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Get Out of the House

Summer Pageantry I’ll admit it here. I’m a pageant mom. Not the “Toddlers and Tiaras” kind, thankfully, but a Pageant of the Masters pageant mom.  And speaking of pageantry, we recently attended for the first time that spectacle of pageantry, Medieval Times. While these two...

Art for Kids

 Showcasing Next Generation Artists By Jennifer Baker, Special to the Independent   Several local Laguna Beach student artists supervised and even took part in hanging their works as part of the Festival of Arts’ Junior Art exhibit.  For 79 years the Festival has supported junior...

Exposing the Human Form

Posing stark naked for 120 long seconds in front of thousands of strangers can be a tribulation. Since 1936, when Margo Goddard posed as the sculpture “Salome,” the exposed human form has been an integral part of re-creating the great works of art that appear in the Pageant of...

Hotel Laguna Makeover Showcases Pageant’s Backstage Magic

Friendship, community and local history are playing parts in a major renovation underway at Hotel Laguna, one of Laguna Beach’s best-known landmarks. It’s a result of a collaboration between friends inspired by a sense of history, tradition, and cooperation where neighbors helped...

Trying Out a New Restaurant Recipe

After a six-year absence from Laguna Beach, Chef Laurent Brazier is firing up a new stove at Laguna Culinary Arts’ Mirepoix, an unusual three-day-a-week restaurant where the prix-fixe menu changes daily. Chef Laurent began his culinary career in Paris in 1984, where he worked in...

Pageant Reimagines Make Believe for Summer Crowds

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters unveiled samples of their summer fare this week, and by all appearances, a good time should be had by all from July 3 through Aug. 31.             This year’s Pageant, titled “Only Make Believe,” for its 78th year features tableaux...

Wisdom Workout

 The Power of Imagination Susan McNeal Velasquez     The theme of the Pageant of the Masters 2011, “Only Make-Believe,” is a tribute to artistic imagination unleashed. Imagination is an exceptional gift that can also be used to access inner-wisdom.     Today, I want to invite you...