Pablo Vargas Lugo brings Seascape to Main Beach between Nov 2 - Dec 2

For the fifth edition of Art & Nature, Mexican artist Pablo Vargas Lugo has chosen to bring the installation sponsored annually by the museum into the waters of the Pacific Ocean at Main Beach from Nov 2- Dec 2.

“The piece acknowledges the origins of Laguna Beach as a haven for plein air painters and its character as a city whose imagination remains firmly set on the seas in spite of the vast urban sprawl of Southern California,” the artist remarks.

“The ever-changing seascape and a familiar element of urban infrastructure and growth, the streetlight, will come together, pinpointing a small section of the ocean as a seascape under observation and reminding viewers of the shifting conditions under which development and our future are taking form.” 

Seascape was designed and engineered by Andrew Bloxom and Mark Peters of Morelli and Melvin Design and Engineering Inc., Newport Beach, and was constructed by Maika Scott.

Pablo Vargas Lugo was born in Mexico City in 1968. He studied at the National School of Visual Arts in the National University of Mexico from 1988 to 1993. Since 1991 his work has been shown extensively in Mexico, South America, the US, and Europe. 

Among his most important solo exhibitions are micromegas, at the Museo Amparo, Puebla and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; Intemperie at the Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City; Eclipses for Austin at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin; Contemporary Projects at LACMA and Congo Bravo at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. 

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Last year’s Art & Nature installation on Main Beach

Lugo’s work has been shown at the 26th Bienal de São Paulo and the 5th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and MALBA in Buenos Aires. He lives and works in Mexico City.

In its annual Art & Nature festival, Laguna Art Museum presents special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor work of art, lectures, panel discussions, films, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world.

The event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.

The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has fostered art, the love of nature, and environmental awareness. 

In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built a gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline, close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.

For more information about Art & Nature events, visit

No Sunday football for these linemen…

Photo by Scott Brashier

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These linemen wield a different kind of power…seen by Scott on Sunday 

at Goff Street between Park and Legion

The Drifters & The Coasters & the Doo-Wop era come to Laguna Playhouse for four performances, Nov 3-5

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard announce The Drifters & The Coasters, live in concert, for four performances only, from Fri, Nov 3 – Sun, Nov 5.

 Head back to the 1950s and the sweet vocal harmonies of the Doo-Wop era. With memorable songs like “Under the Boardwalk,” “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” and “On Broadway,” The Drifters offer a blend of tasteful music and class, all wrapped up in their famous patented choreography. They were the first musical rock and roll group to include string instruments into rhythm and blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song, “There Goes My Baby”. They were also the first musical group to sell two million records with their pop classic “Up on the Roof.’’ Their classic tune ‘’Under the Boardwalk” is the most played R&B disc of all time. 

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The Drifters

The Cornell Gunter Coasters were known as the supreme comedians of rock and roll. The monumental songs “Yakkety Yak (Don’t Talk Back)” “Charlie Brown” and “Poison Ivy,” helped The Coasters to become the first vocal group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of Cornell Gunter’s Coasters out of the ashes of the surprising breakup of the original Coaster group several months earlier. Cornell believed that The Coasters could be reborn. In fact, he believed that all of the groups from that era could be reborn, and thrive as live performing groups and ultimately he led the way to what was soon to become known as “classic rock”.

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The Coasters

Performances are Fri., Nov 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat, Nov 4 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sun, Nov 5 at 1 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

Ticket prices range from $45 - $65 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Ticket prices are subject to change. Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.

The box office is open Mon – Sat: 11a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until show time on performance days); Sun: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

For more information, go to the website above.

High Tech Innovation Award honors MeU CARE for its secure healthcare communications platform

Meu CARE, the leading mobile communications platform for family caregivers and healthcare providers, recently received the High Tech Innovation Award for Best Digital Communications Company of 2017.

Founder and Laguna resident Kendall Lockhart tells Stu News that the company was singled out for the platform’s breakthrough ability to enable caregivers, family members, patients and healthcare providers to HIPAA securely communicate using videos, photos, voice, text, documents, and survey. 

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Laguna resident Kendall Lockhart

Lockhart, a former Disney new media executive, said, “We are so honored to be chosen out of more than 100 companies for this award. Orange County is truly ground zero for breakthrough technology, and we are thrilled to be part of this community trying to help the world be a better place.”

Using the program, caregivers save time letting family members, hospitals and doctors know how a loved one is doing. Healthcare companies are better able to manage patients to improve their health and reduce costs of care. 

MeU CARE’s platform is free to consumers and is also in use by major healthcare companies including hospitals and health plans. MeU CARE is available via the web, iOS and Android.

Eclectic, elegant and eccentric, Lisa Berman takes her talents to Shine on Hollywood Magazine

Laguna born-and-bred Lisa Berman is one of those people that you often see around town: she calls herself “a social butterfly with a purpose.” Her fashion style is beautiful and/or eccentric – usually both at the same time, not surprisingly, since she is known in the fashion and jewelry world as the “stylists’ best-kept secret and friend.”

And now Lisa has been named SOHM Live! host/writer for popular digital magazine Shine on Hollywood Magazine (SOHM), with a circulation of nearly 26.6 million hits in 140+ countries worldwide. 

SOHM’s mission statement is, “Dedicated to providing a positive, meaningful and educational experience and to inspire our readers with knowledge and information from creative qualified industry professionals.” 

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This is Lisa’s “soccer mom” outfit

Not only is Lisa famous in Hollywood circles for her fashion skills – she has styled Governors for the Emmys, prepared rocker Eddie Van Halen sartorially for his stage performances, and chosen the creators of one-of-a-kind jewelry worn by stars including Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz, and Annette Bening – but she is known locally for her support of important causes dear to her heart. 

Lisa spoke movingly at the Women’s March on the Main Street Cobblestones in January about empowerment. There she wore a signature warrior women breastplate made from recycled materials, fallen palm husks, and metallic gold wings that she made herself – the kind of “wearable sculpture” at which she excels. 

“Art is a non-confrontational tool to convey a message. Anyone of any age can participate in the creative process,” Lisa says. 

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Lisa with Cindy Obrand at the Woman’s Day Rally

In March this year, she participated in the International Woman’s Day Rally, “This rally is about honoring women,” she said, a cause of which she is particularly fond, especially as the mother of young Chiara.

She’s a connector-with-a-purpose. Indeed, Lisa makes networking seem fun, which is a rare talent.

As her biography so accurately says, “Lisa navigates a myriad of global environments, art, fashion, design, entertainment, media and philanthropic causes.”

And she works to connect each of those elements – which she does quite successfully each time she dons one of her eclectic outfits and heads out to yet another march for a fabulous good cause or art show, bringing a sense of freshness, fun and flair everywhere she goes.

--Lynette Brasfield

Dennis’ Tidbits


October 17, 2017

Recently El Nino and La Nina haven’t been behaving as expected: Hard to predict what this rainy season will bring – or not bring

On this date in 1989 at 5:04 p.m. a magnitude 6.9 quake struck under the Santa Cruz Mountains known as the Loma Prieta Fault, doing major damage in neighboring San Francisco and surrounding communities. Local physician Dr. Bill Anderson had opened up a small practice up there. He returned to Laguna real quick when the building next door to his practice collapsed into shambles. He used to have his practice here in Laguna right there at Sleepy Hollow Lane. Now he’s back in town still working there on Ocean Ave next to the bus station.

Since July 1, 2017, the beginning of Laguna’s 2017-18 rainy season, we’ve collected a measly 0.03 inches of rain from a thick marine layer one day that month and that’s it. It looks like nothing’s on the horizon through the next seven to ten days with strong high pressure dominating most of California with humidity readings in single digits through much of our wilderness areas due to hot dry Santana winds. 

It’s only mid October so it’s not by no means is it time to push the panic button but it sure would be nice if we could squeeze a couple of inches of rain from the heavens up there in Northern Cal to help contain those raging infernos. 

Up in the Pacific Northwest it’s a different story as they’re about to get really hammered from a former typhoon in the Western Pacific that is about to go extra tropical as it moves north and then east, hooking up with the jet stream and plowing into British Columbia, Washington and Oregon with torrential downpours and very strong winds. I asked Oregon if we could borrow a little of their water and their reply was tough, we don’t like you Californians, yer on yer own! Nothing like a hostile reply from a hostile environment. Funny, though, half of them are California transplants but they think they’re locals. Bunch of rednecks as far as I’m concerned. I think they get cranky from enduring nine months of gloom every year.

It’s really hard to predict how much water we’ll get this upcoming season as El Nino and La Nina from the past two seasons totally broke the mold and behaved totally opposite of what they’ve done historically. Laguna’s average annual rainfall is at 13.95 inches. Our five wettest years were 1997-98 with 37.27, 2004-05 with 34.18, 1977-78 with 33.86, 1982-83 with 31.25 and 1968-69 with 29.49. Our five driest seasons were 2006-07 with 3.41, 1960-61 with 4.30, 2001-02 with 4.42, 1958-59 with 5.58 and 1975-76 with 6.07. Last season we finished with 16.22. Hoping for at least that much this upcoming season. 

Stay tuned, ALOHA!

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