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Juried Art Exhibit Opens at Forest & Ocean Gallery

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association will host “Town and Country,” a juried art exhibit of paintings that capture natural and urban landscapes, which opens this week at the Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave. The public is welcome to join a reception for the artists...

Art Club Opens with Art Educator

Jonathan Burke, president of Laguna College of Art and Design, will share insights on composition, structure, and presentation in the opening lecture of the LOCA Arts Education’ Art Club. The 4 p.m. talk Thursday, Jan. 18, takes place at the LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave....

Meet Cove’s Artist of the Month at Art Walk

Laura Parker is Cove Gallery’s featured artist in January. Meet her during Art Walk from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4. A recent Midwest transplant, Parker describes her work as abstract expressionism. The gallery is located at 1550 S. Coast Highway. The artist accepts...

Art Profiles

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....

One Show Only for Greg Lyons Trio

Laguna local and percussionist Greg Lyons performs with David Pope and Matt Smiley at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St. Dinner by The White House is served al fresco 50 minutes before the show for $10. The jazz trio plays original music, contemporary,...

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Getting Out

Climb Aboard for 19th Century Voyaging

Passengers boarding two tall ships in Dana Point Harbor can experience living history in its towering rigging, bustling decks and billowing canvas. The Lady Washington, was used in numerous television shows and movies including “The Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Hawaiian...

A Woman Warrior in Heels

“I Am My Own Wife,” written by Doug Wright and directed by Jenny Sullivan and starring John Tufts, opens at Laguna Playhouse on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 p.m. for a brief run through Sunday, Jan. 28. The play is a remarkable piece of theatre based on a true story that still...

Treats for the Eyes and Ears

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy While holiday trimmings have all but disappeared, a new array of treats for the eyes and ears have to yet to be unwrapped at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Repertory.   Segerstrom Center Pacific Symphony kicks off 2018 with...

Write Stuff

Women Provide a Common Thread in Book Talks

Los Angeles author Carina Chocano will discuss her new book, “You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Trainwrecks, & Other Mixed Messages” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14 at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Chocano, a pop culture critic, merges memoir...

Book on Laughter Yoga Goes Beyond Smirks

Jeffrey Briar, founder of Laguna Laughter Club, and the Laughter Yoga Institute has written a guidebook entitled “The Laughter Yoga Book.” It covers the history and theory of Laughter Yoga and related forms of therapeutic hilarity and includes dozens of photographs and clear...

Local Chronicles an Environmental Visionary

Local resident Tom Osborne announced the publication of his latest work, “Coastal Sage,” which chronicles the career and accomplishments of Peter Douglas, the long-serving executive director of the California Coastal Commission. As a result of the four-year endeavor, Osborne,...

Holiday Fiction Writers Go Live

The Third Street Writers will share their holiday stories in Park Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, the first of a month-long series of readings on Saturdays in the temporarily closed downtown street organized by Laguna Beach Independent columnist Billy Fried. The...

First-Time Novelist Turns to England as her Muse

  Regal Crest Enterprises recently published a first novel by local Laguna Beach author, Lynnette Beers. In “Just Beyond the Shining River,” Beers tells the story of Gemma Oldfield and her discovery of hundreds of letters from a mysterious person to her grandmother, dating...

San Diego Journalist Tries Long Form Writing

Dave Clary discusses his first book, “Gangsters to Governors,” at a reception within Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. By exploring the controversial histories of legal and illegal gambling in America, he offers a fresh perspective on current...