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Laguna Playhouse presents Karen Carpenter-inspired virtual holiday special

Laguna Playhouse is excited to present the virtual concert Merry Christmas Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter. This video-on-demand performance is available for purchase through 5 p.m. on December 25, with viewing available December 11 - 28.

Chicago’s favorite leading lady Heidi Kettenring (Wicked, Broadway in Chicago) and her exceptional band present the timeless treasures and holiday hits of Karen Carpenter. A storyteller sure to stir the heart, multi-award-winner Kettenring tenderly chronicles Carpenter’s troubles and triumphs with a familiar angelic radiance. 

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Heidi Kettenring stars in holiday special presented by Laguna Playhouse, a tribute to Karen Carpenter

Around the Town Chicago calls the show, “Glorious. An elegant, tear jerking, sing along concert event.” Songs include “Close To You,” “Merry Christmas Darling,” “For All We Know,” and “The Christmas Song.” The show is produced by Chicago-based company Artists Lounge Live. 

Heidi Kettenring is best known for starring as Nessarose in the blockbuster musical Wicked (Broadway in Chicago). Her national tours include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle). 

Chicago-based concert company Artists Lounge Live presents popular music of yesterday performed by singular talents of today. “Superb musicianship and powerful storytelling set us apart. Our company of headliners honor their musical icons with mastery, intimacy, and empathy. With the music as our guide we explore the cultural landscape of America both then and now. Through popular music, our shared heritage, we offer audiences an authentic emotional connection. We believe in the restorative power of live entertainment for both the individual and the community.”

Ticket proceeds will provide crucial support to Laguna Playhouse. Tickets are available for $35 at www.lagunaplayhouse.com. To view concert, patrons must have a high-speed internet connection. 

For more information, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Laguna Beach Live! and LAM partner for Live! at the Museum this Thursday

On Thursday, Dec 10 at 7 p.m., Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum will present their joint monthly Live! at the Museum concert. While the museum is not yet open for public programs, they are pleased to offer a “virtual concert” made possible by the Ryan Whyman Trio. 

The trio includes pianist and composer Ryan Whyman, violinist Karenza Peacock, and cellist Keith Williams.

Ryan Whyman is a gifted pianist and composer with a diverse array of influences. At age six he began studying classical piano with world-renowned Sofia Zukerman and developed a passion for improvisation from an early age. As Ryan grew older, his classical piano skills quickly expanded into the jazz realm, as well as the realms of pop, rock, and other genres. 

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Ryan Whyman of the Ryan Whyman Trio 

His musicianship and versatility has led to him playing regularly at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, performing in a production of Les Miserábles in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage, Alaska, playing in ensembles of all shapes and sizes around Southern California, and many other opportunities. 

Kerenza Peacock is a British violinist who lives in Los Angeles. She attended the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Howard Davis, and for two years was a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellow. In 1998, the Pavão Quartet was formed, and Peacock and her group became popular artists on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3, and BBC Radio 2. 

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Kerenza Peacock will perform on the violin 

Peacock has recorded many albums with the Pavão Quartet, though she has also pursued a career as a violin soloist with the Trafalgar Sinfonia in St Martin-in-the-Fields, and recorded crossover music with Adele, Paul McCartney, Céline Dion, Noel Gallagher, CeeLo Green, and P!nk, among other pop artists. She has recorded for Naxos and Signum Classics.

Keith Williams graduated from New England Conservatory Preparatory School with honors studying under Eugene Kim and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree at Juilliard School under Timothy Eddy. 

In high school, as part of the inaugural class for “From the Top’s” year-long Center for the Development of Arts Leadership program, Keith and his team developed a year-long program to bring music into the lives of patients undergoing cancer treatment at Boston’s AstraZeneca Hope Lodge. 

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Cellist Keith Williams 

The previous summer, he collaborated with friends to form a chamber group, which played concerts raising money for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. Then and now, he volunteers his time to play concerts in hospitals and nursing homes. 

Keith has won New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School concerto competition and placed second in the American Association of Christian Schools’ nationwide competition after placing first in the Massachusetts chapter of the competition. Keith has performed in masterclasses with such artists as Scott Kluksdahl, Frans Helmerson, and the Borromeo and Colorado string quartets, and has collaborated with artists such as pianist Max Levinson and oboist Peggy Pearson.

To watch the free performance, tune in at www.lagunaartmuseum.org/events/live-at-the-museum-ryan-whyman-trio

Note: Live! at the Q, Laguna Beach Live!’s monthly partnership with The Susi Q, presenting free special virtual performances of rising stars in chamber music, has been postponed in keeping with current state safety measures. This month’s concert was to have presented violinist Matthew Yee and violist Zara Amendt. Laguna Beach Live! hopes to introduce you to them soon.


Laguna Community Concert Band presents “America the Beautiful”

For all Laguna Community Concert Band fans and other music lovers who have been longing to hear some of their great music, there is good news. The band has gone virtual and is currently streaming a new program on its social media and YouTube pages.

Braving the challenges of logistics, the Laguna Community Concert Band family came together virtually and created a wonderful rendition of “America the Beautiful.” 

The music is inspirational, and the visual effects are outstanding. This is truly something worth watching. 

Kudos go to Patrick Dobrinen, sound engineer, who was responsible for the production of “America the Beautiful.” He collected all of the audio and visual tracks, edited them, and added his own ideas for other pictures. Voila, a great video!

Some of the other people instrumental in producing this event are Mark Lowery, conductor; Lynn Olinger, band manager; Lisa Reinhardt, band secretary; Theresa Marino, band librarian and band co-founder. 

Music lovers can access “America the Beautiful” by watching the video below. The video is also available on the band’s social media pages, including on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LagunaConcertBand


FOA’s monthly virtual concert series pays tribute to Al Jarreau on Friday

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach’s online concert series in partnership with Yamaha continues with another dynamic online performance by jazz singer Darryl Walker. 

On Friday, Dec 11, kick back and relax as Darryl Walker pays tribute to the memorable hits of legendary jazz singer Al Jarreau with a pre-recorded concert performance from the Festival of Arts grounds. 

Since early childhood, when he could belt out “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” with the passion of Otis Redding, Darryl has grown into one of the most exceptional vocal talents in the industry and has graced some of the most notable venues and exclusive private events, as well as notable jazz and R&B concerts in the country.

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FOA presents virtual concert by Darryl Walker paying tribute to Al Jarreau on Friday 

In addition to his stunning vocal abilities, Darryl is known for his amazing talent on the saxophone. Specializing in R&B, Pop, Blues, and Jazz, Darryl has lit up countless live shows and recording sessions with leads and backgrounds –  adding vocals or sax for a bevy of labels: Tabu, A&M, Motown, Mesa Blue Moon Records, Northern Blues, and Ripa Records. It’s easy to see what has made this artist a favorite with so many celebrity, society and corporate clients across the nation.

Darryl Walker currently tours with his own band (Darryl F Walker Band) Greg Adams and East Bay Soul as lead vocalist and saxophonist, and Haute Chile Productions as lead vocalist, saxophonist, and percussionist.

The virtual Concerts on the Screen series is presented in partnership with Yamaha and allows fans the opportunity to enjoy their favorite summer Fine Arts Show performances from the comfort of home. 

Festival of Arts Concerts on the Screen Monthly Series Schedule:

--December 11: An Al Jarreau Tribute – Darryl Walker

--January 29, 2021: A Luther Vandross Tribute – Terry Steele

Tickets are $25 per household for the general public and free with registration for Festival members. 

To register and purchase tickets today visit www.foapom.com/event/virtual-concert-walker/. Pre-registration is required. 

To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Fine Arts Show visit www.foapom.com or follow @FestivalPageant on social media. 

To support the Festival of Arts, please visit www.foapom.com/supportnow.


Laguna Dance Festival presents virtual gala “Dance Like No One’s Watching” on Friday

The Laguna Dance Festival has presented its 16th winter season as a series of virtual interactive events designed to get supporters on their feet and “dancing like no one’s watching” while keeping the organization strong through donations. 

Laguna Dance Festival’s primary public event, “Dance Like No One’s Watching,” will be held on Friday, Dec 4 at 6 p.m. and will help the nonprofit continue its work through this challenging time for the arts and artists. Audience members will experience a dance sampler highlighted by a world premiere by acclaimed international flamenco dancer Irene Rodríguez, filmed on location in Laguna Beach. This brand-new work was commissioned by Laguna Dance Festival in its effort to keep dancers dancing. 

Irene Rodríguez is a Cuban treasure, a world-famous teacher, choreographer, and performer. She worked as dancer and choreography consultant of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and directed the Flamenco and Spanish Dance Program School at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2019. Rodríguez founded her own company, Compañía Irene Rodríguez. She directed Havan’s most prestigious Spanish dance academy, which she also founded. In 2018, the King of Spain granted her Spain’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Isabella the Catholic. 

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Irene Rodríguez  

The first 75 guests to purchase tickets will receive an autographed fan with which they can learn a flamenco-style fan dance as taught by Ms. Rodríguez for patrons of all ages and genders. The night will highlight performances by talented recipients of Laguna Dance Festival’s 2020 Young Artist Scholarship program. Despite the organization’s decreased funds and fundraising opportunities due to the pandemic, it nevertheless awarded scholarships. A special surprise announcement by a Laguna Beach celebrity will take center stage to round out the evening. Guests donating $100 or more will have access to the online December 4 performance and the entertaining fan dance instruction. To make a donation, got to www.lagunadancefestival.org. 

“One advantage of the virtual world is that you can dance with abandon as if no one’s watching,” said Joy Dittberner, executive director of Laguna Dance Festival. “You need not care whether you do all the steps correctly. We hope that arts lovers near and far will enjoy this presentation and contribute generously to make sure our organization has the resources to continue bringing dance and dance education to audiences in whatever form and to encourage young dancers to pursue their passion.”


LOCA welcomes new members with new benefits

LOCA Arts Education Laguna Beach invites all lovers of art to become members. “We love our members, and to say thank you, we’ve added many great new benefits!” stated Carla Meberg, President. These include the opportunity to win a “shout out” feature in an upcoming eNewsletter.

 “Art opens people’s hearts and minds,” stated Cindy Fletcher, board member. LOCA provides workshops, taught by professional local artists, to people of all ages and abilities in Laguna Beach, south Orange County, and online.”

Public offerings include the family-friendly Art and Sea Lions at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and LOCA Art Talks, a popular lecture series featuring everyone from textile designers, to jewelry makers, to gallery owners. LOCA’s Outreach Workshops are conducted at schools and institutions including Waymakers Youth Shelter, the Boys & Girls Club, and more. 

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Lisa Mansour shows off LOCA’s new membership card

Workshops are provided for free, or at affordable prices, thanks to fundraising, donations, and membership fees LOCA receives. LOCA’s 2020 fundraiser was canceled due to COVID-19 precautions, therefore LOCA is enhancing its membership program. “We are relying on member fees now more than ever,” stated Vinita Voogd, LOCA Vice President. 

As a thank you, everyone who joins or renews now through December 31 will automatically be entered to win a “shout out” feature story in a winter 2021 eNewsletter. “We have such diverse and fascinating members – I can’t wait to read the stories of the winners,” said Carla Meberg, LOCA President.

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LOCA hosts workshops at Glennwood House

Additional new benefits to members include discount and priority registration for classes, priority free admission to LOCA Art Talks, 10 percent discounts on all purchases at Laguna Art Supply, “buy one get one free” admission to Festival of Arts, 10 percent off tickets to Laguna Playhouse, 50 percent discounted admission to Laguna Art Museum, free admission to the annual LOCA membership celebration, invitations to special exhibitions, and more. Membership starts at $50. 

Go to www.locaarts.org/membership to become a member or call (949) 363-4700.


FOA to host first-ever virtual gala:Simply ARTrageous: Live the Legacy” on Saturday 

Things are about to get ARTrageous! The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, producer of the iconic Pageant of the Masters, is pleased to announce the nonprofit’s first-ever virtual gala event: “Simply ARTrageous: Live the Legacy” on Saturday, Dec 5 at 6:30 p.m. 

The star-studded virtual spectacular will be hosted by musician, composer, and producer Tony Guerrero and actor, comedian, and writer Dave Foley. The event is free to attend and sponsored by Stephen R. Davy Violins, The Ritz-Carlton of Laguna Niguel, Partners Bank of California, and Yamaha.

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People gather on FOA grounds before the pandemic 

“We’ve gone virtual – reimagining our traditional end-of-season Celebrity Gala fundraiser to reunite and celebrate our rich legacy with the community and our supporters,” shared Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing/PR at Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach. 

Anticipated to be the most ARTrageous celebration of the season, the virtual gala promises an evening of fun, laughter, and nostalgia. Many surprises are planned for the evening including appearances by celebrity guests Bryan Cranston, Kate Flannery, Joe Mantegna, and Jane Lynch. Guests will enjoy musical performances by The Salty Suites, Melissa Manchester, Laura Dickinson, Starr Parodi, and Jeff Eden Fair.

In addition to the spectacular night of entertainment, anyone donating $100 or more will be automatically entered into a drawing to win some great prizes. Prizes range from a weekend getaway package at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel (valued at $2,500 USD), prestigious artwork from ceramic artist Mike Tauber (valued at $320 USD), and two loge center tickets plus an invite to walk the red carpet at the 2021 Pageant of the Masters Celebrity Benefit Night (valued at $490 USD), to name a few. 

Proceeds from the digital event will help support the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters and, in turn, local artists and the arts community. 

To donate, join the Pageant Legacy Society or learn more about the event visit www.foapom.com/virtual-gala. RSVPs are recommended, but not required. 

To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Fine Arts Show visit www.foapom.com or follow @FestivalPageant on social media.


FOA to host first-ever virtual gala:Simply ARTrageous: Live the Legacy” on December 5 

Things are about to get ARTrageous! The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, producer of the iconic Pageant of the Masters, is pleased to announce the nonprofit’s first-ever virtual gala event: “Simply ARTrageous: Live the Legacy” on Saturday, Dec 5 at 6:30 p.m. 

The star-studded virtual spectacular will be hosted by musician, composer, and producer Tony Guerrero and actor, comedian, and writer Dave Foley. The event is free to attend and sponsored by Stephen R. Davy Violins, The Ritz-Carlton of Laguna Niguel, Partners Bank of California, and Yamaha.

FOA to host outside

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People gather on FOA grounds before the pandemic 

“We’ve gone virtual – reimagining our traditional end-of-season Celebrity Gala fundraiser to reunite and celebrate our rich legacy with the community and our supporters,” shared Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing/PR at Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach. 

Anticipated to be the most ARTrageous celebration of the season, the virtual gala promises an evening of fun, laughter, and nostalgia. Many surprises are planned for the evening including appearances by celebrity guests Bryan Cranston, Kate Flannery, Joe Mantegna, and Jane Lynch. Guests will enjoy musical performances by The Salty Suites, Melissa Manchester, Laura Dickinson, Starr Parodi, and Jeff Eden Fair.

In addition to the spectacular night of entertainment, anyone donating $100 or more will be automatically entered into a drawing to win some great prizes. Prizes range from a weekend getaway package at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel (valued at $2,500 USD), prestigious artwork from ceramic artist Mike Tauber (valued at $320 USD), and two loge center tickets plus an invite to walk the red carpet at the 2021 Pageant of the Masters Celebrity Benefit Night (valued at $490 USD), to name a few. 

Proceeds from the digital event will help support the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters and, in turn, local artists and the arts community. 

To donate, join the Pageant Legacy Society or learn more about the event visit www.foapom.com/virtual-gala. RSVPs are recommended, but not required. 

To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Fine Arts Show visit www.foapom.com or follow @FestivalPageant on social media.


Sawdust Outdoor Marketplace

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Come shop and enjoy the Sawdust Outdoor Marketplace’s artists and live music. There is lots of fresh air, plenty of parking, and beautiful hand-crafted items for gift giving and stocking stuffers.

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The Sawdust Outdoor Marketplace is open weekends through December 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is recommended that visitors purchase tickets ahead of time as capacity is limited. Children 12 and under receive free admission but do require a ticket for entry. For tickets, click here.

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Please note as of November 17th, concession restaurants and the saloon are not in service during Marketplace hours

For more photos by Mary Hurlbut, see the slideshow below


Art collectors raise their glasses virtually to support LCAD in silent auction

Laguna College of Art + Design’s 2020 LCAD Virtual Speakeasy Silent Auction exceeded its fundraising goal and raised more than $65,000 from the sales of works by LCAD alumni and faculty and other renowned artists as well as through the direct gifts in an online gathering held Friday, Nov 13. Supporters and friends of the College were also invited to make gifts until Friday, Nov 20.

Guests were immersed in a playful, interactive storyline of Jonathan “Pencils” Burke, president of LCAD and alleged host of a virtual speakeasy recalling the gangster films of the 1930s. 

Participants were also treated to a lesson in making a signature cocktail by Director of Marketing and Communications Marc “Spills” Lyncheski, who also used his voiceover talents in the story. Vice President of College Advancement Dominic “Moneybags” Mumolo and Director of Development Tracy “The Collector” Hartman were on-hand to present the art up for auction and introduce video vignettes of LCAD students who shared their personal stories of how philanthropy impacted their ability to thrive as artists and students. 

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(L-R) Tracy Hartman, Marc Lyncheski, Mark Thomas (white coat), Dominic Mumulo, videographer Nathan “Lenses” McGuire, and production assistant Daren “Double D” Dien

“The tremendous amount of work that it took to shift to an online event was absolutely worth it as it sparked the creativity and many talents of our incredible staff,” said Mumolo. “The program was light, entertaining, and good for the College.”

Gifting opportunities included “bail money” to release “Pencils” from jail. Silent Auction host Mark “Good Bids” Thomas returned online to encourage guests to support Laguna Beach’s beloved art college. LCAD alumnus and board of trustee Suzanne “Suzy Q” Chonette with her husband Dave, a.k.a. “Lucky,” chaired the online event. Robin “Careers” Fuld, director of Career Services, also lent her voice as a flapper in the story.

“We’re so pleased by the participation of our supporters and of our Board of Trustees. Everyone really stepped up to make this event a success,” Mumolo said. “They embraced the underlying theme of philanthropy at LCAD: your present, their future. In supporting our students, our philanthropists make a concerted effort to ensure the future of the creative arts and industry around the world.”

Bidders selected from art by well-known artists including:

--Sharon Allicotti, LCAD faculty

--Jonathan Burke, LCAD President

--Vincent Calenzo (courtesy of saltfineart)

--Robin Cole, LCAD alumnus

--Lisa Dallendorfer, LCAD Trustee

--Lani Emanuel, MFA in Painting (2015)

--Emerson Ferrandini, LCAD alumni

--Veronica Gray, LCAD Trustee

--Jennifer Griffiths, former LCAD faculty

--Deborah Harold (represented by Juxtaposition and Deborah Harold Fine Art)

--Mark Jacobucci (Festival of the Arts exhibitor)

--Tom Lamb, LPAPA member (courtesy of Forest & Ocean Gallery)

--Michael Lemen, LCAD alumni 

--Tim Lemen

--Ilona Martin, LCAD Trustee and National Philanthropy Day’s 2020 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

--Hilary McCarthy, LCAD faculty

--Shane McClatchey, LCAD alumni (courtesy of Main Street Gallery)

--Elizabeth McGhee, BFA in Drawing & Painting (2009) (courtesy of Gallery Henoch)

--Brad Neal, Post-Bacc in Drawing & Painting (2017)

--Jody Nimtz, LCAD alumni (courtesy of Koplin Del Rio)

--Vanessa Rothe, LCAD alumni 

--Anthony Salvo (courtesy of Studio 2817)

--Bradford J. Salamon (courtesy of Sue Greenwood Fine Art)

--Pegah Samaie, First Annual Trustee Choice award recipient, MFA in Painting (2019), Drawing & Painting BFA (2015)

--Jeff Sewell, Adjunct LCAD Fine Arts Faculty and LPAPA member

--Allayn Stevens

--Sarah Walsh (courtesy of saltfineart)

--Kirsten Whalen, alumnus

--Marco Valencia, (courtesy of saltfineart)

--Mark Whitney, Attended LCAD, Drawing & Painting Student (1983)

--Scott Yeskel (courtesy of Sue Greenwood Fine Art)

Despite the pandemic, the 2020 LCAD Silent Auction continued to be one of the College’s premier annual fundraising events that directly support LCAD’s students and its programs, enhance the student experience, and help to fund the $2.5 million in student scholarships the College awards annually.

For more information, visit www.lcad.edu/about/support or contact Tracy Hartman at (949) 376-6000 ext. 241 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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