Thursday, November 14, 2013

Art and about

If you caught the art installation by artist Jim Deneven, sponsored by The Laguna Art Museum, I'm sure you were like me, and thrilled by the wonder of the event. It was a brilliant concept, and as cool as it was to see the geometric sand drawings during the daytime, it really came alive as dusk set in, and the little solar lights popped on, twinkling in the twilight. It was a moving experience, and if you listened to passers by, you could hear many of them saying so.

Photo: Kevin Chang for the Coastline Pilot. For more images click here

Laguna Art Museum, and executive director Malcolm Warner are on a roll lately. Tonight, at 7 - 8pm,  they are hosting an event called Smoke & Mirrors Percussion Ensemble, which is free for museum members, and the cost of admission for non-members.

Photo: Laguna Art Musem

And well, if you have to pay the price of admission, you might as well take a walk through the exhibits, Adam Silverman: Clay and Space, along with ex*pose: richard kraft, both through January 19th, and both got great reviews by friends.

Admission for non-members is $7

Thursday hours are: 11am - 9pm

Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA  92651

Monday, September 23, 2013

Living History

The Laguna Beach Historical Society is inviting the public to their free program, featuring Arnold Hano, longtime Laguna resident and author, on Tuesday, September 24th, at 7:30 pm, in City Hall's Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.
 Arnold Hano, 91 years young, may be best known outside of Laguna for his love of baseball, and his 1954 book, A Day In The Bleachers, which is his own account of the first game of the 1954 World Series. But around town he is also known as an ardent civic activist, a local mover and shaker, and longtime member of Village Laguna, Laguna Canyon Conservancy, and a fighter for building height restriction limits in the 1970's. He is all these things, and much more.

Arnold Hano in his editorial office at Lion books in the Empire State Building, 1953. Photo: Arnold Hano/SF Chronicle.

The author of at least 40 books, and one-time publisher of Lion Books, in New York City, Arnold has put one more feather in his cap, and written a book comprised of newspaper columns that he has written over a span of 50 years. His new book, It Takes a Villager: Wit and Wisdom by Laguna's Irreverent Observer, features Hano's unique perspective and reflections of events of the day.

Photo: Laguna Beach Magazine
Be sure not to miss this chance to hear Arnold discuss Laguna history, his new book, and I'm sure, some witty stories.

Laguna Beach Historical Society Free Program

Tuesday, August 13, 2013



Mark DePalma has been known for his name bearing eateries, and affiliations with other restaurants within the Laguna Community for years. These days, his focus is on his newest achievement, ReMark's, located near the Sawdust Art Festival, in Laguna Canyon. Opened in December of 2012, DePalma has made it his goal to create an upscale menu at no nonsense pricing, and also features his many signature cocktails. But it get's better than that. After 8pm, on Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, throughout the rest of the summer, DePalma is offering half off on the entire food menu.

Mark DePalma - photo: remarkslagunabeach.com
With a 41/2 out of 5 star rating on Yelp!, this is just the kind of summer dining that is sure to make your evening special!

photo: remarkslagunabeach.com

photo: remarkslagunabeach.com

853 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA  92651

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer in full swing


You just can't have summer in Laguna without going to the art festivals there. My favorite is the Sawdust Festival. At it's present location at 935 Laguna Canyon Road since 1965, it is steeped in long-time Laguna history, and there are still eclectic Laguna artists showing their wares. In fact, all of the artists must be residents of Laguna Beach in order to exhibit there. Be sure to find sculptor Dion Wright's booth, he is one of the original artists still exhibiting since the early 1960's.

Julie Kahn on hand-built tower, 1968 - Photo courtesy of
 If you're a local, there's no better deal to be found than Thursday night Local's Night. Show your Laguna Beach ID for free entry after 5pm.

Sasha Evans and Doug Miller Photo courtesy of
Set under the Live Oaks and Eucalyptus trees in beautiful Laguna Canyon, you'll find a mix of fine art  and jewelery, hand-made original furniture, crafty pieces, and of course, the famous glass blowers who demonstrate their techniques on site. Live music is offered at 3 different venues, so while others are shopping, you can kick back, enjoy and relax. If you are a music lover or an art lover, the Sawdust Festival is sure to have something for everyone, even the kids.

Charlie Jackson teaches Kaitlin Bailey how to throw a pot. Photo: Paul Rodriguez/OC Register
 Here's a few artists that you won't want to miss while you're there. Dion Wright, in booth #249, Amy Eidt Jackson, #101, Sharon Hardy, #103, Randy Bader, #308. Kirk Millette, #203, and last but not least, Douglas Miller, #310. You may even see Doug playing his violin with one of the live bands!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Music Matters

Laguna's music scene has been nurtured by music lover and tennis instructor, Rick Conkey. Rick has come up with a brilliant combination of ideas, his Music Matters showcase focuses on expanding the careers of talented independent musicians, while also expanding awareness of keeping our oceans and planet clean and healthy. He is also the driving force behind Help Blue Water, which spreads the music, the message and the movement of inspiring action toward a healthier environment.

And what better venue than The Cliff Restaurant for listening to great music, while catching the stunning sunset as it sinks into the Pacific Ocean? You'd be hard-pressed to find one, even here in Laguna. The Cliff Restaurant sits above sand and surf, so your view is seemingly endless, and your chances of spotting dolphin are pretty high. It's a real stunner!

Here's next week's musical line-up, 7/1/2013 - 7/5/2013:

*Monday – The Ken Garcia Band
Tuesday – The PawnShop Kings
Wednesday – Kevin Miso
Thursday – The Salty Suites with Chelsea Williams

The showcase takes place Monday - Thursday, starting at 6 - 10pm for the entire summer. There is no cover charge, and all ages are welcome. Be sure to use the free trolley service, which will drop you off right in front of the restaurant, to avoid parking nightmares.

*The Cliff Restaurant will be offering transportation for their guests with pick up and drop off within the city of Laguna Beach. This service will be available Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (or when they close) every week.
If you need a ride, just give them a call at 494-1956. They will need your name, phone number, address and time of pick up. For guests coming from outside the city limits, the rates for each way from the following cities are: Newport Beach, Irvine, San Clemente, Mission Viejo / $ 20.00 dollars each way; Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point / $ 10.00 each way
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a pick up, send us an email at

*photo and ride information provided by StuNews.

If you would like tennis lessons with Rick Conkey, email

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Things To Do

Main Beach Lifeguard Tower
 Ah, it's finally summertime in Laguna Beach. The beach is full of bikini clad girls and shirtless guys, the air smells of sunscreen, and there are plenty of things going on all around town. Take advantage of the free trolley system that travels up and down Pacific Coast Highway, ready to drop you off at your favorite restaurant or art gallery. It also runs up and down Laguna Canyon Road to the all of the art festivals located there.

If you're wondering what to do, check out this handy calendar of events.

If you like art and classical music, here's just the thing for you: Laguna Beach Live! is located in the Laguna Art Museum, and makes for a perfect evening of culture, away from the beach scene.

 Laguna is known for it's riviera type beaches, but it's also equally known for it's local artists, and you can't go home without strolling through Laguna's unique art festivals. There are three separate venues that you won't want to miss. The Sawdust Festival, which features local, home-grown artists, that range from kitchy to sophisticated, with local music playing in the background. Then, of course,  there's the Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts, which features the world famous pageant, where art comes to life right before your eyes, and the surrounding grounds that host ultra talented artists using all kinds of medium, including oil painting, furniture makers, watercolor artists, and much, much more. Then there is the Art-A-Fair, which hosts all types of art, with live music on the weekends. If you plan to visit these festivals more than once, it only makes sense to purchase the Passport to the Arts, which allows you unlimited access to the festivals for $21.50. Well worth the price if you check the event calendars, and take advantage of great music and other events within each venue.

So, happy summer! We'll be seeing you around town, and in the surf and on the sand!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Metrolink all-weekend pass

With gas prices hovering near the $4 dollar mark, public transportation looks more appealing than ever. Now Metrolink is upping the ante with the brilliant $10 weekend pass. Starting this Friday at 7pm and ending October 9th, you can travel every weekend for only $10! I don't know about you, but I'm planning all of my trips right now!

WOO WOO! Metrolink Expanded Service for Expanded Living

More Metrolinking is coming to Orange County Beginning july 15th!

More Metrolinking is coming to Orange County Beginning july 15th!