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Tickets for POM’s “The Time Machine” are on sale now, in time for the holidays 

Tickets for the much-anticipated 2019 Pageant of the Masters went on sale to the general public on Saturday, Dec 1, and make the perfect holiday present for art lovers and entertainment-seekers. Share the timeless gift of “living pictures” with tickets to next summer’s production, “The Time Machine.” Tickets are available for purchase online at www.PageantTickets.com or by calling (800) 487-3378.

The 2019 Pageant of the Masters, “The Time Machine,” will take audiences around the globe and into the past, present, and future in search of great art and amazing stories. Taking its cues from science fiction and steampunk fantasies, “The Time Machine” will be a ticket to thrills, laughter, beautiful music, and extraordinary living art under the stars.

Pageant of the Masters producer/director Diane Challis Davy is thrilled with the staging and storytelling possibilities for next summer’s “The Time Machine”. “I was inspired by H.G. Wells’ novel, and we intend to conjure up a collection of artists who imagined and re-created scenes from the past and future,” she said.

“Look at the works of artists like Jean-Leon Gerome and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema,” Challis Davy continued. “They were both obsessed with re-imagining the glamour and sensuality of history. Their works tell us as much about their era as they reveal the spectacle of the ancient empires they sought to dramatize. We hope ‘The Time Machine’ will become a mysterious journey through time and space, and art. Of course, there’ll be no shortage of surprises along the way, perhaps a few pop-culture cameo appearances.”

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Enjoy a journey of a lifetime with the POM’s 2019 production, “The Time Machine”

The Pageant of the Masters has been a Laguna Beach tradition since the 1930s and now attracts over 140,000 patrons every summer. In preparation for “The Time Machine,” Challis Davy is once again summoning her creative energies and inspiring her talented team of theatrical artists as they breathe life into this one-of-a-kind entertainment. Each night during the summer season, the Pageant presents spectacular stage illusions with original, live music performed by a professional orchestra and informative, engaging live narration under the stars.

“At its core, ‘The Time Machine’ will focus on the ways in which art reveals and reflects the world in which it was created,” said veteran scriptwriter Dan Duling. “When we look at works by artists like Leonardo da Vinci or Johannes Vermeer, they provide us with invaluable clues to better understand life in their times.”

As always, Challis Davy and the team of artists and technicians realize the Pageant wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers who return year after year to take part. Challis Davy offered a final, thoughtful observation: “The Pageant has always been a kind of time machine for us, allowing us to venture to different eras, different corners of the globe, and even to speculate about what the future may hold. Next summer’s Pageant will be unlike any you’ve seen before.”

The 2019 Pageant of the Masters, “The Time Machine,” runs July 7 - August 31, 2019. Advance tickets start at $15 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.PageantTickets.com.


Enjoy free admission at Laguna Art Museum during First Thursdays Art Walk this Thursday

This Thursday, Dec 6, from 5 to 9 p.m., art enthusiasts can enjoy free admission to Laguna Art Museum (LAM) as part of First Thursdays Art Walk. Now on view, “Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935” celebrates the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Laguna Beach Art Association with paintings by the leading artists who were founding members of the association and active during that period.

Enjoy free admission

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Enjoy free admission and the most iconic works at LAM during Art Walk on Dec 6

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. First Thursdays Art Walk is held on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. 

For more information on LAM, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Sawdust Art Festival is accepting applications for 2019 summer show, due Dec 7

The Sawdust Art Festival is now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Festival. Artists must be a resident of Laguna Beach for a minimum of two years. Completed applications and first payment are due by Friday, Dec 7, at 5 p.m. Mail or walk in applications to Sawdust Art Festival at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. Applications are available at www.sawdustartfestival.org. 

Sawdust crowds

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Sawdust artist applications are due on Dec 7; over 200,000 visitors come to the Festival every year

“We’re so excited by the idea of growing the number of artists in the Sawdust this summer,” Sawdust General Manager Natalie Haug said.

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival features more than 200 new and returning Laguna Beach artists, who exhibit and sell their original art and handcrafted items in an enchanting, outdoor, eucalyptus grove setting in Laguna Canyon. Visitors come to enjoy unique artwork, live music and entertainment on three stages, daily artist demonstrations, hands-on complimentary art classes and workshops for all ages, and a variety of delicious food and drink offerings.


Enjoy free admission at Laguna Art Museum during First Thursdays Art Walk on Dec 6

On Thursday, Dec 6, from 5 to 9 p.m., art enthusiasts can enjoy free admission to Laguna Art Museum (LAM) as part of First Thursdays Art Walk. Now on view, “Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935” celebrates the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Laguna Beach Art Association with paintings by the leading artists who were founding members of the association and active during that period.

Enjoy free admission

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Enjoy free admission and the most iconic works at LAM during Art Walk on Dec 6

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. First Thursdays Art Walk is held on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. 

For more information on LAM, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


LCAD’s Professional Mentoring Program makes a difference in young artist students’ careers

One of the nation’s top colleges of art and design, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced that 16 students from its BFA program in Drawing + Painting will exhibit their art as part of LCAD’s Professional Mentoring Program, an annual collaboration between the College and participating Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk galleries. 

The 2018 LCAD Professional Mentoring Program exhibition will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on December 6, during the December First Thursdays Art Walk. Everyone can view student artwork at participating galleries that are listed at www.facebook.com/lcadprofessionalmentorprogram, www.lcad.edu or www.firstthursdaysartwalk.org

LCAD’s Professional Mentoring Program pairs LCAD BFA Drawing + Painting seniors with local galleries. For two months, gallery owners and managers mentor students through the fundamentals of exhibiting their work and educate them about the business side of operating a gallery. For many students, this will be the first time they exhibit their work in a professional gallery. Proceeds from art sales go to the student artists and LCAD student scholarships.

LCADs Professional Benajmin

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Benjamin Askevold is one of the LCAD students involved in the mentoring program with local Art Walk galleries. His piece Public Transportation, seen here, will be on display at Todd Kenyon’s Pure Laguna Beach.

Now in the 16th year of their collaboration, First Thursdays Art Walk and LCAD received the 2018 Outstanding Arts Collaboration Award for the Professional Mentoring Program. The award, from the Laguna Beach Art Alliance, recognized the program’s excellence in outstanding achievements and contributions in the Laguna Beach arts community.

After 14 years of teaching the Professional Studies course, Robin Fuld, director of LCAD’s Career Services, is handing the reins to Charity Oetgen, an alumna of LCAD’s BFA program in Drawing + Painting (2014) and its MFA in Painting (2017), who, last year, co-taught the course with Fuld. 

“As an alumna of LCAD, of the course, and of the Professional Mentor program, Charity brings a unique and refined perspective,” Fuld said. “She is a successful working artist and is perfect to mentor LCAD Drawing + Painting majors as they prepare for careers as professional artists.”

For more information about the December 2018 LCAD + FTAW exhibitions, visit www.lcad.edu.


Fun for everyone

Sawdust Winter Fantasy

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Fun for marionettes

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Rene’s Marionettes will be back Dec 1 and 2

Fun for poinsettias

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Experience Sawdust’s magical 3-acre art village during the holiday season, transformed into a picture perfect winter wonderland in the heart of Laguna 

Fun for bakers dozen

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This Baker’s Dozen says, “Don’t forget to come back for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec 8 at 8:30 a.m.”

For tickets, go to www.sawdustartfestival.org.


coastal eddy a gallery presents annual holiday party on Dec 9

On Sunday, Dec 9 from 3 - 6 p.m., coastal eddy presents #ThisIsNotNormal…still Holiday Party. The event will feature new art, a raffle drawing, music, food and fun, and will benefit Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation.

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coastal eddy is Laguna’s only ceramic art gallery

Laguna Beach has a rich history in ceramic art and needed a gallery to represent both the past and present in ceramic techniques, and coastal eddy does just that. 

Starting with local artists, the gallery has grown to 32 artists over that past 5 years, including artists from around the country and Canada. From functional ware to abstract sculpture, the ever-changing collection is meant to inspire. 

coastal eddy is located at 1417 S Coast Hwy, in the HIP district of Laguna. 

For more information or to RSVP, contact (949) 715-4113 or visit www.coastaleddyagallery.com.


LAM to feature acclaimed LA-based artist Lita Albuquerque on Thursday 

Laguna Art Museum will feature Lita Albuquerque, the acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist, often associated with the Light and Space and Land Art movements, to discuss her work this Thursday, Nov 29, at 6 p.m.

Since the early 1970s, Albuquerque has created an expansive body of work, ranging from sculpture, poetry, painting, and multi-media performance to ambitious site-specific ephemeral projects in remote locations around the globe. 

Often associated with the Light and Space and Land Art movements, she has developed a unique visual and conceptual vocabulary using the earth, color, the body, motion, and time to illuminate identity and its relation to the universal. 

In Person Lita Albuquerque

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Particle Horizon 2014 by Lita Albuquerque, Laguna Art Museum

She was the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant for her Stellar Axis: Antarctica project, which culminated in the first and largest ephemeral artwork created on that continent. In 2014 her performance piece on Main Beach, An Elongated Now, played a central part in Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature festival, complementing the installation Particle Horizon inside the museum.

Advance tickets are recommended for this event. Tickets are included with museum admission, $5 for students, $7 for general public, and free for ages 17 and under. 

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


Snow and Santa

Sawdust Winter Fantasy

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Snow and arriving

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Santa arrives at 10:30 a.m. to waiting crowd

Snow and snowfalling

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Yes, it does snow in Laguna

Snow and Skipper

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Naughty or nice, Skipper’s been nice!

Santa’s hours: Available for photo ops in Santa’s cottage 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 

2 to 5 p.m. all days of the show. Remaining days of Winter Fantasy: December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Don’t miss No Square Theatre’s amazing production of “Annie,” starting this Friday

No Square Theatre presents “Annie” starting this Friday, Nov 30. Performances will run Friday through Sunday, through December 22, and will include both matinee and evening showings.

This wildly popular, Tony Award-winning musical “Annie”, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, is directed by Joe Lauderdale and choreographed by Ellen Prince. Vocal Music is directed by Roxanna Ward and the band is directed by Christopher W. Smith at the piano. David Cowan is the Stage Manager, and costumes are done by the brilliant Brigitte Harper. Costumes for this production are underwritten by a generous grant from FOA Foundation.

Little Orphan Annie, played but Tessa Espinola, embodies human optimism at its best, as she rises from humble beginnings in 1930s New York City. The show treats audiences to one of the best musical scores ever composed including favorites like “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the ultimate anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”  With a heartfelt and positive message, the show is the perfect entertainment choice for the holiday season.

The show stars Tessa Espinola as Annie, Rob Harryman as Warbucks, Rebecca Butkivich as Grace, Karen Rymar as Miss Hannigan, Tyler Below as Rooster, Laura Buckle as Lily St Regis, and Kipling as Sandy the dog. The orphans are played by Lula Buckle, Grace Gilchrist, Ava Madison Gray, Raegan Larson, Alexandra Nottage, and Libby Rue, while all the other roles are played by a talented ensemble including Lulu Arundale, Chase Benson, Lori Freeman, Rick Gold, Jonah Goldstein, Gary Greene, Jay Kramer, Ari Paltin, and Bridget Rago.

Shows are for adults and children 6 and older with evening performances at 7 p.m. on November 30, December 1, 8, 14, and 21, and 2 p.m. matinees on December 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, and 22. Tickets are available at www.nosquare.org and are $12.50 for children 6-11 and $25-$35 for adults. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no late seating, so come early.

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

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