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Hold the Roast

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent By now, Laguna Beach residents would have been clamoring for tickets to the 23rd annual “Lagunatics,” the homespun production that delights audiences by skewering Laguna life and people using original lyrics matched to popular music....
Posted On 06 Oct 2014

Mold Wins a Star Turn in ‘Lagunatics’

To the dismay of many locals, October 2013 passed without “Lagunatics,” the annual spoof of life in Laguna Beach–it’s happenings, foibles and fodder for thought, debate and occasionally snickers. Instead 2014 will see two “Lagunatics,” one that opens this Friday, Jan. 17,...

Foul Odor Upends ‘Lagunatics’

When the Festival of Arts’ operations director Gary Fowler entered his office Tuesday, he was overcome by a reek that spelled trouble for him but also for the nearby Forum Theater. He couldn’t know immediately if a cast of brawling belly dancers, prancing goats and swaying trees...

Getting Out 1/25/13

Ocean Films Buoy Documentary Series Laguna Beach Film Festival is launching a three month-long ocean awareness documentary film series the fourth Friday of each month, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the Forum Theater, 693 Bluebird Canyon Dr. Wyland’s “Blue Planet” will...

Son of Susi Q: Helpless Laughter

by Chris Quilter            I’d been on deadline for the “best of, best ever” “Lagunatics” (opening this weekend!) and hadn’t a clue what I was going to write about here. Then I read Michele Hall’s smackdown of my last Indy column in her guest column...

Son of Susi Q: Sixth Column

by Chris Quilter   An overeducated friend emailed me to announce that I’m a fifth columnist, at least for these past two weeks. I was sure he meant the fourth estate — a.k.a. the press — until I looked it up. “Fifth column: a clandestine group or faction of subversive...

Getting Out

A Cappella Group Hits the High Notes   DeCadence, one of UC Berkeley’s a cappella singing groups, performs in Laguna Beach for three concerts, beginning Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at No Square Theater, 384 Legion St. On Tuesday, March 27, they also will entertain seniors at...

No Sign of Aging in ‘Lagunatics’ 20th Production

No Square Theatre’s season, topped by the 20th anniversary of its flagship production, “Lagunatics,” begins Feb. 3 and 4 with a reading of “My Funny Valentine,” a “new” musical written by Chris Quilter.   The script, which sat in his “drawer of dust-covered...

Movie Nights

Eco-conscious Films Set to Screen   Transition Laguna is screening “How to Boil a Frog,” on Jan. 12, at 7 p.m., at Bridge Hall at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive. Come by early with a dish for the vegetarian potluck at 6 p.m.   The...

Culture Karma

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,...