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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...

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,...

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....

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...

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...

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 entertainin...

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...

A Tribute from Andy Hedden’s Family

No one loved Laguna Beach more than Andy Hedden. He was born on May 4, 1957, in Long Beach, and had to wait three interminable years before moving to Laguna for the rest of his life, a proud 52 year resident of what he considered Heaven on Earth.  He attended virtually every...

Local Author Releases her New Book New York Times bestselling author and Laguna Beach resident Alyson Noël’s new book, “Fated,” will be released on May 22. Fated is the story of Daire Santos, who travels the world as the daughter of a make-up artist on movie sets. Noël is the...

Screenings

Film Director Screens Work on Arts Medalist   Laguna Canyon Studios will host a special screening Wednesday, April 11, of a documentary on artist Will Barnet by Dana Point filmmaker Dale Schierholt, who will lead a panel discussion after the 7:15 p.m. showing.  ...

Movie Buffs Invited to Foreign-Film Fest

Gene Alterman will celebrate his ninth year as executive director of the Orange County International Jewish Film Festival not with a cake and candles, but with high hopes and the ambition to expand the offerings that begin screening Jan. 15 in Irvine. A 31-year Laguna Beach...

Movie Buffs Invited to Foreign-Film Fest

Gene Alterman will celebrate his ninth year as executive director of the Orange County International Jewish Film Festival not with a cake and candles, but with high hopes and the ambition to expand the offerings that begin screening Jan. 15 in Irvine. A 31-year Laguna Beach...

Movie Premier Jumps Into Snow Season

The Orange County premier of “One for the Road,” featuring skiers and snowboarders, screens Thursday, Dec. 8, at 9 p.m. at The White House restaurant, 340 S. Coast Highway. This high-energy movie documents the lives of snow sport athletes on the road and captures...

Double-Bill of Students Take to the Stage

Laguna Beach High School’s drama program presents two musicals this month beginning Nov. 4 with Disney’s “Aladdin,” an adaptation of the popular animated movie. Steven Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning “Into the Woods” begins its run on Nov. 11 and continues for two weekends, closing...

Homeless in Laguna

Editor, First, I want to thank Caroline Millson for her compassionate response, “The Road to Homelessness Isn’t Long,” in the Sept. 9 issue. I am a 66-year-old female on Social Security who temporarily became homeless for reasons I don’t like to share.   I had two options:...