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You’re a Mean One, Courtney Finch opens at No Square Theatre on Friday

No Square Theatre announces a new musical, You’re a Mean One, Courtney Finch, by youth education director Ella Wyatt, who says, “Think A Christmas Carol but with SnapChat.” This production is directed by Ms. Wyatt with music direction by Susan Geiser and Roxanna Ward accompanying at the piano. Performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 13 - 15 at 2 p.m. 

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“You’re a Mean One, Courtney Finch” runs Dec 13 - 15 at No Square Theatre

The cast of talented youngsters and adults includes Malin Glade, Grace Gilchrist, Lila Goldstein, Kate Motherway, Giselle Basto, Charlie McClung, Claire McClung, Kelly Goldstein, Gary Greene, Jonah Goldstein, Lula Buckle, Elisa Camacho, Ravelle Haddy, Leah Turner, Luka Salib, Laura Buckle, and Ryan Haddy. Also featured are Claudette Basto, Quinn Butler, Story Bullington, Sarina O’Neill, Kate Hennessy, Hadley Hunt, Piper Hunt, Maris Morgan, Sophie Russ, Nathan Ryan, and Elise Schultz.

You’re a Mean One, Courtney Finch updates the traditional lessons conveyed in A Christmas Carol with contemporary characters, situations, and songs. Children and adults alike will enjoy the modern references, the music, and the timeless wisdom of the story.

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

No Square Theatre is located in the Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St, two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School.

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Live! at the Museum presents Celtic Consort of Hollywood on Thursday

Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum partner once again on Thursday, Dec 12 for a night of art and lovely music, featuring the Celtic Consort of Hollywood.

The Celtic Consort of Hollywood consists of award-winning concert and studio musicians Christina Linhardt (soprano, flute), Shawna Selline (harp), and Mark Selline (cello, mandolin, fiddle).

Christina Linhardt has enjoyed an eclectic and versatile career as a concert singer, producer, flutist, and actress. She is most known for her “Classics to Cabaret” act, and her independently produced CDs, Circus Sanctuary and Voodoo Princess.

Shawna Selline is an award-winning harpist and composer. Her love of the Celtic harp and Classical Baroque music influenced her writing for chamber ensemble adding Classical harp along the way.

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The Celtic Consort of Hollywood performs at LAM on Thursday

Mark Sellin started as a classically trained cellist, incorporating violin and mandolin for Celtic, Renaissance, and Folk music ensembles across Southern California. He is currently the musical director of Story Wrens, which was the Winner of the “Best Folk Album,” 2012 L.A. Music Critic Awards. 

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, or at 949.494.8971 x203. These seats are held until 6:50 p.m. Additional seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

 For more information about the series and other concerts, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

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CAP features “Illuminating Elements” Artists’ Conversation and Demonstration

By M. “Charlie” Ferrazzi

The CAP Gallery did something a little different at its recent Artists’ Conversation for its current exhibition, “Illuminating Elements”. Four artists – Mary Aslin, Leslie Bonanni, Gil Dellinger, and Marie Tippets – participated in a hands-on demonstration of pastel painting.

Aslin and Bonanni provided the materials for attendees to experience the feel physically of pastels on paper. Dellinger worked on a new piece while discussing techniques he used to achieve different effects in his work. 

Tippets walked around the exhibit with visitors, answering questions and explaining her process of working in the medium. She also provided the interesting back stories to some of her works.

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Artist Mary Tippets and visitor discussing her work at The CAP Gallery 

Aslin works with stick pastel, the type you draw and apply to the pastel ground in a manner similar to working with charcoal or crayons. She explained how colors can be blended directly on the paper, creating highlights and details with fine points or covering a large area using the side of the pastel stick. Aslin will also add layers to build color and depth of color in her works.

Bonanni works with pan pastels. These come in round disk-shaped containers, looking similar to pancake make-up you find in cosmetic department, but in a much wider array of colors. Pan pastels are applied and moved around on the paper with various sponges, erasers, pads, and palette tools. It is applied in light strokes and thin layers, building up layer by layer. A very moody and abstract effect can be accomplished with this method of pastel painting. Delicate details can be added with tips of sponges and dots of color.

Something I found interesting was the artists’ staging of their palettes.
Aslin has two sections, with three smaller sections in each large section, on her French easel and has the colours in general groupings: lights, yellow/oranges, reds, greens, blues, and purples.

Bonanni pulls the color pans she needs for a particular work and goes from there: a minimum of three and maybe up to five. She blends as she goes along, creating a mood then decides what detail may be need.

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Leslie Bonanni (right) explaining her technique

Dellinger’s is a very organized palette. Colors are grouped by family and then by values, making it easy to know where any color is when he needs it. He works on a dark support preferring it to a light color, as it gets his darks and shadows set and he can then concentrate on the lights and highlights. “I still enjoy creating art after 50 years of doing it every day,” Gill remarked while he worked.

There is quite a bit of knowledge among these four artists, coming from their years of working in the medium of pastel, teaching, exhibiting, and winning awards. They have all been exhibitors at the Festival of Arts. They were all very willing to share it and their passion for art with all who came to enjoy this event.

If you missed this event, you will have a chance to come to a second event on Saturday, Jan 11, 2020, from 12 to 1 p.m. Lesli Bonanni, Gil Dellinger, and Marie Tippets will again be on hand to share knowledge and give you a chance to experience the medium of pastel. Mark your calendar and keep an eye out for more details.

There is Art to see at The CAP Gallery!

Visit www.caplaguna.org for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits at The CAP Gallery, 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.

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, 260 Ocean Ave. 

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Laguna Playhouse offers free admission to youth to Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirates’ Christmas this week

Patrons 21 and under are eligible for two free tickets to the Wednesday, Dec 11 and Thursday, Dec 12 performances of Peter Pan and Ticker Bell: A Pirates’ Christmas at the Laguna Playhouse. 

There is a limit of two free tickets per order. A valid photo ID is required to pick up tickets at Will Call. Use the code “21UNDER” when purchasing tickets.

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirates’ Christmas is a singing, swashbuckling adventure performed in the high-flying style of a British holiday Panto. Take off on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy, and Peter Pan as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers, and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to The Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone.

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“Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirates’ Christmas” is now playing at the Laguna Playhouse 

Peter Pan and Ticker Bell: A Pirates’ Christmas is a Lythgoe Family Panto written by Kris Lythgoe, with choreography by Kitty McNamee, musical direction by Doug Peck, and directed by BT McNicholl. The show stars TV and Broadway actor John O’Hurley (Seinfeld, Dancing with the Stars, Broadway’s Chicago) as “Captain Hook,” Ashley Argota (Laguna Playhouse’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose) “Tinker Bell,” Lincoln Clauss (Broadway’s Bat Out of Hell) as “Peter Pan,” Dakota Lotus (Disney’s Coop & Cami Ask The World) as “John Darling,” Bryce Charles (Pasadena Playhouse’s Ragtime, The Book of Mormon) as “Wendy Darling,” Ben Giroux (Back to the 90s, Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger) as “Smee,” and Clarice Ordaz (So You Think You Can Dance) as “Tiger Lily.” 

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirates’ Christmas is now playing and will run through Sunday, Dec 29.

For the full performance schedule and tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling (949) 497-2787 ext. 229

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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Laguna Canyon Artists will hold holiday open studios and art sale this weekend

Dozens of artists who work in the studio spaces at Laguna Canyon Artists will open their doors for conversation, refreshments, and sales of original art on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Painter Judi Smolin is among featured artists 

Visitors are invited to stroll through 27 art studios to talk with artists and view their works that represent a wide range of mediums: drawing and painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, assemblage, and more. 

Admission and parking in the building’s courtyard are free. Most of the artists accept credit cards as well as cash and checks.

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Artist Tom Swimm will also be featured 

Artists opening their doors for the weekend include: Elizabeth Bridy, Cynthia Britain, Lyn Burke, Bruce Burr, Hedy Buzan, Sandra Jones Campbell, Marianne Champlin, Elaine Cohen, Lani Emanuel, Michael Ervin, Shelley Evans, Adrienne Fayne, Paul Gardner, Vicki Gumm, Teresa Hill, Phillipe Horvath, Kathy Jones, Michael Obermeyer, Lorraine Passero, Sheryl Smith Seltzer, Betty Shelton, Michael Situ, Judi Smolin, Tom Swimm, Cheyne Walls, Wendy Wirth, and Karin Worden.

Laguna Canyon Artists is a creative collective of private studio spaces where artists can work and interact as a community. Follow Laguna Canyon Artists on Facebook for updates.

Laguna Canyon Artists is located at 3251 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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LagunaTunes presents free “Holiday Lights” concert on Dec 15 

LagunaTunes, a 50-member community chorus, announces a free holiday concert on Sunday, Dec 15 at 4 p.m. in the Artists Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. 

The music in Holiday Lights reflects the many kinds of light that celebrate the season. A lavishly decorated house, strings of Christmas tree lights, menorah candles, the Star of Bethlehem, a glowing fireplace, or the twinkle in a child’s eyes anticipating Santa…light is a recurring holiday theme.

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LagunaTunes members (L-R) Patti Jo Kiraly, Ed Hanke, Regina Hartley, and Francine Harrigan check out concert props

Holiday Lights has something for everyone: Ugly Christmas sweaters, a decked-out house, people staring at cell phones. Toe-tapping holiday favorites, beautiful choral music, and, it’s rumored, a visit from some guy in a red suit. 

It’s short, free, and family-friendly. Holiday Lights is guaranteed to lighten your mood and warm your heart.

LagunaTunes, a no-audition chorus, welcomes singers of all training and experience levels. Some members read music, some do not, 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. 

LagunaTunes gives two concerts a year, one in December and one in June. New members are welcome; rehearsals for the June concert begin in February.

The chorus is led by Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s MenAlive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir. Gunn’s entertaining choral productions are well known throughout southern California and in international

concerts.

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone with no auditions. Funding is by the Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

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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.

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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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Schedule for Tuesday Talkies film screenings announced

Join other film buffs to screen award-winning recent cinema from around the globe for Tuesday Talkies at the Susi Q. The class meets Tuesdays from January 14 through March 31, from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Stay for a class discussion regarding the “true story” for historic or biographic subjects; for more fictional selections, conversation will focus on aesthetics like art direction, foreshadowing, and symbolism. 

This shared appreciation promises to widen perspectives on filmmaking as a collaborative art form. This semester’s theme features mostly recent award-winning movies from worldwide film festivals. 

Film festival favorites will include: 

--January 14: The Arctic, 2019, Iceland, 98 min. A plane crash survivor faces a difficult choice. Shot in 19 days. Stars Mads Mikkelsen. 

--January 21: Zama, 2017, Argentina, 115 min. Writer/director Lucrecia Martel based this on a 1956 novel about a 17th century Spanish officer awaiting a transfer to Buenos Aires.

Schedule for Zama

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Zama will play on Jan 21 at Tuesday Talkies at Susi Q

--January 28: The Guilty, 2018, Denmark, 85 min. Gustav Moller helms this crime drama about a kidnapped woman’s call to a police dispatcher. Won 36 awards.

--February 4: Eighth Grade, 2018, USA, 93 min. Director/writer Bo Burnham conveys modern life through his introverted protagonist as she navigates the final days of her middle-school career. Won 56 awards, including DGA and WGA.

--February 11: The Wild Pear Tree, 2018, Turkey, 168 min. A college graduate returns to his hometown, hoping to publish his book.

--February 18: The Heiresses, 2018, Paraguay, 98 min. Lifelong friends sell family heirlooms to survive financial straits. Also won 36 awards.

--February 25: A Simple Favor, 2018, USA, 117 min. Directed by Paul Feig, no wonder this won “Campy Flick of the Year” by GALECA. Stars Anna Kendrick.

Schedule for A Simple Favor

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A Simple Favor stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively and plays on Feb 25 

--March 3: Custody, 2017, France, 93 min. A seemingly caring father wants more involvement in this son’s life after a bitter divorce. 22 wins.

--Marcy 10: The Cakemaker, 2017, Israel-Germany, 113 min. No spoilers on this one! Won 18 awards.

--March 17: Leave No Trace, 2018, USA, 109 min. A father and daughter live off the grid. Director/writer Debra Granik is famous for Winter’s Bone. She has won 49 awards.

--March 24: Burning, 2018, South Korea, 148 min. Scored 46 wins out of 127 noms.

--March 31: The Bookshop, 2017, UK, 113 min. Stars Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy. Set in 1959, a coastal community experiences a cultural awakening.

Register online at www.lagunabeachgov.org or at the Susi Q front desk. The cost is $60 – a $5 senior discount and a $5 early bird discount will be given at time of registration.

The Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third St.

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Live! at the Museum presents Celtic Consort of Hollywood on Dec 12

Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum partner once again on Thursday, Dec 12 for a night of art and lovely music, featuring the Celtic Consort of Hollywood.

The Celtic Consort of Hollywood consists of award-winning concert and studio musicians Christina Linhardt (soprano, flute), Shawna Selline (harp), and Mark Selline (cello, mandolin, fiddle).

Christina Linhardt has enjoyed an eclectic and versatile career as a concert singer, producer, flutist, and actress. She is most known for her “Classics to Cabaret” act, and her independently produced CDs, Circus Sanctuary and Voodoo Princess.

Shawna Selline is an award-winning harpist and composer. Her love of the Celtic harp and Classical Baroque music influenced her writing for chamber ensemble adding Classical harp along the way.

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The Celtic Consort of Hollywood performs at LAM on Dec 12

Mark Sellin started as a classically trained cellist, incorporating violin and mandolin for Celtic, Renaissance, and Folk music ensembles across Southern California. He is currently the musical director of Story Wrens, which was the Winner of the “Best Folk Album,” 2012 L.A. Music Critic Awards. 

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, or at 949.494.8971 x203. These seats are held until 6:50 p.m. Additional seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

 For more information about the series and other concerts, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

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Pageant of the Masters unveils a patriotic production for Summer 2020 with “Made in America”

Tickets for the much-anticipated 2020 Pageant of the Masters are now on sale to the general public and make the perfect holiday present for art lovers. 

In the 2020 Pageant of the Masters, audiences will meet the artists – revolutionaries, innovators, dreamers – who not only made this country their home, but let their creativity be inspired by the freedoms upon which this nation was founded. Through their lives, artworks, and voices, a compelling portrait of our artists will come to life with all the theatrical magic that makes the Pageant a one-of-a-kind, must-see summer tradition

Asked to reveal some of the artists whose stories and works will be included in “Made in America,” Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy shared several, many of them acknowledged masters of American art: N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Norman Rockwell, Daniel Chester French, Luis Jimenez, and John Nieto. 

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Pageant of the Masters re-creation of Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” to be performed in the 2020 Pageant of the Masters production “Made in America”

She continued, “We’re going to ‘flesh out’ and ‘paint’ more detailed portraits of the individual artists. I want to make these artists, regardless of their time periods, real and identifiable for the audience.”

Much like this nation, where courageous individuals banded together to change the course of history, the Pageant is also a group effort that has defied the odds. Challis Davy and her team of artists and technicians realize the Pageant wouldn’t be possible without its dedicated volunteers who return year after year to take part. 

Challis Davy offered a final, thoughtful observation: “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure ‘Made in America’ will be full of thrills, amazing and inspirational stories, beautiful music, and extraordinary living pictures under the stars.”

The 2020 Pageant of the Masters production “Made in America” will run from July 8 - September 3, 2020 with advance tickets on sale now starting at $20 per person.

Share the gift of “living pictures” with tickets to next summer’s production of “Made in America” by ordering online at www.pageanttickets.com or calling (800) 487-3378.

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

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