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Author Archive for Daniella Walsh

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Fête de la Musique Rings in Summer

Fête de la Musique Rings in Summer

Street chanteuse April Walsh, an Irish-American lass with a French grandmother and several Gallic cousins, sings the lyrics of “La Vie En Rose” with a perfect French accent that will add a distinctive vibe spilling out of downtown Laguna Beach streets this Saturday, June 15. Walsh’s sultry flair with songs from the 1930s and ‘40s […]

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Dance Leader Remains in Motion

Dance Leader Remains in Motion

Though former Joffrey Ballet prima ballerina Jodie Gates no longer pirouettes across international dance stages, she has kept in constant motion as a choreographer, founding director of the Laguna Dance Festival and dance professor at UC Irvine. Her academic career took another leap in April when the University of Southern California appointed her to become […]

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Pageant Readies for its Hollywood Close-up

Pageant Readies for its Hollywood Close-up

Sarah Schmidt, a 10-year volunteer cast member in the Pageant of the Masters, does not believe in half-measures. To turn herself into a convincing facsimile of Jean Harlow for a larger than life publicity photograph, the 31-year-old, just days before posing for the picture, chopped and colored her long auburn tresses to embody the wavy, […]

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Real Fun at Faux Show

Real Fun at Faux Show

The Laguna Art Museum is stepping into the summer season with two drastically different shows: “Faux Real” is an array of wel- executed works of art playing with concepts of reality versus perception. Ex-pose, on the other hand, is a poignant tribute to artist Beatriz da Costa, who documents her inner and physical struggles after […]

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Lessons on Life in Playhouse’s ‘Pianist’

Lessons on Life in Playhouse’s ‘Pianist’

  In 1938 the Nazis annexed Austria and its Jewish population found itself in immediate peril. While countless Austrian Jews joined the 6 million murdered between 1939 and 1945, Lisa Jura, an aspiring concert pianist of 14, survived the Holocaust. Though the invasion dashed her ambition to perform at the storied Vienna Musikverein concert hall, […]

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Local Designers Add Their Mark to House of Design

Local Designers Add Their Mark to House of Design

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County this year selected a sprawling Tuscan-style villa in Coto de Caza where local interior designers could showcase their talents and help support the society’s youth music education programs, which serve 150,000 students a year. Five bedrooms, a wine cellar, the entry, a lounge, living and dining areas, a library […]

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Amid Big Hair, a Southern Drama Unfolds

Amid Big Hair, a Southern Drama Unfolds

“I’m a complete moron when it comes to doing hair but I have to look as if I know what I am doing,” confessed Stephanie Zimbalist rehearsing for “Steel Magnolias,” currently at the Laguna Playhouse. Zimbalist, adding to her skill sets, embodies Truvy, the irrepressible owner of a beauty salon located in Chinquapin Parish, La. […]

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Studios of Their Own, Thanks to an Alumna’s Gift

Studios of Their Own, Thanks to an Alumna’s Gift

  With the end of the term just weeks away, Laguna College of Art and Design seniors didn’t need all that much prodding to show up on a weekend to work on unfinished year-end projects in newly finished studios and workspaces. Though student animators, painters, designers, gamers and illustrators settled in with light tables, easels […]

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Revving Up Girl Power

Revving Up Girl Power

Maggie Carter’s boss was “in the oil business.” He relentlessly harassed her, a situation she could not tolerate for long. Perhaps it was her own naiveté as a 20-year-old, or her own sense of self-worth. But she did what was unheard of in 1972 and reported him to his superiors. For her courage, Carter, now […]

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Cyclists Pedal for Artistic Racks

Cyclists Pedal for Artistic Racks

Cycling enthusiasts lobbied Laguna Beach’s Arts Commission to consider adding an artist designed bike rack competition to its portfolio of publicly funded projects during a meeting on Monday, April 22. Under state mandates to create streets accessible to bicyclists, pedestrians and autos, Laguna is moving towards designating bike routes through town and have added painted […]

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Stepping Up to a New Podium

Stepping Up to a New Podium

Ed Peterson knows now how he expects to spend his summer. A concept by the Laguna Concert Band’s music director-conductor to collaborate on an animated film received the green-light last week. The proposal earned Peterson the $5,000 Seven-Degrees Inspiration Grant at this year’s Art Stars Awards gala. The work will be produced this summer with […]

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Main Beach Mural Finalists Named

Main Beach Mural Finalists Named

The city’s Arts Commission selected six Laguna Beach artists as finalists in a public art competition to create a mural for Main Beach, the town’s most popular focal point. Because of a lack of clarity, a second art work planned for the lifeguard headquarters under construction was postponed for a second time. Despite that the […]

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Picking Up the Tempo

Picking Up the Tempo

Visiting bands, duos and soloists fill stages across Laguna Beach, joining established local performers in what is becoming more of a year ‘round scene. The latest attraction is Jammin’, a smooth jazz series that is a collaboration between Laguna Playhouse and Mozambique restaurant, whose owner Ivan Spiers keeps the music turned up. Hiroshima, a jazz […]

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Let’s Hear it for Laguna’s Art Stars

Let’s Hear it for Laguna’s Art Stars

Laguna Concert Band Director Ed Peterson won this year’s Seven-Degrees of Inspiration Grant, a $5,000 prize for his proposal to produce an original score for an animated student film, while Heisler Park sculpture garden creators Scott and Naomi Schoenherr were declared artists of the year during Laguna Beach’s annual Art Stars awards on Sunday. More […]

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Let’s Hear it for Laguna’s Art Stars

Let’s Hear it for Laguna’s Art Stars

Laguna Concert Band Director Ed Peterson won a $5,000 Inspiration grant for his proposal to produce an original score for an animated student film while Heisler Park sculpture garden creators Scott and Naomi Schoenherr were declared artists of the year during Laguna Beach’s annual Art Stars awards ceremony Sunday, April 7. More than 230 guests […]