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Cirque du Soleil cancels Volta performances due to the coronavirus pandemic

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group notified the public yesterday of the following cancellation:

The California authorities have requested a ban on all public events over 250 persons to contain the coronavirus pandemic. In the interest of ensuring the safety of its audience and its employees, Cirque du Soleil cancels all performances of VOLTA, which was scheduled from March 18 to April 19 at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Carrying out operations all over the world, Cirque du Soleil regularly updates its procedures and applies specific measures to each region of the world and to each project. 

Although this situation results from circumstances beyond its control, Cirque du Soleil apologizes for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause. The Cirque du Soleil tour planning team is currently working on the next visit of one of its Big Top shows in Costa Mesa. 

All ticket holders for VOLTA in Costa Mesa will be contacted by their point of sale regarding the refund process. 

For any other questions, contact the Customer Service team at 1-877-9 CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783).

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Legendary artist Sandra Jones Campbell debuts new paintings on Saturday

A Little of This, More of That, a new show of paintings by Laguna Beach artist Sandra Jones Campbell, opens on Saturday, March 14 with a reception for the artist from 5 to 9 p.m. at Pacific Edge Gallery. 

Full of the wit, wisdom, and whimsy that makes her work both entertaining and thought provoking, this show will include new scenes of revelry and social commentary, as well as more nostalgic subjects informed by her time growing up in rural Oregon. 

“For this new show, I wanted to follow my muse wherever it led me, so the title reflects the variety of subjects and intentions of the new paintings,” states Sandra. 

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“Cocktails with Scam Likely,” 30 x 40 copy, Sandra Jones Campbell

Sandra Jones Campbell’s depiction of social and political scenes reflect both 

her professional respect for the 30s style German Expressionists Max Beckman, George Grosz, and Otto Dix, and her uniquely gentle wit. 

Multiple figures populate lively acrylics on paper or canvas, images that blend Sandra’s optimism and candor, along with the artist’s keen visual skill: balancing color, form composition, humor, and subject matter. 

Sandra describes her paintings as composites of social sightings portraying evocative associations from a voyeuristic perspective, often at moments of personal social apprehensions or sociological attitudes. Her visual narratives achieve effects that are simultaneously playful and sophisticated.

The artist has her studio in Laguna Canyon, and has exhibited at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach for over 30 years. She has been exhibiting her work in galleries throughout the U.S. since 1985, and her paintings are in private and public collections throughout the nation and abroad.

Pacific Edge Gallery is located at 540 S Coast Hwy, #112.

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Insider Art at The CAP Gallery is a must-see show

By M. “Charlie” Ferrazzi

Opening with a packed house, Insider Art at The CAP Gallery is a must-see. The show includes a juried selection of work from LOCA Arts Education teaching artists, board members, staff, students, and members in a wide variety of mediums of two dimensional and three-dimensional pieces.

As an extra feature, there is an exhibit within the exhibit: a selection of work by the residents of Glennwood House. These works were created under the guidance of LOCA instructors during ongoing classes with residents.

Paulette Adams’s piece Coastal Cools is very unusual. She was given a batch of the glass pieces that are popular in gas fireplaces. She loved the colors and came up with tumbling them to smooth the edges, then arranged pieces in horizontal rows, going from dark to light as the rows descend to the bottom of the piece. Done in shades of blue to aqua, they have a calming feel of the tide when it washes up on the shore.

Donna Ballard’s love of architecture and travel is evident in Cathedral of Cordoba. Done with watercolor ink and gouache, the piece is a perspective of looking upwards to the soaring ceiling of the structure. Donna’s architectural training gives her an eye for the beauty that can be found in the graceful lines and fine detail of the ancient building is apparent. Her image gives the feeling of looking at a piece of sculpture rather than a building.

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 “Cathedral of Cordoba,” Donna Ballard, Watercolor, Gouache, Ink on paper 30” x 40”

Laguna Tide Pools by Olivia Batchelder is a glimpse into the depths of a tide pool at low tide. The colors reflect the inhabitants and the strokes of color signify the movement within this small world. Painting with dye on silk, the placement of the strokes of color and the dots, are deliberate in their placement within the piece. The layering of these elements is what gives the depth to the piece and creates the feeling of looking into a tide pool. “Nature is the inspiration behind my work,” says Batchelder 

Joan Gladstone told me, “I love to do portraits. No two people are the same.” She chose Laguna’s Michael the Greeter “because of his character and the fact Laguna people recognize him.” Being a person who is constantly on the move, she took a walk with Michael and her camera, shooting images of him. From these she was able to get images that she could work from. To show his character, she emphasized some of his wrinkles. I think she also emphasized Laguna’s sunny blue skies with the blue background.

Fish may be a simple title, but Diane Ortlieb’s work is not. The fish are done in acrylic on paper in brilliant, fresh colors, then collaged onto canvas. This “underwater snapshot” came about due to her love of light and the colorful fish in Hawaii. An interesting note is she started out with cats for her subjects, when she became serious about Art. She still does cats to help raise funds for Laguna’s Bluebell Foundation.

Superwoman, by Ellen Rose, is a large acrylic on canvas piece done in Rose’s strong, bold palette. A woman stands with hands on hips, wearing a shirt emblazoned with the Superman logo and looking directly out from the canvas. She is one piece of a current series on powerful women, depicting the fact “they come in all shapes, sizes and colors.” The figure is saying “I do dishes, kids and husbands, and at the end of the day I’m tired.” Rose told me that she doesn’t subscribe to the “Barbie ethic” of “women are to be beautiful at all times. It’s not about looks. It is about strength and confidence.” Something about this piece speaks in volumes. Rose feels that things are changing. She points out the fact that even Barbie’s image is changing: “skin color, hair styles, careers, more gender neutral than in the past.”

Club 87 by Paula Voss is a small work with a big comment on aging. “Staying strong, active, and appreciating the aging process” is what this little piece is about. Three figures of ladies, braving the rain with their plastic rain bonnets, big black handbags and determination are the subject of the piece. They are each “kind of a big deal.” Done in dry point etching, the piece is hand colored and embellished with silver leaf.

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“Current Club 87,” Paula Voss, Drypoint Etch w/Silver Leaf  8” x 10”

Insider Art runs until May 30. Take some time to stroll the unique space of The CAP Gallery and enjoy the works of these accomplished artists and students. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 4 on your calendar so you won’t miss the upcoming Artists’ Conversations.

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of art and serve as a catalyst for art education. Ongoing exhibitions can be enjoyed at The CAP Gallery, in the unique Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Ave. 

Visit for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, to be added to CAP’s email list, or to become a member and supporter of CAP. 

CAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded by the member supporters, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the lodging establishments, and the City of Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Beach Live! presents world-renowned vocalist Barbara Morrison on Wednesday, just a few tickets remain available

World-renowned jazz and blues vocalist Barbara Morrison returns to Laguna Beach Live!’s Jazz Wednesdays this week, March 11, at [seven-degrees]. 

A legend in her own right, Barbara has performed, recorded, and toured with eminent artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Etta James, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson – and the list goes on. 

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Barbara Morrison and her band will perform at Jazz Wednesdays on March 11

Joining Barbara on stage will be Charles Small on guitar, Michael Saucier on bass, Peter Buck on drums, and Samuel Hankins on trumpet. 

Laguna Beach Live!’s Jazz Wednesdays Winter series brings some of the hottest straight-ahead jazz musicians in the region to Laguna Beach. The concerts are held at the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. when a full bar and dinner, on a pre-sale basis, are available. 

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and can be purchased at Limited tickets are available.

For more information, call (949) 715-9713.

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Laguna Palooza opens on Friday, get tickets and support our talented youth

The show formerly known as LagunaTots has grown up. Laguna Palooza is an original, family-friendly musical spoof (think “Lagunatics Junior”) that takes aim at the challenges of being a kid in our town. The show opens on Friday, March 13, and runs through Sunday, March 22. Laughs and outstanding performances are guaranteed.

The show is written and directed by Ella Wyatt, with music direction by Susan Geiser and choreography by Ella Wyatt and Lula Buckle.

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Logo art by LBHS freshman Lila Goldstein

Laguna Palooza kicks off on Friday the 13th at No Square Theatre 

The young Laguna Palooza performers (some well past “tot” status) are talented beyond their years, as evidenced by the recent Open Mic Night at No Square Theatre. 

A few Laguna Palooza cast members put their chops on display in knock-your-socks-off performances that brought the cheering audience to its feet.

The cast includes: Zia Bell, Chase Benson, Tatum Brennan, Will Briggs, Mason Bruderer, Lula Buckle, Story Bullington, Elisa Camacho, Nico Camacho, Harlo Cozzens, Tessa D’Amico, Zoe Edelman, Tessa Espinola, Anna Gabriel, Laird Garcia, Grace Gilchrist, Jonah Goldstein, Ava Guziak, Ravelle Haddy, Kate Hennessy, Adeline Hlava, Jamison Jones, Lauren Kimball, Lydia Kimball, Marco Lapeyese-Calderon, Jude Lifeset, Maris Morgan, Mila Northeast, Allie Nottage, Douglas Nottage, Chloe O’Kane, Sarina O’Neill, Layla Roberson-Beery, Felix Robinson, Nathan Ryan, Elise Schultz, Lila Tacklind, Leah Turner, and Joely Wyatt.

Performances include: Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, March 15 at 6 p.m.; Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 21 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, March 22 at 6 p.m. 

Tickets are $12 - $35. 

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St, two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School, which offers ample free parking. Seating is extremely limited, and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so come early. 

For tickets and more information about No Square Theatre, go to

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LPAPA presents 16th Annual Best of Plein Air Exhibit & Sale on March 14

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) is proud to present “LPAPA’s 16th Annual Best of Plein Air,” a unique exhibition dedicated to paintings created ​en plein air​. 

The public is invited to join the celebration at the Opening Reception with the artists on Saturday, March 14 from 5 - 7 p.m. (Awards to be announced at 6 p.m.) at LPAPA in Residence.

LPAPA’s 16th Annual “Best of Plein Air” exhibition ​is a special juried exhibition of original works of art created by​ Signature and Artist Members ​of the ​Laguna Plein Air Painters Association(LPAPA). ​

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Michelle Usibelli is among artists represented in the gallery show

270 entries were received for this prestigious show with jurors Jeff Horn​ (Signature Artist Member of LPAPA), Debra Joy Groesser (President/CEO American Impressionist Society, Signature Artist Member of LPAPA), and Ludo Leideritz (LPAPA Board Member and owner of Forest & Ocean Gallery) choosing 47 original framed paintings created by LPAPA Signature and Artist Members for the show’s coveted spots. 

Artists represented in the gallery show this year include: Joli Beal, Nanette Biers, Larry Cannon, Phillip Carlton, Lorraine Dawson, Eileen Eder, Monica Edwards, Mark Fehlman,Tatyana Fogarty, Scott Hamill, Michael Hill, Jane Hunt, Debra Huse, Paul Kratter, Margaret Larlham, Shuang Li, Jason li, Calvin Liang, Daniel Marshall, David Marty, Fernando Micheli, Michael Obermeyer, Kathie Odom, Kristen Olson Stone, Lori Putnam, Stuart Roper, Anthony Salvo, Keiko Tanabe, Bob Upton, Michele Usibelli, Durre Waseem, and Sharon Weaver. 

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Anthony Salvo will also be represented in the gallery show

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 ​The ​Plein Air Project to benefit young and emerging artists and the greater community. 

For show details, visit ​

An expanded online gallery show is available at   ​ 

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

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Laguna Art Museum presents Art Access tour on March 14 to Bonhams and the Jonathan Club

On Saturday, March 14 starting at 8:30 a.m., join executive director Malcolm Warner and the Legacy Circle of Laguna Art Museum for an exclusive trip to visit Bonhams and the Jonathan Club. 

Join guests at a private Bonhams event for a tour hosted by Scot Levitt and Aaron Bastian of Bonhams’ California and Western Art sale including six works by Granville Redmond from a private Orange County collection. 

Next, enjoy lunch and a tour of the Jonathan Art Foundation’s collection of California Impressionist paintings at Jonathan Club’s 1924 landmark building. 

The itinerary includes:

--8:30 a.m. Depart from Laguna Beach

--10 a.m. Arrive at Bonhams Los Angeles for an exclusive Bonhams event and tour of auction highlights. Light brunch fare on site from of Tartine Bakery

--11 a.m. Depart Bonhams

--12 p.m. Catered lunch at Jonathan Club’s wine room

--2 p.m. Jonathan Art Foundation docent-led tour at Jonathan Club

--3 p.m. Depart Los Angeles

--5 p.m. Arrive in Laguna Beach

Price includes round-trip transportation, entry, and meals. The event is complimentary for Legacy Circle members. 

Tickets are $140 for Advisory Circle and Laguna Art Museum members (discount applies in cart), $175 for non-members. 

For questions or to purchase tickets by phone, email Sara Gale at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 494-8971 x219. Space limited to 35 guests.

**Please note that there is a dress code – business, no denim – at Jonathan Club.

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Live! at the Museum on March 12 will feature The Cantelina Trio

On Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m., The Cantilena Trio will perform a concert inside Laguna Art Museum, presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live! Advance tickets are recommended.

Flutist Susan Greenberg enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, symphony player, and recording artist. During her 36 years with the LA Chamber Orchestra, she was a frequent soloist on both flute and piccolo.

Versatile tenor Jon Lee Keenan is a classically trained musician and jazz saxophonist with an interest in a variety of musical styles. When not singing, Jon plays Jazz Bass with Citizen Kitten.

Guitarist, composer, and educator Kenton Youngstrom has performed with orchestras including the LA Chamber Orchestra, LA Jewish Symphony, and New Haven Symphony. He teaches guitar at the Colburn School.

Admission to Live! at the Museum is included with museum admission. Advance tickets are recommended. To purchase tickets, visit or call (949) 494-8971 x200.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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LCAD faculty and renowned landscape artist remembers Color It Orange in 1982

Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) will host the 46th Annual Color It Orange Invitational March 15 - 22, the county’s longest and most prestigious art program for high school art students. The Color It Orange mission is to encourage artistic expression among high school students and teachers throughout Orange County. 

Among Color It Orange alumni is Greg La Rock, LCAD Fine Arts faculty member and award-winning landscape artist. He was 16 years old when he and his fellow high school students were awarded a scholarship to an LCAD summer figure drawing class in 1982.

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Greg La Rock, LCAD Fine Arts faculty member and award-winning landscape artist

“I loved to draw as a kid and took my first art class at Edison High School,” he remembered. “My art teacher, Jerry Nicholson, recognized that I was farther along than the other students and took me under his wing.” In addition to getting more difficult assignments, which Greg loved, he would also work alongside Mr. Nicholson who, today, is still a watercolorist once a week after school. They would have dinner at Bob’s Big Boy.

“He opened my eyes to the arts,” Greg said. Mr. Nicholson entered Greg’s work in Color It Orange and encouraged him to attend summer classes at the Design Center. Greg laughs when he thinks back to his summer at LCAD figure drawing class taught by the great artist John Asaro. 

“When we would do figure drawing in high school, my art teacher would put a pirate hat on his head and sit in the middle of class,” he said. “At LCAD, I was the youngest kid in the class. The model walked in wearing a robe and as I was thinking, ‘why is she wearing a robe?’ Then, she dropped it and posed. I remember trying to draw my best.”

Greg studied art at California State University, Long Beach and continued on to a career in graphic design. When he returned to painting, his landscapes won him numerous accolades including Best of Show at Plein Air Easton, Florida’s Forgotten Coast, Los Gatos Plein Air, and Sonoma Plein Air. 

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La Rock painting at night in Laguna Beach 

Greg has been juried into six Oil Painters of America national shows, has been invited 12 times to LPAPA’s annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, and has exhibited at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach for 14 years. He still sends Festival of Arts passes to Mr. Nicholson each year.

Teaching at LCAD for the past three years has given Greg a chance to give back to the college that gave him his start as an artist. His landscape course has become so popular that LCAD will be adding an additional class in Fall 2020. 

“College students keep you on your toes,” he said. “You need to up your game to keep them engaged and give them the tools they will use in their work.”

Work submitted to the 46th Annual Color It Orange will be exhibited from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 - 22, at LCAD’s historic Main Campus. All submitted work is juried by an LCAD admissions counselor and winners receive scholarships to LCAD’s summer pre-college program.

For more information about Color It Orange, contact Byran Heggie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 376-6000.

LCAD is located at located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

For more information about LCAD, visit www.lcad.eud.

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LagunaTunes needs male voices – with Beers for Boys, they’re putting their money where your mouth is

Attention, all men: If you join LagunaTunes, Patti Jo Kiraly will buy you a beer after next week’s rehearsal. LagunaTunes Community Chorus is gearing up for the June 7 concert, LagunaTunes Does Vegas! – featuring music associated with the stars who’ve played Sin City through the years. 

But this season, the women of LagunaTunes are sending an additional message: They need more men!

As one female tenor put it, “We can provide the note in the chord, but we need the resonance of those male voices for balance.”

Director Bob Gunn emphasizes that you don’t have to be a musician, and there are no auditions. Members receive lots of support and rehearsal tracks they can listen to at home or in the car. Most of all, the group is non-threatening, welcoming, and fun.

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Patti Jo is looking for men…for all the right reasons!

So LagunaTunes president and local artist Patti Jo Kiraly has announced that all new men who join will be rewarded with a free beer at Beers for Boys after next Monday’s 7 - 9 p.m. rehearsal. She says, “We want you, men! Come sing with a bunch of great people and your life will get better, I promise.” 

Actually, it’s a fun opportunity for all chorus members to meet at the Laguna Beach Beer Company after rehearsal and socialize. The women are welcome too, but they have to pay for their own drinks!

Chorus member and No Square Theatre Lagunatics writer Rebecca Lyles has even written a song parody (what else?) to the tune of “Send in the Clowns” (with apologies to Stephen Sondheim):

Send in the Men

By Rebecca Lyles

Isn’t it great? Isn’t it fun?

All the male tenors we had…

Now there’s just one!

Where are the men?

Haven’t you heard? Is your life flat?

Joining LagunaTunes does

Wonders for that!

Where are the men?

There ought to be men!

Just when you think that you can’t sing,

Magical Bob teaches you how to make your voice ring

We have a great time together and welcome you here,

Hey there, new guys,

Buy you a beer?

Concerts are fun, ladies galore!

We love our baritone singers,

But we need more.

Where are the men?

Send in the men,

Let’s even the score!

Join us on stage, hear the crowds cheer,

Concerts are always a blast, 

June’s drawing near!

But where are the men?

Those stout-hearted men?

Don’t wait till…next year!

The rehearsal takes place, as always, at Thurston Middle School, 2100 Park Ave, on March 9, followed by Beers for Boys at Laguna Beach Beer Company, 859 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

Rehearsals are weekly, Monday nights (7 - 9 p.m.) at Thurston Middle School. There are also two or three Saturday practices in preparation for the concert. Members pay a $90 music fee, and scholarships are available.

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

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