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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.

Laguna Beach John Jorgenson Quintet

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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 www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (800) 595-4849.

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Christmas Eve spectacle

Christmas Eve south laguna

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Photo by Tom Joliet

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.

LAGUNA PALOOZA graphic

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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 www.nosquare.org/casting. 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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Laguna Beach Live! brings the spirit of music to Glennwood House

The residents of Glennwood House, a locally supported living community for adults with developmental disabilities, were treated to a rousing performance of Beatles songs and holiday music on Thursday, Dec 18 by the talented musician Jason Feddy.

The interactive concert was the first presentation at Glennwood House coordinated by Laguna Beach Live!, a local nonprofit that brings professional musicians to Laguna Beach and provides free music educational outreach to local organizations. 

Laguna Beach dancing

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Glennwood residents enjoying interactive concert with Jason Feddy 

“Performances where musicians and audience members get to interact and experience the pure joy of music are at the heart of what we do,” says Sara Warner, Education Director for Laguna Beach Live! 

“Musicians like Jason understand the value of that and seek to create it whenever they perform. Presenting music at Glennwood House was a joy for us and we hope to collaborate again soon.”

Thanks to the generous grants provided by the City of Laguna Beach, Assistance League of Laguna Beach, Ebell Club of Laguna Beach, and the Festival of Arts Foundation, Laguna Beach Live! continues to present rewarding musical experiences throughout the community. 

For more information about musical educational outreach or Laguna Beach Live!’s many upcoming classical and jazz concerts, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

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Laguna Playhouse announces changes to its 2020 season of shows 

Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard announce changes to the Laguna Playhouse 2020 season of shows. 

Comedienne Rita Rudner will replace the previously announced Melanie Griffith in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, which will now open on March 1, 2020, and the world premiere musical To Sir, With Love is moving to the final slot of the season in June 2020. 

Laguna Playhouse outside

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Laguna Playhouse announces changes to 2020 shows 

For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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Word & Image in Dialogue exhibition at LAM features local artists and writers

Laguna Art Museum and Laguna Beach Literary Laureate Lojo Simon announce the opening of a special exhibition at the museum called Word & Image in Dialogue, featuring works of art and literature created by local artists and writers. 

The exhibition will open January 18 and run for eight days, with a free public reception at the museum at 6 p.m. on January 23, during which participating writers and artists will speak about their work.

“I initiated the Word & Image in Dialogue project as a way to raise the profile of literary arts in Laguna Beach by piggybacking on the city’s long and esteemed history as a haven for visual arts,” said Simon. “What better way to do that than in partnership with Laguna Art Museum?”

“We treasure the idea of the museum being a cultural center where other forms of art like music, dance, and now also literature of the highest quality can be enjoyed in addition to visual art,” said Laguna Art Museum Executive Director Malcolm Warner. “It has been a pleasure to collaborate with a highly talented and professional author like Lojo.”

Word & painting

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Jorg Dubin’s painting “Hangover House” is inspired by the letters of Richard Halliburton, written in 1937 when the travel writer built his iconic Laguna Beach home

Over the last year, six artists created paintings and sculpture inspired by literary works about Laguna Beach or written by authors with ties to Laguna Beach, such as Richard Halliburton, Michael Chabon, and Tennessee Williams. The artists are Deborah Davidson, Jorg Dubin, Jacques Garnier, Jesse Colin Jackson, Elizabeth McGhee, and Sandra Jones Campbell.

Seven writers chose artworks that are part of the museum’s permanent collection as inspiration for new literary works, including poems, flash fiction, memoir, and writing for the stage. The writers are Kate Buckley, Grant Hier, Randy Kraft, Gordon McAlpine, Aline Ohanesian, Genevieve Scott, and Simon. Art historian Peter Clothier wrote the introductory essay for the exhibition catalog.

All works will be presented at the opening reception, coordinated by museum Education Director Marinta Skupin, at which the artists and writers also will speak about their creative process. To register for the January 23 event online, click here. 

The Literary Laureate position is funded by the city, with selection by the Arts Commission. Simon began her two-year tenure in June 2018. Word & Image in Dialogue is co-sponsored by Firebrand Media.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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A LagunaTunes Christmas 

Photos by Scott Brashier 

A Lagunatunes group

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LagunaTunes brings in the holiday spirit this past Sunday

A Lagunatunes lights

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Biggest Brightest Holiday Lights song 

A Lagunatunes Bob Gunn

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Director of LagunaTunes Bob Gunn 

A Lagunatunes ugly sweaters

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Ugliest Sweater song 

A Lagunatunes violin

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Alex Canzoneri performs

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LOCA’s Art and Sea Lions class offers unique holiday gift

Those seeking gifts for animal lovers might consider booking an Art and Sea Lions experience. The family-friendly event is presented by LOCA Arts Education at Pacific Marine Mammal Center on Saturday, Jan 4, from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The activity includes a docent-led viewing of live sea lions, a presentation on how they are rescued, and a printmaking class with Allison Keefe. Participants will learn to engrave, ink, and press their own print of a sea lion.

Make holiday seal

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View sea lions and make art on Jan 4 with LOCA 

The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children with a paid adult. Free on-site parking is included.

Advance registration is required at www.locaarts.org or call (949) 363-4700.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd, one block north of the Dog Park.

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“Runway to Success” fashion show draws sell-out crowd and scholarship money

On Sunday, Nov 10, AAUW- LB (American Association of University Women-Laguna Beach Branch) held a phenomenally successful first-time fashion and trunk show fundraiser for college women in need.   

Titled “Runway to Success” for its focus on raising money for women returning to college to pursue Associate and undergraduate degrees at local colleges – Orange Coast College, Saddleback College, UC Irvine, and Laguna College of Art + Design – the event turned out to be a runaway success. 

Runway to group

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Heshmat Shirazi (third from right), the owner of Just Looking Boutique, generously donated 100 percent of her profits to Laguna’s branch

AAUW Laguna Beach Branch members and friends transformed the Woman’s Club into a gorgeous, flower-filled, yellow, black, and white joyful fashion show venue, with seating for 150, racks of designer clothing available for purchase, provided by local boutique Just Looking, and unique jewelry by local jewelers Phyllis Clark and Marieken Penneman. 

The ocean view from the back patio complimented the bar and lush Persian buffet, while the kitchen served as staging area for eight volunteer models who modelled 32 different outfits. Doors opened at 3 p.m. to a sell-out crowd.

In addition to the money raised by clothing purchases, in the Raise the Paddle portion of the show attendees were asked to directly donate to scholarships. Their generosity was overwhelming after hearing moving presentations from two 2019 scholarship recipients, Nona majoring in Environmental Science at UCI and Megan, a transfer student from OCC, now majoring in Communications at CSU Long Beach Major. 

Runway to ladies

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Audrey Seymour, her Cousin Jenna, and mother Sharon

There wasn’t a dry eye as Megan told of periods of homelessness, of the three jobs she still needs, in addition to financial aid, to support her two children and pay rent and put food on the table while she completes her undergraduate education. 

Nona and Megan inspired everyone with their determination, grit, and courage in the face of daunting odds and the expensive reality of living and attending college in Orange County. 

Particular thanks go to Heshmat Shirazi, owner of Just Looking and clothing sponsor, who donated 100 percent of her profits on clothing and jewelry to the scholarship fund. 

Through her generosity, along with the generosity of attendees, “Runway to Success” raised over $25,000 for the AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation, to support scholarships for deserving women returning to college. It was indeed a Runway to Success.

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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.

LAGUNA PALOOZA graphic

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Logo by Lila Goldstein

Auditions are open for LAGUNA PALOOZA, which replaces LagunaTots

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.

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 www.nosquare.org/casting. 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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