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July 22, 2005
TOM TITUS Ask anyone who has survived a Catholic school education and he or she probably will tell you that it wasn't much fun. Reliving that experience, however, by attending a performance of "Late Nite Catechism" would be quite a bit of fun. The dark night production that kept Laguna Playhouse audiences chuckling for two seasons finally has run its course. But, just when you thought it was safe to go back into the classroom, here comes "Late Nite Catechism II" or "Sometimes We Feel Guilty Because We ARE Guilty."
NEWS
January 17, 2003
WHAT'S SO FUNNY Laguna, to those who find their way here after years of living elsewhere, is a kind of heaven. And one of its heavenly characteristics is its near-total freedom from flies and mosquitoes. I spent my boyhood summers in an old house by the Mississippi River, where I once swatted 114 flies in a day and then gave up. No question, Laguna is heaven by comparison. And yet, it can't really be heaven. Not with all these ants. The encyclopedia says ants eat leaves, honeydew and other invertebrates.
NEWS
By: | September 21, 2005
Have you ever been to a date movie without a date? I went to see "Just Like Heaven" alone, worried that not having my husband there to buy my popcorn could douse my enthusiasm for a love story. Without him, the romantic in me might accept anything this movie dished out. More on that later. I decided to forget all that and watch this movie as, well, as a Reel Critic. Screenwriters Peter Tolan and Leslie Dixon seemed determined not to make this film a cliche.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | March 13, 2009
“You won’t go to heaven, if you don’t clean up the bougainvillea flowers first,” my grandmother must have lectured me at least a thousand times while I was growing up in Laguna. However, I wasn’t old enough to realize that it wasn’t her gentle Buddhist belief of heaven she was quoting. Oba-chan was merely repeating the edicts of the fundamentalist minister who was our neighbor. No plant is more characteristic of Laguna than the ubiquitous bougainvillea.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | June 28, 2007
Lagunan Melissa Belland won't be waiting tables anymore. Belland, also known as Missy Beehive, has won a national small business contest held by Yahoo! and Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump. Belland's company, Made in Heaven By Missy, sells fairy dolls and other sparkly creations online and at the Sawdust Art Festival. Along with two other Ultimate Connection Contest winners, Belland won a prize package valued at more than $100,000. She will fly to New York City next month to meet with Trump and marketing experts.
NEWS
August 22, 2003
CHASING THE MUSE A shimmering sea of stars balances weightlessly upon my chest, dancing in a void of indigo and ink. At 12,200 feet, nothing separates me from their brilliance. The starlight and my body become one. I drag my fingertips across the night sky, tracing their transit, mapping the heavens as I would the earth. I could not have imagined the sky would be this incredible. Icy winds buffet Trail Camp, where Emma, Mike, Steve and I have camped.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | December 23, 2010
The introduction took place four summers ago when two youngsters from different middle schools met while pursuing the same dream: to make it with the Laguna Beach High football program. Austin Paxson and Chris Paul said they didn't know each other before trying out for the Laguna freshman team that day in 2007. Few others did, either. But today, the duo needs no introduction. After four years with the program — each has played on varsity for three years — both have made themselves well-known, especially within the school's football record book.
NEWS
By STEVE KAWARATANI | March 30, 2007
"Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground." "When man was put in the Garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest." "You won't go to heaven, if you don't clean up the bougainvillea flowers first." I must have heard those words at least a thousand times while I was growing up in Laguna. However, I wasn't old enough at the time to realize that it wasn't my grandmother's gentle Buddhist belief of heaven she was quoting.
NEWS
April 23, 2004
Tom Titus It's not out of the realm of possibility that, within the next few months, you'll be reading an ad for a show that's "in its second year at the Laguna Playhouse." True, the theater's regular productions are carefully scheduled for a pre-set number of weeks, then depart to make room for the next attraction. But if you're a "dark night" show, performing only Monday evenings, it's an open-ended engagement. Back in September, when the playhouse was opening its 2003-04 season with a revival of the comedy "Harvey," directors penciled in a one-woman show entitled "Late Nite Catechism" to fill the Monday night slots.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | March 17, 2006
The Board of Realtors and Affiliates presented local models and local fashions for the enjoyment of a local audience for the "Seventh Annual Only in Laguna Fashion Show." "This is one of the most popular events all year in Laguna," show coordinator Patty Truman said. "Only in Laguna are the mayor and many local dignitaries on the runway modeling and having a great time. This is a heavenly place." Truman chose the theme for this year's show, "Laguna ? A Heavenly Place." She was inspired by Arnold Hano's description of Mayor Elizabeth Pearson-Schneider as "Laguna's Angel" for her efforts on behalf of the families displaced by the Bluebird Canyon landslide.
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SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | December 23, 2010
The introduction took place four summers ago when two youngsters from different middle schools met while pursuing the same dream: to make it with the Laguna Beach High football program. Austin Paxson and Chris Paul said they didn't know each other before trying out for the Laguna freshman team that day in 2007. Few others did, either. But today, the duo needs no introduction. After four years with the program — each has played on varsity for three years — both have made themselves well-known, especially within the school's football record book.
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LOCAL
By James Pribram | January 29, 2010
Greetings Laguna Beach from Punta Mita, Mexico, where I have been visiting for the past week. I’ve been staying at the St. Regis here, helping the resort develop a new program titled “Surf with a Pro,” set to launch this spring break. It will be offered to beginning through advanced surfers alike. Outside my window is a sparkling, crystal clear ocean with a slight offshore and a 2- to 3-foot peeling right. Not a soul or surfer in sight. However, I plan on changing that once I finish writing my column.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 22, 2010
Reaching ever closer to a state of bliss, Nirvana Grille keeps refining and expanding its menu in pursuit of perfection. Executive Chef Lindsay Rosales watches over her two restaurants, one here in Laguna and the other in Mission Viejo, with a careful eye. Her partner and husband, Luis, creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere as soon as you walk in the door. In fact the entire wait staff is friendly and accommodating, making for a very pleasant dining experience. Exemplifying that geniality was our waitress, Danielle, who happens to be a family member, namely Lindsay?
SPORTS
By Chris Williams | December 25, 2009
The pre-Christmas holiday swells showed up right on time in Laguna last week, complete with brilliant sunsets and memorable surf sessions. Out in the water at Oak Street were many familiar faces from around the Laguna ?hood, and while surfing was the main draw, getting caught up and sharing a laugh was also standard fare. There was Coach Brett with his son Tye effortlessly nabbing several silky peaks at Gene?s Reef. Tye is completing his third year up at college. Brooks Street aficionado Allison left her usual spot and paddled north to grab some rather accommodating corners at Oak Street proper.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | March 13, 2009
“You won’t go to heaven, if you don’t clean up the bougainvillea flowers first,” my grandmother must have lectured me at least a thousand times while I was growing up in Laguna. However, I wasn’t old enough to realize that it wasn’t her gentle Buddhist belief of heaven she was quoting. Oba-chan was merely repeating the edicts of the fundamentalist minister who was our neighbor. No plant is more characteristic of Laguna than the ubiquitous bougainvillea.
NEWS
By STEVE KAWARATANI | March 30, 2007
"Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground." "When man was put in the Garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest." "You won't go to heaven, if you don't clean up the bougainvillea flowers first." I must have heard those words at least a thousand times while I was growing up in Laguna. However, I wasn't old enough at the time to realize that it wasn't my grandmother's gentle Buddhist belief of heaven she was quoting.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | March 17, 2006
The Board of Realtors and Affiliates presented local models and local fashions for the enjoyment of a local audience for the "Seventh Annual Only in Laguna Fashion Show." "This is one of the most popular events all year in Laguna," show coordinator Patty Truman said. "Only in Laguna are the mayor and many local dignitaries on the runway modeling and having a great time. This is a heavenly place." Truman chose the theme for this year's show, "Laguna ? A Heavenly Place." She was inspired by Arnold Hano's description of Mayor Elizabeth Pearson-Schneider as "Laguna's Angel" for her efforts on behalf of the families displaced by the Bluebird Canyon landslide.
NEWS
By: | September 21, 2005
Have you ever been to a date movie without a date? I went to see "Just Like Heaven" alone, worried that not having my husband there to buy my popcorn could douse my enthusiasm for a love story. Without him, the romantic in me might accept anything this movie dished out. More on that later. I decided to forget all that and watch this movie as, well, as a Reel Critic. Screenwriters Peter Tolan and Leslie Dixon seemed determined not to make this film a cliche.
NEWS
July 22, 2005
TOM TITUS Ask anyone who has survived a Catholic school education and he or she probably will tell you that it wasn't much fun. Reliving that experience, however, by attending a performance of "Late Nite Catechism" would be quite a bit of fun. The dark night production that kept Laguna Playhouse audiences chuckling for two seasons finally has run its course. But, just when you thought it was safe to go back into the classroom, here comes "Late Nite Catechism II" or "Sometimes We Feel Guilty Because We ARE Guilty."
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