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Author Turns a Food Blog into a Platform

Food-labeling advocate Vani Hari, whose food blog is foodbabe.com, stops at Laguna Beach Books Thursday, Feb. 19 for a 6 p.m. talk, Q&A and book signing. The cost is $27 and a copy of Hari’s book, “The Food Babe Way: Break Free from the Hidden Toxins in Your Food and Lose...
Posted On 12 Feb 2015

LOCA offers Sculpture Workshop, Art Club Discussion

Artist Gretchen Shannon leads a sculpture workshop at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb., at Laguna Nursery. During the Laguna Outreach for Community Arts workshop, she will demonstrate how to assemble a hanging garden sculpture. The cost is $30 and all materials are provided. The same day...
Posted On 12 Feb 2015

Treats for Your Valentine

Jumping in for Splashes Splashes Restaurant, at the Surf and Sand Resort, is offering a special menu for Valentine’s Day featuring oyster appetizers and chocolate mousse desserts. To celebrate all weekend, the Two If By Sea package offers overnight accommodations, spa treatments...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Feb. 13 World Anthem, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Nate and the Declaration, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. James Clay Garrison, Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. Ottmar Liebert...
Posted On 12 Feb 2015

Out of Chaos, Artist Finds Clarity

By Nadine B. Hoffman, Special to the Independent  When Torrey Cook showed up at her Laguna Beach gallery recently, she was shocked and delighted to find a line outside for the art opening that was still hours away. The solo show, entitled “The Creative Dialectic,” presents the...

Music Festival Mixes in Multi Media

  By folding traditional chamber music with contemporary work, and performing arts with special sound effects, this year’s Laguna Beach Music Festival, Feb. 12-15, continues to evolve into an encompassing cultural event that is likely to draw increasing audiences. Acting,...

No Square Season Starts on Broadway

“Bent Broadway,” where men sing the ladies songs and visa versa, returns to No Square Theatre’s stage in Legion Hall on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7. Auditions for the “LagunaTots” production, by appointment and open to kids age 6-14, follows on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Director...
Posted On 05 Feb 2015

‘California Cool’ Up for Bid

More than 100 works of art await buyers that crowd California Cool, the Laguna Art Museum’s 33rd annual art auction on Saturday, Feb. 7, where works typically sell for a fraction of the cost they fetch at art galleries. Last year’s event attracted 400 people and raised $220,000...

Jazz Wednesdays Lands Jet Set Quintet

Laguna Beach Live! presents the Jet Set Quintet performing from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Seven-Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. A full bar and buffet dinner are available for purchase. Cover charge is $15-$20. Purchase tickets online at http://www.lagunabeachlive.org or call...

Kid Stuff

Burgess To Perform with Pacific Symphony Local soprano Bree Burgess will play the wicked stepmother in “Cinderella: Opera for Kids!” presented by the Pacific Symphony at 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Burgess is the...

Martin Presents New Works at ArtWalk

An artist’s reception for, “How the Sun Goes,” new works by America Martin will take place during Art Walk from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Highway. The Columbian-American’s new series explores familiar themes and subjects, female...

Alliance Names Art Star Award Nominees

resident Carol Reynolds will receive a special lifetime achievement award in recognition of her passion for music and profound impact on the arts community at this year’s Art Star Awards in April, the organizer announced this week. In addition, organizations, businesses and...
Posted On 29 Jan 2015

Indy on Arts

  Friday, Jan. 30 Rasun, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. English Beat, 10 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. $35 at the door. Really Classic, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. John Ondrasik, 8 p.m., The Coach House, 33157 Camino...
Posted On 29 Jan 2015

Book Store Welcomes Spoken Word Readings

He had arrived in Laguna Beach from New York just eight days ago, but retired English teacher Peter Mathews almost instinctively migrated to Laguna Beach Books’ “Open Mic Night“ last Sunday. “I came here to listen,” he said. But, picking up the creative vibe, he dashed off to get...