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Locals Greet the Season

  Photos by Mary Hurlbut   Sampling a Hospitality Night Tradition Go into the kitchen and see a behind the scenes video of tamale making sold on Hospitality Night in the Presbyterian Church. Here

Awakening Creativity

By Monica Petrova, Special to the Independent   Internationally recognized artist Deborah Paswaters’ inspiration comes from life and its ever-changing patterns.  She shares her creativity through various mediums, including sculpture, collages and painting. Much of her work...

Touring Santa’s Southern Workshop Outpost

Dear Santa:  Let’s skip the mall and take in the Laguna Beach Artist Open Studio Tour instead. I hear there’s so much neat stuff there and no parking hassles and everyone is soo nice.  Your friend, Virginia   Sculptor Louis Longi handed a visitor a small rectangular,...

Seeing Under the Sea

Nearly all of the tidepools in Laguna Beach are a state protected habitat. Though there’s no touching or taking allowed, plenty of unusual creatures make their homes in Laguna’s intertidal zone. It’s a matter of the more you look, the more you see.  The tidepool creatures are a...

Still Winning Applause After 20 Years

Friendship, love, cliques and gangs, violence, drop-outs, haves and have nots, unintended pregnancy and booze keep fueling angst among teens and their parents regardless of the passage of time. These subjects set to rock ’n’ roll comprise the gist of the ‘70s era musical and...

Still Winning Ovations in a 20-Year Run

Friendship, love, cliques and gangs, violence, drop-outs, haves and have nots, unintended pregnancy and booze keep fueling angst among teens and their parents regardless of the passage of time. These subjects set to rock ’n’ roll comprise the gist of the ‘70s era musical and...

Seeing Under the Sea

Nearly all of the tidepools in Laguna Beach are a state protected habitat. Though there’s no touching or taking allowed, plenty of unusual creatures make their homes in Laguna’s intertidal zone. It’s a matter of the more you look, the more you see.  The tidepool creatures are a...

Crystal Cove Alliance Hosts Gala

About 450 guests attended Crystal Cove Alliance’s 10th annual gala Saturday, Sept.  22 on the bluff top overlooking Crystal Cove, which proved unforgettable and exceedingly charitable as the spectacular underwater-themed event reeled in $238,000 to help fund the alliance’s...

Cabaret Nets Record for Marine Mammals

Pacific Marine Mammal Center raised over $140,000 and netted $128,000 at its Saturday, Sept. 30 Cabaret fundraiser at Aliso Creek Inn. The event, which sold out three months in advance, was attended by over 200 people and paid tribute to the Pacific Life Foundation for their long...

Laguna Playhouse Hosts Sold-out Crowd

Laguna Playhouse lured a sell-out crowd to the gala opening of the Tony-award winning play, “39 Steps” on Saturday, Sept. 29. Staff and board members celebrated the show in ‘30s-themed attire. Guests enjoyed a pre-show party and entertainment by  keyboardist Kathy Schroeder and...

Symphony Opens Season

More than 250 guests joined “Festa di Firenze” and celebrated Opening Night 2012 of Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Westin South Coast Plaza, where guests enjoyed an Italian dinner followed by a musical feast, intermission reception and after-party to...

Taste of Laguna Expositioned

The Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Laguna Expo transformed the Glenneyre Street parking structure into an al fresco food and swag fair, with participants offering pours, tastes and giveaways from wine glasses to paint buckets. Scores of Laguna vendors were on board, restaurants...

Honoring Laguna’s Greeter of the Century

By Valerie Yu, Special to the Independent   Rain or shine, the Gate hangs aloft outside Laguna Beach’s Chantilly Ice Cream, greeting newcomers and locals alike with welcoming words hand-painted on its seashell-white wood. Almost a century ago, in the early 1900s, this very...

The Seafaring Life

From Laguna Beach’s shoreline last Friday, residents caught a glimpse of unusual ships under sail on a southern heading and making for Dana Point’s headland. Hundreds of other landlubbers flocked to Dana Point’s harbor over the weekend to get a closer view of a small fleet of...

Solo Show Lifts Backhaus Into Prestige Company

  This evening’s performance by Backhausdance at the Laguna Playhouse marks the opening of the anticipated three-day Laguna Dance Festival. It’s even more for choreographer Jennifer Backhaus and her dancers, cheering their 10th anniversary and their first full-evening solo...