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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...

Stars Turn Out for Pageant Gala

  Festival of Arts board member Anita Mengels with noted lawyer Gloria Allred. Nearly 3,000 fans swarmed the Festival of Arts’ grounds to hear award-winning performer Christopher Cross in concert last Saturday, the capstone special event of the summer season. Special guests,...

Recycled Materials Reworked By an Artist’s Touch

Artists made the runway their canvas at Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts this past Saturday, Aug. 18, competing to create the most imaginative and unique designs using reclaimed, reused or recycled materials. A three-panel judge chose the top looks in four categories and...

The Queen of Textile Pandemonium

By Tracy Middleton, Special to the Independent   “Low Clouds and Fog Along the Coast” may sound like a typical Laguna Beach weather report. In this case, it’s the title of a work of art you’d want to snuggle up with on a June-gloomy day. Nancy Gasparotti, a Laguna resident...

Laguna’s Market Targets Educated, Healthy Consumers

With raw energy bars on display at her Healthy Cowboy Kitchen booth, Katie Burtino said she’s often first mistaken as a vegan or raw foodie at the Laguna Beach farmers market. “No way!” she insists. Dispel that notion with a glance at the chalkboard listings of...

A Natural Eye for Art

Photos and text by Danielle Robbins Festival of Arts exhibitor Casey Parlette spends daylight hours as a fulltime Laguna Beach lifeguard, dispensing first aid, advising beach-goers and grabbing a float buoy and fins for rescues and preventative contacts. At night, he takes up...

Sawdust Memorial: An Eternal Flame With a Twist

Festival glass artists cooperatively created a glass flame last week to serve as a memorial for exhibitors who have died. Installation of the completed work is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. near the waterfall.   Photos by Mary Hurlbut          

The Vic Keeps Getting Better

If you slept in, you missed it. Last Sunday at Aliso Creek Beach, SoLag native Sam Stinnett won Victoria Skimboards’ World Championship of Skimboarding a second time in a closely contested men’s pro final that got underway early to take advantage of optimal surf conditions at low...