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Book Explores Early Advocate of Hallucinogens

Local author Allene Symons will discuss her latest book, “Aldous Huxley’s Hands: His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10 at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Symons had no inkling that Aldous Huxley was once...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Jan. 8 Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. $10. World Anthem, 6 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Rita Rudner and Charles Shaughnessy in “Act 3,” 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse. 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. (949) 497-2787 Good Foot, 9...

Innovators Remix Art Sales

When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. Four enterprising local gallery owners are navigating changes in the art market by devising new business models and adopting new methods to sell art. When Ludo Leideritz first opened his gallery in 2012 at the corner of Ocean and...

‘Star Wars’ Blends Action With Nostalgia

By Norm Bour & Christopher Trela | NB Indy Can you duplicate the Mona Lisa? Can anyone beside Michelangelo create another David sculpture? That was our fear when we attended a screening of the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at The Port Theater in Corona del Mar. Just like...

Sample Italy Without a Passport

A new exhibit featuring works by students who studied abroad this summer with Professor Betty Shelton opens Wednesday, Jan. 13 at the Laguna College of Art and Design Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave. The public is welcome to meet the 33 artists at a “The Splendor of Italy” reception on...

Unleash Red at Gallery Q

    Gallery Q co-directors Carole Zavala and Laurie Smith call on artists of all ages to submit artwork for “Red,” the first show of the season. Paintings, mixed media, wearable art and jewelry may be dropped off at Gallery Q at The Susi Q, 380 Third St., from 5-7 p.m....

Jazz Fest Arrives at the Ocean Institute

Saxophonist Richard Elliott, vocalist Larry Braggs and trumpeter Rick Braun will entertain for two nights, Jan. 22 and 23, at the Ocean Institute’s Red Hot Jazz Festival.   Friday night offers a silent auction and reception preceding the concert. Tickets are $125-$250. The...

Director Says Adieu to Laguna Playhouse

She guided the 95-year-old Laguna Playhouse from thin into thick and now Karen Wood is signing off after eight years as its executive director. Recruited in 2008 from the San Diego Repertory, where she had also spent eight years, Wood possessed skills that enabled her to guide...

Station Launches New Shows

Local FM station KX 93.5 is debuting four new radio programs. Singer/songwriter Matt Costa hosts “Colored Glass Radio” airing on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. and features obscure recordings hand-picked by Costa, who has produced four albums over the past decade. On Fridays at 9 p....

Festival Paintings on Display at City Hall

A new exhibit at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., entitled “Selections from the Collection” is comprised of pieces from the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection. Artworks include “Cold Front” by Scott Albert, “Salomon’s Shanty” by George Brandriff, “A Street in...

Make Plans for New Year’s Eve

Driftwood Kitchen, plans a Gatsby style party overlooking the ocean with local band Common Sense for New Year’s Eve. VIP tickets grant early 9 p.m. access at 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, entry to the second floor Stateroom Lounge and a performance by Jackie Pember, as well as two...

Hotel Laguna Offers Christmas Dinner

Hotel Laguna’s traditional Christmas day buffet, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will be laden with turkey, New York strip steak, roasted chicken, short ribs and seabass, plus potatoes and stuffings along with domestic cheeses, cold meats, shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque and petit...

The Force Awakens for Local Artist

Artist Cliff Wassmann will preview two new original oils as part of the Acme Archives “Star Wars” Fine Art series from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at his studio, 419 Ocean Ave. Acme Archives Artwork is officially licensed through Lucasfilm Ltd. Wassmann’s first “St...

Hockey Player, Tavern Owner Opens a Gourmet Shoppe

Retired hockey player and restaurant owner Teemu Selanne and business partner Kevin Pratt this week opened TS Gourmet Shoppe adjacent to their Steak Tavern, 1464 S. Coast Highway. The 200 square foot store will be open from 3-10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and will carry the...

‘Snow White’ Unwraps a Comic Christmas Treat

A jealous vain queen, a sweet young stepdaughter, seven short miners, a huntsman and a wifeless prince drive the familiar story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the semi-dark, 19th century Brothers Grimm tale. Little could the good brothers know that centuries later their...