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Rockabilly Sound Kicks off Concerts on the Green

Former Stray Cat and rockabilly artist Lee Rocker performs at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, during the Festival of Arts’ Concerts on the Green. The summer-long Saturday afternoon concert series will also feature other genres including jazz and Motown. Concerts are free with admission...

Exhibit Features 25 years of Photography

  BC Space Gallery’s opened its newest exhibition, “The Photographer’s Exchange: A Quarter Century of Sharing the Light,” this week. The Photographer’s Exchange was founded in 1990 and is made up of three fine art photographers: Larry Vogel, Larry Weise and Larry Pribble....

Supporters Host Book Party

A book signing party will be held at the Top of the World home of Martha and Tom Davis, 2903 Mountain View Dr., Friday, July 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. for Turner Simkins’ book, “Possibilities.” In the book, Simkins, Ms. Davis’ brother, tells the story of his son, Brennan, who...

Designers Unroll the Beauty of Textiles

Textile arts grab the spotlight at the Laguna Beach International Wrap Festival, planned for July 14 – 19 at the Sawdust Art Festival with a fashion show at Seven Degrees. The festival’s centerpiece fashion show steps off Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m. where 14 designers...

Capturing the Spectacular on Canvas

By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent Walk into Trevor Christiansen’s Laguna College of Art and Design studio and your eyes will have a difficult time focusing on one subject. Hanging and leaning on the walls are large painted oil landscapes, theatrical and spectacular in...

Discuss Art with Festival Exhibitors

Rick Graves leads a panel discussion with artists who have made the leap from a different career during the first Art Talks at noon Thursday, July 9, held on the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Art Talks feature a different Festival of Arts exhibitor in an...

Buck Naked Band Rides Again

Members of the Western swing band Buck Naked and the Chapped Cheeks invite all to join them for music, dancing, and lots of laughs at the No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St., Thursday, July 9. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $20-$25; for $10 more, enjoy a BBQ dinner with the...

Love Blooms Between Pageant Volunteers

                  By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent More than 1,200 people turned out to audition in January for this summer’s Pageant of the Masters, a show that would not proceed without the dedication of volunteers. Even...

New, Familiar Faces Heed Sawdust Festival’s Call

  An excited buzz of the crowd eagerly anticipating entrance into the Sawdust Art Festival grounds for this past Tuesday’s preview night signals a summer ritual that artists and art-enthusiasts alike look forward to. The Sawdust Art Festival returns for its 49th summer in...

Expect a Surprise Along the 405

Artist Zio Ziegler, who painted a mural in the Laguna Beach gallery Artists Republic during a recent show, will tackle a far larger canvas visible to motorists on the 405 freeway. Over three days, Ziegler plans to cover a 15,000 square foot exterior wall of Tillys Ecommerce...

Subdued Paintings Summon a Quiet Experience

To most, the title “Pacific Ocean Paintings” would conjure the Impressionist seascapes hanging in local galleries by the hundreds. Marcia Hafif has a different take on sea, sand, sky and the life sustained by them. She has interpreted what she has seen on her walks along the...

Jazz Wednesdays Concert Sells Out

Tickets are on sale now for Laguna Beach Live!’s July 1 concert, The Latin Trumpet Summit, featuring trumpeters Bijon Watson and Gilbert Castellanos and players from other Latin jazz bands. The first summer jazz concert last week sold out. They take place on the patio overlooking...

Subdued Paintings Summon a Quiet Experience

To most, the title “Pacific Ocean Paintings” would conjure the Impressionist seascapes hanging in local galleries by the hundreds. Marcia Hafif has a different take on sea, sand, sky and the life sustained by them. She has interpreted what she has seen on her walks along the...

Art-A-Fair Opens Shortly

Art-A-Fair opens its summer show with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 26. The exhibit includes 125 artists, many working on site. Live music is performed Thursdays through Sundays and daily art workshops taught by professional artists offered on the premises, 777...

Four Acts to Perform in Concert Series

Song-smith Derek Thomas, Southern rock band Robert Jon & The Wreck, Emmy-nominated singer-songwriter Addie Hamilton  and singer, songwriter and musician Joseph Carroll perform Saturday, June 27, the upcoming show in the Blue Water Music Festival concert series. Showcases take...