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Short film by local teenager Michael Tanaka accepted into 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival

Laguna Beach teenager Michael Tanaka is excited to announce that his short film 24 HOURS, which was filmed in Laguna Beach, was accepted into the 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival with other shorts from Orange Coast College. 

 Michael says, “It is about a race against time to see how much stuff we can do in a day before the year 2018 ended. Basically, Laguna locals having a good time and beach hopping to different locations and secret spots in Laguna Beach.”

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Screenshot from short film “24 HOURS”

The film premieres on Sunday, April 28, at 1 p.m. at Lido Theater, located at 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach. It was directed, filmed, and edited by Michael Tanaka. The Laguna Beach cast includes Travis Booth, John Hrynkiewicz, Burke Williams, James Ferrell, and Sebastian Nakashima. Music is by the band Odesza – Meridian. 

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Film opens at Lido Theater on Sunday, April 28

The synopsis of the film reads, “With 2018 coming to an end, my friends and I decided to race time and do as much stuff as we can in one day. This is that day.”

To view the film trailer, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qf713Zg2Vg.

For tickets to the opening, go to https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/event/24-hours/.


Laguna Playhouse and Anaheim Union HS District present final performances of The Giver, April 26 and 27

On Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, in conjunction with Anaheim Union High School District, will host their final performances of The Giver at Anaheim High School. It’s produced and performed by students in front of a live audience. 

Laguna Playhouse and the Anaheim Union High School District proudly present these final student performances of a new performing arts program launched for Anaheim students. 

Laguna Playhouse The Giver

During a time when the performing arts are being slashed in Anaheim’s Title I schools due to budget challenges, Laguna Playhouse and the Anaheim Union High School District are changing the course for students with a world-class acting and stage production program taught by the Playhouse’s renowned education staff. 

Anaheim High School – Cook Auditorium is located at 811 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim. 

For more information and to reserve seats, contact Michael Garman, Grants & Community Outreach Manager at the Laguna Playhouse, at (949) 715-5355 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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

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.      

Laguna Beach mpact

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A cappella powerhouse m-pact will wow audiences in Laguna on Wednesday, 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.


JoAnne Artman Gallery presents Flirting with Abstraction May & June

Throughout May and June, JoAnne Artman Gallery proudly presents Flirting with Abstraction featuring Anna Kincaide and Matt Devine. The artist reception will be held on June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

These artists will inspire, provoke, engage, and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression.

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Kincaide conveys texture, design, and abstraction through her painted flora

Exploring the limitations and boundaries of accurate representation, JoAnne Artman Gallery is proud to present Flirting with Abstraction. Referring to the break-up of realism, this dual exhibition brings together artists Anna Kincaide and Matt Devine, who have used the language of abstraction to express ideas and emotions through the creation and destruction of conventional line, scale, and form. 

Anchored by Kincaide’s stylized figurative painting and Devine’s geometric sculpture, this pairing of recent works juxtaposes the different subject matters and materials to reveal the possibilities of abstraction through organic forms.

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Devine flirts with geometric abstraction through his sculptures 

Breaking from the historical canon of abstract painting, Kincaide emphasizes the hidden, internal landscape of her figures. Through control and spontaneous disruption, she conveys texture, design, and abstraction through her painted flora. 

A strong advocate of structurally applied color, her work explores anonymity and transformation. Incorporating elements of fashion photography and contemporary socio-cultural emblems of status and identity, her figures define the separation between body and mind. Bursting forth with florals, Kincaide’s figures showcase the idea of ambiguity between our bodies, identities, and thoughts. 

Recognized for his primary colors and curvature, Matt Devine’s organic forms contribute to his signature sculptural style of harmonious contradictions. Distilling pared-down compositions from industrial materials, Matt Devine coyly flirts with geometric abstraction while recording the modern world around him. Sculpting in steel, aluminum, and bronze, his sculptures stand in perfect balance as they convey a feeling of aerial lightness that contrasts the materials they are made with. Transforming raw material into patterned shapes, Devine’s controlled manipulation of space reveals the contrasts of nature and industry, light and shadow, and chaos and order. 

RSVP by June 1 to JoAnne Artman at (949) 510-5481 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the gallery, visit www.joanneartmangallery.com

JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N Coast Hwy.


Laguna Art Museum partners with Newport Beach Film Festival for screening of Citizen Lane 

On Tuesday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m., Laguna Art Museum and Newport Beach Film Festival will co-present the film Citizen Lane at Edwards Big Newport 4. Citizen Lane documents the Irish art collector who created the first known public gallery of modern art in the world.

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“Citizen Lane” will screen on April 30 

Irish art collector Hugh Lane created the first known public gallery of modern art in the world. Through an innovative combination of drama and documentary filmmaking, this documentary paints a vivid picture of Lane and the various challenges he faced on his journey.

Tickets are $16 and can be purchased at www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/citizen-lane

Edwards Big Newport 4 is located at 300 Newport Center Dr.


Join LAM on April 27 for Imagination Celebration

On Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., LAM is partnering with Barrio Mobile Art Studio, Art Division, and volunteers from Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House for a fun-filled day of activities for the whole family. 

There will be printmaking inspired by the artists of Self-Help Graphics and other art activities responding to works on view in LAM’s current exhibitions.

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Imagination Celebration is a free fun-filled day of activities at LAM 

Each spring, Arts Orange County presents Imagination Celebration, Orange County’s only countywide family arts festival.

Presented in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education, Imagination Celebration dynamically connects the community, arts organizations, universities, and Orange County students through meaningful arts experiences.

Free admission during Imagination Celebration is made possible by a generous donation from the Laguna Art Museum Arts Council.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Laguna Art Museum presents Shakespeare Dwelling on April 25

On Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host UCI professor Julia Lupton and LAM director Malcolm Warner for a presentation in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, Shakespeare Dwelling.

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Frank Bernard Dicksee, Romeo and Juliet (detail), 1884, oil on canvas, Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire, England

The evening will feature conversation about theater, poetry, and space in the plays of William Shakespeare, with monologues performed by actor Thomas Varga.

Tickets are included with museum admission. Advance tickets are recommended.

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

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Gallery Q calls for artists for new exhibition, “Harmony”

The Susi Q Center’s Gallery Q is holding a call for artists for their new exhibition, “Harmony.” Art will accepted on Thursday, May 2 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and from 5 - 7 p.m. Exhibition dates are May 13 through June 28. The Artists’ reception will be held on Friday, May 24 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. 

Orange County artists are invited to submit artwork that explores our society’s diverse perspectives and inspires us to work together to create a better world – “Harmony.”

All media will be accepted for this juried exhibition including collage, paintings, drawings, mixed media, photographs, jewelry, sculptures, textiles, mosaics, relief, or ceramics. 

Gallery Q bird

Art at former exhibit at Gallery Q – “Single Story” by LCAD President Jonathan Burke

Gallery Q celebrates a creative community and presents up to six shows per year at the Susi Q Center. Many works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors. Gallery Q is always looking for arts-minded volunteers to help with their opening night receptions. 

For more information, visit www.thesusiq.org/gallery-q or call (949) 715-8106.

To apply, visit the Susi Q Center’s front desk or download an application here.


LOCA Arts Education hosts Art Club on April 18

On Thursday, April 18, LOCA invites artists to an Art Club “Open Critiques” at LCAD Gallery from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Artists are invited to bring in their works for helpful discussion and feedback from Betty Shelton, Chair of the Post Baccalaureate program at LCAD, along with additional panelists. 

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Betty Shelton, Chair of Post Baccalaureate program at LCAD

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The cost is $20 to the public and free to LOCA members. Registration is required. 

For more information on LOCA and to register, visit www.locaarts.org/event

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

LCAD Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave.


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.      

Laguna Beach mpact

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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.

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