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12th annual Fête de la Musique to fill the streets of Laguna with music on Saturday

On Saturday, June 15, the streets of Laguna Beach will be filled with music and much fanfare when the 12th 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 Laguna Community Big Band playing their first swing/jazz set. From 12 - 12:30 p.m., youngsters can get face painted and costumed for the Children’s Parade that starts at 12:30 p.m. Starting on the Main Street Cobblestones, kids will march up and down the boardwalk, and finish with dancing on the cobblestones.

Opening ceremonies with local dignitaries take place from 1 - 1:20 p.m. on the cobblestones, with welcoming speeches by a Laguna Beach City Council member, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, and Karyn Phillippsen, founding president of the LBSCA. The U.S. national anthem will be sung by 13-year-old Lauren Kimball, and La Marseillaise (the French national anthem), will be sung by April Walsh, accompanied by the Community Band.

12th annual Fete Folkloric Dancer

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A Folkloric dancer performs at last year’s Fête de la Musique

Additional performances will take place at Main Beach throughout the afternoon, including a second set by the Community Band; The Andersons, a five-piece soft rock band; JJ and the Habibis (Laguna Beach belly dancers); Corazones Alegres Folkloric Dancers; and a band yet to be determined. Throughout the streets, artists will perform from 1:30 - 4 p.m. at approximately 48 locations, with most along Ocean and Forest avenues, and along Coast Highway. A few musicians will be located in the HIP District, further south along Coast Highway.

This year, among the popular returning performers are The Budrows playing their unique cigar-box guitar music in the Kush Gallery alcove; 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; The Agave Brothers at Skyloft; the bluesy guitar/vocals of Yael & Vlady in the Lumberyard patio; Charles Fullwood inside Hobie Sports; student performances in the Presbyterian Church garden; Elvis; and our French mimes, to name just a few…

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LAM and Laguna Beach Live! present a night of music and art on Thursday

On Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m., Laguna Art Museum and Laguna Beach Live! will partner to bring a night of music and art featuring the Encore Saxophone Quartet. 

The award-winning Encore Saxophone Quartet will perform a concert inside the museum, presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live! Advance tickets, free with museum entrance, are recommended.

The award-winning Encore Saxophone Quartet is among Los Angeles’ premier performing ensembles. Formed in 1984 by internationally renowned saxophonist Douglas Masek, the Quartet’s extensive repertoire spans original compositions and arrangements that bridge styles from Classical to Modern Jazz.

LAM and instrument

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Award-winning Encore Saxophone Quartet 

The Quartet’s unique blending of innovative and diverse programming, along with informational narrative, transports its listeners on a musical journey that exhibits the many colorful possibilities encompassing the sound spectrum of the saxophone in a quartet setting.

Individually, the members of the Quartet are distinguished soloists and chamber music artists who perform nationally and internationally. In addition to performing, they are dedicated educators that serve on the faculties of UCLA, Vanguard University, La Sierra University, and California State University at Fullerton, where they teach private lessons, coach chamber music, and mentor the next generation of emerging musical artists.

Live! at the Museum is generously sponsored by Compass.

To purchase tickets, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org/events.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


LAM presents Sculptures by Gwynn Murrill, the first exhibition to present work from artist’s entire career

On Sunday, June 16, Laguna Art Museum will open Sculptures by Gwynn Murrill, the first exhibition to present work from the artist’s entire career, spanning the early 1970s to today. The artist will discuss her work in a public program at Laguna Art Museum on August 29.

The Los Angeles-based artist Gwynn Murrill is best known for her sculptures of animals. At once contemporary and timeless, her works show a fine balance between formal simplification and observation from nature.

Since the early 1970s, her practice has been rooted in the close study of the landscape’s inhabitants around her home in Southern California, as well as in photographs, memory, and imagination. In wood, marble, and bronze, Murrill’s sculptures reduce a naturally detailed visual form to its most basic line and volume.

Exhibition of animals

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Gwynn Murrill, Coyote I, Coyote III, and Coyote IV, 1983, with Black Antelope, 1972, Laminated wood, Collection of the artist

With an elegant and playful hand, she both identifies a particular animal and imbues them with life. Her human figures appear equally streamlined and energetic. When viewed together, the relationship between both subjects suggests a primal link between animal and human.

Gwynn Murrill has been an exhibiting artist for over 40 years. She has been granted numerous awards and fellowships for her artistry, such as the Year in Review Award from the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Prix di Roma Fellowship. Her sculpture is in many public and private collections of note including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the U.S. Embassy, Singapore

Sculptures by Gwynn Murrill features 20 works that span the full scope of Murrill’s practice, from subject, to material, to experiments in scale. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Rooklidge and will be on view through September 22.

For more information on Laguna Art Museum, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Entries open to 2019 Passport to the Arts Giveaway

Tickets are now available for the 2019 Passport to the Arts, which provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals located in Laguna Beach throughout the 2019 summer festival season: Festival of Arts (July 5 to August 31), Laguna Art-A-Fair (June 28 to September 1), and Sawdust Art Festival (June 28 to September 1). The passes are $29.

Those who purchase a passport before Friday, June 21 will be automatically entered into a drawing for a one-of-a-kind Summer Art Package that includes original artwork, art classes, and Pageant of the Masters tickets – all valued at $645. 

The giveaway includes two tickets to the 2019 Pageant of the Masters, two hand-blown tumblers by Sawdust glass artist Muffin Spencer-Devlin, a hand-fabricated copper/sterling silver cuff bracelet designed by Laguna Art-A-Fair jeweler Steve Epstein, two Sawdust Art Classes, and two Festival of Arts Adult Art Classes. 

Entries open Sawdust

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The Sawdust Art Festival runs from June 28 to September 1

In addition to unlimited entry to the art shows, Passport to the Arts benefits include:

--More than 500 artists and 300 hands-on art workshops

--Live music and entertainment at all three festivals throughout the season

--Dozens of special events

--One-time free parking at Lot #16 (Act V), 1900 Laguna Canyon Rd

--Free shuttle service all summer long

--Special values at select local shops, eateries and attractions (see website for details)

The 2019 Passport to the Arts may be purchased online at www.lagunabeachpassport.com or at Visit Laguna Beach, located at 381 Forest Ave.

The Passport to the Arts is made possible in part by a generous grant from Bank of America.


Laguna Beach Live! Bluegrass and BBQ 

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Laguna Beach Miskey

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The Miskey Mountain Boys perform live to a sell-out crowd at LCAD on Saturday for Bluegrass and BBQ presented by Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Beach at tables

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LB Live! partnered with three local companies to deliver a great hometown experience: Laguna Beach Beer Company and Purple Corduroy offered libations to the happy crowd, while Gnarly Q served up smoked meats and veggies.

Laguna Beach trio

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Cindy Prewitt (middle) of Laguna Beach Live! is joined by two Laguna Beach Live! volunteers


Laguna Playhouse to sponsor Bare Bones New Play Reading Series

Laguna Playhouse is happy to announce its sponsorship of Bare Bones New Play Reading Series, presented by Laguna Beach Literary Laureate Lojo Simon under the auspices of ART WOW. Effective September 2019, Bare Bones New Play Reading Series will relocate to Laguna Playhouse.

“We are very happy that we are able to host the Bare Bones reading series. Their mission of presenting new and alternative works aligns perfectly with the mission of the Playhouse to support the ongoing growth of theatre,” notes Executive Director Ellen Richard. 

“We’ve watched ART WOW grow Bare Bones over the past several years into a thriving, community-based play reading series with a dedicated audience,” said Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham. “The opportunity came along for us to host Bare Bones at the Playhouse, and we thought it was a great fit and value-add for our patrons.”

Laguna Playhouse acting

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Bare Bones will relocate to Laguna Playhouse starting in September

ART WOW has presented Bare Bones script-in-hand play readings for the discerning theatregoer since 2015. The curated series of performances features local and professional actors whose performance is complemented by facilitated post-play conversations.

“Bones will continue to present thought-provoking new work for the stage,” said founder Lojo Simon. “I look forward to moving to the Playhouse. We’re not planning any major changes to our programming at this time.” Simon will be assisted in her efforts going forward by Wareham and Playhouse Marketing Director Dee Dee Irwin.

Theatre-lovers can learn more about Bare Bones on Simon’s website at www.logosimon.com/artwow and can sign up for Bare Bones’ mailing list by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


12th annual Fête de la Musique to fill the streets of Laguna Beach with music on June 15

On Saturday, June 15, the streets of Laguna Beach will be filled with music and much fanfare when the 12th 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 Laguna Community Big Band playing their first swing/jazz set. From 12 - 12:30 p.m., youngsters can get face painted and costumed for the Children’s Parade that starts at 12:30 p.m. Starting on the Main Street Cobblestones, kids will march up and down the boardwalk, and finish with dancing on the cobblestones.

Opening ceremonies with local dignitaries take place from 1 - 1:20 p.m. on the cobblestones, with welcoming speeches by a Laguna Beach City Council member, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, and Karyn Phillippsen, founding president of the LBSCA. The U.S. national anthem will be sung by 13-year-old Lauren Kimball, and La Marseillaise (the French national anthem), will be sung by April Walsh, accompanied by the Community Band.

12th annual Fete Folkloric Dancer

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A Folkloric dancer performs at last year’s Fête de la Musique

Additional performances will take place at Main Beach throughout the afternoon, including a second set by the Community Band; The Andersons, a five-piece soft rock band; JJ and the Habibis (Laguna Beach belly dancers); Corazones Alegres Folkloric Dancers; and a band yet to be determined. Throughout the streets, artists will perform from 1:30 - 4 p.m. at approximately 48 locations, with most along Ocean and Forest avenues, and along Coast Highway. A few musicians will be located in the HIP District, further south along Coast Highway.

This year, among the popular returning performers are The Budrows playing their unique cigar-box guitar music in the Kush Gallery alcove; 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; The Agave Brothers at Skyloft; the bluesy guitar/vocals of Yael & Vlady in the Lumberyard patio; Charles Fullwood inside Hobie Sports; student performances in the Presbyterian Church garden; Elvis; and our French mimes, to name just a few… 

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Laguna Craft Guild hosts local art show on Sunday at Main Beach

On Sunday, June 9, from 9 a.m. - sundown, the Laguna Craft Guild will hold an art show at Main Beach featuring local artists. There are always many treasures to be found at the show, you won’t want to miss it.

Laguna Craft vases

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From art, clothes, and hand-blown glass vases…there’s an abundance of beautiful handmade goods to choose from

Laguna Craft Guild is a small group of local Laguna Beach artists that sell their handmade goods on the cobblestones at Main Beach one to two times a month. Many of them are also Sawdust Festival artists.

The show is very special and a fun way to spend a Sunday strolling along the boardwalk with friends, family, and pets while gazing at the ocean. The art show is kind of like looking for that perfect seashell along the shoreline. 

For more information, visit www.lagunacraftguild.org or follow on Instagram at @lagunacraftguild.


Harvey opens at Laguna Playhouse with an enchanting ensemble that proves magic is real

By DIANNE RUSSELL

The wizardry of Harvey is its ability to conjure up the illusion of an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot tall white rabbit that the audience never sees. On opening night of Harvey at Laguna Playhouse, the masterful pairing of French Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd and Vanessa Claire Stewart as his sister Veta Louise Simmons – along with the entire ensemble – accomplishes just that, using their collective talent to bring Harvey and the play to life. It’s equal parts whimsy and a disturbing observation of today’s society, and Sunday’s opening night crowd loved it.

A comedy classic, Harvey wraps up the Playhouse’s 2018-2019 season – its 98th – in the ideal way. When introducing Director Andrew Barnicle, who was in attendance, Ann E. Wareham, Playhouse artistic director, said, “I wouldn’t put this play into any hands but his.”

Harvey opens French

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French Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd

With flawless nuanced gestures, French Stewart as Elwood possesses just the right amount of mischief and pathos to captivate the audience from his first appearance on stage. Vanessa (his real life wife) is the perfect Veta, brandishing a fiery and inextinguishable spark. They play off each other with skill and well-practiced finesse.

All the cast members contribute to the wonderful allure of the story: Lily Gibson as Myrtle Mae Simmons brings to mind Betty Boop, and that’s a big compliment. Nick Gabriel as Dr. Lyman Sanderson and Roxane Hayward as Nurse Ruth Kelly demonstrate palpable chemistry. Gregory North as Dr. William Chumley and Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper as Duane Wilson are crackerjack comedians. Teresa Ganzel as Betty Chumley, Larry Cedar as Judge Omar Gaffney, Carole Ita White as Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet, and Tom Shelton as E.J. Lofgren contribute just the right touches…

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LagunaTunes presents “Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles” with special guest star Jason Feddy

On Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m., LagunaTunes Chorus (Laguna’s own all community, no-audition vocal group) celebrates the TV appearance of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 with “Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles.”

The program includes high-energy hits that make us want to dance, smile, and sing along, as well as a few poignant ballads and unforgettable melodies. Special bonus: an appearance by Jason Feddy, transplanted Brit and Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Artist of the Year. 

Feddy is well known for his entertaining Beatles programs, witty asides, and audience participation. 

The concert is in the Artists Theatre at Laguna Beach High School and it’s free!

LagunaTunes presents group

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LagunaTunes performs again on June 23 featuring Jason Feddy 

LagunaTunes Director Bob Gunn also directs the St. Mary’s choir and Men Alive (the Orange County’s Gay Men’s Chorus). His Men Alive concerts have brought audiences to their feet all over southern California, across the U.S., and in Europe. 

New members are encouraged to join LagunaTunes, without fearing an audition. It’s a friendly and inclusive group, and singers of all training and experience levels are welcome. 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. After a few weeks of rehearsal, new members are typically surprised at how well they can sing.

LagunaTunes Chorus also presents another concert in December, with fall rehearsals starting September 16. Rehearsals are weekly, Monday nights (7 - 9 p.m.) at Thurston Middle School, 2100 Park Ave. Two or three Saturday practices are also held in preparation for the concert.

 LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone and presents two free concerts per year. The Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach provide funding. For more information, visit www.lagunatuneschorus.org or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The LBHS Artists Theatre is located at 625 Park Ave.

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