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Open Mic Night Returns to Laguna Beach Books

Wine, cheese and conversation at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, starts off an expanded version of a new open mic experience hosted at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Hosts Michele McCormick and Ed Kaufman invite writers to read their work, three-minute stories, poems or...

Laguna Music Fest’s New Director Strikes a Different Chord

Laura Ricker volunteered her talents as an event organizer of the 2012 Laguna Beach Music Festival and signaled that if the director’s job became available, she’d happily apply. This year, her wish came true. Ricker steps into a post temporarily filled last year by Carla Neuss...

Revisiting the Life of Songwriter Irving Berlin

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy He’s created one-man shows about George Gershwin, Chopin, Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, and Liszt. Now, musician, actor and playwright Hershey Felder returns to Laguna Playhouse with his latest solo show, “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” written...

Artist Connects Experiences in Imagery

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent As she travels the world, award-winning artist Martha Fuller opens her mind and her camera shutter to the quirky and the mysterious, connecting seemingly disparate images to create an emotionally expressive memoir. In her sh...

Workshops Offer a Guide to Creativity

Registration is now open for a studio visit with painter Kathy Jones and workshops with artists Lydia Delgado and Reem Khalil, organized by Laguna Outreach for Community Arts. The Art Club event where Jones will discuss her approach and process is on Thursday, Jan. 15, 4-6p.m.,...

Store Hosts Book Award Winner

Tim Wirkus, winner of the 2013 Quarterly West novella contest, will discuss and sign his debut novel, “City of Brick and Shadow,” at 6 p.m. Thursday Jan. 15, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The 31-year-old author lives in Irvine and is working on his doctorate at...

Ocean Institute Hosts Jazz Festival

Some of the area’s top executive chefs will serve as culinary team that will create a three-course dinner for the Ocean Institute’s Jazz Festival on Saturday, Jan. 24.             Leading the culinary team is Frederic Castan of St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. Other chefs include...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Jan. 9 Nate & the Declaration, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. World Anthem, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Pianist Emanuel Ax, 8 p.m., Soka University Performing Arts Center....

Museum Marks a Milestone Year

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy The year just concluded was a good one for the Laguna Art Museum and 2015 promises to keep pace, forecasts Executive Director Malcolm Warner. He was particularly optimistic about the future of “Art and Nature,” a symposium and exhibition where artists...

Horn Quartet Brightens Museum

  The LA Horn Quartet performs in the Live! at the Museum 7 p.m. concert series Thursday, Jan. 8. Formed in early 2010, the quartet consists of friends Dylan Hart, Allen Fogle, Laura Brenes, and Annie Bosler drawn together by a mutual interest in expanding a horn quartet as...

Indy on Arts

CALENDAR Friday, Jan. 2 Slingshot, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Cash’d Out, 8 p.m., The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949 496-8930. $15. Saturday, Jan. 3 Zero Trash...

Laguna Art Museum Marks a Milestone Year

Laguna Art Museum wrapped up several remarkable exhibits in 2014.

RSVP for New Year’s Eve, the First Scene in 2015

Caviar with a Champagne toast, Maine diver scallops, black truffle-stuffed pheasant and bison striploin are on the New Year’s Eve menu at Selanne Steak Tavern, 1464 S. Coast Highway, in Laguna Beach. A five-course tasting menu and live entertainment is available at two seatings...

Ring In the New Year with Rita

  The Laguna Playhouse welcomes comedienne Rita Rudner with her new show “Rita Rudner: Out with the Old, In with the Rita,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.             Rudner delivers hilarious and witty observations on everyday...

MacGillvray’s Whale of a Tale Comes to the Big Screen

Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor will narrate “Humpback Whales,” an underwater adventure documentary for IMAX and other giant-screen theaters directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray. The film will be released beginning Feb. 13. Documentary...