2015 Arts Archive Stories

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  • Tatum O’Neal: Journeyer By: Sam Dunn | photography by zuma Press
    Even before Tatum O’Neal authored two memoirs, her triumphs and stumbles have been an open book – from mega success as the youngest actor to win an Academy Award for her role as Addie in the 1973 film “Paper Moon,” to her long struggles with drug addiction, to her painful efforts to reconcile a dysfunctional relationship
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Laguna Beach is music to Carl St. Clair's ears By: David Ferrell | Photography by Drew A. Kelley and Ana Venegas
    For his sixth birthday, Carl St.Clair received piano lessons, a gift that surprised him but certainly did not thrill him. “Studying piano wasn’t exactly what I’d envisioned,” recalls St.Clair, who was a farm boy in the tiny town of Hochheim (pop. 36), Texas, south of Austin. The lessons were life-changing, however, settin
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Fall Arts Guide By: Lisa Fung and Tim Mangan
    CLASSICAL AND OPERA“Gianni Schicchi”/“Pagliacci”Sept. 12, 17, 20, 24, 27, Oct. 3Los Angeles OperaDorothy Chandler Pavilion, ?135 N. Grand Ave., Los AngelesWoody Allen isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think about Puccini. But the director’s fan
    Fri Aug 28, 2015
  • Fall Arts Guide By: Lisa Fung and David Ferrell
    The Broad: A Museum Grows in L.A.It’s the most highly anticipated art event of the fall, and many familiar faces will be there: John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson. They’ll all be on view at The Broad, a new contemporary art museum opening September 20 in downtown Los Angeles.
    Fri Aug 28, 2015
  • Fall Arts Guide By: Lisa Fung
    MUSIC Michael Feinstein Nov. 6-7Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa MesaMichael Feinstein started out playing in piano bars before he was hired by the great Ira Gershwin to archive his record collection. Thus began his path to becoming the unofficial guardian
    Fri Aug 28, 2015
  • Fall Arts Guide By: Lisa Fung
    THEATERCirque du SoleilOct. 15-Nov. 29Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa :: cirquedusoleil.com/kuriosNo matter how many Cirque du Soleil shows you have seen, you’ve und
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Elizabeth Turk's Artistic Vision By: Photography by Eric Stoner
    The artist: A recipient of a 2010 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” Elizabeth Turk divides time between Newport Beach, where she grew up, and New York City. Turk studied international relations before receiving her master of fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Inspired by the seabirds that swoop and whirl over Newpor
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Laguna artist Elizabeth McGhee finds beauty in the past. By: David Ferrell | Photography by Nick Agro
    Artist Elizabeth McGhee favors realism; her portraits and still lifes, while often fanciful, convey mood mainly through composition and detail. The white-haired woman in “Hecate,” a 2014 oil-on-panel work, regards the viewer with a hard, inscrutable look and is set against a backdrop of jagged shadow. An accompanying synopsis notes t
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Artistic Vision: Rob Gage "Form and Grace" By: Sam Dunn
    The artist: Laguna Beach-based photographer Rob Gage has spent much of his 50-year shutterbug career in advertising – including working on Chevrolet campaigns for more than 25 years. His work has taken him to 70 countries and most states. A graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Gage taught there for 15 years and has served
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Spotlight: Shakespeare in the Summer By: Paul Hodgins
    To theater fans, summer means al fresco Shakespeare, and Orange County offers a couple of tempting options.UC Irvine offers an unorthodox and intimate experience with its New Swan Shakespeare Festival, held in a nautilus-shaped pop-up venue that offers everyone a seat close to the action. This summer, artistic director Eli Simon and his cr
    Wed Jul 01, 2015
  • Spotlight: Summer Arts By: Jackie Moe
    It’s the time of year when exploring art doesn’t mean spending the day inside a museum. Laguna Beach’s big three events that run through next month make this the season to get up close and personal with many painters, sculptors and other artists who call Southern California home.One of the area’s best-known cultural
    Wed Jul 01, 2015
  • The story behind the art: Jorg Dubin's 'Pontiff' By: David Ferrell
    The artist: The longtime Laguna Beach resident is known for paintings of human figures that bridge the gap between realism and abstraction. Born in Eugene, Ore., Dubin, 59, spent his teens in London, where he was influenced by classical art, before moving to Newport Beach and attending Corona del Mar High School. Dubin mentors graduate st
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Pacific Festival Comes Back to OC By: Anna Albaryan and Bret Weinberger
    Orange County’s Pacific Festival was a big success this summer. A nearly sold out crowd ventured to the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Aug. 16 to enjoy live indie dance music while swimming in the ocean, dancing in the sand and soaking up the beach city’s almost-t
    Thu Jun 18, 2015
  • Mr. Surf City By: David Ferrell
    Surf City was a mythical place, a paradise for the era’s restless teens in the summer of 1963, when the song became the first surfing tune to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.Fame came quickly for the Los Angeles-born duo of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, who became stars in their early 20s. They would build on their success with hi
    Thu Jun 18, 2015
  • Guardians of the Art By: Diane Haithman
    Orange County museum visitors want more than just the chance to shoot a selfie with a favorite sculpture or painting. Whether they’re diehard art fanatics, retirees, students or just tourists taking a break from Disneyland, visitors to OC’s top museums often c
    Sun May 03, 2015