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Keeping the Screens Filled

Keeping the Screens Filled

Our movie theatre is on the endangered list.  In spite of really low admission prices, many great movies and use by the art museum’s film group once each month, it is down to one or two employees, who at times sell tickets and popcorn, too. It needs new electronic signs, like the newly re-opened Port in […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Christmas Past By Mark D. Crantz The holidays can be a time of mixed feelings. It’s a joyous time of year for retailers and not so much for the rest of us, who are in a frenzy to make each retailer happier than the next. This year my wife’s secret Santa, which she doesn’t keep […]

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Wisdom Workout: Love is a Verb

Wisdom Workout: Love is a Verb

  The chance that I would go to see a movie about a guy who is addicted to pornography is slim to none. However, the issue of porn in our society and how often women reference it as a serious wedge in their intimate relationships made me decide to see “Don Jon.” The review I […]

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Film Society Sharpens its Focus

Film Society Sharpens its Focus

Editor, I am grateful for the thoughtful and supportive letter from Bolton Colburn about the Laguna Beach Film Society (“Origin of the Museum’s Film Society,” Letters, April 5). With the development of a closer relationship with Laguna Art Museum, the future of the film society is brighter than ever. Here’s why: *In conjunction with the […]

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Film Curator Shown the Exit

Film Curator Shown the Exit

Veteran surf filmmaker Jack McCoy’s “A Deeper Shade of Blue” screened at 400 theaters around the country this past Thursday, a one-night performance but a major splash for an indie movie. The film recounting surf culture’s evolution was buoyed in part by local film consultant Sharon Keiko Mori Beatie, who played a behind-the-scenes role promoting […]

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Lack of Civility Prompts Legislation

Lack of Civility Prompts Legislation

Editor, Mace Morse (“A View Embellished by Trees,” Letters, Feb. 22) writes some stinging code in response to the Parable of the Top Hat: “Before he congratulates himself on his metaphoric genius, his analogy is false”. Quite an assertion, but let me help you understand where the top hat analogy holds water. A theater seat […]

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A View Embellished by Trees

A View Embellished by Trees

Editor, I would like to comment on a recent letter to the editor wherein a writer compares his interrupted view to the sea as similar to that of an interrupted view to a movie screen, when a fellow in a top hat has unwittingly sat down in front of him (“The Parable of the Top […]

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Musings on the Coast: Pavlovian Skin

Musings on the Coast: Pavlovian Skin

My friend, Laguna’s blithe spirit January Olds, created her own skincare line January Labs.  She rolled out the line about 18 months ago and now has gained national distribution.  Last summer she gave me several bottles of her product and insisted I prominently display them in my bathroom for immediate use. There they stayed for […]

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The Parable of the Top Hat

The Parable of the Top Hat

Editor, There was an especially good movie showing at the local theater, so I ventured out.  When I arrived, the line was very long; however I succeeded in getting to the ticket window, paid $10 and took the last available seat in the theater. The riveting movie had just begun when the man sitting in […]

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A Personal Memoir Reflects South Africa’s Chaos

A Personal Memoir Reflects South Africa’s Chaos

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   Niki Smart is living, thriving proof that transformation is possible and that a horrendous childhood can be overcome. Molested by her grandfather at 9, drinking by 12, having sex at 13, all the while living with a bizarre, scandalous, mentally ill mother incapable of mothering, Smart plunged […]

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Mothering Heights: The Miss List

Mothering Heights: The Miss List

When I was growing up, I didn’t have any famous female role models. Of course, I wanted to help people like my social worker mother, do everything perfectly like my Aunt Ona, and be on time and classy like my grandmother. As far as someone in the news, it just wasn’t happening. Gloria Steinem spoke […]

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The New Port Theatre Reopens

The New Port Theatre Reopens

The new Port Theatre in Corona del Mar opens Friday, July 20, with films including “Bernie,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” and “First Position” during its first week. After nearly 15 years of hiatus and extensive renovations, the theatre intends to provide a best-in-class movie going experience with the latest in digital projection, a quality assortment of […]

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New Lifeguard HQ Set to Become a Reality

New Lifeguard HQ Set to Become a Reality

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach City Council authorized spending $5.6 million to build a new lifeguard headquarters and public restrooms on Main Beach this week. Since last year, about $1 million has already been spent on design and construction of the project, budgeted for $8.1 million, which has been in […]

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Guest Column: Mid-summer night narratives

Guest Column: Mid-summer night narratives

By Howard Hills   Our critical response to art implicates subjectivity Kant called “judgment of taste,” so others obviously are free to disagree, but my wife and I think this year’s Pageant of Masters is the most compelling, dramatic and entertaining ever. This season’s exposition is the intellectual and moral equivalent of a brilliantly presented university […]

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Looking at Art in a Meditative Way

Looking at Art in a Meditative Way

The average museum or gallery goer spends less than a minute sizing up a painting. That’s enough time to take in a toothpaste commercial or maybe a movie poster. It certainly isn’t enough to catch the nuances of a painting such as Clarence Hinkle’s “Outdoor Still Life,” a complex composition in the current Laguna Art […]