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coastal eddy a gallery presents “dystopian arrangement” on July 20

On Saturday, July 20 from 6 - 9 p.m., coastal eddy a gallery presents the Opening Reception for “dystopian arrangement,” a collaborative, mixed media installation by Robin Lee Riddell and Norma Jean Vance. Join together for an evening of provocative art, music, food, and fun.

All throughout history, past civilizations have left us clues as to who they were. Artifacts and ceramics primarily tell their stories. The installation supposes...What if tomorrow, we were gone? What would be left to tell our story, and how could it be told artistically?

The “arrangements” will take on the theme of making order out of chaos, contrasting beauty with the dystopian nature of what has occurred. 

The show runs July 20 - September 1. 

coastal eddy a gallery, the only ceramic art gallery in Laguna Beach, is located at 1417 S. Coast Highway, in the HIP district of Laguna.

RSVP to (949) 715-4113 or at www.coastaleddyagallery.com.


The Latin Jazz Syndicate kicks off Jazz Summer International series tonight

World-renowned trumpeter and Artistic Director of Jazz for Laguna Beach Live! Bijon Watson leads the commencing concert of the 2019 Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Summer International series tonight, Tuesday, July 16. 

The Latin Jazz Syndicate introduces a fusion of Latin and World rhythms through famous jazz standards. These all-star musicians pay homage to America’s indigenous music, Jazz, while maintaining the rhythmic and harmonic authenticity required of a variety of ethnic styles.

The Latin Jazz Syndicate

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The Latin Jazz Syndicate performs tonight at the Woman’s Club

Jazz Summer International takes place every two weeks on Tuesday evenings, from July 16 to August 27, at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach. Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m., with doors opening at 5 for food, drinks, and social hour. 

This year Laguna Beach Live! is teaming up with Wine Gallery Laguna, who will be serving a selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks. Mixologist Tyler will also be crafting a unique signature cocktail for each concert. This week’s creation is The Laguna Daiquiri. Food is being served by The Cut food truck.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, or $100 for the full season. 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 concert or until sold out.

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

The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach is located at 286 St Ann’s Dr. 


LePeTiT CiRqUe returns to enchant visitors during Family Art Day at Festival of Arts 

By DIANNE RUSSELL

On any given day or night during the summer, the Festival of Arts (FOA) is a rarified place filled with splendid and imaginative art, and the genius creativity of the Pageant of the Masters.

To add to its already rich allure, this past Sunday during Family Art Day, the FOA grounds were again alive with the sights and sounds of merriment, music, and the mesmerizing artistry of Le PeTiT CiRqUe (LPC).

During the day’s festivities, kids of all ages donned elaborate balloon hats, sported temporary tattoos, participated in crafts and scavenger hunts, and mingled with the technicolor-costumed sprites that make up LPC. And again a capacity audience was captivated by the extraordinary skills of this all-children cirque company.

Does the fascination lessen with familiarity? In this case, the answer is a resounding “no.” The bewitching nature of the troupe is still in full force as evidenced by the “oohs” and “aahs” coming from the spellbound crowd. 

LePeTiT CiRqUe group

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LePeTiT CiRqUe troupe in front of Jeff Rovner’s booth at FOA

However, this year’s appearance – LBC’s third at Family Art Day – had a nostalgic element to it.

As readers might remember, LPC’s original connection to the Festival is through Haley Rovner, the troupe’s hula hoop master, whose father just happens to be Jeff Rovner, a fine art photographer exhibiting at the FOA for the third year. 

Sadly, Sunday’s performances were Haley’s last with the troupe and will end her five year run with LPC. She’ll be heading off to college in August to start a next chapter of her life which no doubt will include more studying than hooping. But, during her time with LPC, oh, the places she’s gone and the people she’s met – a highlight being the appearance of LPC at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway in 2017. 

LePeTiT CiRqUe Haley

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Haley Rovner

Haley says, “These last five years have given me the experiences of a lifetime and leaving is really bittersweet. However, I couldn’t have picked a better show to end it on. Performing for some of my closest friends and family at such an intimate show made it really special. I’m going to miss my fellow performers but can’t wait to see where they go in the next few years and how the troupe grows.”

What this company has already accomplished is awe-inspiring. LPC is the only all-kid humanitarian professional cirque company in the world. The troupe consists of kids from 5-16 years of age, who perform as cirque artists, acrobats, karate masters, musicians, singers, hula hoop masters, and dancers. 

LePeTiT CiRqUe box

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Unbelievable feats on stage

They have performed all over the U.S., Canada and Dubai, and for world leaders including the Dalai Lama, and the Sultan of Brunei. LPC has raised over five million dollars since its launch seven years ago.

Le PeTiT CirRqUe started with a vision that Nathalie Gaulthier, the founder and creator of LPC, had as a seven-year-old girl. “I grew up in Iqualuit, Nunavut, right below Greenland, with Inuits, Eskimos. I was a minority. I grew up with igloos around me and knew there was a bigger world out there. I wrote my first play at age seven, directed it, and it was presented at my school in half English and half Inuit.”

But, it’s one thing to have a vision, it’s another to make it happen.

LePeTiT CiRqUe hoops

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Haley’s last performances with LPC

And that’s just what Gaulthier did. “I launched my full company at age 14 in Montreal, Canada and it grew! We added the circus in 2007 and Le PeTiT CiRqUe was born in 2012.”

Gaulthier says of this experience, “The biggest takeaway for our team was to dream big and believe in their potential to make a difference in the world.”

Although the show is magic, it’s not magically conjured up, and ultimately appears on stage only after a tremendous amount of hard work, perseverance, and creativity by everyone concerned. All the elements, the performers, costumes, music, choreography, and staging, come together to generate the mystique. 

Watching a show by LPC is like being part of fairytale that one never wants to end. We won’t soon forget Haley and the hypnotic wizardry of her hooping. 

For more information on LPC, go to www.lestudiola.com/le-petit-cirque.


Bugsy Malone opens this weekend at No Square Theatre

Bugsy Malone, starring Laguna’s next generation of creative visionaries, hits the stage at No Square Theatre this weekend.

Set in New York City, Bugsy Malone is a gangster movie spoof based on the book by Alan Parker, with music by Paul Williams. The guns are fake, but the fun is real.

The story loosely draws from people and events in the Prohibition era, including characters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran. It parodies the style of old-time gangster movies, but with an all-child cast.

Bugsy Malone is directed by No Square Youth Education Director Ella Wyatt, with music direction by Susan Thoren. Rebecca Butkivich and Rylee Bullington are the choreographers.

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Lula Buckle will star in No Square Theatre’s “Bugsy Malone,” opening this weekend

The talented young cast is headed up by Will Briggs, Lula Buckle, Nico Camacho, Grace Gilchrist, and Jonah Goldstein. Supporting cast includes Chase Benson, Tatum Brennan, Rylee Bullington, Story Bullington, Quinn Butler, Elisa Camacho, Laird Garcia, Lila Goldstein, Ravelle Haddy, Kate Hennessy, Adeline Hlava, Hadley Hunt, Piper Hunt, Jamison Jones, Lauren Kimball, Jude Lifeset, Maris Morgan, Karina Pitz, Nathan Ryan, Elise Schultz, Lauren Trautenberg, Leah Turner, and Joely Wyatt.

Performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and Sundays are at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door for children, and $25 in advance or $35 at the door for adults.

Seating is extremely limited, and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance. Drinks and refreshments are available for purchase.

Get your tickets online at www.nosquare.org.

No Square Theatre is located in the Historic Legion Hall at 384 Legion St.


The Latin Jazz Syndicate kicks off Jazz Summer International series on July 16

World-renowned trumpeter and Artistic Director of Jazz for Laguna Beach Live! Bijon Watson leads the commencing concert of the 2019 Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Summer International series on Tuesday, July 16. 

The Latin Jazz Syndicate introduces a fusion of Latin and World rhythms through famous jazz standards. These all-star musicians pay homage to America’s indigenous music, Jazz, while maintaining the rhythmic and harmonic authenticity required of a variety of ethnic styles.

The Latin Jazz Syndicate

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The Latin Jazz Syndicate performs on July 16 at the Woman’s Club

Jazz Summer International takes place every two weeks on Tuesday evenings, from July 16 to August 27, at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach. Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m., with doors opening at 5 for food, drinks, and social hour. 

This year Laguna Beach Live! is teaming up with Wine Gallery Laguna, who will be serving a selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks. Mixologist Tyler will also be crafting a unique signature cocktail for each concert. This week’s creation is The Laguna Daiquiri. Food is being served by The Cut food truck.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, or $100 for the full season. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders, and Laguna Beach Live! membership. Reservations are accepted until noon on the day the of concert or until sold out.

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

The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach is located at 286 St Ann’s Dr.


The Latin Jazz Syndicate kicks off Jazz Summer International series on July 16

World-renowned trumpeter and Artistic Director of Jazz for Laguna Beach Live! Bijon Watson leads the commencing concert of the 2019 Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Summer International series on Tuesday, July 16. 

The Latin Jazz Syndicate introduces a fusion of Latin and World rhythms through famous jazz standards. These all-star musicians pay homage to America’s indigenous music, Jazz, while maintaining the rhythmic and harmonic authenticity required of a variety of ethnic styles.

Jazz Summer group

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The Latin Jazz Syndicate performs on July 16  at the Woman’s Club

Jazz Summer International takes place every two weeks on Tuesday evenings, from July 16 to August 27, at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach. Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m., with doors opening at 5 for food, drinks, and social hour. 

This year Laguna Beach Live! is teaming up with Wine Gallery Laguna, who will be serving a selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks. Mixologist Tyler will also be crafting a unique signature cocktail for each concert. This week’s creation is The Laguna Daiquiri. Food is being served by The Cut food truck.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, or $100 for the full season. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders, and Laguna Beach Live! membership. Reservations are accepted until noon on the day the of concert or until sold out.

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

The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach is located at 286 St Ann’s Dr.


Laguna Art Museum presents The Breaking Point on July 18

On Thursday, July 18 at 6 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host its monthly film night featuring The Breaking Point, the classic 1950 film noir based on an adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway novel.

The 1950 film noir stars Humphrey Bogart, John Garfield, and Patricia Neal, and is adapted from Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not.

With scenes filmed in Newport Beach and Balboa Harbor, The Breaking Point tells the story of an honest charter boat captain who, facing hard times, takes on dangerous cargo to save his boat, support his family, and preserve his dignity. 

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“The Breaking Point” stars Humphrey Bogart, John Garfield, and Patricia Neal

Left in the lurch by a freeloading passenger, he entertains the criminal propositions of a sleazy lawyer, as well as the playful come-ons of a cheeky blonde, making a series of compromises that stretch his morality – and his marriage – further than he’ll admit.

Film Night is generously sponsored by Compass.

Tickets are included with museum admission, but advance reservations are recommended.

For questions or to purchase tickets by phone, call (949) 494-8971 x203.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Live! at the Museum presents Firebird Balalaika Quintet on Thursday

This Thursday, July 11 from 7 - 8 p.m., Live! at the Museum presents the Firebird Balalaika Quintet as part of a special monthly collaboration between Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum. 

Founded in 1995, Firebird is a unique, dynamic, and accomplished group of musicians performing on Russian traditional instruments. These include the domra, a string instrument with a thin, fretted neck and round body first appearing in written records at the end of the 15th century; the balalaika, a triangular-bodied Russian instrument well known to Western audiences from the film Doctor Zhivago; and the bayan, a member of the accordion family popular in Russia and Ukraine. 

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The dynamic Firebird Balalaika Quintet performs at Live! at the Museum on Thursday 

Firebird’s repertoire ranges from traditional Russian and Eastern European songs to well-known classics and works of contemporary composers. Touring extensively in the US and abroad, the ensemble also performs for TV, radio, and films.

Live! at the Museum, a special collaboration of Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum, takes place the second Thursday 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 6:50 p.m. Additional seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

For more information about the series and other concerts, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.


Gallery Q celebrates creativity with LOCA, accepting art on Thursday

Gallery Q at the Susi Q is pleased to partner with LOCA Arts Education for its fourth exhibit of the season, “LOCA - Community Creations.” LOCA members, supporters, teachers, and students – past or present – are all invited to submit artwork. 

Gallery Q will be accepting art on Thursday, July 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. All media is welcome – paintings, mixed media, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculptures, printmaking, and photography. 

There is an entry fee of $25 per piece and a special discount for those 65+ who qualify. Additional entry pieces are $5 each – with a limit of three. Visit the Susi Q front desk for more information or download an online application here.

Gallery Q painting

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 “Luck” – by Betty Haight and Kathy Jones

An Artist’s Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Friday, July 19 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from July 16 through September 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors.

LOCA Arts Education is a local nonprofit coalition of arts educators, professional artists, and advocates interested in arts education for people of all ages. LOCA’s programs touch the lives of many in our community by providing opportunities to explore and develop individual creativity by interacting with and learning from local artists.

 In addition to community programs, LOCA offers wide-ranging educational opportunities including classes, workshops, seminars, critiques, and demonstrations. Visit www.locaarts.org for more information.

Gallery Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center, is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging, semi-professional, and professional artists of all ages in Orange County. For more information visit www.thesusiq.org or call (949) 715-8106.

Susi Q is located at 380 Third St.


Men Without Hats to perform 80s hits, including “The Safety Dance,” at Mozambique tonight

Men Without Hats is bringing back the rhythm of the 80s to Mozambique in a special concert tonight, Tuesday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

In the 1980s, Men Without Hats launched onto the global pop music scene with a unique electronic sound, illustrated best by the band’s 1983 hit song and universally iconic anthem “The Safety Dance”. 

Men Without Hats have been creating iconic and irresistible pop music for three decades and have soared back with the release of their latest album, Love in the Age of War, released in May of 2012 to widespread acclaim of critics and the universal enthusiasm of fans.

Although Love In The Age of War is Men Without Hats’ first full-length release in 21 years, all eleven tracks on the album hearken back to the early 1980s. 

Men Without Hats are a Canadian new wave/synthpop group, originally from Montreal, Quebec. Their music is characterized by the distinctive baritone voice of their American-born Canadian lead singer Ivan Doroschuk, as well as their elaborate use of synthesizers and electronic processing.

They told the world “You can dance if you want to” 30 years ago – and we did. A few years later they instructed that same planet – the third – to go Pop – and we did. 

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Men Without Hats performs at Mozambique tonight

Produced by Dave “Rave” Ogilvie, whose engineering credentials include releases for Skinny Puppy and Marilyn Manson, Love In The Age of War is a highly danceable, upbeat experience with a deep, heartfelt message. And it’s all the work of the man who has been the driving force behind Men Without Hats’ success for the past three decades: lead singer and composer Ivan Doroschuk. 

“We wanted to make a record like a follow-up to 1982’s “Rhythm of Youth,” Ivan told Rolling Stone magazine in June 2012, “so for this record, we went and pretended that we were working on a 24-track machine…We went out and got the old synths that we used back then.”

The result is both a New Wave time warp and a modern masterpiece that rivals anything played on Top 40 radio today. 

“Love In The Age Of War is a remarkable comeback. It revives the sound and the spirit the band initially was known for, [including] very solid songwriting. The performance is superb, and Ivan’s voice never sounded better,” says Mark Kadzielawa, 69 Faces of Rock. 

“Listening to Love In The Age of War, it is remarkable how contemporary this ‘retro’ music sounds…[F]or all its electronic, futurist elements, this is pop music with a real, beating, warm human heart,” says Phil, Sonic Abuse. 

Men Without Hats followed up their record release with two tours: a swing through South America, the U.S. and Canada in late 2012, and a series of appearances in Europe in early 2013. In fall 2013, Men Without Hats joined the Regeneration Tour for dates on the U.S. West Coast and in Mexico City. In 2016, the band hit several Australian cities for the Totally 80s Tour. In 2017, Men Without Hats embarked on a tour of Quebec and Ontario, and crisscrossed the United States on the Retro Futura Tour. The band embarked on a tour of Canada in 2018, including two dates with Lost ‘80s Live.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of the show.

For tickets, click here.

Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy.

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