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Laguna Dance Festival celebrates 14th season with dazzling Stardust and Stars of Dance, Oct 5 - 7

This year, Laguna Dance Festival inspires audiences to “Open your eyes to the possibilities of movement without restraint,” by bringing a galaxy of talent to the stage for three spectacular performances, on Friday, Oct 5, Saturday, Oct 6, and Sunday, Oct 7 at the Laguna Playhouse. 

Breaking the boundaries of dance in a tribute to the late great icon David Bowie, on Friday, Oct 5, Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs Stardust. Following this one night event, Stars of Dance grace the stage on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 6 and 7, with a performance that offers the unique opportunity to see both current and future stars in one thrilling program. Laguna Beach’s own Skylar Campbell, who is featured in today’s Laguna Life and People, is Principal Dancer for Stars of Dance.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet 

Complexions represents one of the most recognized and respected performing arts brands in the world. Laguna Beach audiences will experience the brilliance of David Bowie like never before with Stardust

This production will feature many of the singer’s most beloved hits and glam rock-inspired costumes. Stardust takes an array of Bowie’s hits and creates a powerful, moving visual imprint, inspired by his unique personas and his restless artistic invention.

Included in the evening program are excerpts from Complexions’ most iconic contemporary repertory.

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Complexions performs Stardust for one night only on Friday, Oct 5

In the 23 years since its inception, the company has born witness to a world that is becoming more fluid, more changeable and more culturally interconnected than ever before – continuing its mission of bringing unity to the world, one dance at a time.

The innovative company that transcends tradition, Complexions Contemporary Ballet breaks the boundaries of  dance.

Founded in 1994 by master choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary Desmond Richardson, Complexions’ foremost innovation is to remove any barriers to creative expression, not reinforce them. This singular approach mixes methods, styles and cultures to create groundbreaking movement that embodies the company’s historical moment, while simultaneously building its future.

Although Rhoden always wanted to choreograph a dance piece to the music of the chameleonic pop star, Bowie’s death in January 2016 provided the catalyst to bring the project to fruition. The result is Stardust, a tribute to Bowie that made its West Coast premiere at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 20. 

“His music is timeless,” Rhoden said in an interview with LA Times. “It will be the kind of music that people listen to and really recognize a certain time in the world or in your life. I think he chronicled the world we live in, really.” 

Rhoden, who never met Bowie, said Stardust could almost be described as a rock opera.

Billboard Magazine describes it as, “Inventive, emotionally satisfying and just plain joyful, the dancers of Complexions are utterly transfixing.” 

Stars of Dance

Stars of Dance brings together Ballet West, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Diavolo/Architecture in Motion on the stage. In addition, dancers from USC of Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s Inaugural BFA class will perform works choreographed by Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton and Laguna Dance Festival Founder and Artistic Director Jodie Gates. 

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Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell from Stars of Dance, Oct 6 - 7

Laguna Dance Festival challenges audiences to “Experience an unforgettable performance of today’s brightest Stars of Dance. The program includes some of the most exciting dancers in ballet and contemporary dance including international artists. Be ready to be dazzled by principal ballerina and ‘Breaking Pointe’ star Beckanne Sisk and Soloist Chase O’Connell of Ballet West, Principal Skylar Campbell and Jordana Daumec of National Ballet of Canada, and Principals Dores Andre and Joseph Walsh of San Francisco Ballet with classical and contemporary duets.” 

Laguna Dance Festival also offers a Master Class with Complexions at LBHS on Saturday, Oct 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and a Master Class with Stars of Dance Beckanne Sisk on Sunday, Oct 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pair this Master Class with the Sunday matinee performance for the Sunday Student Package for $50.) To register, go to www.lagunadancefestival.org.

Dance Festival Schedule of Events:

Thursday, Oct 4 at 7 p.m. – free backstage, no tickets needed to attend this event

Friday, Oct 5 at 7:30 p.m. (pre-show talk 6:30 p.m.) – Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs Stardust, one night only

Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:30 p.m. – Stars of Dance

Sunday, Oct 7 at 2 p.m. (pre-show talk at 1 p.m.) – Stars of Dance

For tickets or more information, go to www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call (949) 497-2787.

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Festival of Arts now accepting applications for the 2019 fine art show

Voted one of the top five art festivals in the nation by USA Today readers, the Festival of Arts is now accepting applications by Orange County’s finest artists for its 2019 fine art show. The 2019 show will run July 5 - August 31. 

Artists who would like to apply for the 2019 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 at www.foapom.com/apply. For more information, call (949) 464-4234.

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Festival of Arts is now accepting artist applications for the 2019 summer show

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. Jurying fees are $50 per medium submitted.

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.

The Festival of Arts will host a free seminar, “How to Prepare Your Artwork for Submission to the 2019 Summer Exhibit.” 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 October 1 at noon in the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts grounds located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Additional dates and locations will be announced. Check the Festival of Arts’ website at www.foapom.com for updates.

Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call (949) 464-4234.


Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents The Giver the last weekend of Sept

The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre is proud to present the play The Giver by Eric Coble, directed by Darryl B. Hovis. Performances are on Friday, Sept 28 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sep 29 at 1 and 6 p.m., and Sunday, Sept 30 at 1 and 6 p.m.

The Giver is the Playhouse’s Theatre for a New Generation Production (TNG) and is suitable for ages 11 and older. The play examines a dystopian society in which everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. 

The main character is a boy named Jonas who turns 12 and is chosen for training from The Giver to receive and keep the memories of the community.

Director Darryl B. Hovis earned his MA in Theatre Production at Central Washington University and studied acting at the Professional Conservatory at UCSD and South Coast Repertory. He is the Associate Producer of Theater for Young Audiences as well as Co-Education Director at Chance Theater where he directs and teaches. 

Tickets range from $15 - $25 and are available by calling the ticket office at (949) 497-2787 x  or online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Mystic Arts Gallery to host a special guest artist night featuring work by Mary Gulino tonight

Mystic Arts Gallery invites the public to attend a special guest artist night tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery is celebrating and featuring the photography of Mary Gulino, who owns My Artist Loft in Laguna Beach and teaches group and one-on-one classes in photography, Photoshop and Lightroom, and all mediums of painting and drawing. 

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Mystic Arts Gallery is hosting a special guest artist night t featuring Mary Gulino  tonight

Gulino is showing a selection of her local photography as well as photos of Hawaii. Mystic Arts Gallery, located at 664 S Coast Hwy, will have wine and cheese, appetizers, snacks, and beverages. 

Please RSVP by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text at (949) 371-3375. 

To learn more about Gulino, visit www.MyArtistLoft.com. To learn more about Mystic Arts Gallery, visit www.mysticartslaguna.com.


Laguna Community Concert Band presents a special tribute to Broadway Musicals on Sept 30

On Sunday, September 30, the 2018 Laguna Community Concert Band will present “A Tribute to Broadway Musicals” at 2 p.m. at Artists Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. Roger Dennis and his wife Karen will be there greeting all music lovers. As Roger says, “I’ve never been disappointed, always entertained and left feeling happy.”

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Laguna Community Concert Band will play a Tribute to Broadway Musicals

Almost 20 years ago on Hospitality Night, a long time Laguna Beach resident, Roger Dennis, saw a small group of six people gathered together playing holiday music. Dr. Bill Nichols, the conductor, had formed a community band by pulling his musician friends together. This was the genesis of the concert band. Though the band was small, Dennis believed it would grow, and he continued to follow their development.

The original six players attracted more and more musicians who had taken a hiatus from music to pursue more lucrative careers. These people needed an organization that utilized and appreciated their talents. As the quality of the music improved, their schedule expanded, forming the Laguna Community Concert Band. 

In addition to winning awards the band has played for sound tracks for Laguna College of Arts + Design, become an official 501(c)3 nonprofit, and achieved sponsorship by Irvine Valley College Emeritus program. They have performed at the Laguna Playhouse with its fine acoustics, and serenaded pre-Pageant of the Masters attendees in July and August. 

Artists Theatre is located at 625 Park Avenue. Admission is free. 

For more information on the Laguna Community Concert Band visit, www.lagunaconcertband.com.


Laguna Beach Live! presents a special tribute concert at The Montage

Laguna Beach Live! will present Paying Tribute to the Incredible Women of Song on Tuesday, Oct 23. The concert will be held at the Montage Resort from 6 - 8 p.m. Acclaimed vocalist Jane Monhiet was recently confirmed to join the other very talented vocalists Maya Sykes and Olivia Kuiper Harris. 

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Acclaimed vocalist Jane Monheit will pay tribute to legendary female artists

Together the vocalists will pay homage to legendary females whose voices and music are timeless – from Natalie Cole, to Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin, and beyond. Backing up these amazing vocalists will be the Laguna Beach Live! All-Stars, led by renowned trumpeter Bison Watson. 

VIP Tickets are $100 for preferred seating including your choice of one menu item that will be served at your table, $50 for Premium table seating and $30 for Standard theatre style chairs in rear. 

Doors open at 5 p.m. and food and drinks are available for purchase in advance or at the time of the event. Parking is $5.

The Montage Resort is located at 30801 South Coast Hwy. 

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


BC Space presents Mark Chamberlain art sale and exhibition with opening reception this Friday

BC Space is pleased to present an exhibition and sale of Mark Chamberlain Cibachrome Prints, created and printed during the 1970s and 80s. The exhibition, Mark Chamberlain Cibachrome Prints, will be on view, with his work available for purchase, until October 31. 

There will be an opening reception this Friday, Sept 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at BC Space. The exhibition and sale will also include works of art from Mark’s private collection. 

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“Lip Service” is from Mark Chamberlain’s Future Fossil series from the 1970s and ‘80s

Following Mark’s April 2018 passing, these historic photographic artworks represent a rare collecting opportunity, explains Miriam Smith, art consultant and founder of Art Resource Group, Irvine, CA.

The exhibition and sale will include Chamberlain’s well-known Future Fossils series from the 1970s and ‘80s in which he examines the California landscape of that period. He explained for a 2010 exhibition, “Steel and glass structures with the energetic colors in the glossy billboards that advertised the new age, dominated the western landscape. They seemed almost super realistic to me.”

Chamberlain’s lesser-known sensual Dream Sequences series from the 1980s, also created with the Cibachrome process, is an impassioned series exploring human sexuality and eroticism. His important and documentary images from the Laguna Canyon Project, a photographic documentation of the Canyon Road, the main access route to Laguna Beach and the Pacific Ocean from inland Orange County, will also be included.

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“All that glitters” is a Future Fossil piece that examines California landscape during the 1970s and ‘80s

The Cibachrome process (today known as Ilfochrome) is a 30-plus-year-old method of creating color prints that do not fade, discolor, or deteriorate. Characteristics include image clarity, color purity, and especially, archival permanence.

Printed images from Chamberlain’s most recent project, The Legacy Project, also for sale, document the transition of the MCAS El Toro (an abandoned military base in the heart of the OC) to the Orange County Great Park, from 2002 to 2010.

Mark Chamberlain co-founded BC Space Gallery in 1973 with Jerry Burchfield, and operated the space solely since 1987. It is one of the longest continually running fine art photography galleries in the country.

In October 2014, Chamberlain received a Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award as “Artistic Visionary” from Arts Orange County. In 2015, an exhibition on the Laguna Canyon Project, “The Canyon Project: Artivism,” opened at Laguna Art Museum and ran for two months. Chamberlain’s book, “The Laguna Canyon Project: Refining Artivism,” was published in 2018 by the Laguna Wilderness Press. 

Chamberlain’s work is in public and private collections, including the Laguna Art Museum, UC Irvine Archives and the Orange County Museum of Art.

To view some of the works for sale, visit www.bcspace.com

BC Space is located at 235 Forest Ave.


Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre open auditions for Godspell this Friday & Saturday by appointment only

Laguna Playhouse is casting actors, singers, and dancers for for the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre production of the Rock Opera Godspell based on the gospels of St. Matthew. 

Auditions are by appointment only this Friday, Sept 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Sept 22, from 1 to 6 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach at 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd.

To audition, prepare a one-minute monologue and a 16 bars up-temp musical theatre song. Improvisation and storytelling skills are a plus. All vocal types are needed. Only phone calls are accepted. To make an audition appointment with Wally Ziegler, call (949) 342-1785. Bring a photo, resume, and fall schedule and fill out a conflict sheet. 

Callbacks are by invitation only on Sunday, Sept 23, from 1 to 6 p.m. Full Cast Rehearsals begin on October 1. The production performs November 10 to 18 for 12 performances, including two school day morning matinees on November 15 and 16. Godspell is a Rock Opera suitable for ages 7 and older. 

Godspell is a whimsical, unique, and contemporary ensemble show. It speaks to the passion of Jesus Christ, to teach love and joy in the hearts of people, rather than hate and sadness. The show is composed of various musical parables from The Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. Toward the end of the second act, the show begins to follow a more linear narrative as Jesus is betrayed by Judas and eventually crucified.

For more information, www.lagunaplayhouse.com/youth-theatre/auditions.


Celebrate LAM’s 100-year legacy in grand style at the Centennial Ball on Saturday, Sept 29

On Saturday, Sept 29, from 6 to 11 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host a once-in-a-lifetime event, the Centennial Ball, celebrating the museum’s 100-year legacy in grand style at the Festival of Arts grounds with fine cuisine, dancing, and world-class entertainment. Proceeds from the event will benefit the museum’s mission of providing a cultural and artistic center, art education for all ages, acclaimed exhibitions, and excellent programming to the community for the next 100 years.

Guests will be treated to a voyage through major milestones in California art and an incredible dining experience with cuisine by Chef Ben Martinek of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, Chef Amar Santana of Broadway by Amar Santana, and Chef Craig Strong of Ocean at Main. Starting with the art of the museum’s founders, the reception will feature 1920s music and an early Laguna artist’s landscape. Dinner will be infused with the aesthetics of modernist works, and guests will dance the night away under the influence of the California light and space movement.

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Celebrate LAM’s 100-year legacy at the Centennial Ball in grand style at the Festival of Arts grounds on Saturday, Sept 29

Chef Santana will prepare hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail reception, featuring creative cocktails with Carbonadi Vodka and Código 1530 Tequila, wines by Arrow&Branch and Viña Herminia, and music by The Gatsbys.

Chef Ben Martinek’s three-course dinner will be paired with wines courtesy of Morlet Family Vineyards, and celebrity MCs Chuck Henry and Fritz Coleman will lead the evening’s program, including a performance by The Tony Guerrero Quintet and special guests.

After-party bites by Chef Craig Strong will lead guests into an evening of dancing, with music by Soulcirque and a performance by the anonymous artists The Bumbys.

The 100-year legacy started in the summer of 1918 by a group of artists led by Anna Hills and Edgar Payne, who opened their first exhibition in a small board-and-batten pavilion near the Laguna Beach Hotel and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association.

Ten years later, they led a successful effort to build a custom-designed and permanent gallery on Cliff Drive, which opened in 1929 and survives within the present museum building. The founding of the LBAA is the beginning of the story of Laguna Art Museum, as well as the story of Laguna Beach, the art colony. The Laguna Playhouse, founded in 1920; the Festival of Arts, founded in 1932; and the Pageant of the Masters, first presented in 1933, are among the arts organizations that also trace their roots to the LBAA. The Festival of Arts grounds, wonderfully historical and beautifully renovated for the Festival’s 85th anniversary, provides an especially fitting place to celebrate Laguna Art Museum’s 100th year with the Centennial Ball.

In addition to celebrating the milestone of 100 years, the Centennial Ball will provide support for the museum’s acclaimed exhibitions and educational programs, strengthening the foundation for it to continue as the cultural and artistic center of Laguna Beach for the next 100 years.

The Centennial Ball co-chairs are Kathleen Abel and Deborah Engle, and the committee members are Wendy Aird, Rick Balzer, Susan Davis, Amy Fulford, Vanessa Helin, Lucetta Kallis, Suzanne Mellor, Marisa Robbins, Laura Rohl, Kristin Samuelian, Ann Wareham, and Leslie Weaver.

LAM’s Centennial Ball will be held at the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. For tickets and more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org/events/centennial-ball.

 Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


LCAD donor and trustee Ted Baxter to sign debut memoir at Laguna Beach Books on Oct 7

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced that Ted Baxter, former trustee, will sign copies of his new book Relentless: How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better, at Laguna Beach Books. The new release tells the incredible story of his recovery from a massive stroke with aphasia at the age of 41. The book signing event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 7.

“We are enormously proud of Ted and anticipate his book will instill hope and inspiration into the lives of many people,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. “Ted is a great friend to LCAD. His extraordinary financial gift continues to provide guidance and support to our students living with disabilities as they make progress towards graduation. We are a better College thanks to his philanthropy and his years of volunteer leadership as a trustee.”

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LCAD donor and trustee Ted Baxter to sign debut memoir about surviving a stroke at age 41 at Laguna Beach Books on Oct 7

During his five-year membership on LCAD’s Board of Trustees, Baxter’s gifts allowed LCAD to provide resources for students with disabilities, learning disorders, and other health issues in support of their art and design education. 

Students greatly appreciated his thoughtful generosity, which allowed them not only to excel in their field of study, but also to graduate and continue to successful careers as working artists and designers. 

For more information about the event, call Laguna Beach Books at (949) 494-4779. Laguna Beach Books is located at 1200 S Coast Hwy.

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events, and Annual Fund, visit www.lcad.edu.

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