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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Musician Pens Love Song to His Hometown

  “Laguna nestled by the sea, is softly calling you and me…” So go the first few bars of “Laguna Song,” one composed by 80-year Laguna Beach resident Mike McCaffrey as an ode to the town he loves. Even so, he has not created a sentimental melody to evoke nostalgia but...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...