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LagunaTunes invites the community to “Christmas Letters”, a free holiday concert, this Sunday

LagunaTunes invites the community to a free holiday concert, “Christmas Letters,” this Sunday, Dec 16 at 4 p.m. in the Artists’ Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. The program traces how Christmas letters – some funny and some sentimental – have changed through the years. Bring the entire family to the show, which is suitable for all ages.

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Upcoming LagunaTunes concert will include a variety of Christmas favorites in both upbeat and beautiful choral styles

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. 

Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s MenAlive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir, leads the 60-member chorus. Gunn’s entertaining choral productions are well known throughout southern California and in international concerts.

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides choral singing to everyone. The Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach provide funding.

LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave.

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


Don’t miss Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose 

at Laguna Playhouse through Dec 30 

Don’t miss the holiday enchantment of Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose at Laguna Playhouse through December 30.

The production stars Ashley Argota, Thomas Hobson, Heath Calvert, Roland Rusinek, Riley Costello, David Engel, Andrew Barnicle, and more. Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose is written by Kris Lythgoe, directed by Sheldon Epps, choreographed by Mandy Moore, with musical direction by Keith Harrison and musical supervisor Michael Orland. 

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Ashley Argota and Roland Rusinek star in the “Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose” through Dec 30

“Families, our audiences and our subscribers are in for a romantically glorious, and hilarious, holiday experience as we present our fourth Panto spectacle, the truly magical Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose,” Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard commented.

  Lythgoe added, “We are overjoyed to be bringing Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose to the Laguna Playhouse this year. This fantastic cast and creative team that will be sure to make all your family holiday’s dreams come true.”

This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to cheer for Belle, boo for Gus, and sing along with popular songs such as the BeeGees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” Directed by Tony-nominated Sheldon Epps, and choreographed by La La Land’s Mandy Moore, Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose is sure to delight children of all ages.

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The cast impresses and delights audiences in “Beauty at the Beast: A Christmas Rose”

Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose marks Lythgoe Family Panto’s fourth production at the venerable Laguna Playhouse. Past Pantos at Laguna Playhouse include Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Kira Kosarin and Barry Pearl, A Snow White Christmas starring Marina Sirtis and Lindsay Pearce, and Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight starring Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Joely Fisher.

Laguna Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. For information or tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call (949) 497-2787. Tickets range from $41 - $76.


Laguna Art Museum announces California Cool Art Auction 2019

On February 16, 2019, Laguna Art Museum will present its annual California Cool Art Auction. This will mark the 37th edition of the highly anticipated event with works by over 100 important California artists. The museum-curated California Cool Art Auction 2019 will include original art at great prices, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails.

Thanks to the museum’s long-standing relationships with California artists and galleries, and their generosity in supporting the institution, Art Auction 2019 will include highly desirable works by both established and emerging artists. 

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Don Suggs, Oasis, archival inkjet print on Crane Museo Max paper, from the edition of 5, 2011, 25 x 34 inches (framed), courtesy of the artist and L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

The Art Auction event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Laguna Art Museum, with the silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. and the live auction at 8 p.m. The live auction, led by Aaron Bastian of Bonham’s, is an exciting, unique event, with competitive bidding in the room and absentee bids placed from around the world.

The Art Auction team for 2019 is led by co-chairs Sara Heeschen and Vanessa Helin; and committee members Jeannie Denholm, Ruben Flores, Michael Fullen, Tim Hawkins, Eden Phair, and Karen Varner.

Proceeds from the event will support Laguna Art Museum’s mission of collecting and preserving California art, providing critically acclaimed exhibitions, and enhancing art education.

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LAM’s Art Auction is the longest-running benefit art auction in California

LAM’s featured artists for the evening are: Tristan Abel, Peter Alexander, Yorgo Alexpoulous, Daniel Angeles, Florence Arnold, Natalie Arnoldi, Don Bachardy, Marlo Bartels, Tim Bavington, Sherri Belassen, Kelly Berg, Maria Bertran, Wolfgang Bloch, John Botz, Andrea Brown, Jerry Burchfield, Mark Chamberlain, Mindy Cherri, Michael Childers, Stacy D’Aguiar, Deborah Davidson, Paul Davies, Tony DeLap, Brittney Diamond, Joshua Dildine, Laddie John Dill, Jorg Dubin, Ned Evans, Colin Fleck, Kaori Fukuyama, Jacques Garnier, Eric Gerdau, Jimi Gleason, Joe Goode, Kristina Grace, James Griffith, Bradley Hankey, Danny Heller, Scot Heywood, Kelsey Irvin, Kathy Jones,Jeff Juhlin, Catherine Kaleel, Sherry Karver, G. Ray Kerciu, Jeremy Kidd, Mary-Austin Klein, Jason Kowalski, Peter Krasnow, Tom Lamb, Robert Larson, Kristin Leachman, Dave Lefner, David Ligare, Victoria MacMillan, John Mason, Danny McCaw, Dan McCleary, Elizabeth McGhee, Scott McMillin, Pierce Meehan, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, David Milton, Andy Moses, Gwynn Murrill, Michael Obermeyer, Kenton Parker, Gregory Price, Richard Reiner, Chris Richter, Brian Robertson, Matthew Rolston, David Ruddell, Bradford J. Salamon, Doug Shoemaker, Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazer, Adam Silverman, John Sonsini, Don Suggs, Cecil Touchon, Marton Varo, Stephanie Weber, Alex Weinstein, William Wray and Scott Yeskel.

Tickets are $125 for museum members at the Supporter level and higher, and $150 for all others. Tickets purchased at the door, subject to availability, will be $150 for members and $175 for non-museum members. Tickets include auction admission, complimentary valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. 

For more information including tickets, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Selections from the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters at Laguna Beach City Hall

The Festival of Arts is pleased to announce a new art exhibit at Laguna Beach City Hall entitled “Selections from the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters” now through January 18, 2019. The hours for the exhibit are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed every other Friday. 

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Deputy City Clerk Cheryl Baldridge contemplates a piece on display at City Hall

In addition to pieces from the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection, the display also features historic ads, costumes, and behind-the-scenes photographs from the Pageant of the Masters archives. 

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. 

For more information, call (949) 494-1145 or visit www.foapom.com

Laguna Beach City Hall is located at 505 Forest Ave.


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

Live! at the Museum presents Celtic Consort of Hollywood this Thursday, Dec 13 at 7 p.m. The Celtic Consort of Hollywood consists of award-winning concert and studio musicians Christina Linhardt (soprano, flute), Shawna Selline (harp), and Mark Sellin (cello, mandolin, and fiddle). 

Together and separately the group has performed all over Southern California (as well as abroad) from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to Walt Disney Concert Hall, with weddings, club dates, and recording sessions in between.

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Check out Live! at the Museum featuring Celtic Consort of Hollywood

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 for Celtic Consort of Hollywood are available online through the Museum’s website at www.lagunaartmuseum.org or by calling (949) 494-8971, ext. 203. These seats are held until 6:50 p.m. 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.


Jason Feddy performs in The Skivvies tonight at Laguna Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse brings back last year’s sensation in an all-new outrageous holiday event, The Skivvies: I Touch My Elf, with one more performance tonight, Tuesday, Dec 11 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s guests include: Jason Feddy, Laguna’s resident rock star; Nick Adams from the Falsettos national tour; Nicole Parker from the Wicked national tour; Seamus Dever from Castle; and Kirsten Vangsnes who plays Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds. 

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Laguna’s own rock star Jason Feddy will be a guest star in the show

Broadway’s Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley return to the Laguna Playhouse for two nights of the most outrageous holiday show of the season. This undie-rock, comedy pop, award-winning duo perform stripped down, mashed up versions of holiday favorites and more. Expect to see ukulele, electric cello, and an array of zany instruments as well as many special guest artists performing along with, and some even in their own “Skivvies.” 

Tickets range from $51 - $56 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 are subject to change.     

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


No Square Theatre’s Annie is one of the best shows you will see in Laguna all year

No Square Annie 1

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It’s a Hard Knock Life: No Square Theatre’s Annie production receives five stars and a standing ovation from Stu News Laguna

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I Don’t Need Anything But You: Rob Harryman (Oliver Warbucks) and Tessa Espinola (Annie) shine in this heartwarming tale of father-daughter love, hope, and redemption

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Easy Street: Laura Buckle (Lily St. Regis), Karen Rymar (Miss Hannigan), and Tyler Below (Rooster) executed their parts to perfection

No Square Annie 4

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Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow makes a cameo appearance as Judge Brandeis

For tickets to Annie, go to www.nosquare.org


LAM announces 2019 exhibitions with new exhibits starting on March 3

After a year-long celebration of the museum’s history and legacy, honoring the artists of a hundred years ago whose organization eventually became Laguna Art Museum, the exhibition “Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935” closes on January 13. After a complete reinstallation of its galleries, Laguna Art Museum begins a series of exhibitions on March 3 that span more than a century of California art.

On March 3 to May 27, the museum will feature “Titi, Nunu, and Klembolo: Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book.”

The great Polish actress Helena Modjeska (1840–1909), best known for performances in the plays of Shakespeare, was a star of the American stage in the 1880s and ‘90s. In 1888, she and her husband built a country home, Arden, in what is now Modjeska Canyon in Orange County. Among her many other talents, Modjeska was a storyteller and artist. 

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Exciting new exhibits are coming to LAM

During breaks in her acting schedule she spent time at Arden writing and illustrating a fairy tale for her grandson, Felix Modjeski, presenting a 147-page bound manuscript to him as a Christmas gift in 1896. With handwritten parallel texts in English and Polish, and ink-and-watercolor illustrations that show Modjeska’s flair for both fantasy and natural observation, it tells the story of a pair of brothers, Titi and Nunu, who live on Mars. They run away from home, accompanied by their six-legged blue dog, Klembolo, but after some adventures return to their family and friends for Christmas.

The exhibit at Laguna Art Museum will take place immediately after the conservation treatment and before the separate sheets of the manuscript are re-bound, allowing Modjeska’s amazing flight of the imagination to be displayed as never before.

Also from March 3 to May 27, the museum will feature “Centennial Gifts: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection.” 

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LAM ia growing and strengthening its permanent collection, including this piece by Dan McCleary

Like most museums, Laguna Art Museum grows and strengthens its permanent collection largely through donations from collectors, artists, and foundations, and in 2018 it received outstanding donations of works of art in recognition of the centenary of its founding organization, the Laguna Beach Art Association. 

On show in the museum for the first time, the Centennial Gifts include paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and original prints by acclaimed California artists of the past and the present, including Tony DeLap, Lorser Feitelson, Joseph Goldyne, Dan McCleary, R. Kenton Nelson, Edgar Payne, Ruth Peabody, Agnes Pelton, and Charles Rollo Peters. The exhibition celebrates the museum’s growth as it moves beyond the centennial year and an expression of gratitude toward the donors who, through their gifts, have contributed to Laguna Beach’s artistic legacy.

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


LagunaTunes invites the community to “Christmas Letters”, a free holiday concert, Dec 16

LagunaTunes invites the community to a free holiday concert, “Christmas Letters,” on Sunday, Dec 16 at 4 p.m. in the Artists’ Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. The program traces how Christmas letters – some funny and some sentimental – have changed through the years. Bring the entire family to the show, which is suitable for all ages.

LagunaTunes invites group

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Upcoming LagunaTunes concert will include a variety of Christmas favorites in both upbeat and beautiful choral styles

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. 

Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s MenAlive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir, leads the 60-member chorus. Gunn’s entertaining choral productions are well known throughout southern California and in international concerts.

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides choral singing to everyone. The Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach provide funding.

LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave.

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


Laguna Playhouse offers free tickets to Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose to underage patrons

Thanks to the generosity of the Suzanne and James Mellor Fund, Laguna Playhouse is offering patrons age 21 and under two free tickets to Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose on Wednesday, Dec 5 and Thursday, Dec 6 at 7 p.m. 

 Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard present Beauty and The Beast: A Christmas Rose, with performances from Wednesday, Dec 5 through December 30 at Laguna Playhouse.

The production is written by Kris Lythgoe, directed by Sheldon Epps, choreographed by Mandy Moore, with musical direction by Keith Harrison and musical supervisor Michael Orland. 

This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to cheer for Belle, boo for Gus and sing along with popular songs such as the BeeGees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” Directed by Tony-nominated Sheldon Epps, and choreographed by La La Land’s Mandy Moore, Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose is sure to delight children of all ages.

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Patrons 21 and younger can receive two free tickets to “Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose” on December 5 and 6

For information or tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call (949) 497-2787 ext. 229. Tickets for other patrons range from $41 - $76.

Laguna Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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