Dennis’ Tidbits


January 16, 2018

January 1969 marked the wettest month ever – 18.81 inches – no such luck for us in the 2000s

Ready for some stats? Here are some January rainfall totals in Laguna since 2000. Normal January rainfall is 3.11 inches. 

2000: 2.01, 2001: 4.16, 2002: 0.34, 2003: 2.69, 2004: 0.78, 2005: 8.12, 2006: 1.09, 2007: 0.07, 2008: 1.56, 2009: 1.72, 2010: 8.02, 2011: 0.98, 2012: 0.76, 2013: 1.00, 2014: 0.69, 2015: 0.78, 2016: 2.92, 2017: 6.94, 2018 up to Jan 15: 1.64.

In January of 1969 by the way we got 18.81 inches – the wettest January on record and the wettest month of all time. That total will be a hard record to break but when we get a 200 or 500-year rain event, who knows?

Meanwhile, local ocean temps continue to hover around the 60-degree mark, roughly four or five degrees above normal for this date.

There’s rumor of a big WNW ground swell coming our way. A very deep low has been trekking across the Pacific and instead of making a sharp turn to the northeast because of that strong stubborn ridge, it’s tracking straight east and at lower latitudes. Hawaii is getting that swell as we speak with places like Waimea, Jaws, and outer Kings reef outside Hanalei bay on Kauai are going off. ‘ Bout time! There hasn’t been an overhead day here in town for nearly three months so we are more than ready!

Our next chance of measureable precipitation is toward the end of the work week but don’t expect a whole lot. The ridge that sent us our blue banner weekend is weakening somewhat but it’s still there so most of the energy from the first front will happen from the Bay area north and the second low is poised to give us only about a quarter inch. Most of the activity will be aiming at the soggy, gray Northwest where they’re looking at a week of suicide weather. I’d rather live in a shack in Laguna than have a mansion in Portland! That’s why we live here! 

See y’all on Friday! Aloha!

Damon Wayans launches weekly comedy night at Skyloft starting in Feb: limited tickets for first night

Starting in February, every Tuesday night at Skyloft will be Damon Wayans’ Comedy Night. Yep, you heard me correctly! The popular comedian known for multiple starring roles in movie, television and live improv comedy, will be hosting and performing at Skyloft on Tuesday, Feb 6,as he introduces his ongoing, weekly comedy event.

Tickets for the Feb 6 event are $35 and on sale at Just 200 tickets are available for this premier show. 


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Damon Wayans, Jr

On Feb 6, Wayans will be personally introducing two top-ranked Hollywood comedians – Tony Baker and Vincent Oshana – who first take the stage beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wayans will close the evening with his own show, from 9 – 10 p.m., a rare chance to see this first-class comedian in person in Laguna Beach.

How in the heck did this come together?

Although Laguna Beach sees its fair share of A-list celebrities perform here, this is probably the first time an “A-lister” has committed to hosting and filling an ongoing, weekly event.

 Wayans, who has always been involved in promoting and booking comedic talent, founded the booking and promoting company, Special Guest, in 2016. The booking agency is filled to the brim with well-known investor partners that include Kris Jones, Black Eyes Peas’, comedians Kevin Hart and Marlon Wayans, and corporate investor Apple (to name a few). 

In recent weeks, Skyloft’s own talent booking agency, Pare Booking, merged with Special Guest. Wayans and Pare Booking’s Brandon Breitenbach have been friends for years, and started chatting about opportunities to showcase great, comedic talent in “The OC.”

Comedy show will be exclusive to Skyloft

The two came up with the idea of exclusive, weekly comedy shows at Skyloft. Owner Ivan Spiers readily agreed. Spiers, who’s recently begun booking headliner talent at Mozambique to sold-out crowds, says he’s committed to putting Mozambique and Skyloft on the map as Orange County’s best venues for top-shelf live music and stage performances.

Damon Wayans, Jr. won’t be able to host all of the weekly Comedy Nights because of intermittent work schedules. He has, however, put himself in charge of seeking out great comedians and “sending them south” to the popular Laguna Beach restaurant and live performance stage.

“This is a fun undertaking for Damon and he loves Laguna Beach,” says Breitenbach. “I think there’s a good chance he will be surprising the Tuesday night crowds, even if he’s just checking in to see how this brainchild of his is going.”

Wayans recently guest-starred in Curb Your Enthusiasm

Damon Wayans, Jr., best known for his role as Brad Williams in the TV show, Happy Endings, has been performing in movies and television since 1994. Initially in roles cast by his father, Wayans began writing comedy for TV characters (including his own characters), received a rare standing ovation for his debut appearance on Def Comedy Jam, and has most recently guest starred in TV shows, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as the movie, How to Be Single.

  Buy your tickets now at for the Feb 6 tickets. 

Diane Armitage is the best-selling author of the book,

The Best of Laguna Beach, and offers a cornucopia of ideas and upcoming events at her blog,

Dem Club & Laguna Unites organize buses to Women’s March; Petrie-Norris kicks off campaign

Cottie Petrie-Norris, who is running for the California State Assembly as representative of the 74th District, is kicking off her campaign by organizing a group to go to the Women’s March in Santa Ana on Sat Jan 20. 

The Women’s March takes place between 9 a.m. and 12.

“For many of us, 2017 was a year of awakening,” Petrie-Norris said. “There were many dark moments, but there were also moments of light, moments of love and moments of hope. In 2018, that love and hope is going to fuel us and carry us to victory!”

Democratic Club & Laguna Unites organize buses to March

The Laguna Beach Democratic Club has organized at luxury bus to take residents to the March. The bus leaves the High School at 8 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m. 

The Democratic Club’s website is

Laguna Unites, founded in the wake of the first Women’s March last year to sustain and encourage local-level civic engagement in key issues affecting all Americans through its Huddle meetings and other actions, has also organized bus transportation. 

The bus will leave the Laguna Beach District Office parking lot at 8 a.m. on Jan 20 and return by 2 p.m. Cost for transportation only is $20, for bus and box lunch $30, and for bus, box lunch, and special commemorative T-shirt $40.

Laguna Presbyterian Church and the American Red Cross host a blood drive tomorrow (Wed Jan 17)

Laguna Presbyterian Church and the American Red Cross are teaming up to hosting a blood drive on Wed, Jan 17 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Tankersley Hall at 415 Forest Ave. Join the lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today. 

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in the community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every two to three seconds and most of us will need a blood donation in our lifetime.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Coordinator Laura Rudd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949-439-0551. Also available is the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store, Google Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. It gives you the opportunity to schedule appointments, get rewards and invite friends to join you on a lifesaving team.

Walk-ins are welcome tomorrow also.

LPAPA hosts Town & Country, a juried art exhibition, from Jan 16 – 29: Opening reception is Jan 20

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) will host “Town and Country,” a juried art exhibit of paintings that capture natural and urban landscapes. 

The exhibition will run from Jan 16 to 29 at the Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave, and will feature more than 60 original paintings created by LPAPA Signature and Artist Members. 

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Saim Caglayan, Market Street, 8” x 10” oil

The public is invited to come meet the artists during the Opening Reception on Saturday Jan 20 between 5 and 7 p.m. Awards will be announced at 6 p.m.

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Paige Oden, Walk to Town for Coffee, 8” x 16” oil

LPAPA was founded in 1996 to help preserve Laguna Beach’s rich artistic heritage and tradition of plein air painting. LPAPA is one of the best recognized and most respected plein air art associations in the world with a growing roster of more than 500 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 to benefit young artists and the greater community.

For show details, including a link to view the expanded online gallery show, visit:

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday & Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Mondays.

Mark Towns Latin Jazz featuring Diana Purim will be presented by Laguna Beach Live! on Jan 17

Mark Towns is one of the world’s leading exponents of guitar-based instrumental Afro-Cuban Jazz, composing and performing music which blurs the lines between Latin Jazz, Flamenco Jazz, Salsa, Funk, and Fusion. 

Towns’ guitar work and arrangements combine the technical sophistication of jazz and flamenco with the down-to-earth feel of the blues and rock from his Texas upbringing to create something brand new. 

As Paul MacArthur (writer for Downbeat) says, “Mark Towns isn’t just playing Latin Jazz, he’s making sure it continues to evolve.”  

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Mark Towns

Mark Towns will be joined by vocalist Diana Purim, daughter of Brazilian Jazz legends Flora Purim, Ross Schodek on bass and Euro Zambrano on drums.

Jazz Wednesdays Winter 2018 takes place in the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., for seven concerts, January 17-April 11, every two weeks. 

Concerts are 6 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.. Full bar and buffet dinner menus are available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned. 

Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. For more information visit or call 949-715-9713.

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