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Limelight Shines on Magician of Color and Light

The Laguna Art Museum presents its third California Art Award to Light and Space artist Peter Alexander on Saturday, Sept. 27, at a reception. Art scholar Ruth Westphal received the first award two years ago, with painter Wayne Thiebaud following last year. The award had been...

Major Laguna Sculptor Dies

By Bolton Colburn, Special to the Independent Long-time Laguna Beach resident and ceramic sculptor Jerry Rothman died Thursday, June 5, of a heart attack at a hospital near his sculpture park and home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. During the last few years of his life Rothman...

Officer Jon Coutchie

A group of 25 motorcyclists that included Laguna Beach police officers and their friends joined a 500-strong brigade on a 60-mile ride in Los Angeles to honor families of fallen officers last Saturday. Their participation is personal: Officer Jon Coutchie died last September in...

New Player Emerges in Music Scene

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Hidden in plain sight on Second Street, two shaded glass doors, a buzzer and an inconspicuous sign indicate the entry to Laguna Sound Studio. Inside is equally surprising. Wood shingled walls contrast with white leather sofas and black and white geometric...

Project Helps Preserve Character Slipping Away

Editor, Growing up in Laguna Beach, and having the perspective of living elsewhere for periods of time, I have been able to see the changes to our wonderful home in ways someone who has never left may not notice. It is with this perspective I whole-heartedly endorse building the...

Learning to Love Mass Transit

Editor, Re: keyless commute, (Feb. 15 edition) Hello, I’m from Long Beach and visit Laguna Beach maybe twice a month, but use Orange County Transit Authority bus system to visit the Neighborhood Congregational Church. It is so interesting how to use public transportation...

Concert Series Spans Genres and Generations

    Gabriel Kahane lives in Brooklyn, but lately the composer’s native city, Los Angeles, fills his waking thoughts. So much so that Kahane composed “25 Addresses in Los Angeles,” a series of songs based on the diverse architecture, populace and vibe that captured his...

Fire Risks Fuel New Safety Measures

Red flag fire-danger warnings will usher in a new challenge along the narrow, twisting streets of Laguna Beach’s Diamond Crestview neighborhood: a temporary no-parking ban and the risk of being towed. To better ensure that fire engines will not be impeded by parked cars, the City...

Dentist Puts Down His Own Roots

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent A year ago as Dr. Alex Kalmanovich walked about downtown Laguna Beach, as he does with his wife Polina and their baby daughter most weekends, he received a phone call. A local dental practice was for sale. In the market for his first...

Some Scene

                                The Irvine Museum opens “California Scene Paintings: 1920s-1970s,” a special exhibition from Jan. 18 to May 8, guest curated by Gordon T. McClelland. Part of the larger...

Film Maker Discusses His Work

The next Laguna Art Museum artist conversation series focuses on Los Angeles artist Richard Kraft, who talks about his new body of work on Sunday, Dec. 15, 1-2 p.m. His work installed in the museum’s lower level features 10 films with idyllic scenes of nature side by side with...

Art Seen 10/25/13

Museum Takes the Initiative Laguna Art Museum’s first annual Art and Nature initiative, Nov. 7-10, is complemented by three nature-themed exhibitions, two of which open with a reception on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6-9 p.m. Work by Los Angeles-based artists Adam Silverman and...

John A. Garau

On Thursday Aug. 23, 2013, we lost our father and our community lost one of its most unique characters and longtime citizens, John Aurelio Garau.   When Dos Equis XX created the “Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign they could have easily taken from Garau’s adventures...

A Rescue Who Turns Heads

By Joe Cockrell, Special to the Independent I love dogs. I’ve had a canine companion for most of my adult life, including an Australian Shepard named Libby that I rescued five years ago. In 2012, I was recruited to move to Southern California from my native Iowa for a position in...

Minding Our Business: French Fashion on Forest

Extra! Extra! A new shop in Laguna Beach shares its marquee with Beverly Hills, New York, and Ibiza, Spain, the epicenters of design and hardly the centers of shabby chic. Robins Jeans is a whole new sort of shop on Forest Avenue. Shabby? Decidedly not. Chic? Oh yes. The retailer...
Posted On 29 Aug 2013