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No Square hosts Open Mic Night on Saturday

No Square Theatre will host an Open Mic Night on Saturday, Feb 29 from 7 to 10 p.m., a BYOM (Bring Your Own Music) and MSNF (Make Some New Friends) event. Attendees are encouraged to “come prepared with something that shows off your unique talents, and feel free to invite your own cheering section.”

As Founding Artistic Director Bree Burgess Rosen states, “Here’s your chance to be discovered, or at least to have your moment in the spotlight. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to perform with the fabulous Roxanna Ward? And even if you’re not inclined to brave the stage, you’re guaranteed an evening of entertaining fun in the audience!” 

No Square hosts Roxanna

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Roxanna Ward will lead Open Mic Night at No Square on Saturday night 

The cost for the event is $10 at the door.

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St, two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School, which has ample free parking. Seating is extremely limited, and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so come early. 

Open Mic Night is sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach, the City’s lodging establishments, Yvonne and John Browning, Patrick Quilter, Dorene and Lee Butler Family Foundation, FOA Foundation, and Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund.

For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets to upcoming No Square Theatre shows, visit www.nosquare.org.

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Laguna Art Museum presents Life Drawing studio sessions starting on March 4 

On Wednesday, March 4 at 2 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host the first of six in a series of Life Drawing studio sessions, with individual guidance and a live model. The sessions are suitable for all skill levels. 

The drawing sessions will be facilitated by Bryce Darrow. Advance tickets are recommended.

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Life Drawing studio sessions start on March 4 at LAM 

Participants must bring their own supplies, which may include but are not limited to: graphite, charcoal, pastels (oil or chalk), pen, marker, ink, and paper. Please note that paint is not allowed.

Sessions will take place on the following Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m.:

--March 4

--March 18

--April 1 

--April 15 

--April 29 

--May 13

Individual sessions are $20, or $15 for museum members. Series tickets for all six sessions are $75. 

Advance tickets are recommended. 

To register, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org or call (949) 494-8971 x203.

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No Square opens auditions for Matilda

No Square Theatre is now scheduling auditions for Roald Dahl’s Matilda, a delightful show to be presented May 29 - June 7. Matilda is an award-winning family musical that will bring out the child in everyone. 

The production will be directed by Ella Wyatt, with music to be directed by Roxanna Ward, and choreography by Sabrina Harper. Roles will be cast for both children and adults.

Roles to be cast include:

--Children: Matilda Wormwood, Bruce (Matilda’s classmate), Lavender (Matilda’s classmate and friend), Michael Wormwood, and the children’s ensemble (three girls and three boys)

--Adults: Miss Agatha Trunchbull (a male role), Miss Honey, Mr. Wormwood (Matilda’s father), Mrs. Wormwood (Matilda’s mother), Doctor, Mrs. Phelps, The Escapologist, The Acrobat, Rudolpho, Sergei, Entertainer, and an adult ensemble

If interested in auditioning, please prepare approximately 32 bars of an up-tempo musical theatre song that will show off your voice and be prepared for a ballad as well. Sheet music must be in the correct key, requiring no transposing. Sheet music must be two-sided (taped together is OK) and put in a three-ring binder.

Bring a photo and a resume. Prepare to list conflicts occurring during the rehearsal and performance period on a calendar.

Auditions are by appointment. For full information on how to prepare for an audition, check out the website at www.nosquare.org/casting where there is detailed information about auditions, required forms, and how to reserve an audition time. For the best  audition, make an appointment and arrive prepared.

Rehearsals begin on April 20 at No Square Theatre. General rehearsal schedule will be Monday - Friday from 4 - 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sundays from 12 - 8 p.m.

This schedule is an approximate framework only, and subject to change. Not everyone will be needed at every rehearsal. No Square does its best to be considerate of your time.

May performances will be on Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, May 31 at 6 p.m.

June performances will be on Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, June 7 at 6 p.m. 

Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please indicate a preferred time, although No Square cannot always accommodate requests.

Detailed information about each individual role is available on the No Square website at www.nosquare.org in a PDF document entitled “Audition Info.”

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St, two blocks south of the high school.

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Locals Only Sunday Music Showcase brings magic to Marine Room

Photos by Scott Brashier

Locals only outside

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Charles Sepulveda, Marine Room bar manager, explains the concept behind the Locals Only Sunday Music Showcase: “When I came into the Marine Room when I was in my 20s and 30s, they’d have music every Sunday. Then when I started working here, I missed the feeling of the locals being in one spot, enjoying music, and talking about the old times.”

Locals only crowd

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Some of Laguna’s greatest musicians came together to form the fabulously popular 133 band. Now the keepers of an EP, and stars of a soon-to-be-released documentary film, these musicians perform on rare occasions when their full-time bands don’t require their presence. Always a great, fun time for locals and visitors alike, the 133 band performance is a memorable one.

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Clay Berryhill, 133 band manager and member, says the band loved playing “just inside the window on Ocean Ave old-school style like the Missiles of October used to do. They [Marine Room] kicked off the series with the Missiles, and it was absolutely jam-packed with local music lovers, you couldn’t even move inside. This [was] their third in the series, which is ongoing.”

For more photos by Scott Brashier, see the slideshow below

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Laguna Beach Live! presents Black Market Reverie on Feb 26

Lyman Medeiros and Renee Myara bring Speakeasy Jazz to Laguna Beach Live!’s Jazz Wednesdays on February 26 with their group Black Market Reverie. 

Lyman Medeiros has toured the world playing bass with legendary artists including Michael Buble, Dianne Schuur, and Steve Tyrell. A musical chameleon, you’ll find Renee Myara playing many instruments, and writing and singing in multiple languages.

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Black Market Reverie hits the stage on Feb 26 

Jazz Wednesdays Winter presents some of the hottest straight-ahead jazz musicians in the region at the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility. Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m.; doors open at 5 with a full bar and dinner, offered on a pre-sale basis.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and can be purchased at www.lagunabeachlive.org

For more information, call (949) 715-9713.

[seven-degrees] is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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Curtain call

Curtain call bird

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“The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the color that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.” –Ram Charan

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Local author Suzanne Redfearn’s novel In an Instant grabs the reader and won’t let go

By DIANNE RUSSELL

If Suzanne Redfearn’s latest book (her third) In an Instant leaves you with one nagging thought, it’s that choices made in the blink of an eye can sometimes result in haunting regret – and if those decisions involve a life and death situation, there may be tragic and lasting outcomes.

We all think we know how we’d react in a crisis, but do we really? What we think is a right and moral action at the time may come under scrutiny in the wake of tragedy, both in the eyes of others and our own – and turn out to be the wrong decision, as readers discover. 

From the first lines of the prologue, “Mrs. Kaminski knew. Before it happened,” the reader is hooked.

Soon we find out what “it” is. 

Local author bookcover

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Courtesy of Suzanne Redfearn

“In an Instant” will be available on March 1

What begins as a winter road trip to the family cabin in Big Bear turns into a battle of survival for a group of family and friends. Unknowingly, the group – Jack and Ann Miller (who live in Laguna), their 16-year-old daughter Finn, her 13-year-old brother Oz and his golden lab Bingo, her 18-year-old sister Chloe and her boyfriend Vance, Finn’s best friend Mo, and their family friends, Uncle Bob and Aunt Karen, their daughter Natalie, and Kyle, a young stranger they picked up on the way – is headed for disaster. 

Once the van goes over the side of the mountain road, the fate of each of the 11 passengers hangs in the balance. In survival mode, who do you protect first, family or friends? In the aftermath, each questions his or her actions or omissions and must deal with the consequences – grief, loss, regret, guilt, and the realization of how we tell lies in order to live with ourselves. 

Even before the story begins, the reader knows Finn lost her life in the accident, and now she is suspended between two worlds. As an omniscient character, Finn reveals each character’s innermost feelings. 

In this masterfully told story, the reader is privy to the characters’ thoughts in a way that would have been impossible but for Finn’s presence – the purpose of which unfolds in time. 

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Suzanne Redfearn 

Although In an Instant deals with heart-wrenching circumstances, lest potential readers think this is a novel devoid of hope, in the end, it is a story of love and redemption, and how one continues living under the most dire of circumstances. It truly is, as described, “A deeply moving story of carrying on even when it seems impossible.” 

In an Instant is already an Amazon #1 bestseller in 10 categories (in Kindle format). It can be downloaded for $4.99. The paperback is available on March 1.

This novel is bound to be an instant sensation.

Redfearn is a summa cum laude graduate from California Polytechnic University and is an architect, in addition to an author, and recently served as Laguna’s Literary Laureate. She is also an avid surfer, golfer, skier, and Angels fan. Redfearn has published two previous novels, Hush Little Baby and No Ordinary Life. In an Instant comes out on March 1 and can be preordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and on her website, and will be available at Laguna Beach Books (after March 1).

Redfearn plans to have her next book ready for a January 2021 release.

The public is welcome to attend a launch party for In An Instant at Lumberyard on Monday, March 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Light appetizers and wine will be served, and books will be available for purchase. 

Lumberyard is located at 384 Forest Ave., #10. For more information on the event, call (949) 715-3900.

For more information on Redfearn, go to www.suzanneredfearn.com.

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Meet Karin Worden at LOCA Art Talks event on Thursday

LOCA Arts Education invites art lovers to its LOCA Art Talks events, offered monthly in downtown Laguna Beach. The 2020 season continues with Karin Worden on February 20. The fun, educational, and interactive gatherings take place the third Thursday monthly from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

“Our events are great for artists and non-artists alike,” said program coordinator Cindy Fletcher. 

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Goldsmith Karin Worden will speak at Thursday’s LOCA Art Talks event

The goldsmith Karin Worden is noted for her botanical themed jewelry, embellished with gemstones, and inspired by flowers and twigs. She holds both BFA and MFA degrees, and her necklace Waiting Boats is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. 

Additional presenters include poet and magic realist painter Paul Bond on March 19, gallery owner, arts editor, and curator Vanessa Rothe on April 16, and  eco dye textile artist Reem Khalil on May 21.

 Admission is $20 per event, and free to LOCA members. Advance registration is requested. To register, call (949) 363-4700 or visit the calendar page at www.locaarts.org

LCAD Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave.

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LagunaTunes to hold spring signups on Feb 24

LagunaTunes Community Chorus reconvenes on Monday, Feb 24 at 7 p.m. in the Thurston Middle School theater room. Expectations are high, since last year’s June concert – “Ladies and Gentlemen – The Beatles!” – was enthusiastically enjoyed by a packed house at the Laguna Beach High School Artists’ Theatre. 

This year’s June concert – entitled “LagunaTunes Does Vegas!” – promises an entertaining look at music identified with Sin City, and the artists who have performed there.

LagunaTunes to hold Beatles

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Fun at last year’s LagunaTunes Beatles concert

New members are welcome, especially tenors and baritones. In fact, President Patti Jo Kiraly declares to all new male members, “If you join LagunaTunes, I’ll buy you a beer!” 

The group looks forward to a new season of fast-paced, energetic, and positive practice sessions. Both new and returning participants are encouraged to attend the initial rehearsal because preparation begins immediately for the June concert. Rehearsal schedule is weekly, Monday nights, with two or three Saturday practices.

LagunaTunes, a no-audition chorus, welcomes singers of all training and experience levels. Some members read music, some don’t, ages cover a broad range, and all are united by a love of music. 

Emphasis is on fun, learning, improving performance skills, and the joy of group singing. Everyone who registers at the first rehearsal will receive the June concert music. Registration and music fee is $90.

The 70-member chorus is led by Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s MenAlive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir. Gunn’s entertaining local, national, and international choral productions are well known.

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone (no auditions) and presents two concerts per year, in December and June. Funding is provided by the Festival of Arts Foundation, the lodging establishments, and the City of Laguna Beach.

For more information, visit www.lagunatuneschorus.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Moody blues in Laguna

Moody blues

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Nights in white satin…

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