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Laguna Beach Arts Alliance to host City Council candidates forum at Laguna Playhouse

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance (LBAA) will hold a candidates forum on Saturday, Sept 29 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Laguna Playhouse. The public is cordially invited to attend in addition to all city council candidates. 

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LBAA will host a candidates forum at the Laguna Playhouse on Sept 29

This year’s city council candidates include: Peter Blake, Ann Christoph, Sue Marie Connolly, Sue Kempf, Cheryl Kinsman, Toni Iseman, Lorene Laguna, Judie Mancuso, Allison Mathews, Paul Merritt, and Rob Zur Schmiede.

The discussion will be moderated by former Mayor Jane Egly and is generously hosted by the Laguna Playhouse. LBAA has prepared a series of questions that address the arts in Laguna Beach on topics that range from the need for performance space to parking in the Arts District. The arts community is encouraged to participate and show their support for the arts, which is responsible for generating substantial City revenue. 

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance was established in 2002 as the result of an exciting partnership among more than 20 Laguna Beach organizations. The mission is to serve as an advocate for the arts, promote collaboration and networking among the arts organizations of Laguna Beach, and to serve as a united voice for the arts in the city. 

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served on the terrace, and the forum will begin 9 a.m. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. For more information, contact Rosemary Swimm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Folk-Rock music returns to Laguna Playhouse with I Dig Rock and Roll Music concert series

The Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to present a very special theatrical concert event, “I Dig Rock and Roll Music,” on Sept 19 - 23. The creative team that brought audiences “Lonesome Traveler” presents another Celebration of Folk-Rock Music – Then and Now.

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I Dig Rock and Roll Music is ready to rock the house 

”Of all of the shows I have produced here at Laguna Playhouse, Lonesome Traveler holds some of my most favorite memories and I have been looking forward to this long-awaited “sequel” of sorts, and look forward to sharing this special show with our audiences,” says Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham.

James O’Neil is the Co-Conceiver and Director and is also the Author/Director of Lonesome Traveler. George Grove is the Co-Conceiver, Creative Consultant and Musical Arranger and spent 41 years as part of The Kingston Trio. Dan Wheetman is a Co-Conceiver and was Musical Director for Lonesome Traveler, as well as Musical Director and a performer in Back Home Again.

Performances are Wednesday - Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with an added Saturday Matinee at 2 p.m. and a Sunday Matinee at 1 p.m. Tickets range from $45 - $60 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. For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Forest & Ocean Gallery to feature ‘Blue Laguna’ photographer Rich German tomorrow night

Tomorrow night, Saturday, Sept 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., Forest & Ocean Gallery is featuring the photography of local Rich German and his “Blue Laguna” series. German will give an exciting and informative presentation about the ecosystem just beyond Laguna’s shorelines, as well as signing his new book “Blue Laguna.”

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“Into the Mystic” by photographer Rich German, featured at a special event and book signing on Sept 8 at Forest & Ocean Gallery

Paintings by Cydette Vikander and a special collaborative piece by German and Vikander will also be featured. Refreshments will be served, as guests also enjoy the music stylings of Alora Ashlie.

Opening July of 2012, Ocean & Forest is a fine art gallery devoted to varied forms of artistic expression and media, representing 30+ award-winning artists, including juried Festival artists. 

Forest & Ocean Gallery is located at 480 Ocean Ave. For more information, call (949) 371-3383 or visit www.forestoceangallery.com. For more information about photographer Rich German, visit www.richgerman.com/blue-laguna.


Enjoy free admission at Laguna Art Museum during Smithsonian Museum Day on Sept 22

On Saturday, Sept 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., art patrons can enjoy free admission to Laguna Art Museum as part of the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Sept 22. For more information, call (949) 494-8971 ext. 203 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


No Square Theatre is looking for singers, dancers and actors for upcoming Annie musical

Annie is back by popular demand at No Square Theatre, and the local gem of a production company is looking for talented performers. Adult auditions are Saturday, Sept 22 at 6:30 p.m., and youth auditions are set for October 8 and 9. 

No Square Annie

This popular, Tony Award-winning musical will be directed once again by Joe Lauderdale and choreographed by Ellen Prince. Music will be by Charles Strouse with lyrics by Martin Charnin. With a minimally staged concept, this production places much more 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 – will appear to be around age 11, and play the energetic and optimistic orphan. There are no wigs allowed – will have to dye hair red. Oliver Warbucks – will appear to be around age 40-60 and play a Billionaire with a kind heart. Rooster Hannigan – to appear around age 20-35 and play a Slimy con artist. The orphans – Ages 6-14 and their roles are gritty, lovable, strong singers and movers. Boys – three boys, ages 10-13, will be cast in addition to the orphans. The ensemble – female and male, ages 16 and up to sing, dance (or move well), play multiple roles and be the backbone of the production.

Performances for Annie will be Friday through Sunday, Nov 30 - Dec 22. General rehearsals will begin on Oct 10, Monday through Friday from 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at No Square Theatre. (Schedule is approximate and subject to change.)

Forms and audition details are available at www.nosquare.org. Auditions, rehearsals and performances are all at No Square Theatre. In order to be cast, all performers must be able to attend auditions and callbacks. To schedule an audition appointment, email director Joe Lauderdale at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and indicate a preferred time. 


No Square to hold its popular Square Roots Theatre Education for Kids classes starting Sept 11

Classes are now forming for the winter sessions of Square Roots Theatre Education for Kids at No Square Theatre. With four different classes to choose from, there’s something for every age and level, beginning to advanced. The weekly classes run from Tuesday, Sept 11 to Wednesday, Dec 19. Each class focuses on a different skill and concludes with a Showcase performance:

Musical Performance – 4 - 5 p.m., starts Tuesday, Sept 11. Singing techniques and “acting” your songs. For ages 6 and older.

Directing 101 – 5 - 6:15 p.m., starts Tuesday, Sept 11. All aspects of directing a show, from casting to actual performance and everything in between. For ages 10 and older.

Storytelling – 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., starts Wednesday, Sept 12. Geared toward younger actors. Learn to craft a story and develop it into a play. For ages 6 and older.

Audition Technique – 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., starts Wednesday, Sept 12. Learn fundamentals of audition or oral presentations at school. For ages 10 and older.

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No Square Theatre kicks off its Square Roots Theatre Education for Kids on Sept 11

A fun-filled experience for kids who love to perform, presented in a positive and nurturing environment, Square Roots is directed by Ella Wyatt. With a BA in theatre, specializing in acting and directing, Ella also holds a teaching credential and brings years of experience in dozens of youth productions.

Participants must commit to the entire schedule unless the director has granted permission in advance. Less than full participation may limit opportunities in the final showcase.

To find out more about Square Roots Musical Theatre Classes, held Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from Sept 11 to Dec 19, visit www.nosquare.org and download a registration form.

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School. For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, visit www.nosquare.org.


No Square Theatre presents former Broadway performer Juliet Fischer-Schulein on Sept 21

Juliet Fischer-Schulein relives her bumpy, crazy ride from Broadway performer to OC housewife in My Midlife Cabaret at No Square Theatre…and all the laughs and tears that came with it. Even before the word was out, the first show had completely sold out. A second show has been added on Friday, Sept 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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Juliet is a former Rockette and Broadway performer

The former Rockette and Broadway singer/dancer/actor (On the Town, Chicago, Kiss Me Kate) now lives in Southern California, married and a mom. Still teaching and performing, she shares her story in this one-woman show. No Square regulars will remember her standout performance as Velma in last year’s production of Chicago.

My Midlife Cabaret is directed by Joe Lauderdale, and Roxanna Ward is the music director. Tickets are $25 and the show is recommended for adults only.

No Square Theatre is a nonprofit organization and is located at 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School, which has ample free parking. Tickets are $25 and seating is extremely limited so tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets, additional information on events, auditions, classes, visit www.nosquare.org.


LagunaART.com Gallery debuts at grand opening, during Art Walk on Thursday, Sept 6

LagunaART.com is an app for residents and visitors to Laguna Beach to access maps of local galleries, information about the festivals and art museum, and to see artists’ works as they are rotated through the app. The app has been a success for the past eight years, and now it takes physical form, as a new “brick and mortar” gallery added to Laguna’s illustrious roster. It’s called LagunaART.com gallery, and is located conveniently next to Laguna Art Museum.

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Events Director Pam Squires explains, “Our vision and company believes the arts is the last market to be affected by the internet, and with New York partner companies such as Artsy, Artnet and 1stdibs, the sales of art online is now a billion dollar a year industry. LagunaART.com [is] a team of web developers, interior designers, artists, and art consultants working for the arts in Laguna Beach. Our mission is to expose artists to the world using an online platform as well as physical gallery locations in both Laguna Beach and New York, setting out to be the gateway for artists in New York wanting to be represented in California, and California artists wanting to show in New York.”

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The Grand Opening and artist’s reception for LagunaArt.com’s group show will be this upcoming Thursday, Sept 6, from 6 - 9 p.m.

Squires says the gallery, next to Laguna Art Museum and across from Urth Café and Gallery Row, is in one of the busiest locations in town, and there are further plans. “There are plans with the owner of the building to set up working art studios in the entire lower level at 305 N Coast Highway with 3,000 square feet of studio space to expand into.”

The gallery is currently accepting artist submissions and plans to have a new Artist Reception monthly during the first Thursday Art Walks in Laguna Beach.


LagunaTunes fall season begins on Sept 10, new members encouraged

Concluding their summer break, LagunaTunes Community Chorus reconvenes on Monday, Sept 10 at 7 p.m. in the Thurston Middle School theater room. Energy is still high from the June concert, “Countdown to Motown,” enthusiastically enjoyed by a packed house at the Laguna Beach High School Artists’ Theater.

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 December concert. Rehearsal schedule is weekly, Monday nights, with two or three Saturday practices.

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LagunaTunes begins its fall season on Monday, Sept 10

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. Everyone who registers at the first rehearsal will receive the December concert music. Registration and music fee is $90.

The 70-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 local, national, and international choral productions are well known.

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone (no auditions) and presents two concerts per year, in December and June. Funding is provided by the Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

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


Laguna Beach Live! presents last of the Summer Jazz Wednesdays series on September 5

Laguna Beach Live! will present its final Jazz Wednesday of the summer next Wednesday, September 5. The event will feature The Laguna Beach Live! All-Stars, an ensemble made up of artists that have performed in the Laguna Beach Live! Jazz series over the years. 

The musicians in this stellar ensemble are all bandleaders in their own right and have performed and/or recorded with Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, Johnathan Butler, Arturo Sandoval, Rosemary Clooney, and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. The band features the members’ award-winning original arrangements and compositions. 

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Trumpeter Bijon Watson leads the All-Stars

The All-Stars are Bijon Watson, trumpet, Josh Nelson, piano, Alex Frank, bass, Will Brahm, guitar, Tom Luer, saxophone, and Jamey Tate, drums.

Jazz Wednesdays Summer 2018 is located in the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner and social hour. Dinner will be served through to 7 p.m. Dinner menu varies by concert. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders and Laguna Beach Live! membership. 

For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

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