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Stars align to create a spectacular evening at Celebrity Night at Festival of the Arts

By DIANNE RUSSELL

The theme of the Pageant this year is “The Time Machine” and Celebrity Night at Festival of the Arts on Saturday was a wonderful journey through the past, present, and future land of stars. 

As promised, it was the most entertaining and star-studded night of the summer art season. The red carpet one-night affair offered guests an evening of fine art, entertainment, and a special performance of this summer’s Pageant of the Masters, “The Time Machine.”

The Celebrity Stars were plentiful and gracious, each bringing back a distant or not so distant memory. The red carpet was like a step back in time for many of us who watched television back in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and later. Yeah, that’s a lot of decades of television.

Stars align OHurley

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Master of Ceremonies John O’Hurley with his wife Lisa and son William

Although John O’Hurley has done many things since Seinfeld, it is still that show and “J. Peterman” that come to mind when O’Hurley’s name is mentioned. Not surprisingly, he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance, and he admits that the show holds some of the best memories of his career. In 2012, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition for his accomplishments in the Arts and Philanthropy. 

As for the Festival of Arts, he said, “The Pageant is the art of infinite possibilities.” 

Stars align Mathers

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Jerry Mathers

Every one of my generation watched Leave it to Beaver, admit it. Jerry Mathers brought back many memories of wishing the Cleaver family would adopt me. He’s really an icon, though he didn’t present that way. He and his wife Theresa were down to earth, just as you’d expect. When asked if he’d rather be in the past, present or future, Mathers didn’t hesitate a beat: “I wouldn’t be any place else but here, the present is magical.” 

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Donna Mills

Donna Mills, who has been in countless movies and series from Play Misty for Me to Knots Landing, has been coming to the Pageant for 10 years. When asked how important the arts are to her, she replied, “The arts are important for everyone, it’s our way of expressing ourselves. I love the Pageant, especially knowing that it’s all done by volunteers.”

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Christopher Knight and his wife Cara

Another step back in time happened as Christopher Knight from The Brady Bunch appeared with his wife Cara. “I’ve been to the Pageant once,” he said. “There’s nothing like it anywhere. I can’t explain it.” He was one of the few who said he’d want to go into the future – to try it.

Celebrities

These were just a few of the marvelous celebrities who graced the red carpet, the list also including: Jonathan Adams of Last Man Standing; Ginger Chan, KTLA traffic anchor and news reporter; Shawn Christian from Days of Our Lives; Patrika Darbo of the televisions series The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives; Donna D’Errico of Baywatch; Julie Ann Emery, best known for her role in Better Call Saul; Richard Gilliland, best known for his role in the film Airplane II: The Sequel; and Robert Hays of Airplane and Airplane II. 

More celebrities

Other celebrities on hand included Leann Hunley of Days or Our Lives; Gregory Itzin of the Fox series 24; Mark Kono, pilot/reporter for Sky5 on the KTLA Morning News; Eva LaRue, host of The CW’s Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Animal Tales; Kate Linder of the Young and the Restless; Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds; Kent McCord of Adam-12; Patty McCormack, best remembered for the 1956 film The Bad Seed; Caryn Richmond, best known for her role as Gidget in The New Gidget; Channon Rose, beauty and lifestyle social media influencer; Jean Smart from Frasier; Miles Tagtmeyer of Broken; Mark Wallengren, radio DJ with KOST 103.5; Larry Wilcox of Chips; and Arianne Zucker from Days of Our Lives.

Melissa Manchester, who was nominated for a Grammy in 1979 for Best Female Vocal Performance for “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” performed during the concert.

This year’s FOA and Pageant season concludes on August 31.

For more information, visit www.foapom.com. 

The FOA is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Barbara’s Column

Runway Fashion show exalts art and the environment 

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Fashion design is as much an art as painting or sculpting. But creating fashion from trash adds an extra fillip. 

The Festival of Arts has for 11 years showcased creations constructed by festival exhibitors from materials never meant to clothe human bodies. It is modeled after TV’s Project Runway, complete with judges and a celebrity host, but with a difference.

“This is a one-of-a kind spectacular fashion show,” said Festival Special Events Director Susan Davis, originator of the show.

But one thing sets it apart from all other fashion shows.

“The artists compete to create the most inspired couture, using only reclaimed, reused or recycled materials,” said Davis. 

Competition is stiff for the recognition and for prize money in four categories, judged this year by clothing designer Alex Jaeger, Radar Online Entertainment Editor Alexis Tereszcuk and the Pageant of Master’s Director Diane Challis Davy, who knows a thing or two about costume design. 

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Artist Brad Elsberry – Winner for “Most Creative Concept” and “People’s Choice Award,” modeled by Eli James Wanket and Hummingbird Meadows

Challis Davy studied costume design in college and began her career in the pageant in the costume department.

This year’s winners included Brad Elsberry for his “Most Creative Concept.” Elizabeth McGhee took the award for “Most Exciting Ensemble Inspired by ‘The Time Machine,’” the theme of the 2019 pageant. The award for the “Most Innovative Use of Materials” went to Rachelle Weir. Marianne Nelson’s gown was judged the “Most Red Carpet Worthy.”

Each of the winners was presented with a $1,000 check.

Elsberry also won the People’s Choice Award.

He made three dumpster dives to fish out discarded paper cut-offs, posters, display cards, vinyl scraps, pieces of billboards, exhibition booth fabric rejects and a whole van of ephemera – a name for items not meant to last.

Elsberry was inspired by the so-called Stonewall Riot in 1969, which launched the Gay Civil Rights Movement.

Elsberry’s entry was modeled by Eli James Wanket and Hummingbird Meadows.

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Artist and model – Elizabeth McGhee’s awarded “Most Exciting Ensemble Inspired by ‘The Time Machine’”

McGhee’s elaborate gown might have been worn by a lady in the late 1880s, when the late H.G. Wells was writing his first book, The Time Machine – except her dress was made of magazines, tape, thread and staples. Her “jewelry” was constructed of painstakingly rolled magazine pages. 

McGhee modeled her own truly timeless creation. 

Weir’s design was also inspired by the 2019 pageant theme. The garment was composed of recycled Amazon packaging, a laundry soap jug, plastic lettuce, packaging, straw, soda bottles, Starbucks coffee stirrers and cardboard. 

The umbrella carried by model Logan Campos was lined with colorful ties. Observers also identified hardback books, leather belts, a lampshade frame, old clock parts and a crystal candlestick. 

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Rachelle Weir’s design modeled by Logan Campos won the award for the “Most Innovative Use of Materials”

Nelson’s winning design was modeled by her cousin, Natasha Nelson. It was composed of plastic ribbons she found abandoned in a trash can and bleached, shredded, folded, heated and chopped up. The shredding alone took her through three seasons of her favorite TV show.

An entry was also created by ceramist Mike Tauber and Lani Emanuel and modeled by Caryn Werfelmann. “Time to Shop for Art” was a two-piece dress made from shopping and trash bags. It was accessorized by business card earrings, wristlets made of pageant tickets and a clock hat composed of cardboard and popsicle sticks. 

The Queen of Soul inspired Kate Cohen’s entry, which included her version of the late Aretha Franklin’s iconic double ruffle, crafted from painted and fused dry cleaning bags. Artist Sandra Jones Campbell and Cohen lent their voices to model Rita Moon’s musical strut down the runway.

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Marianne Nelson’s gown, modeled by her cousin Natasha Nelson, was judged the “Most Red Carpet Worthy” 

The variety of materials used to create the amazing designs is jaw-dropping.

Exhibitors in the past have used clear plastic bags to design ball gowns and wedding gowns. One of the most memorable winners was made from the bark of a eucalyptus tree on the festival grounds.

Some take months to complete.

Two years ago, Richard Moran received the “Most Glamorous & Elegant ‘Red Carpet’ Worthy Creation” award for his stunning outfit made from more than 1,600 lottery tickets, folded into origami and attached to repurposed packing material. 

Moran also took home the highly coveted “People’s Choice Award” that year.

The 2019 fashion show, held Sunday in the festival’s Entertainment Amphitheater, was hosted by film production designer Nelson Coates. He has worked on such films as Crazy Rich Asians, Fifty Shades Freed, Flight and The Proposal

Coates was nominated for an Emmy for the TV mini-series The Stand and currently serves as president of the Art Directors Guild.

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Entry “Time to Shop for Art” created by ceramist Mike Tauber and Lani Emanuel and modeled by Caryn Werfelmann

He is a member of the board of the Laguna College of Art and Design and the donor to the recent LOCA fundraiser of a visit to the studio filming In the Heights on which he was working in New York.

Festival Board member Anita Mangels, who outbid Betsy and Gary Jenkins for the trip, said Sunday that Coates had been the best host ever when she was in New York.

However, he said he was happy to be home and part of the fashion show.

“I am as excited as everyone here to see what happens when talented, imaginative people are put to the challenge of using old, worn, reused and recycled materials to create something new, beautiful and exciting,” Coates said. 

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading StuNewsLaguna.com. Contributions are welcomed.


LCAD main campus to stay at present site

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The main campus of Laguna College of Art and Design will not be moving closer to town.

College President Jonathan Burke informed Stu News on Wednesday that school officials decided after due consideration to keep the main campus where it is, rather than relocating to property owned by the Laguna Beach Company on Laguna Canyon Frontage Road.

“We did have conversations with the city and with the company,” said Burke. “The proposal was appealing, but we decided to stay where we are.

“Everyone loves the present location. It is so uniquely right for our Fine Arts Campus. It is our legacy.”

LCAD main campus

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LCAD main campus will remain at its present site, according to President Jonathan Burke

The college is bound inextricably with the city’s history as an art colony, a legacy not to be taken lightly, said Burke, the 13th president in the school’s history.

Laguna was discovered by artists in the late early 1900s, drawn by the light and the terrain. Plein air painters such as Edgar Payne and Anna Hills founded the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918.

However, Laguna’s artists were hard hit by the Depression. In 1932, they made a desperate attempt to bring visitors to Laguna – visitors hopefully with money. 

To attract those visitors, the artists hung paintings on fences and other unlikely places. The community organized activities such as tours of artist homes and an outdoor pageant. 

That gave birth to the Festival of Arts on which grounds the Laguna Beach School of Art was founded in 1961.

The school was moved in 1977 to its present site at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd despite grumblings from environmentalists who lamented any construction that intruded into the open space.

Through numerous name changes and tumults in the administration, the college has survived and now thrives. 

According to college records the school offers 10 undergraduate majors, three graduate degree programs, eight minors, and a Post-Baccalaureate program.

Known since 2002 as the Laguna College of Art and Design, the school now boasts a student population of more than 600 full-time students, accommodated on seven sites, including the Main Campus, throughout Laguna Canyon and Laguna Beach.


Art-To-Go and Painted Platters Auction this Sunday at FOA

Savvy art collectors will enjoy the final Art-To-Go auction of the summer at Festival of Arts this Sunday, Aug 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 50 originals donated by Festival exhibitors will be sold. 

Offerings include jewelry by Luciano Bortone, Lance Heck, Barbara Hendricks, and Linda Potichke, paintings by Molly Hutchings, Michael Situ, Tom Swimm, and many more. All buyers qualify to win a two-night stay at The Tides Inn.

Art To Go and necklace

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Necklace by Barbara Hendricks is among 50 originals in the Art-To-Go auction Sunday

 Additionally, there will be 12 kiln-fired ceramic platters, in “must see” signature designs by Ray Brown, Sandra Jones Campbell, Kate Cohen, Vinita Voogd, and more. The platters, glaze, and firing were donated by Laguna Clay Company.

  Proceeds support The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts. To view the gallery, click here.

For more information on the nonprofit, visit www.theartistsfund-foa.org

Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Belly dancers perform at Sawdust Festival on Sunday

Jheri St. James, leader of JJ & the Habibis Laguna Beach Belly Dancers, is celebrating 38 years of art appreciation by the Sawdust Festival with a special performance on Sunday, Aug 25 starting at 6:30 p.m.

“The Sawdust is the first and maybe only venue to welcome belly dancing as the art form it truly is,” states St. James. 

Belly dancers Jheri

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Jheri St. James performing at Sawdust Festival in 1985

Featured in the 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. showtimes will be beautiful Ana, elfin Rabia, Turkish spitfire Nilay, classy Angelika Nemeth, the sparkling Black Diamonds, Tribe Roman Morga, and of course the local JJ & the Habibis.

More info about Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo classes as well as future shows can be obtained by contacting Jheri at her website www.JheriCo.net, at (949) 494-5031, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Sawdust Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Belly dancers perform at Sawdust Festival this Sunday, Aug 25

Jheri St. James, leader of JJ & the Habibis Laguna Beach Belly Dancers, is celebrating 38 years of art appreciation by the Sawdust Festival with a special performance this Sunday, Aug 25 starting at 6:30 p.m.

“The Sawdust is the first and maybe only venue to welcome belly dancing as the art form it truly is,” states St. James. 

Belly dancers Jheri

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Photo by Douglas Miller

Jheri St. James performing at Sawdust Festival in 1985

Featured in the 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. showtimes will be beautiful Ana, elfin Rabia, Turkish spitfire Nilay, classy Angelika Nemeth, the sparkling Black Diamonds, Tribe Roman Morga, and of course the local JJ & the Habibis.

More info about Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo classes as well as future shows can be obtained by contacting Jheri at her website www.JheriCo.net, at (949) 494-5031, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Sawdust Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Rd.


“A Night Under the Stars with the Stars” at FOA and Pageant of the Masters set for Saturday

The Celebrity Benefit at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, the most entertaining and star-studded night of the summer art season, will be held in Laguna Beach on Saturday, Aug 24. 

This red carpet one-night affair will offer guests an evening of fine art, entertainment, and a special performance of this summer’s popular Pageant of the Masters, “The Time Machine.”

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a private viewing of the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and re -carpet arrivals walked by attending celebrities, including the evening’s Pageant host actor John O’Hurley. 

A night John

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(L-R) Event host John O’Hurley, Brian Cranston, and Peter Bergman

Other guest celebrities scheduled to appear are Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing), Ginger Chan (KTLA 5), Shawn Christian (Days of our Lives), Kate Flannery (The Office), Robert Hays (Airplane!), Gregory Itzin (24), Eva LaRue (All My Children), Jerry Mathers (Leave it to Beaver), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future), McKenzie Westmore (Face Off), Arianne Zucker (Days of our Lives), and many, many others.

“August 24th will be an incredible night,” says Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing and PR for the Festival of Arts. “We can’t wait to share the evening with John O’Hurley, Melissa Manchester, and our celebrity supporters…and we look forward to welcoming our most enthusiastic Festival and Pageant fans!”

Guests will enjoy an intimate concert on the Festival green at 6 p.m., performed by Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester and the Citrus College Blue Note Orchestra. Manchester’s career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. 

A Night Manchester

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Guests will enjoy an intimate concert performed by Grammy-winning Melissa Manchester 

Following her stint as a founding member of Bette Midler’s Harlettes, Manchester’s tremendously successful solo career brought her critical and commercial acclaim. 

The “Midnight Blue” singer received her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 1979 for the Peter Allen/Carole Bayer Sager-penned “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” winning the Grammy in that category four years later for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” 

Two songs she performed, “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “The Promise,” were nominated for Oscars in the same year. She has recorded over twenty albums across her four-decade career, releasing her most recent album, The Fellas, in 2017.

After the concert show, award-winning actor, best-selling author and TV host John O’Hurley will draw the winning ticket for a 2019 Acura RDX ($38,295 value). This is the conclusion of a summer-long raffle. 

Since the Festival season opened on July 5, visitors have been purchasing their raffle tickets in hopes of being the lucky winner. Raffle tickets will continue to be sold right up until 8 p.m. that night: $5 for one ticket, $20 for five tickets (winning ticket holder need not be present to win).

Culminating the evening, guests will enjoy a special performance of the 2019 Pageant of the Masters production of “The Time Machine,” introduced by celebrity host John O’Hurley. He won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld

O’Hurley has also won season one of Dancing with the Stars and named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” He has hosted The National Dog Show, Family Feud, and To Tell the Truth and voiced characters on Spongebob Square Pants and Phineas and Ferb. 

Tickets are on sale now and range from $50 - $240. The event is sponsored by Southern California Acura Dealers, KOST 103.5 and Yamaha. 

To purchase tickets, go online, visit www.pageanttickets.com.

The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization that produces the Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters.

For general information, call (949) 494-1145 or visit the website at www.lagunafestivalofarts.org.

The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. 


Red Hot Chili Peppers making rare appearance

Story by Diane Armitage

Photos by Mike Altishin for The Best of Laguna Beach

Back in 1983, the Red Hot Chili Peppers came together in L.A. when high school buddies Anthony Kiedis (now infamous lead singer) and Flea (aka Michael Balary and now infamous bassist) decided it was time to create a band.

During that first year, the scrappy punk/metal/jazz/alternative rock band was all over the California map. RHCP experienced what can only be described as meteoric popularity and by 1984’s debut, they were touring all over the country. In 1988, they began touring globally. 

While California always remained popular in their tour schedule, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ semi-retirement these last few years saw their last performance in San Francisco all the way back in 2017. 

This has caused painful withdrawals for RHCP fans, I can assure you.

It was a banner moment, then, when September’s Ohana Festival announced the Red Hot Chili Peppers as the closing performance on Sunday night’s stage, September 29. It will be their first (and only) performance in California since 2017 and, in fact, their only U.S. performance this year.

Ohana Fest: A 3-Day Music Extravaganza

The giant three-day Ohana Festival at Doheny Beach takes place September 27-29. As you may recall, this festival came together when fellow surfer buddies Eddie Vedder and Kelly Slater decided to create a festival that primarily featured extraordinary talents that had not yet been discovered. 

Red Hot Ohana Fest

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Returning Ohana Fest will serve up 35 acts this year

Now in its fourth year, the Ohana Fest stays true to its school, offering up mighty (but lesser known) talent throughout the day. 

Note: When I say “lesser known” please understand that I’m referring to people like Lukas Nelson, who collaborated with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper on the blockbuster soundtrack A Star Is Born. This is the kind of talent you’re going to see and hear all the live-long day, for three straight days. 

Twilight and final performances, however, are loaded with global superstars. 

Friday’s Lineup

Friday, Sept 27 will feature seven singers and bands leading to the two evening’s performances. 

First to take the evening stage is Tash Sultana, a kid whose homemade recordings (compliments of a GoPro in his bedroom) went crazy viral. In that very same year, he was selling out major arenas and he hasn’t stopped since. 

He’s followed by the evening’s closing act The Strokes.

Saturday’s Lineup

Saturday, Sept 28 hands us eight phenomenal sets before popular bands Mudhoney and Glen Hansard perform before for the last two performances that day, Incubus (creators of one of my most favorite songs ever) and Ohaha Fest Co-Founder Eddie Vedder. In past years, Vedder has chosen to do a single-man acoustic event that takes down the house. 

Red Hot Eddie Vedder

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Former Pearl Jam fron man and Ohana Fest Co-Founder Eddie Vedder

Sunday’s Lineup

Sunday, Sept 29 will feature 11 phenomenal acts again, with my former hometown, Denver, offering up the fabulously talented Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at twilight. 

And, then, it’s Red Hot Chili Pepper Time. 

Having sold more than 60 million albums worldwide with five albums at multiplatinum status and three Grammy-winning songs, I’m betting you might recognize a song or two. The band puts on one of the most energetic performances you’ll ever witness. Even if you purchase a single-day ticket and only attend this one event, it will be worth the investment. 

Check out general admission and VIP option details at my website, www.TheBestofLagunaBeach.com.

The best-selling author and blogger on The Best of Laguna Beach, Diane Armitage is on an endless quest for the most imaginative adventures in Laguna’s restaurants, events, and lifestyle. Check out chef interviews, retail and restaurant news, and favorite events at www.TheBestofLagunaBeach.com.


Festival artists try hand at platters, charity auction to be held on Sunday

Ray Brown is among 11 Festival of Arts exhibitors who created signature designs on platters recently. “I can’t wait to see what they’ll look like,” Brown said. The finished fired ceramics will be auctioned to the public on Sunday, Aug 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Festival grounds.

Glazing is a new medium for most of the artists, including Brown who specializes in wildlife in graphite on paper. Artists relied on color chips, since the glazes don’t show color until after firing. “It’s really challenging to paint, without being really sure how it will turn out,” said Anthony Salvo, who created an image of cherry pie.

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Artist Anthony Salvo created an image of a cherry pie 

Vinita Voogd, a noted printmaker, created a map of Paris using the scgraffito technique of carving into a layer of dry glaze. Other artists included Sandra Jones Campbell, Kate Cohen, Monica Edwards, Kathe Madrigal, Hugo Rivera, Pegah Samai, Mike Tauber, and Yuri Kuznetsov. 

The platters, glaze, and firing were donated by Laguna Clay Company. Proceeds from the auction will support The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts. View the pre-fired platters on Facebook here.

Festival artists Sandra

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Artist Sandra Jones Campbell displays her platter 

For more information on the Artists Fund, visit www.theartistsfund-foa.org or call (949) 612-1949. 

Festival of Arts is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.


“A Night Under the Stars with the Stars” at FOA and Pageant of the Masters set for Aug 24

The Celebrity Benefit at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, the most entertaining and star-studded night of the summer art season, will be held in Laguna Beach on Saturday, Aug 24. 

This red carpet one-night affair will offer guests an evening of fine art, entertainment, and a special performance of this summer’s popular Pageant of the Masters, “The Time Machine.”

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a private viewing of the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and re -carpet arrivals walked by attending celebrities, including the evening’s Pageant host actor John O’Hurley. 

A night John

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Photo by Pat Rogers

(L-R) Event host John O’Hurley, Brian Cranston, and Peter Bergman

Other guest celebrities scheduled to appear are Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing), Ginger Chan (KTLA 5), Shawn Christian (Days of our Lives), Kate Flannery (The Office), Robert Hays (Airplane!), Gregory Itzin (24), Eva LaRue (All My Children), Jerry Mathers (Leave it to Beaver), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future), McKenzie Westmore (Face Off), Arianne Zucker (Days of our Lives), and many, many others.

“August 24th will be an incredible night,” says Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing and PR for the Festival of Arts. “We can’t wait to share the evening with John O’Hurley, Melissa Manchester, and our celebrity supporters…and we look forward to welcoming our most enthusiastic Festival and Pageant fans!”

Guests will enjoy an intimate concert on the Festival green at 6 p.m., performed by Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester and the Citrus College Blue Note Orchestra. Manchester’s career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. 

A Night Manchester

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Photo by Pat Rogers

Guests will enjoy an intimate concert performed by Grammy-winning Melissa Manchester 

Following her stint as a founding member of Bette Midler’s Harlettes, Manchester’s tremendously successful solo career brought her critical and commercial acclaim. 

The “Midnight Blue” singer received her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 1979 for the Peter Allen/Carole Bayer Sager-penned “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” winning the Grammy in that category four years later for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” 

Two songs she performed, “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “The Promise,” were nominated for Oscars in the same year. She has recorded over twenty albums across her four-decade career, releasing her most recent album, The Fellas, in 2017.

After the concert show, award-winning actor, best-selling author and TV host John O’Hurley will draw the winning ticket for a 2019 Acura RDX ($38,295 value). This is the conclusion of a summer-long raffle. 

Since the Festival season opened on July 5, visitors have been purchasing their raffle tickets in hopes of being the lucky winner. Raffle tickets will continue to be sold right up until 8 p.m. that night: $5 for one ticket, $20 for five tickets (winning ticket holder need not be present to win).

Culminating the evening, guests will enjoy a special performance of the 2019 Pageant of the Masters production of “The Time Machine,” introduced by celebrity host John O’Hurley. He won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld

O’Hurley has also won season one of Dancing with the Stars and named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” He has hosted The National Dog Show, Family Feud, and To Tell the Truth and voiced characters on Spongebob Square Pants and Phineas and Ferb. 

Tickets are on sale now and range from $50 - $240. The event is sponsored by Southern California Acura Dealers, KOST 103.5 and Yamaha. 

To purchase tickets, go online, visit www.pageanttickets.com.

The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization that produces the Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters.

For general information, call (949) 494-1145 or visit the website at www.lagunafestivalofarts.org.

The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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