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Museum Day Brings Free Admission

Laguna Art Museum will offer free admission on Thursday, May 17, to honor Art Museum Day, allowing visitors to see the current exhibition, “Tony DeLap: A Retrospective.” Admission will also be free for the screening of Stanley Kubrick’s  “Dr. Strangelove,” which will be...

Gallery Nurtures Young Artists

Cove Gallery will introduce two Laguna Beach High School students in their Young Artist program during May. Chloe Levine and Amy You will be showing their work at the gallery and learning about how it operates. The two students are the fourth group to be involved in the program,...

Art Profiles

A Decade of Passion

The Laguna Dance Festival marks a 10-year milestone of bringing ballet and contemporary dance to the community. By Sharon Stello   Sitting at Zinc Cafe, reminiscing about the Laguna Dance Festival’s first decade, in lead up to its 10th anniversary this September, founder and...
Posted On 26 Aug 2014

Joseph Kleitsch: A Portrait Artist Transformed by Geography

By Jean Stern, Special to the Independent Joseph Kleitsch was born in 1882 in Nemet Szent Mihaly, a part of Hungary that is now part of Romania. In his teens, he was apprenticed to a sign painter, but left after about 18 months to open his own studio as a portrait painter. Around...

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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...

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Local Author Shares Life, New Work

Laguna local Rossandra White will introduce her new book, “Monkey’s Wedding” at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The protagonists, adolescents Elizabeth and Tururu share an uneasy friendship on a remote sisal plantation in 1953’s Zimbabwe when...

Third Street Writers Collaborate on First Book

  Join the Third Street Writers as they celebrate the release of the anthology “Beach Reads: Here Comes the Sun,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The anthology of 30 short stories, poetry, and personal essays explores the sun as...

Stahl on Grand-parenting and Journalism

By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent Veteran broadcast journalist Lesley Stahl, a White House correspondent for CBS News during three presidencies and a 25-year “60 Minutes” correspondent, spoke Friday evening at the Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo...

Prison Psychiatrist Shares Life Experiences

Local author Dr. Edward Kaufman will discuss ‘Tales of a Prison Psychiatrist: 50 Years of Criminalization of the Mentally Ill and Addicted,” at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Using the stories of mentally ill and addicted patients and...

Female Pro Baseball Player Shares Her Story

Laguna Beach author Jean Hastings Ardell and her co-author, baseball player Ila Jane Borders, will discuss their new book, “Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, with a reading at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. They tell the story...

A Feast to Satisfy the Mind and Palate

Author Nicole Gulotta will discuss her new book “Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast Inspired by Poetry” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The 25 poems in the book from such poets as Marge Piercy, Louise Glück, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Billy...