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Tickets on sale for Friendship Shelter’s Rock the Cause on Feb 12

Tickets are on sale now for the annual Rock for the Cause event to benefit Friendship Shelter on Wednesday, Feb 12 from 6 - 10 p.m. 

Each ticket will include entry into the event, two hosted drinks, and appetizers. Additionally, Mozambique is generously donating 20 percent of all food and beverage sales back to Friendship Shelter. 

Hosted by Marshall Ininns, Shaena Stabler, and Mozambique, Rock for the Cause is a fun, raucous event to benefit Friendship Shelter’s work ending homelessness in south Orange County. “I always look forward to this event!” says Dawn Price, Friendship Shelter Executive Director. “Rock for the Cause brings our community together to have a great time while listening to amazing live music and supporting our work ending homelessness.” 

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Bob Mister and Friendship Shelter Board Members Shaena Stabler and Marshall Innins at past Rock for the Cause event

Legendary Grammy-nominated musician Frank Simes will provide live entertainment for the evening. Simes is the current musical director and lead guitarist for Roger Daltrey and Don Felder and has recorded and performed with various rock stars including Mick Jagger, Don Henley, and Stevie Nicks. 

Friendship Shelter was founded in 1988 and provides a full complement of services for the most vulnerable homeless people in our community. The organization operates two shelter programs based in Laguna Beach, and a housing program throughout south Orange County. The goal for each person who walks through the doors of a Friendship Shelter program is always to find the most appropriate permanent housing solution to meet their individual needs. 

Tickets start at $75 and are available on Friendship Shelter’s website at www.friendshipshelter.org/events

For more information on Friendship Shelter’s programs and services, visit www.friendshipshelter.org

Mozambique is located at 1740 South Coast Hwy.

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Laguna Community Concert Band presents special anniversary concert on Sunday

The Laguna Community Concert Band celebrates its 20th anniversary with a nostalgic “Thanks for the Memories” concert on Sunday, Jan 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 

Music Director Mark Lowery will raise the curtain on Broadway favorites, international marches, and American classics at the Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre.

The musical travelogue also includes “Pirates of the Caribbean” conducted by maestro Pete Fournier, “Salute to Bob Hope” led by Dr. Bill Nicholls, and a special guest will close the concert with John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Laguna Community group

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Front (L-R): Tommy Bridges, Jay Kramer, and Sue White; Back (L-R): Shelli Alston, Lisa Morrice, and Dr. Bill Nicholls

Twenty years ago, Carol Reynolds, Theresa Marino, and Bill Nicholls met at Zinc Café, and the Laguna Community Concert Band was born. Nine members met in the Parks & Recreation Dance Studio. 

There are fond “memories” of Ray Lowery, father of the current Musical Director Mark Lowery, coaching Dennis White, one of the band’s first presidents. Now, the band, at 60 members strong, performs at major art venues throughout the community.

For more information, contact Roger Dennis, Community Liaison for Laguna Community Concert Band, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 339-0113. 

Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre is located at 625 Park Ave.

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Live! at the Museum features bassoon and cello duo on Feb 13 

On Thursday, Feb 13, bassoon and cello duo Lavender Bass will perform a concert at Laguna Art Museum, presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!. Admission is free. Advance tickets are recommended.

Bassoonist Christin Phelps Webb is a freelance chamber and orchestral musician based in Los Angeles and has been a member of several popular ensembles including Orion Winds, Ceora Winds, and the New Chamber Ensemble. 

Webb maintains a private teaching studio, conducts clinics and master classes, and will soon publish several of her chamber music arrangements. She holds degrees in music performance from Indiana University and the Peabody Conservatory, and has also studied at the University of Southern California.

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Cellist Jeness Johnson will be featured on Feb 13 at Live at the Museum! with bassoonist Christin Phelps Webb (not pictured)

Cellist Jeness Johnson is a Los Angeles-based soloist and recording artist and has performed worldwide including in concert halls including Severance Hall, Lincoln Center, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Teatro Sociale in Como, Italy. She attended the Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Meadowmount School of Music, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

For tickets, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org or call (949) 494-8971 x203.

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LPAPA’s Town & Country: Where the Cities Meet the Pastures opens on Saturday 

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) is proud to present Town & Country: Where the Cities Meet the Pastures, an exhibition dedicated to paintings by LPAPA artists.

The public is invited to join the celebration at the Opening Reception with the artists on Saturday, Jan 18, from 5 - 7 p.m. (awards to be announced at 6) at LPAPA in Residence located at Forest & Ocean Gallery. The exhibition continues through January 26. 

LPAPA’s Town & Country is a special juried exhibition of original works of art created by Signature and Artist Members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA). 225 entries were received for this prestigious show with jurors Anthony Salvo (Signature Member of LPAPA), Rosemary Swimm (LPAPA Executive Director), and Ludo Leideritz (owner of Forest & Ocean Gallery) choosing 40 original framed paintings created by LPAPA Signature and Artist Members for the show’s coveted spots. 

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“Town & Country” Opening Reception is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan 18 at Forest & Ocean Gallery 

Join LPAPA for the Opening Reception and indulge your plein air passion. Celebrate the legacy; become part of the tradition. This is a free event – all art lovers welcome.

LPAPA was founded in 1996 with a mission to preserve Laguna Beach’s rich artistic legacy founded by early plein air artists and promote the tradition of plein air painting in our community, across the nation, and around the world. 

LPAPA is one of the best recognized and most respected plein air art associations in the world with a growing roster of more than 600 local, national, and international artist members. In addition to providing opportunities for established and emerging artists to show their work, LPAPA has a strong commitment to education utilizing its Plein Air Project to benefit young and emerging artists and the greater community.

For show details, visit www.lpapa.org.  

An expanded online gallery show is available at www.DalilyBrushwork.com

Forest & Ocean Gallery is located at 480 Ocean Ave.

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Music Preserves Foundation hosts one-year anniversary party at Marine Room on Jan 23

Music Preserves Foundation is celebrating one year of music and cultural history education at the Marine Room Tavern in Laguna Beach on Thursday, Jan 23, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The party has a New Orleans-theme with festivities including the James Martin Band from New Orleans and complimentary New Orleans-style Sazerac cocktails. 

The new nonprofit achieved important milestones during its first year of operations through partnerships in 2019 with several music festivals in Dana Point: hosting a Music Preserves Stage at the Doheny Blues Festival, presenting interviews with musicians and blues historians; curating music for the Ocean Institute Tall Ships Festival Sails N Ales events; and introducing musicians on the Storytellers Stage at the Ohana Festival. 

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The James Martin Band to perform at Music Preserve Foundation’s anniversary party on Jan 23 

The foundation executed its Backstage Experience Program for high school music students at the Doheny Blues Festival and the Ohana Festival, where music students from local high schools chosen by their music instructors were able to have the opportunity to attend a festival and meet a headlining musician backstage and engage in inspiring discussions with the artists about music and the drive it takes to make it in the music business. Musicians participating in the program included The Allman Betts Band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Jonny Lang. High Schools represented included Laguna Beach High School, Dana Hills High School, Aliso Niguel High School, and San Clemente High School among others. 

Music Preserves Foundation achieved another important milestone during its first year of operations by creating and piloting its Music and Cultural History Education Program in fifth grade classrooms at Wood Canyon Elementary School in Aliso Viejo. The Capistrano Unified School District awarded a special recognition award to Music Preserves Foundation for the innovative program that chronicles the history of American music and weaves in cultural history, infusing the history of roots music with storytelling and facts about cultural influences that shaped the music. 

Co-founders of the organization Patti Compton and Anthony Small are excited to celebrate music and cultural history education in Orange County and invite the community to join in the celebration. 

“It has been a challenging project for sure, but we have been able to accomplish quite a lot in our first year. Both of us had important relationships in place prior to launching the foundation that allowed us to execute our programs right of the gate at the festivals and in the schools,” remarked Patti Compton, President of Music Preserves Foundation. 

Future plans include implementing the music and cultural history education program in additional schools and further developing and licensing curriculum in order to impact the lives and educations of as many students as possible. “The lessons are very impactful for the students. They are eager to learn more about music and cultural history each week. We are inspired by the results of our pilot program and the positive reaction we received from the students,” states Compton. 

“We are looking forward to celebrating our first year and significant accomplishments with our partners, friends, and supporters,” says Anthony Small, Executive Director of Music Preserves Foundation. 

Tickets are available for $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Music Preservationist VIP tickets are available for $75, and include a pre-party from 6 - 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres. To purchase tickets, visit www.musicpreserves.org/events.

Music Preserves Foundation inspires and educates our community through the preservation and presentation of music, providing cultural enrichment opportunities for the community and educational music and cultural history programs for students in Orange County. 

Marine Room Tavern is located at 214 Ocean Ave.

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John Jorgenson Quintet joins Laguna Beach Live! on Jan 22 at [seven-degrees]

Hailed as “Perhaps the best jazz guitarist alive” by The New York Times, John Jorgenson, along with his quintet, will be joining Laguna Beach Live! on Wednesday, Jan 22 at the distinctive [seven-degrees].

First coming to national attention in the mid 80s as co-founder of successful country-rock act The Desert Rose Band, an eclectic array of artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, and Barbra Streisand were drawn to add John Jorgenson’s artistry to their own recordings. 

While a member of the Desert Rose Band, Jorgenson won the Academy of Country Music’s “Guitarist of the Year” award two consecutive years.

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Join John Jorgenson along with his quintet on Jan 22 for a night of incredible jazz 

In the 90s, the award-winning guitar trio The Hellecasters, originally conceived by John as a “one off” gig for fun, gave audiences a chance to experience John’s fret-board fireworks and the trio’s three original albums remain favorites of guitarists everywhere. 

Having been a fan of the Desert Rose Band, Elton John invited Jorgenson to join his band in 1994 for an 18-month tour that stretched into a six-year stint of touring, recording, and TV appearances with the British superstar. John still joins Elton on stage today in addition to collaborations with other artists including Sting and Billy Joel.

Joining John on stage will be: jazz violinist Jason Anick; composer/arranger and jazz guitarist Max O’Rourke; respected Gypsy Jazz bassist Simon Planting; and veteran percussionist Rick Reed.

The concert is from 6 - 8 p.m.; doors open at 5. A full bar is available as well as dinner on a pre-sale basis. Tickets are $35 in advance, $55 with dinner, or $40 at the door and can be purchased at www.lagunabeachlive.org. For more information, call (949) 715-9713.

Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series starts February 12th with Grammy Award-winning Peter Erskine Trio.

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Laguna Playhouse presents The Perfect Dog musical this weekend

Laguna Playhouse is pleased to present The Perfect Dog, The Musical this weekend, with music and lyrics by David Abbinanti, book by Jill Abbinanti, and inspired by the book The Perfect Dog by John O’Hurley. 

This heartwarming musical about man’s best friend and their people is sure to be treasured by dog lovers and non-dog lovers alike. Performances will begin on Friday, Jan 17 and continue through the 19th. 

Laguna Playhouse The Perfect Dog

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“The Perfect Dog, The Musical” will perform this weekend (Jan 17 through 19) at Laguna Playhouse

Sam, a 12-year old perfectionist, is searching for a flawless dog to enter in the town’s dog contest. Unable to find a canine that measures up, Sam must resort to training the family dog, Max, who is less than eager to obey commands. 

With all the wonderful kinds of dogs in the world, is there really just one kind that is better than all the rest? John O’Hurley’s delightfully charming and Seuss-like book answers that question with a surprisingly perfect answer.

David Abbinanti (Broadway’s Saturday Night Fever and Ring of Fire) and Jill Abbinanti (TV’s Law & Order: SVU and Pan Am) have transformed this delightful story into a Theatre for Young Audiences musical about perfectionism, friendship, and the acceptance of others. 

The Perfect Dog, The Musical marks Playhouse Director of Education and Outreach Dylan Russell’s Playhouse directorial debut. Russell states, “We’re very excited to be presenting this wonderfully touching story about the relationships between dogs and their people. Laguna Playhouse is a dog-friendly environment, and we are well aware of how many perfect dogs there are!”

Performances will be Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m.

Tickets range from $28 for adults and $18 for youth under 15 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 subject to change.

The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Dr. 

The show is produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

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LCAD students become one of only six teams nationally to make the finals of the Walt Disney Imaginations Design Competition

Laguna College of Art + Design students are one of only six teams of finalists chosen from entries around the country for the Walt Disney Imaginations Design Competition. Imaginations is a prestigious design competition that Walt Disney Imagineering created with the purpose of seeking out and nurturing the next generation of diverse Imagineers. 

Founded in 1991 by former Imagineering executive and Disney legend Marty Sklar, the program has grown to include separate local versions sponsored by Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort.

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(L-R) Matthew Mooney and Valoia Laolagi

For this year’s competition, teams were challenged to create an iconic installation at the contestants’ own campus or city that serves as an inspiration, honors the past, and is a vision of the future. It could be architectural, ornamental, static, or active — whatever the team feels is the best way to represent their unique chosen location.

The Laguna College of Art + Design team’s design (comprised of students Matthew Mooney and Valoia Laolagi) is called “Laguna Beach Artist Homestead” and is a whimsical reimagining of the historic Laguna artist colony which would eventually become the city of Laguna Beach. From painting to baking to walking down the boardwalk, everything done at the homestead invokes creativity.

Students from the six finalist teams receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney Imagineering in Southern California, where they will present their projects to Imagineering executives and compete for awards. All finalists can meet and network with Imagineers, and go behind-the-scenes to see how Disney magic is created.

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Laguna Beach FOA Foundation now accepting 2020 grant applications

The FOA Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now available for 2020 Cultural Grants. Nonprofit organizations with programs promoting fine arts and all other artistic endeavors in and about the City of Laguna Beach may apply. 

“Each year the Foundation is proud to be able to provide grants to many of the art-related nonprofits in Laguna Beach,” shared FOA Foundation President Bob Earl. “We look forward to helping fund programs that provide enrichment to our community.”

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation (now named the FOA Foundation) was established in 1989 to preserve and promote the fine arts and all other artistic endeavors in and about the City of Laguna Beach.

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FOA grants provide funding to various arts programs in Laguna Beach

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, in order 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 are 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 board of trustees that oversees and administers the program including Bob Earl (president and treasurer), John Campbell (vice president), Jacquie Moffett (secretary), Kathy Jones (board member), and Kirsten Whalen (board member).

For more information on the grant application process, contact Bob Earl at (949) 494-4132.

Grant applications are available online at www.foapom.com/about/grants-scholarships/grants/ and the submission deadline is February 14.

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Laguna Community Concert Band presents special anniversary concert on Jan 26

The Laguna Community Concert Band celebrates its 20th anniversary with a nostalgic “Thanks for the Memories” concert on Sunday, Jan 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 

Music Director Mark Lowery will raise the curtain on Broadway favorites, international marches, and American classics at the Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre.

The musical travelogue also includes “Pirates of the Caribbean” conducted by maestro Pete Fournier, “Salute to Bob Hope” led by Dr. Bill Nicholls, and a special guest will close the concert with John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Laguna Community group

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Front (L-R): Tommy Bridges, Jay Kramer, and Sue White; Back (L-R): Shelli Alston, Lisa Morrice, and Dr. Bill Nicholls

Twenty years ago, Carol Reynolds, Theresa Marino, and Bill Nicholls met at Zinc Café, and the Laguna Community Concert Band was born. Nine members met in the Parks & Recreation Dance Studio. 

There are fond “memories” of Ray Lowery, father of the current Musical Director Mark Lowery, coaching Dennis White, one of the band’s first presidents. Now, the band, at 60 members strong, performs at major art venues throughout the community.

For more information, contact Roger Dennis, Community Liaison for Laguna Community Concert Band, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 339-0113. 

Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre is located at 625 Park Ave.

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