12 Angry Men debuts at the Playhouse on Oct 4

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the third show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season, Twelve Angry Men, written by Reginald Rose and directed by Ovation Award-winning director Michael Matthews.

“We are so excited to be presenting this classic of the American theatre on our stage. Our subscribers and audiences are going to experience this timeless play at a time that will feel more relevant than ever,” comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.  

Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham “We are so honored to be presenting thirteen of Southern California’s finest actors in this production. We are particularly thrilled to have the inspired direction of Michael Matthews leading this courtroom.”

Be part of the courtroom action in this classic drama in which 12 jurors decide the fate of a young man accused of murder. What will the verdict be? Find out in this suspenseful thriller that pits passionate jurors against one another in a timely, timeless and bold examination of the American justice system. 

Director Michael Matthews is thrilled to be returning to Laguna Playhouse after directing last season’s Billy and Ray. Michael is the recipient of the 2015 LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Career Achievement in Direction.

Reginald Rose, playwright, is best known for writing Twelve Angry Men. The play was inspired by Rose’s own stint on jury duty in the Foley Square courthouse in New York in 1954. Rose stood out among writers in television’s golden age for his willingness to tackle social and political issues. He won an Emmy Award in 1954 for best-written dramatic material for the original television version of “Twelve Angry Men” and received a nomination for an Academy Award in 1957 for the screenplay of the film version, which he produced with Henry Fonda, who was also the star. 

Scenic design is by Stephen Gifford; lighting design is by Tim Swiss; costume design is by Kate Bergh; and the production stage manager is Vernon Willett. 

This season is generously underwritten by The Hale Family. Twelve Angry Men is produced by Laura and Louis Rohl.  

Additional Season Sponsors are South Coast Plaza, Haskell White, Surterre Properties, Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, Gelson’s, and Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin.

Twelve Angry Men will begin previews on Wed, Oct 4; will open on Sun, Oct 8 at 5:30 p.m. and will run through Sun, Oct 22 at the Playhouse, 606 Laguna Cyn Rd.

Performances will be Tues through Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Thurs and Sat at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. There will no Thurs performances on Oct 12 at 2 p.m. There will be an additional Sunday performance on Sunday, Oct 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $45 - $80 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.  Prices subject to change.

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


Tickets now on sale for Lagunatics at No Square

No Square Theatre’s 25th season is about to start. Laguna’s beloved parody of all things dear to, well, nearly everyone, will debut on Oct 13 and run until Nov 5.

Spreading rhyme disease since 1992

This year’s motto is, beautifully, “spreading rhyme disease since 1992.” Mad-sacred-cow disease, more likely, as the audience gets to hear original songs and watch Broadway-quality performances about the nearly-dearly-departed pepper tree, the invasion of the drones, and who knows, maybe even the smoking ban (though Sean Spicer probably wouldn’t characterize it that way…).

This 2017 production will be directed by Bree Burgess Rosen and choreographed by Paul Nygro. The music director is Roxanna Ward.

To purchase tickets or become a member, visit www.nosquare.org.Performances take place on Oct 13 - 14, 20 - 22, 27 - 29, Nov 3-5, with the 25th Anniversary Gala on Nov 5.

(How do the writers come up with their ideas? Well, more information on that in Tuesday’s edition of Stu News!)


Suzie’s ARTiculation

‘The Secret Life of Girls’ at the Playhouse provides an emotional portrayal of the tragedy of bullying: it’s a must-see for girls 11 and up 

By SUZIE HARRISON

Unfortunately, the hateful practice of teen bullying is nothing new, but it has never been taken to the widespread level seen today through cyberbullying. 

Thanks to the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre production, “The Secret Life of Girls,” the topic is being brought into the spotlight, Sept. 22-24, in a play that highlights the impact of bullying via cell phones, text and instant messaging, e-mail and chat rooms. 

Donna Inglima, Director of Youth Theatre, Education & Outreach at Laguna Playhouse, who has been on the staff since the 1998-1999 season and has served in her current role since 2005, knows the play well. With the anti-bullying campaigns happening this month at the Laguna Beach Unified School District and the schools’ adoption of a No Place for Hate pledge, Inglima thinks the message is as timely and important as ever.   

 “I did this play before, it might have been 2010, but it has been a while. This author Linda Daugherty has written a number of these plays that address teen issues. When we did ‘Secret Life’ the first time, I was looking for a contemporary piece that was girl-centric,” Inglima said. “There are a number of writers that do that now. It’s a very important topic for parents, educators, young girls and boys as well.” 

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Telling secrets leads to bullying and trouble in today’s digital age in “The Secret Life of Girls”

She said the first time they did the play it was well received and had a positive impact.

“The students that were in the production learned a lot about the topic, how to advocate for themselves, and how to interrupt this kind of bullying,” Inglima said. “It’s just, now, it’s more complicated because we have this whole cyber life that our young people engage in. And it gives them this incredible privacy and agency to do whatever they want in cyberspace when adults are not looking.”

She said another issue is that youths are engaging in the online world a lot earlier. 

The play illustrates the negative cause and effect of gossiping, keeping secrets, name-calling, exclusion, spreading rumors, backstabbing, cliques, and manipulation and how these insidious actions can lead to depression and dangerous behaviors such as cutting, premature sexual relations and other disorders.

“It’s contemporary, timely, and resonates with young women probably from the ages 11 and up,” Inglima said. “There are some harsh…you only see one really difficult moment which is toward the end of the play. But along the way you see the ‘clickiness’ or targeting of one girl or another. You see that in cyberspace they’re sort of excluding each other. So, in that way, it’s fairly typical to adolescent girl behavior, I am sorry to say, among some circles.”

The prominent subject of weight in today’s society is brought up as well, as a girlgets bullied and excluded. 

“You see the heaviest of the girls, they kind of make fun of her and call her a bathtub and laugh about her. They make mooing sounds and she ends up with some level of an eating disorder,” Inglima said.

After each performance, a health care professional will be available to discuss the issues brought up in the play, offering a Q & A session with the audience.

 “It’s called the “Secret Life of Girls, so they all have a secret of some kind. So what can we do if we can reveal our secrets?” said Inglima. “Maybe my parents have broken up and I am being pulled in many directions, and maybe I am observing someone doing self injury, and yet nobody else knows about it. What is my responsibility to myself and to my friends?”

Directed by Sharon Jakubecy Klehm, “The Secret Life of Girls,” addresses the many topics that are integral today and it is a must see for parents and teens 11 and up. Performances run Sept 22 to 24 with shows at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $18 and up. For tickets and information visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com. The Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Until next time…so many important lessons, so little time!


LCAD MFA Alumnus Andre Thomas is named to Advisory Board for National Academy of Sciences 

The Advisory Board for the National Academy of Sciences’ New Koshland Public Engagement Program just announced the appointment of LCAD MFA in Game Design (2017) Alumnus Andre Thomas.

“My appointment came as a total surprise. It is a huge honor and I am very humbled by it. However, more importantly, my appointment to the Advisory Board is a validation at the highest level of academia that LCAD’s groundbreaking MFA program in Art of Game Design is leading the way,” Thomas said. He also credits the work he is doing at Triseum and the LIVE lab in the Visualization department at Texas A&M University.

Thomas was invited to be part of a group of talented individuals who have a passion for science, public engagement, life-long learning, and creative use of new media to serve on the Advisory Board and help design and shepherd the new program. Thomas developed award-winning games including a 3D adventure, Variant: Limitsto make learning math, specifically calculus, fun as well as a game to teach Art History.

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Andre Thomas named to Advisory Board for National Academy of Sciences

Thomas’ term on the Advisory Board begins on Sept 1 and ensd on Aug 31, 2021. Thomas, a professor at Texas A&M, was among the first cohort of candidates of Laguna College of Art and Design’s Art of Game Design MFA. 

Thomas taught at Texas A&M while running his own higher education game company. During his multiple current projects, Thomas earned his Unity Certification while at GDC 2016. Pandit, Andre’s thesis game project, was developed through LCAD’s partnership with the USC GamePipe Laboratory.

“This honor clearly shows that the world around us is noticing the power of games as more than just a form of entertainment. I couldn’t be prouder to have completed LCAD’s Art of Game Design program as a member of one of its first cohorts,” he said.

The Art of Game Design MFA is dedicated to the exploration of game design as a creative practice and of games as a cultural art form. LCAD’s motto is “Great Art Matters.” By extension, LCAD’s Art of Game Design MFA champions the notion that “Games Matter.”

For more information about LCAD admissions or LCAD MFA in Game Design, visit www.lcad.edu


Laguna Art Museum opens PST LA/LA exhibition “Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca” 

Laguna Art Museum announces the opening of the exhibition “Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca” as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

Since 2000, the Los Angeles-based artist Dan McCleary has made regular visits to the Taller de Grabado in Oaxaca, Mexico, to work with master printer Fernando Sandoval. The exhibition focuses on the prints McCleary has made at the Taller, mostly etchings and other forms of intaglio, along with related paintings and drawings. 

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Dan McCleary, Skull # 5, 2017, etching, aquatint, pastel and watercolor, trial proof, 8 x 7 inches, courtesy of the artist

McCleary’s subject matter has ranged from sugar skulls to a head of Christ after the Renaissance painter Correggio, from studies of men and women—in a series titled Masculine/Feminine—to portraits and floral still-lifes. 

McCleary takes a pride in his relationship with Sandoval and his increasing command of traditional printmaking, and the exhibition will include educational materials to convey the subtleties of the various techniques he uses. Some prints that he made on his most recent Oaxacan sojourn will be shown for the first time. The exhibition is on view through Jan 14, 2018. 

Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a collaboration of arts institutions across Southern California.

Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions and programs, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA highlights different aspects of Latin American and Latino art from the ancient world to the present day. 

With topics such as luxury arts in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries. 

Supported by more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA involves more than 70 cultural institutions from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at  Visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org for more information.


Sawdust General Manager Tom Klingenmeier retires

Tom Klingenmeier, general manager of the Sawdust Festival for the past nine years and affiliated in one way another with the festival for close to 40 years, is retiring. Klingenmeier plans to spend more time with his kids and grandkids. 

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Michelle and Kelly Boyd, Patty and Tom Klingenmeier celebrate Tom’s career

A retirement party was held at the Marine Room Tavern in his honor, with champagne toasts and memories in abundance.

Natalie Haug has been promoted to general manager. Haug was formerly Sawdust operations director.


Best in Show: Rotary Club’s Annual LB Invitational Classic Car Show attracts finest cars on Oct 1

On Sun, Oct 1, classic car enthusiasts gather for The Rotary Club’s Annual Invitational Classic Car Show, which will be held on the city grounds opposite the Festival of Arts. It opens at 9:30 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. 

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Close-up example of past entry

This event features 200 cars in 26 award categories and continually draws the best examples in each category. A few of the categories this year are Antiques through 1931, muscle cars, and woodies (for a full list of the 26 categories, go to the website below).

Participants will enjoy strolling among the cars, food, drink, and live music.

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Car enthusiasts mingle among cars and enjoy festivities

The entry fee is $45 and includes two gate passes and a special gift pack. The proceeds go to local charitable and non-profit organizations.

To purchase tickets, or to enter a car in the show, go to www.lagunabeachcarshow.com.  

For more information, call Harry Bithell at 949-874-1742


Enter the space: JoAnne Artman Gallery presents Brooke Shaden’s Fourth Wall – Room Series on Oct 1

On Sun, Oct 1, JoAnne Artman Gallery presents the second installment of Brooke Shaden’s Fourth Wall - Room Series exhibition in which the artist continues her exploration of the space between illusion, perception and identity in the photographic medium. The opening reception is Thurs, Oct 5, from 6 – 8 p.m. 

The term “fourth wall” is a reference to an exercise in the audience’s suspension of disbelief in the field of theatre and film. This happens when the invisible barrier between the reality of the action on screen and the present moment is broken by one of the characters directly addressing the audience. Shaden plays with this concept through the sense of anonymity when viewing the work, capitalizing on the self-reflective nature of the photographs. The viewer is at once the voyeur as well as a participant in the unfolding action, activating the images through our gaze and giving life to the stories captured inside. 

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Fragile by Brooke Shaden

Shaden’s series blends dreams and reality into a nuanced magical realism. The tight composition and forced dimensionality and perspective of each image creates a shadow box effect, reinforcing a studied stillness. Each piece feels like a glimpse into a secret world, a specimen study of private space usually concealed from the outside world. 

Her painterly style and polished finish belie the intensive artistic process undertaken to achieve each completed image. The transformation of the seven by seven-foot room from one scene to the next is captured in a video loop, the only evidence of the laborious production undertaken for each scene, as well as the only physical remainder of Shaden’s colossal artistic process other than the photographs themselves. 

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Undone by Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden (b. 1987, Lancaster, PA) is a fine art photographer. She was the winner of Photographer’s FORUM 35th Annual Spring Photography Contest (2015), and one of Shutter Magazine’s Top 10 Most Influential Photographers (2014). Her work has been featured on numerous book covers and exhibited nationally.  

Brooke Shaden’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. 

The exhibit continues through Nov 15.  

To RSVP for the reception, call: 949.510.5481 by Sept 29.

JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N Coast Hwy. JoAnne Artman, telephone: 949-510-5481, e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text65288); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.joanneartmangallery.com/


Call for artists: Gallery Q engages with the natural world in fifth exhibition of the 2017 season

Gallery Q at the Susi Q explores the art-nature connection in its fifth and final exhibition of the 2017 season – Nature as Muse. 

In partnership with the Laguna Art Museum’s community-wide, annual Art & Nature Festival (Nov 2-5), OC artists of all ages are invited to submit nature-inspired entries in any medium. Paintings, photography, sculpture, collage, jewelry, mixed media, textiles, ceramics…unique and creative expressions are encouraged.

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Carole Zavala and Verna Glancy: The Peacock Princess

Gallery Q will be accepting artwork on Thurs, Sept 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday, Sept 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. There is an entry fee of $25 per piece. Additional entry pieces are $5 each — limit three. Scholarships are available to individuals 65+ on a limited income. Contact Laurie Smith for additional information. Visit the Susi Q front desk (380 Third Street). 

A free Artist’s Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Friday, Oct 13 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from Sept 25 through Nov 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon through Fri. 

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Iriet Peshkess: Running down the hill

Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors. 

Laguna Art Museum’s annual Art & Nature 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. 

Visit www.lagunartmuseum.org for more information. 

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Maureen MacDonald: Sunset at Shadow Ridge

Gallery Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center, is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging, semi-professional, and professional artists of all ages in Orange County.  Five to six shows per year honor local artists and are kicked off with a public art reception.  

For more information about the Gallery Q and Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q visit www.susiq.org or call 949-464-6645 or contact Laurie Smith, Arts Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Auditions for the musical Annie will begin on Sept 22 

The audition schedule is set for the production of Annie at No Square Theatre. Adult roles and ensemble auditions will be Fri, Sept 22 at 6 p.m. with callbacks on Sun, Sept 24 at 6 p.m. Annie and orphan auctions will be Sat, Sept 23 at 10 a.m with callbacks on Sun, Sept 24 from 10 a.m.

The popular musical (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin) will be directed by Joe Lauderdale and choreographed by Ellen Prince, with music direction by Roxanna Ward. 

This production employs minimal staging, based on the ideas of story theatre. It places emphasis on the actors and the story rather than scenery, making the ensemble even more important than it would be in a traditionally mounted production.

Strong performers are desired for leading roles and ensemble parts. In Annie, the spunky orphan with humble beginnings in 1930s New York City, inspires everyone with her enduring positive attitude. Standout songs include “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the ultimate anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

The roles to be cast for Annie include: Annie – Appear around age 11. Energetic and optimistic orphan. Oliver Warbucks – Appear around age 40-60. Billionaire with a kind heart. Grace Farrell – Appear around 28-35. Loyal, intelligent private secretary to Warbucks. Miss Hannigan – Appear age 40-55. Character and comedic actor.

Rooster Hannigan – Appear 20-35. Slimy con artist. Lily St. Regis – Appear 20-35. Rooster’s floozy girlfriend. Franklin Delano Roosevelt – 50s, strong character actor, minor group singing. Orphans – Ages 6-14. Gritty, lovable, strong singers and movers. (Molly, age 6-8; Kate, age 7-10; Tessie, age 10-12; Pepper, age 12-13; July, age 13-14; Duffy, age 13-14) Ensemble – Female and Male, ages 16 and up. Sing, dance (or move well), play multiple roles. The backbone of this production.     

Performances will be Fri-Sun, Dec 2 - 17. General rehearsals begin around Oct 1, Mon – Fri, 6:30-10 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Schedule is approximate and subject to change.)

To schedule an audition appointment, email director Joe Lauderdale (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and indicate a preferred time. Complete information, forms, and suggestions on how to prepare for the auditions can be found on the No Square Theatre website, www.nosquare.org

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School.


Laguna Playhouse patrons donate $17,000+ for flood relief to Houston’s Alley Theater staff  

The remarkable powerhouse cast of A Night with Janis Joplin electrified their Laguna Playhouse audience with potent performances that moved theatre goers to dig deep and help raise over $17,000 to support our colleagues and friends at the Alley Theatre in Houston, many of whom lost homes and property.

“A Night with Janis Joplin recently performed at the Alley Theatre last year, making this request very near and dear to the hearts of the performers,” said Ellen Richard, Laguna Playhouse Executive Director.

Alley Theatre, Houston, before Harvey hit

As Houston was being hit by Hurricane Harvey on Aug 31, the Janis Joplin cast and Playhouse staff were strategizing on how to support their fellow theatre makers in Houston. The plan was quickly put into motion, and beginning with the matinee performance that day, until the closing evening performance on Sun, Sept 10, 13 Janis Joplin performances in all, a collection bucket was passed around the theatre for patrons to show their support with cash donations. 

Ellen Richard said, “The national theatre community is like a family, so we all felt that it was important to help make a dent in the overwhelming losses of our peers.” 

Hurricane Harvey inflicted an estimated $75 billion in damage on Houston. Little was spared. Damage to the city’s downtown arts district was substantial. In the savagery of its magnitude, it was also unprecedented.

Ms. Richard added, “We are extremely grateful for the generosity our patrons showed. Each Janis Joplin performance raised more than $800. Those contributions go directly to support the staff of the theatre, many who have lost everything. We are thankful to the community here in Orange County for supporting our friends in Houston.”

For more information, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Sawdust GM Tom Klingenmeier retires

Tom Klingenmeier, general manager of the Sawdust Festival for the past nine years and affiliated in one way another with the festival for close to 40 years, is retiring. Klingenmeier plans to spend more time with his kids and grandkids.

Tom Klingenmeier

Natalie Haug has been promoted to general manager. Haug was formerly Sawdust operations director.

The public is invited to a retirement party on Sept 20 at the Marine Room Tavern at 214 Ocean Ave between 6 & 8 p.m.


Festival of Arts is now accepting artists’ applications for the summer of 2018 Fine Art Show

Recently voted one of the top five art festivals in the nation by USA Today readers, the Festival of Arts is a prestigious, highly competitive, regional juried fine art show featuring original artwork by Orange County’s finest artists. 

The 2018 show will run July 5 – Sept 1. Artists who would like to apply for the 2018 fine art show should submit three digital images per media and a completed application form to the Festival of Arts by Oct 31. Applicants must apply online through the Festival’s website, www.foapom.com/apply. For more information call 949-464-4234. 

Artists applying to the Festival of Arts must be able to show that they have resided in Orange County for at least one year prior to Oct 31. Jurying fees are $50 per medium submitted. 

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Artist Demo Michael Ward getting creative with his masterpiece 

The jurors will score the submitted artwork based on quality, intention and content; excellence of craftsmanship; facility with media; excellence in the use of design elements; and professional presentation.

To learn more about the Festival of Arts, the application process and photographing artwork effectively for submission, artists are invited to attend a free seminar offered on the following dates and locations: Sept 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the Saddleback Visual Arts Studio located at 1 Purpose Drive, Lake Forest, and Oct 4, at 5 p.m. in the Festival of Arts Forum Theater located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Artist Toni Danchik standing next to her own gallery of art pieces 

The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization whose proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Orange County. This prestigious juried art exhibition is Southern California’s oldest and most respected outdoor art show. Recent accolades include Orange County Register’s Best Place to Buy Original Art, Art Fair Calendar’s Top Five Art Fairs in the West and Top Five Art Festivals in the nation voted by USA Today readers. Each summer the works of 140 accomplished artists are showcased to the public in a six-acre art haven. The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. For general information visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org or call (949) 494-1145.


12 Angry Men come(s) to the Playhouse in October

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the third show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season, Twelve Angry Men, written by Reginald Rose and directed by Ovation Award-winning director Michael Matthews.

“We are so excited to be presenting this classic of the American theatre on our stage. Our subscribers and audiences are going to experience this timeless play at a time that will feel more relevant than ever,” comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.  

Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham “We are so honored to be presenting thirteen of Southern California’s finest actors in this production. We are particularly thrilled to have the inspired direction of Michael Matthews leading this courtroom.”

Be part of the courtroom action in this classic drama in which 12 jurors decide the fate of a young man accused of murder. What will the verdict be? Find out in this suspenseful thriller that pits passionate jurors against one another in a timely, timeless and bold examination of the American justice system. 

Director Michael Matthews is thrilled to be returning to Laguna Playhouse after directing last season’s Billy and Ray. Michael is the recipient of the 2015 LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Career Achievement in Direction.

Reginald Rose, playwright, is best known for writing Twelve Angry Men. The play was inspired by Rose’s own stint on jury duty in the Foley Square courthouse in New York in 1954. Rose stood out among writers in television’s golden age for his willingness to tackle social and political issues. He won an Emmy Award in 1954 for best-written dramatic material for the original television version of “Twelve Angry Men” and received a nomination for an Academy Award in 1957 for the screenplay of the film version, which he produced with Henry Fonda, who was also the star. 

Scenic design is by Stephen Gifford; lighting design is by Tim Swiss; costume design is by Kate Bergh; and the production stage manager is Vernon Willett. 

This season is generously underwritten by The Hale Family. Twelve Angry Men is produced by Laura and Louis Rohl.  

Additional Season Sponsors are South Coast Plaza, Haskell White, Surterre Properties, Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, Gelson’s, and Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin.

Twelve Angry Men will begin previews on Wed, Oct 4; will open on Sun, Oct 8 at 5:30 p.m. and will run through Sun, Oct 22 at the Playhouse, 606 Laguna Cyn Rd.

Performances will be Tues through Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Thurs and Sat at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. There will no Thurs performances on Oct 12 at 2 p.m. There will be an additional Sunday performance on Sunday, Oct 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $45 - $80 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.  Prices subject to change.

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


LCAD announces the appointment of Julie Butler as its first full-time Alumni Relations Coordinator

Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) today announced the appointment of Julie Butler (Drawing & Painting, 2003) as the College’s first full-time Alumni Relations Coordinator. Butler will work directly with LCAD’s Office of College Advancement, including its Development and Communications staff members. Butler also will work closely with the College’s Office of Career Services.

In conjunction with Butler’s appointment, LCAD is excited to announce plans for the revival of the LCAD Alumni Association, an association that provides a network of support for all LCAD students and alumni, connecting them in ways that enhances their academic and professional success. 

LCAD alumni are welcome to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive more information.

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Julie Butler, LCAD’s first full-time Alumni Relations Coordinator

As an alumna of LCAD’s BFA program in Drawing & Painting and a two-year member of LCAD’s Admissions team, Butler brings with her a deep understanding of the College’s unique creative culture and her many strong connections with LCAD alumni from a combination of all fourteen of the College’s graduate and undergraduate degree tracks.

“I couldn’t be more pleased that Julie is LCAD’s first full-time Alumni Relations Coordinator,” said LCAD President, Jonathan Burke. “Julie has played an important role at LCAD as an admissions counselor, helping applicants better understand our art and design majors. She is a perfect fit for this new role. Her efforts will support lifelong learning and will engage our alumni to share their talents and experiences with our current students.”

Full-time Alumni Relations Coordinator has long been a priority

“It has long been a priority for us to better serve LCAD’s growing population of talented alumni,” LCAD’s Director of College Advancement, Dominic Mumolo, stated. “Julie’s experience with LCAD’s alumni and her background as an LCAD alumna made her the best choice for the task at hand. We’re absolutely thrilled to have her as a part of our Advancement team and we look forward to giving more attention to our proud and deserving alumni base.”

Butler’s appointment and the revival of the LCAD Alumni Association will positively and immediately impact the success of nearly 2,000 LCAD students and alumni.

“As an alumna, I have a great sense of pride for LCAD’s history and mission, for the passion of LCAD’s faculty and staff, and for the deep well of talent and ambition that are our students and alumni,” Butler said. “LCAD is a very special place, and I’m thrilled not only to be an alumna of the College, but now also to be the conduit for all of these brilliant creative professionals who graduate from LCAD.”

Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Drawing and Painting, Entertainment Design, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, and Illustration, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Art of Game Design, Drawing, and Painting. 

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit www.lcad.edu. Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.


FOA’s donation to LPAPA will help fund youth education programs

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association is delighted to share its gratitude for having been awarded $2,000 in grant funding from the Festival of Arts Foundation.

 These funds are earmarked to support LPAPA’s youth education programs to be presented during the 19th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, October 7-15, along with our continuing Plein Air Project.

Each year during the Invitational, LPAPA invites local LBUSD students, grades 4 through 12, to participate in the Kids Paint Out & Cookie Reception to take place at Heisler Park on Mon Oct 9. Professional artist members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) will mentor and guide the young artists from start to finish in creating their own plein air masterpiece. 

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LPAPA offers kids a great opportunity to learn

The finished paintings will be on display at the “LPAPA in Residence Gallery” at the Forest & Ocean Gallery from Thurs October 12 until Mon Oct 16. The kids’ artwork is available for purchase for a donation amount to be determined by the purchaser. 

LPAPA hopes that the entire community will come to see and purchase the kids’ paintings as 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the students’ artwork is donated to the participating schools. Rosemary Swimm, LPAPA’s Executive Director, shares, “There is nothing more rewarding for LPAPA than to witness the joy on the students’ faces when they complete what may prove to be their first plein air painting experience, and then again when they are able to present a check to their school’s principal for the monies earned for the sale of their artwork.” 

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The event is fun as well as educational 

The program is designed to foster an appreciation for plein air painting, the beauty of the natural landscape that surrounds us, and our community’s artistic heritage.

In addition to the Kids Paint Out, college age students will participate in the Next Generation Paint Out to take place at Heisler Park on Wed Oct 11. This program provides college students with the knowledge of plein air painting, field study, and a multi-faceted education of California’s natural landscape and outdoor painting history.

The program is designed to engage art students in a professional painting event, expand personal and artistic skills, and enhance their abilities related to careers in the arts.  The student’s paintings will also be on display at the Forest & Ocean Gallery, Oct 12 - 16, and scholarship awards will be presented to the award-winning students during the Collectors Gala on October 14. 

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LPAPA has much to teach kids about color and composition

This year students from the Laguna College of Art and Design/LCAD, Saddleback College, and University of California, Irvine, will be participating in the Next Generation Paint Out and competing for scholarship awards.

LPAPA is sincerely grateful for the continued support of the FOA Foundation.  Without this generous contribution, the program just would not be able to continue and grow.

For more information about the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, its members and education programs, visit lpapa.org/about. For details about the upcoming 19th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, visit lagunapleinair.org.


Call for artists: Gallery Q engages with the natural world in fifth exhibition of the 2017 season

Gallery Q at the Susi Q explores the art-nature connection in its fifth and final exhibition of the 2017 season – Nature as Muse. 

In partnership with the Laguna Art Museum’s community-wide, annual Art & Nature Festival (Nov 2-5), OC artists of all ages are invited to submit nature-inspired entries in any medium. Paintings, photography, sculpture, collage, jewelry, mixed media, textiles, ceramics…unique and creative expressions are encouraged.

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Carole Zavala and Verna Glancy: The Peacock Princess

Gallery Q will be accepting artwork on Thurs, Sept 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday, Sept 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. There is an entry fee of $25 per piece. Additional entry pieces are $5 each — limit three. Scholarships are available to individuals 65+ on a limited income. Contact Laurie Smith for additional information. Visit the Susi Q front desk (380 Third Street). 

A free Artist’s Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Friday, Oct 13 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from Sept 25 through Nov 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon through Fri. 

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Iriet Peshkess: Running down the hill

Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors. 

Laguna Art Museum’s annual Art & Nature 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. 

Visit www.lagunartmuseum.org for more information. 

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Maureen MacDonald: Sunset at Shadow Ridge

Gallery Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center, is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging, semi-professional, and professional artists of all ages in Orange County.  Five to six shows per year honor local artists and are kicked off with a public art reception.  

For more information about the Gallery Q and Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q visit www.susiq.org or call 949-464-6645 or contact Laurie Smith, Arts Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Art-To-Go buyer Melissa Faron wins stay at Tides Inn

The Art-To-Go fundraising sale is held each summer at Festival of the Arts. All purchases support artists suffering hardship from illness, injury, disaster or unfortunate circumstances. 

Melissa Faron’s receipt was drawn from among 90 others who bought from the Art-To-Go fundraising sale, presented by The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts in July and Aug. While visiting relatives in OC, Faron, of Arlington Heights, IL, purchased a landscape donated by photographer Rick Ferncase.

After finding out that she won a certificate for a two-night stay at The Tides Inn, Faron screamed, “Ahh – I can’t believe it. You really made my day!”

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Pool time at Tides Inn

The Tides Inn is a charming, historical property located within short walking distance to Heisler Park, Divers Cove, Laguna Art Museum, and Main Beach. 

“We toured the Laguna Beach village and I was really impressed with the beauty of the shops and hotels. I’m so excited to be able to stay there!” Faron exclaimed. 

“We thank The Tides Inn for their generous support of our program,” said Artists Fund Vice President Wendy Wirth.

To learn more visit TheArtistsFund-FoA.org or TidesLaguna.com. View photography by Rick Ferncase at Ferncase.com


LagunaTunes begins new season for singers united by a love of music

Concluding their summer break, LagunaTunes Community Chorus reconvenes on Mon, Sept 18 at 7 p.m. in the Thurston Middle School theater room. Members look forward to a new season of fast-paced, energetic, and positive practice sessions. Both new and returning participants are encouraged to attend the initial rehearsal because preparation begins immediately for the Dec concert, tentatively set for Sun, Dec 17. Rehearsal schedule is weekly, Mon nights, with three or four Sat practices.

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LagunaTunes begin news season

LagunaTunes, a no-audition chorus, welcomes singers of all training and experience levels. Some members read music, some do not, 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. Everyone who registers at the first rehearsal will receive the Dec concert music. Registration and music fee is $90.

The 60-member chorus is led by Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s Men Alive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir. Gunn’s entertaining choral productions are well known throughout southern California.

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone (no auditions) and presents two concerts per year, in Dec and June. Funding is provided by the Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach. More information: www.lagunatuneschorus.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Art Museum will present Dancemaker film on Sept 9

Laguna Art Museum is set to present Dancemaker film on Sat, Sept 9. The show will begin at 6 p.m.

Academy Award nominee for best documentary feature, this film is a tribute to Paul Taylor and a look into the Paul Taylor Dance Company. 

Presented in partnership with Laguna Dance Festival, the documentary will be introduced by Professor of Dance at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and former Paul Taylor dance star featured in the film, Patrick Corbin.

Advance tickets are recommended. To register or reserve online, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org, or call 949- 494-8971.


Enjoy First Thursdays Art Walk with Laguna Dance Festival performances and so much more

Compiled by SUZIE HARRISON

Just because the Festival season is over does not mean there’s not plenty of art opportunities to enjoy in Laguna Beach, especially perennial favorite, First Thursdays Art Walk, Sept. 7, 6 to 9 p.m. 

Art Walk celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to the public with participation by more than 30 member galleries.

Free trolley service for Art Walk runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Trolleys begin at the Laguna Art Museum (north) and Bluebird Canyon Road (south). The trolley route runs as far north as Viejo Street, up Laguna Canyon Road as far as Canyon Acres, and south to Bluebird Canyon Road. 

For more information, visit http://www.FirstThursdaysArtWalk.com.

Laguna Dance Festival hosts performances during Art Walk

The Laguna Dance Festival kicks off the beginning of their 10-day Festival with free dance performances during First Thursdays Art Walk, Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy performances at the Laguna Art Museum and Dawson Cole Fine Art, featuring the beautiful work of two great Southern California dance companies - Kybele Dance Theater and Entity Contemporary Dance.

Kybele Dance Theater (KDT) will perform at 6:30 and 7 p.m. at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, and Entity Contemporary Dance will perform at 6:30 and 7 p.m. at Dawson Cole Art, 326 Glenneyre St.

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Dancers of the Kybele Art Theatre

Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey Seda Aybay is the Artistic Director/Choreographer of Kybele Dance Theater, a contemporary company which she founded in 2003 in Los Angeles. She has produced and choreographed multiple works that have won her choreography awards and her pieces have toured and been presented in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, Concord, San Jose, Palm Desert, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Istanbul, Turkey. With Aybay’s choreography, KDT received 2nd Place in 2016 McCallum Choreography Festival, 1st Place in 2016 Front and Main Festival, and awards from MAD BAD Festival, Dance Under the Stars Festival, and RAW 2011. KDT is dedicated to building bridges between cultures and genders and creating a global perspective through contemporary dance. 

“Seda is a poetic genius,” said Jodie Gates, Founder and Artistic Director, Laguna Dance Festival.

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Entity Contemporary Dance

Entity Contemporary Dance was founded in 2009 in Irvine and directed by UCI alumni Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, Entity Contemporary Dance is a professional dance company that fuses contemporary, jazz, and hip hop dance techniques to present imaginative, dynamic repertory and to bridge the gap between commercial and concert dance.

Entity Contemporary Dance has produced evening length works in Los Angeles and San Francisco, was a finalist for the prestigious McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival in Palm Desert for five years, and made its international debut in Singapore and Hong Kong in 2016.

For more information, visit http://lagunadancefestival.org/special-events/.

Laguna Art Museum continues to feature “Phil Dike: At the Edge of the Sea,” “Ben Messick: Memories of Los Angeles,” and “Selections from the Permanent Collection, with Guests,” which all run through Sept. 24. Dike’s retrospective is the first comprehensive museum exhibition in over forty years of works by this prominent member of the California regionalist movement, with more than sixty of his paintings that span from the 1920s through the early 1980s.

Messick is celebrated for his images of life in Los Angeles during the years of the Great Depression and World War II. The museum owns a number of his drawings and lithographs, here supplemented with works on loan, including three of his finest paintings. 

The museum regularly presents changing selections from its own collection. On occasion, we borrow pieces from other collections to add an extra dimension. For information visit lagunaartmuseum.org.

 “Dog Days of Summer,” a group exhibit featuring new work by Suzy Barnard, Kay Bradner, Suzie Buchholz, Mary-Austin Klein, Geoff Krueger, and Scott Yeskel continues at Sue Greenwood Fine Art (SGFA), 330 N. Coast Highway. The show runs through Sep.10. For information, visit www.suegreenwoodfineart.com.

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“Dog Days of Summer” continues at SGFA during Art Walk on Thursday, including this oil piece, “More Mesa Beach,” by Mary-Austin Klein

Artist Geoff Krueger is also featured in the show. “Originally from Southern California my family and I now reside in Boise, Idaho. I’ve been painting and showing my work in galleries for over twenty years. The majority has been landscape painting. I love to depict the illusion of deep space and am enthralled with creating a sense of light,” said Krueger. “The move in the year 2000 has brought new landscapes to the easel and a pining for the ocean in far away California. So of course, it stands to reason that ocean paintings would pour out of me. Having grown up surfing and sailing those early experiences are influencing scenes of the Huntington Beach pier, lifeguard stations, and people on the beach.”

JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Highway, continues with “New Works” by James Verbicky. Working within the collage medium, James Verbicky’s sculptural collages are visually rich in content and meaning. The work can be read as both sculpture as well as painting, an opulent, textural assemblage of paper strips that unfurl and cascade over the surface. Verbicky’s current body of “media paintings” explores the idea of the mental continuum or mind stream through paper collage.

“James Verbicky’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression.” For information, visit joanneartmangallery.com.

Downtown, Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave., will feature, “The Odyssey of an Artist,” Karl Momen. Painter and sculptor Karl Momen is best known in the Western United States for his monumental sculpture “Metaphor: The Tree of Utah,” an 87-feet tall creation located in the state’s stark Bonneville Salt Flat region. Completed in 1986, it has been seen by millions of travelers traversing Interstate Route 80.

Internationally acclaimed, his work is installed in the most elite museum and private collections throughout Europe, Japan and the U.S. including the Salt Lake Art Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, visit, www.forestoceangallery.com/.

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Townley Gallery features the works of French watercolor artist Norbert Waysberg

Townley Gallery, 266 Forest Ave., will feature the works by internationally know artist Norbert Waysberg with an opening reception night during Art Walk. A French watercolor artist now working and living in the New York city area, Waysberg explores the relationship between dark and light in his portraits, cityscapes, and nudes. Enjoy his original work on display with other contemporary artists this month. Visit www.TownleyGallery.com for information.

Located on the South end of the participating galleries Cove Gallery, 1550 S. Coast Highway, Suite 103, featured artist of the month is Garry Abel with an artist reception during Art Walk. Art enthusiasts are invited to come and meet Abel.

As an emerging Palette Knife artist, Able said. “I am so blessed and excited to be able to capture my love of the land and sea through my oil paintings. As an artist, we are inspired in so many ways. For me it starts with looking to the sky and being amazed by the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Nature offers the images and I work to translate the vision to canvas.”

For information, visit www.covegallerylaguna.com.

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Cove Gallery features palette artist Garry Abel with an artist reception

Discover Emerging Artists Showcase, 1400 S. Coast Highway, Suite 101, enjoy the opportunity to view the works of and meet the gallery’s featured September artist for the month Jess Krichelle.

Krichelle is a Los Angeles based artist specializing in minimalistic figure drawings. Jess starts out each piece by applying her pen to the paper and drawing whatever she is feeling at the moment. It is the anticipation of the unknown (and the help of some unintended mistakes) that ends up creating pieces that would have never existed if she planned out her sketches before beginning. The result ends up being figures that are stark, and that openly invite the viewer to interpret the pieces – both figuratively and literally. For information, visit www.discovereas.com.

To learn more about First Thursdays Art Walk and a full listing of participating galleries, please visit www.FirstThursdaysArtWalk.com.

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