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Friday, Feb. 5 Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. $10. Sissy Gillio Duo, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-4500 Robert Jon & the Wreck, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. Martin Sexton, 8 p.m., Coach House,...

Gallery Exhibits Contrasting Works

A new exhibit, “Contrasts,” featuring pieces from assemblage artist Carolyn Machado and printmaker Yoonsook Ryang, runs through April 9 at the foaSouth gallery. The gallery, a collaboration between Festival of the Arts and Active Culture, is open daily until 9 p.m. at 1006 S....

Top-Selling Author Explores High School Peer Pressure

“The Goodbye Year,” written by Laguna local Kaira Rouda will be available in paperback and for the Kindle in May. It is the dramatic story of family dysfunction, high school graduation and the impending bitterness of an empty nest. Rouda is an award-winning author of contemporary...

American Composers Festival Features Exceptional Organists

Organ virtuosos led by Pacific Symphony conductor Carl St.Clair will be performed Sunday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. in the Segerstom Center in Costa Mesa as part of the composers festival. Joining members of the symphony are Jacobs and Bull, Frederick Swann and Craig Williams. Tickets...

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...

Author Builds Story of Fame’s Downside

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Suzanne Redfearn writes novels the way she once shaped interiors. The former architect comes up with an idea, researches the essentials, and builds a plot. With her first novel, “Hush Little Baby,” published in 2013, the domestic...

These ‘Bouquets’ Lack Only Perfume

The new exhibit “Bouquets,” is on display through April 9 inside the Wells Fargo Bank, 260 Ocean Ave., featuring artwork of flowers, fields and bouquets. The public is welcome to join the artists for a free reception on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mediums presented...

Jazz Guitarist to Perform

Jazz guitarist Peter Sprague, awarded as best jazz artist of the year in San Diego, performs with his quartet Wednesday, Feb. 3, during the Laguna Beach Live! winter series at Seven-Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road. Sprague will be joined by Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Mack...

‘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...

New Exhibit Focuses on Spanish Master

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association presents an exhibition featuring 50 original paintings from their members inspired by the work of the Spanish master Joaquin Sorolla. The great-great-granddaughter of Sorolla,  Fabiola A. Lorente-Sorolla will be traveling from Spain to...

Concert Revives Works by Holocaust’s Victims

  Update: The concert was postponed Friday, Jan. 22, due to bad weather on the east coast, prohibiting travel by the performers. The music of six Jewish composers, five of whom perished in concentration camps, will be performed Sunday, Jan. 24, in concert at Irvine Valley...

Authors, Journalists and Filmmakers Featured in Speaker Series

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation encourages you to reserve your space for the upcoming Witte Lectures. The series begins Friday, Jan. 22, with Jessica Fellowes, writer of the official companion books to “Downton Abbey” and niece of Julian Fellowes, the show’s creator....

Best-Selling Author Comes to Laguna

Editor and author Susan Dworkin will discuss her book, “The Nazi Officer’s Wife” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. The true story of love and terror during the Holocaust was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 30 weeks in 2014....

Lifting the Curtain on a Small Stage

Laguna Beach playwright Lojo Simon is staging new works in an artist's studio.