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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...

Museum Opens Exhibit on Art Film Innovator

Laguna Art Museum opens a new show, “Oskar Fischinger: Paintings from the Permanent Collection,” which will run through June 17. Based in Berlin from 1927, Fischinger was acclaimed for his technically innovative art films, in which he animated forms and colors and synchronized...

Art Profiles

Film Documents Laguna Beach from a Local’s Lens

In his tiny, crowded Laguna Beach studio, Douglas Miller produces two diminutive paintings per day. Small, they are nonetheless flawless likenesses of Laguna Beach’s diverse vistas. “I’d starve if I just do big paintings,” said Miller, who by his recollection, has painted roughly...

Sea of Abstraction

German artist Jenny Simon and Seattle-based duo Stallman craft textured pieces heavily influenced by the water. Section by Ashley Ryan   JENNY SIMON The Signature Gallery Home base: Grew up in Berlin, but has lived in Southern California for the past 14 years Background:...
Posted On 24 Nov 2014

Resurrected Masterpieces

Sculptor Shamus Koch, formerly known as James Koch, brings new life to old objects. By Cheryl Pruett | Photos by Jody Tiongco   Growing up in a small Wisconsin town, Shamus Koch—then known as James Koch—didn’t realize that his Mark Twain-style childhood would one day set him...

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Four Legends Collide on One Unforgettable Night

There’ll be a whole lotta shakin’ going on at Laguna Playhouse, which opens its 98th season with the Tony nominated Broadway musical, “Million Dollar Quartet” on Sunday, June 8. Inspired by one of the most famous jam sessions in recording history, this musical tells the story of...

Alliance Hosts Readings for Two New Works

The Orange County Playwrights Alliance presents two staged readings of one-act plays by Lynn Wells Nelson and George Bardin Rothman at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Dr. A donation of $10 is suggested. Reserve tickets at 714 902-5...

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,...

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Local History Revisited

“Laguna Beach of Early Days,” a personal historical account by Joseph S. Thurston, whose parents settled in Aliso Canyon in 1871, is now available thanks to a reissue by his grandson, Kelly Boyd. During a City Council meeting last week, Mayor Pro Tem Kelly Boyd said that he and...

Poet Examines Changing Environment

Laguna local Ellen Giradeau Kempler’s latest book of haiku and photographs, “Thirty Views of a Changing World” is now available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press. The book was inspired by the Japanese artist Hokusai’s series of woodblock prints, “Thirty-six Views of...

Poet Laureate Begins Poetry Showcase

  Poets Kathryn Nuernberger and Noah Blaustein join Kate Buckley, Laguna Beach’s inaugural poet laureate, at a 7:30 p.m. reading Tuesday, July 18, at The Sawdust Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road. The reading will be followed by an audience Q&A with the poets, as well as...

Author’s Latest, a Tell All Tale

Laguna Beach native and author Grant Ginder will be discussing his new book, “The People We Hate at the Wedding” at Laguna Beach Books at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 5.  

National Pastime Steps Into the Literary Line-up

Former Los Angeles Times reporter and author Terry McDermott discusses his new book, “Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception” at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. McDermott traces the evolution of pitching and the pitcher’s art...

Winning Poets Alight at the Library

Master of Ceremonies John Gardiner will host a public reading of winning poems from the Laguna Beach Library’s annual community poetry contest, Seaside Butterflies, Saturday, June 3, at noon. The top three winners in each age category will be recognized and are invited to read...