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LOCA Art Club features gallery owners, married artists & more – season kicks off Jan 17

LOCA Arts Education invites artists and creative people to its Art Club events, offered monthly in Laguna Beach. The fun, educational, and interactive gatherings take place on the third Thursday of each month. 

“Everyone can participate,” said founder Betty Haight. “It’s for artists and non-artists alike”. 

The 2019 season opens with gallery owners on Thursday, Jan 17 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at LCAD Gallery. 

LOCA Art Club Sue Greenwood

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Sue Greenwood is among gallery owners presenting at LOCA Art Club on Jan 17

Presenters will include Sue Greenwood, owner of Sue Greenwood Fine Art; Michael and Kelsey Irvin, co-owners of Kelsey-Michaels Fine Art; Todd Kenyon, owner of Pure Laguna Beach; and others. They will discuss their business perspectives, and working relationships between artists and galleries.

On February 21, Anne and Hyatt Moore will share insights on being married to another working artist, and how they share influences – yet maintain individuality in their work.

LOCA members are admitted free to all regular art club events. Guests and visitor admission is $20 per event. Advance registration is requested.

For more information, call (949) 363-4700, visit the calendar page at or click here.

LCAD Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave.

Don’t miss LAM’s Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935, closing on Sunday

Don’t miss out on seeing Laguna Art Museum’s exhibit of the century, Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935, closing on Sunday, Jan 13. The exhibit is part of a year-long celebration of the museum’s history and legacy, honoring the artists of 100 years ago, whose organization eventually became Laguna Art Museum.

The exhibit includes over 100 works by 66 artists, including a number seen in the original exhibitions. While monographs have been published on several members of the art association, and some scholarship has focused on aspects of the organization, Art Colony is the first large-scale, critical study to focus exclusively on the art association’s growth and development. 

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LAM’s “Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935” includes over 100 works by 66 artists

On both the east and west coasts, art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth century, but no two art associations were alike. The Laguna Beach Art Association was a pioneering organization whose inception helped determine the fortunes of the Laguna Beach art colony and its artists. It grew from a relatively small organization to one that included hundreds of members throughout the country. Attendance records at exhibitions were impressive. Its leadership was devoted to promoting art in Southern California, but it also traveled its exhibitions to cities outside California and championed arts education in schools. 

The Laguna Beach Art Association charted its own course, but its development and struggles were a mirror of artistic and economic issues that confronted many art colonies in the early twentieth century. Its membership included Laguna luminaries – artists who exhibited on the national and international fronts – as well as many artists whose reputations never extended far beyond the local confines.

For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive.

No Square is holding auditions for Avenue Q starting Monday, Feb 18

No Square Theatre is looking for talented cast members – singers, actors, and puppeteers – for its production of Avenue Q, a puppet-filled comedy that follows a group of 20-somethings seeking their purpose in big city life. Auditions start on Monday, Feb 18 at 6:30 p.m., and are by appointment only.

The show will be directed by Joe Lauderdale, with musical direction by Roxanna Ward and the puppetry skills of Puppet Master McKay Mangum. Roles are being cast for both puppeteers and human-character actors.

Forms and audition details are available at 

No Square Avenue Q Bree and Joe

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No Square Theatre founder and artistic director Bree Burgess Rosen pictured with Joe Lauderdale, who will direct No Square’s production of Avenue Q

Puppeteer roles include:

--Male puppeteer – age 20s-30s, to play Princeton and Rod, baritone-tenor

--Female puppeteer – age 20s-30s, to play Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut, alto-mezzo

--Male puppeteer – age 20s-30s, to play Nicky, Trekkie, Idea Bear, and other puppets, baritone-tenor

--Female puppeteer – 20s-30s, to play Mrs. T and Bad Idea Bear, plus additional puppets, alto-mezzo

Human roles include:

--Christmas Eve – female, 20s-30s, therapist, Japanese, mezzo

--Brian – male, 20s-30s, laid-back, engaged to Christmas Eve, baritone-tenor

--Gary Coleman – female, 20s-30s, African American, building superintendent, alto-mezzo

Puppeteers will work with Puppet Master McKay Mangum in workshops on how to use puppets March 18 - 26, at a time to be determined.

Auditions are by appointment only. To make an audition appointment, contact the director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Before auditioning:

--Download and fill out the audition form and conflict calendar from – three conflicts maximum.

--Prepare about 32 bars of an up-tempo musical theatre song. You may also be asked for a ballad. You will need to sing a portion of your song in a character puppet voice if you are auditioning for a puppet character.

--Prepare to bring sheet music in the proper key (no transposing). Sheet music must be two-sided if more than two pages, and placed in a three-ring binder.

--Bring a resume and photo.

Rehearsals begin around March 18. The general rehearsal schedule will be Monday - Friday, 6:30 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This schedule is only approximate and is subject to change. Not everyone will be needed at every rehearsal.

Performances will be Friday - Sunday, May 10 to 26, at 7:30 p.m. at No Square Theatre, located at Historic Legion Hall at 384 Legion St.

For more information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, visit

FOA Foundation funding grants available, submission deadline is Feb 15

The Festival of Arts Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now available for 2019 Art Grants. Nonprofit organizations that have programs that promote fine arts in and about the City of Laguna Beach may apply. Grant applications are available online at The submission deadline is February 15.

“The Foundation board looks forward to reviewing your organization’s grant application this year,” said FOA Foundation President Scott Moore. “We’re proud to be able to help fund the many art-related nonprofits in the Laguna Beach community, emphasizing the enrichment of our children and young adults in all disciplines of art.”

For more information on the grant application process, contact Moore at (949) 494-9680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FOA Community Grant applications

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The FOA Foundation offers grants to nonprofits that promote fine arts locally

In 1989, the Festival of Arts with a $1.5 million donation established the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, to guarantee annual financial support for the arts in Laguna Beach.

The FOA Foundation, co-founded by John Rayment and David Young, was designed to hold these funds in a permanent endowment. The earnings and income from this endowment would be distributed annually in the form of scholarships to graduates of Laguna Beach High School and as grants to nonprofit art organizations and educational institutions in and about the City of Laguna Beach.

The FOA Foundation operates independently from the Festival of Arts. In 2007, the Festival of Arts assumed the financial responsibility of the art scholarships, enabling The FOA Foundation to focus on its grant program for local nonprofit art organizations.

The FOA Foundation is comprised of a five-member board of trustees who oversees and administers the program including Scott Moore (president), John Campbell (vice president), Bob Earl (treasurer), Jacquie Moffett (secretary), and Kathy Jones (board member).

For more information, visit

Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series kicks off Jan 30

at [seven-degrees], tickets now available

Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series 2019, presented by Laguna Beach Live!, promises to deliver some of the hottest straight-ahead jazz musicians in the region in an intimate cabaret setting at [seven-degrees]. Jazz Wednesdays concerts are every two weeks, January 30 - March 27, from 6 - 8 p.m.

The Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series concert schedule includes:

January 30: Grammy-winning drummer Peter Erskine Trio feat. Alan Pasqua on piano and Darek Oles on bass (Trio Jazz)

February 13: World-renowned saxophonist Rickey Woodard Quartet feat. very special guest vocalist (Vocal Jazz)

Febuary 27: Acclaimed guitarist Will Brahm and the World Music All-Stars (Latin/World Jazz)

March 13: Critically acclaimed bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb Trio (Classic Jazz)

March 27: All-Star Tribute to Chet Baker and Peggy Lee feat. world-renowned trumpeter Bijon Watson, very special guest vocalist, and the Laguna Beach Live! All-Stars (Iconic Jazz)

Jazz Wednesdays

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A must see, Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series 2019 kicks off on Jan 30

Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series 2019 takes place at the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. A full bar and buffet dinner menus are available for purchase starting at 5 p.m.

Single-concert tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door; season tickets are $125. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders, and Laguna Beach Live! membership. Reservations are accepted until noon on the day of the concert or until sold out. 

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call (949) 715-9713.

Laguna Playhouse presents Pulitzer Prize-winning show Driving Miss Daisy

Laguna Playhouse presents four-time Emmy winner Michael Learned from “The Walton’s” and Lance E. Nichols of HBO’s “Treme” starring in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy. The play will begin previews on Wednesday, Jan 9 and open on Sunday, Jan 13 at 5:30 p.m. Performances will run through Sunday, Jan 27. 

Executive Director Ellen Richard comments, “We are thrilled to bring in 2019 with this powerful and still vitally important play.” Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham adds, “Michael Learned and Lance E. Nichols will ignite the stage with their critically acclaimed powerful portrayals of these iconic characters. Led by our brilliant director Michael Bloom, this is a not-to-be-missed production to start the New Year.” 

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Driving Miss Daisy, written by Alfred Uhry, is a classic play you won’t want to miss

Driving Miss Daisy is written by Alfred Uhry and directed by Michael Bloom. Sparks fly in Alfred Uhry’s groundbreaking story about the decades-long relationship between a strong-willed, well-to-do Jewish woman and her black chauffeur, in the Jim Crow south. 

Set against a backdrop of changing world events between the late 1940s and early ‘70s, what begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them. 

Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. There will no performance on Sunday, Jan 13 at 1 p.m. There will be added performances on Thursday, Jan 10 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan 20 at 5:30 p.m.’ and Thursday, Jan 24 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets range from $55 - $85 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). 

Group discounts are available by calling (949) 497-2787 ext. 229.  Prices are subject to change.     

The box office is open Mondays - Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Playhouse open during facelift

Laguna Playhouse construction

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Renovation continues on Laguna Playhouse with building updates

which include the replacement of the existing textured stucco with a smooth finish, lowering the front screen walls, additions to the metal canopy, landscaping, and new signage and color palette programs. The Playhouse remains open with Driving Miss Daisy, which runs from January 9 - 27, and Forever Motown from Jan 30 - Feb. 2. The groundbreaking took place on Nov 5, and the project will take six months, which puts the completion date in April.

Laguna Art Museum presents free film night screening of The Band’s Visit on Jan 17

On Thursday, Jan 17 at 6 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host a free film night screening of The Band’s Visit

Local musician Jason Feddy will introduce his personal favorite, the 2007 comedy-drama film directed and written by Eran Kolirin.

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LAM hosts free film screening of “The Band’s Visit” with an introduction by Jason Feddy

In The Band’s Visit, the eight men of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive in Israel from Egypt. They have been booked by an Arab cultural center in Petah

Tikva, but through a miscommunication (Arabic has no “p” sound, and regularly replaces it with “b”), the band takes a bus to Beit Hatikva, a fictional town in the middle of the Negev Desert.

Film Night is generously sponsored by Compass.

For more information and to reserve tickets, go to   

For questions or to reserve tickets by phone, call (949) 494-8971 ext. 203.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

Gallery Q accepting artwork for “New Beginnings” exhibit on Jan 10

Gallery Q at the Susi Q Senior Center will be accepting artwork from local artists for “New Beginnings,” the gallery’s first exhibition of 2019, on Thursday, Jan 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

The gallery invites Orange County artists of all ages to submit works of art that are new adventures for them as an artist. This can be a new art form, new subject matter, new medium or technique, along with any artistic interpretation that communicates “New Beginnings”. 

All styles and mediums are encouraged and accepted including collage, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, relief, mosaics, jewelry, textiles, photography, digital, and mixed media. 

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Susi Q Senior Center opens its doors to artists for its first exhibition of 2019

The entry fee is $25 per piece and additional entry pieces are $5 each with a limit of three. Scholarships are available to individuals 65+ on a limited income. 

A free Artist’s Reception with live music, beverages, and light refreshments will take place on Friday, Jan 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from January 14 through February 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Gallery Q presents up to five shows per year at The Susi Q. Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors. 

To apply, visit the Susi Q front desk or download the guidelines and application form at

For more information, call (949) 715-8106 or email Bill Atkins, Arts Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Susi Q Senior Center is located at 380 Third St.

Call to artists: Arts Commission is accepting applications to redesign Red Telephone Booth 

The Laguna Beach Arts Commission is accepting proposals for the Red Telephone Booth temporary art installation site on Forest Avenue. The selected design will be installed for a 24-month period. 

Eligible artists include those who are residents of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Ventura counties.

 The K-6 telephone booth is located on Forest Avenue downtown. In 1935, architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott created the telephone box, which is an iconic image throughout the United Kingdom. Called K-6, the design was commissioned by the Post Office to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. Royal though its patronage may be, the telephone kiosk made technology available to everyone. Although once used as a telephone kiosk, the public telephone has been removed and the box now serves as an installation site for temporary public art. 

Call to artists

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The Arts Commission is accepting applications to redesign the Red Telephone Booth Sculpture, deadline is Jan 7

Proposals and designs should be imaginative, whimsical, and colorful. Artists may incorporate a design or installation on the interior or exterior of the box. The box measurers 3’ x 3’ x 8’4” and is permanently affixed to the sidewalk. The proposed artwork will be owned by the artist and, if designed for that purpose, returned to the artist at the conclusion of the exhibition period.

The deadline for submission is Monday, Jan 7, and the honorarium is $5,000. The program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

Apply online at

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