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Sawdust Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction Sunday

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival will host the 32nd Annual Benevolence Fund Auction this Sunday, Aug 12. The Sawdust Artists’ Benevolence Fund is a source of financial assistance for artists in Laguna Beach who have suffered a catastrophic event, leaving them unable to work. A silent auction will be held at the festival’s Healy House at 10 a.m. followed by a live auction on the main deck, beginning at 1 p.m.

The auction will feature an exciting selection of art created by Sawdust artists, including paintings, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, photography, and more. These artists have generously donated their work with the goal of raising funds for fellow artists in times of need. 

Professional auctioneer Tony DeZao, who will be presiding over the live auction, is sure to pack the experience with lots of laughs and entertaining stories.

“Over the years, our art auction has raised over $150,000. It’s encouraging to see how much our community of art patrons values local artists,” said Monica Prado, president of the Artists’ Benevolence Fund board of trustees.

This year the auction will spotlight a guest artist from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. “Our auction will be highlighting a beautiful mural by Puerto Rican artist, Jwan Perez-Ramos,” said trustee Jay Grant. “Ramos is the Sawdust Art Festival’s guest artist this year, a painter whose house was decimated last year by Hurricane Maria.”

The Sawdust will be matching the purchase price of Perez-Ramos’ mural dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000. It’s the artist’s hope to be able to purchase a new roof for his family’s home.

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Get unique original art by Sawdust artists for a good cause at the Sawdust Benevolence Fund Auction on Sunday

The Fund began as the Artists’ Relief Fund in 1987, when artwork was auctioned to help a critically ill Sawdust Festival artist. In 1993, the fund was reorganized as a nonprofit shelter within the Sawdust Festival and expanded to help not only Sawdust exhibitors, but any working artist in the city of Laguna Beach. With a $1,000 maximum monthly grant amount, the Artists’ Benevolence Fund has provided much needed financial relief and assistance to artists in times of need.

“Anyone may contribute to the Fund, but each summer, Sawdust artists rise to the occasion and selflessly donate their art to the annual Artists’ Benevolence Fund Art Auction. This special event accounts for the majority of the revenue raised for the Artists’ Fund,” said a Sawdust spokesperson.

For complimentary entry to the Sawdust to attend the Benevolence Fund Auction, email Franky Duschane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about the Sawdust Artists’ Benevolence Fund, visit www.sawdustartfestival.org/about/artists-benevolence-fund

The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, call (949) 494-3030.


Playhouse offers free group outings for select nonprofits through its kids’ TheatreHope program

From September 28 - 30, the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre, through its new TheatreHope program, will present a play based on the classic children’s novel, The Giver – and because of the generosity of donors, the theatre will be able to offer free group outings for nonprofit groups serving families in need.

Guests who arrive early will also receive an exclusive backstage tour of the historic Moulton Theatre. In addition, following each performance, a panel of mental health experts will discuss the themes of the play and how they relate to the current challenges facing many of today’s youth.

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Young guests are exposed to many different aspects of the theatre, not only acting, as well as discussions before and after the show

For nonprofit organizations that need assistance, TheatreHope reimburses group transportation costs. In addition, if the majority of the group is comprised of individuals with household incomes below 200 percent of the poverty line, a complimentary meal will be provided prior to the performance.

“TheatreHope enables kids to gain exposure to the many roles and responsibilities required to produce a world-class play, such as costume design, set building, stage managing, lighting, sound work, casting, box office, executive management, screenwriting and directing,” said Michael Garman, the Playhouse’s new Grants and Community Outreach Manager. 

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These kids enjoy a rare opportunity to watch a play through TheatreHope 

(TheatreHope is different from the Playhouse’s TheatreReach community project, which was highlighted in a recent issue of Stu News Laguna.

TheatreHope brings groups of kids to witness a variety of plays in the Playhouse itself, opening up new vistas of possibility and showcasing performances relevant to their lives as a result of the free outings. 

TheatreReach actors and producers go out to schools in poorer areas or underserved areas to enact short plays based on curriculum books, bringing schoolwork to life in front of the kids and stimulating an appreciation of the arts.) 

Garman notes how valuable this exposure to the theatre is for kids who would normally not have access to this world.

Expanding kids’ world view through the arts

“Through these experiences, participants learn about the employment opportunities that exist in live theatre, and in Southern California’s entertainment industry as a whole,” he notes. 

Before and after the performance, Playhouse personnel share their personal stories and professional paths to the theatre, providing guests with guidance about pursuing a career in the arts for themselves, an opportunity which may have seemed unattainable or unavailable to many participants prior to their experience at Laguna Playhouse. 

“We have partnered with a growing coalition of local nonprofits serving families facing homelessness, food insecurity, disabilities, terminal disease, and the effects of addiction,” adds Garman. 

Our goal is for The Playhouse to provide a platform for local collaboration by bringing together community members, service providers, politicians, philanthropists and local businesses to facilitate important discussions and collaborative action plans to tackle pressing economic and social issues.” 

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Boys and Girls Club members enjoy a great outing through TheatreHope

Since the program’s inception, Laguna Playhouse has been fortunate to establish relationships with a broad coalition of nonprofit organizations, including ThinkTogether, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, South County Outreach, Community Outreach Alliance, Laguna Niguel & Mission Viejo YMCA, Glennwood House, Simon Family Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, to mention just a few. 

These organizations provide a wide range of services for the most vulnerable in our community, including: homeless families and those living in transition; military families; food insecure families; individuals with disabilities and terminal disease; and those affected by addiction. 

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The Giver is a 1993 American young adult novel by Lois Lowry, adapted for stage. It is set in a society that at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. 

Performances of The Giver will take place on Friday, Sept 28 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept 29 and Sunday, Sept 30 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

To set up a group outing, contact Michael Garman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 715-5355.

For more information, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.org.


Festival of Arts: Calendar of events Aug 11 - Aug 17

Get ready for spectacular fun at Festival of Arts: music, wine, and painting, what a week and weekend!

Weekend Nightly Music Schedule
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission

Tuesday, Aug 7: Anne Walsh and Tom Zink (part of the Tribute Tuesday music series)

Wednesday, Aug 8: Laguna Community Concert Band

Thursday, Aug 9: Pretzel Logic (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Friday, Aug 10: Melanie Taylor” (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Saturday, Aug 11: Quattrosound

Sunday, Aug 12: Josie James

Art Talks and Tea
Sponsored by PBS SoCal
Date: Wednesday, Aug 8
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join in fascinating and informative discussions with Festival of Arts exhibitors at Art Talks and Tea, sponsored by PBS SoCal. Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. 

On Wednesday, Aug 8, the topic will be “Secret Lives – the Other Me” a conversation with artists about the other part of their life and how it impacts their work. Speakers include Kathy Jones, Jacques Garnier, Betty Haight, Larry Marley, and Bruce Burr.

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate:
Live Performance by Pretzel Logic

Sponsored by Charles Schwab
Date: Thursday, Aug 9
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission).

Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from XAN Confections. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family.

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Pretzel Logic brings the spirit of Steely Dan alive with exciting musical stylings

Los Angeles based “Pretzel Logic – A Steely Dan Revue” has been playing the festival scene, as well as the club circuit in Southern California since 2001. The group’s dedicated members play with a passion the music of Steely Dan, whose legendary hits include “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Josie,” and “Peg.”

 The music of Steely Dan crosses many musical boundaries. From their jazzy horn lines and smooth vocals, to rock guitar licks and funky grooves, their appeal is wide ranging. With an array of classic songs that ease you into your seat, and upbeat tunes that get you dancing, Steely Dan’s repertoire has an impact on everyone. This little “big band” consists of three vocalists, three horns, and a solid rhythm section. Pretzel Logic brings the spirit of Steely Dan alive with a powerful show that leaves people buzzing.

Adult and Teen Art Workshops
Printmaking with Vinita Voogd

Date: Friday, Aug 10
Time: 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Explore the art of printmaking at the Festival of Arts! This class will focus on the collagraph technique which combines collage, drawing, painting and sculptural elements. Students will use oil-based paints applied with brushes and rollers to create their own colorful, textured and unique prints.Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

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FOA exhibitor Vinita Voogd takes students on an exciting printmaking journey

Concerts on the Green
Sponsored by Cambria Estates Vineyard and Winery

Down To The Bone
Date: Saturday, Aug 11
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission).

Down To The Bone is Stuart Wade as producer, writer and mastermind behind the whole groove project, working with other talented musicians and co-writers to bring together a project of good grooves. Set up at the tail end of 1995 when Wade decided to take a track from the soul band he was in at the time, Think Twice, and remix it to give it a rawer and stripped down feel. The result was the Down To The Bone remix of the track ‘Joy Is Free’ which had great success.

Adult and Teen Art Classes
Ceramics with Marty Barth
Date: Saturday, Aug 11
Time: 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Instructor Marty Barth will guide students through the process of creating their own ceramic piece. In this dynamic class, participants will learn how to work with clay using a variety of ceramic tools and hand-building techniques. Designed for all skill levels, this class is a great introduction to ceramic fundamentals.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred.

Wine & Painting Nights
Sunday Donut with Anthony Salvo
Date: Saturday, Aug 11
Time: 8:30 - 10 p.m. 

Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission)

Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts! Enjoy a fun painting workshop while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitor Anthony Salvo. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece!

All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. $75 materials fee per person, per class. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required.

Youth Arts Education Workshops
Dates/Times: July 5 - Aug 17
Mondays - Fridays 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Cost: $25+ material fee/session
Tuesday, Aug 7: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Printmaking (3 p.m.)

Wednesday, Aug 8: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Mosaics (3 p.m.)

Thursday, Aug 9: Recycled Art (1 p.m.), Ceramics (3 p.m.)
Friday, Aug 10: Sculpture (1 p.m.), Mixed Media (3 p.m.)

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Art Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed media, watercolors, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds.

Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week. Open to children ages 5 - 12. Reservations required.

For full schedule and reservations, call 800.487.3378 or visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road


Forest and Ocean Gallery goes to the dogs for art auction benefitting The Little Red Dog Rescue

By DIANNE RUSSELL

On Saturday evening, dog lovers filled the Forest and Ocean Gallery for a special charity auction, “Art For Dogs.” The event featured original works and prints by modern artists. It’s a charity street art auction with all funds raised benefitting The Little Red Dog Rescue of Orange County (TLRD).

This is a return engagement for “Art For Dogs” at the gallery. Their first auction event in March raised over $10,000.

An Orange County-based non-profit founded in 2011 by Steve McClain and PJ Rosch, TLRD rescues dogs from high kill shelters and finds loving homes for them. In 2017, they saved 287 dogs from being euthanized at city and county shelters in Southern California. They adopted out 274 of that number. 

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TLRD rescue co-founders, Steve McClain and PJ Rosch

TLRD was founded in memory of the American Pit Bull Terrier beaten to death by Michael Vick and his cronies as chronicled in The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption.

The Street Art community embraced The Little Red Dog’s event with donated artworks by Banksy and G$, The Urban Art Collective and several others. Laura Browning, Ronnie Cutrone also donated pieces.

Street Art has emerged as the new modern art, with six-figure auction results occurring regularly through the largest auction houses worldwide. This new pop art is the purest form of artist’s expression. The pieces are not made for commercial purposes, social appeal or profit. The outlaws who create this art risk criminal prosecution to give their art away.

The first piece to be sold was by artist Alex Schaefer and went to local bidder Yoshi O’Connor. 

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Local bidder Yoshi O’Connor stands next to her new painting

Forest and Ocean Gallery, which is close to the Festival of Arts, seemed to be a stopping place for visitors walking to the Festival and many wandered in to see what was going on. Given the festive atmosphere, apparently, it was difficult not to join in.

And the auction had a special event outside on the sidewalk to further entice people to stop. It featured fascinating and unbelievable Live Painting by Artist Amy Burkman, who is a speed painting artist specializing in live art. And, not surprisingly, she wowed the audience. 

Burkman transforms a canvas into a painting in under ten minutes. And on Saturday night, she treated a crowd of over 50 spectators outside the gallery to two incredible demonstrations of her live art, which she paints upside down (the painting, not her).

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Amy Burkman with completed second painting

An animal lover, Burkman believes in Art with Heart and uses her art in conjunction with social initiatives to raise money for charity. 

For a whopping $500, a local dog lover won the bid for Burkman’s first painting of the evening, a dog. 

And besides donations, PJ Rosch says, “We always need foster homes for the dogs, especially for senior dogs. We’re trying to match up senior dogs with seniors.”

It’s difficult to believe that owners dump their aging dogs at a shelter, however, PJ says it happens all the time

On TLRD website, it says, “The Little Red Dog fights for all the dogs, red, blue, tan, white, brown, black and all colors in between. We do not discriminate against any breed; that’s because we are a real rescue, and we will help as many animals as we can. Our primary goal is to get them into loving homes. Our hope is that someday all of them make it out, but most of all, we will never forget the Little Red Dog and many others who did not.”

TLRD’s motto is, “We are on a mission from dogs.” And it’s a great mission.

For more information about TLRF or to view the dogs up for adoption, go to www.thelittlereddog.com.


Saltfineart adds new deluxe work to Lux collection

Saltfineart + RAWsalt has just added new works to the gallery’s “The Lux List.” According to gallery owner Carla Tesak Arzente the collection represents, “a curated selection of striking works that contain an extraordinary amount of richness and depth in their composition and character.”

New works include a triptych by Jorge Lopez Pardo, Estados Del Ser or “States of Being,” Victor Hugo Zayas’ oil “Nude,” Andriy Halashyn’s “Broken Heart” oil, “Firenze,” and a performance photography piece printed on canvas by Cecilia Paredes to mention a few.

Pardo explained that his piece Estados Del Ser or “States of Being” is a reflection of the phases of life told through different states of water. The solid state is when life is born and becomes concrete; the liquid state is the movement and energy of our life as we live it and the gaseous state is the elevation of being that closes the cycle of life.

Other new works in the collection include pieces by artists Andrea Welton, Alexis Zambrano, and Greg Price.

 “The Lux List” features works in a spectrum of art mediums ranging in price from $1,500 to $17,000.

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New pieces have just been added to the gallery’s Lux List including “Nude” an oil piece by renowned artist Victor Hugo Zayas

saltfineart + RAWsalt has been exhibiting contemporary works from around the world created by both world-renowned and emerging artists since 2009.

“At saltfineart we specialize in museum caliber Latin American Contemporary art, where our roots run deep and whose talent and commitment we are passionate about sharing,” Tesak Arzente said. “RAWsalt is emerging global. Dedicated to finding the unprocessed, driven talent that can be the most exciting to experience. The work guides us north to west, south to east and everywhere in between.”

 saltfineart + RAWsalt is located at 436 N Coast Hwy. For more information about “The Lux List” and current or upcoming exhibits, call (949) 715-5554 or visit www.saltfineart.net.


JoAnne Artman Gallery celebrates 10 years

JoAnne Artman Gallery has reached a significant milestone, celebrating its 10-year anniversary on Gallery Row in Laguna Beach. Founder and Executive Director JoAnne Artman opened the gallery locally in 2008, as one of the only contemporary art galleries in the neighborhood.

No stranger to the art world, Artman has been showing the work of culturally diverse artists throughout her career as a gallery owner. An avid collector herself, Artman said she has always had a passion for the arts. Even before her career as a gallerist, she would often put on private art shows at her home, showcasing and sharing art that she loved with others.

Artman said she has always had a fascination with art. As a child she loved painting and drawing cartoons, later discovering photography as an adult, which she continues to explore. The desire and passion the gallerist has for art remains a constant in her life as she views her relationship with art as an investment in her soul. 

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JoAnne Artman has been a visionary in Laguna Beach’s art scene for 10 years

Prior to opening her gallery in Laguna, Artman opened her first gallery in 2004 in the emerging Santa Ana Arts District, known as Space on Spurgeon, with a strong desire to encourage art as a way of life.

In 2008, Artman decided to take a leap of faith and establish new roots in Laguna Beach as JoAnne Artman Gallery after Peter Blake Gallery relocated to Ocean Avenue, opening up the space at 326 N Coast Hwy. 

She expressed that the Laguna location had forever been her favorite space in Orange County; she was finally able to turn her dream into reality. 

In September 2015, JoAnne Artman Gallery expanded into its second location in the heart of Chelsea, New York. The space, originally built in 1893 as a commercial manufacturing building, delivers a refreshing industrial meets contemporary atmosphere.

Artman exclusively represents artists that she loves, collects and has a passion for.  Her roster includes about 15 artists that embody all ages and ethnicities.

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Anna Kincaide is one of the talented artists that shows at JoAnne Artman Gallery

Over the past decade, Artman believes that the gallery has been an integral asset to Laguna’s long-standing arts community.

“I would like to thank the gallery’s award-winning artists, loyal clients, as well as everyone who has visited the gallery, for their continued support,” Artman said. “We are looking forward to many more years of exhibiting captivating art.”

JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 510-5481 or visit www.joanneartmangallery.com.


Reserve now for LCAD’s 29th annual Collector’s Choice Gala at the Montage November 16

Tickets are now available for Laguna College of Art + Design’s 29th annual Collector’s Choice Gala and Live Art Auction on Friday, Nov 16 at the Montage.

Collector’s Choice is LCAD’s premier annual fundraising event that directly supports LCAD’s students, its programs, and helps to fund the $2.5 million in student scholarships the art college awards annually.

“LCAD’s 2017 Collector’s Choice Gala + Live Auction was our most successful event yet. Supporters like you helped to raise over $315,000 for LCAD’s students and programs,” said LCAD Director of Development Tracy Hartman. “Attendees were awed by the elegant and colorful decor at Montage Laguna Beach. The high-quality fair created a fun and lively experience for all.”

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Enjoy bidding on exciting art at LCAD’s 29th annual Collector’s Choice Gala

 The art for the live auction was included works from LCAD faculty, alumni, and local professional artists. Gallerist Carla Tesak Arzente of saltfineart generously provided a “mystery item” adding to the funds raised. 

“Please join us at Montage Laguna Beach, one of Southern California’s most scenic and luxurious resorts, for an elegant evening of fine art, exquisite wine, and extraordinary cuisine, all to benefit students and programs of Laguna College of Art + Design,” Hartman said.

LCAD’s 29th annual Collector’s Choice has many sponsorship and reserved seating opportunities available. The event will be held on Friday, Nov 16 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Montage Laguna Beach. For more information and/or to purchase table(s), email Tracy Hartman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (949) 376-6000 or visit www.lcad.edu/about/support/collectors-choice.


Laguna Beach Festival of Arts honors young artists at Junior Art Award Ceremony on Sunday, Aug 12 

A jury made up of Mark Porterfield, Steve Chadma, Emma Patton, Pat Sparkuhl and Stephanie Cunningham selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the more than 300 Orange County students’ work of art on display in the Festival’s Junior Art Exhibit. sponsored by CalFirst National Bank and Mark Porterfield of Laguna Beach. The entries came from pre-kindergarten age through high school seniors. The winners will be acknowledged at the Junior Art Award Ceremony on Sunday, Aug 12 from 11 a.m. until noon at the FOA. 

Since its inception in 1947, the Junior Art Exhibit has come to be regarded as one of the highlights of the summer show. Selected by art authorities from thousands of submissions representing schools throughout Orange County, works by over 300 students (PK-12) are on display in the Junior Art Gallery. 

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Previous Junior Art Award winners 

The exhibit has become not only a showcase for new generations of young Orange County student artists, but also a vivid testimonial to the value and importance of continuing arts education in our school systems.

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, Pavilions and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Festival of Arts Fine Art Show tickets will grant free admission to the Junior Art Award Ceremony. 

FOA is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, (949) 464-4282


Laguna Playhouse presents world premiere musical Two’s A Crowd with Rita Rudner and Davis Gaines 

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce a very special event, a world premiere musical titled Two’s A Crowd starring Rita Rudner and Davis Gaines. The book is by Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner, with music and lyrics by Jason Feddy, and directed by Martin Bergman. Two’s A Crowd will perform two weeks only, Friday, Sept 7 through Sunday, Sept 16 at Laguna Playhouse located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road. 

They say opposites attract. They haven’t met Tom and Wendy. Forced together by a computer error, freewheeling Tom and uptight Wendy do their best to ruin each other’s vacations. Will they get to know each other well enough to reveal the real reasons behind their travel? Will they agree on sleeping arrangements? Will room service ever arrive? 

This is Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner’s third new show and first musical at the Laguna Playhouse, and their most ambitious offering to date. “We find the Laguna audience to be really supportive, and we wanted to start this show here before taking it on tour and hopefully ending up in New York,” said Martin Bergman. “The feedback we’ll get from the Playhouse audiences will be immensely helpful, and we hope the people who come and see the show will know and enjoy their role in being involved in something at its very inception. Although it’s set in Las Vegas, it’s a very Laguna recipe – the three of us plus the immensely talented Jason Feddy.”

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See Rita Rudner take the role of Wendy in Two’s A Crowd

Rita Rudner has been a house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000. Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. She has done numerous amounts of projects and has played Annie on Broadway.

 David Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles, where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom, and in San Francisco, where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor.

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See David Gaines take the role of Tom in Two’s A Crowd

Martin Bergman produced his first play at the Royal Court Theatre in London when he was only fifteen. As a teenager, the Royal Court allowed him free rein to observe close-up theatre giants like Samuel Beckett, Athol Fugard, David Storey, Christopher Hampton, Edward Bond, David Hare and Lindsay Anderson. 

Bergman and Rudner’s last film, Thanks, premiered at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival which won several awards on the film festival circuit and was bought by and frequently aired on Showtime. Bergman’s production company has produced all of Rudner’s TV projects as well as her record-breaking stage show in Las Vegas. 

Jason Feddy was born and raised in Leeds, UK, where he paid his musical dues in the ‘80s in the working men’s clubs and pubs that hone so much of Britain’s Rock & Roll talent. He has worked as a singer/songwriter and guitarist ever since his school days, also working for 5 years as a morning jock on Laguna Beach’s local radio station. 

Performances will be on Friday at 7:30 p.m; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m; with additional performances on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m and Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $75 - $120 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 are subject to change. For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Gallery Q welcomes Bill Atkins as Art Director 

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Gallery Q welcomes well-known and highly respected local graphic artist Bill Atkins to the position of art director for the nonprofit.

Gallery Q features five shows per year and provides a space to exhibit themed artwork by talented seniors. The space is located in the Susi Q Senior Center, home to Laguna Beach Seniors, a nonprofit that has enhanced the lives of seniors for more than 40 years through programs and services that promote independence, wellness, and community.

A multifaceted and prolific local artist, Atkins brings 16 years of design and illustration experience to the team at the Susi Q. He has received public acclaim by developing graphic art campaigns promoting and supporting fundraising efforts for the Laguna Art Museum, Sister Cities, AIDS Services Foundation and the local chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.

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Bill Atkins proudly displays his “whale-tail” license plate

Little-known fact – Atkins is also the man behind the iconic license-plate “whale-tail” image seen around California.

In addition to his sterling volunteer work, Bill is a favorite with local businesses and nonprofits for his gorgeously expressive graphics and posters.

Interviewed for a Laguna Life & People profile last year, Bill noted, “Poster art is sometimes not given the same respect as other art forms, maybe because here in Laguna plein air has ruled for so long, but it has a rich history and demands a lot of focus. I love the challenge.” 

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Bill is known for his gorgeously expressive posters

Atkins’ posters depict iconic local places and events, including Crystal Cove cottages and the Festival of the Arts, as well as famous performing artists such as Cyndi Lauper. Atkins is also a long-time teacher, and has taught digital imagery and art at LCAD and Irvine Valley College among other schools.

Stu News congratulates this fine artist on his appointment.

The current Gallery Q show, LOCA@25, will run through September 7.

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