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Community Art Project (CAP) presents Illuminating Elements demo on Saturday

On Saturday, Jan 11 from 12 to 2 p.m., The CAP Gallery is hosting an Illuminating Elements demonstration/workshop with artists Lesli Bonanni, Gil Dellinger, and Marie Tippets. 

Come enjoy the art of pastels. Artists will be on hand to talk about and demonstrate how they paint with pastels. Attendees will also have a chance to experience painting with pastels. 

This is the second time this event is being offered, due to the enthusiasm of attendees from the first event. It is free to the public.

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Gil Dellinger (seated) discussing technique and color

While at the event, visitors may enjoy seeing pastel works in the current exhibit, Illuminating Elements, at The CAP Gallery. Works by Mary Aslin, Lesli Bonanni, Gill Dellinger Mike Ishikawa, Margaret Lindsey, Elizabeth Wallace, and Marie Tippets are currently on view. 

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of art and serve as a catalyst for art education. Ongoing exhibitions can be enjoyed at The CAP Gallery, in the unique Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building. 

Visit www.caplaguna.org for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, to be on the email list, or to become a member and supporter of CAP.

CAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded by the member supporters, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the lodging establishments, and the City of Laguna Beach.

The CAP Gallery at Wells Fargo is located at 260 Ocean Ave.

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Live! at the Museum presents Alex Greenbaum on cello on Thursday

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 Thurdsay 

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 www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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No Square Theatre to hold auditions for Songs for the Dumped on Friday

Auditions are being held on Friday, Jan 10 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. for Songs for the Dumped, a Valentine concert directed by No Square Theatre’s founding Artistic Director Bree Burgess Rosen, with musical direction by Roxanna Ward. 

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, Feb 14 and 15. The directors are seeking strong adult singers. The whimsical logo, depicting a dumpster love life, was created by Laguna Beach High School student Lila Goldstein.

A limited rehearsal schedule dictates that every performer must be a quick study, self-motivated, and able to master assigned material with minimal rehearsal. The concert will include solos, duets, and group numbers.

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Auditions for “Songs for the Dumped” will be held on Friday 

Those auditioning should bring a completed audition form and conflict calendar from www.nosquare.org. Prepare approximately two minutes of an up-tempo or ballad selection, preferably from a Broadway score, the American songbook, or in a Country Western style. 

If you have something that reflects the theme of the concert, please do that, but all songs included in the concert will be set by the directors. Some selections contain profanity. If you don’t wish to perform one of these songs, please let organizers know. It will not affect your being cast, just the song or songs you may be asked to sing. Bring sheet music in the correct key. No a capella or accompaniment tracks. Allow one hour for your audition.

Contact the Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your appointment. There is no pay.

Note to Equity members: No Square is a non-union, community theater however this is a “stand and sing” concert, not a book show, with no AEA conflict. No Square can and will have a few professionals in the ranks, volunteering alongside its talented amateurs.

For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, visit www.nosquare.org.

No Square Theatre is located at 384 Legion St.

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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 www.foapom.com.

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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 www.lagunabeachlive.org 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 

Itinerary:

--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 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.

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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 www.lagunaartmuseum.org

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 www.aauw2-lagunabeach.org

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

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