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A Classic Christmas Tale Retold

  The Combining pop-rock, musical comedy and a 21st century sensibility, “Striking 12,” weaves Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable “The Little Match Girl” with a modern-day New Year’s Eve twist. The holiday treat suitable for audiences of all ages begins previews at 7:30...

The Righteous Cure for Lupus

By Tracey Smith, Special to the Independent Music possesses a myriad of unique attributes that can elevate a mood or improve motivation, but it also has beneficial healing properties as well. This holiday season the gift of song will be given to residents, patients and fans by...

Fine Art Majors Exhibit at Local Galleries

Sixteen fine arts majors from the Laguna College of Art and Design will exhibit their paintings in 30 Laguna Beach art galleries as part of the college’s professional mentoring program during Art Walk Thursday, Dec. 4. The program pairs fine arts majors with member gallerists,...

Escapism on View

,“Life Candy,” a new exhibit at JoAnne Artman Gallery,  326 N. Coast Highway, opens on Monday, Dec. 1. The group exhibit welcomes audiences into a world where artist Shinji Murakami brings flat digital images into three dimensions, James Verbicky creates lush multimedia works...

Indy Calendar

Nov. 28 “A Christmas Carol,” South Coast Repertory Theater, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. Through Dec. 27, but excluding Christmas Day. Kalama Bros., 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. DJ Xclusive, White House, 340 S. Coast Hwy. Juke Joint Jokers, 9 p.m., Marine Room...

Devout Artist Focuses Her Lens on Heaven

There was as time when Kerry Swank achieved acclaim making photographic portraits of members of California’s upper echelons. But, as it has turned out over time, she aimed much, much higher. Proclaiming herself as a person of faith, she said that after years of deep prayer she...

Sea of Abstraction

German artist Jenny Simon and Seattle-based duo Stallman craft textured pieces heavily influenced by the water. Section by Ashley Ryan   JENNY SIMON The Signature Gallery Home base: Grew up in Berlin, but has lived in Southern California for the past 14 years Background:...
Posted On 24 Nov 2014

Landscapes Reflect a Modern Esthetic in ‘Tidal Zone’

  Laguna Canyon Studios brings a contemporary take on the geological formations along the California coastline in “The Tidal Zone,” 50 new paintings by Fred Hope. He hosts a reception for the new exhibition from 4-8 p.m. in Studio F, 3251 Laguna Canyon Road on Saturday, Nov....

On the Table

Sapphire Simplifies a Family Feast Sapphire Laguna offers no-stress Thanksgiving dining options. The three-course meal is served from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27 and is priced starting at $55 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax, and gratuity. Children’s portions...
Posted On 20 Nov 2014

Free Screening of a Classic Robin Williams’ Film

In honor of homeless advocate Robin Williams, a free screening of his acclaimed film, “The Fisher King,” will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at the Festival of Arts’ Forum Theatre. The public to invited to attend the screening organized by the town’s Housing & Human...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Nov. 21 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 7:30 p.m., Artists’ Theatre at LBHS, 625 Park Ave., Tickets are $10-$20. “FDR,” 7:30 p.m., 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Playhouse, 949 497-2787. Pawnshop Kings, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. DJ Xclusive, White House,...

Main Beach Becomes a Canvas for an Unusual Wave

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy In the waning light of dusk, a tribe of 180 volunteers walked from Heisler Park to the sand of Main Beach last Saturday. Dressed in white, they were women and men, tall and short, fair and dark, all with facial expressions suggesting a meditative...

Touring Act Empty Hearts to Stop at Mozambique

Mozambique restaurant is stepping up its entertainment, offering touring acts a new venue.

Art seen

Works Capture France’s Seasons   “Seasons In Provence,” an exhibition of over 40 new oils painted on location in Provence this year will premiere at Pacific Edge Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 15 with a reception for the artist from 5 to 8 p.m. The Laguna Beach-based artist Maria...
Posted On 13 Nov 2014

Author and Wise Woman Brings Her Message Here

Grandmother Sharon McErlane, whose books incited an uprising among grandmothers, speaks at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. She is the author of “A Call to Power: The Grandmothers Speak,” and “Our Love is Our Power: Working with the Net of...