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Emerging Artists Chosen for Exhibit

Rawsalt gallery presents “Back to School,” a juried exhibition of former students of Ryman Arts, a Los Angeles nonprofit that offers art instruction to youth. The work of seven artists will be exhibited at 346 N. Coast Highway through Jan. 31; the work of one artists will be...

Cartoonist Draws a Crowd to Local Gallery

Cartoonist Ron Campbell, involved with The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” recording, “The Flintstones” television show and countless other famous animations, will be at the Forest & Ocean Gallery, 8480 Ocean Ave., Dec. 5-7. Campbell will create cartoons at the gallery and engage...

Galleries Allow Students to Experience Realism

A dozen fine arts majors from the Laguna College of Art and Design will exhibit their artworks in select Laguna Beach art galleries during First Thursdays Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1, as part of a college mentoring program. The annual collaboration with First Thursdays Art Walk...

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Experience Dance in a Unique Setting

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, the former home of San Clemente’s founder, has commissioned three dance companies to create site-specific choreography for its dance series, Casa Kinetic: Contemporary Dance Collective. The work premiers at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, with...

String Trio Performs at Museum

Violinist Étienne Gara, electric guitarist Ines Thomé, and flamenco guitarist Michael Gratovitch perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the Laguna Beach Live! presentation at the Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr. The trio known as the Sunset Club brings their “new sound...

‘Iron Kisses” Explores Familial Relationships

Mark Miller and Ava Burton will perform “Iron Kisses” by James Still at 7 p.m. Monday, April 3, in Sandra Jones Campbell’s studio, 2173 Laguna Canyon Road, says an announcement from Bare Bones Theater. “Iron Kisses” views the relationship between parents and their children says...

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‘Freeways to Flip-Flops’ a Gutsy Journey

Have you ever felt the expectations of the Southern California lifestyle pressing in on you? Does it ever seem like “keeping up with the Joneses” is driving you into the ground? Do you regret that family time is often supplanted by soccer practice and deadlines, and, well … just...

Author Invites Kids’ Feedback on ‘Baluka’

Local entrepreneur Marian Keegan, owner of Laguna’s Art of Fitness & Spa, has released a children’s book entitled “Baluka & Friends” ($17.95, hardcover, ages 3 to 8), which is the story of a whimsical yet awkward character who spends all of his days and nights trying to...

Handbook Offers Parents’ Hard-Won Wisdom

Resident Anna Krajec continues to wrest meaning from her family’s courageous journey battling their young son’s inoperable brain tumor. Along the way, the Krajecs encountered an extraordinary outpouring of community support before Christofer’s death in 2008, short of his 4th...

Taking the Mystery Out of Writing

University of Arizona professor and author Gloria McMillan will present her mystery novel “The Blue Maroon Murder,” at 2 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St. McMillan will answer questions and discuss the writing of her book.

Ancient Tree Seeds a Newly Minted Author

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent   Gilbert G. Thibault, a 36-year Laguna Beach resident, recently published his first nonfiction work, “I Am the World’s Oldest-Known Living Tree,” a children’s book about California-native bristlecone pines. Becoming a...

Peace Dividend Yields Cold-Warrior Novel

Longtime Laguna Beach resident Stephen Ricker (also known as Len, the wine guy), is hosting a book launch and signing of his 450-page novel, “The Kaserne,” Sunday, June 24, from 1-4 p.m. at Laguna Coffee Company, 1050 S. Coast Highway Ricker worked in Europe for 14 years as a...