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Festival of Arts Shares its Good Fortune

The Festival of Arts Foundation awarded $140,000 in grants to more than a score of local non-profits in the Laguna Beach. The recipients are as follows: Laguna College of Art and Design, No Square Theatre, Laguna Art Museum, Festival of Arts Education Programs, LOCA Arts...

Drama Professor Receives Top Billing

In 1965, Robert Cohen, a young dramatist intent on gaining a tenured professorship, faced a choice between offers from UC Berkeley or the fledgling UC Irvine, sprouting amid cow pastures and orange groves. He chose the latter. “It was close to the beach,” recalled Cohen....

Artists Celebrate Spring

“La Dolce Vita,” a spring rite at Cove Gallery, takes place on Saturday, May 21, from 5-8 p.m. at 1492 S. Coast Highway. The public is invited to a reception celebrating the art and artists of the Cove Gallery offering sweet treats, hors d’ oeuvres, wine and music.

Theater ‘Rock Star’ Joins Playhouse

Tony Award-winning producer Ellen Richard, who began her career as a stagehand and scenic design assistant, will join Laguna Playhouse as its interim executive director later this month, the board announced this week. A national search for an executive director began last year to...

New FOA Artists Show Their Work

“Fresh Faces 2016,” an exhibit of works by artists newly juried into the Festival of Arts show, kicks off with a reception Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Wells Fargo building, 260 Ocean Ave. Selections from 15 of the show’s 18 new artists show a range of mediums...

Arts Briefs

New Members Join Arts Commission The City Council appointed Karen Wood and Mike Stice as two new members to the Arts Commission last week and re-appointed incumbents, architect Donna Ballard and artist Suzi Chauvel. Ballard is the commission’s current chair. All will begin their...

Theater Aims to Raise “C” Level

No Square Theatre this weekend premiers a musical comedy workshop about the workplace. Bree Burgess Rosen, No Square’s artistic director, added “Below ‘C’ Level” to the season after hearing creator Bridget English’s first four songs. Directed by Paul Nygro with music directed by...

Indy on Arts

Friday, April 22 Felisha, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-4500. James Clay Garrison & The Peach, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. DJ Bselecta, 9 p.m., Skyloft, 422 S Coast Hwy, 949-715-1550. Downtown Country Club, 9 p.m., Marine Room...

Fiery Exhibit Lights Up Sandstone Gallery

Sandstone Gallery hosts “Entering the Circle,” an exhibition of fire infused work by Lawrence Terry, who has reversed, tamed and controlled the destructive power of fire to create unique and compelling fine art on paper. The exhibition at 384 A N. Coast Hwy will be on display...

Author Seeks to Inspire Women to Travel

Laguna local Nikki Duplisea has written “Third Chance Love, 3,000 Miles of Chances to Find Love After 50,” a guide for older women. “It’s about getting out and having fun and finding the right places to go if you’re over 50,” said Duplisea. During her summers off while in...

Jazz Concert Benefits Youth Music Programs

Jazz and blues legend Barbara Morrison performs in town Wednesday, April 27, and proceeds will support Live! Music & Kids, a free music education program offered to children at the Boys & Girls Club and Laguna schools by Laguna Beach Live! The veteran recording artist’s...

Art Benefits

Circus Cabaret Supports Arts Education “Step right up folks, this is going to be fun!” exclaimed Ruben Flores, co-presenter with Nelson Coates of a circus art party and cabaret from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 24, for LOCA Arts Education. Tickets are now on sale for the benefit that...

Russian Native Exhibits in his Adopted Home

  Yuri Kuznetsov, accepted as an Art-a-Fair exhibitor this summer, receives a chance to show his work next month at Cove Gallery, 1492 S. Coast Highway. Meet the contemporary artist during the First Thursday Art Walk reception from 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5.  ...

Indy on Arts

Friday, April 15 “Zombie in Love: The Musical,” 10 a.m., 7 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-2787. Also April 16, and 1 and 6 p.m. April 17. Poul Pederson and Richard Bredice, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. 949 715-4500. Robert Jon &...

Art Tour Turns Into a Weekend Treasure Hunt

Local Festival of Arts exhibitors open their home studios to art lovers interested in getting a jump on the summer arts festival in Laguna Beach.