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The Latin Jazz Syndicate kicks off Jazz Summer International series on July 16

World-renowned trumpeter and Artistic Director of Jazz for Laguna Beach Live! Bijon Watson leads the commencing concert of the 2019 Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Summer International series on Tuesday, July 16. 

The Latin Jazz Syndicate introduces a fusion of Latin and World rhythms through famous jazz standards. These all-star musicians pay homage to America’s indigenous music, Jazz, while maintaining the rhythmic and harmonic authenticity required of a variety of ethnic styles.

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The Latin Jazz Syndicate performs on July 16  at the Woman’s Club

Jazz Summer International takes place every two weeks on Tuesday evenings, from July 16 to August 27, at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach. Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m., with doors opening at 5 for food, drinks, and social hour. 

This year Laguna Beach Live! is teaming up with Wine Gallery Laguna, who will be serving a selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks. Mixologist Tyler will also be crafting a unique signature cocktail for each concert. This week’s creation is The Laguna Daiquiri. Food is being served by The Cut food truck.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, or $100 for the full season. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders, and Laguna Beach Live! membership. Reservations are accepted until noon on the day the of concert or until sold out.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach is located at 286 St Ann’s Dr.


Laguna Art Museum presents The Breaking Point on July 18

On Thursday, July 18 at 6 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host its monthly film night featuring The Breaking Point, the classic 1950 film noir based on an adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway novel.

The 1950 film noir stars Humphrey Bogart, John Garfield, and Patricia Neal, and is adapted from Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not.

With scenes filmed in Newport Beach and Balboa Harbor, The Breaking Point tells the story of an honest charter boat captain who, facing hard times, takes on dangerous cargo to save his boat, support his family, and preserve his dignity. 

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“The Breaking Point” stars Humphrey Bogart, John Garfield, and Patricia Neal

Left in the lurch by a freeloading passenger, he entertains the criminal propositions of a sleazy lawyer, as well as the playful come-ons of a cheeky blonde, making a series of compromises that stretch his morality – and his marriage – further than he’ll admit.

Film Night is generously sponsored by Compass.

Tickets are included with museum admission, but advance reservations are recommended.

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

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Live! at the Museum presents Firebird Balalaika Quintet on Thursday

This Thursday, July 11 from 7 - 8 p.m., Live! at the Museum presents the Firebird Balalaika Quintet as part of a special monthly collaboration between Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum. 

Founded in 1995, Firebird is a unique, dynamic, and accomplished group of musicians performing on Russian traditional instruments. These include the domra, a string instrument with a thin, fretted neck and round body first appearing in written records at the end of the 15th century; the balalaika, a triangular-bodied Russian instrument well known to Western audiences from the film Doctor Zhivago; and the bayan, a member of the accordion family popular in Russia and Ukraine. 

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The dynamic Firebird Balalaika Quintet performs at Live! at the Museum on Thursday 

Firebird’s repertoire ranges from traditional Russian and Eastern European songs to well-known classics and works of contemporary composers. Touring extensively in the US and abroad, the ensemble also performs for TV, radio, and films.

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, or at (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.org or call (949) 715-9713.


Gallery Q celebrates creativity with LOCA, accepting art on Thursday

Gallery Q at the Susi Q is pleased to partner with LOCA Arts Education for its fourth exhibit of the season, “LOCA - Community Creations.” LOCA members, supporters, teachers, and students – past or present – are all invited to submit artwork. 

Gallery Q will be accepting art on Thursday, July 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. All media is welcome – paintings, mixed media, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculptures, printmaking, and photography. 

There is an entry fee of $25 per piece and a special discount for those 65+ who qualify. Additional entry pieces are $5 each – with a limit of three. Visit the Susi Q front desk for more information or download an online application here.

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 “Luck” – by Betty Haight and Kathy Jones

An Artist’s Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Friday, July 19 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from July 16 through September 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors.

LOCA Arts Education is a local nonprofit coalition of arts educators, professional artists, and advocates interested in arts education for people of all ages. LOCA’s programs touch the lives of many in our community by providing opportunities to explore and develop individual creativity by interacting with and learning from local artists.

 In addition to community programs, LOCA offers wide-ranging educational opportunities including classes, workshops, seminars, critiques, and demonstrations. Visit www.locaarts.org for more information.

Gallery Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center, is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging, semi-professional, and professional artists of all ages in Orange County. For more information visit www.thesusiq.org or call (949) 715-8106.

Susi Q is located at 380 Third St.


Men Without Hats to perform 80s hits, including “The Safety Dance,” at Mozambique tonight

Men Without Hats is bringing back the rhythm of the 80s to Mozambique in a special concert tonight, Tuesday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

In the 1980s, Men Without Hats launched onto the global pop music scene with a unique electronic sound, illustrated best by the band’s 1983 hit song and universally iconic anthem “The Safety Dance”. 

Men Without Hats have been creating iconic and irresistible pop music for three decades and have soared back with the release of their latest album, Love in the Age of War, released in May of 2012 to widespread acclaim of critics and the universal enthusiasm of fans.

Although Love In The Age of War is Men Without Hats’ first full-length release in 21 years, all eleven tracks on the album hearken back to the early 1980s. 

Men Without Hats are a Canadian new wave/synthpop group, originally from Montreal, Quebec. Their music is characterized by the distinctive baritone voice of their American-born Canadian lead singer Ivan Doroschuk, as well as their elaborate use of synthesizers and electronic processing.

They told the world “You can dance if you want to” 30 years ago – and we did. A few years later they instructed that same planet – the third – to go Pop – and we did. 

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Men Without Hats performs at Mozambique tonight

Produced by Dave “Rave” Ogilvie, whose engineering credentials include releases for Skinny Puppy and Marilyn Manson, Love In The Age of War is a highly danceable, upbeat experience with a deep, heartfelt message. And it’s all the work of the man who has been the driving force behind Men Without Hats’ success for the past three decades: lead singer and composer Ivan Doroschuk. 

“We wanted to make a record like a follow-up to 1982’s “Rhythm of Youth,” Ivan told Rolling Stone magazine in June 2012, “so for this record, we went and pretended that we were working on a 24-track machine…We went out and got the old synths that we used back then.”

The result is both a New Wave time warp and a modern masterpiece that rivals anything played on Top 40 radio today. 

“Love In The Age Of War is a remarkable comeback. It revives the sound and the spirit the band initially was known for, [including] very solid songwriting. The performance is superb, and Ivan’s voice never sounded better,” says Mark Kadzielawa, 69 Faces of Rock. 

“Listening to Love In The Age of War, it is remarkable how contemporary this ‘retro’ music sounds…[F]or all its electronic, futurist elements, this is pop music with a real, beating, warm human heart,” says Phil, Sonic Abuse. 

Men Without Hats followed up their record release with two tours: a swing through South America, the U.S. and Canada in late 2012, and a series of appearances in Europe in early 2013. In fall 2013, Men Without Hats joined the Regeneration Tour for dates on the U.S. West Coast and in Mexico City. In 2016, the band hit several Australian cities for the Totally 80s Tour. In 2017, Men Without Hats embarked on a tour of Quebec and Ontario, and crisscrossed the United States on the Retro Futura Tour. The band embarked on a tour of Canada in 2018, including two dates with Lost ‘80s Live.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of the show.

For tickets, click here.

Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy.


LAM proudly offers free admission for military families through September 2 

Laguna Art Museum is proud to be a participating Blue Star Museum offering free family admission for active duty military families from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day.

Last year, over 680,000 military families visited Blue Star Museums. Chapter Directors plan special events and opportunities with museums from Alaska to Florida and points in between.

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Laguna Art Museum is offering free admission to military families through Labor Day

The program is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and thousands of museums across the country. Leadership support is provided by the MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org or call (949) 494-8971. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Gallery Q celebrates creativity with LOCA, accepting art on July 11

Gallery Q at the Susi Q is pleased to partner with LOCA Arts Education for its fourth exhibit of the season, “LOCA - Community Creations.” LOCA members, supporters, teachers, and students – past or present – are all invited to submit artwork. 

Gallery Q will be accepting art on Thursday, July 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. All media is welcome – paintings, mixed media, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculptures, printmaking, and photography. 

There is an entry fee of $25 per piece and a special discount for those 65+ who qualify. Additional entry pieces are $5 each – with a limit of three. Visit the Susi Q front desk for more information or download an online application here.

Gallery Q painting

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 “Luck” – by Betty Haight and Kathy Jones

An Artist’s Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Friday, July 19 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from July 16 through September 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors.

LOCA Arts Education is a local nonprofit coalition of arts educators, professional artists, and advocates interested in arts education for people of all ages. LOCA’s programs touch the lives of many in our community by providing opportunities to explore and develop individual creativity by interacting with and learning from local artists.

 In addition to community programs, LOCA offers wide-ranging educational opportunities including classes, workshops, seminars, critiques, and demonstrations. Visit www.locaarts.org for more information.

Gallery Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center, is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging, semi-professional, and professional artists of all ages in Orange County. For more information visit www.thesusiq.org or call (949) 715-8106.

Susi Q is located at 380 Third St.


Club Q Laguna screens Bohemian Rhapsody on July 19

On Friday, July 19 from 3 to 5 p.m., Club Q will screen the award-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. 

Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.

Club Q Bohemian Rhapsody

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Club Q will meet on July 19 for “Bohemian Rhapsody” screening 

Club Q Laguna is Susi Q’s social club for the LGBTQ community and friends 18 and over, and meets the first and third Friday of the month (no meeting July 5).

Club Q is a vibrant social organization bringing together the LGBTQ community for various fun and affordable social events, from educational and related community efforts to entertainment and social mixers. 

Bring a treat to share (optional), and friends. 

For more club details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 715-8105.

The Susi Q is located at 380 Third St.


Bugsy Malone opens at No Square Theatre on July 12

The guns are fake, but the fun is real as child actors take over the stage at No Square Theatre this summer. Set in New York City, Bugsy Malone is a gangster movie spoof based on the book by Alan Parker, with music by Paul Williams. 

The story loosely draws from people and events in the Prohibition era, including characters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran. It parodies the style of old-time gangster movies, but with an all-child cast.

Bugsy Malone is directed by No Square Youth Education Director Ella Wyatt, with music direction by Susan Thoren. Rebecca Butkivich and Rylee Bullington are the choreographers.

The talented young cast is headed up by Will Briggs, Lula Buckle, Nico Camacho, Grace Gilchrist, and Jonah Goldstein. Supporting cast includes Chase Benson, Tatum Brennan, Rylee Bullington, Story Bullington, Quinn Butler, Elisa Camacho, Laird Garcia, Lila Goldstein, Ravelle Haddy, Kate Hennessy, Adeline Hlava, Hadley Hunt, Piper Hunt, Jamison Jones, Lauren Kimball, Jude Lifeset, Maris Morgan, Karina Pitz, Nathan Ryan, Elise Schultz, Lauren Trautenberg, Leah Turner, and Joely Wyatt.

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Lula Buckle will star in No Square Theatre’s Bugsy Malone, opening on July 12

Performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and Sundays are at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are available online at www.nosquare.org for $12 (children) and $25 and $35 (adults). Children’s tickets at the door are $15.

No Square Theatre is located in the Historic Legion Hall at 384 Legion St. 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.

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, Yvonne and John Browning, Dorene and Lee Butler Family Foundation, Patrick Quilter, FOA Foundation, Laguna Board of REALTORS® Charitable Assistance Fund, Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Dr. Korey Jorgensen/Jorgensen Family Charitable Gift Fund, Ann and Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs, Carolyn and Dr. Tom Bent, The William, Jeff, and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, Vicki and Steve McIntosh and The Hall Family Foundation, Nolet Spirits USA, Chris Quilter, and Nina and Larry Ragle.

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


Live! at the Museum presents Firebird Balalaika Quintet on July 11

 On Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m., Laguna Beach Live! will partner with Laguna Art Museum for another fantastic night of art and music featuring the Firebird Balalaika Quintet.

Firebird has built a reputation as a unique and dynamic group. Performing on the round-bodied domra, triangular-shaped balalaikas, and the bayan/accordion, Firebird’s repertoire ranges from traditional Russian, Ukrainian, and Eastern European songs to well-known classics and original compositions.

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The Firebird Balalaika Quintet performs at Live! at the Museum on July 11 

Lyrical melodies echoing from the steppes of Russia, energetic rhythms from the Carpathians, fiery Gypsy dances, chimes of Moscow cathedrals, and the beautiful harmonies of the Caucasus highlight the quintet’s music.

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, or at (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.org or call (949) 715-9713.

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