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Moon Police Play Farewell Concert

The Moon Police, featuring local artists Doug Miller and Sasha Evans, perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Neighborhood Congregational Church. For Evans, the piano-playing lead vocalist and a founding member of the band, the concert will be her last with the...

Taste of the Nation Returns to Montage

Tickets are on sale for the eighth annual Taste of the Nation benefit featuring celebrity chefs Sunday, May 17 at the Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S. Coast Highway. Host Share Our Strength aims to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. Chefs will prepare...

Art Group Salutes Its Stars

As a 16-year-old in Cicero, Ill., Joe Mantegna failed at an audition for a part in the high school version of “West Side Story.” Seduced away from baseball to acting nonetheless, he eventually forged a stellar career, including roles in theater and film and the television seri...

Strike Up the Band for an Arts Activist

In Carol Reynolds’ thesis, “Music Education: The Power of Human Values,” she revealed her passion for teaching music to students from multi-cultural backgrounds and grade levels, stressing that music by Bach, Beethoven or the Beatles opens the mind and feeds the soul. She was...

Artwork Chronicles Run Up to Epic Bout

Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Sugar Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez are among the boxers whom welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather has defeated in the ring since 2007. Their images preen, jab and hook across a mural sized painting, the...

Three Photographers Show at Banking On Art

The exhibit, “Photography / 3 Views,” showcasing the work of three photographers, is free and open to the public in the Wells Fargo Bank building gallery through May 29. A reception for the artists Tom Lamb, Robert Hansen and Jessica Cardelucci will take place from 11 a.m. until...

Writing Coach Helps Author’s Tap Their Source

Author Roger Housden will lead a one-day workshop, “Writing Wild:  Finding Your Life’s Deep Current,” on Saturday, April 18, in Laguna Beach. Using poetry and guided writing exercises, Housden will help participants tap into their own “current” and purpose. The 10 a.m. to 4:30...

Kids Meet a Musical Genius

The Pacific Symphony concludes their season with “Beethoven Lives Upstairs,” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. The symphony performs excerpts of favorite Beethoven works and a musical carnival takes place at 9...

Author Pulls Family’s Exile Into a Novel’s Backstory

Aline Ohanesian, of San Juan Capistrano, remembers her Armenian great-grandmother telling the story of their family’s dramatic exile from Turkey during the Armenian genocide. Using her own family history as a starting point, the author has written “Orhan’s Inheritance,” a novel...

Veteran Printmaker in Solo Exhibit

The art of Mariko Ishii will be on display at foaSouth, 1006 S. Coast Highway, the Festival of Arts satellite gallery, from April 9 through July 13. The exhibit showcases Mariko’s printmaking series, titled “Dialogues with Nature.” Ishii is an eight year exhibitor, said Ron...

Laguna Dance Festival Offers A Master Class

Intermediate and advanced dance students, ages 12 and older, are invited to participate in a master class taught by dancer and choreographer Hope Boykin from 2-4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The cost is $25 to participate and a Q & A follows the class in the dance studio at...

On the Table

Special Menus Set Easter Brunch Apart Two local eateries are offering Easter Sunday brunch. At Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway St., diners can select starters such as chicken wontons or blue lump crab cakes and entrees of huevos rancheros, serrano crusted prawns or gluten free...

Film Festival Unspools in April

Tickets are on sale for the 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival kicking off on Thursday, April 23. This year, the festival introduces its inaugural Made in California shorts program, a curated collection of films less than 40 minutes in length that celebrate California, its...

And the Winners Are…

  The winners of this year’s Boys and Girls Club photo contest are: Valery Reynoso, Bryan Renoso, Bella Rodas, Natalie Thompson, Sydney Wells, Arianna Jimenez, Brooke Orrill, Sophia Tosti and Mina Gardi. Over 500 images are on display in the club’s community room at1085...

Art of Racing Roars Into Town

As a teenager, Peter Starr raced motorcycles in his native England and worked for Triumph. When he moved to the U.S., Starr was intent on participating in a Grand Prix race at Daytona. In his luggage, he schlepped a set of special German-made bike brakes to give himself an...