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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...

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...

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 pl...

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 pl...

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...

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...

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 &...

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. titl...

Hirst, the Art Darling of Forgers

The subject of mega-millionaire artist Damien Hirst divides people into camps. Some  love him for trumping Jeff Koons in controversial inventiveness and others loathe his commercialism and exploitation of animals, such as the notorious cow’s head suspended in formaldehyde (“Out...

From Ashes Rises a Collection of a Different Sort

The remnants of Sandra and Jerry LeWinter possessions from before Laguna Beach’s life-altering 1993 conflagration fits into a rectangular glass case dubbed “Memento Mori.” Shards of French porcelain, sundry dishes, bent silver and a charred wedding band lie among the blackened...

Hirst, the Art Darling of Forgers

The subject of mega-millionaire artist Damien Hirst divides people into camps. Some  love him for trumping Jeff Koons in controversial inventiveness and others loathe his commercialism and exploitation of animals, such as the notorious cow’s head suspended in formaldehyde (“Out...

New Venue Opens Views Artists Never See

After spending the last 25 years painting all over the country, plein air painter Gavin Brooks moved to Laguna Beach earlier this year from Owings Mills, Md. She describes the town as ground zero for today’s generation of plein air painters, an art colony with an art legacy that...

Candidates Vie to Unseat Festival Incumbents

Members of Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts begin casting ballots next week to elect three leaders to the board of one of Laguna Beach’s most influential arts organizations. Candidates include three incumbent members, one newcomer and a former board member. Ballots and...

Foul Odor Upends ‘Lagunatics’

When the Festival of Arts’ operations director Gary Fowler entered his office Tuesday, he was overcome by a reek that spelled trouble for him but also for the nearby Forum Theater. He couldn’t know immediately if a cast of brawling belly dancers, prancing goats and swaying trees...

Darrow Retrospective

Spotlighting the Reluctant Renaissance Man At age 92, Laguna Beach artist Paul Darrow does not venture down the rickety stairs to his memento-filled home basement very often. But, that’s where friend Mark Chamberlain found him during a recent visit. Darrow had immersed himself in...