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Gallery Q celebrates creativity with LOCA, accepting art on Thursday

Gallery Q at the Susi Q is pleased to partner with LOCA Arts Education for its fourth exhibit of the season, “LOCA - Community Creations.” LOCA members, supporters, teachers, and students – past or present – are all invited to submit artwork. 

Gallery Q will be accepting art on Thursday, July 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. All media is welcome – paintings, mixed media, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculptures, printmaking, and photography. 

There is an entry fee of $25 per piece and a special discount for those 65+ who qualify. Additional entry pieces are $5 each – with a limit of three. Visit the Susi Q front desk for more information or download an online application here.

Gallery Q painting

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 “Luck” – by Betty Haight and Kathy Jones

An Artist’s Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Friday, July 19 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from July 16 through September 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting 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. LOCA’s programs touch the lives of many in our community by providing opportunities to explore and develop individual creativity by interacting with and learning from local artists.

 In addition to community programs, LOCA offers wide-ranging educational opportunities including classes, workshops, seminars, critiques, and demonstrations. Visit www.locaarts.org for more information.

Gallery Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center, is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging, semi-professional, and professional artists of all ages in Orange County. For more information visit www.thesusiq.org or call (949) 715-8106.

Susi Q is located at 380 Third St.


Men Without Hats to perform 80s hits, including “The Safety Dance,” at Mozambique tonight

Men Without Hats is bringing back the rhythm of the 80s to Mozambique in a special concert tonight, Tuesday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

In the 1980s, Men Without Hats launched onto the global pop music scene with a unique electronic sound, illustrated best by the band’s 1983 hit song and universally iconic anthem “The Safety Dance”. 

Men Without Hats have been creating iconic and irresistible pop music for three decades and have soared back with the release of their latest album, Love in the Age of War, released in May of 2012 to widespread acclaim of critics and the universal enthusiasm of fans.

Although Love In The Age of War is Men Without Hats’ first full-length release in 21 years, all eleven tracks on the album hearken back to the early 1980s. 

Men Without Hats are a Canadian new wave/synthpop group, originally from Montreal, Quebec. Their music is characterized by the distinctive baritone voice of their American-born Canadian lead singer Ivan Doroschuk, as well as their elaborate use of synthesizers and electronic processing.

They told the world “You can dance if you want to” 30 years ago – and we did. A few years later they instructed that same planet – the third – to go Pop – and we did. 

Men Without group

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Men Without Hats performs at Mozambique tonight

Produced by Dave “Rave” Ogilvie, whose engineering credentials include releases for Skinny Puppy and Marilyn Manson, Love In The Age of War is a highly danceable, upbeat experience with a deep, heartfelt message. And it’s all the work of the man who has been the driving force behind Men Without Hats’ success for the past three decades: lead singer and composer Ivan Doroschuk. 

“We wanted to make a record like a follow-up to 1982’s “Rhythm of Youth,” Ivan told Rolling Stone magazine in June 2012, “so for this record, we went and pretended that we were working on a 24-track machine…We went out and got the old synths that we used back then.”

The result is both a New Wave time warp and a modern masterpiece that rivals anything played on Top 40 radio today. 

“Love In The Age Of War is a remarkable comeback. It revives the sound and the spirit the band initially was known for, [including] very solid songwriting. The performance is superb, and Ivan’s voice never sounded better,” says Mark Kadzielawa, 69 Faces of Rock. 

“Listening to Love In The Age of War, it is remarkable how contemporary this ‘retro’ music sounds…[F]or all its electronic, futurist elements, this is pop music with a real, beating, warm human heart,” says Phil, Sonic Abuse. 

Men Without Hats followed up their record release with two tours: a swing through South America, the U.S. and Canada in late 2012, and a series of appearances in Europe in early 2013. In fall 2013, Men Without Hats joined the Regeneration Tour for dates on the U.S. West Coast and in Mexico City. In 2016, the band hit several Australian cities for the Totally 80s Tour. In 2017, Men Without Hats embarked on a tour of Quebec and Ontario, and crisscrossed the United States on the Retro Futura Tour. The band embarked on a tour of Canada in 2018, including two dates with Lost ‘80s Live.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of the show.

For tickets, click here.

Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy.


LAM proudly offers free admission for military families through September 2 

Laguna Art Museum is proud to be a participating Blue Star Museum offering free family admission for active duty military families from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day.

Last year, over 680,000 military families visited Blue Star Museums. Chapter Directors plan special events and opportunities with museums from Alaska to Florida and points in between.

LAM proudly outside

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Photo by Stacia Stabler

Laguna Art Museum is offering free admission to military families through Labor Day

The program is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and thousands of museums across the country. Leadership support is provided by the MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

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

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Gallery Q celebrates creativity with LOCA, accepting art on July 11

Gallery Q at the Susi Q is pleased to partner with LOCA Arts Education for its fourth exhibit of the season, “LOCA - Community Creations.” LOCA members, supporters, teachers, and students – past or present – are all invited to submit artwork. 

Gallery Q will be accepting art on Thursday, July 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. All media is welcome – paintings, mixed media, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculptures, printmaking, and photography. 

There is an entry fee of $25 per piece and a special discount for those 65+ who qualify. Additional entry pieces are $5 each – with a limit of three. Visit the Susi Q front desk for more information or download an online application here.

Gallery Q painting

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Submitted photo

 “Luck” – by Betty Haight and Kathy Jones

An Artist’s Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Friday, July 19 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from July 16 through September 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting 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. LOCA’s programs touch the lives of many in our community by providing opportunities to explore and develop individual creativity by interacting with and learning from local artists.

 In addition to community programs, LOCA offers wide-ranging educational opportunities including classes, workshops, seminars, critiques, and demonstrations. Visit www.locaarts.org for more information.

Gallery Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center, is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging, semi-professional, and professional artists of all ages in Orange County. For more information visit www.thesusiq.org or call (949) 715-8106.

Susi Q is located at 380 Third St.


Club Q Laguna screens Bohemian Rhapsody on July 19

On Friday, July 19 from 3 to 5 p.m., Club Q will screen the award-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. 

Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.

Club Q Bohemian Rhapsody

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Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Club Q will meet on July 19 for “Bohemian Rhapsody” screening 

Club Q Laguna is Susi Q’s social club for the LGBTQ community and friends 18 and over, and meets the first and third Friday of the month (no meeting July 5).

Club Q is a vibrant social organization bringing together the LGBTQ community for various fun and affordable social events, from educational and related community efforts to entertainment and social mixers. 

Bring a treat to share (optional), and friends. 

For more club details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 715-8105.

The Susi Q is located at 380 Third St.


Bugsy Malone opens at No Square Theatre on July 12

The guns are fake, but the fun is real as child actors take over the stage at No Square Theatre this summer. Set in New York City, Bugsy Malone is a gangster movie spoof based on the book by Alan Parker, with music by Paul Williams. 

The story loosely draws from people and events in the Prohibition era, including characters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran. It parodies the style of old-time gangster movies, but with an all-child cast.

Bugsy Malone is directed by No Square Youth Education Director Ella Wyatt, with music direction by Susan Thoren. Rebecca Butkivich and Rylee Bullington are the choreographers.

The talented young cast is headed up by Will Briggs, Lula Buckle, Nico Camacho, Grace Gilchrist, and Jonah Goldstein. Supporting cast includes Chase Benson, Tatum Brennan, Rylee Bullington, Story Bullington, Quinn Butler, Elisa Camacho, Laird Garcia, Lila Goldstein, Ravelle Haddy, Kate Hennessy, Adeline Hlava, Hadley Hunt, Piper Hunt, Jamison Jones, Lauren Kimball, Jude Lifeset, Maris Morgan, Karina Pitz, Nathan Ryan, Elise Schultz, Lauren Trautenberg, Leah Turner, and Joely Wyatt.

Bugsy Malone Lula Buckle

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Lula Buckle will star in No Square Theatre’s Bugsy Malone, opening on July 12

Performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and Sundays are at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are available online at www.nosquare.org for $12 (children) and $25 and $35 (adults). Children’s tickets at the door are $15.

No Square Theatre is located in the Historic Legion Hall at 384 Legion St. 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 are available for purchase.

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, Yvonne and John Browning, Dorene and Lee Butler Family Foundation, Patrick Quilter, FOA Foundation, Laguna Board of REALTORS® Charitable Assistance Fund, Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Dr. Korey Jorgensen/Jorgensen Family Charitable Gift Fund, Ann and Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs, Carolyn and Dr. Tom Bent, The William, Jeff, and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, Vicki and Steve McIntosh and The Hall Family Foundation, Nolet Spirits USA, Chris Quilter, and Nina and Larry Ragle.

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


Live! at the Museum presents Firebird Balalaika Quintet on July 11

 On Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m., Laguna Beach Live! will partner with Laguna Art Museum for another fantastic night of art and music featuring the Firebird Balalaika Quintet.

Firebird has built a reputation as a unique and dynamic group. Performing on the round-bodied domra, triangular-shaped balalaikas, and the bayan/accordion, Firebird’s repertoire ranges from traditional Russian, Ukrainian, and Eastern European songs to well-known classics and original compositions.

Live at the instrument

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The Firebird Balalaika Quintet performs at Live! at the Museum on July 11 

Lyrical melodies echoing from the steppes of Russia, energetic rhythms from the Carpathians, fiery Gypsy dances, chimes of Moscow cathedrals, and the beautiful harmonies of the Caucasus highlight the quintet’s music.

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-serve basis. 

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


LB Live! kicks off Jazz Summer International series with The Latin Jazz Syndicate on July 16

World-renowned trumpeter and Artistic Director of Jazz for Laguna Beach Live! Bijon Watson leads the commencing concert of the 2019 Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Summer International series. 

The Latin Jazz Syndicate introduces a fusion of Latin and World rhythms through famous jazz standards. These all-star musicians pay homage to America’s indigenous music, Jazz, while maintaining the rhythmic and harmonic authenticity required of a variety of ethnic styles.

LB Live! kicks off

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The Latin Jazz Syndicate hits the stage on July 16 

Jazz Summer International takes place every other Tuesday from July 16 to August 27 at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach. 

Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m.; doors open at 5 for food, drinks, and social hour.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, or $100 for the full season. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders, and Laguna Beach Live! membership. Reservations are accepted until noon on the day of the concert or until sold out.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach is located at 286 St Ann’s Dr. 


Timeless wonder of Festival of Arts electrifies large crowd at Preview Party

Story by DIANNE RUSSELL

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

On Wednesday evening, the buzz in the air was palpable as the crowd mingled among artist booths during Preview Night at the Festival of Arts (FOA). No matter how many times one goes to the Festival of Arts, the anticipation never wanes. Each year is different and the raw excitement of seeing the unique and innovative creations of longtime exhibitors and new propels visitors among the maze of booths. 

The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists. 

The timeless costumes

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Lisa M. Berman and artist Kathe Madrigal with time travelers Stacey and Benjamin 

Of course, the Pageant of the Masters theme of The Time Traveler echoed throughout the grounds. Attendees were asked to dress up in their favorite time period and many did, to the delight of all. Steampunk costumes were a favorite and added a wonderful whimsy to the night. 

Part of the overall party atmosphere was the fun of spotting friends and then enjoying the beautiful weather, food, libations, and music that played throughout the evening.

First-time exhibitor Lisa Kijak describes her pieces: “My textile work explores texture and its ability to illustrate the passage of time. I use layers of fabric and stitch to recreate the peeling paint and chipped surfaces of neon signs left in disrepair.”

The timeless Lisa

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First-time exhibitor Lisa Kijak and her textile works

After her first night at FOA, she said, “The experience of exhibiting at Festival of Arts for the first time has been magical and exciting. This is a community of supportive, brilliant, fine artists, who have welcomed me as a newcomer with open arms. I am truly honored to be the only fiber artist exhibiting this year. I can’t wait for the rest of the summer and look forward to sharing my work with the festival attendees.”

Jeweler Lance Heck has been exhibiting for 34 consecutive years and was juried in when he was just 18 years old. (He admits he misses the lawn and surrounding booths of the old FOA grounds, but is getting used to the new arrangement.) “While working mostly in 18k gold, platinum and fine gemstones, my pieces are contemporary in design with craftsmanship that is ‘old world.’”

The timeless Lance

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Jeweler Lance Heck has been exhibiting for 34 consecutive years

Accolades for the event came from first-time and return visitors as well.

Kristine Thalman, president of Laguna Beach Seniors says, “This is the most all-encompassing event in Laguna! Beautiful art, good friends old and new, expressive and fun dress, fantastic music, uninhibited dancing, and all in an extraordinary setting. I never take this for granted! We are truly blessed!”

The booth of photographer Jeff Rovner, who has been exhibiting since 2017, drew quite a bit of attention. This year he’s exhibiting a portfolio of six photographs that merge his passion for photography with his work experience in the field of artificial intelligence. Each photograph of a vintage toy represents an application of artificial intelligence. The lucite pane protecting each photograph is laser-etched with an excerpt of a machine learning computer code for that application. The etched letters cast a shadow on the photograph behind them.

The timeless Jeff

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Jeff Rovner (on right) and booth visitor

Bree Poort, who works in mixed media, is a first-time exhibitor and one of the youngest to ever exhibit at the Festival. “I never thought I’d be one of these artists. It’s so cool.” In a description of her work, she says, “My artwork is deeply inspired by the ocean and the power and peace she brings. Using resin and acrylics, my work is like flying over the ocean and getting the bird’s eye view perspective.”

Rachelle Weir’s figurative sculptures are “introspective and expressive.” She says of her work, “I take inspiration from vintage materials that are rich, tactile and authentic, most of which come from treasure hunts in dusty barns, wood piles, and flea markets.” She uses many diverse materials and construction techniques in her work and is especially drawn to woodcarving and the use of found elements in her sculptures. 

The timeless Glori

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No Laguna event is complete without Glori Fickling – with Harry Huggins at the booth of Rachelle Weir and her figurative sculptures

After attending on Wednesday, Joan Gladstone, artist and trustee of Laguna College of Art and Design, said, “I feel very fortunate to live in a town that values art and artists and offers exceptional venues like the Festival of Arts. I was impressed by the wonderful new works by longtime Festival artists as well as intriguing artwork by many new exhibitors. There were so many friends to talk to at the preview party, and so much to see, that I’m going to return very soon to take it all in.”

That seemed to be the general consensus – it requires more than one visit to take in all the incredible works of art. Time to go back.

Festival of Arts is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

It runs from July 5 - August 31, 2019.

Festival hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 11:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. There is early closing on August 24 at 1 p.m.

For more information, go to www.foapom.com.

For more photos by Mary Hurlbut, see slideshow below


Men Without Hats to perform 80s hits, including “The Safety Dance,” at Mozambique on July 9

Men Without Hats is bringing back the rhythm of the 80s to Mozambique in a special concert on Tuesday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

In the 1980s, Men Without Hats launched onto the global pop music scene with a unique electronic sound, illustrated best by the band’s 1983 hit song and universally iconic anthem “The Safety Dance”. 

Men Without Hats have been creating iconic and irresistible pop music for three decades and have soared back with the release of their latest album, Love in the Age of War, released in May of 2012 to widespread acclaim of critics and the universal enthusiasm of fans.

Although Love In The Age of War is Men Without Hats’ first full-length release in 21 years, all eleven tracks on the album hearken back to the early 1980s. 

Men Without Hats are a Canadian new wave/synthpop group, originally from Montreal, Quebec. Their music is characterized by the distinctive baritone voice of their American-born Canadian lead singer Ivan Doroschuk, as well as their elaborate use of synthesizers and electronic processing.

They told the world “You can dance if you want to” 30 years ago – and we did. A few years later they instructed that same planet – the third – to go Pop – and we did. 

Men Without group

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Submitted photo

Men Without Hats

Produced by Dave “Rave” Ogilvie, whose engineering credentials include releases for Skinny Puppy and Marilyn Manson, Love In The Age of War is a highly danceable, upbeat experience with a deep, heartfelt message. And it’s all the work of the man who has been the driving force behind Men Without Hats’ success for the past three decades: lead singer and composer Ivan Doroschuk. 

“We wanted to make a record like a follow-up to 1982’s “Rhythm of Youth,” Ivan told Rolling Stone magazine in June 2012, “so for this record, we went and pretended that we were working on a 24-track machine…We went out and got the old synths that we used back then.”

The result is both a New Wave time warp and a modern masterpiece that rivals anything played on Top 40 radio today. 

“Love In The Age Of War is a remarkable comeback. It revives the sound and the spirit the band initially was known for, [including] very solid songwriting. The performance is superb, and Ivan’s voice never sounded better,” says Mark Kadzielawa, 69 Faces of Rock. 

“Listening to Love In The Age of War, it is remarkable how contemporary this ‘retro’ music sounds…[F]or all its electronic, futurist elements, this is pop music with a real, beating, warm human heart,” says Phil, Sonic Abuse. 

Men Without Hats followed up their record release with two tours: a swing through South America, the U.S. and Canada in late 2012, and a series of appearances in Europe in early 2013. In fall 2013, Men Without Hats joined the Regeneration Tour for dates on the U.S. West Coast and in Mexico City. In 2016, the band hit several Australian cities for the Totally 80s Tour. In 2017, Men Without Hats embarked on a tour of Quebec and Ontario, and crisscrossed the United States on the Retro Futura Tour. The band embarked on a tour of Canada in 2018, including two dates with Lost ‘80s Live.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of the show.

For tickets, click here.

Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy.

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