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Music Fest Grows Younger with Time

Classical music will mix with contemporary compositions in a trio of concerts at Laguna Playhouse Feb. 12-14 during the run of the annual Laguna Beach Music Festival. The festival aims to achieve that goal by engaging two artistic directors, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist...

Trio Holds Down the Baseline

  The Ron Kobayashi Trio with vocalist Daryl Walker perform in the Laguna Beach Live Jazz Wednesdays series at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road. The trio led by pianist Ron Kobayashi includes bassist and composer Baba Elefante and drummer Steve Dixon....

Nominees Announced for Art Star Awards

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts will hold its 10th annual Art Star Awards at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. Nominees include Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna Dance Festival, LOCA, LCAD and Laguna Art Museum, Pat Sparkul, Malcolm Warner and Tom...

Experience a Red-Letter Exhibit

Meet the artists and view the “Red” exhibit at Gallery Q, 380 Third St., during a free, public art reception Friday, Feb. 12, from 4:30-6 p.m. The exhibit includes over 60 pieces of art ranging from sculptures to fiber art inspired by the color red and art by children involved in...

Local Writer Publishes Fantasy Fiction

  “Not Your Time to Die,” the fourth novel by 40-year resident Ron Stock, was released last December. Stock, a longtime insurance broker and track and field athlete, penned a novel about a 70-year-old sprinter who enters the 2016 Rio Olympics with the help Leslie, his...

Music Fest Grows Younger with Time

Laguna Beach Music Festival blends contemporary compositions with classical music in three concerts this weekend at Laguna Playhouse.

Indy on Arts

Friday, Feb. 5 Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. $10. Sissy Gillio Duo, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-4500 Robert Jon & the Wreck, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. Martin Sexton, 8 p.m., Coach House,...

Gallery Exhibits Contrasting Works

A new exhibit, “Contrasts,” featuring pieces from assemblage artist Carolyn Machado and printmaker Yoonsook Ryang, runs through April 9 at the foaSouth gallery. The gallery, a collaboration between Festival of the Arts and Active Culture, is open daily until 9 p.m. at 1006 S....

Top-Selling Author Explores High School Peer Pressure

“The Goodbye Year,” written by Laguna local Kaira Rouda will be available in paperback and for the Kindle in May. It is the dramatic story of family dysfunction, high school graduation and the impending bitterness of an empty nest. Rouda is an award-winning author of contemporary...

American Composers Festival Features Exceptional Organists

Organ virtuosos led by Pacific Symphony conductor Carl St.Clair will be performed Sunday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. in the Segerstom Center in Costa Mesa as part of the composers festival. Joining members of the symphony are Jacobs and Bull, Frederick Swann and Craig Williams. Tickets...

Concert Band Remixes With a British Invasion Original

  “Please lock me away and don’t allow the day, here inside where I hide with my loneliness; I don’t care what they say I won’t stay in a world without love….” So opens the Paul McCartney song, “World Without Love,” a tune the British duo Peter & Gordon turned into...

Author Builds Story of Fame’s Downside

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Suzanne Redfearn writes novels the way she once shaped interiors. The former architect comes up with an idea, researches the essentials, and builds a plot. With her first novel, “Hush Little Baby,” published in 2013, the domestic...

These ‘Bouquets’ Lack Only Perfume

The new exhibit “Bouquets,” is on display through April 9 inside the Wells Fargo Bank, 260 Ocean Ave., featuring artwork of flowers, fields and bouquets. The public is welcome to join the artists for a free reception on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mediums presented...

Jazz Guitarist to Perform

Jazz guitarist Peter Sprague, awarded as best jazz artist of the year in San Diego, performs with his quartet Wednesday, Feb. 3, during the Laguna Beach Live! winter series at Seven-Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road. Sprague will be joined by Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Mack...

‘Cool’ Auction Reflects Museum’s Direction

At the 34th annual California Cool auction, eager buyers will confront 120 works of art from a stellar roster of Orange County and California artists. “Both the quality and total value are higher this year than ever before,” Sarah Strozza, the Laguna Art Museum’s director of...