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Laguna Art Museum presents Film Night on Sept 19 

On Thursday, Sept 19 at 6 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host its monthly Film Night, featuring Los Angeles Plays Itself, which consists mostly of shots from other films and discusses the many representations of the city of Los Angeles in film and on television.

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Los Angeles Plays Itself will play at LAM’s Film Night on Sept 19 

Professor Thom Andersen compares the city as it exists in real life with its depictions on screen to examine how L.A. and its massive community have been misrepresented over the years. 

In addition to critical analysis, Andersen explains how directors portray the city itself as a character, and he also delves into L.A.’s dark history. The run time is 169 minutes.

Admission is included with museum tickets. Advance reservations are recommended.

 For questions or to purchase tickets by phone, call (949) 494.8971 x203.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


City presents adult variety show on October 24, seeks performers

The City of Laguna Beach Community Services Department is harkening back to the era of magicians, barber shop quartets, harmonica players, tap dancers, mind readers, aerial artists, illusionists, and prestidigitators, offering a chance for performers to take the stage in the Really Big Show on Thursday, Oct 24.

Who doesn’t miss the days of The Ed Sullivan Show featuring ventriloquist Senor Wences and/or the lovely Lennon Sisters singing on The Lawrence Welk Show?

Auditions will be held on Thursday, Sept 26 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Auditions are open to amateur performers 21 years and older. Performers need to complete and submit an application form before noon on Tuesday, Sept 24 to be eligible to try out. Each person should come prepared with a three-minute sample of their talent. 

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Auditions for the Really Big Show are on Thursday, Sept 26

All acts need to follow safety rules and must be in good taste. Each performer will be given five minutes on show night. Three judges will evaluate each individual and finalists will be chosen on content and variety of acts. Finalists will be notified by Monday, Sept 30 if or should they be selected to participate.

The goal is to provide performers with an opportunity to show off their talents and passion for performing in a positive and welcoming environment.

Finalists must commit to attend three scheduled rehearsals on October 3, 10, and 17 at 7 p.m. The show is on Thursday, Oct 24 at 7 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the LB Community Susi Q Center at 380 Third St on Thursday, Sept 26 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to participate.

Applications are available online at the link here.


Live at the Museum! presents Third Wheel Trio onThursday

The ladies of Third Wheel Trio will be gracing the stage for an elegant night of music and art on Thursday, Sept 12 from 7 - 8 p.m. as part of Live! at the Museum, a special collaboration between Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum.

The concert is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission.

Third Wheel Trio turns the classical world upside down by transforming the traditional roles of their instruments in new and exciting ways. Karin Kantenwein Fabiero (flute), Dr. Rebecca Rivera (bassoon), and Laura Stoutenborough (clarinet) have between them a wide-ranging and impressive resume. 

Live at the trio

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Third Wheel Trio performs live at LAM on Thursday 

All three have performed extensively with orchestras and symphonies across the country. Winners of various concerto competitions, they have individually played with other distinguished musicians including Wayne Shorter and Elton John. In addition, they can be heard on many recordings and all three are accomplished music educators.

 Pre-reservations are available online through the Museum’s website, or at (949) 494-8971 x203. These seats are held until 6:50 pm. 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.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Gallery Q calls for artists for Celebrating Our Natural World exhibition

In partnership with the Laguna Art Museum’s annual community-wide Art & Nature Festival, artists of all ages are encouraged to submit artwork that celebrates nature as a source of inspiration to Gallery Q at The Susi Q as part of its upcoming Celebrating Our Natural World exhibition.

Submissions will be accepted on Thursday, Sept 19 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and from 5 to 7 p.m. Exhibit dates are from September 23 - November 15 with an Artists Reception being held on Friday, Oct 11 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. 

In its annual Art & Nature festival, Laguna Art Museum presents special exhibitions, a commissioned work of art, lectures, panel discussions, films, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world. 

Gallery Q Yorgo

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Yorgo Alexopoulos is LAM’s commissioned artist for Art & Nature 2019

The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has fostered art, the love of nature, and environmental awareness. 

In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built a gallery to show and sell its work, the group chose a commanding location on the coastline, close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.

Gallery Q presents up to five shows per year at The Susi Q. Many works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors. The gallery is always looking for arts-minded volunteers to help with its opening night receptions. 

For more information, call (949) 715-8106. 

To download the application, click here.


Guitarist Eric Henderson performs at Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center on Saturday

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center, formerly Mark Chamberlain’s BC Space, will host two performances by Guitarist Eric Henderson on Saturday, Sept 7 – one from 6 to 7:45 p.m. and another from 8:15 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Trained by the master of the classical guitar Andres Segovia, Eric Henderson is a guitar virtuoso and composer who covers a vast repertoire with technical mastery and passionate delivery. He has performed many tours, both internationally and nationally.

Henderson says, “The BC Space is a very precious asset to our community, and the founder, Mark Chamberlain, was a singularly gifted and legitimate conceptual artist. I would like to honor his memory with a very eclectic and joyful program that comes from my heart. I look forward to playing in this intimate space and I have lined up some guests to play with me. I hope it is an enjoyable, fun evening for everyone.”

Guitarist Eric closeup

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Classical guitarist Eric Henderson will perform on Saturday in Laguna

In 1971 at the age of 13, Eric was one of the only three people to receive the honor of being invited to study privately with Segovia. After much time spent abroad studying and performing, Eric returned to his hometown of Laguna Beach where he is perfecting his art, composing his own pieces and becoming one of the worlds most acclaimed educators of the classical guitar.

Over the last 20 years, Henderson has performed 20 tours across Europe and the United States. He has played in the famous Concert Gebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London and Ateneo in Madrid, as well as many other halls in the United States, Germany, Spain, France, the Soviet Union, Australia, and Japan.

Tickets can be purchased on line or at door, $30 per show or $50 for both shows.

For tickets, click here.

LB Cultural Arts Center is located at 235 Forest Ave.


Rob Verdi of Saxophobia performs at Laguna Presbyterian Church on Friday, Sept 20

The public is invited to enjoy an evening of music and fun as Laguna Presbyterian Church hosts Rob Verdi of Saxophobia on Friday, Sept 20. 

Verdi was a founding member of the Side Street Strutters, which went on to become the house band for the Disneyland Resort for 22 years. He continues to be a regular performer at the resort and conducts jazz workshops for Disney’s Guest Talent Program. He also participates in a variety of ensembles and musical projects throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. 

Rob Verdi with sax

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Rob Verdi with some of his saxophone collection

Verdi isn’t just a talented player of the saxophone – he’s also a collector of the instrument. He will share his talent and knowledge in a fun, casual way during this Friday night event. 

Members of the public are invited to attend. Admission is $10. The show begins at 7 p.m. A pre-show potluck dinner will be held before the performance, starting at 6 p.m., as part of the church’s Third Friday dining and social program. The public is also invited for this but is asked to bring something to share. 

Both events will be held in Tankersley Hall, 415 Forest Ave 

For more information visit www.lagunapreschurch.org or call the office at (949) 494-7777.


Live at the Museum! presents  Third Wheel Trio on  Thursday, Sept 12

Live! at the Museum, a special collaboration of Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum, takes place on Thursday, Sept 12 from 7 - 8 p.m. The ladies of Third Wheel Trio will be gracing the stage for an elegant night of music and art. 

The concert is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission.

Third Wheel Trio turns the classical world upside down by transforming the traditional roles of their instruments in new and exciting ways. Karin Kantenwein Fabiero (flute), Dr. Rebecca Rivera (bassoon), and Laura Stoutenborough (clarinet) have between them a wide-ranging and impressive resume. 

Live at the trio

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The ladies of Third Wheel Trio appear live at LAM on Sept 12 

All three have performed extensively with orchestras and symphonies across the country. Winners of various concerto competitions, they have individually played with other distinguished musicians including Wayne Shorter and Elton John. In addition, they can be heard on many recordings and all three are accomplished music educators.

 Pre-reservations are available online through the Museum’s website, or at (949) 494-8971 x203. These seats are held until 6:50 pm. 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.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Artist Vladimir Kush reveals process in creating Human Way in stunning time-lapse video

By DIANNE RUSSELL

Viewing one of artist Vladimir Kush’s paintings is an incredible experience in itself, but now he has shown us the process behind the finished piece Human Way, the 7th compilation piece in Kush’s collection, in a remarkable time-lapse video. To view the video, click here.

Human Way

Kush explains his process:

“The task of the artist is to represent his creative journey. In our ever-changing world this is achieved through metaphor. Such a representation is like an electronic microscope making visible the tiniest items less than the light wave length in size. 

The artist discovers the connection between subordinate objects or ideas, and it looks like bridging a deep gulf initially dividing two very distant concepts. In this way, for example, an image transference uncovers the previously unseen connection between the windmill sails and the butterfly wings, the flowing water and the flow of fabric, the neck of a jar and the neck of a shirt and so on.

Another way of representing the artist’s journey is through a script, a series of episodes, each having a designated place on a timeline ‘from dusk till dawn.’ Every episode contains symbolic ideas reflecting the spiritual legacy of humankind, the thoughts and feelings shared by all human beings.

Those primary perceptions are genetically formed and a result of human evolution. Jung called them archetypes of human consciousness. 

The movement along the symbolic Human Way in the painting is from right to left.

Artist Vladimir Human Way

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“Human Way,” the 7th compilation piece in Kush’s collection

Episodes

The starting point of the ‘human way’

Here a man talks to the parrot sitting in a cage. A caged bird is a metaphor of budging thought ‘struggling like a bird’ in a human skull (see Plato).

The dialogue with the bird is essentially a person’s contemplation about his life and fate. It is conducted in the darkness of solitude in a heart-to-heart conversation.

This ‘parrot point’ in the painting can be regarded as ‘zero’ on the time scale.

The person, like Time itself, cannot stop. 

In other words, the ‘arrow of time’ always points in one direction. Life is a current that, once entered, is taking you along, sometimes carrying you ‘off and away.

The surfer in the painting is drawn into the overall flow and is part of it. We see the lines and patterns on the tree characteristic of ‘dangerous whirlpools’ negotiated by him.

The downward movement follows the current of the tree from the top to the roots.

We know that the growth rings and leaf patterns are formed by the flow of energy and the shores are shaped by the flowing waters. By analogy, the ‘flow of public consciousness’ transforms and determines our behavior.

The tree itself can be referred to as the ‘Tree of Life.’ In the world mythology it is the basis of the whole universe. Its branches are inhabited by birds – the heavenly messengers (see further bird references below). Its roots go deep into the soil and the top shoots forth to the skies, connecting Heaven and earth.

Moving on to the left we see a cloud that can be called a ‘cloud of fate’ with the falling rain like ‘threads of fate.’ In the ancient Greek mythology, people’s lives are seen as threads the lengths of which (and thereby life spans) are measured by the sister deities Moirai. 

In the sky above the cloud there is a figure of the flying Dragon. In China a Dragon was a symbol of the ruling power. A tamed dragon can be regarded as representing an ‘intelligent force.”

Historically the Great Wall of China meant to protect Middle Kingdom against barbarians and was symbolically referred to as the ‘Dragon Defense.’ According to this assigned role, the wall in the painting takes the form of a stone dragon. It is worth noting also that the commandment to ‘tame your dragons’ applies to any civilized individual!

We can differentiate between the possible human ways and therefore identify particular human occupations: 

--The man with a flying dragon represents the society’s law enforcement structures; 

--The person with a horn-shaped shell who is followed by smaller shells is an ‘event organizer’; 

--The man with a ‘time measuring net’ is a personification of the ‘time flies’ expression and the butterfly he is after represents the fleeting character of human existence compared to the infinity of the universe. 

Above the Great Wall we notice a snow-white sea bird looking like a giant cloud. Some species of sea birds can live ‘up in the skies’ for months without coming down to the ground.

And since a bird has this heaven-reaching potential, it has long been regarded as a symbol of human soul. Being a ‘heavenly messenger’ it is in touch with divine spheres delivering word from above to people on earth (like the Dove of Annunciation). 

Further left following the S-shaped structure of the painting we encounter a scene that can be called “Fish Carriers.” We know from the history of religion that Christ himself was like a ‘fisherman,’ an analogy between catching fish and converting people. The people being drawn towards water can be associated with the ‘collective unconscious’ (according to Jung). It can be said that in the depths of the ocean there lies the knowledge hardly available (or perhaps unavailable) to men, but quite accessible to fish. 

At last, the final stop on the Human Way!

We see a beetle pushing the sun disk up a cliff in order for it to drop down into the ocean – a reference to the myth about Sisyphus who is commanded by gods to roll a huge ball up a hill only for it to roll back again upon reaching the top.

According to certain mythological perceptions, the Sun goes down into the waters of the underworld in the West and moving to the East emerges anew in the morning (‘resurrection’). In the painting, this is reflected in diagonally interchanging positions of the Sun and the Moon (with a maximum distance between them).

In graphic form, it can be viewed as the sun disk moving in parallel to the lower border of the painting.

To view the time-lapse video of Kush’s painting, click here.


Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann Wareham to speak at Ebell Club on Sept 9

The Ebell Club of Laguna Beach, a nonprofit public benefit philanthropic organization, is proud to announce Ann E. Wareham, Artistic Director of the Laguna Playhouse, as the featured speaker at the group’s September 9 meeting. 

The Ebell Club holds a monthly dinner meeting the first Monday each month at 6 p.m. and hosts speakers that discuss topics about issues of importance to the community that are supported by Ebell Club’s fundraising efforts. 

The club has been a longtime donor to Laguna Playhouse, providing a grant in support of the Youth Theatre program. The Ebell Club is a wonderful opportunity for philanthropically-minded members to join together for friendship and work on fundraising projects. The group’s monthly meetings provide a forum for leaders of our local nonprofits to educate our members about their important work.

Laguna Playhouse Ann

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Ann Wareham is the featured guest speaker at Ebell Club’s Sept 9 meeting

Ann E. Wareham joined Laguna Playhouse in 2010 as Associate Producer and assumed the role of Artistic Director in August 2011. She worked for 27 years as a producing partner and Producing Associate to Gordon Davidson at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, producing such plays as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Pippin, Spring Awakening, No Child…, Sweeney Todd, Distracted, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Edward Scissorhands, In the Continuum, Pyrenees, The Black Rider, Without Walls, Stuff Happens, Like Jazz, The Talking Cure, A Perfect Wedding, and Putting It Together

Ann was part of the producing team for Deaf West Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening at Inner City Arts and the Wallis Theatre in Los Angeles as well as for its critically acclaimed production on Broadway in 2015. In 2010, she supported the Pasadena Playhouse as Associate Producer for the West Coast premiere of Dangerous Beauty. Her early producing career included productions at the CAST Theatre, the Met, and Theatre Rapport in Los Angeles, and The Victory Theatre where she served on the board of directors. 

The Ebell Club of Laguna Beach, a membership club for women, was founded in September 1933 and has continuously worked to actively support projects to develop Laguna Beach as a home and family community. Members of the club reside in the community and enjoy friendship and camaraderie working together in support of the many local nonprofit organizations. 

Membership meetings are no charge for members. The Ebell Club of Laguna Beach invites prospective members at no cost to check the group out and see if they would like to join. Annual dues are $85. Members host a meeting and provide a delicious dinner. 

To RSVP and for more information including the meeting location, contact Ebell Club President Jennifer Dawson at (949) 500-3567 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Ebell Club meetings will showcase the works of Laguna Beach Live, Susi Q Senior center, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

 Ebell Club’s fundraising activities are fun and designed to introduce the greater community to local philanthropic businesses. Upcoming fundraisers include: 

--Sept 24, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Nirvana Grille – Dine to Donate New Member and Membership Drive dining event with a portion of each meal donated back to the Club.

-Nov 12 Holiday Prep Party – get an early start to your holiday shopping and benefit Ebell Club with Gorjana, I C London, Brass Tack, and Rasta Taco hosting shopping and dining give backs.


Festival season ends, trolley hours cut back, work resumes on Village Entrance

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Regardless of calendars or temperatures, summer is over in Laguna when the three art festivals close. Starting September 3, trolley service is cut back and the next phase of construction on the Village Entrance resumes. 

Weekend Coastal Trolleys will be in operation from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays; from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays; and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

Festival Season trolley

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Starting today, trolley service is cut back

Neighborhood Trolleys that service Arch Beach Heights, Bluebird Canyon, and Top of the World will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays; from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays; and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. 

Routes that service North or South Laguna will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays. It was announced there will be no service on Sunday for these routes. 

Real-time location of all the trolleys is available on the Visit Laguna Beach app. The “Trolley/Bus Tracker” function will provide arrival times. 

For more information, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley.

Village Entrance

Phase 2A of the Village Entrance begins today. 

The City Employee Lot and the parking area behind City Hall will be closed for this phase of the project.

Festival Season trolley

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Phase 2A of Village Entrance begins 

A portion of newly constructed Lot 11, located at the intersection of Laguna Canyon Rd and Forest Ave, will remain open to the public. Lot 10, located next to Art-A-Fair, and Lot 12, adjacent to City Hall on Forest Ave, will be reserved for city vehicles and employee parking Monday through Friday. 

Lots 10 and 11 will be available for public parking on weekends. 

For more information, visit the Village Entrance website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/villageentrance.

Compiled from city reports.

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