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Author Archive for Randy Kraft

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CULTURE KARMA

CULTURE KARMA

Talking About Art Part 2   At the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Art Star awards ceremony, poet Dana Gioia treated the crowd to a compelling keynote speech about supporting the arts. Gioia, former head of the National Endowment for the Arts, who has published four award-winning poetry collections, currently serves as the Judge Whitney Professor […]

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Culture Karma

Culture Karma

Culture in a Coffee Cup   Writing is a solitary act so I often work at a café. I frequent several, taking comfort in the white noise of conversation and the familiarity of alternative living rooms. The café culture, perfected by Europeans and promulgated by Starbucks, is integral to social interaction. We chat with friends […]

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Culture Karma

Culture Karma

Can We Talk?   We are surrounded by art. Galleries line the streets. Laguna Art Museum sits on the hill as if presiding over its flock. Laguna College of Art & Design exhorts budding artists to go forth and make art. Summer festivals attract huge crowds. Arts groups dole out funding and awards and classes […]

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Quilter Labs: Everything Old is New Again

Quilter Labs: Everything Old is New Again

Spend time at restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas or concert halls across the country, and the music you will hear is likely coming through an audio system made by QSC of Costa Mesa. Laguna Beach resident and QSC founder Patrick Quilter has steered the company from a hobby to a $100 million enterprise, and he has […]

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Home Sales: Good News & Bad News

Home Sales: Good News & Bad News

  Real estate is always a good news – bad news story: what is best for the seller is not necessarily best for the buyer, and visa versa. However, despite high levels of inventory, downward pressure on prices, and a large number of distressed properties, 2011 ended with a significant improvement in the Laguna Beach […]

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Culture Karma

Culture Karma

Where Blue Meets Green   There are times when going back in time perpetuates the future; perhaps one concept that progressives and conservatives might agree on. Now and then.   New Year’s Day, Laguna Beach will become the first city in California to be ringed by blue and green belts. A line only on a […]