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

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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

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

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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

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.

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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.

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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 or call (949) 497-2787 ext. 229. Tickets for other patrons range from $41 - $76.

Laguna Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Playhouse presents The Skivvies including special guest Jason Feddy on Dec 10 & 11

Laguna Playhouse brings back last year’s sensation in an all-new outrageous holiday event, The Skivvies: I Touch My Elf, with two performances only on Monday, Dec 10 and 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 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.

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association presents “Sip & Paint” Workshop tomorrow, Dec 8

Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec 8 and again on Dec 15, LPAPA presents “Sip & Paint” from 5 - 8 p.m. LPAPA’s Tasteful Palette “sip and learn” painting workshop is a fun-filled Saturday evening of camaraderie and creativity as you sip fine wines and create a work of art. 

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Painters enjoy an evening full of creativity and sipping wine

This is a great opportunity to release your inner creative side with a LPAPA Signature Artist and enjoy the company of friends. No painting experience is required to attend the class. All painting levels are encouraged to join the fun, including first-time painters, beginning artists, and master painters. All are welcomed to come sip and learn, and just have plein fun. 

All painting materials, along with wine or non-alcoholic beverages and nibbles are included in ticket price. For the first workshop on December 8, LPAPA Signature Artist Brandon Gonzales will be leading the class. LPAPA Signature Artists Ebrahim Amin and Brandon Gonzales will lead the second class on December 16. 

Tickets for each workshop are $50 for LPAPA members or $60 for non-members.

To register, visit

LPAPA’s workshop will be held at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave.

LAM to feature “Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special,” Dec 20

Get the holiday spirit going with Laguna Art Museum’s screening of “Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special,” a star-studded holiday extravaganza based on the Saturday-morning television program. The special screening will be held on Thursday, Dec 20, at 7 p.m., at Laguna Art Museum.

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LAM to screen “Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special” on Dec 20

For the screening of “Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special” at LAM, advance tickets are recommended and are included with museum admission, $5 for students, $7 for general public, and free for ages 17 and under. The festive Film Night program is generously sponsored by Compass.

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

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 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

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.

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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 

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 

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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.

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