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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.

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...

Ring in a Jazz Filled New Year

The winter jazz series returns to the Seven-Degrees event center, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., with seven concerts Jan. 20-April 13. The Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring Bijon Watson on trumpet, opens the 6 p.m. series on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and is followed on Feb. 3 by guitarist Peter...

McGhee Opens LOCA Art Club

Multi-award winning oil painter Elizabeth McGhee kicks-off LOCA’s monthly Art Club talk Thursday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. at Delgado Gallery, 1550 S. Coast Highway. McGhee will share stories about the Greek myths behind her portrait series, and the swap meet finds that inspire her...

Top Art Institutions Benefit from City Budget Windfall

In a surprise addition to a mid-year review of the city’s budget, the Laguna Beach city Council agreed Tuesday, Jan. 12, to issue matching grants of $1 million each over four years to Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Art Museum. Both cultural institutions are nearing the century...

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.

Learn to Watercolor With LOCA

LOCA Arts Education is offering watercolor workshops January through April in Laguna Beach. Workshops are on select Thursday mornings, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Delgado Gallery, 1550 S. Coast Highway. Beginners and all levels are invited. Instructor Lydia Delgado will introduce a...

Can You Stand Still? Pageant of the Masters Calls for Volunteers

Ever wonder what it would be like to step into a piece of art? If you can stand still for 90 seconds, you could experience just that by volunteering for the Pageant of the Masters production. In preparation for this year’s summer show, Pageant producers are looking for people of...

Survey to Establish the Value of Arts

Laguna Beach will collect surveys from those attending local arts events throughout 2016 about their peripheral spending as a result of their visit. The results will be released in June of 2017. The survey is the fifth study undertaken over the past 20 years to measure the impact...

Book Explores Early Advocate of Hallucinogens

Local author Allene Symons will discuss her latest book, “Aldous Huxley’s Hands: His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10 at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Symons had no inkling that Aldous Huxley was once...