Paradise in Paradise Bay | Laguna Beach
Jan13

Paradise in Paradise Bay | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton Paradise Bay in Laguna Beach is like stepping out of a dream.  Paradise Bay’s most alluring feature is two concrete swimming pools built into the rocks circa 1930.  The south end rock formation is so smooth, my friend and I questioned whether it was man-made. I have not seen such smooth terrain anywhere else on the Southern California coast.  The natural swimming pools are fed by the tides.  At high tide, fresh...

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Full Moon Drumming Circle | Laguna Beach
Jan05

Full Moon Drumming Circle | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton When the caveman in you cannot be tamed, head over to the Laguna Beach full moon drumming circle. Every full moon is celebrated on Aliso Beach under the cliff-side Getty Mansion. Belly-exposed women dance around a bonfire to the tribal vibrations of shirtless men.  As the collective beat shifts from one energy to another, bodies follow in form. As bodies become wilder, drum beats follow. Drummers and dancers become...

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Laguna Beach Coves, Bays, and Beaches
Dec31

Laguna Beach Coves, Bays, and Beaches

By Carisa Carlton Laguna Beach is home to numerous beaches, coves and bays. However, I have some difficulty finding a complete list of them.  With your help, I’d like to identify all of the coves, bays, and beaches in Laguna Beach. Any volunteers to create a comprehensive map? Here’s what I have so far from North to South: Crystal Cove (south end) Irvine Cove Emerald Bay Shell Beach Crown Point Crescent Bay NAME UNKNOWN...

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The Deck New Year’s 2014 Give-a-Way
Dec30

The Deck New Year’s 2014 Give-a-Way

**THIS PROMOTION ENDED at 4:00 pm PST on December 31, 2013. The Twitter winner is @Kass1nova. The Deck and Laguna Beach Gazette are giving away 2 tickets to The Deck’s 2014 New Year’s Eve celebration. To win the tickets valued at $150 each, you must tweet #Deck2014 more times than anyone else between 6:00 pm PST December 30, 2013 and 4:00 pm PST December 31, 2013. In case of a tie, we will host a tweet-off. The rules are...

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Coffee Break with Daniel: Pilot Episode
Dec18

Coffee Break with Daniel: Pilot Episode

Daniel Garza is building something new and different on Laguna Beach Gazette. Every Wednesday, Garza will entertain you with all things pop culture in short, easy to digest video blog posts. Garza’s playfully serious experimental style gives you a glimpse into one of Laguna Beach’s most fascinating minds. Top pop culture and local icons will join Garza to discuss the issues and complexities that keep the creative world turning as we...

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Thousand Steps Beach:  Best People Watching | Laguna Beach
Dec17

Thousand Steps Beach: Best People Watching | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton Gym-goers in short-shorts vie for attention with women in skimpy bikinis at the best people-watching beach along the Pacific Ocean, famous for skim boarding, parties and Bohemian beach homes. To get to Thousand Steps Beach, one descends some 265 stairs – not one-thousand stairs as the name implies – under the shadow of overgrown fuchsia bougainvillea.  What appears at the end of the steep staircase is...

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Jorg Dubin: Feast for Active Minds and Hungry Eyes
Dec04

Jorg Dubin: Feast for Active Minds and Hungry Eyes

By Kraig Blue I recently had the pleasure of meeting artist, Jorg R. Dubin, at his Laguna Beach canyon art studio. I could sing accolades to the beauty of his color choice, or I could dazzle you with intellectual art jargon that would confuse the layman and tantalize the informed art patron, but that would do no justice to Dubin or his work.  I choose to write about Dubin not only because his art is provocative, but because he is his...

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Hottest Place to Throw a Swanky Beach Party in Laguna Beach
Nov19

Hottest Place to Throw a Swanky Beach Party in Laguna Beach

Throwing a swanky beach party in Laguna Beach requires a special kind of venue. One that allows guests to visit the beach without getting sand in their high heels, one that serves up the best cherry vodka martinis, and one that provides the coziest comfort for sunset romance. Call your 10 most colorful friends and invite them to join your beach party at a Pacific Edge Hotel bungalow. Pacific Edge Hotel has 5 bungalows for rent on the...

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Val Kilmer’s Citizen Twain: A Laguna Playhouse Must See
Nov11

Val Kilmer’s Citizen Twain: A Laguna Playhouse Must See

By David Morse Celebrity actor Val Kilmer spent the last 14 years researching Twain and he is in the midst of a one man show that is almost a theater workshop. November 21 through November 24, Kilmer will perform at the Laguna Playhouse in a unique performance that is as far from Hal Holbrook’s Twain as one can imagine. After seeing Kilmer perform at the Pasadena Playhouse, I was intrigued to find Kilmer’s Samuel Langhorne...

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Kraig Blue: The Human Condition
Nov11

Kraig Blue: The Human Condition

By Carisa Carlton The first thing you will notice about Kraig Blue is the passion he radiates. Passion for everything in life, and passion for life. Growing up in the Ghetto, three homeless years in LA, losing two brothers in four years, jailed for protesting, beaten by law enforcement, losing friends to AIDS, and a passion for education created a character that cannot be matched. Blue is the man you want to talk to when you want to...

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