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Mold Be Gone, ‘Lagunatics’ Back On

Mold Be Gone, ‘Lagunatics’ Back On

After three months of self-imposed restraint, “Lagunatics” will let loose their skewed sense of ethnocentric humor on the local stage once again. The 29 volunteer cast members of the annual spoof on la vida de la Laguna were sequestered from using the stage at the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts’ grounds since October […]

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Historic Venue Hosts Rock Concert

Historic Venue Hosts Rock Concert

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent For the first time in nearly a decade, a rock show plugs in at the Festival of Arts’ grounds on Saturday, Nov. 2, starting at 5:30 p.m. and closing out by 9:30 p.m., before the headliner at a typical concert takes the stage. Despite the restrictions, the promoters […]

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Haunted Houses Return

Haunted Houses Return

Ready for Pageant’s Monster Mash? Reviving an event from years past, the Festival of Arts’ transforms its “Pageant of the Masters” backstage into a haunted venue with an artistic twist known as Pageant of the Monsters. Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy’s take on the season for ghouls and goblins takes place Oct. 25-27 and Oct. […]

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Spending by Tourists Stronger This Summer

Spending by Tourists Stronger This Summer

With few exceptions this summer, diners daily filled the booths overlooking Coast Highway from Nick’s Laguna Beach restaurant, front row seats to the hustle and bustle of the downtown beach scene. “This was by far our busiest year,” since opening five years ago, said Brian Harrington, managing partner with Irvine-based Nickco Hospitality LLC, with receipts […]

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Getting Out

Getting Out

Stars’ Shimmer Along With Car Winner   Multiple Grammy winner and two-time Academy Award nominee James Ingram and actress and former resident Heather Locklear will host the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters’ season-ending gala and car give-away on Saturday, Aug. 24. Since the festival began, patrons have purchased tickets in the hopes […]

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Getting Out 8/16/13

Getting Out 8/16/13

Jazz All-Stars Wrap Up Series The Eric Marienthal All-Stars featuring Brian Bromberg and Mitch Forman take the stage Saturday, Aug. 17, in the final Jazz on the Green concert at the Festival of Arts,  650 Laguna Canyon Rd. The trio will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. The concerts are free with Festival of Arts […]

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Art Seen 8/16/13

Art Seen 8/16/13

Ex-Coach Shares Gridiron Tales Uncharacteristically, Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts will host former USC and Los Angeles Rams football coach John Robinson for an afternoon of art, wine, music and great stories on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 4 – 6 p.m. Robinson was invited to the festival by artist Fabrice Spies, who last year exhibited […]

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Speaker's Corner: The Doctor is In

Speaker’s Corner: The Doctor is In

People tell me things.  Perfect strangers unburden themselves to me, and nowhere is this more evident than when I’m sitting my photographer husband, Gary’s, Festival of Arts booth.  In my tall chair I’m like Lucy in her psychiatry booth and the sign says, “The Doctor is In.” A woman stops in front of my chair […]

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‘The Big One’ Returns Home

‘The Big One’ Returns Home

From the Festival of Arts A year after his passing, artist, colorist and former Laguna Beach Festival of Arts exhibitor Robert Young’s immense masterpiece, “The Big One,” has made its way back to Laguna Beach after a 30-year sojourn at SeaWorld San Diego. It will be on display at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts […]

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Getting Out 8/9/13

Getting Out 8/9/13

Food Truck’s Chef Rolls Up Chef Jason Quinn will demonstrate step-by-step some of his favorite recipes and share samples of his finished creations at the Festival of Arts Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1 – 2 p.m. Quinn, who grew up in Irvine, is chef and co-owner of The Lime Truck as well as Playground & […]

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Art Seen 7/19/13

Art Seen 7/19/13

Art-To-Go Offers Receptions, Hotel Prizes at Festival of Arts  The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts is exhibiting its  Art-To-Go collection now through Aug. 31 at Tivoli Lane on the Festival grounds. The fund raising program, themed Little Pictures with a Purpose, features 100 originals available for purchase daily, while they last. Free reception events […]

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Getting Out 7/12/13

Getting Out 7/12/13

Festival Cooking Series Showcases Center Club Chef Lewis Butler, executive chef of Center Club in Costa Mesa, brings his culinary expertise to the Art of Cooking series at the Festival of Arts on Sunday, July 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. Festival visitors can watch award-winning Chef Lewis at work, follow along with recipes, and […]

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Getting Out 7/5/13

Getting Out 7/5/13

Mayor Leads Off Concert Besides mayor and former tavern owner, Kelly Boyd will add a new title to his repertoire when he conducts the Community Band in “God Bless America,” opening the 5:30 p.m. concert Monday, July 8 on the Festival of Arts’ grounds Boyd’s love for music is well established in the culture he created […]

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Pageant Readies for its Hollywood Close-up

Pageant Readies for its Hollywood Close-up

Sarah Schmidt, a 10-year volunteer cast member in the Pageant of the Masters, does not believe in half-measures. To turn herself into a convincing facsimile of Jean Harlow for a larger than life publicity photograph, the 31-year-old, just days before posing for the picture, chopped and colored her long auburn tresses to embody the wavy, […]

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City OKs Village Entrance

City OKs Village Entrance

By a 4-1 vote, Laguna Beach’s City Council endorsed a plan disproving the Joni Mitchell song about paving paradise to put up a parking lot. Their plan for a long-sought village entrance will un-pave a parking lot, summoning paradise in the form of an urban park where asphalt now sprawls beside City Hall, along with […]