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Artists Open Studios, Share Their Process

See over 30 artists working in a variety of media from glass fusion to bronze welding at Artist Open Studios from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20. Participants can use the free shuttle service from the ACT V parking lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, and take...

Friendly Audience Cheers ‘Greeter’ Film

By George Gore Browne, Special to the Independent As guests arrived on the red carpet for the debut of the independent “Greeter Documentary,” they had the chance to meet the star of the show. Michael Minutoli, Laguna Beach’s current greeter, pedaled his famously photographed...

Former Reality TV Star Returns to her Hometown

Entrepreneur, designer, and star of the former reality show “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” Kristin Cavallari will sign her new book, “Balancing in Heels” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. The author will discuss her approach to...

Indy on Arts

  Friday, March 18 “Once Upon a Mattress,” 7:30 p.m. LBHS Artists’ Theatre. Tickets are $10-$20. Also 3/19, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Poul Pederson & Richard Predice, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-4500 Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m.,...

Telling Stories on Canvas and Paper

Framed by a background of fire set against a blackish blue sky, a group of apes gamely rows a log through roiling water. Hanging on to an ax embedded in the wood, the leader is absorbed in his task while his second in command looks squarely at the viewer. As for the rest, they...

Art Auction Benefits a Cancer Charity

The Live for Others Foundation art auction will go on Saturday, March 19, at the Salt Fine Art Gallery, 1492 S. Coast Highway, despite the absence of its instigator. Laguna Beach resident Tim Vorenkamp, who curated the auction, founded Live for Others, whose mission is raising...

Women Who Misbehave Intrigue Fiction Writer

By Kathryn Lang-Slattery, Special to the Independent In a recent phone interview, best-selling author, Meg Waite Clayton shared why she left her career as a corporate lawyer to become a novelist and her interest in the role women play in wartime. “I came of age in the 1970s in...

Upcoming Jazz Wednesday

Next up in the winter series is vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson performing on Wednesday, March 16, at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 6 p.m. A full bar and buffet dinner menu is available. Cover charge is $20 in...

OC Restaurant Week Closes Saturday

Orange County Restaurant Week celebrates its eighth year and a dozen local eateries are participating through March 12. Among the locals are GG’s Bistro, 370 Common, The Lumberyard, Maro Wood Grill, Mozambique, Nirvana Grill, Selanne Steak Tavern, Skyloft, Slapfish, Splashes,...

Friendly Audience Cheers ‘Greeter’ Film

Film producers and local resident Tabitha and Martin Yewchuk with Michael Minutoli at “Greeter Documentary” premiere last month.

‘Louis & Keely’ Revives the Vegas Lounge Life

  He’s a crooner whose career has not really quite jelled, and she is a 17-year-old with stars in her eyes and ambitions to become a big band singer. As he arrives at yet another lounge, he looks a bit shopworn until she bops up on the stage, pony-tailed, saddle-shoed,...

Hills to Discuss Book on Citizenship

Local resident Howard Hills will discuss his new book, “Citizens Without a State,” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The book examines the legacy of the Spanish American war through the prism of American rule in Puerto Rico and other...

Leonard’s Language of Color Opens at Avran

Avran Art + Design opens a solo exhibition of artworks by artist James C. Leonard, from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 540 S. Coast Highway. Leonard’s inventive layering process results in heavy impasto, or textured surfaces with a glossy, wet shine.       CAP...

‘Louis & Keely’ Revives the Magic of Lounge Life

Meet Louis Prima, portrayed by Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello, and Keely Smith, embodied by Vanessa Claire Stewart, set to make magic in “Louis & Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara.” The musical bopping at the Laguna Playhouse through March 27 is produced by Hershey Felder, who’s...

New Art Galleries Test the Waters

Music, water, mermaids and myriad permutations of the female form as perceived by new and established artists fill two new Laguna Beach galleries. While new to operating galleries, the principals are well-known locals rolling the dice, trying their hands at another artistic...