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Author Archive for Daniella Walsh

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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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Musician Pens Love Song to His Hometown

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 written lyrics to reflect […]

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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 […]

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Exhibition Illuminates Laguna’s Art History

Exhibition Illuminates Laguna’s Art History

Manuscripts, letters, documents, pamphlets and mementos illuminating the history of Laguna Beach as an art colony and the contributions of men and women artists who shaped it comprise the heart of a new exhibition opening next week at UC Irvine’s Langson Library. “Open Air & Light: Art in Laguna Beach 1906-1941,” opens on Wednesday, Oct. […]

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Celebrated Authors Reveal Their Secrets

Celebrated Authors Reveal Their Secrets

Uncounted are the times when someone with an interesting story might have heard, “Why don’t you write a book?” For most it’s easier said than done, but on Monday, Oct. 21, six storytellers will share their secrets during a Laguna Playhouse panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. titled “Memorable Conversations with Six Celebrated Authors.” Tickets are […]