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Art Too Hot to Handle Benefits Artists in Need

The Art-To-Go collection on the Festival of Arts’ grounds features more than 100 originals under this year’s Red Hot theme. These works include subjects such as Ferrari sports cars and pepperoni pizza and are available for purchase daily July 2 through Aug. 26 during regular...

Artists to Exhibit Portraiture

Three artists share their views of portraiture through the free exhibition “Portraits Three Ways,” presented at the Community Art Project gallery, 260 Ocean Ave., on the second floor of Wells Fargo Bank. Artists Jill Petrilak, Jan Magdaleno and Andrew Petterson will discuss their...

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...

Art Profiles

Artists Preserve a Culture Under Siege

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Under the Taliban, Afghan artists were forced to stifle their creativity since even possessing works of art depicting people or animals was considered idolatry and a punishable crime. Now the talents of a group of budding artists, led...

Artist Finds Satisfaction in a Surprising Medium

When she is not making prints, she’s teaching art. When she’s not encouraging artistic expression among seniors, children and anyone in-between, she’s serving in a supporting role for Laguna Beach arts organizations. Such involvement as a docent, print maker and mixed media...

Out of Chaos, Artist Finds Clarity

By Nadine B. Hoffman, Special to the Independent  When Torrey Cook showed up at her Laguna Beach gallery recently, she was shocked and delighted to find a line outside for the art opening that was still hours away. The solo show, entitled “The Creative Dialectic,” presents the...

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Getting Out

Blues Pianist to Perform at Mozambique

Award-winning blues pianist Victor Wainwright will make a stop at Mozambique during his tour promoting his new album, “Victor Wainwright & the Train,” on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. Wainwright is a composer, producer, vocalist, piano player and award-winning entertainer. A...

Beloved Museum Event Returns This Fall

Beloved Museum Event Returns This Fall Performance art by Elizabeth Turk will be the centerpiece of the Laguna Art Museum’s sixth annual Art & Nature exhibit Nov. 1-4. The event will also feature a keynote lecture by Jane Munro of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of...

‘Two’s A Crowd’ Premiers at Playhouse Sept. 7

By LB Indy staff Laguna locals Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner will premier their new musical “Two’s A Crowd” at the Laguna Playhouse Friday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept. 16. With music and lyrics by Laguna’s own Jason Feddy, the un-romantic comedy stars Rudner and Davis Gaines....

Write Stuff

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...

Community Activist Presents Workshop for Social Justice

Paul Kivel, a co-founder of the organization Showing Up for Racial Justice, will present material from his book “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Social Justice” during a 2 p.m. workshop Sunday Oct. 22. The workshop takes place at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast...

Local Author Dines with Library Friends

Local author Suzanne Redfearn will be the guest speaker of the annual Friends of the Library dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 in the library. Hear about the Friends’ accomplishments while dining. Vegetarian options are available. Tickets at $65 are available through PayPal or...

Novelist Presents Latest Work

  Author Brian Rogers will discuss his latest book, “The Whole of the Moon,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Six crisscrossing narratives unfold in the novel set along old Route 66, from the Inland Empire to its Chicago terminus,...

Disney’s ‘Beast’ Informs a Look at Gospel Leadership

Local author, leadership consultant, and motivational speaker Mary Scifres published her first book on transformational leadership and discusses the work at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at University United Methodist Church, 18422 Culver Dr., in Irvine. A veteran of other works on...

Local Author Introduces Latest Novel

Local Laguna author Kaira Rouda will be at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, at 5 p.m. Sunday Sept. 17, to talk about her new book, “Best Day Ever.” A reception with refreshments is planned; all are invited. The suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal was named one of...