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Laguna Playhouse names Jeremy Ancalade Chief Financial Officer

Laguna Playhouse Board of Directors, Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, and Executive Director Ellen Richard announced this week that Jeremy Ancalade has joined Laguna Playhouse as its new Chief Financial Officer. 

 “We are excited to have Jeremy Ancalade join our Playhouse team as our new Chief Financial Officer. The breadth of his experience and knowledge will help guide us into our second century of providing our subscribers and local audiences the exceptional theatre our community has come to expect from the Playhouse,” said Wareham and Richard.

“I am so honored to have this opportunity to be part of the history of one of the nation’s top regional theatres. I look forward to working with Ann and Ellen as we approach the Playhouse’s 100th birthday and beyond,” stated Jeremy Ancalade.

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Jeremy Ancalade has joined Laguna Playhouse as the new Chief Financial Officer

Ancalade was most recently Finance Director for Project Angel Food, where he built a framework for organizational growth, financial sustainability, and foundation for a $5 million capital campaign. 

A Louisiana native, Jeremy started his career in New Orleans, freelancing as a stage manager in the Big Easy. After relocating to Southern California in 2005, Jeremy joined the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles as General Manager, working on the nationally recognized Will Power to Youth program and launching Veterans In Art, using theatre to reintegrate veterans into the workforce. 

As Vice President of Operations for The Trevor Project, Jeremy led national business operations, leading change during one of the most dynamic periods for the LGBTQ movement in American history, and ensuring that in their greatest hour of need, LGBTQ young people knew that they were not alone. 

Jeremy holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Fine Arts degrees from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University New Orleans.

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

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Laguna Community Concert Band receives grant from Festival of Arts Foundation

The Laguna Community Concert Band, approaching its 20th Anniversary, was recently awarded a $3,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation for the group’s musical performances in Laguna Beach. 

The band extends a huge thank you to the FOA Foundation for its continued support of the Laguna Community Concert Band and Jazz Band.

Over a cup of coffee at Zinc Café, the Laguna Community Concert Band was formed when flutist Theresa Marino, conductor Dr. Bill Nicholls, and Laguna Beach Commission member, musician, and recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award by the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts Carol Reynolds, joined forces. 

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The Laguna Community Concert Band performs 

Dr. Nicholls wanted to create a fine wind ensemble; Marino wanted to play again with good memories of playing with her dad and brother in the community band setting. Reynolds was a retired choral teacher, ready to bring out her French horn and start playing again. 

Although originally sponsored by the Laguna Beach City Recreation Department, it is not a part of the Irvine Valley College Emeritus program. Approaching its 20th anniversary, the band has performed at many city functions, including the Festival of Arts and the Sawdust Festival. 

The Laguna Community Concert Band is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a Board of Directors. The LCCB has received grants from the City of Laguna Beach Community Assistance Grant, City of Laguna Beach Business Improvement District Grant, and The Festival of Arts Foundation, along with personal donations and in-kind donations. The LCCB is under the direction of Mark Lowery and Pete Fournier.

For more information, visit www.lagunaconcertband.com.


DeBilzan Gallery celebrates 27 years in Laguna Beach with artist reception on Saturday 

William DeBilzan has come home to celebrate the 27th anniversary of DeBilzan Gallery in Laguna Beach. A special artist reception will be held on Saturday, July 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to join William DeBilzan at the gallery.

“I opened a gallery in Laguna Beach 27 years ago; it has been an incredible experience to be both gallery owner and artist. I really look forward to celebrate with the community where I got my start as an artist,” DeBilzan said.

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“Island Times,” 51” x 52, oil mixed media on canvas

DeBilzan’s paintings are based on thoughts and memories of real-life experiences; he approaches each blank canvas with a unique, spontaneous creativity. Though free of specific detail, DeBilzan’s figurative work evokes a sense of recognition of people or places traveled. His faceless figures with obscure origin take on a personality of their own through stance and gesture. They invite observers to step into the paintings and become a part of DeBilzan’s story.

“Coming back to Laguna Beach is always a special experience for me, this is where it all began. Laguna Beach will always be a very special place to me. I am very thankful for the ongoing support of the community for nearly three decades,” DeBilzan said.

For more information, contact the gallery at (949) 715-0405, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.debilzan.com.

The DeBilzan Gallery is located at 224 Forest Ave.


Jazz Summer International 2019 presented by Laguna Beach Live! is selling out fast

Jazz Summer International, presented by Laguna Beach Live!, kicked off with the popular Latin Jazz Syndicate on July 16 to a sold-out crowd. French Gypsy Jazz on July 30 with the Hot Club of Los Angeles and Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orquesta on August 13 are now sold out. Contact Laguna Beach Live! to be put on the wait list for these performances.

The last concert in the series is August 27 with Brazilian singer and guitarist Teka, who fuses the sensual rhythms and harmonies of Brazil with the sophistication and improvisation of jazz – a fascinating musical blend she calls New Bossa. 

Jazz Summer stage

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Tickets are selling fast to the sizzling summer concerts with Laguna Beach Live! 

The concert is from 6 - 8 p.m. and doors open at 5 for drinks, food, and social time. Laguna Beach Live! is teaming up with Wine Gallery Laguna, who will be serving a selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks. Mixologist Tyler will also be crafting a unique signature cocktail for each concert.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Early purchase is recommended and can be made at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by calling (800) 595-4849. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders, and Laguna Beach Live! membership.

The concerts are held at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, located at 286 St. Ann’s Dr.


After 20-year hiatus, Mantra Festival celebrates arts & music of India on Sunday at Main Beach

This Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main Beach’s cobblestone area, the local Krishna temple, after a 20-year hiatus, is holding a Mantra Festival. The event is free and celebrates the arts and music of India. 

It will feature: 

--A main tent hosting a full day of acoustic Indian devotional music and chants

--An arts and crafts table with many Indian themed crafts to make

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--A photo booth where you can dress up in a Sari or Dhoti and chaddar and take selfies

--A henna arts booth

--A flower garland stringing booth

--Books and Indian philosophy based literature 

--A mantra workshop booth

--A questions and answers booth

--Free gift bags and other cool stuff

The festival will be very colorful with every volunteer dressed in traditional Indian clothing.

For information about the Krishna temple, go to www.lagunatemple.org.


Heathers the Musical opens this weekend at No Square Theatre

Hilarious, heartfelt, and definitely homicidal, Heathers the Musical opens at No Square Theatre this Friday, July 26. A darkly comic rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, the show deals with bullying, teen suicide, and other themes not suitable for young children. It’s R-rated for mature audiences.

Heathers the Musical is produced by Bree Burgess Rosen and directed by Joe Lauderdale and Ella Wyatt, with choreography by Ellen Prince. Rounding out the all-star backstage team are Joe Mulroy as music director, Roxanna Ward vocal director, stage manager Chris Huntley, and costume designer Brigitte Harper.

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“Heathers the Musical” comes to No Square Theatre on Friday

The No Square production cast features Sara Teeter, Ricky Alleman, Rhyan Belanger, Brooke Streuckrath, Bonnie King, Michaela Brown, Abraham Arias, Cole Fletcher, Jenn Quader, Rylee Bullington, Doreen Nguyen, Malin Glade, Cisco Morales, Mateo Yepiz, Isaac Yescas, Charlie McClung, and Eric Anderson.

Performances are on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 26-28 and August 2-4. Friday/Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday shows are at 6:30. 

Tickets are available online at www.nosquare.org for $25 and $35.

Seating is extremely limited, and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance. Drinks and refreshments will be available for purchase at the show.

No Square Theatre is located in the Historic Legion Hall at 384 Legion St. 


Gallery Q at The Susi Q awarded Festival of Arts Foundation Grant

Gallery Q at The Susi Q has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation to showcase and encourage the work of emerging, semi-professional, and professional artists in Laguna Beach.

Gallery Q is located in the Community and Susi Q Senior Center, home to Laguna Beach Seniors, a nonprofit that has enhanced the lives of seniors for over 40 years through programs and services that promote independence, wellness, and community.

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(L-R) Lynette Brasfield, Joan Gladstone, and Brenda Bredvick enjoying reception for Gallery Q exhibition

“We are grateful to the Festival of Arts Foundation for continuing their generous funding. The Foundation’s donation makes it possible to provide beautiful gallery space in the heart of Laguna Beach for over 200 artists annually,” said Gallery Q’s art director, Bill Atkins. 

Gallery Q’s current exhibition, “Community Creations,” comprises over 50 works, including paintings, mixed media, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculptures, prints, and photography all submitted by partnering LOCA Arts Education members, supporters, students, and teachers, past or present. 

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(L-R) Bill Atkins, Gallery Q art director, Carla Meberg, LOCA President, artist Mike Tauber, and Nadia Babayi, executive director of Laguna Beach Seniors

LOCA Arts Education is a local, nonprofit coalition of arts educators, professional artists, and advocates interested in arts education for people of all ages. The show will be on display weekdays through September 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.locaarts.org for more information.

For more information about Gallery Q and Laguna Beach Seniors at The Susi Q, visit www.thesusiq.org or call (949) 715-8106.

Gallery Q is located at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center at 380 Third St. All exhibits are open to the public.


Join LAM for First Thursdays Art Walk with live music and free admission on August 1

On Thursday, August 1 from 5 to 9 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will be offering free admission for First Thursdays Art Walk. Classical guitarist Nicholas Yrizarry will perform inside the museum during Art Walk and docents will be 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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Nicholas Yrizarry will perform for First Thursdays Art Walk at LAM

Nicholas Yrizarry is a classical guitarist and has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and for charitable organizations such as Laguna Art Museum, Laguna College of Art & Design, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County (CASA), and Project HOPE Alliance.

Now on view at LAM, I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art: Prints by John Baldessari from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation includes over seventy works by the most revered and influential figures in contemporary California art; Sculptures by Gwynn Murrill is the first exhibition to present work from the artist’s entire career, spanning the early 1970s to today; and Self-Help Graphics, 1983-1991 highlights a selection of prints from the East LA printmaking workshop and arts center that emerged from the Chicano movement of the 1960s.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters kicks off summer with successful opening week

Summertime is officially underway as the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach welcomes locals and tourists alike to the opening week of the 2019 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and Pageant of the Masters.

Since opening on July 7, the Pageant of the Masters has received rave reviews from audiences and been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, FOX’s Good Day LA, and in Forbes and Los Angeles Magazine. Combining theater, performance art, and art history, the Pageant is one of the most unique productions in the world. 

The 2019 performance, themed “The Time Machine,” is filled with more surprises and special effects than ever before. Every night, volunteer cast members step into famous works of art by artists like Vermeer, Dali, Rockwell, and Da Vinci to bring art to life.

On Monday, July 8, over 100 veterans were treated to an evening of at the Pageant of the Masters and performance by the Laguna Beach Community Concert Band. The Masters at Giving program is an opportunity for patrons to gift tickets to the Pageant to local nonprofits and charitable organizations in the Southern California area. Since the program began in 2011, over 12,000 tickets have been donated.

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LePeTiT CiRqUe troupe in front of Jeff Rovner’s booth at FOA

The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show’s opening week attracted crowds to browse the galleries and purchase the newest artwork from 140 of Orange County’s top fine artists. 

The prestigious juried art show features a wide variety of media including paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass, and more. Many exhibiting artists had major sales in the first week of the art show to art collectors, interior designers, and first-time art buyers.

The Festival’s special event calendar kicked off July with a memorable concert with rising jazz superstar Grace Kelly. The 26-year-old saxophone prodigy brought the Laguna Beach crowd to their feet for the first Concert on the Green of the season. 

Upcoming not-to-be-missed concerts include Greg Adams, Eric Marienthal and Isaiah Sharkey. Concert series sponsored by Cambria Estates Winery. For details and to purchase reserved seating, visit www.foapom.com/concerts.

On Sunday, July 14, the Festival of Arts invited families for a fun-filled afternoon of art activities and a show by the award-winning all kids circus troop Le PeTiT CiRqUe. Over 200 children were able to participate in free art projects including hat-making, balloon art, spray tattoos, and printmaking. 

Also, on Sunday, students and their families from Orange County attended a special opening reception of the 2019 Junior Art Exhibit (sponsored in part by California First National Bank and Mark Porterfield of Laguna Beach). 

A jury made up of Mark Porterfield, Steve Chadima, Emma Patton, Pat Sparkuhl, Gerald Schwartz, and Mary Church selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from the more than 300 Orange County students’ work of art on display in the exhibit. An award ceremony is scheduled with the winners for Sunday, August 11.

From daily art classes to wine tasting, yoga to jazz concerts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this summer at the Festival of Arts. The fine art show runs through August 31 with more daily events and live music than ever before. View the entire schedule of events at www.foapom.com/events

The 2019 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show will continue through August 31 with general admission tickets starting at $10 per person. Class registration and seating reservations vary by event, please see website for details. 

Admission to the Festival is free for Laguna Beach residents, children 5 or under, Military, and Festival of Arts Members. Local residents must provide valid ID to box office for entry.

The Pageant of the Masters offers nightly shows through August with tickets available now starting at $15 per person for general admission.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.pageanttickets.com.


Heathers the Musical comes to No Square Theatre on July 26

Hilarious, heartfelt, and definitely homicidal, Heathers the Musical opens at No Square Theatre on July 26. A darkly comic rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, the show deals with bullying, teen suicide, and other themes not suitable for young children. It’s R-rated for mature audiences.

Heathers the Musical is produced by Bree Burgess Rosen and directed by Joe Lauderdale and Ella Wyatt, with choreography by Ellen Prince. Rounding out the all-star backstage team are Joe Mulroy as music director, Roxanna Ward vocal director, stage manager Chris Huntley, and costume designer Brigitte Harper.

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“Heathers the Musical” comes to No Square Theatre on July 26 

The No Square production cast features Sara Teeter, Ricky Alleman, Rhyan Belanger, Brooke Streuckrath, Bonnie King, Michaela Brown, Abraham Arias, Cole Fletcher, Jenn Quader, Rylee Bullington, Doreen Nguyen, Malin Glade, Cisco Morales, Mateo Yepiz, Isaac Yescas, Charlie McClung, and Eric Anderson.

Performances are on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 26-28 and August 2-4. Friday/Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday shows are at 6:30. 

Tickets are available online at www.nosquare.org for $25 and $35.

Seating is extremely limited, and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance. Drinks and refreshments will be available for purchase at the show.

No Square Theatre is located in the Historic Legion Hall at 384 Legion St.

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