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LAM receives FOA Foundation Grant in support of educational programs

Laguna Art Museum has been awarded a grant in the amount of $3,000 from the Festival of Arts Foundation in support of the museum’s arts education programs. The funds will be used for art supplies, professional teaching artists, and educational activities throughout 2019.  

The museum’s educational programs reach a broad range of audiences, including students and families, who will benefit from the FOA Foundation’s support. Last year, the museum hosted more than 1,300 students for interactive school tours facilitated by highly trained docents. Tours for all grade levels will continue to be offered free of charge in 2019, including the costs of school bus transportation.

Throughout the year, the museum offers family art-making programs both on- and off-site. Inside the museum, the LAM+LAB space is supplied with art-making materials and instructions for visitors of all ages. On select Saturdays, professional teaching artists in the LAM+LAB Open Studio invite families to create artwork inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and to collaborate by adding to evolving art installations.

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Students enjoying LAM’s arts education program

LAM+LAB and Open Studio are included with museum admission, which is free for visitors aged 17 and under. Beyond Laguna Beach, the museum offers a free monthly outreach program to an intergenerational audience at the Santa Ana Boys and Girls Club. Nearly 300 children and their families attended the programs last year; with many returning each month to acquire a new art skill.

On April 27, the museum participated in Imagination Celebration, the countywide family arts festival presented in partnership with Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education. Nearly 300 visitors attended and the museum offered free admission and hands-on art activities presented in partnership with Barrio Mobile Art Studio, Art Division, and volunteers from Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House.

 In November, the museum’s annual Art & Nature Family Festival will offer free admission with art, nature, and science activities for all ages, offered by the museum and community partners such as the Ocean Institute and Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Each of these community events provides free educational programs and art-making opportunities to hundreds of visitors. 

The Festival of Arts and Laguna Art Museum share a commitment to arts education with more than 100 years of rich histories and connections to the artistic community of Laguna Beach. The museum is grateful to the FOA Foundation for its important support of the arts and for its generous grant to help fund the museum’s educational programs.

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

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Laguna Playhouse presents Holocaust education play to schools and community groups 

Laguna Playhouse announces performances of I Never Saw Another Butterfly from October 19 - 27 as part of its youth theatre offerings during its 99th season.

With a history of producing thought provoking plays that touch on various humanitarian topics, and following an increase in anti-Semitic public comments and events locally and at the national level, Laguna Playhouse will produce the play written by Celeste Raspanti to offer as part of its “Theatre for a New Generation,” which includes youth actors and is suitable for an audience of fourth grade and up. 

I Never Saw Another Butterfly tells the true story or a young child, Raja, who is one of only a hundred children out of 15,000 that survives the concentration camp at the end of WWII. While teaching the other children in the camp she helps create an imagery of hope through butterflies and flowers as a way to occupy the children living behind barbed wire. 

The play will be available to the general public at a reduced rate and the Playhouse will offer free tickets and transportation to many schools and groups that serve the community. 

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The Laguna Playhouse presents a Holocaust education play October 19 - 27

Since 2017, the Laguna Playhouse’s TheatreHope program has offered free tickets and transportation to select shows for homeless and food insecure youth, veterans, and military families, and individuals with disabilities or chronic disease. 

 “With the course of recent events that have occurred nationally as well as in our own backyard, we are happy to extend this educational opportunity for the entire family that explains the dangers of bigotry and hatred leading to genocide,” said Ellen Richard, Laguna Playhouse Executive Director.

During the run of the play, select shows will include a panel of speakers including holocaust survivors that can tell their unique stories and answer questions from the audience. Laguna Playhouse has produced content in past years regarding the holocaust such as Hana’s Suitcase and Number the Stars through the Theatre for a New Generation program that offers an annual production for teenagers that explores more mature topics such as school violence, eating disorders, bullying, and complex historical matters.

“While most students learn about the Holocaust as part of their high school curriculum, many have a hard time conceptualizing the gravity of what they have learned and have never had the opportunity to meet a Holocaust survivor,” explained Donna Inglima, Director of Youth Theatre, Education and Outreach at Laguna Playhouse. “These plays allow the students to feel the emotion of the actors and better empathize with those portrayed in the story.”

For more information on the Laguna Playhouse, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com

The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


LOCA invites members to Art Club featuring Chef Craig Strong

On Thursday, May 16, LOCA is proud to feature Chef Craig Strong in “The World of Culinary Art,” from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at Ocean and Main on the patio. Chef Strong, formerly of The Studio at the Montage, will talk about all the creative thought that goes into running a top-notch restaurant. 

Strong opened Ocean at Main, fulfilling a longtime career dream to open his own restaurant. The location is exceptional – 222 Ocean Avenue near Main Beach – and the 126-seat, 4,500-square-foot eatery is open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Chef Craig Strong’s restaurant Ocean and Main is close to the ocean with Coastal California Cuisine 

After nearly 25 years of working at luxury hotels and resorts around the globe, Strong has come full circle to his native Southern California roots with the opening of Ocean at Main. From growing up in San Diego and cooking with produce from the family garden, this chef/owner is now sharing his Coastal California cuisine with the community he has embraced for the last 10 years.

This event is for members only and space is limited. 

LOCA Arts Education is a nonprofit coalition of arts educators, professional artists, and advocates interested in arts education for people of all ages. LOCAS has been serving the community for over 25 years.

To register or become a member, visit www.locaarts.org/events

Ocean and Main is located at 222 Ocean Ave.


Laguna Plein Air Painters Association presents  “Waterworks” juried watercolor art show

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) is proud to present “Waterworks,” a unique exhibition dedicated to watercolors, in collaboration with the Joe Hanks Van Cleave Foundation for the Arts. The exhibition opens on Saturday, May 11 and runs through May 20. 

The public is invited to join the celebration at the Opening Reception with the artists on Saturday, May 11, from 5 - 7 p.m. (awards to be announced at 6 p.m.) at LPAPA in Residence located at Forest & Ocean Gallery. This is a free event – all art lovers are welcome. 

“Waterworks” is a special juried exhibition of original works of art in watercolors created by members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Close to 100 entries were received for this prestigious show with jurors Cindy Baron (Signature Artist Member of LPAPA), Celeste Gilles (LPAPA Board Member), and Ludo Leideritz (LPAPA Board Member & Forest & Ocean Gallery owner) choosing 38 original framed paintings for the show’s coveted spots. 

An expanded online gallery show is available through www.dailybrushwork.com.   

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Tanabe Keiko, “Morning Surf, Laguna Beach”

In addition to the artwork, a selection of historical paintings by Joe Hanks Van Cleave from the family’s private collection will be exhibited. Joe Hanks Van Cleave painted in all media, and she was a member of the original Laguna Beach Art Association. 

The Foundation was founded in 2014 in memory of artist Joe Hanks Van Cleave and supports both individual and collaborations with established charitable organizations in the education and artist expression of Plein Air Watercolor artwork in its infinite forms. “Joe’s work tells the story of her family life, travels, her local community, and the architecture and landscapes of California and the southwest.”

LPAPA was founded in 1996 with a mission to preserve Laguna Beach’s rich artistic legacy founded by early plein air artists and promote the tradition of plein air painting in our community, across the nation, and around the world. 

LPAPA is one of the best recognized and most respected plein air art associations in the world with a growing roster of more than 600 local, national, and international artist members. In addition to providing opportunities for established and emerging artists to show their work, LPAPA has a strong commitment to education utilizing the organization’s Plein Air Project to benefit young and emerging artists and the greater community.

LPAPA in Residence is located at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave. 

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closed on Mondays).

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (949) 376-3635, or visit www.lpapa.org.


LB Live! partners with LB Seniors for a special performance by the Triada Guitar Trio on Thursday

On Thursday, May 9, from 3 - 4 p.m., Laguna Beach Live! will partner with Laguna Beach Seniors for a special musical performance by the Triada Guitar Trio. The event is free to the public. 

The performance will also include a Q&A with one of the most brilliant guitar ensembles performing today. 

LB Band

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The Triada Guitar Trio – three brothers and guitar virtuosos Nikola, Petar, and Vasil

Triada combines the unique talents of Nikola, Petar, and Vasil Chekardzhikov, forming one of the most brilliant guitar ensembles now performing. The three brothers are individually virtuoso guitarists, and their intuitive sense of ensemble gives a synergy that makes their concerts very special and exciting events.

Peformances by Triada feature innovative repertoire, including traditional classics, modern favorites, and vibrant, colorful ethnic music to engage and delight any audience. 

There is limited seating and reservations are recommended. 

Reserve your spot at the front desk of call (949) 464-6645.

The Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third St.


Avenue Q brings fun and frivolity to No Square Theatre beginning Friday

No Square Theatre’s Avenue Q debuts on Friday. For older teens and adults, Avenue Q will be a rollicking good time and includes puppets and lots of humor. The 2004 Tony Award Triple Crown winner (Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book) Avenue Q is the funny and touching story of a starry-eyed college grad named Princeton in New York with big dreams and little money. Although he can only afford to live on Avenue Q, he lands in an intriguing neighborhood full of funny characters. 

Avenue Q has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, and is based on a book by Jeff Whitty and an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. The story, complete with puppets and plenty of humor, follows a group of young adults seeking their purpose in big city life.

Avenue Q comes to No Square Theatre directed by Joe Lauderdale, with music directed by Roxanna Ward, and with the puppetry skills of Puppet Master McKay Mangum teaching the talented singers and actors how to maneuver their alter-egos, the puppets. The cast includes Eileen Goodwin, Ella Wyatt, Eric Anderson, Gloria Henderson, Jonathan Haidl, Richard Kilgo II, and Sarah Loya.

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Eric T. Anderson rehearses with his (un-costumed) puppet

With all those adorable puppets, is Avenue Q appropriate for kids? Adults love Avenue Q, but they seem a little fuzzy on whether it’s appropriate for kids. Avenue Q is great for teenagers because it’s about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children because Avenue Q addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. It’s hard to say what exact age is right to see Avenue Q – parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But No Square promises that if parents bring their teenagers to Avenue Q, they’ll think you’re really cool.

Performances are on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, May 10-26. Performances on May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 are at 7:30 p.m., and on May 19 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.nosquare.org for $25 and $35. 

Other upcoming No Square productions include: Bugsy Malone, July 18-21; Heathers, July 26-August 4; My Midlife Crisis, September 15; and Hilarious, September 22. 

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“Avenue Q” cast: (L-R) Richard Kilgo II, Gloria Henderson, Eric T. Anderson, Eileen Goodwin (center), Sarah Loya (partially covered in the back), Ella Wyatt, Jonathan Haidl,) and un-costumed puppets rehearse

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by the Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach, Yvonne & John Browning, Dorene and Lee Butler Family Foundation, Patrick Quilter, and FOA Foundation, with additional support from Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Ann & Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs, Dr. Korey Jorgensen/Jorgensen Family Charitable Gift Fund, William, Jeff, & Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, Laguna Beach Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund, Vicki & Steve McIntosh and the Hall Family Foundation, Nolet Spirits USA, Chris Quilter, Nina & Larry Ragle, and Mark Brisley DDS.

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St, two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School, which has ample free parking. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance. Drinks and refreshments are available for purchase.

For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, visit www.nosquare.org.


LB Live! partners with LB Seniors for a special performance by the Triada Guitar Trio

On Thursday, May 9, from 3 - 4 p.m., Laguna Beach Live! will partner with Laguna Beach Seniors for a special musical performance by the Triada Guitar Trio. The event is free to the public. 

The performance will also include a Q&A with one of the most brilliant guitar ensembles performing today. 

LB Band

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The Triada Guitar Trio – three brothers and guitar virtuosos Nikola, Petar, and Vasil

Triada combines the unique talents of Nikola, Petar, and Vasil Chekardzhikov, forming one of the most brilliant guitar ensembles now performing. The three brothers are individually virtuoso guitarists, and their intuitive sense of ensemble gives a synergy that makes their concerts very special and exciting events.

Peformances by Triada feature innovative repertoire, including traditional classics, modern favorites, and vibrant, colorful ethnic music to engage and delight any audience. 

There is limited seating and reservations are recommended. 

Reserve your spot at the front desk of call (949) 464-6645.

The Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third St.


Laguna Beach Community Concert Band presents Cinco de Mayo show

The pulsating beats of Latin rhythms will fill the Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre on Sunday, May 5, celebrating Cinco de Mayo. All are invited to enjoy the musical program by the Laguna Community Concert Band and the Laguna Jazz Band, offered free to the public at 2 p.m.

Featured will be trumpet soloist George Karmazyn, insurance executive and principal trumpet in the band. After a formal musical education in New York including a Master’s degree from Julliard and years playing professionally in New York, he included other interests, but the trumpet was still his first love. 

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Join the Laguna Beach Community Concert Band for a fun Cinco de Mayo performance

Trumpet classics will include “Mask of Zorro,” “La Virgen de la Macarena,” and a medley of Herb Alpert songs. 

Also featured will be Laguna Beach’s favorite soprano, Lisa Morrice, whose knowledge of Spanish complements this lively concert. The MC of the program will be the popular and multi-talented Pat Kollenda.

The Laguna Community Concert band has been a fixture on the Laguna Beach performing arts scene for almost 20 years. The conductors are Mark Lowery and Peter Fournier (associate conductor) who is also the conductor of the Laguna Jazz Band. 

This sister musical organization plays numbers that show the creativity of the members in well-known jazz standards. The jazz band plays in the second half of the Cinco de Mayo program.

For more information about the band, visit www.lagunacommunityconcertband.com

The LBHS Artists Theatre is located at 625 Park St.


Laguna Art Museum announces Gala 2019 will be at FOA grounds

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, Laguna Art Museum will host its Gala 2019 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach. More than 350 guests will attend the new highlight of Orange County’s gala calendar in support one of the premiere museums of California art. The event promises performance art, dancing, exquisite wines, and fine dining crafted by celebrity chefs.

The museum will recognize longtime museum supporters and community philanthropists Jane and Joe Hanauer as the Honorary Chairs for Gala 2019, and will honor the acclaimed and beloved California artist Lita Albuquerque with its Wendt Award. Proceeds from the event will benefit the museum’s art education and exhibition programs.

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Honorees Jane and Joe Hanauer 

The Honorary Chairs for Gala 2019 are Laguna Beach residents and civic leaders Jane and Joe Hanauer. Even among the many individuals who have gone above and beyond in support of important causes in this city, Jane and Joe are exemplary. Both participate in the city’s arts organizations as trustees, tirelessly volunteering their time and expertise. 

Laguna Art Museum has been fortunate to count Jane as a Trustee for over eight years, fulfilling the critical role of Secretary of the Board. Joe has volunteered numerous times to the museum’s benefit and most recently has served as a vital advocate at the City, helping secure the four-year $1 million Matching Grant Program for both the museum and Laguna Playhouse. Because of this funding the museum has been able to make critical infrastructure improvements that will last for years to come. Joe also serves on the Board as a Trustee.

Lita Albuquerque is the Wendt Award recipient for 2019. Albuquerque has created an expansive body of work that ranges from painting, sculpture, poetry, and multi-media performances to large-scale ephemeral projects in sites around the globe. Active since the early 1970s, and often associated with the Light and Space and Land Art movements, she has developed a unique visual and conceptual vocabulary using astronomical images, the earth, the body, color, motion, and time to explore human identity in its relation to the universal.

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Wendt Award recipient Lita Albuquerque 

Lita was the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant for her Stellar Axis: Antarctica project, which culminated in the first ephemeral artwork created on that continent. In 2014 her outdoor performance An Elongated Nowwas was the centerpiece of Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature festival, complementing the installation Particle Horizon inside the museum. Since 2015, Albuquerque has served on the museum’s Board of Trustees.

The Wendt Award is named for the great landscape painter William Wendt, a leading light in the museum’s founding organization, the Laguna Beach Art Association. It recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to California art. Previous recipients of the award include Ruth Westphal, Wayne Thiebaud, Peter Alexander, Yvonne Boseker, and Tony DeLap.

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LAM’s Gala 2019 promises dancing, wine, art and more

The Gala 2019 committee is led by co-chairs Deborah Engle, Laura Rohl, Kristin Samuelian, and Leslie Weaver; and committee members Kathy Abel, Wendy Aird, Rick Balzer, Susan Davis, Michelle Fisher, Chuck Fry, Amy Fulford, Jane Hanauer, Betsy Jenkins, Lucetta Kallis, Lester Savit, Deborah Schlesinger, Marnie Wall, Blythe Wheaton, Lizanne Witte, and Susie Wood.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Laguna Beach Live! presents Bluegrass & BBQ featuring The Miskey Mountain Boys, June 8

Tickets are on sale now for Bluegrass & BBQ presented by Laguna Beach Live! on June 8 at LCAD. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the BBQ and social hour and the concert is from 5 - 7 p.m. 

The Miskey Mountain Boys is a powerhouse act that combines virtuosic musicianship with heartwarming comedy to create an unforgettable evening for their guests. 

Featuring their signature sound, “Classgrazz,” they infuse traditional bluegrass with jazz, swing, and classical music by incorporating such innovative elements as bluegrass cello, duo style mandolin, high-energy slap bass, stellar flat picking, and soaring vocals.

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The Miskey Mountain Boys will perform for an unforgettable and fun Bluegrass & BBQ event on June 8

The cost for concert-only tickets is $20 in advance for adults, $25 at door; and $10 in advance for children 12 and under, $13 at the door.

VIP tickets are available in advance only for $100, and include reserved table seating, the concert, and your choice of BBQ served at your table. 

General admission includes seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Chairs are provided. Barbecue and beverages will be sold separately. No outside food or beverages will be permitted.

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

LCAD is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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