OC Artists submission deadline for FOA Fine Art show is Oct 31 by 4 p.m.

The deadline to apply to exhibit at the 2018 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show is quickly approaching. After today, only 11 days remain. The Festival of Arts is a prestigious, highly competitive, regional juried fine art show featuring original artwork by Orange County’s finest artists. The annual exhibit will run July 5 – Sept 1, 2018 in Laguna Beach. 

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 October 31 (by 4 p.m.). Applicants must apply online through the Festival’s website, http://www.foapom.com/apply. For more information call 949-464-4234. 

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Patrons enjoying the work of artist Sandra Jones Campbell at the 2017 FOA

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 October 31, 2017. Jurying fees are $50 per medium submitted.

The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization whose proceeds support the arts and art education in and about OC. This prestigious juried art exhibition is So CA’s oldest and most respected outdoor art show and has been rated one of the top festivals in the nation. 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 Rd, LB.  For general information, visit http://www.lagunafestivalofarts.org/ or call (949) 494-1145.


Laguna College of Art and Design holds successful 28th Annual Collectors Choice Gala and live auction 

Laguna College of Art and Design, (LCAD) raised more than $315,000 at its 28th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala and Live Auction held on Sat, Oct 7 at Montage Laguna Beach. The total amount raised beat last year’s record. 

Orange County art collectors joined LCAD trustees, faculty, students and staff for a live auction of paintings, sculpture and luxury experiences donated by college alumni, faculty, respected artists and local businesses. 

LCAD Trustee and owner of LCA Wine Nancy Milby donated a Jeroboam of Spanish Cava by Juvé and Camps to kick off the live auction. The artists who donated paintings and sculptures included Gerard Basil Stripling, Jonathan Burke, James Galindo, Michael Harnish, Mark Jacobucci, Kathy Jones, Jason Kowalski, Richard MacDonald, Wade Reynolds, Henry L. Richter, Carolyn Robles and Jeff Sewell. 

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The bidding was brisk at the Collectors Choice Gala

LCAD Trustee and owner of Salt Fine Art in Laguna Beach Carla Arzente donated a mystery item later revealed to be a sculpture titled, Goodbye My Love by Cuban Artist Esterio Segura.

Additionally, Tesla donated a two-day test drive of the Tesla Model X which was coupled with a weekend stay at L’Auberge Del Mar + Spa. Montage Laguna Beach donated a dinner at the Chef’s Table at Studio. 

During the evening, The Decorative Arts Society, Orange County honoring Julia Argyros made a gift of $10,000 to merit-based scholarships. More than fifty attendees spontaneously raised their bid cards raising more than $93,000. The College also honored Vans with the LCAD Creative Partnership Award.  

“Since 2012, Vans has collaborated every semester with LCAD in an Honors Lab that teaches design students the creative process of footwear design and marketing,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. “The LCAD community has benefited greatly from our relationship with Vans, giving our students internship opportunities as well as employing many of our alumni.” 

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LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media senior Alexis Lanz

Vans’ generosity has totaled over $45,000 in its history of giving to LCAD. Vans partners with the LCAD’s Graphic Design + Digital Media program to host Vans’ annual Vans Custom Culture design competition by hosting immersive workshops on campus for competition finalists and offering scholarships to the winners contingent upon their acceptance to the College.

LCAD Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Honorary Co-Chair Jared Mathis shared a story about his great grandmother, Nellie Gail Moulton. 

“On her 90th birthday, rather than accept birthday gifts for herself, this daughter of a store merchant, born on the plains of Kansas, gave the gift of education. She committed to paying for the full tuition of twenty-one students,” he said. 

“She explained to the Los Angeles Times, ‘I’ve traveled the globe and points in between multiple times. I’ve lived a blessed life, but there has always been something missing. You see, I never could go to college.’ She went on to say that while it was a little late for her to start college, she wanted to make sure that others could have the opportunity she never had.”

In 2015, LCAD commissioned LCAD Drawing and Painting Alumna and Sculpture Coordinator Brittany Ryan to sculpt the Creative Partnership Award using the likeness of Moulton.

Senior Alexis Lanz spoke about her gratitude for Vans scholarships

LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media senior Alexis Lanz spoke about her gratitude for receiving scholarships in support of her education. She is also currently enrolled in this year’s Vans Honors Lab. 

“Going to college is a privilege, and the privilege of attending LCAD was made possible for me and many LCAD students because of the support of each and every one of the generous donors and trustees,” Lanz said. “Now more than ever, the world needs creativity. Your donations are the investment in the future of designers and artists who have the ability to change the world for the better through their creativity. Thank you for your constant support and overwhelming generosity.”

LCAD’s 28th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala and Live Auction was co-chaired by LCAD Trustee Terry Jones with his wife, Judy. There will be a 28th Annual Collector’s Choice Silent Auction held on Fri, April 20, 2018 at [seven-degrees] in Laguna Beach. For more information about this event, visit www.lcad.edu.


Lagunatics is a must-see: Pepper tree skit brings entire audience to its feet, teary-eyed with laughter

Story and photos by LYNETTE BRASFIELD

The first half of Lagunatics this year features some terrific numbers, to which I can attest (though a few are a little edgier than some may like): the second half, I hear from several sources, is beyond sensational – and sadly I missed that half due to a family emergency that forced Bill and me to leave at intermission (all sorted out now).

So I will be back next weekend to see for myself. But clearly the show is un-missable for anyone who is a true Lagunan. 

I’m told by several very reliable sources that the pepper tree number, “And I Am Telling You,” with lyrics by Chris Quilter and music by Henry Krieger, was sung exquisitely by Eric Anderson, who commanded the stage with his performance.

And the skit was so clever and so well performed, it had people crying with laughter and holding their stomachs in pain (the good kind of pain). 

“I saw so many people wiping away tears of laughter,” Sande St. John tells me. “That’s the only time I’ve witnessed a standing ovation in all the years I’ve attended Lagunatics. It went on and on.”

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Pocket mouse (not actual size) 

From pepper tree to pocket mice to police chief  – Laguna’s peculiarities get the full Bree Rosen treatment, enhanced by a great cast, crazily good writers, and props and costumes that wow the audience, given how over-the-top, so giddily ridiculous and yet how apt they are. 

Rebecca Lyles, who wrote several of the song lyrics, says, “I’m amazed at how the simple words we put on paper come to life with costumes, choreography, talented singers, and comedic point of view. 

“It’s a special thrill to see theater-goers lap it up they way they did last night. How often do you see audience members dabbing at laughter-tears and jumping to their feet to applaud?”

I’m told Lyles’s “Chump” was also a great hit with the audience.

“Send in the Drones” sends audience into convulsions

The standout in the first half was unquestionably Bree Rosen and Bridget English’s “Send in the Drones,” sung by Rufino. It was a unique take on the issue and perfectly suited to Rufino’s brand of talent.

Sande St. John also praised the incredible skills of costume designer Brigitte Harper. “She’s just amazing,” Sande says. She adds that the trolley skit, featuring outer-wear of the automotive kind, was also enormously popular with the audience. “A hit!” Sande says.

Another of my favorites from the first half was “Farinella,” with lyrics by Chris Quilter, whose brilliant, quirky wit shone through many of the performances. Other standouts, I hear, were “My Shot,” which apparently had Gregg McGillivray moving to the beat, clearly enjoying the music and the lyrics, and another favorite was “I’ve Just Seen a Space” parodying parking problems.

You had to be there! So go!

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For a moment, I thought I was doing a dining feature: delicious al fresco dinner

And a word to the wise (oh, to the unwise, too, what the heck!): the dinner served beforehand, for just $10, is exquisite. Prepared by The White House, eaten al fresco, and paired with wine in the gloaming, as my Scottish father used to call the twilight hours, this is a great way to begin an evening of laughter and escapism, something we all dearly need these days – some days more than others.


12 Angry Men provides thought-provoking drama at Laguna Playhouse audience this month

Opening night of 12 Angry Men brought together Playhouse major donors, corporate sponsors, community leaders and Board members in a thought-provoking evening. The Pre-Show Reception enabled Playhouse management and guests to mix and mingle while enjoying appetizers catered by JM Events and complimentary wine and Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin cocktails.  

The 90-minute performance about the American justice system kept patrons engrossed in the sociological discourse which could just as easily take place in present day jury rooms as it did in this 1957 fictitious one. 

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Director Michael Matthews with Kirsten Vangsness, who stars in Criminal Minds

The post-show Artistic Director’s Party celebrated the powerful performance by a stellar cast directed by Michael Matthews, producer Laura and Louis Rohl, 2017/2018 Season Producer Lisa Hale and The Hale Family, and Season Sponsors South Coast Plaza, Firebrand Media LLC, Gelson’s, Haskell White, Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin and Surterre Properties.  

12 Angry Men company included:  Andrew Barnicle, Daniel Berlin, Richard Burgi, John Colella, Rick Cosnett, Seamus Dever, Matthew Henerson, Mueen Jahan, John Massey, David Nevell, Erick Odom, Dennis Renard, Tony Sancho, Scenic Designer Stephen Gifford, and Costume Designer Kate Bergh.

Laguna Playhouse has been recognized in 2017, 2016 and 2015 as one of Orange County Register’s “Best of OC” in the category of Live Theatre, and has been recognized by OC Hotlist in their “Best Theatre Group” winning first place in 2017 and 2016. 

The Laguna Playhouse has featured many talented performers on stage, including Ed Asner, Leslie Caron, Hershey Felder, Harrison Ford, Val Kilmer, Gregory Harrison, Dan Lauria, Hal Linden, Wendie Malick, Rita Rudner, Charles Shaughnessy, French Stewart, Loretta Swit, and Bette Davis.

For more information, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Harvest Festival on Sat Oct 14 will support Growing Skills educational program

Now that the crowds have gone home for the summer, crisp fall weather is upon us, and the holidays are just around the corner. Bluebird Canyon Farm and Transitions Laguna is inviting everyone to a Harvest Festival on Sat Oct 14 from 4 – 8 p.m. to share in the bounty of the season and celebrate community.

There’ll be food, music, family fun and a pie contest.

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Tomatoes at their lushest, reddest best, grown on the farm

The cost is $10 for guests arriving with a dish to share and $20 for those arriving empty handed. Food and beverages will be available.

Photographer Mary Hurlbut will be offering three holiday portraits for $12 with free digital download.

There is no on-site parking for this event. Personal vehicles should be parked on Rancho Laguna Road. 

Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Minors under the age of 16 will be admitted free. Tickets can be bought online at www.bluebirdcanyonfarm.com or at the door at 1085 Bluebird Canyon Drive. Phone number 949-725-0325.


Playhouse presents Spooktacular Tricks & Treats: dine at four scarily good restaurants this Halloween

On Tue, Oct 31, Laguna Playhouse will present Spooktacular Tricks & Treats, an exclusive & tasty Halloween dine-around party. 

Instead of trick or treating with candy and apples, guests will be treated to delectable food paired with wine and beverages from four top restaurants located within the Canyon Festival Center. 

If attendees are so inclined, they may choose to dress in a favorite Halloween costume and be rewarded with prizes for best male, female, and couples costumes. Restaurants include Another Kind Café, Kitchen in the Canyon, Ivory Lounge, and [seven degrees].

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The cozy interior of Ivory Lounge will welcome you on Halloween

The first stop of the night is at Another Kind Cafe from 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. where the dining adventure begins, with tastes from Vietnam and South-East Asia. The restaurant will be serving Bun Cha Ca, a traditional white, buttery fish that is pan fried, marinated with turmeric, and served on top of vermicelli noodles and mixed greens. The dish is topped with caramelized onions, red onions, scallions, fresh baby dill, and roasted peanuts and paired with a 2015 Simonnet Febvre Sauvignon Blanc. 

The second stop is the Kitchen in the Canyon,  from 6:30 p.m.- 7:15 p.m., serving a seasonal menu of roasted butternut squash soup with nutmeg cream, and herb marinated hanger steak skewer with truffle butter, paired with a Seasonal Aqua Fresca. 

Ivory Lounge and Restaurant, the third stop, will offer a true comfort food of veal pelmeni which is Russian style dumplings filled with tender veal and complemented by a creamy mushroom sauce. This dish will be paired with Angeline Pinot Noir. 

The final stop is [seven degrees] from 7:30 p.m- 9 p.m., with a dessert trio of mini chocolate pot de creme, lemon meringue tartlet, and cheesecake bar, along with an array of beverages including Michelle champagne, sparkling apple cider, sparkling water, gourmet coffee, and fine hot tea station. 

The evening ends there with music, dancing, and the awarding of prizes to the “The Best Costume” winners.


LOCA will present an Art and Sea Lions printmaking workshop on Oct 14

Those who like art and animals will love “Art and Sea Lions” presented monthly by LOCA Arts Education at Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon. The next workshop, offering a printmaking class, is on Sat, Oct 14, from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Families, groups, and beginners are invited. 

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Enjoy the view of sea lions in action while creating your masterpiece 

The morning includes a docent-led viewing of live sea lions, a presentation on the rescue and rehabilitation work of the center, and a fun, step-by-step printmaking class with Alison Keefe. Everyone will take home a colorful print from their original drawing.

 Cost is $20 for adults, and $15 for those aged 6-up, with paid adult. Free on-site parking is included. 

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Enjoy a step-by-step printmaking class with Alison Keefe 

Advance registration is required, visit the calendar at LOCAarts.org or call 949 363-4700. PMMC is at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, 1-block north of Dog Park.


“Quick draw” Plein Air painting event was quickly successful at the 19th Annual Invitational

Photos by SCOTT BRASHIER

The 19th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational kicked off with Sunday’s “Quick Draw” painting competition sponsored by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art organization, and Southwest Art Magazine. 

The 35 participating artists, who are considered to among the best in the nation, have been invited from near and far to participate in the nine-day Laguna Plein Air Invitational. 

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Trees, doubled, by John P Lasater IV

The “Quick Draw” competition allows the artists a two-hour painting window to create plein air masterpieces. Visitors strolling through Heisler Park enjoyed watching as the artists painted, working their magic to capture the beauty of our community’s landscape and the glistening summer-like day on canvas. 

Visitors described the experience as “amazing” and likened the artists to “Iron Chefs” and “Rock Stars” of the art world, who are competing for over $30,000 in cash and prizes, including the $10,000 “Best in Show” and the “Best Quick Draw” painting prize, all to be revealed at the Collectors Gala being hosted at Tivoli Too on Saturday October 14 (tickets available online at LagunaPleinAir.org).

At the end of the painting competition at Heisler Park the artists hustled to frame their paintings for the “Quick Draw Quick Sale” Art Show. The public was invited to come meet the artists and see the Art Show presented at the Festival of Arts grounds.

As the crowds enjoyed refreshments and mingled with the artists, watching as the wet paintings were hung, the time for sales to commence approached as collectors went shoulder to shoulder and jostled to view and buy the wet paintings.  

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Artist Clark Mitchell OF Cotati, CA, at work

At 5 p.m. the “Quick Sale” began with many paintings drawing the attention of multiple collectors, so LPAPA settled the purchase competition with blind-bid opportunities. The event was a resounding success with over $23,000 in art sales, and happy collectors and artists all around, Proceeds from this event benefit the working artists and non-profit LPAPA. 

If you missed the Quick Draw, not to worry as there will be many more paintings painted this week. For more information about the week’s events, and tickets for Saturday’s Collectors Gala, visit LagunaPleinAir.org or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone (949) 376-3635.

On Wed Oct 11, LPAPA’s Next Generation Paint Out will be at Heisler Park, Cliff Drive from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event is designed to cultivate the next generation of plein air painters from the 2017 participating colleges: Laguna College of Art + Design, Saddleback College and the University of California, Irvine. The students are competing for scholarship prizes.

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Artist John Cosby also decided to focus on trees

Crystal Cove Paint Out will be at Crystal Cove State Park from 8 a.m – noon. All 35 Invitational Artists will be painting out at the Crystal Cove State Park.  The public is invited to come watch the Artists as they paint “en plein air.” 

Later there will be a Plein Talk  and Book Signing by Art Historian and Museum Director of The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine, Jean Stern, plus a Small Works Auction at Tivoli Too from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

On Sat Oct 14, the Collectors Gala Reception (tickets available at www.lagunapleinair.org)
takes place at Tivoli Too, from 7 – 10:30 p.m.


Lagunatics will sell out fast with so much to parody this year: Drones & clones, trollies & follies & more

Lagunatics, around for an unbelievable 25 years of rhymes and raucous behavior, opens its new production on Oct 13 at 7 p.m., with all the costumes, song parodies, and irreverent laughs Lagunans have come to expect. 

This year is especially festive because Lagunatics celebrates two and a half decades, according to this year’s motto, of “spreading rhyme disease since 1992.”

Smoking bans? Uber and sharks? Trolleys, follies, and drones over parks? Nothing (and no one) is safe from the jokes and jabs delivered through song parody and shameless overacting. 

Will there be goats? Residents will have to come to the show and see. 

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There will be flowers: Rufino Cabang models the latest in … goat fodder?

Lagunatics 25 is directed by creator Bree Burgess Rosen and choreographed by Paul Nygro, with music direction by Roxanna Ward. The expected sillifest of costumes, sets, and props are by Rosen, Brigitte Harper, Jean Fallowfield, Larry Lewis, and Patrick “Acme” Quilter.  Writers are Rufino Cabang, Bridget English, Rebecca M. Lyles, Paul Nygro, Chris Quilter, and Bree Burgess Rosen.

This year’s stellar cast includes Eric T. Anderson, Yvonne Browining, Bree Burgess, Evie Cant, Rufino Cabang, Bridget English, Rob Harryman, Chloe Lovato, McKay Mangum, Marc Marger, Kristen Matson, Jay Rechter, Roxanna Ward, and Ella Wyatt.

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The cast, downcast about the pepper tree: odds are they’ll cheer up fast

Productions take place at the No Square Theatre in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St, two blocks south of LBHS. The school has ample free parking. Patrons can come early, and enjoy dinner and drinks al fresco before curtain. Seating is extremely limited, and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Performances will be held on Oct 13-14, 20-22, 27-29, and Nov 3-5. All Fri and Sat performances are at 7 p.m., and the first three Sun are at 6 p.m. The Nov 5 performance, at 5 p.m., is the 25th Anniversary Gala with a live auction, and al fresco dinner sponsored by Ketel One Vodka, Sterling Gin, and Rodney Strong Vineyards.

Tickets, available at nosquare.org, are $35 and $50 for Sun performances, $45 and $60 for Fri and Sat, and $100 and $125 for the final night Anniversary Gala.


Playhouse announces new leadership as Paul Singarella is elected chairman

Paul Singarella has been elected Chairman of The Laguna Playhouse, succeeding Joe Hanauer who has completed nearly six years as Chairman of the 97-year-old organization.  Singarella has been vice-chair for two years and co-chair for the past two, partnering with Hanauer over that span.

Singarella is a senior partner at the global law firm Latham and Watkins LLP.  He has been recognized as a Top 100 lawyer in the State of California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals.  His love of theatre dates back to high school, when he championed the HS administration to invest more in the arts.

Singarella was instrumental in the success of the 2017 Laguna Playhouse Gala honoring longstanding Playhouse patrons Suzanne and Jim Mellor and raising more than $600,000, including funds to underwrite the Mellor Ticket program, offering free tickets to the 21-and-under set. 

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Heather and Paul Singarella at 2015 Playhouse gala

Through his leadership, the Playhouse has expanded its Board of Directors and presence in the community; and Singarella was instrumental in bringing on a new Executive Director, six-time Tony Award winner Ellen Richard, who took the reins in June 2016.  

This new leadership in the past year has enabled the Playhouse to elevate its productions, including last month’s hit, A Night with Janis Joplin. This year’s season is the first showcasing what is possible at the Playhouse under the theatre-savvy team of Ms. Richard and the Playhouse’s longstanding artistic director Ann E. Wareham, who also has an astounding reputation in the theatre world. 

Under the leadership of Singarella and Past-Chair Hanauer, The Playhouse is in the midst of a project to revitalize the appearance of the Moulton Theatre (named after Playhouse patron Nellie Gale Moulton), an architecturally important building that opened in 1968. This project will make the Playhouse more inviting for its patrons, and will earn the Playhouse’s tag line, What’s Going On. 

Playhouse undergoing revitalization

Commenting on the transition, Singarella said, “I look forward to continuing the good work of Mr. Hanauer, and am grateful for his tireless dedication to the Playhouse.  I am grateful to my board members for their confidence in me, and appreciate how hard they and our entire staff work to make the Playhouse as great as it can be.  

“It is an honor to serve this fine theatre-- a cornerstone of the renowned Laguna Beach arts scene since 1920.  I invite not only the residents of Laguna Beach, but also the entire region, to come visit us as we put on our best and brightest season ever, and as we prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nellie Gale’s theatre and our 2020 Centennial.” 

Mr. Hanauer became board chair at a time when theaters throughout the country were experiencing financial pressures largely driven by the Great Recession.  The Playhouse persevered through  these economic challenges, and is now experiencing a renaissance with strong support for its growing artistic excellence.  

Beyond achieving financial stability for the Playhouse during Hanauer’s  tenure, the Board has developed into one of Laguna’s most distinguished organizations, and theatrical productions have been lauded for their strong appeal to growing audiences. Hanauer was instrumental in securing for the Playhouse a four-year, $1 million matching grant from the City of Laguna Beach, which has provided timely and important revenue, and which has helped to galvanize fundraising and capital improvements.  Hanauer remains an officer of the Playhouse as Immediate Past Chair.

Commenting on his successor, Hanauer said, “Having worked very closely with Paul, I couldn’t be more pleased with the leadership in place at The Playhouse.  Many of our accomplishments these past few years have been accomplished through partnering with Paul. This, combined with his love for theatre and specifically, The Laguna Playhouse, will result in the Playhouse reaching new heights under his strong leadership.”

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Longtime Playhouse supporters Jim and Suzanne Mellors, recently named Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year

At its annual meeting, the Playhouse Board also elected Mr. Glenn Gray as Treasurer and Ms. Terri Turner as Secretary to continue their fine work for the theatre in their respective leadership positions.  The Playhouse’s officer slate is rounded out by Ms. Hale, the underwriter for the exciting 2017-18 Playhouse season, and Mr. Jim Mellor, a highly respected patron of the arts and long-time Playhouse supporter and board member, who, along with his wife Suzanne, recently was named Outstanding Philanthropists of the year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for this year’s National Philanthropy Day Nov 16.

Paul Singarella, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLC, Chair of the Orange County office Environment, Land & Resources Department, has received numerous mentions in “Best Lawyers in America.” Most recently, he was part of the trial team that tried a case to apportion the water rights to three rivers in the Southeastern United States, which is pending decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Laguna Playhouse has been recognized in 2017, 2016 and 2015 as one of Orange County Register’s “Best of OC” in the category of Live Theatre, and has been recognized by OC Hotlist in their “Best Theatre Group” winning first place in 2017 and 2016. Learn What’s Going On and how to obtain your Mellor Tickets at www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Live! at the Museum presents Brass Pacifica at The Woman’s Club on Oct 12

Laguna Beach Live! presents Brass Pacifica at the The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach on Thu, Oct 12, at 7 p.m. This is a one-time location change. Concerts will return to Laguna Art Museum in Nov.

Brass Pacifica was founded in 1995 by five of Los Angeles’ most accomplished young brass players. The musicians were drawn together by a desire to make extraordinary music and to be stimulated by the musicianship of other fine players.  Since the ensemble’s inception, the members have dedicated themselves to the study and performance of chamber music.

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Brass Pacifica performing live at the Woman’s Club on Oct 12

Live! at the Museum takes place the second Thurs of each month from 7-8 p.m. The concert is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. Pre-reservations are available online through the Museum’s website, or at 949-494-8971 x203. These seats are held until 6:45 p.m. 

Additional seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about the series or other concerts, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or phone 949-715-9713.


Suzie’s ARTiculation

Art Walk takes viewers on very different journeys

By SUZIE HARRISON

For this ARTiculation, I am focusing on this month’s Art Walk, Oct. 5, 6 - 9 p.m., which as locals know, features many new and stimulating exhibits at more than 30 member galleries. I have decided to highlight three exhibits that take the viewer on very different journeys, expressed through different mediums in unique ways, from realism and landscapes to abstract expressionism. Works that illustrate various perspectives, including thought-provoking social commentary.

At foaSouth, curator Pat Sparkuhl is featuring Michael Heintz’s photographs, a series by the long-time Laguna Beach area artist who has shown at Festival of Arts and Sawdust Festival. The series juxtaposes automotive remnants of the past in stunning natural landscapes mostly in desolate environments. 

The photography is a series of photos that are part of a book he is working on that will be titled, “The Last Taxi,” a project he started about 37 years ago in South Dakota, where he grew up.

“The photo used on the cover was taken outside of Monument Valley many years ago, and very subtly, on the side of the car, somebody had spray painted the word taxi, and it was kind of faded by the time I did this photograph,” said Heintz, thus the title of the book. He’s photographed that same piece and location three times, showing very different perspectives.

 “It all began with these images that disappear really rather quickly,” said Heintz. “I started as a painter, not a photographer, but I thought somebody needs to record these subjects before it’s too late. So I got a camera and that’s when I started.”

He never imagined it would go on for all these years to nearly every Western state. 

“These images obviously come from very out of the way locations,” Heintz said. “I have always liked the wide landscapes that are in the Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada. But I have done a lot of work in South Dakota on the prairies too, rather than something that’s trapped in the woods.”

Heintz has photographed hundreds of locations, except the Pacific Northwest.

“This book has become much more biographical as the years have gone by. And I figure this is my statement book. I will never probably do something like this again,” said Heintz. “So I want it to be the best it can be. And the written part of the book is a series of short stories about all these adventures on these road trips.”

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Enjoy longtime local artist Mike Heintz’s work at foaSouth

His means of transportation is an old truck that he has fixed up, “Buster,” as he calls it, seemingly as old and rare as his subjects; the odometer is approaching 600,000 miles and counting.

“It has been so much a part of my life. When a photographer gets into these series there is just no end to it, you keep doing it,” said Heintz of his life’s work. He’s still at it.

The painter turned photographer and jewelry artist moved to Laguna Beach in 1968 to be high school teacher. “My first little apartment was at Anita Street Beach. And I could literally see from my front door that little house where the gallery is today,” said Heintz. “I think it’s so strange to wrap it up in the same neighborhood.”

So his adventure has gone full circle in Laguna. And at the end of the month, Heintz is moving back to the ranch he grew up in rural South Dakota, where he’ll finish his book.

saltfineart + RAWsalt Gallery

I am excited to highlight one of my favorite gallerists, Carla Tesak, and her gallery, a favorite too,saltfineart + RAWsalt Gallery, especially since Oct 3 is the nine-year anniversary of opening her first gallery in Laguna Beach.

The exhibit and participation in the Getty-led exhibit was spearheaded by one of her artists. “It felt like a perfect gift for the gallery for almost a decade now we’ve dedicated ourselves to Latin American art,” Tesak said. 

“The show is called Descendants and Dissonance,’ and it’s all about iconography and appropriation and layering of different cultures, which are very relevant to every American I would say,” said Tesak. “Whether it be right now or in their past, everyone of us came from somewhere else. And I think these artists have a very interesting take on Latino culture and things that have informed this culture.” 

And not just recent influences, but “told” by some really original voices. Oscar Magallanes’ work deals with the codices and Aztec symbols and how some of those have inspired a lot of modern mathematics, and of James Turrell, a world famous architect, who was inspired by an Aztec temple in Mexico.

“We have a really experienced voice with Linda Vallejo and her sacred geometry. They’re really cool works which are basically census data that have been made into art, so it’s like 63 percent of all labor trafficking is Latino,” said Tesak. “She’ll take a handmade paper and 63 percent of the surface will be covered in brown to represent that.”

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Experience works by Linda Vallejo, handmade paper geometry of census stats

She described Sonia Romero’s tiles as amazing. Her works tackle various social issues from GMO and things of that nature to Western expansion.

 “She has a giant pile of bison skulls and roses and Monarch [butterfly] piles. And the Monarchs migrate every year between the United States and Mexico and there are hundreds of thousands of them,” said Tesak. “It’s just about sort of an exchange of cultural ideals. It’s right up our alley.”

“I think that people should just come out and see it and come enjoy the show,” said Tesak. “Take advantage. We have this show and the Laguna Art Museum is participating in PST La/LA. It’s an opportunity to really enjoy this.”

Seven-Degrees

Ahhhhh, Seven-Degrees, one of my favorite venues of all time. There’s really nothing like it. It’s a perfect venue for Steve Metzger’s exhibit, “Colors,” featuring large-scale pieces.

“I’m showing a group paintings that I did at the beginning of the summer and they’re all about color. Each one is just a personal response to color.”

Previous to this show, Metzger painted very realistic works. He calls these pieces the opposite of that. He called the large scale, 4’ x 5,’ paintings in the show, very intuitive.

He said that the 20 paintings in the exhibit work very well in that space at Seven-Degrees because the space is large and the works are well lit. 

“I go back and forth between painting really tight realism and painting what’s called non-objective art for years. I got an MFA from Cal State Fullerton doing non-objective abstract art,” said Metzger.

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Seven-Degrees: the perfect venue for Steve Metzger’s “Colors” exhibit and music

“So I have this real strong inclination toward non-objective art where it’s color for color and shapes for shapes,” Metzger said. “I use what are called interference colors and pearlescent colors. “The thing that I like about acrylic paint it has all these possibilities for color. I don’t try to make them into trees or buildings or things. If I just use them as color, I can let that color kind of work for itself. That’s what I really like about it.”

The finished works reflect light and change with different viewings due to the acrylic “interference,” metallic, and fluorescent paints that he works with.

Metzger is a musician as well and will be performing his original works with his friend Rico Lozano on percussion. “I am musician and it seems like these paintings relate to that concept too. They’re kind of lyrical and have musical connection,” said Metzger.

Until next time…so many incredible exhibits, so little time!

 


Playhouse presents Spooktacular Tricks & Treats: dine at four scarily good restaurants this Halloween

On Tue, Oct 31, Laguna Playhouse will present Spooktacular Tricks & Treats, an exclusive & tasty Halloween dine-around party. 

Instead of trick or treating with candy and apples, guests will be treated to delectable food paired with wine and beverages from four top restaurants located within the Canyon Festival Center. 

If attendees are so inclined, they may choose to dress in a favorite Halloween costume and be rewarded with prizes for best male, female, and couples costumes. Restaurants include Another Kind Café, Kitchen in the Canyon, Ivory Lounge, and [seven degrees].

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The cozy interior of Ivory Lounge will welcome you on Halloween

The first stop of the night is at Another Kind Cafe from 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. where the dining adventure begins, with tastes from Vietnam and South-East Asia. The restaurant will be serving Bun Cha Ca, a traditional white, buttery fish that is pan fried, marinated with turmeric, and served on top of vermicelli noodles and mixed greens. The dish is topped with caramelized onions, red onions, scallions, fresh baby dill, and roasted peanuts and paired with a 2015 Simonnet Febvre Sauvignon Blanc. 

The second stop is the Kitchen in the Canyon,  from 6:30 p.m.- 7:15 p.m., serving a seasonal menu of roasted butternut squash soup with nutmeg cream, and herb marinated hanger steak skewer with truffle butter, paired with a Seasonal Aqua Fresca. 

Ivory Lounge and Restaurant, the third stop, will offer a true comfort food of veal pelmeni which is Russian style dumplings filled with tender veal and complemented by a creamy mushroom sauce. This dish will be paired with Angeline Pinot Noir. 

The final stop is [seven degrees] from 7:30 p.m- 9 p.m., with a dessert trio of mini chocolate pot de creme, lemon meringue tartlet, and cheesecake bar, along with an array of beverages including Michelle champagne, sparkling apple cider, sparkling water, gourmet coffee, and fine hot tea station. 

The evening ends there with music, dancing, and the awarding of prizes to the “The Best Costume” winners. 


LAM announces 2018 Centennial plans: Mark your calendars to help celebrate Laguna’s 100 years of art

In the summer of 1918, a group of artists led by Anna Hills and Edgar Payne opened their first exhibition in a small board-and-batten pavilion near the Laguna Beach Hotel and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA). Thus begins the story of Laguna Beach, the art colony, and the story of Laguna Art Museum.

(Stu News Laguna will be helping tell the tale of the Art Museum’s storied 100 years, and how the history of the museum is, in so many ways, a history of Laguna itself. Starting in January, we’ll feature an article a month about the many strands that connect the art museum to the town’s culture, our history and our people.)

Art from the Start: The Art Museum is where it all began for Laguna

Beginning in January 2018, the museum will celebrate this milestone with a year-long series of special exhibitions, events, programs, and collaborations. Continuing the work the LBAA began, promoting the best of California art, offering art education and programs in music, dance, and film, and the visual arts, the museum invites Laguna Beach to honor the community’s shared history and look ahead to its future.

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Laguna Art Museum under construction

Centennial Celebration Events, 2018

Centennial Bash, January 27: To kick off the centennial celebrations, the Centennial Bash will bring hundreds of art lovers and enthusiasts together for the ultimate late night party with site-specific installations, live music, craft beer, and more.

Art Auction 2018: California Cool, February 10

Art Auction 2018 will include 100 museum-curated works by California artists. This lively affair will include both live and silent auctions, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails.

Opening of Tony DeLap: A Retrospective, February 24

Accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, this retrospective of Tony DeLap’s work will include approximately eighty paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Orange County’s foremost living artist.

Patriots Day Parade, March 3: The museum will join Laguna Beach’s 52nd annual Patriots Day Parade with a centennial-themed float. 

Film Screening of Laguna Art Museum at 100, April 19: The museum will premiere a documentary film chronicling its history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, its transformation to Laguna Art Museum, and continuing to today as the museum of California art. 

Palette to Palate, June 8: This all-star edition will showcase the culinary talents of Executive Chef Craig Strong, exquisite wines, and the work of ten artists who have participated in Palette to Palate since its beginning in 2006.

Laguna Beach Art Association: The Founders, June 23: This special exhibition, accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, will feature key works by the LBAA founders and document the critical role they played in the development of the city of Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Art Museum, postcard, 1935

LBAA Birthday Party, August 25: To celebrate the birthday of the Laguna Beach Art Association, the museum will host a free day with family art activities, docent tours, and special giveaways. Come cut the birthday cake with us!

Centennial Ball, Saturday, September 29: This one-time exclusive event will celebrate Laguna Art Museum’s history in grand style with dinner, dancing, and world-class entertainment, to be held at the Festival of Arts Grounds in Laguna Beach. 

Art & Nature, November 1-4: The museum’s annual Art & Nature program presents special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor artwork, lectures, discussions, performances, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world.  

Centennial Collaborations and Projects

A Pictorial History of Laguna Art Museum, January: This publication will include a journey through the museum’s first 100 years, including the LBAA, founders, and key moments in its history, with historic images and reproductions of key works of art.

Laguna Art Museum at 100, April: The documentary film by Dale Schierholt will chronicle the museum’s history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, its transformation to the Laguna Art Museum, and continuing to today with its mission as the museum of California art. 

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Laguna Art Museum today

John Wayne Airport Exhibition, April-September: In collaboration with the John Wayne Airport Arts Program, the museum will present an exhibition inside the airport illustrating the history of the museum and art in the community and the county. 

Creative Design Collaborations: Local designers and artists, inspired by the museum’s 100-year history, will create limited-edition items and artworks available exclusively in the Museum Store.

Community Collaborations: The museum, with local organizations including the Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts, Laguna Playhouse, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, and others, will celebrate the legacy of the LBAA and the thriving creative community of Laguna Beach.

New Website: In time to celebrate the centennial year, and looking ahead to the future, Laguna Art Museum will present an engaging new website. Designed by Studio Misfits, the new site will reach audiences in communities beyond Laguna Beach, with a focus on presenting California art and engaging programs.

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. The museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive, on the corner of Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Pianist Sarkis Baltaian appears in concert for Saddleback’s Classical Keyboard Series on Oct 15

On Sun, Oct 15, Saddleback College’s Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series presents a concert and master class with pianist Sarkis Baltaian. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre.

Dr. Sarkis Baltaian has gained an international reputation as a concert pianist, chamber musician, recording artist and pedagogue. He has been praised by critics for his “beautiful tone and ability to project even the most delicate pianissimos” and compared to George Gershwin and Oscar Levant for his performance of Gershwin’s Concerto in F. Dr. Baltaian made his Carnegie Hall Debut in 1999 and has performed extensively both as recitalist and concerto soloist with major orchestras throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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Concert pianist Dr. Sarkis Baltaian

The Dept of Music at Saddleback College is a place where students of all abilities, instructors who love teaching and performing, and guest artists from around the world come together to develop their understanding of music and of themselves as creative artists. Graduates of Saddleback’s Music Department have transferred to many prestigious music schools, including Eastman School of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, University of California campuses, California State Universities, and other universities around the world. 

Tickets are $10 general; $7 seniors (presale only); $5 students; (presale only); children are free with paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC/CAPMT ID.  For tickets, call 949-582-4656, Tues through Fri, noon to 4 p.m. or order tickets online at www.saddleback.edu/arts

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Pkwy exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway and turn left. Turn right into the first campus entrance and take the second left to Theatre Circle. Parking Lot 12 is on the right.


Laguna Playhouse presents Spectacular Tricks & Treats: dine at four restaurants this Halloween

On Tue, Oct 31, Laguna Playhouse will present Spectacular Tricks & Treats, an exclusive & tasty Halloween dine-around party. 

Instead of trick or treating with candy and apples, guests will be treated to delectable food paired with wine and beverages from four top restaurants located within the Canyon Festival Center. 

If attendees are so inclined, they may choose to dress in a favorite Halloween costume and be rewarded with prizes for best male, female, and couples costumes. Restaurants include Another Kind Café, Kitchen in the Canyon, Ivory Lounge, and [seven degrees].

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The cozy interior of Ivory Lounge will welcome you on Halloween

The first stop of the night is at Another Kind Cafe from 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. where the dining adventure begins, with tastes from Vietnam and South-East Asia. The restaurant will be serving Bun Cha Ca, a traditional white, buttery fish that is pan fried, marinated with turmeric, and served on top of vermicelli noodles and mixed greens. The dish is topped with caramelized onions, red onions, scallions, fresh baby dill, and roasted peanuts and paired with a 2015 Simonnet Febvre Sauvignon Blanc. 

The second stop is the Kitchen in the Canyon,  from 6:30 p.m.- 7:15 p.m., serving a seasonal menu of roasted butternut squash soup with nutmeg cream, and herb marinated hanger steak skewer with truffle butter, paired with a Seasonal Aqua Fresca. 

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Chef Patrick Giacomo of Kitchen in the Canyon

Ivory Lounge and Restaurant, the third stop, will offer a true comfort food of veal pelmeni which is Russian style dumplings filled with tender veal and complemented by a creamy mushroom sauce. This dish will be paired with Angeline Pinot Noir. 

The final stop is [seven degrees] from 7:30 p.m- 9 p.m., with a dessert trio of mini chocolate pot de creme, lemon meringue tartlet, and cheesecake bar, along with an array of beverages including Michelle champagne, sparkling apple cider, sparkling water, gourmet coffee, and fine hot tea station. 

The evening ends there with music, dancing, and the awarding of prizes to the “The Best Costume” winners.


LAM announces 2018 Centennial plans: Mark your calendars to help celebrate Laguna’s 100 years of art

In the summer of 1918, a group of artists led by Anna Hills and Edgar Payne opened their first exhibition in a small board-and-batten pavilion near the Laguna Beach Hotel and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA). Thus begins the story of Laguna Beach, the art colony, and the story of Laguna Art Museum.

(Stu News Laguna will be helping tell the tale of the Art Museum’s storied 100 years, and how the history of the museum is, in so many ways, a history of Laguna itself. Starting in January, we’ll feature an article a month about the many strands that connect the art museum to the town’s culture, our history and our people.)

Art from the Start: The Art Museum is where it all began for Laguna

Beginning in January 2018, the museum will celebrate this milestone with a year-long series of special exhibitions, events, programs, and collaborations. Continuing the work the LBAA began, promoting the best of California art, offering art education and programs in music, dance, and film, and the visual arts, the museum invites Laguna Beach to honor the community’s shared history and look ahead to its future.

Centennial Celebration Events, 2018

Centennial Bash, January 27: To kick off the centennial celebrations, the Centennial Bash will bring hundreds of art lovers and enthusiasts together for the ultimate late night party with site-specific installations, live music, craft beer, and more.

Art Auction 2018: California Cool, February 10

Art Auction 2018 will include 100 museum-curated works by California artists. This lively affair will include both live and silent auctions, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails.

Opening of Tony DeLap: A Retrospective, February 24

Accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, this retrospective of Tony DeLap’s work will include approximately eighty paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Orange County’s foremost living artist.

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Artist Tony DeLap’s Pyramid, 1984

Patriots Day Parade, March 3: The museum will join Laguna Beach’s 52nd annual Patriots Day Parade with a centennial-themed float. 

Film Screening of Laguna Art Museum at 100, April 19: The museum will premiere a documentary film chronicling its history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, its transformation to Laguna Art Museum, and continuing to today as the museum of California art. 

Palette to Palate, June 8: This all-star edition will showcase the culinary talents of Executive Chef Craig Strong, exquisite wines, and the work of ten artists who have participated in Palette to Palate since its beginning in 2006.

Laguna Beach Art Association: The Founders, June 23: This special exhibition, accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, will feature key works by the LBAA founders and document the critical role they played in the development of the city of Laguna Beach.

LBAA Birthday Party, August 25: To celebrate the birthday of the Laguna Beach Art Association, the museum will host a free day with family art activities, docent tours, and special giveaways. Come cut the birthday cake with us!

Centennial Ball, Saturday, September 29: This one-time exclusive event will celebrate Laguna Art Museum’s history in grand style with dinner, dancing, and world-class entertainment, to be held at the Festival of Arts Grounds in Laguna Beach. 

Art & Nature, November 1-4: The museum’s annual Art & Nature program presents special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor artwork, lectures, discussions, performances, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world. 

Centennial Collaborations and Projects

A Pictorial History of Laguna Art Museum, January: This publication will include a journey through the museum’s first 100 years, including the LBAA, founders, and key moments in its history, with historic images and reproductions of key works of art.

Laguna Art Museum at 100, April: The documentary film by Dale Schierholt will chronicle the museum’s history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, its transformation to the Laguna Art Museum, and continuing to today with its mission as the museum of California art. 

John Wayne Airport Exhibition, April-September: In collaboration with the John Wayne Airport Arts Program, the museum will present an exhibition inside the airport illustrating the history of the museum and art in the community and the county. 

Creative Design Collaborations: Local designers and artists, inspired by the museum’s 100-year history, will create limited-edition items and artworks available exclusively in the Museum Store.

Community Collaborations: The museum, with local organizations including the Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts, Laguna Playhouse, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, and others, will celebrate the legacy of the LBAA and the thriving creative community of Laguna Beach.

New Website: In time to celebrate the centennial year, and looking ahead to the future, Laguna Art Museum will present an engaging new website. Designed by Studio Misfits, the new site will reach audiences in communities beyond Laguna Beach, with a focus on presenting California art and engaging programs.

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. The museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive, on the corner of Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Laguna Playhouse welcomes Sheila Hennessey and Gregory Andrews to the Board of Trustees 

Laguna Playhouse recently appointed two new Trustees to the Board, Sheila Hennessey and Gregory Andrews, according to Laguna Playhouse Board of Trustees Chair Paul Singarella.  

“We’re delighted to welcome Sheila and Gregory to our organization. They both bring great assets with a passion for live theatre, and professional knowledge and expertise working with businesses and non-profits. Both received unanimous approval from our board,” noted Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard. 

The Playhouse has been working to cultivate and attract new business leaders and philanthropists with a love of theatre to our expanding Board, which now comprises 26 members.  Board member responsibilities include participation on various committees, advocating for the Playhouse, attracting others to support the theatre, advancing its goals, and making a financial commitment of support. 

Sheila Hennessey is an actor and corporate executive with a deep love of theatre

Sheila, an actress with a deep love of theatre, and currently a Principal with executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners, was looking to give back to the community and said, “The presence of the Laguna Playhouse – a historic theater of national stature – was a significant draw for my husband and me, in choosing to move to Laguna.  I was honored to be asked to join the board, and am excited to be part of the Playhouse’s future.”  

Sheila’s work at Koya focuses on the nonprofit/university sector, including recent leadership recruitments for cultural organizations such as the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  

Her professional experience also includes: Associate Producer for Manifold Productions in Chevy Chase, MD working on two documentaries:  Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton and New Shakespeareans; Downtown Boise Association Executive Director; account executive positions with public relations firms Scofield & Co. and Hill and Knowlton; and Associate Consultant with Bain & Co.

Sheila has a Master of Fine Arts in classical acting from The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University. As a professional actress, her credentials include appearances on “Hallmark Hall of Fame”, “The Wire”, “America’s Most Wanted”, “Days of Our Lives” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”  

Gregory Andrews’ love of theatre stems from his high school years

Laguna Playhouse invited US Bank, a long-time corporate supporter of Laguna Playhouse, to ask a bank executive to join the board, and they recommended Gregory Andrews, US Bank Director of the Western Region, from Denver west.  

“My personal experience with the theatre in my teens made a huge contribution to my growth and development. I look forward to sharing that experience with the youth of Orange County through the Playhouse’s many programs,” said Gregory.

Gregory is from a small town in upstate New Hampshire that happened to have a great high school theatre program spearheaded by a couple of people who had retired there after Broadway careers.  His high school experience was a defining experience for him and also his brother.  He and his wife Ann have been frequenting the LA and NY theatre scene for many years, but he is glad to be focusing on the Playhouse which is closer to his Irvine home, and where he believes he can make a difference.  

His prior positions include Managing Director at Boustead Securities in El Segundo, CA, Group Chief Financial Officer for Wrench Group, CFO of Location Based Technologies, Managing Director of William Henry & Associates, CFO of Traffic Safety and Control, CEO Macquarie Americas Parking, and Regional Managing Director of Jefferson Wells International. Gregory received an MBA in Business Administration from UCLA, a BS in Accounting from Boston College, and is currently a CPA in good standing.  

Playhouse Board of Trustees members include: Toni Alexander, Gregory Andrews, Steven R. Chidester, Jamie Walters El-Erian, Ken Fischbeck, Joe Hanauer, Glenn Gray, Cynthia Harriss, Sheila Hennessey, Melinda Masson, Timothy D. Carlyle, Cody Engle, Otis Healy, James Hale, Lisa Hale, Gary Jenkins, Greg and Barbara MacGillivray, Jared Mathis, Jim Mellor, Heidi Miller, Justin Myers, Paul Singarella, Tim Spangler, Terri Turner, Nicholas Yrizarry, Artistic Director Ann Wareham, Executive Director Ellen Richard.

For more information on upcoming events, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com


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!

Shaena Stabler is the Owner and Publisher.

Lynette Brasfield is our Editor.

Dianne Russell is our Associate Editor.

The Webmaster is Michael Sterling.

Katie Ford is our in-house ad designer.

Alexis Amaradio, Cameron Gillepsie, Allison Rael, Barbara Diamond, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle, Maggi Henrikson, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

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