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Three Artists With Passion

By M. “Charlie” Ferrazzi, Special to the Independent “Contemporary Abstraction,” Community Art Project’s newest juried exhibition, showcases the works of Kate Cohen, Halverson Frazier and Fred Hope. The juried show presents some of the current directions that the genre of...

Gallery Blends Art With Activism

Forest & Ocean Gallery hosts a reception for “Nature’s Reflection” a collection of images by environmental scientist and photographer Catherine Cunningham, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 480 Ocean Ave. Her images chronicle travels undertaken on behalf of environmental...

The Write Stuff

Bestselling Author John Hart Returns Author John Hart will be discussing his latest book, “Redemption Road” with radio host Marrie Stone at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The literary thriller brims with tension, secrets, and betrayal....

Author Aims to Transform Book into Film

The Laguna Beach home of Ron and Santina Davies provided the backdrop earlier this month for a film fundraiser for “Children Born of the Water,” a socially conscious feature that award-winning director Rob Nilsson hopes gets a green light. Co-producers Dr. Howard Teich and...

Super Future Kid Conquers New Worlds

The young man is wide-eyed, as if he’s seeing something he can’t quite fathom, and small wonder. While standing in purplish blue water, he’s wearing an orange space helmet and the replica of a little green alien around his neck. Around him swirl multi-colored pieces of confetti...

Kraft Animates ‘Signs of Life’

Writer Randy Kraft will discuss her newest book, “Signs of Life,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. “Signs of Life” is about love, loss, friendship, secrets, the right to die and the right to choose how to live. Kraft first wrote the book...

On the Table

Sapphire Dinner Features Paso Robles Wine Boutique winery owners Howie and Bev Steinbeck will be on hand to greet guests at a spring wine dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Sapphire Laguna, 1200 S. Coast Highway. A five-course tasting menu created by Chef Azmin Ghahreman will...

Indy on Arts

Friday, May 20 Hugh Johnson jazz trio, 6:30 p.m. Sunset Serenade, Heisler Park Amphitheater. Free. Closing: “Sex and Education,” 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-2787. Kurtis Gentile & JP Peart, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy....

New Jacobus Baas Exhibit Opens

  “California Impressions,” a new show of over 30 oils painted on location throughout California by Jacobus Baas will open this Saturday, May 14, at Pacific Edge Gallery in Laguna Beach. The show will kick off with a public reception for the artist from 5 to 8 p.m. and...

Indy on Arts

Friday, May 1 Kelly Fitzgerald Duo, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-4500. World Anthem, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Crimson and Crowbar, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. Nick I & A.D.D, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy,...

Lundeberg Retrospective, an Overdue Treat

Wearing a frilly white dress, a small girl sits next to a low table bearing a clock. Most striking are the tyke’s eyes, hinting at preternatural depth while gazing at the viewer. Behind her, the elongated shadow of a grown woman visually connects her to a painting of the grown...

‘Sex and Education,’ a Heady Mix on Stage

    It’s three days before graduation and Roosevelt High School basketball star Joe Marks is not only beset by senioritis, but horniness that addles his senses. He jeopardizes a college scholarship and an NBA fantasy during a final English exam by passing a sexually...

Kaira Rouda’s Laguna World

Writer Kaira Rouda might be mistaken for a pop culture Orange County housewife and some of the characters in her novels might be kissing cousins. However Rouda is Midwestern born and even-tempered, so even the worst of her characters are more in need of redemption than...
Posted On 05 May 2016

Quintet Rocks the Museum

French horn player Annie Bosler joins Oakwood Brass in a 7 p.m. concert Thursday, May 12, at the Laguna Art Museum. Programming by the classical brass quintet bends genres and strays into jazz and pop. Reservations are now necessary and can be made through the Museum’s website or...

Festival of Arts Shares its Good Fortune

The Festival of Arts Foundation awarded $140,000 in grants to more than a score of local non-profits in the Laguna Beach. The recipients are as follows: Laguna College of Art and Design, No Square Theatre, Laguna Art Museum, Festival of Arts Education Programs, LOCA Arts...