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Bored? Not in Laguna

Eye on Arts and Entertainment

Things couldn’t be better in our part of the world known as Laguna

Beach. There is so much to be enjoyed and experienced it’s hard to

catch my breath sometimes. It’s not a bad problem to have.


Music to the ears

Sunday, at the concert in the park, Caravana had the crowd hopping

with its reggae infused rock, Afro-Latin groove combo sound. The high

energy was a crowd-pleaser -- especially the sounds of the band’s


incredible conga player Ron Powell.

This week there’s a big “Yee Haw” to be had with Riders of the

Purple Sage performing American and western-style country and

western. They are known for getting the giddy up going with their

trademark harmonies and signature playing style. So if country and

western is your thing, you should mosey to the Music in the Park’s

concert from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bluebird Park.

The park is on Cress Street between Temple Terrace and Bluebird


Canyon Drive. As always, the concert is free. So bring your friends,

family, blanket, picnic basket and beverages and enjoy the concert.

The graduates

The Laguna College of Art & Design juried alumni show will feature

the best of the best of the talented artists who have attended the

college. Work from illustrators, painters, animators, sculptors and

designers will be showcased in this annual event, which kicks off the

coming school year.


The exhibit is from Aug. 19 to September with an artist reception

from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday Aug. 29 at the school’s Ettinger

Gallery. The reception will be a great place to learn of the journey

of the former students since their graduation into the real world.

Laguna College of Art & Design is at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.

Information, call (949) 376-6000.

Surf, surf and more

art at the museum

One of the great things about the Surf Culture exhibit is that it

is so intensive. You should take several trips to the museum to truly

experience it all.

Another cool thing is there are also a lot of other events

happening through Oct. 6. So, grab your calendar and look forward to

the weekly fun this event provides.

At 5 p.m. on Sunday the museum’s lecture series will feature a

look at the film “San Diego Surf.” The lecture includes filmmaker and

journalist Aaron Sloan, photographer Bob Smith, and surfboard

designer and inventor Carl Ekstrom.

On Aug. 18 the lecture series is an exciting family event

featuring surfing greats telling some of their stories about some of

their greatest rides. The contemporary surf cinema includes movies on

Thursday nights at Laguna South Coast Cinema at 162 South Coast


The movies start at 7 p.m. and cost $10.

On Aug. 15 “Momentum and Momentum UTI -- Under the Influence” will

show. It features the best up and coming riders under age 23. With

high adrenalin and exciting scenes, the movie highlights a new breed

of surfers who are on the edge of making surfing history. Laguna Art

Museum is at 307 Cliff Drive. Information, call (949) 494-8971 or go

online to

Public display

Dedication of exciting sculpture for art in public places The Arts

Commission’s Art in Public Places featured a fun dedication at a new

building at South Coast Highway, across the street from the end of

Bluebird Canyon Drive.

The dedication brought out a lot of art-loving Lagunans last

Thursday as the art commissioners and Mayor Wayne Baglin presented

the piece to Laguna Beach.

“It’s a beautiful edition to Laguna Beach and will create a great

legacy for Laguna Beach,” said Baglin.

The piece by artist Jorge Dubin takes on a Viking appearance,

noting the history of the site where it was presented and its ties to

well-known designer Frank Cuprien.

* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline

Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321.