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No Square Theatre announces Bugsy Malone casting call for actor’s ages 6-18

Auditions will begin at No Square Theatre on Saturday, April 27 for Bugsy Malone, the pint-sized, pinstriped, tongue-in-cheek tribute to the gangster films of the roaring twenties. Singers, actors, dancers, and tappers ages 6-18 are welcome to audition. 

Music and lyrics are by Paul Williams, based on a book by Alan Parker. A slapstick musical comedy, it spoofs the story of legendary gangster Bugsy Malone. The show was created to be cast entirely with young people. Now-famous Catherine Zeta-Jones played the lead role of Tallulah in a professional production of Bugsy Malone in England when she was 14. 

The No Square production will be directed by Ella Wyatt, with music direction by Susan Thoren and choreography by Rylee Bullington. As with all No Square shows, costumes will be designed by the amazing Brigitte Harper. 

Auditions are by appointment only. To make an appointment and for complete information on how to audition, what to prepare, required forms, and a complete character breakdown, visit www.nosquare.org/bugsy-malone-auditions.html

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No Square Theatre seeks youngsters for “Bugsy Malone” production

On April 27, auditions start at 9:30 a.m. Callbacks will take place on Sunday, April 28 at 12 p.m. Rehearsals begin around May 13, and will be late afternoon-early evening or weekends until school is out. After school is out, rehearsals will be during morning-afternoon hours. Performances will be held on Fridays/Saturdays, July 12, 13, 19 and 20, at 7 p.m., and on Sundays, July 14 and 21, at 2 p.m. 

No Square Theatre is a nonprofit, community theater. There is no charge to participate and there is no pay.

No Square Theatre is generously supported by The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach, The City of Laguna Beach, Yvonne & John Browning, Dorene and Lee Butler Family Foundation, Patrick Quilter, and FOA Foundation, with additional support from Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Ann & Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs, Dr. Korey Jorgensen/Jorgensen Family Charitable Gift Fund, William, Jeff, & Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, Laguna Board of REALTORS® Charitable Assistance Fund, Vicki & Steve McIntosh and the Hall Family Foundation, Nolet Spirits USA, Chris Quilter, Nina & Larry Ragle, and Mark Brisley DDS. 

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

No Square Theatre is located at 384 Legion St.


Laguna Beach Live! benefit concert on Wednesday features a cappella group m-pact

A handful of tickets are still available for this Wednesday’s Laguna Beach Live! benefit concert at [seven-degrees], featuring m-pact, a 6-man a cappella group hailed as “one of the best pop jazz vocal groups in the world.” 

The concert benefits the nonprofit’s award-winning Live! Music & Kids education programs, which bring professional musicians to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and the Laguna schools for performances and classes.

The a cappella group m-pact is known for using their voices to make music to the smooth sounds of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band.      

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Laguna Beach Live! benefit concert on Wednesday features a cappella group m-pact, hailed as “one of the best pop jazz vocal groups in the world”

Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, from Vocal Group of the Year (LA Music Awards), an Indie nomination (Independent Grammy), and Artist of the Year (Seattle Music Awards), to Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition. 

Touring renowned fine arts halls and jazz festivals across four continents, m-pact has performed with pop superstars and their signature sound has been used in both TV themes and animated Disney feature films, as well as on jazz and pop radio worldwide.

To hear a sneak peek of the group performing a mash-up of “I Just Called to Say I Love” by Stevie Wonder and “Black or White” by Michael Jackson, click here.

The benefit concert is from 6 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 with food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $100 for VIP, which includes VIP seating, a signed CD, and “Meet and Greet with the Artists.”

Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.orgor call (949) 715-9713.

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


Art stars shine at awards gala – 13 years of “Louies”

On Sunday, April 7, in true academy-award style, 220 community and cultural leaders came together to celebrate the 13th annual Art Star Awards. The event was sponsored by [seven-degrees] and kicked off with a red carpet reception, followed by champagne and hors d’oeuvres outside on the terrace, preceding dinner and the awards ceremony.

Rosemary Swimm, chair of Laguna Beach Arts Alliance, welcomed the guests and spoke about the importance of Laguna Beach Arts Alliance (LBAA) and how it has strengthened the arts in Laguna Beach.

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2019 Art Star Award winners with Louis Longi

Marcia Gay Harden, Honored Guest Speaker, spoke about the importance of art. “Now, more than ever, it’s important to support and understand the importance of art for our children, for our souls, and for our humanity. It is absolutely important that we encourage and increase art in the lives of our children if we are to allow them to be true to themselves as they navigate an increasingly technical world, and a world that may be swinging the pendulum toward restriction and retribution rather than diversity and acceptance.” 

She said she fell in love with acting as a teenager while her father, a navy officer, was stationed in Greece. “I fell hard in love with the theatre. Imagine sitting on the ancient stone rocks of the Herod Atticus theatre, dwarfed below the towering Parthenon. Imagine seeing Medea in flowing red framed between the arches, as night descended upon the Acropolis. I fell in love with the over the top emotion, as the actors cried to the Gods in anguish and joy,” said Harden.

On playing Lee Krasner in the film Pollock for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, she said, “Lee Krasner was of course a painter. I had the ridiculous notion that by virtue of playing her, I would discover that I too was a great painter! During the rehearsal process, I studied art, I went on tours with the curator at the Museum of Modern Art where he would explain why a red dot on a while piece of paper was actually art. I secretly thought when I looked at a Pollock that I could do that too!

 “But when I went to pick up the paintbrush and had my palette in front of me, I had no need to pick up Prussian blue over forest green, I had no need for cadmium yellow, and I didn’t know the difference between beige, ecru, cream, off-white, or eggshell. I was not a painter. Color and line didn’t speak to me, drawing was not my gift. I was definitely disappointed, and explained it away with the fact that I was playing Lee Krasner at a time in her life when she was stagnant as a painter, but in truth, I’ve never really been a painter, I’m an actor…my medium is people!

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Marcia Gay Harden, Honored Guest Speaker 

“The night I won the Oscar, I will never forget my Dad standing up in the Audience crying ‘Bravo, Bravo,’ with his arms over his head and my mother trying to pull him down by the shirttails. That was a glorious night for me, for the same reasons that tonight is so important to you here in Laguna. It is a moment when artist recognizes other artists…a nod from our peers of a job well done.

“It is art that leads us to re-engage with ourselves, with our family, and with our community. Art heals. I believe it is a kind of worship – a worship of what being human is all about.”

The [seven-degrees] of inspiration grant was awarded to extile artist, author, instructor, and curator Allyson Allen. Allyson uses traditional materials to create unique, dimensional textile art, quilts, dolls, and handmade journals. The characteristics of her unique, original story quilts are considered information art. Her award-winning quilts combine art, craft, research, original design, history, and culture in traditional and contemporary pieces exemplifying a cross-disciplinary approach to quilt making. Next year Allyson will present her mixed media exhibit of art quilts and hand-made journals.

The 2019 Art Star winners were announced:

--Best Arts Program: Laguna Art Museum 100th year Celebration

--Lifetime Achievement: Scott Moore

--Individual Arts Patron of the Year: Riggie Horvath

--Corporate Arts Patron of the Year: The Moulton Company

--Outstanding Arts Collaboration: Festival of Mosaics

--Arts Leadership: Toni Kellenberg

--Artist of the Year: Jason Feddy

Swimm summed up the evening’s sentiment: “For over a decade of recognizing Laguna’s finest in the arts, this year’s event superceded all expectations as we awarded 8 Louies to our towns finest including the inaugural award for volunteerism. LBAA takes great pride in continuing to recognize excellence in our community”.

The Best Arts Program was awarded to Laguna Art Museum for their 100th Anniversary Celebration. In 2018, Laguna Art Museum celebrated the incredible milestone of its centennial with a yearlong schedule of commemorative events that were not only historically informative, but also engaged the community. Some of these included a Centennial Bash, Ball, and Birthday Party, the Film Premiere: Laguna Art Museum at 100, a California Cool Art Auction, and a parade of 1,000 electric umbrellas lighting up Elizabeth Turk’s Shoreline Project.

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Lifetime Achievement Award winner Scott Moore 

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Scott Moore. Scott has been a Festival of Arts exhibitor for 39 years and a Sawdust Art Festival exhibitor for 30 years. Scott and his wife Carol live in Laguna, where Scott is also the President of the Festival of Arts Foundation, which awards grants to arts related nonprofit organizations in and around Laguna Beach, and he serves as Vice President on the Festival of Arts board of directors. In 2002, Scott was President of the Festival of Arts board of directors and under his steady hand of leadership helped keep the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach.

The Corporate Arts Patron of the Year was awarded to The Moulton Company. 

In 2018, The Moulton Company made two extraordinary gifts to Laguna Beach organizations supported by Nellie Gail Moulton. Laguna College of Art + Design received the Moulton grant designed to benefit the student experience and Laguna Playhouse received the Moulton grant to help renovate the theatre. Chief Executive Officer of The Moulton Company and great-grandson of Nellie Gail Moulton, Jared Mathis, currently serves on the Board of Trustees for both organizations, and, along with the entire Moulton Family, has been active supporters of Laguna Beach.

Individual Arts Patron of the Year was awarded to Riggie Horvath. Horvath (along with her late husband Mike) had a vision of creating a quiet, affordable space for a community of artists to create within the City of Laguna Beach and preserve and enhance the reputation of Laguna Beach as a vibrant artist colony. She continues to foster a community of artists in her studio complex by creating a safe and supportive work environment. Riggie’s generosity of spirit and her joy taken in the creative process uplifts all artists within the community. Her intuitive enjoyment of art has found a real place. She provides to artists a safe haven of refuge, nurturing the creation of art.

The Outstanding Arts Collaboration was awarded to the Festival of Mosaics. Festival of Mosaics was an arts program commissioned by the Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC) to create a permanent mural measuring 120 feet long on a wall fronting the church on Glenneyre at St. Ann’s Drive. LOCA Arts Education collaborated with NCC in running public workshops that included personal tile glazing, tile cracking, and color picking, puzzle making, and on-site installation of the wall. Mike Tauber conceived the Festival of Mosaics, in which 700 people participated in the making of this beautiful artwork. Mike’s artistic vision, resulting in a beautiful abstract design, was inspired by an aerial view of Laguna Beach.

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Arts Leadership Award winner Toni Kellenberg 

The Arts Leadership Award was given to Toni Kellenberg. Toni has been a volunteer with the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association for more than a decade and continues to be a driving force in LPAPA’s sustainability and growth. For the past six years, she has served on the Board of Directors as the Social Media Director, and as LPAPA’s President for the last four years. Under Toni’s leadership and guidance, LPAPA has more than tripled its membership, increased its mentoring and education programs, added events, and expanded its outreach to benefit the artists and community. Toni has passionately committed her time and energy to helping LPAPA connect artists and art lovers to LPAPA’s mission of preserving Laguna’s landscape painting heritage that began more than 100 years ago, while promoting the visibility and continuation of the plein air painting tradition.

The Artist of the Year Award was given to Jason Feddy. Jason is a singer-songwriter, radio host, producer, performer, and event curator – one might say a champion of all things musical in town. Before coming to the US, almost 20 years ago, Jason toured with many of the greatest of his peers including Neil Young, Tears For Fears, and The Cranberries. He’s played at every major venue in Britain, including three nights at The Royal Albert Hall! Jason has performed at all of Laguna’s performance spots and has donated his time and talent to help many of the town’s nonprofit organizations. His notable projects include Shakespeare’s Fool, The Beatroots, his Joe Cocker Tribute Band, and numerous albums and original music, featured in films and TV. Jason has donated his time and talent teaching after-school programs at our elementary schools as well as the Boys & Girls Club.

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Volunteer of the Year Sande St. John

The Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Sande St. John. Sande has earned a well-deserved reputation for her extraordinary volunteerism across Laguna Beach. She is the founding director of No Square Theatre, where, for the past 25 years, she has been relied upon to shoulder many critical organizational tasks. Sande has also served as an Event Chair for Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Beach Community Band, where she is also an honorary member, and has even conducted for them. She has served as a docent for Sawdust, been an usher for Laguna Playhouse, and to date still remains dedicated to many of Laguna Beach’s arts and civic organizations. In fact, her dedication to this community and her volunteerism has earned her a spot on the 2018 OC Register’s list as one of the Top 100 Influencers in Orange County.

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance was established in 2002 as the result of an exciting partnership among more than 20 Laguna Beach organizations. The mission is to serve as an advocate for the arts, promote collaboration and networking among the arts organizations of Laguna Beach, and to serve as a united voice for the arts in the city. 

For more information, visit www.lagunabeacharts.org.


LCAD welcomes Marc Lyncheski as Director of College Marketing & Communications

Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) welcomes Marc Lyncheski to lead the College’s Marketing + Communications team. 

“Marc comes to us with years of experience that includes executive marketing roles with companies such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.; OC Music & Dance; PETsMART, Inc.; Preferred Hotels & Resorts; Trident University, and more,” said Jonathan Burke, president of LCAD. 

“He also has taught marketing and communications courses at several accredited universities, including Walden University, University of Phoenix, and La Universidad de Valle de Mexico. We are very happy that he’s a part of the LCAD family.”

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LCAD proudly welcomes Marc Lyncheski to the team

At LCAD, students are provided the tools required for creative and successful careers and learn to use their art and design to engage as responsible members of society. Many businesses seek the College’s alumni as creative problem solvers and innovators and LCAD supplies talent in film and television, animation, design, advertising, game art, communications, athletic apparel, and much more. Lyncheski will spearhead the strengthening of brand awareness and assist the school’s various departments in their collective communication and promotional efforts.

“Joining the team at LCAD is particularly exciting for me, because it represents a convergence of my professional academic and marketing careers, which until now have been running independently of one another,” he said. “I am thrilled to be associated with such a reputable organization that is so deeply rooted in the local community and the arts community at large.”

Lyncheski’s passion for education and the arts extend beyond his professional career. He earned an MA in Communications from Marquette University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a BS in Psychology from Allegheny College. He also is a published photographer and writer, as well as a musician, actor, voice-over artist and stand-up comedian. A former professional soccer player, Lyncheski holds a first-degree black belt in TaeKwonDo and green belts in Shotokan and Ishinryu Karate. 

For more information about LCAD, visit www.lcad.edu.


Short film by local teenager Michael Tanaka accepted into 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival

Laguna Beach teenager Michael Tanaka is excited to announce that his short film 24 HOURS, which was filmed in Laguna Beach, was accepted into the 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival with other shorts from Orange Coast College. 

 Michael says, “It is about a race against time to see how much stuff we can do in a day before the year 2018 ended. Basically, Laguna locals having a good time and beach hopping to different locations and secret spots in Laguna Beach.”

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Screenshot from short film “24 HOURS”

The film premieres on Sunday, April 28, at 1 p.m. at Lido Theater, located at 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach. It was directed, filmed, and edited by Michael Tanaka. The Laguna Beach cast includes Travis Booth, John Hrynkiewicz, Burke Williams, James Ferrell, and Sebastian Nakashima. Music is by the band Odesza – Meridian. 

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Film opens at Lido Theater on Sunday, April 28

The synopsis of the film reads, “With 2018 coming to an end, my friends and I decided to race time and do as much stuff as we can in one day. This is that day.”

To view the film trailer, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qf713Zg2Vg.

For tickets to the opening, go to https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/event/24-hours/.


Laguna Playhouse and Anaheim Union HS District present final performances of The Giver, April 26 and 27

On Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, in conjunction with Anaheim Union High School District, will host their final performances of The Giver at Anaheim High School. It’s produced and performed by students in front of a live audience. 

Laguna Playhouse and the Anaheim Union High School District proudly present these final student performances of a new performing arts program launched for Anaheim students. 

Laguna Playhouse The Giver

During a time when the performing arts are being slashed in Anaheim’s Title I schools due to budget challenges, Laguna Playhouse and the Anaheim Union High School District are changing the course for students with a world-class acting and stage production program taught by the Playhouse’s renowned education staff. 

Anaheim High School – Cook Auditorium is located at 811 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim. 

For more information and to reserve seats, contact Michael Garman, Grants & Community Outreach Manager at the Laguna Playhouse, at (949) 715-5355 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Laguna Beach Live! presents benefit concert featuring a cappella group m-pact on Wednesday

Laguna Beach Live! presents a special benefit concert on Wednesday, April 17 at [seven-degrees], featuring m-pact, a 6-man a cappella group hailed as “one of the best pop jazz vocal groups in the world.” 

The concert benefits the nonprofit’s award-winning Live! Music & Kids education programs, which bring professional musicians to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and the Laguna schools for performances and classes.

The a cappella group m-pact is known for using their voices to make music to the smooth sounds of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band.      

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A cappella powerhouse m-pact will wow audiences in Laguna on Wednesday, April 17

Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, from Vocal Group of the Year (LA Music Awards), an Indie nomination (Independent Grammy), and Artist of the Year (Seattle Music Awards), to Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition. 

Touring renowned fine arts halls and jazz festivals across four continents, m-pact has performed with pop superstars and their signature sound has been used in both TV themes and animated Disney feature films, as well as on jazz and pop radio worldwide.

To hear a sneak peek of the group performing “Come Together” by the Beatles, click here.

The benefit concert is from 6 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 with food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $100 for VIP, which includes VIP seating, a signed CD, and “Meet and Greet with the Artists.”

Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.orgor call (949) 715-9713.

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


JoAnne Artman Gallery presents Flirting with Abstraction May & June

Throughout May and June, JoAnne Artman Gallery proudly presents Flirting with Abstraction featuring Anna Kincaide and Matt Devine. The artist reception will be held on June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

These artists will inspire, provoke, engage, and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression.

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Kincaide conveys texture, design, and abstraction through her painted flora

Exploring the limitations and boundaries of accurate representation, JoAnne Artman Gallery is proud to present Flirting with Abstraction. Referring to the break-up of realism, this dual exhibition brings together artists Anna Kincaide and Matt Devine, who have used the language of abstraction to express ideas and emotions through the creation and destruction of conventional line, scale, and form. 

Anchored by Kincaide’s stylized figurative painting and Devine’s geometric sculpture, this pairing of recent works juxtaposes the different subject matters and materials to reveal the possibilities of abstraction through organic forms.

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Devine flirts with geometric abstraction through his sculptures 

Breaking from the historical canon of abstract painting, Kincaide emphasizes the hidden, internal landscape of her figures. Through control and spontaneous disruption, she conveys texture, design, and abstraction through her painted flora. 

A strong advocate of structurally applied color, her work explores anonymity and transformation. Incorporating elements of fashion photography and contemporary socio-cultural emblems of status and identity, her figures define the separation between body and mind. Bursting forth with florals, Kincaide’s figures showcase the idea of ambiguity between our bodies, identities, and thoughts. 

Recognized for his primary colors and curvature, Matt Devine’s organic forms contribute to his signature sculptural style of harmonious contradictions. Distilling pared-down compositions from industrial materials, Matt Devine coyly flirts with geometric abstraction while recording the modern world around him. Sculpting in steel, aluminum, and bronze, his sculptures stand in perfect balance as they convey a feeling of aerial lightness that contrasts the materials they are made with. Transforming raw material into patterned shapes, Devine’s controlled manipulation of space reveals the contrasts of nature and industry, light and shadow, and chaos and order. 

RSVP by June 1 to JoAnne Artman at (949) 510-5481 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the gallery, visit www.joanneartmangallery.com

JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N Coast Hwy.


Laguna Art Museum partners with Newport Beach Film Festival for screening of Citizen Lane 

On Tuesday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m., Laguna Art Museum and Newport Beach Film Festival will co-present the film Citizen Lane at Edwards Big Newport 4. Citizen Lane documents the Irish art collector who created the first known public gallery of modern art in the world.

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“Citizen Lane” will screen on April 30 

Irish art collector Hugh Lane created the first known public gallery of modern art in the world. Through an innovative combination of drama and documentary filmmaking, this documentary paints a vivid picture of Lane and the various challenges he faced on his journey.

Tickets are $16 and can be purchased at www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/citizen-lane

Edwards Big Newport 4 is located at 300 Newport Center Dr.


Join LAM on April 27 for Imagination Celebration

On Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., LAM is partnering with Barrio Mobile Art Studio, Art Division, and volunteers from Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House for a fun-filled day of activities for the whole family. 

There will be printmaking inspired by the artists of Self-Help Graphics and other art activities responding to works on view in LAM’s current exhibitions.

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Imagination Celebration is a free fun-filled day of activities at LAM 

Each spring, Arts Orange County presents Imagination Celebration, Orange County’s only countywide family arts festival.

Presented in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education, Imagination Celebration dynamically connects the community, arts organizations, universities, and Orange County students through meaningful arts experiences.

Free admission during Imagination Celebration is made possible by a generous donation from the Laguna Art Museum Arts Council.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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