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Shop Talk Over Noted Authors’ Latest Works

    Laguna Beach Books’ book club discusses author Jonathan Franzen latest work, “Freedom,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The following day, the shop hosts award-winning author Meg Waite Clayton, who shares insights from her latest book, “The...

Two Laguna Exhibits Reveal an Artist’s Evolution

An exhibit of merely a dozen canvases at the Laguna Art Museum offer ample evidence of artist Phil Dike’s skill and stylistic versatility. Selected by historical art curator Janet Blake from the Diane and E. Gene Crain Collection, these paintings lift Phil Dike out of the...

Art-To-Go Sale Set for Aug. 8

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts is presenting its Art-To-Go fundraising sale now through Aug. 31 on the Festival grounds. A special Vote-and-Win Happy Hour sale is on Saturday, Aug. 8, 5-7:30 p.m., where select items will be discounted 10-20 percent. Free prizes and wine...

Jazz Fans Ready for Torres

  Poncho Sanchez fans will especially enjoy Jazz Wednesdays’ Aug. 12, concert that features trombonist Francisco Torres, the lead trombonist and musical director for the Grammy winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. Torres, a trombonist and composer, is at home with jazz,...

Pot Culture’s Latest Twist

There’s nothing unusual about adults following their creative bent by making art. But coloring books for adults presumably channeling their inner pre-schooler? The idea is less odd than it sounds. Amazon, purveyor of books and everything else, carries dozens of coloring books for...

Auction Supports Rebuilding Exhibition Space

  The Festival of Arts will hold a special “open house” silent auction Saturday, Aug. 1, from 1 – 4 p.m., with proceeds supporting the Festival of Arts Building Fund. The “housing project” was the brainchild of Festival exhibitor Vinta Voogd and artist Betty Haight ran with...

Film Score Recorded in Storied Studio

This Saturday, the Laguna Concert Band will pack up their gear and head to Capital Records studios in Los Angeles to record music to accompany two short films produced by animation students at Laguna College of Art and Design. “The Big Dad Wolf” film short is a hand-drawn film...

Concert Band Performs Free at Festival of Arts

The Laguna Concert Band marks its 15th anniversary with two remaining summer concerts: at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the Festival of Arts, and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 at Central Park in Huntington Beach. The Laguna Concert Band is partly supported by a grant from the...

Cove Gallery Focuses on the Diminutive for Art Walk

Cove Gallery will be hosting “Small Works” at the Art Walk from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 1492 S. Coast Highway. The artists will display “small and affordable” works of limited dimensions and materials. John Hall is the gallery’s featured artist in August. A Dana Point...

Former Hometown Figures in Debut Novel

Former Laguna Beach police dispatcher Cori McGlothlin’s new book, “Falling Forward,” has launched on Amazon as an e-book under her pen name, Audrey Jane Andrews. McGlothlin, who left California and dispatching in 2010 when her daughter Gwendolyn was born, and now lives in Cary,...

Expect Raunchy Fun at ‘Rocky Horror Show’

At more than six feet, he sashays onto the stage in a fishnet top, slightly slipping corset, platform heels and spiky pink hair. In the latest re-incarnation of the Rocky Horror Show lead character and mad scientist Frank-N-Furter works his wacky magic at the No Square Theatre,...

Song, Dance and Business, All in a Day’s Work

  Few would make an immediate connection between owning a toy store and stage acting, but Laguna Beach resident Carol Robinson does just that. She embodies the preacher’s wife in the current Laguna Playhouse production “Footloose.” “Stage work requires a lot of hard work and...

Blue Water Concert Bends Toward the Blues

The Blue Water concert series continues on Saturday, July 25, with The Black Tongued Bells, The Budrows, A Step Further and more from 6-10 p.m. at Bridge Hall, in the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St Ann’s Dr. Tickets are $10-$15 general admission, $40-$45 for VIP...

Exhibit Displays Winning Sea Photos

The fourth annual Bluebelt photo contest celebrates marine protected areas with the “What Do You Sea?” Galley Q exhibition at Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. All are invited to the artist’s reception on Thursday, July 30, from 3:30-5 p.m. The exhibition will feature photo...

‘Orange Sunshine’ Explores an Often Forgotten Era

By Richard Chang, Special to the Independent Books lead to movies all the time, but it’s rare when a book inspires an art exhibition. That appears to be the case with the newest group show at Coastline Art Gallery in Newport Beach. “Orange Sunshine and the Mystic Artists,...