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Laguna Beach Live! Bluegrass & BBQ tickets still available for this Sunday, June 10 at LCAD

Bluegrass & BBQ featuring The Barefoot Movement, Laguna Beach Beer Co, Purple Corduroy Wine & Gnarly “Q” BBQ, will be presented this Sunday, June 10 by Laguna Beach Live!

 Guests will enjoy a sunny afternoon on the pastoral campus of Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD), listening to bluegrass music and eating delicious BBQ. 

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A sunny afternoon under the trees listening to The Barefoot Movement

The Barefoot Movement, named “Band of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014, will provide the lively entertainment. They performed in a sold-out concert at The Ranch at Laguna Beach in 2014. 

Laguna Beach Live! has also partnered with several local companies, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Purple Corduroy Wine, and Gnarly “Q” BBQ, serving local craft beers and wines as well as freshly smoked choices of Pulled Pork, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs, or Tri Tip (all plates include baked beans, baked corn mash and Hawaiian style coleslaw). A vegetarian option is also available.

Laguna Beach Barefoot Movement

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The Barefoot Movement

 The concert is from 5 - 7 p.m. The grounds open at 4 p.m. for BBQ and bar. Concert only tickets are $20 in advance for adults, $25 at the door. Barbecue tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Beverages will be sold separately. Pre-order food deadline is June 8. VIP tickets are $100 and include reserved table seat, concert, and BBQ. 

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

Laguna College of Art & Design is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Artist Joan Gladstone is inspired by a walk at low tide

Artist Joan Gladstone

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Photo by Joan Gladstone

“This may be the inspiration for my next painting,” says artist Joan Gladstone – finding inspiration in Laguna’s loveliness, as so many artists have over the years


FOA preview night builds excitement

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Media preview night drew dozens of enthusiastic reporters and photographers, including our own Suzie Harrison (see her ARTiculation column on Front Page II) and photographer Mary Hurlbut. See more of her photos here!

FOA preview night

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The enthusiasm of the media was palpable

FOA preview group

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L-R:  Wayne Baglin, Dora Orgill, Mo Honarkar, Pat Kollenda, Jan and Fred Sattler, Faye Baglin enjoy the preview

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Live! at the Museum presents the music duo KOZM at Laguna Art Museum on Thursday, June 14 

Laguna Beach Live! presents KOZM at the Laguna Art Museum on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Guitarist Tom Farrell and violinist Javier Orman of KOZM (aka Duo del Sol) have risen to the scene as one of the most formidable and unique music duos, generating a colossal sound from just a violin and a guitar. 

What began in early 2011 with a casual jam session in Los Angeles, soon evolved when Orman and Farrell started to compose their own original music. Over the last few years, they have performed over 200 concerts in 18 states. 21st Century Musician describes KOZM as “the most rock ’n’ roll pair of classically trained musicians working today”. 

Live at Kozm

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KOZM – guitarist Tom Farrell and violinist Javier Orman

KOZM’s music is multi-textured, profound and riveting, and their compositions have been described as “elegant, delicate, cross-genre amalgamations” by the Michigan Daily.

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 at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by calling (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.orgor call (949) 715-9713.


Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents Storybook Summer Camp

Children ages seven and eight can now sign up for an exceptionally creative two-week experience this July at the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre Storybook Summer Camp. Classes meet in the morning, Monday through Thursday, July 9 to 19 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

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The Playhouse caters to young audiences too (this photo taken last year)

Students will learn and explore the fun in acting, writing, storytelling and performing in a story created together in class. Using traditional fairytales as a story structure platform, students will share their favorite characters, story events (contemporary or traditional), and the class will help shape their own play with characters, scenes, plot, conflict, climax and resolution. Students will perform for parents, siblings and friends on the last day of class.

The class is limited to 10 students. The Instructor is Erin Sawyer; Assistant Instructors are Molly Cohn and Faith Ackley. 

The class fee is $225. Partial Scholarships are also available. 

Sign up online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com/youth-theatre/summer-camps. For mores information, contact Bethanie Knieser at (949) 494-8022.


Auditions for the play “The Giver” will take place on June 21 and 22 at the Boys and Girls Club 

Laguna Playhouse will present The Giver directed by Darryl Hovis, based on the Newbery Medal Book by Lois Lowry. Auditions are set to take place on June 21 and 22 from 6 - 8 p.m, and on Sunday, June 23 from 1 - 4 p.m., at The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, located at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road.

Callbacks by invitation will be on June 25. These auditions are for the Theatre for a New Generation Production (suitable for ages 11+). Performances will take place on September 28, 29, and 30. 

Auditions for The Giver

The play opens up with Jonas living in a perfect world. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12, he is chosen by The Giver for training to receive and keep the memories of the community, and things change.

The roles include: Father (Adult) – Jonas’s good-natured father, Mother (Adult)– Jonas’ good-natured mother, The Chief Elder (Adult) – Master of the Ceremony, The Giver (Adult) – an old man, Jonas (12 - teen) – a boy turning 12, Lily (10 - 13, but must look younger) – Jonas’ 7-year-old sister,  Asher (11 - teen) – Jonas’ best friend, Fiona (11 - teen) – Jonas’ friend, Rosemary (11 - teen) – a girl from the past, and Ensemble (11 – teen) – townsfolk, “Greek Chorus.”

Those who wish to audition should prepare a one and a half minute memorized monologue from a play or literature (age appropriate, of course). They must also bring a photo, resume and a schedule to complete a conflict sheet.

All casting roles include a modest (adult) travel stipend.

Auditions are by phone appointment. To schedule an audition, call Wally Ziegler at (949) 342-1785.


LPAPA holds its Annual Dinner Party and Miniature Auction FUNdraiser on June 14 at [seven-degrees]

LPAPA invites guests to join together on Thursday June 14 at [seven-degrees] between 5 and 9 p.m. for one of the most anticipated – and fun – art lover’s dinner parties of the year: LPAPA’s Annual Dinner Party & Miniature Auction FUNdraiser. 

Guests will enjoy a selection of fine wines, passed hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous gourmet buffet, and delectable desserts specially prepared by the [seven-degrees] culinary experts. No-host cocktail selections will also be available. 

Special guest Mr. Jean Stern, Associate Director of The UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, will indulge guests with stories of Laguna’s artistic legacy and share the history of a special miniature masterpiece by Arthur Rozaire from his private collection. 

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Winter Scene by Arthur Rozaire (1879-1922), 4” x 6” oil on board, c. 1905

Private Collection of Jean and Linda Stern

LPAPA will bring Laguna’s past into the present with a lively live auction of 4” x 4” miniature original framed paintings by some favorite Laguna Plein Air Invitational Artists: Suzie Baker, Zufar Bikbov, Carl Bretzke, Rick J.Delanty, Jennifer Diehl, Aimee Erickson, Andy Evansen, Debra Joy Groesser, Joseph  Gyurcsak, Stephanie Hartshorn, Jane Hunt, Charlie Hunter, Richard Lindenberg, Daniel Marshall, Jim McVicker, Clark Mitchell, Michael Obermeyer, Rita Pacheco, Jason Sacran, Anthony Salvo, Michael Situ, J. Ken Spencer and Michele Usibelli. 

This is an exclusive opportunity to spend an evening with art lovers and have the opportunity to add a little gem of a miniature to your collection…and help LPAPA write another chapter in preserving Laguna’s plein air painting heritage. Proceeds from the auctioned paintings will further LPAPA’s Mission and support its Education and Invitational Program.

[seven-degrees] is located at 894 Laguna Canyon Road.

Tickets are $125. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.lpapa.org for more information, or call Rosemary Swimm at (949) 376-3635.


LCAD Graphic Design + Digital Media students create new brand identity for Sherman Library & Gardens 

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) BFA program in Graphic Design and Digital Media has designed a new brand experience for Sherman Library & Gardens. 

Sherman Library Director Paul Wormser and Garden Director Scott LeFluer worked with Dana Herkelrath, LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media Professor on the six-week long project. 

They provided access to research, historical and current data as well as gave feedback during mid-progress and final presentations. Students developed final brand identity solutions that included symbol and type solutions, color stories for brand expression, unique interfaces for web and mobile access, environmental graphic design for exterior signage as well as wayfinding in the garden. Students also considered advertising, marketing and merchandise for the Sherman Library & Gardens Garden Shop.

LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media Alumni Emily Atwood, Ridan Arellano, and Torye Cooke were recognized as creating outstanding work that was relevant to the new brand experience.

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Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar

“What impressed me most was the consideration and creativity the students brought to the project,” said Wormser. “They took the time to explore the gardens and library, to ask questions, and to incorporate their experiences in their final products. We are very pleased by the final product.”

According to Wormser, Sherman Library & Gardens Garden Shop is rolling out the new logo and rebranding in presentations to various stakeholders, including announcements in the printed and electronic newsletters.

 “Students invested in design discovery, on-site interviews, tours and comprehensive research to determine how to best approach the guest and brand experience at this local cultural icon,” said Herkelrath. “We very much appreciate Sherman Library & Gardens for the opportunity to allow LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media students to engage in designing and developing a multi-faceted solution for a local historical cultural center.”

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Rollout of new logo for Sherman Library & Gardens

This was the first collaboration between LCAD and Sherman Library & Gardens, but not the first time LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media has partnered with leading brands to give students a real-life, immersive educational experience. Industry partners such as Anaheim Ducks, WATG, Museum of Modern Art, Taco Bell, Vans, Hurley, Nike, Stance and others have tapped the creative talents of LCAD students whose skill sets includes print, advertising, web, 3D motion, video, iPad development, packaging, UI/UX and virtual reality (VR).

Thanks to immersive, real-world experiences with a variety of cultural and business partners, more than 98 percent of LCAD’s recent Graphic Design and Digital Media graduates work in their chosen field, with most finding employment through LCAD prior to graduation.

Laguna College of Art Design (LCAD) offers a BFA in Graphic Design + Digital Media (GD+DM). The program offers a creative, digitally-advanced and professionally-relevant educational experience. All GD+DM students receive a comprehensive education in print, 3D, video, motion, and UI/UX design. The reputation of LCAD’s BFA program in Graphic Design + Digital Media has given graduates a competitive edge to gain employment with the world’s most recognized brands. 

To download a catalog, stay up-to-date on the latest news and events and support LCAD, go to www.lcad.edu, follow on Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD, and Instagram @lcad.


Third Annual Art Show, Open Studio, features exhibit opening of Ron Whitacre at historical estate on Saturday

 Award-winning sculptor Ron Whitacre will be displaying his recent work at the Third Annual Art Show, Open Studio, and champagne reception, this Saturday, June 2 from 4 to 9 p.m. This exhibition will be held at the private residence of Kathryn Lang-Slattery on the intimate and historical Fredrick M. Lang estate in South Laguna.

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Ron Whitacre and Kathryn Lang-Slattery

The welded steel sculptural works by Ron are unusual in their fluidity and movement. He is inspired by classic legends, mythical creatures, and the human figure in motion such as dancers, acrobats, musicians, and contortionists. Collectors of his work include churches, synagogues, medical and business centers, and many private collectors. 

In Laguna, his best-known work is “Harmony,” a large steel sculpture of a man, woman, and child, installed in 1998 over the entrance to the Art-A-Fair. Ron often

produces individualized works for homes and commercial settings. At the event, he will be available to discuss his process and his inspirations. If attendees would like to see their ideas become reality, Ron will be happy to create a custom piece.

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Sculpture by Ron Whitacre

Besides his most recent sculptural works, drawings and paintings by both Whitacre and the show’s sponsor (Kathryn Lang-Slattery) will be on display throughout the private home and garden. Everyone is welcome to join the celebratory evening champagne reception.

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The address for the exhibition, 31541 Eagle Rock Way, offers limited parking. Plan to carpool, use Uber, or take the Laguna Beach trolley.


11th Annual Fête de la Musique will fill the streets of Laguna with music and fanfare on Saturday, June 16

On Saturday, June 16, the streets of Laguna Beach will be filled with music and much fanfare when the 11th Annual Laguna Beach Fête de la Musique presented by Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSCA) takes place. The day’s festivities start at 12 p.m. at Main Beach with The Swing Set Band playing their first swing/jazz set on a 20’ x 20’ stage. 

From 12 - 12:30 p.m., youngsters can join in the Children’s Parade (with music by the Swing Set). Starting on the Main Street Cobblestones, kids will march up and down the boardwalk, and finish with dancing on the cobblestones. Face painting adds to the fun.

Opening ceremonies with local dignitaries take place from 1 - 1:20 p.m. on the cobblestones, with welcoming speeches by a Laguna Beach City Councilmember, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and Karyn Phillippsen, founding president of the LBSCA. The US national anthem will be sung by 12-year-old Sydney Haik and La Marseillaise (the French national anthem) will be performed in a group sing along, accompanied by the Swing Set.

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Sydney Haik (11) sings the national anthem at the 2017 Fête de la Musique

Additional performances take place at Main Beach throughout the afternoon, including a second set by Swing Set; The Andersons, a five-piece soft rock band; JJ and the Habibis (Laguna Beach belly dancers); Corazones Alegres Folkloric Dancers; and Andrew Bloom (who appeared on American Idol, season 14) with his rock band, among others.

Throughout the streets, artists will perform at approximately 40 locations, with most along Ocean and Forest avenues, and spreading south along Coast Highway. A few musicians will be located in the HIP District. 

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Colorful dancer from the Mexican folkloric dance group Corazones Alegres

This year, among the popular returning performers are The Montones with their island-inspired melodies at Wells Fargo Bank; The Andersons, a five-member band from LA, performing on Main Beach; April Walsh, Chanteuse, on the steps of 2Bella Boutique; Caramelle at the Water District garden; The Agave Brothers at Skyloft; the bluesy guitar/vocals of Yael & Vlady at the Coffee Pub in the Lumberyard patio; Charles Fullwood inside Hobie Sports; student performances in the Presbyterian Church garden; Elvis; and mimes, to name just a few. Expect lots of new surprises! Look for the red, white and blue balloons delineating where the performers are located.

Closing ceremonies will take place on the cobblestones at 4 p.m. with music by Andrew Bloom. For the first time, a one-night stay at the luxurious Montage Laguna Beach will be available as an opportunity drawing prize. Register online prior to the Fete for $20; tickets will be available for purchase the day of Fete, only. The winner will be announced at the Closing Ceremonies.

Originating in France in the 1980s, Fête, also known as the International Day of Music, celebrates the beginning of summer and the close affiliation Laguna Beach has with its sister city, Menton, France. The day’s events are free, and promote the lively arts through music by a variety of musicians, singers and performers.

Sponsors include OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, City of Laguna Beach, Visit Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, The OC, Montage Laguna Beach, Cox Communications, Skyloft, Mozambique, Sparkle Films, Bill Atkins Design & Illustration, OC Register, The Ranch, C’est La Vie, KX 93.5 FM, The UPS Store, Royal Hawaiian, Shot Hunters and Saddleback Golf Cars.

For Laguna Beach parking information, visit www.VisitLagunaBeach.com/parking and download the Visit Laguna Beach app for a real-time Trolley Tracker.

To view photos and videos from past Fêtes and to register for a chance to win the one-night stay at Montage Laguna Beach, visit www.lagunabeachsistercities.com/fetedelamusique.

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association has three sister cities: Menton, France; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; and St. Ives, England. Since its inception, Laguna Beach Sister Cities, established in 2008, has been focused on cultural, educational and social exchanges. It is a broad-based, Laguna Beach City Council approved, all volunteer, nonprofit organization. For more information, call (949) 492.0883 or visit www.lagunabeachsistercities.com.

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