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Kids Meet a Musical Genius

The Pacific Symphony concludes their season with “Beethoven Lives Upstairs,” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. The symphony performs excerpts of favorite Beethoven works and a musical carnival takes place at 9...

Author Pulls Family’s Exile Into a Novel’s Backstory

Aline Ohanesian, of San Juan Capistrano, remembers her Armenian great-grandmother telling the story of their family’s dramatic exile from Turkey during the Armenian genocide. Using her own family history as a starting point, the author has written “Orhan’s Inheritance,” a novel...

Veteran Printmaker in Solo Exhibit

The art of Mariko Ishii will be on display at foaSouth, 1006 S. Coast Highway, the Festival of Arts satellite gallery, from April 9 through July 13. The exhibit showcases Mariko’s printmaking series, titled “Dialogues with Nature.” Ishii is an eight year exhibitor, said Ron...

Laguna Dance Festival Offers A Master Class

Intermediate and advanced dance students, ages 12 and older, are invited to participate in a master class taught by dancer and choreographer Hope Boykin from 2-4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The cost is $25 to participate and a Q & A follows the class in the dance studio at...

On the Table

Special Menus Set Easter Brunch Apart Two local eateries are offering Easter Sunday brunch. At Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway St., diners can select starters such as chicken wontons or blue lump crab cakes and entrees of huevos rancheros, serrano crusted prawns or gluten free...

Film Festival Unspools in April

Tickets are on sale for the 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival kicking off on Thursday, April 23. This year, the festival introduces its inaugural Made in California shorts program, a curated collection of films less than 40 minutes in length that celebrate California, its...

And the Winners Are…

  The winners of this year’s Boys and Girls Club photo contest are: Valery Reynoso, Bryan Renoso, Bella Rodas, Natalie Thompson, Sydney Wells, Arianna Jimenez, Brooke Orrill, Sophia Tosti and Mina Gardi. Over 500 images are on display in the club’s community room at1085...

Art of Racing Roars Into Town

As a teenager, Peter Starr raced motorcycles in his native England and worked for Triumph. When he moved to the U.S., Starr was intent on participating in a Grand Prix race at Daytona. In his luggage, he schlepped a set of special German-made bike brakes to give himself an...

Two-Day Music Fest Showcases 32 Bands

The Blue Water Music Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, transforming the Sawdust Art Festival grounds at 935 Laguna Canyon Road with a procession of acts on three stages for two-days of daylight concerts. Named after the Blue Water Green Earth nonprofit...

Artists Preserve a Culture Under Siege

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Under the Taliban, Afghan artists were forced to stifle their creativity since even possessing works of art depicting people or animals was considered idolatry and a punishable crime. Now the talents of a group of budding artists, led...

An Iconic Painting Goes on Display

The painting, “Laguna Beach-1926,” by Joseph Kleitsch will be included in “Art in Nature: Legacy of the Land,” running through May 3, at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. The painting was loaned from the Festival of Arts’ collection. Kleitsch, born in 1882, was a...

Jazz Wednesdays Wrapping Up

Freelance recording artist Frank Potenza and sax player Rickey Woodard team up for a night of jazz with artists Llew Mathews on keys, Richard Simon on bass and Roy McCurdy on drums when Laguna Beach Live! presents Jazz Wednesdays at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 at Seven-Degrees,...

Library Hosts ‘American Grotesque’ Author

Larry Lytle, author of “American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen,” will speak at Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Lytle’s work is a retrospective of images by Mortensen, a Laguna Beach resident and...

Wordsmith Revises ‘Tom Sawyer’ for the Stage

Reading Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” as a fifth-grader helped spur along the vivid imagination of Mark Turnbull, who built a career as a successful composer and songwriter. In his current role as the balladeer in the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre adaptation of...

Free Concert in Nature’s Sanctuary

On World Water Day, join Laguna Beach composer Pamela Madsen for a free concert in Crystal Cove State Park at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Guests will enjoy performances by local Girl Scouts, Cal State Fullerton music students and other special guests in the amphitheater of Moro...