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Revamped Art-A-Fair Makes its Debut

Laguna Art-A-Fair, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd., showcases its newly renovated grounds with an opening night gala from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Guests purchasing a $150 ticket will enjoy food and wine, live music and a hosted bar. Interior designer Nancy Vengoechea has made...

Reception to be Held at Avran Fine Art

Avran Fine Art will hold an opening night and artist reception for Pat McNabb Martin’s collection, “Between the Lines”, on Saturday, June 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to this free event to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres for McNabb Martin’s first solo exhibition with...

Sweet, Like Red Hots

  A free hour-long reception for the current art exhibition Red Hot, showing now through June 28 at City Hall, is set for First Thursdays Art Walk, June 7, at 5:30 p.m. The show previews the Art-To-Go collection, organized by the Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, which...

Art Profiles

Applications Open for Historic Preservation Ordinance Task Force

The City Council is accepting applications for the Historic Preservation Ordinance Task Force.

Newly Restored Painting Reveals Early Laguna

A work by early plein air artist William Griffith and never exhibited publicly before is on display at City Hall. It was donated by a great-grandson of a Laguna Beach homesteader.

Ancient Messenger Receives a Modern Makeover

By Susan Anderson, Special to the Independent Artist Annette Wimmer unveiled her latest work, “Mercury Rising,” among friends at a reception earlier this at her painting studio and salon in Laguna Beach. Wimmer moved to Laguna Beach from Munich after marrying Paul Brian in 1985....

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Play Sifts Beliefs, Social Challenges

In “Clybourne Park,” the current production of Laguna Playhouse, playwright Bruce Norris deftly examines contemporary issues with sly humor and a surprising structure. The seven member cast delve into plot twists that challenge notions about gentrification, marginalization,...

Auditions to be held for The Giver

Auditions to be held for Eric Coble’s” The Giver” on June 21, 22, and 23 at The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road. The play will be produced by The Laguna Playhouse’s Theatre for a New Generation, which is casting all roles and is open to...

Upcoming Fete de la Musique

Laguna’s 11th Annual Fete de la Musique presented by Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association will be held on Saturday, June 16. The day’s festivities, inspired by the French International Day of Music, will begin at 12 p.m. at Main Beach with the Children’s Parade with music by...

Write Stuff

Laureates to Host Writing Contest

To kick off this year’s Literary Laureate program, appointed leaders Suzanne Redfearn and Lauren Simon along with the city’s Arts Commission are offering an art-inspired writing competition. The challenge to local poets and authors is to respond in verse or prose to Jeff Rovner’s...

Local Author Pens Mystery Novel

Local author Gordon McAlpine will discuss his latest work, “Holmes Entangled,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. McAlpine’s novel takes on the voice of Sherlock Holmes. Set in 1920s, Holmes’s final adventure leads him through labyrinths of...

Champion of Women’s Rights Arrives

Women’s rights advocate Eileen Padberg will discuss her new book, “Out of My Lane” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Padberg, a 60-year-old Republican political consultant from Orange County, embarks on a journey to aid Iraqi women start...

Past, Present Come Alive in Columnist’s Book By Victoria Kertz | LB Indy James Utt doesn’t change his mind easily or often. The writer behind the “Heart Talk” column in the Laguna Beach Independent is possibly one ofthe most stubborn defenders of his beliefs in print today. Even...

Library Features Talk by Environmental Writer

Author and Independent columnist Thomas Osborne will describe his latest work at the Laguna Beach Library this coming Thursday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m., 363 Glenneyre St. Osborne, longtime Laguna Beach resident and retired history professor at Santa Ana College, will speak abo...

Laguna Beach Literary Festival Open to All

The public is invited to a free day of readings, panels, workshops and craft talks with California writers during Laguna Beach’s first literary festivalSaturday, April 14, at the Laguna Beach Public Library. Enjoy mostly 30-minute readings, book signings, panels, craft...