Can Gentrification and Preservation Co-exist? I spent a recent afternoon in Venice Beach. Haven’t been there in years and much seems to have changed. Muscle Beach’s circus performers and bikini-clad roller skaters are still around. But the entire town, particularly the Abbott-Kinney shopping district, which is comparable to our downtown, has gentrified into an […]
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You know fall has arrived for sure when Santa Ana winds suddenly blow in with hot air that lands on stage at the Forum Theater. Tourists are largely gone and the town celebrates with its unique “Roast of the Coast” which is perhaps, beyond the Pageant of the Masters, the truly quintessential Laguna cultural icon.
In Search of Wall Space At Zinc’s the other day, I noticed a display of elegant prints by Sheryl Seltzer, the most recent of their continuing showcase for local artists. Earlier this year, she displayed at Zinc in Corona del Mar. Seltzer is a painter who has spent recent years perfecting the fine art of […]
Now Versus Then Laguna they say was founded as an arts colony, but surely the surf drew the boarders from the first. Between the two, the town evolved into a tourist destination. A week-end respite. A safe haven for families. Some like to think of the town as a village, although in a pretty book, […]
Mother Knows Best By Randy Kraft I grew up in New York and spent most of my Saturday afternoons at the Metropolitan Museum or at elegant uptown galleries. If it was free, we were there. My mother was an immigrant, determined to expose her only daughter to what she believed mattered most. She pinched […]