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Two-Day Music Fest Showcases 32 Bands

The Blue Water Music Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, transforming the Sawdust Art Festival grounds at 935 Laguna Canyon Road with a procession of acts on three stages for two-days of daylight concerts. Named after the Blue Water Green Earth nonprofit...

Artists Preserve a Culture Under Siege

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Under the Taliban, Afghan artists were forced to stifle their creativity since even possessing works of art depicting people or animals was considered idolatry and a punishable crime. Now the talents of a group of budding artists, led...

An Iconic Painting Goes on Display

The painting, “Laguna Beach-1926,” by Joseph Kleitsch will be included in “Art in Nature: Legacy of the Land,” running through May 3, at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. The painting was loaned from the Festival of Arts’ collection. Kleitsch, born in 1882, was a...

Jazz Wednesdays Wrapping Up

Freelance recording artist Frank Potenza and sax player Rickey Woodard team up for a night of jazz with artists Llew Mathews on keys, Richard Simon on bass and Roy McCurdy on drums when Laguna Beach Live! presents Jazz Wednesdays at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 at Seven-Degrees,...

Library Hosts ‘American Grotesque’ Author

Larry Lytle, author of “American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen,” will speak at Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Lytle’s work is a retrospective of images by Mortensen, a Laguna Beach resident and...

Wordsmith Revises ‘Tom Sawyer’ for the Stage

Reading Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” as a fifth-grader helped spur along the vivid imagination of Mark Turnbull, who built a career as a successful composer and songwriter. In his current role as the balladeer in the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre adaptation of...

Free Concert in Nature’s Sanctuary

On World Water Day, join Laguna Beach composer Pamela Madsen for a free concert in Crystal Cove State Park at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Guests will enjoy performances by local Girl Scouts, Cal State Fullerton music students and other special guests in the amphitheater of Moro...

Photographers Focus on Environmental Preservation

Community Art Project presents “Photography/ 3 Views,” featuring work by Tom Lamb, Robert Hansen and Jessica Cardelucci. The exhibit is located in the Banking on Art Gallery, Wells Fargo Bank, 260 Ocean Ave. A reception for the artists is planned for April 11 from 11 a.m. to 2...

Library Hosts ‘American Grotesque’ Author

Larry Lytle, author of “American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen,” will speak at Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Lytle’s work is a retrospective of images by Mortensen, a Laguna Beach resident and...

Actor Headlines Art Star Awards

Award-winning actor Joe Mantegna will deliver the keynote speech at the ninth annual Art Star Awards to be held on Sunday, April 12. Awards in seven categories will be presented during the event to organizations, businesses and individuals who shaped and contributed to Laguna...

Art Seen

Gallery Closes Off ‘Backyard’ “Paintings From The Backyard,” the new exhibition by local artist Sandra Jones Campbell, closes March 20 at Pacific Edge Gallery.   Artists Called to Submit Bench Designs The Arts Commission is accepting applications from qualified...

Getting Out

Try a Calorie-Free Easter Treat “Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?” begins performances on Monday and Tuesdays only for the next three weeks at Laguna Playhouse. The 7:30 p.m. performances will run March 9-24. “The Odd Couple,” continues its run the remainder...

What’s Shakin’

Friday, March 13 “Bye Bye Birdie,” 7:30 p.m. LBHS Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Ave. 949 497-7769. Also 3/14 and 3/15 at 2:30 p.m. Student tickets are $10, adults $15 and reserved seating $20. Crimson Crowbar, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Midnight Whisky, 9...

Collectors Bestow Rex Brandt’s ‘Rendezvous’ to LCAD

  The painting depicts a sailboat heading into the vast ocean for points unknown. With the wind filling its sails, it glides away from the shore under an early evening sky. Titled “Evening Rendezvous,” it is a watercolor by Rex Brandt that had caught the eye of Newport Beach...

Artist Finds Satisfaction in a Surprising Medium

When she is not making prints, she’s teaching art. When she’s not encouraging artistic expression among seniors, children and anyone in-between, she’s serving in a supporting role for Laguna Beach arts organizations. Such involvement as a docent, print maker and mixed media...