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A new entrance for Laguna Beach arts festival
A new entrance for Laguna Beach arts festival

From afar, the arched entrance to the grounds of the Pageant of the Masters appeared to be a handsome work of carved stone and stucco. But in a brief ceremony this week, the archway was reduced to its basic elements — plywood and foam. It turns out the entryway to the Laguna Beach festival grounds was as much of an illusion as the living tableaux that the pageant produces every summer. One after another, Festival of Arts board members donned hard hats and wielded sledgehammers as they pulverized the festival archway, sending beads of plastic foam raining on the pavement. "I'm so excited," said board member Pat Kollenda, slinging a hammer and wearing safety...