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Vandals Again Target 9/11 Memorial

A dent about the circumference of a baseball mars the shiny sphere forcefully separated from the welded base of a Sept. 11 memorial in Laguna Beach. It is the third act of vandalism to befall the work, installed in Heisler Park on Sept. 11, 2012, 10 years after terrorists...

Telling Stories on Canvas and Paper

Framed by a background of fire set against a blackish blue sky, a group of apes gamely rows a log through roiling water. Hanging on to an ax embedded in the wood, the leader is absorbed in his task while his second in command looks squarely at the viewer. As for the rest, they...

‘Louis & Keely’ Revives the Vegas Lounge Life

  He’s a crooner whose career has not really quite jelled, and she is a 17-year-old with stars in her eyes and ambitions to become a big band singer. As he arrives at yet another lounge, he looks a bit shopworn until she bops up on the stage, pony-tailed, saddle-shoed,...

New Art Galleries Test the Waters

Music, water, mermaids and myriad permutations of the female form as perceived by new and established artists fill two new Laguna Beach galleries. While new to operating galleries, the principals are well-known locals rolling the dice, trying their hands at another artistic...

Local Artist Receives Top Award

Laguna Beach artist Ruth Mayer put aside her paintbrush and palette knife last month to travel to Florence, Italy, to receive the Leonardo Da Vinci Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mayer, 81, said she was selected by the Cultural Association in Florence, which selects...

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.