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LOCA Art Club to feature “Gallery Owners” Jan 17

LOCA will host its January Art Club, titled “Gallery Owners,” on Thursday, Jan 17, from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at LCAD Gallery located at 374 Ocean Ave. 

January’s Art Club will be a discussion about the artist and gallery relationship led by Sue Greenwood of Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Todd Kenyon of Pure Laguna Beach, and others.

Points to be addressed include:

How do galleries find their artists, and what they look for in that person? How should artists present themselves to galleries they admire? From the gallery owner’s point of view, what is key to a successful long-term relationship, and what are the most common problems in working with artists? 

It will be of great interest to hear what a gallery owner wants in an artist in addition to their artwork.

LOCA Art Club Sue Greenwood

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LOCA Art Club to feature Sue Greenwood, whose gallery is seen here

Wine and snacks will be provided. The event is free to members; the cost for guests is $20. Metered parking is available on the street. To register or for more information about LOCA, visit www.locaarts.org or call (949) 363-4700.

For more information about speaker and gallery owner Sue Greenwood, visit www.suegreenwoodfineart.com. For more information about Todd Kenyon of Pure Laguna Beach, visit www.purelagunabeach.com.


No Square to hold My Ridiculous Valentine auditions tomorrow by appointment

No Square Theatre is looking for talented adult singers to audition for My Ridiculous Valentine. Auditions will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Jan 5, by appointment from noon to 3 p.m.

My Ridiculous Valentine, a not-so-romantic concert of dysfunctional love and laughter, is directed by Bree Burgess Rosen, with music direction by Roxanna Ward.

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Bree Burgess Rosen will direct No Square’s production of “My Ridiculous Valentine” with auditions by appointment tomorrow, Saturday, Jan 5

No Square is seeking strong adult singers. Limited rehearsal schedule requires every performer to be a self-motivated quick study. The concert will consist of solos, duets, and group numbers. Forms and auditions for this nontraditional Valentine concert are available on No Square’s website at www.nosquare.org/auditions.

Performances are on Friday, Feb 8 and Saturday, Feb 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tech/dress rehearsal is Wednesday, Feb 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. 

To make an audition appointment, contact the director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Before auditioning:

--Download and fill out the audition form and conflict calendar from www.nosquare.org/auditions. 

--Prepare about two minutes of an up-tempo or ballad from a Broadway score or the American Songbook. 

“If you have something that reflects the theme of the concert, please do that – but the directors, not the performers, will determine the content of the concert,” Burgess Rosen said.

--Prepare to bring sheet music in the proper key. No a capella or accompaniment tracks are allowed.

--Allow about one hour for the audition.

No Square My Ridiculous Roxanna

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Roxanna Ward will provide musical direction for No Square’s production of “My Ridiculous Valentine”

Note – there is no pay. No Square is a non-union, community theatre, but this is a “stand and sing” concert, not a book show, with no AEA conflict. 

“We can and will have a few professionals in the concert, volunteering alongside our talented amateurs,” Burgess Rosen said.

No Square Theatre is staged in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St, two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School. 

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


Laguna Beach Music Festival returns Feb 8 - 10

The Laguna Beach Music Festival returns on February 8 - 10 at the Laguna Playhouse. Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang serves as the 2019 Festival Director in her exploration of “Art Inspires Art,” which encompasses multiple disciplines – from live music to dance to visual art – all converging on one stage. 

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. 

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Joyce Yang is the 2019 Laguna Beach Music Festival Director

A Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians.

Opening night is February 8 and features Joyce Yang and cellist Efe Baltacigil in a program of dance-inspired musical works. The second half features Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in “Dream Play,” a work by acclaimed choreographer Fernando Melo. 

On February 9, Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich and Yang showcase dance inspired pieces from various cultures in a duo recital built around André Previn’s “Tango, Song, and Dance.”

The Festival culminates on February 10 in a passionate musical exploration of romance-themed masterworks. In this pre-Valentine’s Day concert, special guests join Yang.

The 2019 Festival Artist Sponsor is Michelle Rohé. Festival Underwriters are Hung Fan and Michael Feldman, Joan Halvajian, Judith and Howard Jelinek, Lauren and Richard Packard. 

Concert Sponsors include Betsy and Gary Jenkins, M.D., Laguna Dance Festival, and Michael Ray.

For more information and tickets, visit www.philharmonicsociety.org.


Sawdust to host Drepung Gomang Monks Sacred Tibetan Arts Tour Jan 28 - Feb 3

The Sawdust Art Festival looks forward to hosting the Drepung Gomang Monks Sacred Tibetan Arts Tour January 28 - February 5.

On Monday, Jan 28, the exciting Arts Tour event kicks off with the creation of the White Tara Mandala opening ceremonies from 10 to 11 a.m., Mandala Creation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and an Explanation for the White Tara Mandala from 4 to 5 p.m. Hear the Monks’ unique trichord chanting at the beginning and end of each day.

On Tuesday, Jan 29, be a part of the Mandala Creation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a 7 to 8 p.m. Chanting for World Peace and “Meet the Monks,” followed by a Q&A. The suggested donation is $10.

Sawdust to host Monks

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Drepung Gomang Monks Sacred Tibetan Arts Tour comes to Sawdust Art Festival Jan 28 - Feb 5

On Wednesday, Jan 30, join the Mandala Creation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 7 to 8 p.m., learn about Tara and Guru Puja for good health, relief of suffering, and to purify obstacles. The suggested donation is $10.

On Thursday, Jan 31 and Friday, Feb 1, Mandala Creation is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Chod Puja providing a combination of chanting, music, prayer, and visualizations using Tibetan instruments on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. The suggested donation $10.

On Saturday, Feb 2, Mandala Creation is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with children’s workshops, Artist’s booths and displays, a meditation garden, and a labyrinth; and from 7 to 9 p.m., a Cultural Pageant featuring The Mandala Prayer, The Good Luck Dance, The Black Hat Dance, The Snow Lion Dance, and more on the Main Stage. The suggested donation is $10 for a single person or $20 for a family (free for those under 10 years of age).

On the final day, Sunday, Feb 3, the Mandala Creation is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a White Tara Mandala Dissolution and procession to Main Beach.

House blessings (office, school, galleries, churches, etc.) are available during the Drepung Gomang Monks Sacred Tibetan Arts Tour January 28 - February 3. Call Pam Wicks at (949) 573-7104 for scheduling and information. All events are open to the public.

“Donations are gratefully accepted as we work together toward World Peace,” Wicks said.

Sawdust Art Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Celebrate First Thursdays Art Walk with free admission to LAM

Laguna Art Museum invites the public to celebrate the first Art Walk of 2019 this Thursday, Jan 3, with free to admission to the gallery from 5 to 9 p.m. First Thursdays Art Walk celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach with participation by more than 30 member galleries. 

Now on view at LAM, Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935 celebrates the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Laguna Beach Art Association with paintings by the leading artists who were founding members of the association and active during that period.

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Joseph Kleitsch, The Drug Store (detail) c. 1925, oil on canvas, 40 X 40 inches, Private collection

This exhibition is part of a yearlong celebration of the museum’s history and legacy, honoring the artists of a hundred years ago whose organization eventually became Laguna Art Museum.

Art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth-century, both on the east and west coasts. But no two art associations were alike. The Laguna Beach Art Association was a pioneering organization whose inception helped determine the fortunes of the Laguna Beach art colony and its artists. 

It grew from a relatively small organization to one that included hundreds of members throughout the country. Attendance records at exhibitions were impressive. Its leadership was devoted to promoting art in Southern California, but it also traveled its exhibitions to cities outside California and championed arts education in schools. 

The Laguna Beach Art Association charted its own course, but its development and struggles was a mirror of artistic and economic issues that confronted many art colonies in the early twentieth century. Its membership included Laguna luminaries – artists who exhibited on the national and international fronts – as well as many artists whose reputations never extended far beyond the local confines.

Although monographs have been published on several members of the art association – and some scholarship has focused on aspects of the organization – this is the first large-scale, critical study to focus exclusively on the art association’s growth and development. The exhibition includes over one hundred works by sixty-six artists, including a number seen in the original exhibitions.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Laguna Playhouse presents Pulitzer Prize-winning show Driving Miss Daisy

Laguna Playhouse presents four-time Emmy winner Michael Learned from “The Walton’s” and Lance E. Nichols of HBO’s “Treme” starring in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy. The play will begin previews on Wednesday, Jan 9 and open on Sunday, Jan 13 at 5:30 p.m. Performances will run through Sunday, Jan 27. 

Executive Director Ellen Richard comments, “We are thrilled to bring in 2019 with this powerful and still vitally important play.” Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham adds, “Michael Learned and Lance E. Nichols will ignite the stage with their critically acclaimed powerful portrayals of these iconic characters. Led by our brilliant director Michael Bloom, this is a not-to-be-missed production to start the New Year.” 

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Driving Miss Daisy, written by Alfred Uhry, is a classic play you won’t want to miss

Driving Miss Daisy is written by Alfred Uhry and directed by Michael Bloom. Sparks fly in Alfred Uhry’s groundbreaking story about the decades-long relationship between a strong-willed, well-to-do Jewish woman and her black chauffeur, in the Jim Crow south. 

Set against a backdrop of changing world events between the late 1940s and early ‘70s, what begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them. 

Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. There will no performance on Sunday, Jan 13 at 1 p.m. There will be added performances on Thursday, Jan 10 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan 20 at 5:30 p.m.’ and Thursday, Jan 24 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets range from $55 - $85 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). 

Group discounts are available by calling (949) 497-2787 ext. 229.  Prices are subject to change.     

The box office is open Mondays - Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Laguna Playhouse presents special Rock ‘n’ Roll event from the heart of Motor City

Laguna Playhouse presents an evening that will have you “Dancing in the Streets,” Forever Motown. The Rock ‘n’ Roll show will include six performances only from Wednesday, Jan 30 through Saturday, Feb 2. 

Forever Motown is an incredible collection of nine all-star performers including the Spinners original lead singer G.C. Cameron and former Temptations lead singer Glenn Leonard. Also performing are members of The Marvelettes and a live band singing your favorite hit songs from all the Motown legends including The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and more. 

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This talented group will have you dancing along at the Laguna Playhouse

Performance times are Wednesday, Jan 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan 31 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb 1 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb 2 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $45 - $65 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). 

Group discounts are available by calling (949) 497-2787 ext. 229. Prices are subject to change. 

The box office is open Mondays - Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. It is open until showtime on all performance days.

For more information and for tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


LagunaTunes performs Christmas Letters

LagunaTunes performs Kollenda

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What exactly was Pat Kollenda reading at the LagunaTunes production on Sunday? A long Christmas Letter? Details in the story on our Front Page II


LagunaTunes invites the community to “Christmas Letters”, a free holiday concert, this Sunday

LagunaTunes invites the community to a free holiday concert, “Christmas Letters,” this Sunday, Dec 16 at 4 p.m. in the Artists’ Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. The program traces how Christmas letters – some funny and some sentimental – have changed through the years. Bring the entire family to the show, which is suitable for all ages.

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Upcoming LagunaTunes concert will include a variety of Christmas favorites in both upbeat and beautiful choral styles

LagunaTunes, a no-audition chorus, welcomes singers of all training and experience levels. 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. 

Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s MenAlive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir, leads the 60-member chorus. Gunn’s entertaining choral productions are well known throughout southern California and in international concerts.

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides choral singing to everyone. The Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach provide funding.

LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave.

For more information, visit www.lagunatuneschorus.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Don’t miss Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose 

at Laguna Playhouse through Dec 30 

Don’t miss the holiday enchantment of Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose at Laguna Playhouse through December 30.

The production stars Ashley Argota, Thomas Hobson, Heath Calvert, Roland Rusinek, Riley Costello, David Engel, Andrew Barnicle, and more. Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose is written by Kris Lythgoe, directed by Sheldon Epps, choreographed by Mandy Moore, with musical direction by Keith Harrison and musical supervisor Michael Orland. 

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Ashley Argota and Roland Rusinek star in the “Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose” through Dec 30

“Families, our audiences and our subscribers are in for a romantically glorious, and hilarious, holiday experience as we present our fourth Panto spectacle, the truly magical Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose,” Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard commented.

  Lythgoe added, “We are overjoyed to be bringing Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose to the Laguna Playhouse this year. This fantastic cast and creative team that will be sure to make all your family holiday’s dreams come true.”

This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to cheer for Belle, boo for Gus, and sing along with popular songs such as the BeeGees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” Directed by Tony-nominated Sheldon Epps, and choreographed by La La Land’s Mandy Moore, Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose is sure to delight children of all ages.

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The cast impresses and delights audiences in “Beauty at the Beast: A Christmas Rose”

Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose marks Lythgoe Family Panto’s fourth production at the venerable Laguna Playhouse. Past Pantos at Laguna Playhouse include Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Kira Kosarin and Barry Pearl, A Snow White Christmas starring Marina Sirtis and Lindsay Pearce, and Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight starring Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Joely Fisher.

Laguna Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. For information or tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call (949) 497-2787. Tickets range from $41 - $76.

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