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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. 

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“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.

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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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Locals Only Music Showcase at Marine Room features local favorites 133 and Crimson Crowbar this Sunday

Two great bands will be playing at Marine Room on Sunday, Feb 23 as part of the venue’s Sunday Locals Only Music Showcase. The showcase is from 2 to 9 p.m. and includes 133, made up of Laguna musicians, and Crimson Crowbar.

Charles Sepulveda, Marine Room bar manager, explains the concept behind the Sunday Locals Only 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.” 

As a result, Sunday Locals Only came into fruition, and this Sunday will showcase two fantastic bands.

Sunday Locals 133

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133 band

Some of Laguna’s greatest musicians came together to form the fabulously popular 133 band. Now the keepers of a CD, an EP, and stars of a documentary film, these eight 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.

Clay Berryhill, 133 band manager, says of their appearance at Marine Room, “We’re 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 is their third in the series, which is ongoing monthly.”

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Crimson Crowbar performs at Black Marlin 

In 1991, David Shelton formed Crimson Crowbar, initially to be able to play with all of the talented L.A. musicians he had met over the years. It was a “collective.” With so many top “touring pros” coming home on tour breaks, David was able to put together some incredible lineups of musicians that would otherwise never get to play together. Players like Jorgen Carlsson (Gov’t Mule), Mitch Marine (Dwight Yokum), Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls), Chris Ralles (Pat Benetar), Erik Eldinius (Billy Idol), Stevie DiStanislao (CSN & David Gilmour), John Avila (Oingo Boingo), Greg Camp (Smash Mouth), and Michael Klooster (Smash Mouth) were regular members of the ever-evolving band. 

In the present day they have a “special lineup” once again. Enter Todd Wolf on drums (Beth Hart) and Emily Kilimnik on violin. Together these four have been playing to packed houses all over Southern California. With their popularity on a steady rise and big plans for the future, as anyone who has seen them will tell you, this is a polished, great sounding, must see show.

Berryhill says the vibe of the show will be similar to the video below by Steve Wood, shot at Marine Room, featuring many of the 133 band members.

“The people in the video are either local Marine Room music lovers, employees of the Marine Room, or on stage local musicians. Steve of course is in 133 along with his wife Beth Fitchet Wood. Poul Pedersen, Bob Hawkins, and Frank Cotinola are also in 133 and they are three of the four founding members of the Missiles of October, the iconic band that played to their ‘dancing congregation’ at the Marine Room Sunday afternoons for 20 years. This magic is what the new Sunday afternoon locals day is recreating.”

So join other local music lovers for an afternoon and evening of fun at Marine Room featuring these two favorite local bands and more.

Marine Room is located at 214 Ocean Ave. 

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Laguna Beach Live!’s Jazz Wednesdays 2020 off to a rockin’ start

Laguna Beach Live!’s Jazz Wednesdays 2020 kicked off to a tremendous start with Grammy winner Peter Erskine and his Trio last week. The concert, sponsored by Laguna Beach local Ruth Stafford, was enjoyed by a packed house.

Laguna Beach Live! thanks all who came out to support and enjoy live music in our city. Up next is Black Market Reverie on Wednesday, Feb 26.

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(L-R) Ruth Stafford, Peter Erskine Trio, and Laguna Beach Live’s director for jazz Bijon Watson

Lyman Medeiros and Renne Myara find common ground between jazz, classic French pop, Americana, and their own original songs to create the sounds of Black Market Reverie. Equipped with vocal harmonies and clever arrangements, their music is both familiar and unique. 

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.

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Laguna College of Art and Design Animation

celebrates 20th anniversary with new exhibition

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Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) BFA program in Animation celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition that honors the history of hand-drawn classical animation, Line-Form-Motion-Emotion: The 2D Classical Animation Process. The exhibition at LCAD Gallery in downtown Laguna Beach opened on Thursday, Feb 6 and will run through February 27. 

During Art Walk on February 6, students and visitors had the opportunity to watch a live animation demonstration by LCAD Alumna and freelance animator Sophia Green. She will also be at a vintage animator’s desk on the following dates and times: Saturday, Feb 15 and Saturday, Feb 22 from noon to 3 p.m. 

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LCAD Alumna and freelance animator Sophia Green

The exhibition features rarely seen hand-drawn images of the character Doc from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, by legendary Disney animator Fred Moore. Visitors will see hand-drawn animation sequences that detail the creative stages of 2D character animation. Works by prominent animators from the personal collections of Dave Kuhn, former chair of LCAD Animation, and Daniel Boulos, current Animation program chair, are also on display. 

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Hand-drawn animation sequences

“From the very beginning, each student who undertakes the LCAD Animation degree program is trained in the tradition of hand-drawn animation to bring characters to life through motion and emotion,” said Boulos. “Whether our students are working with paper, pixels, or puppets, they become exceptional storytellers who understand the entire process of filmmaking.” 

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President of LCAD Jonathan Burke

Jonathan Burke, president of LCAD, says, “We hope our neighbors as well as visitors from far and wide come and see this extraordinary exhibition showing how animators become actors with pencils. Not only does this exhibition celebrate the rich artistic heritage of traditional animation, it also gives an insight into the emotional storytelling abilities an animator must possess to bring hand-drawn characters to life. What sets LCAD Animation apart, is that students develop the ability to conceptualize stories, then draw the 2D characters that convincingly move, speak, and act.”

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Rayna Lenski, recent LCAD Animation graduate

Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Drawing + Painting, Experimental Animation, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Illustration and Illustration in Entertainment Design, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Drawing, Game Design, and Painting. 

Since its founding, LCAD’s BFA program in Animation has produced a cadre of diverse alumni who have gone on to work at studios such as Cartoon Network, Disney, DreamWorks, Industrial Light & Magic, Nickelodeon, Obsidian Entertainment, Pixar, Sony, and Warner Bros. to name a few. 

LCAD Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free. 

For more information, visit www.lcad.edu.

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LOCA to honor artist Scott Moore at Birthday Bash on March 29

LOCA Arts Education has named Scott Moore as the honoree of its upcoming Birthday Bash. The public is invited to the festive fundraising party on Sunday, March 29 from 4 - 7 p.m. at Bridge Hall at Neighborhood Congregational Church.

“Scott is not only a magnificent artist, he has also been a great contributor to the arts industry here in Laguna Beach,” said LOCA event chair Linda Velasco. Moore’s history dates back to his service as an official artist for the United States Marine Corp in the 1970s. 

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Scott Moore will be honored March 29 at LOCA Birthday Bash

He exhibited at Sawdust Festival more than 30 years, and Festival of Arts more than 38 years, where he also served on the Board of Directors. He’s among the founders of the FOA Foundation, which grants several hundred thousand dollars annually for arts programs run by community service organizations in Laguna Beach. 

The LOCA Birthday Bash will feature great food and wine, festive games for grownups, live music, and spectacular auction items. Proceeds support LOCA’s award-winning programs serving people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities throughout Laguna Beach. Tickets are $50 each. 

To purchase tickets, visit www.locaarts.org/events/locas-birthday-bash/

Neighborhood Church is located at 340 Saint Ann’s Dr.

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