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Laguna Playhouse presents The Seafarer just in time for Halloween

Laguna Playhouse presents the perfect show for Halloween, the Tony Nominated Best Play, The Seafarer. The show begins previews on Wednesday, Oct 17 and will open on Sunday, Oct 21 at 5:30 p.m., through Sunday, Nov 4. The Seafarer is written by Conor McPherson and directed by Ovation Award winner Michael Matthews. 

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The Full Harvest Moon sets the mood for the upcoming chilling play

In a small coastal village north of Dublin, Sharky has returned to look after his irascible, aging brother who’s recently gone blind. As Sharky attempts to stay off the bottle he contends with old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky, who are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. With the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher and Sharky may be playing for his very soul. 

Executive Director Ellen Richard comments, “I love the writing in this play so much and we are thrilled to be presenting it, especially at this time of year.” Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham adds, “I’ve looked forward to producing this play for 10 years and the moment has arrived. An exceptional cast, an extraordinary director and a play that is funny, chilling and a perfectly spooky Irish ghost story for the season.”

Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1 and 5:30 p.m. There will be additional performances on Thursday, Oct 18 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct 28 at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov 1 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets range from $55 - $85 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.

LOCA’s Learn to Paint a Sea Lion on Oct 13 at PMMC

Join LOCA at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center for a workshop to learn how to paint a sea lion with artist September McGee on Sunday, Oct 13 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 

Tour the Center in a docent-led tour of the facility and learn about PMMC’s rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts. Then create a sea lion painting on synthetic (non-tree based) paper. McGee will lead everyone in easy step-by-step instructions. Everything is included; take home finished art.

“This paper is non-absorbent and the paint sits on top of the surface,” said McGee. “This workshop will be tons of fun; the results are amazing.” 

The cost is $15 for children ages 6 to 18 and $20 for adults. There is free on-site parking. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Beginners are invited. 

For more information, visit or call (949) 363-4700. 

Pacific Marine Mammal Center is at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Arts supporters get an early call, coffee and snacks provided


The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance (LBAA) will host a forum this Saturday, Sept 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Laguna Playhouse. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served on the terrace. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

 Former Mayor Jane Egly will moderate the forum, which will address arts and cultural issues in Laguna Beach.

“The forum is a great opportunity to get to know the candidates and learn where they stand on arts and cultural issues,” said LBAA Marketing Coordinator Deena Harros. 

 Candidates will be asked to respond to pre-selected questions, including the need for performance space, artist work live and affordable housing, parking needs in the Civic Art District and comments on public art. They will also be questioned on whether the City should require arts supporting elements in the design of artists’ affordable housing, exhibit space, performance space, and meeting space in any major new or remodeling construction in the Art District.

Questions were selected by the Forum Committee: LBAA President Rosemary Swimm, past President Wayne Baglin, Arts Commissioner Pat Kolllenda, Laguna College of Art and Design President Jonathan Burke, Laguna Dance Festival Executive Director Joy Deitberner, Laguna Playhouse Marketing Director Dee Dee Irwin and Harros.

No questions will be taken from the audience. 

Candidates will have the opportunity to give opening and closing statements, limited to one minute. If time allows, five questions will be posed, with a one-minute limit on responses.

Laguna Community Concert Band presents a special tribute to Broadway Musicals this Sunday, Sept 30

This Sunday, Sept 30, the 2018 Laguna Community Concert Band will present “A Tribute to Broadway Musicals” at 2 p.m. at Artists Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. Roger Dennis and his wife Karen will be there greeting all music lovers. As Roger says, “I’ve never been disappointed, always entertained and left feeling happy.”

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Laguna Community Concert Band will play a Tribute to Broadway Musicals

Almost 20 years ago on Hospitality Night, a long time Laguna Beach resident, Roger Dennis, saw a small group of six people gathered together playing holiday music. Dr. Bill Nichols, the conductor, had formed a community band by pulling his musician friends together. This was the genesis of the concert band. Though the band was small, Dennis believed it would grow, and he continued to follow their development.

The original six players attracted more and more musicians who had taken a hiatus from music to pursue more lucrative careers. These people needed an organization that utilized and appreciated their talents. As the quality of the music improved, their schedule expanded, forming the Laguna Community Concert Band. 

In addition to winning awards the band has played for sound tracks for Laguna College of Arts + Design, become an official 501(c)3 nonprofit, and achieved sponsorship by Irvine Valley College Emeritus program. They have performed at the Laguna Playhouse with its fine acoustics, and serenaded pre-Pageant of the Masters attendees in July and August. 

Artists Theatre is located at 625 Park Avenue. Admission is free. 

For more information on the Laguna Community Concert Band visit,

LAM presents an Evening for Educators on Monday, Oct 1

Laguna Art Museum presents An Evening for Educators on Monday, Oct 1 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The event is an opportunity for K-12 teachers to preview new exhibitions, learn about the museum’s school programs and curriculum materials, and network with colleagues.

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Teachers will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on art-making activities and learn how they can be adapted for the classroom

Teachers are invited to enjoy a reception with wine, beer, and light bites while exploring the landmark exhibition Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935. Attendees will also learn about connections between the exhibition and curriculum standards in grades K-12. 

To RSvp, email Caitlin Reller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 494-8971 x221. Free on-site childcare is available; please contact the Education Department to request this service.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

Pageant of the Monsters is back at the FOA with a Scarecrow Contest, must register by Oct 12

This fall, the Festival of Arts invites creatives of all ages to enter its first Scarecrow Contest. Entries will be on display during one of Orange County’s most anticipated Halloween events, the Pageant of the Monsters. Brush off the creative cobwebs and create a unique scarecrow for a chance to take home cash prizes. A $500 award will be given to first place, $250 for second, $100 for third, and $100 for the people’s choice award, which will be voted on by event attendees. To participate, submit an entry form and $10 entry fee by Friday, Oct 12. For full rules and application, please visit

FOA Scarecrow Contest

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Festival of Arts to hold a Scarecrow Contest in conjunction with the Pageant of the Monsters

All scarecrows must be fully assembled and brought to the Festival grounds Thursday, Oct 25 and may be picked up on Thursday, Nov 1. Scarecrows will be displayed outdoors and must be able to withstand the elements with all decorations securely attached. Scarecrows must be freestanding or have their own support system. Entries should be no larger than 7-feet tall and 4-feet wide. As this is a family friendly event, advertising, political, or religious statements are not permitted.

The contest will be held in conjunction with the Pageant of the Monsters at the Festival grounds on October 26, 27, 28 and 31, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. In celebration of its 85th anniversary, Pageant of the Masters’ creative team and staff have reunited to transform its backstage areas into a haunted house. The event also features Halloween themed art activities, music, sideshows, food, drink, and other “spook-tacular” surprises.

Tickets are $15 for adults in advance or $20 at the door, and $10 for children 12 and under. This event is not recommended for children under 5. Tickets are available online at www.PageantTickets.comor by phone at (800) 487-3378. 

The event will take place at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Dr. Funds for this event are provided in part by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. 

Award-winning poet Phil Kaye performs at Spoken Word event at the Forum Theatre on Oct 16

Award-winning poet Phil Kaye will perform work from his brand-new book “Date & Time” – currently a #1 Amazon poetry bestseller – at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 16 at the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts grounds. The event will be part of his world-wide tour.

Kaye is a Japanese-American poet whose work has been featured in settings ranging from NPR to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and viewed millions of times online. He has performed his original work in eighteen countries and was invited to open for His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the celebration of his 80th birthday. 

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Phil Kaye, poet

Kaye is also the co-director of Project VOICE, an organization that partners with schools to bring poetry to the classroom. He’s a National Poetry Slam finalist, and the two-time recipient of the National College Poetry Slam (CUPSI) award for “Pushing the Art Forward”, given for outstanding innovation in the art of performance poetry. 

A former teacher of weekly poetry workshops in maximum security prisons, Phil was the head coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE). His book, Date & Time, was published in 2018 by Button Poetry.

Laguna Beach High School spoken-word artists will open the evening, along with local hoopster Haley Rovner, who will be giving one of her riveting performances.

General Admission is $10; tickets are $5 for students.

For tickets and more information, go to

Forest and Ocean Gallery presents author Nicole Meier and her newest novel Sept 30

Forest and Ocean Gallery invites the public to a wonderful Sunday evening celebrating art in all its forms with critically acclaimed author Nicole Meier on Sunday, Sept 30 from 5 - 8 p.m. 

Nicole will discuss her newest novel, “The Girl Made of Clay,” different forms of artistic expression, and the role they play in our everyday lives. There will also be a Q&A, book signing, and meet and greet with Nicole at the gallery. 

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Nicole’s newest novel is an exploration of the strained bond between father and daughter and how to mend it

The cost is $35 and includes a signed copy of the book. Wine and appetizers will be served.

Forest and Ocean Gallery is located at 480 Ocean Ave.

Laguna Dance Festival celebrates 14th season with dazzling Stardust and Stars of Dance, Oct 5 - 7

This year, Laguna Dance Festival inspires audiences to “Open your eyes to the possibilities of movement without restraint,” by bringing a galaxy of talent to the stage for three spectacular performances, on Friday, Oct 5, Saturday, Oct 6, and Sunday, Oct 7 at the Laguna Playhouse. 

Breaking the boundaries of dance in a tribute to the late great icon David Bowie, on Friday, Oct 5, Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs Stardust. Following this one night event, Stars of Dance grace the stage on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 6 and 7, with a performance that offers the unique opportunity to see both current and future stars in one thrilling program. Laguna Beach’s own Skylar Campbell, who is featured in today’s Laguna Life and People, is Principal Dancer for Stars of Dance.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet 

Complexions represents one of the most recognized and respected performing arts brands in the world. Laguna Beach audiences will experience the brilliance of David Bowie like never before with Stardust

This production will feature many of the singer’s most beloved hits and glam rock-inspired costumes. Stardust takes an array of Bowie’s hits and creates a powerful, moving visual imprint, inspired by his unique personas and his restless artistic invention.

Included in the evening program are excerpts from Complexions’ most iconic contemporary repertory.

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Complexions performs Stardust for one night only on Friday, Oct 5

In the 23 years since its inception, the company has born witness to a world that is becoming more fluid, more changeable and more culturally interconnected than ever before – continuing its mission of bringing unity to the world, one dance at a time.

The innovative company that transcends tradition, Complexions Contemporary Ballet breaks the boundaries of  dance.

Founded in 1994 by master choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary Desmond Richardson, Complexions’ foremost innovation is to remove any barriers to creative expression, not reinforce them. This singular approach mixes methods, styles and cultures to create groundbreaking movement that embodies the company’s historical moment, while simultaneously building its future.

Although Rhoden always wanted to choreograph a dance piece to the music of the chameleonic pop star, Bowie’s death in January 2016 provided the catalyst to bring the project to fruition. The result is Stardust, a tribute to Bowie that made its West Coast premiere at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 20. 

“His music is timeless,” Rhoden said in an interview with LA Times. “It will be the kind of music that people listen to and really recognize a certain time in the world or in your life. I think he chronicled the world we live in, really.” 

Rhoden, who never met Bowie, said Stardust could almost be described as a rock opera.

Billboard Magazine describes it as, “Inventive, emotionally satisfying and just plain joyful, the dancers of Complexions are utterly transfixing.” 

Stars of Dance

Stars of Dance brings together Ballet West, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Diavolo/Architecture in Motion on the stage. In addition, dancers from USC of Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s Inaugural BFA class will perform works choreographed by Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton and Laguna Dance Festival Founder and Artistic Director Jodie Gates. 

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Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell from Stars of Dance, Oct 6 - 7

Laguna Dance Festival challenges audiences to “Experience an unforgettable performance of today’s brightest Stars of Dance. The program includes some of the most exciting dancers in ballet and contemporary dance including international artists. Be ready to be dazzled by principal ballerina and ‘Breaking Pointe’ star Beckanne Sisk and Soloist Chase O’Connell of Ballet West, Principal Skylar Campbell and Jordana Daumec of National Ballet of Canada, and Principals Dores Andre and Joseph Walsh of San Francisco Ballet with classical and contemporary duets.” 

Laguna Dance Festival also offers a Master Class with Complexions at LBHS on Saturday, Oct 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and a Master Class with Stars of Dance Beckanne Sisk on Sunday, Oct 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pair this Master Class with the Sunday matinee performance for the Sunday Student Package for $50.) To register, go to

Dance Festival Schedule of Events:

Thursday, Oct 4 at 7 p.m. – free backstage, no tickets needed to attend this event

Friday, Oct 5 at 7:30 p.m. (pre-show talk 6:30 p.m.) – Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs Stardust, one night only

Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:30 p.m. – Stars of Dance

Sunday, Oct 7 at 2 p.m. (pre-show talk at 1 p.m.) – Stars of Dance

For tickets or more information, go to or call (949) 497-2787.

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Festival of Arts now accepting applications for the 2019 fine art show

Voted one of the top five art festivals in the nation by USA Today readers, the Festival of Arts is now accepting applications by Orange County’s finest artists for its 2019 fine art show. The 2019 show will run July 5 - August 31. 

Artists who would like to apply for the 2019 fine art show should submit three digital images per media and a completed application form to the Festival of Arts by October 31, by 4 p.m. Applicants must apply online through the Festival’s website at For more information, call (949) 464-4234.

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Festival of Arts is now accepting artist applications for the 2019 summer show

Artists applying to the Festival of Arts must be able to show that they have resided in Orange County for at least one year prior to October 31. Jurying fees are $50 per medium submitted.

The jurors will score the submitted artwork based on quality, intention and content; excellence of craftsmanship; facility with media; excellence in the use of design elements; and professional presentation.

The Festival of Arts will host a free seminar, “How to Prepare Your Artwork for Submission to the 2019 Summer Exhibit.” To learn more about the Festival of Arts, the application process, and photographing artwork effectively for submission, artists are invited to attend a free seminar offered on October 1 at noon in the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts grounds located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Additional dates and locations will be announced. Check the Festival of Arts’ website at for updates.

Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call (949) 464-4234.

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