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Live! at the Museum presents harpists Duo Gliss in Valentine’s Day concert

This Thursday, Feb 14 at 7 p.m., Live! at the Museum is proud to feature harpists Duo Gliss for a special Valentine’s Day concert. Live! at the Museum, a special collaboration between 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. 

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Duo Gliss will be performing at LAM this Thursday on Valentine’s Day

Two professional harpists, Hee Jin Yoon and Ko Ni Choi, founded Duo Gliss. Both are very active as multi-faceted classical performers and teachers, having performed with numerous groups including the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 

Duo Gliss focuses on expanding harp music and educating young musicians. In Fall 2016, they founded Los Angeles Youth Harp Ensemble (LYHE) where they coach and train young talented harpists in the Greater Los Angeles area. As a professional harp duo, Duo Gliss is working closely with composers of many genres to record, publish, and transcribe new pieces for the harp. 

Pre-reservations are available online at www.lagunartmuseum.org or by calling (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.lagunaboneachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.


Don’t miss No Square’s My Ridiculous Valentine this weekend

Don’t miss My Ridiculous Valentine at No Square Theatre, an irreverent look at love, this weekend – on Friday, Feb 8 and Saturday, Feb 9.

“If you’re tired of sappy-sweet, hearts-and-flowers Valentine tributes, this show is for you,” said Bree Burgess Rosen, No Square founder and artistic director.

A not-so-romantic concert of dysfunctional love and laughter, My Ridiculous Valentine is directed by Bree Burgess Rosen, with music direction by Roxanna Ward.

In classic No Square form, the talented cast of singers takes a humorous look at the many other sides of love. 

“Warning – you may be crying by the end, tears of laughter, not sentimentality,” Burgess Rosen said. “The sad, but often hilarious, reality is that not all affairs of the heart end with a walk into the sunset.”

Dont miss Bree Burgess Rosen

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No Square’s “My Ridiculous Valentine,” directed by Bree Burgess Rosen, is a none-too-romantic concert of dysfunctional love and laughter

Audience members will recognize many cast members from their appearances in Lagunatics and other No Square productions. Fan favorites include Eric T. Anderson, Burgess Rosen, Rebecca Butkivich, Kelly Goldstein, Gary Greene, Rob Harryman, Pat Kollenda, Joe Lauderdale, Marc Marger, Kristen Matson, Claire Day McClung, Steve McIntosh, Roxanna Ward, and Ella Wyatt.

Although love can be a many-splendored thing, it also hurts, it’s a battlefield, it’s a crazy little thing, and – let’s face it – it can go terribly wrong.

“Laughter is great medicine, so enjoy some therapy with your sweetie, your gal pals, your bros, or come by yourself, darn it. Just don’t bring the kiddies,” Burgess Rosen said. “This naughty, bawdy show is for over-14, but not necessarily mature audiences.”

My Ridiculous Valentine will be performed on Friday, Feb 8 and Saturday, Feb 9, at 7:30 p.m. at No Square Theatre, located in Historic Legion Hall at 384 Legion St, two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School, which offers ample free parking. 

Tickets are $25. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance at www.nosquare.org.


LagunaTunes invites new members to participate in  “Ladies and Gentlemen – the Beatles”

The LagunaTunes Community Chorus reconvenes on Monday, Feb 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Thurston Middle School theater room for the spring season. 

New members are invited to come and join the choir in preparation for the June 23 concert, “Ladies and Gentlemen – the Beatles!” The program includes familiar favorites that helped to define popular music in the 1960s. 

LagunaTunes invites group

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LagunaTunes brings joy to our community

LagunaTunes, a no-audition chorus, welcomes singers of all training and experience levels. Some members read music, some don’t, age levels 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. 

Rehearsals are weekly, Monday nights, with two or three Saturday practices. Everyone who registers at the first rehearsal will receive the June concert music. The registration and music fee is $90.

Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s Men Alive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir, leads the 70-member chorus. Gunn’s entertaining local, national, and international choral productions are well known.

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides choral singing to everyone (no auditions) and presents two concerts per year, in December and June.

The Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach provide funding.

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


Acclaimed vocalist Melissa Morgan joins Rickey Woodard Quartet at Jazz Wednesdays on Feb 13

Laguna Beach Live! has added three acclaimed jazz vocalists to its lineup for the 2019 Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series. 

Melissa Morgan will appear on February 13 with the Rickey Woodard Quartet. Melissa was named by JazzTimes as “audacious and decidedly salty,” and London Evening Standard says, “While you will always hear definitive influences from Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington and Billie Holliday, Melissa isn’t copying anybody…and has a definitive sound all her own.”

Laguna Beach outside

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Laguna Beach Live! presents a jivin’ good time at Jazz Wednesdays on Feb 13 at [seven-degrees]

Rickey Woodard was born in Nashville, playing Blues and R’n’B around the Nashville area. After leaving Nashville, Rickey went to California and joined the Ray Charles Band where he was a member for eight years before deciding to pursue a solo career and recording both as a leader and as a sideman for Concord Records. Currently he performs live, frequently leading his own quartet or quintet as well as performing and recording with The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Frank Capp Juggernaut Band.

Laguna Beach Melissa

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Acclaimed vocalist Melissa Morgan is featured with the Rickey Woodard Quartet on Feb 13

On February 27, Adryon De Leon will be accompanying Will Brahm. “Adryon de León’s voice sizzles with soul, and a fair amount of attitude, yet still clings to a sweeter timbre beneath all that vocal bravado. When she bares her soul for a song, you can be sure that the world of funk music is very much alive, and maybe even itching for a fight,” states Carl Pettit, Ozy

Joining the Laguna Beach Live! All Stars on March 27 is the talented and versatile Lucy Woodward. In addition to her solo career, Lucy toured with Pink Martini and Rod Stewart and has also sung on albums by Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Snarky Puppy, Barbra Streisand, Nikka Costa, Carole King, Joe Cocker, Michael Bolton, Gavin DeGraw, and Randy Jackson.

Jazz Wednesdays concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m. and doors open at 5 for a full bar and buffet dinner menu for purchase.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. 

To purchase tickets, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713. 

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


Laguna Beach Music Festival captivates audiences in opening show, concerts continue through the weekend

The 2019 Laguna Beach Music Festival kicked off on Wednesday, Feb 6 at Laguna Art Museum with a captivating opening performance by Festival Director and Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang, accompanied by multimedia artist Tripp Derrick Barnes, who created a masterpiece to Yang’s performance.

The remaining concerts, sponsored by Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society, will feature Festival Artistic Director and Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Conrad Tao, and Grammy-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich.

Laguna Beach Joyce 1

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Audiences were captivated by Wednesday’s opening event

The world-renowned Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Peter Jay Sharp Prize winner cellist Efe Baltacigil, and violinist/violist Yura Lee, who was the only first prizewinner across four categories at the prestigious ARD Competition in Germany, will also be performing at the festival. 

Remaining events include this morning’s talk at Susi Q by cellist Efe Balticigil at 10 a.m. at the Susi Q. Space is limited.

Tonight’s Opening Night Concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse and features Joyce Yang and cellist Efe Baltacigil in a program of dance-inspired musical works. The second half features Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in “Dream Play,” a work by acclaimed choreographer Fernando Melo. (This performance is co-presented and in collaboration with Laguna Dance Festival.)

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Festival Director Joyce Yang is a Grammy-nominated pianist

“When I went to the Joyce Theater and saw the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dance for the first time, I knew I had found my partners for this project. They danced to three genres of music and I was astounded by their versatility – excelling in both classical ballet and modern dance,” said Yang.

“The things that…the dancers found interesting about the music were sometimes things that I had never considered. Musicians tend to get stuck on the literal interpretation of the score, but [they] did an amazing job of interpreting the energy and mood of the music,” she continued. “Together, we tried to find the right balance between music and movement – building on a constantly changing landscape.”

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Festival Director Joyce Yang presents her collaboration with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at tonight’s Opening Night Concert

On Saturday, Feb 9 at 8 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich and Yang showcase dance-inspired pieces from various cultures influenced by tango, jazz, and folk melodies, in a duo recital built around André Previn’s “Tango, Song, and Dance.”

The Laguna Beach Music Festival ends on Sunday, Feb 10 at 3 p.m. with a Finale Concert: Romantic Masterworks at the Laguna Playhouse. The Festival culminates in a passionate musical exploration of romance-themed masterworks by Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. In this pre-Valentine’s Day concert, violinist/violist Yura Lee, pianist Conrad Tao, and cellist Efe Baltacigil join Joyce Yang.

For tickets to this weekend’s Laguna Beach Music Festival concerts, go to https://philharmonicsociety.org/LBMF.


Live! at the Museum presents harpists Duo Gliss in Valentine’s Day concert

On Thursday, Feb 14 at 7 p.m., Live! at the Museum is proud to feature harpists Duo Gliss for a special Valentine’s Day concert. Live! at the Museum, a special collaboration between 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. 

Live at the harps

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Duo Gliss will be performing at LAM on Valentine’s Day

Two professional harpists, Hee Jin Yoon and Ko Ni Choi, founded Duo Gliss. Both are very active as multi-faceted classical performers and teachers, having performed with numerous groups including the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 

Duo Gliss focuses on expanding harp music and educating young musicians. In Fall 2016, they founded Los Angeles Youth Harp Ensemble (LYHE) where they coach and train young talented harpists in the Greater Los Angeles area. As a professional harp duo, Duo Gliss is working closely with composers of many genres to record, publish, and transcribe new pieces for the harp. 

Pre-reservations are available online at www.lagunartmuseum.org or by calling (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.lagunaboneachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.


Support local artists at Valentine’s Pop Up Gift Show tomorrow

Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 9, local arts will be featured in a Valentine’s Pop Up Gift Show in the Art Center within the HIP District. Linda Humes, owner of Calliope Consignment, is hosting the special event in the courtyard from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and is excited to feature local artists. 

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Linda Humes, owner of Calliope Consignment, will host the show

Local artists on display at the show include: 

--Connie Archbold – lost wax caster who does sterling silver jewelry

--Muffin-Spencer Devlin – hand blown fabulous “heart” glasses of all sizes plus so much more

--Linda Humes – nasty delicious X-rated butter cookies

--Nancy Deline – sea glass jewelry

--Delia Ortiz – tasty kitchen goodies

--Amanda Burke – dynamic artist of faux finish and fine art

--Natalie Harlow – succulent gardener extraordinaire

--Kate Cohen Harlow – mixed media, painting, and sculpture

--Maggie Siegel – author of a brand new book

--Patti Gregory – amazing handmade Cypress beauty products

Calliope Consignment opened in July 2018 after owner Linda Humes, longtime owner of The Tides Hotel, decided to come out of retirement and pursue her next dream. 

The store offers a wide range of products from antiques that have great value, to fabulous art, to collectibles and vintage treasures (including a dozen plus leather jackets).

“Calliope feels your home deserves a change - large or small,” says Humes. “May you find your heart’s desire during this fun treasure hunt!”

The Art Center is located within the HIP District at 1492 South Coast Hwy.


Laguna Beach Live! adds three acclaimed jazz vocalists to Jazz Wednesdays series at [seven-degrees]

Laguna Beach Live! is pleased to announce confirmation of three acclaimed jazz vocalists who have joined the lineup for the 2019 Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series. Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m. and doors open at 5 for a full bar and buffet dinner menu for purchase. 

Laguna Beach outside

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Jive with Laguna Beach Live! and friends at [seven-degrees] for Jazz Wednesdays

Melissa Morgan will appear on February 13 with the Rickey Woodard Quartet. Melissa was named by JazzTimes as “audacious and decidedly salty,” and London Evening Standard says, “While you will always hear definitive influences from Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington and Billie Holliday, Melissa isn’t copying anybody…and has a definitive sound all her own.”

Laguna Beach Melissa

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Melissa Morgan will be on vocals at the next Jazz Wednesdays concert on Feb 13

Rickey Woodard was born in Nashville, playing Blues and R’n’B around the Nashville area. After leaving Nashville, Rickey went to California and joined the Ray Charles Band where he was a member for eight years before deciding to pursue a solo career and recording both as a leader and as a sideman for Concord Records. Currently he performs live, frequently leading his own quartet or quintet as well as performing and recording with The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Frank Capp Juggernaut Band.

Laguna Beach Ricky

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The Rickey Woodard Quartet rocking a previous concert at [seven-degrees]

On February 27, Adryon De Leon will be accompanying Will Brahm. “Adryon de León’s voice sizzles with soul, and a fair amount of attitude, yet still clings to a sweeter timbre beneath all that vocal bravado. When she bares her soul for a song, you can be sure that the world of funk music is very much alive, and maybe even itching for a fight,” states Carl Pettit, Ozy

Joining the Laguna Beach Live! All Stars on March 27 is the talented and versatile Lucy Woodward. In addition to her solo career, Lucy toured with Pink Martini and Rod Stewart and has also sung on albums by Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Snarky Puppy, Barbra Streisand, Nikka Costa, Carole King, Joe Cocker, Michael Bolton, Gavin DeGraw, and Randy Jackson.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. 

To purchase tickets, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713. 

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


Laguna Beach Music Festival kicks off tomorrow, Feb 6 and continues through the weekend

The 2019 Laguna Beach Music Festival kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb 6, featuring Festival Artistic Director and Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Conrad Tao, and Grammy-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich.

The world-renowned Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Peter Jay Sharp Prize winner cellist Efe Baltacigil, and violinist/violist Yura Lee, who was the only first prizewinner across four categories at the prestigious ARD Competition in Germany, will also be performing at the festival. 

Laguna Beach Joyce

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Festival Director Joyce Yang

The concerts take place at the Laguna Playhouse and the outreach events take place at various venues in Laguna Beach. Join Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society for this week of discovery and celebration of outstanding music.

On Wednesday, Feb 6 at 6 p.m., the festival starts with a prelude featuring Joyce Yang on the piano at the Laguna Art Museum. 

Festival supporters will meet the musicians and mingle with fellow music lovers for a festive evening of delicious food, fine wine, and incredible music. Attendees will enjoy an exclusive performance by Joyce Yang and experience her vision of the synergy of music and visual art as multimedia artist Tripp Derrick Barnes creates a masterpiece to Yang’s performance. 

On Thursday, Feb 7 at 10:45 a.m., Laguna Beach High School students are invited to a private lecture and piano performance with festival Director Joyce Yang. 

Cellist Efe Balticigil will perform and talk to guests on Friday Feb 8 at 10 a.m. at the Susi Q. Space is limited.

The Opening Night Concert on Friday, Feb 8 starts at 8 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse and features Joyce Yang and cellist Efe Baltacigil in a program of dance-inspired musical works. The second half features Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in “Dream Play,” a work by acclaimed choreographer Fernando Melo. (This performance is co-presented and in collaboration with Laguna Dance Festival.)

On Saturday, Feb 9 at 8 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, a duo recital built around André Previn’s “Tango, Song, and Dance,” Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich and Joyce Yang showcase dance-inspired pieces from various cultures influenced by tango, jazz, and folk melodies.

The Laguna Beach Music Festival ends on Sunday, Feb 10 at 3 p.m. with a Finale Concert: Romantic Masterworks at the Laguna Playhouse. The Festival culminates in a passionate musical exploration of romance-themed masterworks by Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. In this pre-Valentine’s Day concert, violinist/violist Yura Lee, pianist Conrad Tao, and cellist Efe Baltacigil join Joyce Yang.

For tickets to Laguna Beach Music Festival concerts, visit https://philharmonicsociety.org/LBMF.


Join Laguna Art Museum for free admission at First Thursdays Art Walk, Feb 7

Laguna Art Museum invites the public to First Thursdays Art Walk on February 7. The museum offers free admission from 5 to 9 p.m. and docents are available for tours.

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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LAM will celebrate First Thursdays Art Walk with free admission

On February 7, preview California Cool Art Auction 2019 at LAM. With works by over 100 important California artists, the annual Art Auction includes great art at great prices in support of the museum’s mission of collecting and preserving California art, providing critically acclaimed exhibitions, and enhancing art education.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr. For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

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