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Laguna Beach Live! presents benefit concert featuring outstanding a cappella group m-pact

Laguna Beach Live! presents a special benefit concert on Wednesday, April 17 at [seven-degrees], featuring m-pact, a 6-man a cappella group hailed as “one of the best pop jazz vocal groups in the world.” 

The concert benefits the nonprofit’s award-winning “Live! Music & Kids” education programs, which bring professional musicians to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and the Laguna schools for performances and classes.

The a cappella group m-pact is known for using their voices to make music to the smooth sounds of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band.      

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The a cappella powerhouse m-pact will wow audiences in Laguna on April 17

Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, from Vocal Group of the Year (LA Music Awards), an Indie nomination (Independent Grammy), and Artist of the Year (Seattle Music Awards), to Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition. 

Touring renowned fine arts halls and jazz festivals across four continents, m-pact has performed with pop superstars and their signature sound has been used in both TV themes and animated Disney feature films, as well as on jazz and pop radio worldwide.

To hear a sneak peek of the group performing “Come Together” by the Beatles, click here.

The benefit concert is from 6 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 with food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $100 for VIP, which includes VIP seating, a signed CD, and “Meet and Greet with the Artists.”

Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.orgor call (949) 715-9713.

[seven-degrees] is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.


LCAD Bi-Annual Art Market Sale 

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Laguna College of Art + Design’s (LCAD) hosted its Bi-Annual Art Market Sale last weekend. Julian Velarde, Assistant Dean of Students at LCAD, says of the sale, “This [year]…forty talented students showcased paintings, prints, jewelry, pins, stickers, t-shirts, totes and other handmade unique creations…the event was a great success and the atmosphere was festive throughout. A special thank you to 4G Ventures for the generous use of their venue.”

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LCAD students Rachel Villanueva (left) and Angeline Chen

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Mo Honarkar (on right) greets shoppers at 4G Ventures showroom

LCAD Bi Annual chatting

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Festive atmosphere 

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One-of-a-kind merchandise


Local artists to be featured in 3rd Annual Art Party on Saturday

Local artists invite the public to a celebration of art on Saturday, April 6 from 12 - 7 p.m., for the third Annual Art Party. There will be art, wine, hors d’oruvers, music, massages, and free clairvoyant readings. 

Artists on exhibition are: Karen Petty, local painter; Leslie Edler, jeweler; Victoria Foley, textiles; Alex Fritz, lampworker; Gina Lunn, glass blower; and Sarvi Hosseini, jeweler. 

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Lampworker Alex Fritz will offer his beautiful pieces at Saturday’s party

Poul Pedersen, front man for the Missiles of October, will be playing solo throughout the day, Lisa Najjar will be giving psychic readings, and Mario of Healing Hands will be providing massages. 

For more information, contact Karen Petty at (949) 280-5504. 

The 3rd Annual Art Party is located at 2190 Hillview Dr., across from Thurston Middle School. Valet Parking is provided.


Laguna Art Museum presents Capote on April 18

On Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m., Laguna Art Museum presents a special Film Night featuring Capote. The 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote follows the events during the writing of Capote’s book, In Cold Blood.

The film is based on Gerald Clarke’s biography Capote and directed by Bennett Miller. Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his critically acclaimed portrayal of the title character.

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Capote is based on Gerald Clarke’s biography about Truman Capote

Tickets are included with museum admission. Advance tickets are recommended. Film Night is generously sponsored by Compass.

For questions or to purchase tickets by phone, call (949) 494-8971 x203. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Give the gift of the Pageant to local nonprofits

Pageant of the Masters at Festival of Arts is proud to once again provide the opportunity for patrons to gift tickets to the world-famous performance of “living pictures” to local nonprofits with the Masters at Giving program. Since 2011, the Masters at Giving program has donated over 12,000 Pageant tickets to charitable organizations in the Southern California area. Give the gift of an unforgettable experience at the 2019 performance of “The Time Machine” today by visiting www.pageanttickets.com. Or, contact Anne Mai at (949) 464-4210 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

“Every year, the Festival of Arts receives requests from charities and nonprofit groups for complimentary tickets to the Pageant of the Masters,” said Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing & PR, Festival of Arts. “Masters at Giving provides a memorable evening to these organizations who might not otherwise experience the magic of living pictures. And, thanks to the generosity of our members and patrons, we can offer veterans, senior centers, art students and more the chance to see this incredible showcase.”

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Veterans enjoying the Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts Fine Arts Show, thanks to the Masters at Giving program

Masters at Giving offers the opportunity to purchase a group of 10 to 100 tickets in the Director’s Tier Side section at $25 each, which will in turn be delivered to a charitable group on the approved list. The charitable and nonprofit groups include veterans, senior centers, at-risk youth and women’s groups, outreach organizations, arts students, military families, food banks, mentoring programs and many more.

Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts would like to thank the past contributors who have provided tickets to groups that include: American Legion Veterans, Age Well Senior Services, South County Outreach, Alzheimer’s Orange County, Project Hope Alliance, Strength in Support, Friends of Outreach, Dan Point 5th Marine RSG, Olive Crest, Kidworks, UCI Veterans Services, Being Alive, Honoring Our Fallen, Mindful Warrior Project, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Grateful Hearts Storehouse, Orangewood Children’s Foundation and Marine Aircraft Group 39.

Higuchi adds, “Masters at Giving tickets are 100 percent tax-deductible and will provide the experience of a lifetime to those who would otherwise never experience Pageant of the Masters in beautiful Laguna Beach.”

The Pageant of the Masters will run July 7 - August 31with tickets starting at just $15 per person. The 2019 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show runs in conjunction with the Pageant and will take place July 5 - August 31 with general admission tickets starting at $10 per person. A Pageant Ticket also acts as a season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. 

For more information on Masters at Giving, Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, visit www.PageantTickets.com.


Laguna Beach Live! presents benefit concert on April 17 featuring m-pact

Laguna Beach Live! presents a special benefit concert on April 17 at [seven-degrees] featuring m-pact, a 6-man a cappella group hailed as “one of the best pop jazz vocal groups in the world.” The concert supports the nonprofit’s youth program Live! Music & Kids with the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. 

The a cappella group m-pact is known for their voices making music to the smooth sounds of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band.

Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, Los Angeles-based ensemble m-pact has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature’s “first instrument” – the human voice. From the beginning, the “pact” of these well-studied masters has been to stay true to music, regardless of style or genre. 

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The a cappella powerhouse m-pact

Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, from Vocal Group of the Year (LA Music Awards), an Indie nomination (Independent Grammy), and Artist of the Year (Seattle Music Awards), to Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition. 

Touring renowned fine arts halls and jazz festivals across four continents, m-pact has performed with pop superstars and their signature sound has been used in both TV themes and animated Disney feature films, as well as on jazz and pop radio worldwide.

The Benefit Concert is from 6 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 with food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $100 for VIP, which includes VIP seating, a signed CD, and “Meet and Greet with the Artists.”

Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.orgor call (949) 715-9713.

[seven-degrees] is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Learn to paint outdoors with LOCA and LPAPA

LOCA Arts Education and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) are collaborating to present adult and family classes at outdoor locations in April and May 2019. Beginners are invited.

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Mentor Paint Out is free, April 1, 9 - 11:30 a.m., at Crescent Bay Point Park

Outdoor workshops include Mentor Paint Out on April 1, 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the spectacular Crescent Bay Point Park. Adult landscape painters may improve skills by painting alongside Anthony Salvo and Gil Dellinger and receiving helpful guidance. The activity is free. For information, visit www.locaarts.org/event/laguna-beach-landscapes-mentor-paint-along-2/

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Families and groups love Watercolors on the Beach, offered April 14 and May 12 at Treasure Island Park

Adults and families love LOCA’s popular Watercolors on the Beach, presented at Treasure Island Park. Events are offered Sundays 10 to 11:30 a.m. available April 14 or May 12. Attendees will enjoy a guided tour of the tidepools and learn about the delicate sea life there. Following the tour, everyone will learn to mix colors and create beautiful paintings of sea stars and more in a take-home journal. Advance registration is required, adults $35, $20 children. All supplies are provided. For more information, call (949) 363-4700 or visit www.LOCAarts.org.


Festival of Arts’ FOA Foundation awards $100,000 to twenty-three Arts Grants recipients 

The Festival of Arts’ FOA Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-three selected recipients awarded $100,000 total in art grants for 2019. The FOA Foundation helps fund the many art-related non-profits in the Laguna Beach community, emphasizing the enrichment of children and young adults in all disciplines of art.

“The FOA Foundation is proud to be a longtime sponsor of the Laguna Beach communities’ non-profit art organizations. With an emphasis on educating our young students, the FOA Foundation supports our youth, both in their classrooms and through local venues in all the arts,” said FOA Foundation President Scott Moore. “We hope to increase the cultural experience for boys and girls, and young men and women, giving them a foundation for future appreciation and possibly a lifetime participation in the world of art.”

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The FOA Foundation emphasizes the enrichment of children in all disciplines of art

The 2019 Art Grants recipients are:

--Art 4 Kids

--Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

--Festival of Arts Education

--Lagunatunes

--Laguna Art Museum

--Laguna Beach Chamber Singers

--Laguna Beach High School Art Department

--Laguna Beach High School Ceramics Department

--Laguna Beach High School Drama Department

--Laguna Beach High School Music Department

--Laguna Beach Live!

--Laguna Beach Seniors

--Laguna Community Concert Band

--Laguna College of Art and Design

--Laguna Dance Festival

--Laguna Playhouse

--Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

--LOCA Arts Education

--No Square Theater

--The My Hero Project

--Thurston Middle School

--Thurston Middle School Drama

--Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund

In 1989, the Festival of Arts with a $1.5 million donation established the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, to guarantee annual financial support for the arts in Laguna Beach.

The FOA Foundation, co-founded by John Rayment and David Young, was designed to hold these funds in a permanent endowment. The earnings and income from this endowment would be distributed annually in the form of scholarships to graduates of Laguna Beach High School and as grants to nonprofit art organizations and educational institutions in and about the city of Laguna Beach.

The FOA Foundation operates independently from the Festival of Arts. In 2007, the Festival of Arts assumed the financial responsibility of the art scholarships, enabling the FOA Foundation to focus on its grant program for local non-profit art organizations. 

The FOA Foundation is comprised of a five-member board of trustees who oversees and administers the program including Scott Moore (president), John Campbell (vice president) Bob Earl (treasurer), Jacquie Moffett (secretary), and Kathy Jones (board member).


Laguna Friends of Architecture presents Author Alan Hess with his latest book at LCAD on April 12

Alan Hess, architect, author, lecturer, critic, and advocate for 20th century architectural preservation, will be appearing at Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) on Friday, April 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. to discuss his new book, Hollywood Modern: Houses of the Stars. Hosted by Laguna Friends of Architecture, there will be a talk, slideshow, and book signing. The public is invited to get a peek inside homes of Hollywood celebrities.

See the homes of the discerning Hollywood stars, from Groucho Marx to Leonardo DiCaprio. Hess’ talk looks at the intersection of celebrity and design, through the case of twenty-five houses designed by great architects for their informed, trend-setting, and extremely famous clients in Southern California.

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Alan Hess talks about his new book at LCAD on Friday, April 12

Participants will see gorgeous photos of the houses as well as little seen informal portraits of the stars and hear stories of these members of the glitterati, touching on film, fashion, architecture, and the everyday lives of legends. Hollywood Modern spans the modern era, from modern homes of the 1930s, through mid-century modern designs, to the present day.

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Hollywood Modern: Houses of the Stars

Hollywood Modern touches on the many moods of modernism. From Ed Niles’ “Johnny Carson House” in Malibu, which creates a ficus tree forest that extends from the garden directly into the house, to the machine-age austerity of Richard Neutra’s “Von Sternberg House,” (later owned by The Fountainhead author Ayn Rand), to A. Quincy Jones’ crisply, elegantly ultramodern Gary Cooper House in Holmby Hills, these houses edit, rearrange, and direct our point of view much like the carefully composed version of reality we see in motion pictures. 

 These different styles coexist as modernism and stand in distinct contrast to the Mediterranean villas and Spanish Colonial manses of early Hollywood.

LCAD Studio 1 (Laguna College of Art + Design) is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.

RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – please indicate if you would like to purchase a book at the event at a special price.

For more information on Laguna Friends of Architecture, go to www.lagunafriendsarch.com.


Park Art 

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