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LOCA presents Couples who Create Art Club on Feb 21

On Thursday, Feb 21 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., LOCA presents a Couples who Create Art Club at the LCAD Gallery. Anne and Hyatt Moore will share insights on what it’s like to be married and working artists.

LOCA presents Anne Moore

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Local artist Anne Moore 

Anne is a successful printmaker and Hyatt is a well-respected oil painter. The Moores will discuss how they balance schedules, their influences, and how each maintains an independent view through their work.

LOCA presents Hyatt Moore

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Local artist Hyatt Moore 

Wine and snacks will be provided. The event is free to members and $20 for guests. 

To register, visit www.locaarts.org or call (949) 363-4700.

LCAD Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave.


Laguna Beach Arts Alliance is accepting applications for [seven-degrees] of inspiration grant

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance (LBAA) is now accepting applications for the $5,000 [seven-degrees] of inspiration grant. Artistic disciplines can include dance, literature, music, theatre, media arts, visual arts or any combination of these. The submission deadline is March 1.

The goal of the [seven-degrees] of inspiration grant is to provide support for an emerging or established artist to develop and present an innovative arts project or program that advances recognition of Laguna Beach as a vibrant arts community. It also enables the artist to expand and diversify his/her audience and provides an opportunity for advanced learning and progression. The grant is open to all artists residing in Southern California and is funded by [seven-degrees], an integral local event venue.

Laguna Beach Arts Alliance

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Artist Russell Pierce receives the 2016 [seven-degrees] of inspiration award

“[seven-degrees] continues to demonstrate a commitment to artistic forward thinking and invention through the funding of this grant. It has inspired many innovative projects that might have never come to fruition without their generous support,” said LBAA Chair Rosemary Swimm. “LBAA is once again proud to partner with them.” 

The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 7, during LBAA’s annual Art Star Awards, an award ceremony honoring the best and brightest of Laguna’s diverse artistic community. The winner of the $5,000 grant will have 11 months to complete his/her project, and the body of work will premiere at the 2020 Art Star Awards.

To apply, visit www.lagunabeacharts.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Gallery Q’s “New Beginnings” exhibit attracts Festival of Arts artists

Gallery Q’s new exhibit, “New Beginnings,” is one to check out, attracting talented local artists including LCAD President Jonathan Burke and Festival of Arts artists. The exhibit will be on display through February 22, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in The Susi Q Community and Senior Center. Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors.

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Art on exhibit at Gallery Q’s current show: “Single Story” by LCAD President Jonathan Burke

Gallery Q’s “New Beginnings” show theme goes well with Laguna Beach Seniors celebrating its 10th anniversary of The Susi Q Community and Senior Center. 

Ten years ago, on February 1, 2009, when Laguna Beach Seniors (LBS) first opened its doors to The Susi Q’s Third Street location, the Board of Directors had made a deliberate choice to use the walls of The Susi Q to celebrate the creativity that is a hallmark of our town. With support from Art Director Carole Zavala, Gallery Q was born. 

The goal was to provide talented amateur artists of all ages an opportunity to showcase their work and expand the capacity for the public display of nonprofessional art in a town where the arts are central to our quality of life and sense of community.

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Photography by Rob Gage, on display at Gallery Q’s new exhibit at The Susi Q Center

Now, 10 years old, Gallery Q is under the leadership of Bill Atkins and he has added a new and unique component to the vital “mix” that sustains the arts in Laguna. Atkins plays a key role in attracting new, local talent from the Festival of Arts and Sawdust Festival. Nourished by a grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation, Gallery Q continues to support the emerging, semi-professional and professional artists in Laguna Beach.

For more information, visit www.thesusiq.org/gallery-q

Susi Q Community and Senior Center is located at 380 Third St.


LAM’s exhibit from artist Helena Modjneska’s Fairy Tale Book opens March 3

Laguna Art Museum presents “Titi, Nunu, and Klembolo: Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book” in a very special exhibit March 3 to May 27.

 The great Polish actress Helena Modjeska (1840–1909), best known for her performances in the plays of Shakespeare, was a star of the American stage in the 1880s and ‘90s. In 1888, she and her husband built a country home, Arden, in what is now Modjeska Canyon in Orange County. Among her many other talents, Modjeska was a gifted storyteller and artist. During breaks in her acting schedule she spent time at Arden writing and illustrating a fairy tale for her grandson, Felix Modjeski, presenting the 147-page bound manuscript to him as a Christmas gift in 1896. 

With handwritten parallel texts in English and Polish, and ink-and-watercolor illustrations that show Modjeska’s flair for both fantasy and natural observation, the book tells the story of a pair of brothers, Titi and Nunu, who live on Mars. They run away from home, accompanied by their six-legged blue dog, Klembolo, but after some scary adventures return to their family and friends for Christmas.

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Be mesmerized by Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book, opening March 3 at LAM

The original manuscript of Modjeska’s fairy tale was recently acquired by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Libraries as a generous gift from the Museum of the City of New York. It was in need of conservation, and the UCI Special Collections and Archives department called upon the UCLA Library Conservation Center to undertake an extensive treatment, also digitizing the manuscript to provide future online access for students, researchers, and the public. The exhibition will take place immediately after the conservation treatment and before the separate sheets of the manuscript are re-bound, allowing Modjeska’s amazing flight of the imagination to be displayed as never before.

Laguna Art Museum is grateful to UCI Libraries for graciously agreeing to lend the Modjeska manuscript and for various kindnesses during the planning of the exhibition. Major support for the exhibition was generously provided by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative, UCI Special Collections and Archives, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles.

For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org. Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Ribbon cutting ceremony at LAM celebrates the completion of the Lower Gallery remodel

Last Thursday night saw the official opening of the remodeled Lower Gallery at the Art Museum with a ribbon-cutting attended by several Laguna movers and shakers.

Anders Lasater, project architect, Mayor Bob Whalen, and Michael Laux of Oligino Laux Construction were clearly pleased with their accomplishment.

 The lower level space, which was completed in 1934 as an addition to the 1929 building, will host exhibitions again starting March 3. 

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Anders Lasater, project architect, Malcolm Warner, executive director of the museum, Bob Whalen, mayor (cutting the ribbon), and Michael Laux of Oligino Laux construction

With funding from the City of Laguna Beach through the Cultural Facilities Improvement Matching Grant Program, which provided funding to improve the museum’s HVAC systems last year, the museum undertook a major renovation of its lower level galleries. 

“The remodeling gives us fresh-looking, architecturally satisfying spaces that actually enhance the art,” noted Malcolm Warner, executive director of the museum.

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Malcolm Warner with Michael Laux on his right and Al Oligino on his left

The passageway between the Brief Gallery and the Segerstrom Family Gallery was enlarged; the exhibition spaces were expanded by some 20 percent; and the historic floor, inscribed with the names of the donors to the project of finishing the lower level in 1934, was restored. 

The next phase of the multiphase project is renovation of the exterior of the building.


Laguna Beach Live announces entertaining spring concert lineup to benefit kids

Laguna Beach Live! is pleased to present two unique and entertaining concerts coming this April and May to [seven-degrees]. The concerts benefit the award-winning Live! Music & Kids program. 

The program gives students the opportunity to connect to the joy and creativity of music, critical to their academic, social, and emotional growth. 

Laguna Beach Live! presents outreach programs, at no charge, to Laguna Boys & Girls Club and Laguna public schools. 

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M-PACT will take the stage on April 17

On April 17, M-PACT, hailed as “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, will take the stage. Imagine the smooth soul of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band…all created by the human voice alone.

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Blues is a Woman plays on May 15

On May 15, Blues is a Woman takes the stage. This ensemble of six talented musicians blurs the boundaries between concert and theater, using storytelling and music to bring to life the colorful history of the bold and singular women who wrote and popularized the blues. The voices of these women are vibrant, challenging, inspirational, and dynamic. 

Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m. A full bar and buffet menu is available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. when doors open for dinner and social hour. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP tickets are $100 and include preferred seating, Meet & Greet with artists, and a signed CD. 

Reservations can be made at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone calling (800) 595-4849. 

[seven-degrees] is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Live! at the Museum presents harpists Duo Gliss in Valentine’s Day concert

This Thursday, Feb 14 at 7 p.m., Live! at the Museum is proud to feature harpists Duo Gliss for a special Valentine’s Day concert. Live! at the Museum, a special collaboration between Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum, takes place the second Thursday of each month from 7 - 8 p.m. The concert is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. 

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Duo Gliss will be performing at LAM this Thursday on Valentine’s Day

Two professional harpists, Hee Jin Yoon and Ko Ni Choi, founded Duo Gliss. Both are very active as multi-faceted classical performers and teachers, having performed with numerous groups including the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 

Duo Gliss focuses on expanding harp music and educating young musicians. In Fall 2016, they founded Los Angeles Youth Harp Ensemble (LYHE) where they coach and train young talented harpists in the Greater Los Angeles area. As a professional harp duo, Duo Gliss is working closely with composers of many genres to record, publish, and transcribe new pieces for the harp. 

Pre-reservations are available online at www.lagunartmuseum.org or by calling (949) 494-8971 x203. These seats are held until 6:50 pm. Additional seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

For more information about the series and other concerts, visit www.lagunaboneachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.


Don’t miss No Square’s My Ridiculous Valentine this weekend

Don’t miss My Ridiculous Valentine at No Square Theatre, an irreverent look at love, this weekend – on Friday, Feb 8 and Saturday, Feb 9.

“If you’re tired of sappy-sweet, hearts-and-flowers Valentine tributes, this show is for you,” said Bree Burgess Rosen, No Square founder and artistic director.

A not-so-romantic concert of dysfunctional love and laughter, My Ridiculous Valentine is directed by Bree Burgess Rosen, with music direction by Roxanna Ward.

In classic No Square form, the talented cast of singers takes a humorous look at the many other sides of love. 

“Warning – you may be crying by the end, tears of laughter, not sentimentality,” Burgess Rosen said. “The sad, but often hilarious, reality is that not all affairs of the heart end with a walk into the sunset.”

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No Square’s “My Ridiculous Valentine,” directed by Bree Burgess Rosen, is a none-too-romantic concert of dysfunctional love and laughter

Audience members will recognize many cast members from their appearances in Lagunatics and other No Square productions. Fan favorites include Eric T. Anderson, Burgess Rosen, Rebecca Butkivich, Kelly Goldstein, Gary Greene, Rob Harryman, Pat Kollenda, Joe Lauderdale, Marc Marger, Kristen Matson, Claire Day McClung, Steve McIntosh, Roxanna Ward, and Ella Wyatt.

Although love can be a many-splendored thing, it also hurts, it’s a battlefield, it’s a crazy little thing, and – let’s face it – it can go terribly wrong.

“Laughter is great medicine, so enjoy some therapy with your sweetie, your gal pals, your bros, or come by yourself, darn it. Just don’t bring the kiddies,” Burgess Rosen said. “This naughty, bawdy show is for over-14, but not necessarily mature audiences.”

My Ridiculous Valentine will be performed on Friday, Feb 8 and Saturday, Feb 9, at 7:30 p.m. at No Square Theatre, located in Historic Legion Hall at 384 Legion St, two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School, which offers ample free parking. 

Tickets are $25. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance at www.nosquare.org.


LagunaTunes invites new members to participate in  “Ladies and Gentlemen – the Beatles”

The LagunaTunes Community Chorus reconvenes on Monday, Feb 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Thurston Middle School theater room for the spring season. 

New members are invited to come and join the choir in preparation for the June 23 concert, “Ladies and Gentlemen – the Beatles!” The program includes familiar favorites that helped to define popular music in the 1960s. 

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LagunaTunes brings joy to our community

LagunaTunes, a no-audition chorus, welcomes singers of all training and experience levels. Some members read music, some don’t, age levels cover a broad range, and all are united by a love of music. Emphasis is on fun, learning, improving performance skills, and the joy of group singing. 

Rehearsals are weekly, Monday nights, with two or three Saturday practices. Everyone who registers at the first rehearsal will receive the June concert music. The registration and music fee is $90.

Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s Men Alive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir, leads the 70-member chorus. Gunn’s entertaining local, national, and international choral productions are well known.

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides choral singing to everyone (no auditions) and presents two concerts per year, in December and June.

The Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach provide funding.

For more information, visit www.lagunatuneschorus.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Acclaimed vocalist Melissa Morgan joins Rickey Woodard Quartet at Jazz Wednesdays on Feb 13

Laguna Beach Live! has added three acclaimed jazz vocalists to its lineup for the 2019 Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series. 

Melissa Morgan will appear on February 13 with the Rickey Woodard Quartet. Melissa was named by JazzTimes as “audacious and decidedly salty,” and London Evening Standard says, “While you will always hear definitive influences from Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington and Billie Holliday, Melissa isn’t copying anybody…and has a definitive sound all her own.”

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Laguna Beach Live! presents a jivin’ good time at Jazz Wednesdays on Feb 13 at [seven-degrees]

Rickey Woodard was born in Nashville, playing Blues and R’n’B around the Nashville area. After leaving Nashville, Rickey went to California and joined the Ray Charles Band where he was a member for eight years before deciding to pursue a solo career and recording both as a leader and as a sideman for Concord Records. Currently he performs live, frequently leading his own quartet or quintet as well as performing and recording with The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Frank Capp Juggernaut Band.

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Acclaimed vocalist Melissa Morgan is featured with the Rickey Woodard Quartet on Feb 13

On February 27, Adryon De Leon will be accompanying Will Brahm. “Adryon de León’s voice sizzles with soul, and a fair amount of attitude, yet still clings to a sweeter timbre beneath all that vocal bravado. When she bares her soul for a song, you can be sure that the world of funk music is very much alive, and maybe even itching for a fight,” states Carl Pettit, Ozy

Joining the Laguna Beach Live! All Stars on March 27 is the talented and versatile Lucy Woodward. In addition to her solo career, Lucy toured with Pink Martini and Rod Stewart and has also sung on albums by Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Snarky Puppy, Barbra Streisand, Nikka Costa, Carole King, Joe Cocker, Michael Bolton, Gavin DeGraw, and Randy Jackson.

Jazz Wednesdays concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m. and doors open at 5 for a full bar and buffet dinner menu for purchase.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. 

To purchase tickets, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713. 

[seven-degrees] is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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