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No End to Stoke: Exhibit Showcases Surf Art

The work of surf artists, painters and sculptors inspired by surfing and its culture enjoys a brief ride at the Forest & Ocean Gallery during the Labor Day weekend. The pop-up exhibit “Legends of Surf Art” from Saturday, Sep. 5 to Monday, Sept. 7 will feature work by Bill...

Extend Summer With a Sunset Serenade

Free city-sponsored concerts resume Friday evenings next month beginning Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Heisler Park Amphitheatre. The first Sunset Serenade opens with jazz tenor sax player Jonathan Rowden. On subsequent weeks, Michael Ubaldini, the South Coast Symphony String...

Teen Whisperer Releases New Book

Laguna local and former high school teacher Tyler Durman shares his insights using a comedic approach to storytelling in his new book, “Counterintuitive: What 4 Million Teens Wish We Knew.” Thousands of one-on-one conversations with teens has given Durman a window into their...

Indy on Arts

  Friday, Aug. 28 Art a Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Closes Aug. 30. Free entry for final weekend. Festival of Arts exhibit, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; Pageant of the Masters, 8:30 p.m., Sawdust Art Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m....

Laguna Fest Dances Across the Natural World

“Biophony” may have entered into the lexicon of music, but not common usage. It describes the myriad sounds made by animals, from roaring lions to humming bees, to a sea anemone munching or a river otter pining for its lost mate. Introduced by musician, composer, ecologist and...

Pint-Sized Artists Take the Prize

A special section of the Festival of Arts each year is devoted to the creative pursuits of children, from pre-kindergarten talents to high school-aged genius. This past Sunday, a jury announced its selected winners from the more than 300 works by Orange County students included...

Melissa Manchester to Perform 
at the Festival of Arts

Singer Melissa Manchester and actress Mira Sorvino lead off the Festival of Arts’ one-night only celebrity benefit concert and performance of the Pageant of the Masters on Saturday, Aug. 29. Other guest celebrities from television scheduled to appear are Paget Brewster, Raymond...

On the Table

Hotel Hosts Foodie-Focused Weekend The St. Regis Monarch Beach’s first food, wine and jazz festival will feature 50 chefs and 30 vintners Aug. 27-30. Some of the Orange County based chefs in attendance will include St. Regis’ Stonehill Tavern Chef Raj Dixtit, Slapfish’s Chef...

Art-To-Go Auction at Festival of Arts

  The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts holds its Art-To-Go silent auction Sunday, Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. on the festival grounds. More than 40 originals will be sold with proceeds to benefit artists in need. One buyer will win a certificate for a two-night stay at The Tides Inn. All...

Artist Finds Her Calling Wrapped in Felt

Booties, bedroom slippers, hats, crafts and the smooth emerald green surface covering expensive pool tables: these are the typical consumer uses associated with felt, which also figures in industrial applications. Yet, in regions of central Asia, the dense fabric is popularly...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Aug. 2 Art a Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free entry to locals. Festival of Arts exhibit, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; Pageant of the Masters, 8:30 p.m., 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-6582. Thru Aug. 31. Sawdust Art...

Beauty, Creativity Abound at Fashion Show

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The momentous 2015 Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show will be remembered for breath-taking fashion worth savoring. “Oh,” exclaimed the audience, taken by surprise at the artistry that adorned each of the seven models....

Art Festivals Light Up With Special Events

Two of the summer’s most popular art festival events take place this weekend at the Festival of Arts: the recycled materials fashion show Saturday, Aug. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. and the 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 award ceremony for young artists. Cristina Ferrare hosts the fashion show...

Grab Your Shades for the Show

Look for “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” Gimme Some Lovin’,” and more at “The Blues Brothers Revue,” which opened this past Thursday at Laguna Playhouse for a brief week-long run through Sunday, Aug. 20. The live concert featuring Wayne Catania as Jake and Kieron Lafferty as...

Emerging Artists Share Their Sources of Inspiration

Laguna College of Art & Design Professor Darlene Campbell moderates an 11 a.m. panel discussion with Averi Endow, Robin Hextrum, Taylor Montague and Laura Weinberger at the CAP Banking on Art Gallery, Saturday, Aug. 15. The artists whose work is exhibited in the CAP Gallery...