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New Art Galleries Test the Waters

New gallery operators are far from newcomers, but longtime dabblers in the Laguna Beach art scene who are striking out in a new direction.

Artists Clamor for a Sense of Place

Although Laguna Beach has three summer arts festivals, a thriving art museum and a lively theater and music scene, the lack of a central cultural arts center remains a shortcoming, according to results of a recent survey.

Music Fest Grows Younger with Time

Classical music will mix with contemporary compositions in a trio of concerts at Laguna Playhouse Feb. 12-14 during the run of the annual Laguna Beach Music Festival. The festival aims to achieve that goal by engaging two artistic directors, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist...

Music Fest Grows Younger with Time

Laguna Beach Music Festival blends contemporary compositions with classical music in three concerts this weekend at Laguna Playhouse.

Concert Band Remixes With a British Invasion Original

  “Please lock me away and don’t allow the day, here inside where I hide with my loneliness; I don’t care what they say I won’t stay in a world without love….” So opens the Paul McCartney song, “World Without Love,” a tune the British duo Peter & Gordon turned into...

‘Cool’ Auction Reflects Museum’s Direction

At the 34th annual California Cool auction, eager buyers will confront 120 works of art from a stellar roster of Orange County and California artists. “Both the quality and total value are higher this year than ever before,” Sarah Strozza, the Laguna Art Museum’s director of...

New Theater Takes Root

  The play is “White or The Musk Ox Play,” and its premise of life, death, grief and letting go has fascinated Laguna Beach playwright Lojo Simon since its 2012 performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Simon calls the play by Jonathan Fitts “a universal story of...

‘Sunbathers’ Sculpture Evicted from Park

The two white-coated steel figures known as “The Sunbathers” have provided a focal point to a crescent of open land behind the high school known as Nita Carman Park since 1983.

Comedy, Drama Intermingle in ‘Act 3’

A chicly attired couple returns home from a dinner party. He’s ready to turn in, self-satisfied in the thought that he has, once again, mesmerized the female he was seated next to. She, clad in a glittery mini dress and towering stilettos, with hair and make-up still just so, is...

Innovators Remix Art Sales

When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. Four enterprising local gallery owners are navigating changes in the art market by devising new business models and adopting new methods to sell art.

Innovators Remix Art Sales

When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. Four enterprising local gallery owners are navigating changes in the art market by devising new business models and adopting new methods to sell art. When Ludo Leideritz first opened his gallery in 2012 at the corner of Ocean and...

Director Says Adieu to Laguna Playhouse

She guided the 95-year-old Laguna Playhouse from thin into thick and now Karen Wood is signing off after eight years as its executive director. Recruited in 2008 from the San Diego Repertory, where she had also spent eight years, Wood possessed skills that enabled her to guide...

‘Snow White’ Unwraps a Comic Christmas Treat

A jealous vain queen, a sweet young stepdaughter, seven short miners, a huntsman and a wifeless prince drive the familiar story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the semi-dark, 19th century Brothers Grimm tale. Little could the good brothers know that centuries later their...

Holiday Show Summons an Earlier Era

It’s 1942 in New York, and radio station WOV is broadcasting hits including “Strike Up the Band,” “I’ve Got a Girl in Kalamazoo,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and the sexy “Blues in the Night.” It’s also the second year that American troops have shipped out to Europe to fight in...

Interpreting the Qur’an Challenges an Artist and His Audience

Construction teams, teen-agers washing cars, surfers preparing to take to the waves, fieldworkers picking vegetables, cowboys competing in rodeos, weddings and funerals, political speeches and soldiers returning home on foot or in coffins. All those images and more represent...