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Pageant of the Masters to hold Casting Call January 10-12

Do you enjoy art, theater, and being in the spotlight? Can you stand still for 90 seconds?  Perfect – you could be a volunteer cast member in the 2020 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. 

The team behind the world’s most famous presentation of living pictures is looking for men, women, and children of all sizes and ages to volunteer for next summer’s show, Made in America.

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Casting Call for Pageant of the Masters to be held on Jan 10-12 

The casting call will be held at the Pageant of the Masters amphitheater on the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd during the following dates and times:

--Friday, Jan 10 from 7 – 9 p.m.

--Saturday, Jan 11 from 7 – 9 p.m.

--Sunday, Jan 12 from 2 – 5 p.m.

“It takes over 500 volunteers, both onstage and behind-the-scenes, to put on the Pageant. We wouldn’t have a show without our volunteers! They have so much fun backstage and many volunteers return year after year to participate,” shared Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy.

At the open casting call, prospective volunteers will be measured and photographed, enjoy refreshments, and meet the behind-the-scenes Pageant staff. No theater experience is necessary. The only requirement is the ability to stand still and have fun. Pageant volunteers are also needed for the wardrobe, make-up, and headdress departments, as well as cast area coordinators and refreshment servers, among other positions.

“Volunteering for the Pageant of the Masters is a great way to spend your summer and it is common to have several generations of the same family volunteering for different aspects of the show,” shared Sharbie Higuchi, Festival of Arts Marketing/PR Director. “Additionally, by volunteering for the Pageant, students can earn credit towards community service requirements.”

Casting Call is January 10-12, 2020 and individuals of all sizes and ages are needed. The Pageant of the Masters production, Made in America, will be presented nightly from July 8 – September 3, 2020 and advance tickets are now on sale starting at $20 per person. 

To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, follow the Festival at @FestivalPageant and visit

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Live! at the Museum presents Alex Greenbaum on cello on Jan 9

Join cellist Alex Greenbaum on Thursday, Jan 9 at Laguna Art Museum for a journey through the earliest music written for solo cello, with 17th and 18th-century works by Gabrielli, Antonii, Dall’abaco, and Johann Sebastian Bach (his Suite no. 3 for unaccompanied cello).

As a member of the Hausmann Quartet, cellist Alex Greenbaum is an Artist-in-Residence at San Diego State University, where he teaches cello and chamber music. 

Having lived an adventurous and diversified music life, Alex has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, from New York to Vienna, Ireland, Germany, and the Canary Islands. He has appeared at the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Caramoor, Dresden, Ojai, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Salzburg, and last season returned to Vienna’s Musikverein and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. 

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Cellist Alex Greenbaum to perform at Live! at the Museum on Jan 9 

His varied interests have led to collaborations with dance companies, recordings for film, television, and commercials. Locally, Alex is a founding member of San Diego Baroque, a mainstay on the Art of Élan series, an affiliated artist with San Diego New Music, and appears regularly with Bach Collegium San Diego.

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 here, 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 or call (949) 715-9713.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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Laguna Art Museum presents California Cool Art Auction on Feb 1 

On Saturday, Feb 1 at 6 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host its California Cool Art Auction. The museum’s 38th annual benefit auction, with works by over 100 important California artists, it is an evening not to be missed.

The 38th annual Art Auction will include great art, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails. The evening includes a silent auction as well as an exciting live auction that attracts competitive bidding by art collectors, both seasoned and new.

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Kenton Nelson, “A Standard of Elegance,” 2019, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches, courtesy of the artist 

Proceeds from the event support Laguna Art Museum’s mission of collecting and preserving California art, providing critically acclaimed exhibitions, and enhancing art education. 

For tickets, click here.

For information about sponsorship, call (949) 494-8971 x219.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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LAM announces Art Access: Frieze Los Angeles on Feb 15

On February 15, join executive director Malcolm Warner and the Contemporary Circle of Laguna Art Museum for an exclusive visit and VIP access to the second edition of Frieze Los Angeles, at Paramount Pictures Studios. Space is limited to 30 guests. 

This year Frieze Los Angeles brings together 70 of the most eminent galleries from Los Angeles, the United States, and around the world, as well as a program of on-site artist commissions and events extending throughout the city.

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LAM will host trip to Frieze Los Angeles on Feb 15 


--10:30 a.m. Depart from Laguna Beach

--11:30 a.m. Brunch at Akasha in downtown Culver City and transfer to Paramount Pictures Studios

--1:30 p.m. Enjoy Frieze Los Angeles

--3:30 p.m. Depart Los Angeles

--5 p.m. Return to Laguna Beach

Tickets: Price includes round-trip transportation, entry into the fair, and lunch.

-$140 for Laguna Art Museum members

-$175 for non-members

For more information and to purchase tickets online, click here.

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

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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Laguna Playhouse presents a rockin’ new decade celebrating music

Laguna Playhouse presents five fantastic ways to start the New Year (and the new decade) in exceptional musical style. Five amazing musical experiences are coming that celebrate these iconic artists: the Eagles, The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, Tina Turner, and The Rat Pack beginning Thursday, Jan 9 and continuing through Sunday, Feb 16.

 One of these nights performs on January 9-12 and takes the audience on a journey through the Eagles’ extraordinary catalog. The show features the band’s greatest hits like “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Life In The Fast Lane,” “Take It Easy,” “Already Gone,” “One Of These Nights,” and many others – all presented in a highly entertaining production with uncanny accuracy. 

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Enjoy a journey through the Eagles catalog at Laguna Playhouse Jan 9-12

Surfin’ is a faithful recreation of what it would have been like to see The Beach Boys live, in concert, in their prime. The incomparable beauty of their vocal harmonies, the crashing back beat of Dennis Wilson’s drums, the soaring surf guitar of Carl Wilson, and the genius of Brian Wilson’s music, the uniband choreography, the Fender guitar lineup, the famous custom striped shirts, right down to the black suede Beach Boys boots, it’s all here. 

Surfin’ is comprised of five professional musicians – all of whom have played with major rock artists, including one member who toured with the real Beach Boys and has been a long-standing member of the Brian Wilson Band. The show performs on January 23-26.

On January 29-February 1, Folsom Prison Live will hit the stage performing the music of Johnny Cash. 

In 1968, Johnny Cash walked on stage at Folsom State Prison, Calif. and for the first time ever uttered his immortal words, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” Already a worldwide superstar, that iconic phrase and the 45-minute live album that followed cemented Cash as a legend of popular culture and began his rise to the heights of fame over the next three years that has rarely been equaled. Live at Folsom Prison was named at number 88 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 

This tribute will bring the iconic album in its entirety cover to cover, as well as feature a set of the greatest hits from throughout his entire career. The show will also include June Carter and Carl Perkins who also performed at that concert.

On February 6-9, Tina Live will perform a tribute to Tina Turner. Cookie Watkins brings more than a celebrity impersonation to her performance. An international touring Tribute Artist, Cookie has entertained hundreds of thousands of Tina Turner fans around the world. 

Music has been Cookie’s mainstay since Duke Ellington brought her onstage to warble out a few tunes at the ripe age of 14. No stranger to Broadway, Cookie also performed in hit stage musicals like Guys & Dolls, Sweet Charity, and Hair before touring with the original cast of Beehive and Marie Wilson. 

There is no other Tina Turner impersonator on the planet that comes close. That’s why Cookie Watkins was hand selected by Legends in Concert, The Next Best Thing TV show and many other shows nationwide to be their Tina Turner Tribute Impersonator! She is “Simply the Best”!  Cookie allows the audience to savor the saucy effects of Tina’s “Higher” before a seamless transition to the throaty “Better Be Good to Me” followed by “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”. But Cookie and her audience know nothing tops the high-energy stand-up hit and closer “Proud Mary,” and that is exactly what Cookie does Tina: “Proud!”

Direct from Las Vegas – The Pack is Back will join the Playhouse on February 13-16. Return to the glory of 1960s Las Vegas when a trio of friends, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. teamed up to play and perform together and take the world by storm. Sebastian Anzaldo (Frank Sinatra), Andy DiMino (Dean Martin), and Lambus Dean (Sammy Davis, Jr.) bring to life the iconic songs, great laughs, and the spirit of those legendary performers. 

Get serenaded by Sinatra faves like “Come Fly With Me” and “My Way,” Dino’s great songs like “Volare” and “Everybody Loves Somebody,” and Sammy Davis, Jr. singing “Mr. Bojangles” and “The Candy Man.” Come and see why, generations later, the legendary Rat Pack continues to be a major influence, even today. 

One of These Nights will perform Thursday, Jan 9 and Friday, Jan 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan 12 at 1 p.m. 

Surfin’ will perform Thursday, Jan 23 and Friday, Jan 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan 26 at 1 p.m.

Folsom Prison Live will perform Wednesday, Jan 29, Thursday, Jan 30 and Friday, Jan 31 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tina Live will perform Thursday, Feb 6 and Friday, Feb 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb 8 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb 9 at 1 p.m. 

Direct from Las Vegas – The Pack is Back will perform Thursday, Feb 13 and Friday, Feb 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb 16 at 1 p.m. 

All performances will take place at Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

Tickets range from $50 - $65 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling (949) 497-2787 ext. 229.  Prices subject to change.

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LAM offers free admission and live performance for First Thursdays Art Walk on Jan 2

On Thursday, Jan 2 from 5 - 9 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will offer free admission, docent-guided tours from 6 - 8 p.m., and a live performance by classical guitarist Nicholas Yrizarry from 6 - 8 p.m.

First Thursdays Art Walk celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to the public with participation by more than 30 member galleries. 

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Laguna Art Museum offers free admission for First Thursdays Art Walk on Jan 2 

Now on view, Thomas Hunt: California Modernist brings together about fifty paintings by the masterful, innovative colorist best known for coastal and harbor scenes; Etchings by Mildred Bryant Brooks is selected from the museum’s permanent collection; and Laurie Brown: Photographs documents mankind’s relationship to the landscape in its less comfortable forms, dwelling especially on zones that form a no-man’s-land between the man-made and the natural.

For more information on Laguna Art Museum, visit

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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AAUW presents “The Aging Eye” talk on Jan 15 at the Susi Q

The public is invited to a free talk at the Susi Q on Wednesday, Jan 15 from 7 - 9 p.m. on “The Aging Eye,” by noted Ophthalmologist Sanjay Kedhar, MD, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at UCI’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Dr. Kedhar will discuss research and treatment of various eye conditions that afflict us as we age. As importantly, he will explain how early detection and treatment of these disorders can help prevent vision loss or blindness.

“Nothing is as frightening as the prospect of losing one’s vision. For seniors, loss of vision is the same as loss of independence and the ability to easily interact with others,” says Nadia Babayi, Executive Director of Laguna Beach Seniors. 

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AAUW presents “The Aging Eye” free talk on Jan 15 at the Susi Q Center 

“That is why we are so pleased to partner with AAUW-Laguna Beach to offer a presentation on the most common causes of vision loss through aging: macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. “

Dr. Alison King, AAUW-LB secretary offers some noteworthy statistics: 

--In the United States, approximately one in 14 people over the age of 40 has some degree of macular degeneration (although noticeable symptoms may not have occurred yet). 

--For those over 60, the rate is approximately one in eight (12.5 percent); and for seniors over age 80, approximately one in three (33 percent) has AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration).

--By age 65, over 80 percent of people currently have a cataract, or have had one removed.

Dr. King adds her personal story of Dr. Kedhar’s skills. He performed her cataract surgery. She also had AMD without any symptoms. Some months later she was devasted when her vision became very blurred and a different ophthalmologist told her it was due to the AMD and nothing could be done about it. Happily, with a return visit to Dr. Kedhar, he determined a not uncommon opacity had formed behind the new lens, and he zapped it away with a laser. 

“If not for Dr Kedhar, I’d still be going around with blurry vision today,” says a much-relieved Dr. King.

For questions, contact Alison King at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To learn more about AAUW-LB, visit

The Community & Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third St.

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Laguna Beach Live! returns to [seven-degrees] for Winter 2020

Laguna Beach Live! is pleased to return to [seven-degrees] for Winter 2020 and to present another great lineup of outstanding artists. Tickets are on sale now to members and to the public.

Kicking off the new decade is the acclaimed John Jorgenson Quintet on January 22 with some dynamic Gypsy Jazz and 21st century world music. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

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The John Jorgenson Quintet performs at [seven-degrees] on Jan 22

Following this very special performance, Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series kicks off on February 12 and runs through April 15, featuring some special favorites and some exciting new groups.

On February 12 is Grammy Award-winning drummer Peter Erskine Trio, followed by Black Market Reverie on February 26 and Jazz & Blues legend Barbara Morrison on March 11. 

Celebrated Latin Jazz flutist Danilo Lozano performs on March 25 and renowned trumpeter Bijon Watson and acclaimed vocalist Meloney Collins pay tribute to Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong on April 8. The series ends on April 15 with critically acclaimed vocalist Kathleen Grace Quartet.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and $180 for the full season.
Concerts are at [seven-degrees] 891 Laguna Canyon Rd and are from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 and a full bar will be available. [seven-degrees] is offering a choice of different delicious dinners at each concert that is available online by pre-sale only. 

To purchase tickets, visit or call (800) 595-4849.

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Christmas Eve spectacle

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Yuletide sky puts on a spectacular show from South Laguna

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LAGUNA PALOOZA auditions open at No Square Theatre

Attention all future Lagunatics performers-in-training! No Square Theatre has announced auditions for LAGUNA PALOOZA, the show you might know as LagunaTots. Singers, dancers, and actors in grades 1-8 are invited to try out. 

LAGUNA PALOOZA is directed by Ella Wyatt, with music direction by Susan Geiser. The original logo is by Laguna Beach High School freshman Lila Goldstein

The junior version of No Square’s annual parody musical, Lagunatics, LAGUNA PALOOZA pokes fun at the issues and ironies that plague youngsters. School! Siblings! Pop culture! It’s not easy being a kid these days.


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Logo by Lila Goldstein

Auditions are open for LAGUNA PALOOZA, which replaces LagunaTots

Auditions for LAGUNA PALOOZA are by appointment only. Performances will be held on March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22. 

For full information on how to prepare for an audition, visit You will find detailed information about auditions, required forms, and how to reserve an audition time. For the best audition, make an appointment and arrive prepared.

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

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