyone else, he, too, falls in love with the four sisters at the core of the story, especially piano-playing Beth. “Little Women” and the mystery play “Arsenic and Old Lace” opened this week with performances […]

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Young Actors Grow Up in ‘Little Women’

Young Actors Grow Up in ‘Little Women’

Mr. Laurence, a crotchety old geezer in the musical adaptation of “Little Women,” calls them “those awful March girls.” Like everyone else, he, too, falls in love with the four sisters at the core of the story, especially piano-playing Beth. “Little Women” and the mystery play “Arsenic and Old Lace” opened this week with performances […]

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Redefining Art Inspired by Nature

Redefining Art Inspired by Nature

Sunbathers who languidly make squiggles in the sand rarely draw much attention. Not so for Jim Denevan, a land artist whose work elevates the beach-goer’s favorite pastime with huge circles, squares, even a cross and other shapes. These, carefully delineated to create a sense of light and dark, comprise Denevan’s oeuvre, which inevitably draws a […]

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 Monsters, Ghouls and Zombies, Oh My

Monsters, Ghouls and Zombies, Oh My

So how old was ET really? Anyone who attends the Pageant of the Monsters staged this year by the same creative crew that puts on the “Pageant of the Masters” might just find out whether the lovable alien has remained a kid or died a codger. An alien autopsy is among the anticipated ghoulish pageant […]