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Laguna Playhouse presents world premiere musical Two’s A Crowd with Rita Rudner and Davis Gaines 

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce a very special event, a world premiere musical titled Two’s A Crowd starring Rita Rudner and Davis Gaines. The book is by Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner, with music and lyrics by Jason Feddy, and directed by Martin Bergman. Two’s A Crowd will perform two weeks only, Friday, Sept 7 through Sunday, Sept 16 at Laguna Playhouse located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road. 

They say opposites attract. They haven’t met Tom and Wendy. Forced together by a computer error, freewheeling Tom and uptight Wendy do their best to ruin each other’s vacations. Will they get to know each other well enough to reveal the real reasons behind their travel? Will they agree on sleeping arrangements? Will room service ever arrive? 

This is Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner’s third new show and first musical at the Laguna Playhouse, and their most ambitious offering to date. “We find the Laguna audience to be really supportive, and we wanted to start this show here before taking it on tour and hopefully ending up in New York,” said Martin Bergman. “The feedback we’ll get from the Playhouse audiences will be immensely helpful, and we hope the people who come and see the show will know and enjoy their role in being involved in something at its very inception. Although it’s set in Las Vegas, it’s a very Laguna recipe – the three of us plus the immensely talented Jason Feddy.”

Laguna Playhouse presents Rita

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See Rita Rudner take the role of Wendy in Two’s A Crowd

Rita Rudner has been a house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000. Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. She has done numerous amounts of projects and has played Annie on Broadway.

 David Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles, where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom, and in San Francisco, where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor.

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See David Gaines take the role of Tom in Two’s A Crowd

Martin Bergman produced his first play at the Royal Court Theatre in London when he was only fifteen. As a teenager, the Royal Court allowed him free rein to observe close-up theatre giants like Samuel Beckett, Athol Fugard, David Storey, Christopher Hampton, Edward Bond, David Hare and Lindsay Anderson. 

Bergman and Rudner’s last film, Thanks, premiered at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival which won several awards on the film festival circuit and was bought by and frequently aired on Showtime. Bergman’s production company has produced all of Rudner’s TV projects as well as her record-breaking stage show in Las Vegas. 

Jason Feddy was born and raised in Leeds, UK, where he paid his musical dues in the ‘80s in the working men’s clubs and pubs that hone so much of Britain’s Rock & Roll talent. He has worked as a singer/songwriter and guitarist ever since his school days, also working for 5 years as a morning jock on Laguna Beach’s local radio station. 

Performances will be on Friday at 7:30 p.m; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m; with additional performances on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m and Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $75 - $120 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. For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Gallery Q welcomes Bill Atkins as Art Director 

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Gallery Q welcomes well-known and highly respected local graphic artist Bill Atkins to the position of art director for the nonprofit.

Gallery Q features five shows per year and provides a space to exhibit themed artwork by talented seniors. The space is located in the Susi Q Senior Center, home to Laguna Beach Seniors, a nonprofit that has enhanced the lives of seniors for more than 40 years through programs and services that promote independence, wellness, and community.

A multifaceted and prolific local artist, Atkins brings 16 years of design and illustration experience to the team at the Susi Q. He has received public acclaim by developing graphic art campaigns promoting and supporting fundraising efforts for the Laguna Art Museum, Sister Cities, AIDS Services Foundation and the local chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.

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Bill Atkins proudly displays his “whale-tail” license plate

Little-known fact – Atkins is also the man behind the iconic license-plate “whale-tail” image seen around California.

In addition to his sterling volunteer work, Bill is a favorite with local businesses and nonprofits for his gorgeously expressive graphics and posters.

Interviewed for a Laguna Life & People profile last year, Bill noted, “Poster art is sometimes not given the same respect as other art forms, maybe because here in Laguna plein air has ruled for so long, but it has a rich history and demands a lot of focus. I love the challenge.” 

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Bill is known for his gorgeously expressive posters

Atkins’ posters depict iconic local places and events, including Crystal Cove cottages and the Festival of the Arts, as well as famous performing artists such as Cyndi Lauper. Atkins is also a long-time teacher, and has taught digital imagery and art at LCAD and Irvine Valley College among other schools.

Stu News congratulates this fine artist on his appointment.

The current Gallery Q show, LOCA@25, will run through September 7.


Surf’s Up! Pageant of the Masters revisits Gary Prettyman’s “Cutting Glass” in 2018 Under the Sun

The creative team at the Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach’s world-famous theatrical celebration of art in tableaux vivants, has always loved challenges. And nothing inspires them more than approaching an artwork they hope to transform into a “living picture” than the declaration, “It can’t be done!” Their philosophy has always been: big risk, big reward. 

In 1992, when Glen Eytchison, director of the Pageant at the time, first approached Festival exhibitor Gary Prettyman about his vibrant acrylic portrait of surfing icon Kelly Slater executing an athletic maneuver riding a local wave, Gary’s first thought was, “There’s no way they could do this on the Pageant stage.” 

That summer, Prettyman’s “Cutting Glass” became one of those “how did they do it?” moments in the Pageant, as his acrylic painting became a living picture that seemed to defy gravity in recreating Slater’s dramatic feat onstage.

 At that time, 26 years ago, Prettyman, who still lives in San Clemente, was busy establishing himself as a prominent proponent of surf art, a genre that has proven as evergreen and popular as plein air scenes of Laguna’s shoreline. With his painting on display in his booth on the Festival grounds and also recreated on the Pageant stage, Prettyman was enjoying his own “endless summer.” 

Using photographs as sources for his surfing-inspired paintings, Prettyman was also perfecting his own unique style, creating acrylic scenes that seem to glow from within, as if the painting were floating on the surface of the canvas. 

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“Cutting Glass” by Gary Prettyman featured in 1992 and 2018 Pageant

In the case of “Cutting Glass,” he’d purchased a photo from a local newspaper photographer covering a surfing competition in 1990 held at Lower Trestles Beach. Prettyman was drawn to that particular dramatic shot of Kelly Slater (who went on to win the competition) “cutting glass,” riding a wave. The photographer had rejected the shot because the light and color weren’t ideal. This, of course, was no problem for Prettyman, who was already envisioning the kinetic “pop” he could achieve through his experimental painting technique using transparent colors floating over a clear-coat. 

In revisiting Prettyman’s “Cutting Glass”, there are new reasons to appreciate the artwork and artist. For one, its subject, Kelly Slater, who was already making a name for himself in the surfing world in 1990, has gone on to become one of the acknowledged legends of the sport. 

On a far more personal front, however, this summer’s Pageant also provides another opportunity to be grateful that Gary Prettyman is still with us, and still excited about getting back to painting. In the 1990s, Gary was the victim of a freakish and near-fatal health emergency where he was informed that his survival was nothing short of a miracle. 

A prolonged and arduous recovery added to the challenge, and he often wondered if he’d ever paint again. Happily, Gary managed a full recovery and is more determined than ever to get back to the art he has always loved. With retirement after 20 years from his day job, he’s excited that a whole new Pageant audience will be introduced to his work this summer. 

“My goal now is to paint, paint, paint!” he exclaimed. His love of surfing is undiminished by time or circumstance. “I still love the beauty of surfing, the uniqueness, the camaraderie, the tribe, the lifestyle,” he said of his nearly lifelong muse. Among his first projects is a portrait of an old friend, a famous surfboard shaper who is soon to be inducted into Huntington Beach’s Surfing Walk of Fame. 

Prettyman would also love to believe he’ll one day have his art juried into the Festival of Arts again. In the meantime, he’s just excited to have “Cutting Glass” back on the Pageant stage, this time as a highlight of Under the Sun. 

“Cutting Glass” will also be featured offstage in the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters’ gift shop. Prettyman’s image will be highlighted on the 2018 commemorative poster and program cover as well as additional merchandise including t-shirts and sweatshirts. 

Pageant dates and times: July 7 – September 1, performances nightly at 8:30 p.m.

Ticket information: Advance tickets $15 - $260 

Location: Irvine Bowl at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd 

For information and tickets, call (800) 487-3378 or go to www.PageantTickets.com.


Festival of the Arts Schedule August 6 - 10

Weekday Nightly Music Schedule
Dates/Times: July 5 – September 1
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival Admission

Monday, Aug 6: Evan Stone with Nick Mancini
Tuesday, Aug 7: Anne Walsh and Tom Zink (part of the Tribute Tues music series)
Wednesday, Aug 8: Laguna Community Concert Band
Thursday, Aug 9: Pretzel Logic (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Friday, Aug 10: Melanie Taylor (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

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Friday, Aug 10: Melanie Taylor (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Youth Arts Education Workshops
Dates/Times: July 5 – August 17
Mondays – Fridays 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Cost: $25+ material fee/session 

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Art Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed media, watercolors, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week! Open to children ages 5 -12. Reservations required. 

Monday, Aug 6: Cartoons (1 p m.), Pastels (3 p.m.)
Tuesday, Aug 7: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Printmaking (3 p.m.)
Wednesday, Aug 8: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Mosaics (3 p.m.)
Thursday, Aug 9: Recycled Art (1 p.m.), Ceramics (3 p.m.)
Friday, Aug 10: Sculpture (1 p.m.), Mixed Media (3 p.m.)

Art & Story Time

Date: Monday, Aug 6
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children five and under. Every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., enjoy a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. Fun for children and their parents. On Monday, Aug 6 special guest Captain Tall Tale will read his newest book “Culture Island (How Captain Tall Tale Became Tall Part 2)” by Todd McLane.

Art Talks and Tea
Sponsored by PBS SoCal

Date: Wednesday, Aug 8
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join us for fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors at the FOA’s Art Talks and Tea, sponsored by PBS SoCal. Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. On Wednesday, Aug 8, the topic will be “Secret Lives – the Other Me” a conversation with artists about the other part of their life and how it impacts their work. Speakers include Kathy Jones, Jacques Garnier, Betty Haight, Larry Marley, and Bruce Burr.

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Thursday, Aug 9: Pretzel Logic (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate
Live Performance by Pretzel Logic
Sponsored by Charles Schwab

Date: Thursday, Aug 9
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. 

Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission)

Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer. On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to complement and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from XAN Confections. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family.

Los Angeles based “Pretzel Logic – A Steely Dan Revue” has been playing the festival scene, as well as the club circuit in Southern California since 2001. The group’s dedicated members play with a passion the music of Steely Dan, whose legendary hits include: “Reelin’ in the Years”, “Josie”, and “Peg”. The music of Steely Dan crosses many musical boundaries. From their jazzy horn lines and smooth vocals, to rock guitar licks and funky grooves, their appeal is wide ranging. With an array of classic songs that ease you into your seat, and upbeat tunes that get you dancing, Steely Dan’s repertoire has an impact on everyone. This little “big band” consists of three vocalists, three horns, and a solid rhythm section. Pretzel Logic brings the spirit of Steely Dan alive with a powerful show that leaves people buzzing.

Adult and Teen Art Workshops
Printmaking with Vinita Voogd
Date: Friday, Aug 10
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Explore the art of printmaking at the Festival of Arts! This class will focus on the collagraph technique which combines collage, drawing, painting and sculptural elements. Students will use oil-based paints applied with brushes and rollers to create their own colorful, textured and unique prints.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

For full schedule and reservations, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org or call

(800) 487-3378

Dates & Times

July 5 – Sept 1 

Open weekdays: 12 – 11:30pm

Open weekends: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Early closing Aug 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Ticket Information

General Admission: Weekdays $10, Weekends $15

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $7, Weekends $11

Children 6 – 12: Daily $5

Free Admission for Children 5 and under, military, and Laguna Beach residents.

Passport to the Arts

A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America) for only $29. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Guests enjoy works of art by more than 500 artists, 300 hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, plus a one-time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Order online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com. Passports are also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. 

Festival of Arts Grounds is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Save the date if you’re an artist who needs marketing advice (and who doesn’t?)

On Friday, Oct 5, the Arts Commission in partnership with National Arts Marketing Project will be holding a free arts marketing workshop for artists. 

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The Sawdust Festival draws a happy crowd – but how can artists persuade them (and non-festivalgoers) to buy their work? Find out on Oct 5

Interested artists should RSVP to Mike McGregor, Arts Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.


No Square Theatre receives Festival of Arts Foundation grant for costumes in upcoming shows

The Festival of Arts Foundation bestowed a grant of $7,000 in support of Laguna’s local community theater, No Square Theatre. This gift is earmarked for costumes to be used in upcoming productions. The company’s resident Costume Designer is Brigitte Harper.

A nonprofit organization, No Square Theatre provides performance opportunities and theatrical experience to local amateur performers, directors, and technical staff of all ages. No Square holds a children’s summer camp, year-round classes for kids, has an Improv Team made of school-age students, and provides workshops designed for a range of ages, talents, and experiences. 

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Cast of Spamalot costumed in medieval garb

A typical season includes plays, musicals, cabarets, play-readings, concerts, and the popular musical parody of local life, Lagunatics. The 2018-2019 season opens in October with Lagunatics #26, followed by Annie, A Valentine’s Day concert featuring break-up songs, LagunaTots, Avenue Q, Bugsy Malone, and Heathers. Special events in September include a one-woman show by Broadway diva/Laguna Beach mom Juliet Fischer-Schulein and an evening of standup comedy with Lynn Epstein.

No Square founding Artistic Director, Bree Burgess Rosen, says, “We could not exist without the generous support of the community and our loyal patrons. We innovate, recycle, and squeeze every cent of value out of our contributions…each dollar we receive is stretched to the limit.” 

Rosen also notes the importance of the Foundation’s involvement with the theatre since its founding in 1997. “The Festival of Arts Foundation is not only supporting our enhanced pursuit of quality costuming, the Foundation also gave No Square Theatre its very first grant. We are forever indebted to their faith in our dream of community theater in Laguna Beach.”

No Square Arthur

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Spamalot’s King Arthur and his knights in knightly costumes

No Square Theatre is sponsored by the Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach, Patrick Quilter, Yvonne & John Browning, the City of Laguna Beach, the Dorene & Lee Butler Family Foundation, Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Ann and Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Carolyn and Dr. Tom Bent, Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs, Mark Brisley DDS, Dr. Korey Jorgensen/Jorgensen Family Charitable Gift Fund, the Laguna Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund, and Festival of Arts Foundation.

No Square Theatre is located in Laguna’s original schoolhouse, now known as Legion Hall, at 384 Legion St. For information on performances, auditions, and classes, visit the website at www.nosquare.org and sign up for the emails.


Upcoming film night at LAM will feature Obey Giant: The Art and Dissent of Shepard Fairey 

On Thursday, Aug 16, Laguna Art Museum presents the film Obey Giant at 7 p.m. Tickets are expected to go fast.

Obey Giant: The Art and Dissent of Shepard Fairey is an American documentary film that premiered in November 2017. Directed and produced by James Moll, it explores the life and career of street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey. 

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Originally premiering on Hulu, Obey Giant has gained popularity 

The film covers Fairey’s life from his beginning doodles to his iconic “Hope” poster for the Obama campaign. 

Shepard Fairey was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Fairey became involved with art in 1984, when he started to place his drawings on skateboards and T-shirts.

The event is included with museum admission. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive and is open from Friday - Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.

 For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Festival of Arts: Calendar of events July 31 - Aug 5

Get ready for spectacular fun at Festival of Arts: music, wine, and painting, what a week and weekend!

Weekend Nightly Music Schedule
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission

Tuesday, July 31: The Beatroots (part of the Tribute Tuesday music series)
Wednesday, Aug 1: Missiles of October
Thursday, Aug 2: Gregg Karukas and Michael Paulo (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Friday, Aug 3: Tony Guerrero presents “Girls Jazz Night” (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Saturday, Aug 4: True Willie and the Boys
Sunday, Aug 5: The Darryl F. Walker Band


Art Talks and Tea

Sponsored by PBS SoCal
Date: Wednesday, Aug 1
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join in fascinating and informative discussions with Festival of Arts exhibitors at Art Talks and Tea, sponsored by PBS SoCal. Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. 

On Wednesday, Aug 1, the topic will be “Mix it Up,” a conversation with mixed media artists Brian Giberson, Mary Aslin, Roberto Brun, Carolyn Machado, Mia Moore, and Casey Parlette.

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate:
Live Performance by Gregg Karukas and Michael Paulo

Sponsored by Charles Schwab
Date: Thursday, Aug 2
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission).

Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from XAN Confections. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family. 

Grammy winning keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas is enjoying the rare accomplishment of two consecutive #1 hit songs and three Top 5 chart hits from his stellar 2014 CD release “Soul Secrets”. His second single, “Rio Drive,” was named the #1 most played song of 2015 on Alan Kepler’s Smooth Jazz Top 20 and #2 on Billboard’s 2015 airplay chart.

One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for nearly 35 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct “saxpertise” to a virtual who’s who of artists. A dynamic live performer, Michael has constantly left his audiences wanting more. His emotive playing and endearing style has never failed to capture the hearts of his fans all over the world.

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Darryl F. Walker Band performs on stage Sunday, Aug 5

Adult and Teen Art Workshops
Watercolors with Lillian Anna Blouin
Date: Friday, Aug 3
Time: 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Discover the art of watercolor. Instructor Lillian Anna Blouin will guide students through creating their own work of art using a variety of watercolor techniques. Starting with the basics of constructing a composition, Blouin will demonstrate different forms of washes including some unconventional methods for students to use on their own canvas. The end result will be a beautiful and unique watercolor painting to take home.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 


Concerts on the Green

Sponsored by Cambria Estates Vineyard and Winery

Jeff Lorber Fusion
Date: Saturday, Aug 4
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission).

Trailblazing pianist, composer, producer and bandleader Jeff Lorber is a consummate artist who continues to push himself to new plateaus. A groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer along with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and Bob James, Lorber has triumphed as one of the most innovative musical minds in contemporary jazz.

Last year Lorber marked his 40th recording anniversary and in January 2018, he scored his first Grammy win for his Jeff Lorber Fusion recording Prototype in the category of Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Jeff Lorber Fusion serves up delectable tracks that snap and crackle with combustible grooves, finger-poppin’ melodies, jet-fueled funk riffs and joyous free-wielding improvisations.


Adult and Teen Art Classes
Pastels with Lesli Bonanni
Date: Saturday, Aug 4
Time: 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Learn the fundamentals of abstract painting with pastels in this fun, hands-on class. Artist Lesli Bonanni will cover the basics of composition, structure, color and line then share several mark-making techniques for you to explore as you develop your own artistic voice. Students will work on several small sketches and create their own painting to take home. Get inspired and have fun in this fast-paced and expressive approach to pastels.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

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Kids create art at Festival Workshop

Wine & Painting Nights
Sea Lion with Mike Tauber
Date: Saturday, Aug 4
Time: 8:30 - 10 p.m. 

Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission)
Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts! Enjoy a fun painting workshop while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitor Mike Tauber. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! 

All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. $75 materials fee per person, per class. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required. 


Youth Arts Education Workshops

Dates/Times: July 5 - Aug 17
Mondays - Fridays 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Cost: $25+ material fee/session

Tuesday, July 31: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Painting (3 p.m.)
Wednesday, Aug1: Painting (1 p.m.), Watercolors (3 p.m.)
Thursday, Aug 2: Wax Painting (1 p.m.), Ceramics (3 p.m.)
Friday, Aug 3: Sun Prints (1 p.m.), Mixed Media (3 p.m.)

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Art Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed media, watercolors, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. 

Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week. Open to children ages 5 - 12. Reservations required. 

For full schedule and reservations, call 800.487.3378 or visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road


Davis Gaines and Rita Rudner partner up for Two’s a Crowd at Laguna Playhouse on Wednesday, Sept 12

What a duo. Davis Gaines and Rita Rudner appear in Two’s a Crowd at the Laguna Playhouse on Wednesday, Sept 12 for an exclusive engagement. As an added bonus, Nirvana Grille hosts a Rooftop Reception of hearty appetizers, wine, and martini pairings before the (7:30 p.m.) performance from 5 - 7 p.m. And guests also join the stars for a drink at a post-performance champagne toast. 

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Davis Gaines and Rita Rudner appear at Laguna Playhouse on September 12

Stage actor and singer Davis Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles (where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom) and in San Francisco (where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor). He originated the lead role of The Man in Whistle Down the Wind (1996).

Rita Rudner is an American comedian, writer and actress. Beginning her career as a Broadway dancer, Rita Rudner noticed the lack of female comedians in New York City and turned her stage presence to stand-up comedy where she has flourished for over three decades. 

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Pre-performance Rooftop Reception will be at Nirvana Grille

Her performance on a variety of HBO specials and numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson helped establish Rudner as one of the premier female comics to emerge from the comedy boom of the 1980s.

Tickets start at $118, which includes the reception, performance, and champagne toast with the cast. There is limited availability. 

Nirvana Grille is located at 303 Broadway, Ste 101. Valet parking is available if desired.

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. For more information and tickets, go to www.lagunaplayhouse.orgor call (949) 497-2887.


Always wanted to meet an artist? Here’s a rare opportunity to host one in your own home…

Always wanted to meet an artist? Here’s a chance to host a talented plein air artist in your own home…Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s 20th Annual Plein Air Painting Invitational is nearly here, and accomplished painters are looking for places to stay during that fun week in October.

What is the life of a professional outdoor artist like? How does an artist transform a moment into an amazing piece of art?

Find out by opening your home and offering a guest room to an artist. LPAPA notes, you not only help an artist offset some costs associated with participating in LPAPA’s 2018 Plein Air Painting Invitational – but you can make a new friend or two in the process.

Over the course of this event, these artists share something quite magical with the community. They follow in the footsteps of those chasing light and color since the early 19th century. 

This year, as LPAPA celebrates a milestone 20th Annual Invitational, the nonprofit is asking the community also to embrace the storied tradition of welcoming accomplished artists into their own homes. 

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Artists wave hello – wave back!

This year 50 professional artists have been invited from across the United States. Come rain or shine October 6 - 14, participating artists will be painting all around Laguna Beach and surrounding communities to capture the breath-taking ocean vistas, historic neighborhoods, rolling hillsides and lush gardens of our beautiful region.

“Maybe your home, garden or view will become their next inspiration!” suggest LPAPA organizers.

The art nonprofit is seeking hosts who can accommodate one artist or one artist and their companion/spouse during a time frame including October 6 - 14. A few artists may arrive one or two days earlier to become acquainted with the area, and most depart the morning of October 15.

LPAPA notes that professional artists will make a minimal impact on you and your family’s time, as during most of days they will be outdoors painting or at invitational events. Host families are not required to provide artists’ meals. 

Hosts will be given two tickets to attend the LPAPA Gala on Saturday, Oct 13 from 7 - 10:30 p.m. (valued at $350).

If interested, visit www.lpapa.org/host or contact Rosemary Swimm, LPAPA Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more Invitational information, visit www.lpapa.org or call Swimm at (949) 376-3635.

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