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Escape – Route at the Laguna Art Museum: Luciana Abait’s exhibition offers a hopeful and nostalgic journey through the American West


As the curtain closes on 2023, it might finally be safe to say some silver linings emerged from the pandemic. Interesting art, for one. Historians, of course, can contextualize what happened to us. Scientists are certainly still studying it. But artists – maybe better than anyone – continue to interpret the impact of that event from every psychological angle. Those surreal days defied description. They’re better left to visual representation, symbolism and the subconscious mind.

Another often overlooked advantage was the hyper-local focus the pandemic forced upon us all. “There’s beauty in your own backyard,” as the saying goes. Those days imposed that realization. We discovered wonder in the details, instead of the world at large. Others of us took to the open road. For some, road trips were the nostalgic 20th century adventures we left behind in childhood. But the pandemic put us back in touch with our own domestic landscapes.

Argentinean artist Luciana Abait’s exhibition Escape – Route is very much pandemic-born. In late 2020, during the second lock-down, the Los Angeles-based artist took her camera and her family and set out to explore the Southwest. “I knew I would see beautiful landscapes,” she said. “But I was totally overwhelmed.”

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“Escape – Route,” by Luciana Abait, is on display at the Laguna Art Museum through March 8

Abait took thousands of images – enough for at least three solo shows. The first of those installations happened at the Helms Bakery District in Culver City, only a month after her return. Road Trip: Projecting Possibilities (2021) contained 24 still images transferred to video that were projected onto an outdoor storefront on a repeated loop (12 feet x 30 feet). “It created a trippy, science fiction [sensation] that took viewers on an out-of-this-world journey,” Abait said. “Since we couldn’t travel physically, the idea was to travel with our minds and our imaginations.”

Abait brought that same installation – along with an accompanying photographic and sculptural exhibition – to the Laguna Art Museum (LAM) this fall. Now through March 8, viewers can join her on a road trip through California, Nevada and Arizona that’s at once beautiful, nostalgic and hopeful, but also a reminder of the fragility of our planet and all we stand to lose.

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An image from Luciana Abait’s “Road Trip” (a video montage of 24 still images)

Ascend the stairs to LAM’s second floor. Even before you reach the top, your road trip is already underway. You’ll encounter one of the artist’s signature digital collage sculptures. Abait created a mass of world maps, their geographies jumbled and reassembled into something unrecognizable, yet resonant.

The Maps That Failed Us (2018 – 2023) reorders our chaotic world. The Middle East sits alongside Canada. Namibia is near Texas. There are no borders in Abait’s version of Earth. Whether you see a mountain, a cresting wave or a melting iceberg (Abait had all three in mind), you’ll imagine nature in all her majesty, fragility and scale.

“[I wanted to represent a] world that has changed beyond recognition,” Abait said. “I’m also talking about immigration and the difficulty that immigrants find when they’re trying to go into a new land.”

Abait emigrated to the U.S. from Buenos Aires in 1997 at the age of 26 and has lived in Los Angeles since 2005. Immigration plays a large role in much of her work.

“The whole map can also look like a deflated world. A metaphor for all the changes and challenges,” she said. Abait molded the sculpture to make a commentary on environmental justice and the populations most affected by climate change.

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Hospitality Night with the Laguna Community Concert and JaZz Bands


Sing-a-long to the holiday hits with your Laguna Community Concert and JaZz Bands, featuring vocalists Lisa Morrice, Gary Greene, Samantha Morrice, and Ginger Hatfield

Laguna Community Concert Band

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Holiday Concert with the Laguna Concert and JaZz Bands


Ring in the holidays with your Laguna Community Concert Band and the Laguna JaZz Band! Join us for holiday favorites such as “Sleigh Ride,” “The Hanukkah Song,” and “White Christmas,” with vocalists Lisa Morrice, Gary Greene, Ginger Hatfield, and Samantha Morrice.

The Laguna Community Concert Band

The Artists Theatre, 625 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach

2 - 4 p.m.




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This holiday season, put on your glass slippers and join us for our annual Lythgoe Family Panto, A Cinderella Christmas! Based on the traditional British panto, where the audiences' participation is part of the show, expect a hilarious, heartwarming evening full of song, dance and holiday merriment!

In A Cinderella Christmas, the timeless rags to riches story of a young girl meeting her prince gets an exciting holiday makeover. A wild, wacky, and interactive holiday event featuring all of your favorite characters, A Cinderella Christmas sets the age-old fairytale of Cinderella to modern music, with a comical twist and incredible magic! Featuring songs like 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton and When You Believe by Whitney Houston, make Panto your holiday tradition!



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Audience treat: Community Concert Band and the JaZz band will headline joint holiday show on Sunday


Music and the holiday season go hand in hand and that perfect partnership will be on display when both the Laguna Community Concert Band and the JaZz Band perform a holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 3.

“There’s a sense of joy with getting together for a holiday concert,” said Lisa Morrice, the master of ceremonies for the Community Concert Band as well as a vocalist. “The music is upbeat and it’s a chance for people to enjoy themselves and be grateful and optimistic – even in a time when things aren’t perfect.”

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The 50-member Laguna Community Concert Band and the JaZz band will present a holiday show on December 3 at the Artists Theater

The opportunity for people to listen to live music is a gift the dedicated musicians in the bands offer to area residents.

For more than 20 years, members in the nonprofit Laguna Community Concert Band have been performing for the community, honing their expertise at weekly rehearsals as well as at-home practice.

“We do new music for every concert,” said Mark Lowery, conductor and musical director. With an average of six concerts a year, that only leaves about a dozen rehearsals for the musicians to learn new scores. “It’s right down to the wire, but it always works.” When selecting the music for the 50-plus member band, Lowery considers the talents of current members.

“It’s a fine line I have to walk to make sure the music works for everybody. I wouldn’t pick something with a big oboe solo if I didn’t have a good oboe player,” he said, acknowledging that a community band committed to welcoming all musicians will also have a variety of skill levels.

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Mark Lowery is the director of the Laguna Community Concert Band

“There’re a few people who struggle and a few really stand out,” said Lowery. “The (selected concert) music needs to be technical enough to challenge the players, but not so hard that they can’t play it by concert time.”

Features of this year’s show include a Hanukkah song with a klezmer clarinet that he expects will get the audience clapping along. “Santa’s Journey,” an instrumental song, should also be a crowd pleaser, according to Morrice. As MC she researches the songs, offering the audience tidbits and some history to enhance the listening experience.

“I’m looking for something that ties the music together that’s interesting or funny,” said Morrice. “It’s something that will bring more life to the show.”

On vocals she will be joined with Gary Greene, Samantha Morrice and Rob Harryman as they perform traditional holiday favorites as well as some surprises.

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Vocalist Lisa Morrice will also be the master of ceremonies at the holiday concert

“The people who do this really, really love it,” Morrice said of the vocalists and musicians. “The concert gives all of us involved with the band an opportunity to play and sing. It’s also really nice for the audience as they get to come in and enjoy live music.”

The public will even have an opportunity to join in the holiday celebration.

“We conclude with a Christmas Pops sing along,” said Lowery. “That’s always a big hit.”

Following intermission, the music will continue when the JaZz Band performs, accompanied by vocalist Ginger Hatfield.

While the 18 members of the JaZz band also belong to the Community Concert Band, they perform as their own independent jazz group throughout the year. The specialty instruments of the jazz troupe include saxophone, trombone, trumpet, bass, drum, guitar and auxiliary percussion. Vocalist Hatfield adds a vibrant element to the show, said director Lynn Olinger.

“I pick and produce all the music for the JaZz band,” he said. This year he’s excited to bring advanced arrangements by Grammy award-winner Gordon Goodwin of Los Angeles.

“These arrangements are at the semi-pro level,” Olinger said of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and “Santa Baby.”

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Sawdust Festival’s 33rd Annual Winter Fantasy brings hope and joy this season


If the daily news has you down, there’s a place in town where you can escape winter’s doldrums and the world’s doom and gloom. The Sawdust Festival’s Winter Fantasy feels a little extra joyous this year. Perhaps it’s in contrast to life outside its doors. But it could also be the colorful new mosaic mural by Beau Stanton that greets you at the trolley stop. It might be all that festive “snow” falling at the front entrance. Or maybe it’s the 14 new artists showing this year.

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The Sawdust Festival’s Winter Fantasy welcomes visitors every weekend (Friday through Sunday) through December 17. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

All the favorite Sawdust staples are still in place – photos with Santa, free art classes and glass blowing demonstrations, 168 artists showing their Christmas wares and 18 decorated community trees and live music on three separate stages. Kids can enjoy the seasonal marionettes and magic, balloon animals and more.

This year, we talked with Beau Stanton about that cool new mural he created just for us. And we chose some booths to highlight and asked those artists to share a few of their own favorites. We also asked them about their treasured holiday traditions, and what brings them hope these days. Their answers might surprise you.

As they say, “If you haven’t been to the Sawdust Festival this season, you haven’t been to the Sawdust.”

Coalescence by Beau Stanton, our town’s newest mosaic mural

Interdisciplinary artist Beau Stanton answered the city’s call last year to create a new mosaic mural at the front entrance of the Sawdust Festival grounds. It was Stanton’s first time creating a horizontal mosaic meant for foot traffic. That meant designing something that could weather the wear and tear, that wouldn’t be slippery, that would drain properly, and several other challenges that Stanton encountered along the way.

But he proved to be the right man for the job. The LCAD graduate’s work is shown throughout the world, including in a 13th century crypt, on the Berlin Wall and on electronic billboards in New York City’s Times Square. Stanton’s murals also appear in three other locations in Laguna Beach, including the Laguna Beach Beer Company and the Third Street staircase.

When creating Coalescence, Stanton wanted to honor Laguna’s unique topography, where canyon and ocean meet. Using a Nautilus shell to represent the ocean – its spiral mirroring the Fibonacci sequence and nature’s divine logic – Stanton created a cornucopia of native succulents and cacti blossoming from the sea. He used the Laguna Beach Dudleya – a rare, hyper-local succulent endemic only to our coastline – to make the mural uniquely our own. He also carefully selected the 30-tone color palette to echo the canyon’s colors and remain in conversation with his other artwork nearby.

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“Coalescence” by Beau Stanton is the city’s newest piece of public art installed outside the Sawdust Festival’s doors

Coalescence is made up of 3,659 distinct tile pieces, along with roughly 4,000 background squares, that were hand-cut and fitted on site (after having been driven across country by Stanton). Because his Brooklyn studio was too small to assemble the entire work, it wasn’t until the mural was installed at the Sawdust that Stanton saw it for the first time. “I didn’t expect it to translate as well as it did,” Stanton said, noting the compromises in color and shape that mosaics require, along with the thousands of micro-adjustments needed along the way. “In the end, it felt like a painting. I was really pleased with the result.”

What brings Stanton hope? “I’m seeing growing interest and appreciation for public art,” Stanton said, “regardless of geography or political affiliation. That’s a bright spot in this troubled, polarized world. We’re in a renaissance of public art. That’s an opportunity to cross over some of these arbitrary boundaries we’ve been setting up for ourselves.”

Watercolor Artist David Milton, Booth 602

What happens when Americana nostalgia meets limitless artistic talent? The answer lies in Booth 602 with watercolorist David Milton. Milton casts both his artistic gaze and his paintbrush on some of Los Angeles’ beloved and forgotten icons – Randy’s Donuts, Mel’s Drive In, Felix Chevrolet. This season, he’s turned much of his attention toward Hollywood. His collectors approve. Right before I arrived, Milton sold eight pieces to a single customer.

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Thinking outside the box: Special Laguna Beach offerings for all artists – and art lovers – are found throughout the community


Forget the mall and the huge online shopping experiences. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for those special people in your life, look no further than Laguna Beach’s art community. While buying an art piece for someone you love can be a tricky purchase, as their tastes may not coincide with yours, you can buy them an experience.

The lessons, concerts, outings and sponsorship opportunities throughout town are certainly “arty” gifts, but they’re often just the right fit whether the recipient is finnicky or easy-to-please. And shoppers with a conscience can rest easy knowing they’re not only giving a thoughtful, unique gift, but are also directly investing in neighbors and the community.

Here, in no particular order, are some local options for holiday gifts.

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The gift of an annual membership in LOCA offers year-long opportunities and even arrives at your doorstep already gift wrapped

LOCA/Arts Education

The artist and art lover in your life will benefit from a membership in LOCA Arts Education. The annual membership includes free admission to the seven Art Talks scheduled in 2024, a special brunch Art Talk and half-price admission to dozens of workshops taught by Laguna Beach artists. At $50, it’s a bargain valued at more than $250. Plus, the LOCA elves will even wrap up the card in a holiday box and send it to your home, but order early as it’s a week for delivery.

If creativity is on the recipient’s list, consider gifting an Art Escape for someone special. These outings for couples and groups can include options such as monotype printmaking, mint-tin painting, silk painting or even a donut painting party. There are also personalized public art walks available for groups. If you can imagine it, LOCA can likely provide the experience.

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Grammy-winning trumpeter Bijon Watson will be part of the popular Laguna Live! Jazz Series in 2024

Laguna Live! Jazz Series

Nothing like giving a gift that you can also enjoy – especially if you’re looking for something to do on Wednesday nights. The Laguna Live! Jazz Series consists of six concerts, starting April 28, 2024 with powerhouse vocalist Maiya Sykes and continuing every other week until the conclusion on May 8 with Grammy-winning trumpeter Bijon Watson and his Latin Jazz Syndicate. All shows are cabaret-style at Seven Degrees. Purchase a ticket ($37.50) for a loved one, and while you’re at it get one for yourself so you can both celebrate a great night out.

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The intimate Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center offers diverse programming, including panels, movie premieres and musicians, such as classical guitarist Eric Henderson

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center

Why have a gift that only gives once? How about something that’s 10 times that? A membership at the Laguna Beach Cultural Center does just that – and it will likely be thought-provoking. With the mission statement of “Harnessing the power of the Arts for the benefit of the community,” the Cultural Center offers challenging and inclusive programming for people in Laguna and beyond.

All memberships include access to any 10 shows of the recipient’s choosing throughout 2024. (In 2023 the center hosted 144 events) There are two levels –sponsor membership, at $500, includes prime seating and a free drink for each of the 10 shows, while annual membership, at $300, offers regular admission to any 10 shows. In addition, any memberships purchased before December 1 will qualify for part of a $15,000 match from an anonymous donor who pledged the support to offset a current capital improvement project.

“This really allows people to give a gift twice,” said Rick Conkey, artistic director. “There’s the performances they’ll attend, but also with the match it really becomes an investment in the center itself.”

For memberships, click here.

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Pageant of the Masters to strike a pose in 2024 with production À La Mode: The Art Of Fashion

The Festival of Arts announced that tickets for the highly anticipated 2024 Pageant of the Masters, themed À La Mode: The Art of Fashion, will go on sale starting Friday, Dec. 1. This spectacular production, showcasing the fusion of art and fashion, is scheduled to take place from July 6 through August 30, 2024. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here, or by phone at 800.487.3378.

The Pageant of the Masters is an annual theatrical celebration that brings famous works of art to life through live reenactments, transforming classical and contemporary pieces into living masterpieces accompanied by original live music and storytelling. Early ticket purchase is recommended, as the Pageant of the Masters is a highly sought-after event that draws art enthusiasts from around the world.

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Pageant of the Masters re-creation of Gaston Lafitte’s jeweled brooch “Butterfly” to appear in the 2024 production

Artistic director Diane Challis Davy, who originally studied costume design for the stage in college, has ambitious plans for the 2024 Pageant of the Masters and is excited about next summer’s theme.

“Modern fashion shows are very theatrical, and designers are always pushing the envelope of outrageousness and showmanship. That appeals to me,” Challis Davy said. “The 2019 Dolce and Gabbana runway show was an extraordinary spectacle. I’ve also been inspired by the annual Met Gala ball and shows like Project Runway and Fashion Police. But I will never forget to appreciate the craftsmanship and the hard work that goes into fashion: designing, pattern making, stitching, is art.”

In light of the theme, Challis Davy acknowledged the significant contributions of Costume Director Reagan Foy, stating, “Reagan is an expert, and she’s ready for this challenging assignment. At the Pageant, most of our costumes are usually painted cotton muslin, so it will be a special pleasure to let her work with a variety of luxe materials. I think we are both pretty excited about the opportunity to showcase some show-stopping outfits.”

Foy joined the Pageant in 2008 as Headpiece Director before taking over as Costume Director in 2016. Needless to say, she shares her director’s passion. “As a costumer, it’s always exciting knowing you will be making some gorgeous, challenging elements for a show,” Foy noted. “My team and I are looking forward to what Dee [Challis Davy] has in mind. Plus, I hope gorgeous fabrics are in my future. Since I typically work in muslin it’ll be a nice change of pace!”

For the 2024 Pageant, Challis Davy is drawing inspiration from various historical periods as well as contemporary trendsetters. “Before the advent of photography, art provided our only visual record of how people chose to dress. In the hands of classic designers like the House of Worth in the 19th century on up to today’s modern masters like Alexander McQueen, fashion has become increasingly more extravagant,” shared Challis Davy.

Featured works to be re-created include paintings by American artist John Singer Sargent, French artists Edouard Manet and James Tissot, as well as British painters Thomas Gainsborough and David Hockney. Three-dimensional works will also appear in next summer’s production such as brooches and pendants from early 1900s jewelers and various figurines by artist and designer Erté. Legendary Hollywood designer Edith Head will be recognized as well, with sketches and movie posters from her collaboration with director Alfred Hitchcock.

Challis Davy concluded, “The clothes will tell their stories, the artworks will provide the bigger picture. Through the magic of living pictures, we’ll take a walk on the red-carpet runway of art history.”

The 2024 Pageant of the Masters production À La Mode: The Art of Fashion will run nightly July 6 through August 30, 2024. Advance tickets go on sale December 1, 2023, starting at $45. To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, go to:

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LBCAC celebrates Hospitality Night with open house and concerts on December 1

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Ava August plays on the Main Stage on Forest Avenue on Hospitality Night

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Salty Suites, Main Stage on Forest Avenue on Hospitality Night

Come celebrate the Laguna Beach tradition of the holiday-themed Hospitality night on Friday, Dec. 1. Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) will have an open house for all who want to come visit them. LBCAC hosts two performances on the Main Stage on Forest Avenue – Ava August from 7-7:30 p.m. and Salty Suites from 7:30-9 p.m.

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Ryan Heflin introduces new song on December 2

–Saturday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

An Event Celebrating the California of Yesterday

Free performance by Rya Heflin.

Heflin will be screening and premiering a music video for his new song “California Dreamer” – a sweet, sad, romantic song about the California of yesterday, as well as giving a live acoustic concert performance. Along with early California stories by storyteller and naturalist Barefoot Joel.

LBCAC is located at 235 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions announce their eighth Holiday Panto at the Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions announced Joely Fisher will star in A Cinderella Christmas, written by Kris Lythgoe, directed by Bonnie Lythgoe, musical direction by Andy Street and choreography by Becca Sweitzer.

This holiday season, put on your glass slippers and join the Playhouse for their annual Lythgoe Family Panto. A Cinderella Christmas will begin performances on Thursday, Dec. 7; (with a press opening on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.) and runs through Friday, Dec. 29 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

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Joely Fisher stars in “A Cinderella Christmas”

A Cinderella Christmas is based on the traditional British panto, where the audience’s participation is part of the show, so expect a hilarious, heartwarming evening full of song, dance and holiday merriment! In A Cinderella Christmas, the timeless rags to riches story of a young girl meeting her prince gets an exciting holiday makeover. It’s a wild, wacky and interactive holiday event.

It sets the age-old fairytale of “Cinderella” to modern music, with a comical twist and incredible magic! Featuring songs like “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton and “When You Believe” by Whitney Houston, this year’s panto promises to be the very best.

Fisher (“The Baroness”) is the daughter of Hollywood legendary crooner Eddie Fisher and entertainment icon Connie Stevens. A triple-threat star of television, musical theater and motion pictures, her “sensational and sexy” turn as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s critic darling revival of Cabaret on Broadway as well as the National touring company earned her rave reviews.

Fisher will perform as The Baroness on December 8-17, and December 27-29; Becky Lythgoe will perform the role on Thursday, Dec. 7 and all performances from December 21-24.

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 “A Cinderella Christmas” runs from December 7-29

The cast of A Cinderella Christmas will also feature Veronica Dunne as “Cinderella,” Patrick Ortiz as “The Prince,” Jennifer Leigh Warren as “The Fairy Godmother,” Ben Giroux as “Buttons,” Austyn Myers as “Dandini,” and Jeff Sumner and Mark Gagliardi as “The Sisters.”

The ensemble will feature (in alphabetical order): Ashley Chavvaria, Alex Tho and Alissa Wilsey.

Bonnie Lythgoe (Director). With a career spanning more than 30 years, her achievements as a dancer, choreographer, director, TV presenter, TV producer and Broadway producer are second to none.

Becca Sweitzer (Choreographer). Her choreography has appeared on the TV shows Jessie, Bunk’d, Code Black, AGT, Fox’s Alter Ego and HBO’s Emmy nominated We’re Here. She’s a three-time World Choreography Award nominee.

Andy Street (Musical Direction). Television programs featuring his music are watched in more than 100 countries throughout our world. His compositions, arrangements and musical direction have won many major industry awards in England, Europe and the U.S.

Kristopher Lythgoe (Writer/Producer). He is grateful to be back with panto in Laguna. TV credits include: So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes (Fox Reality), Who Are You (Fox), On The Nose (Tvg), My Beautiful Game (Fox Soccer), Soccer Superstar (Nickelodeon), Ellen’s Game Of Games and True Story (NBC).

Performances will be Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will no performances on Thursday, Dec. 28 or Friday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.

There will be added performances on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 3 and 7 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets range from $36-$71 for adult tickets; $20-$50 (for children 2-14). There is a $50 “Golden Ticket” add-on available for children ages 4-12 that includes a special onstage sing-along experience during the performance and a gift bag with special surprises! Tickets can be purchased online (and full biographies accessed) at, or by calling 949.497.ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949.497.2787, ext. 229. Prices are subject to change.

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Laguna Live! adds Duo Tinkerhess concert for kids at BGCLB

Laguna Beach Live! looks forward to exciting events.

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Zach Churchill at Laguna Beach Library –Tuesdays through December 19

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at 11:30 a.m.

Laguna Live! has added another four sessions to their popular series of Live! Music Matters – their free interactive music sessions for children up to age six at the Laguna Beach Library.

Attendees sing, dance, play child-friendly percussion instruments and enjoy all the benefits of Live! Music.

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Duo Tinkerhess on December 14

Thursday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

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More Music for Laguna’s Kids Prior to Live at the Museum Performance

Duo Tinkerhess

In addition to the free Live! Music Matters sessions at the Laguna Beach Library, Laguna Live! is treating the kids at the Boys & Girls Club to an enchanting assembly concert on Thursday, Dec. 14. Performing are multi-instrumentalists, Duo Tinkerhess.

In the evening following their performance at the Boys & Girls Club, Duo Tinkerhess will perform for Laguna Live!’s monthly chamber music series, Live! at the Museum, in collaboration with Laguna Art Museum. The concert is free for members of Laguna Live! and members of the museum; $14 for non-members.

Children’s programs presented by Laguna Live! are supported by funds from the Assistance League.

Duo Tinkerhess performs music from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries on the viola da gamba and triple harp, as well as on the cello and pedal harp. The engaged couple met at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where they are both currently students. Using period instruments with gut strings, the duo performs works by well-known and lesser-known composers, sparking the interest of amateurs and connoisseurs alike. Their first album of gallant music for cello and pedal harp is currently being edited and will be released in December 2023.

Live! at the Museum is presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Live! concerts are partially funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Advance tickets recommended., Laguna Art Museum members & Laguna Beach Live! Members: Free; Non-members: $14 per person.

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Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

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Winter Fantasy offers Black Friday special and adds more classes

The 33rd Annual Winter Fantasy, a one-of-a-kind holiday art festival, continues through December 17 – every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine – from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

33rd Annual Winter Fantasy

Black Friday Special: Valid Fridays only during Winter Fantasy 2023

These promotional tickets may be used on Fridays ONLY.

Fridays: December 1, 8, 15: Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Adults: $7, Seniors, 65+: $4, Children, age 6-12: $2, Children, age 5 and Under: Free.

Promotional tickets may be used on Fridays ONLY.

Military receive free admission with each valid ID at the Box Office (in person only).

Tickets will arrive by email with a QR code on them. If not in the inbox, please check the Junk/Spam folder.

Step into a festive, unique shopping experience in an enchanting winter wonderland with thousands of lights and decorations, handcrafted gifts by more than 160 artists, three stages of live music, community performances, carolers, puppeteers, art classes and daily visits with Santa Claus.

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A Winter Wonderland awaits…

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Fun for the entire family

Tickets: Adults: $10; Seniors, 65+: $7; Children, age 6-12: $5 and Children, age 5 and Under: Free. Tickets may be used any day of the festival. Veterans receive free admission with each valid ID at the Box Office (in person only).

For more information on winter artists, entertainment and art classes, go here. For tickets, click here.

In addition, Sawdust Art Festival’s fall schedule, not only hosts a selection of new and returning, vibrant classes taught by local Sawdust artists, but also launches an exciting and much anticipated afterschool program, After School Art at the Sawdust.

Fun and educational, the after-school program is aimed at youth ages 10-18 and will cover a wide variety of art forms that include printmaking, painting, ceramics and mixed media. Each afternoon explores a different medium, and some may offer two or three different activities, giving students a deeper understanding of how that medium works.

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Afternoon Art Classes

Offering workshops through the end of November, “After School Art” is aimed at igniting the imagination of students and allowing them to explore their creative selves. Students can sign up for one or more classes, and those students who register for a four-week program will receive a complimentary tote bag filled with a variety of wonderful art supplies. Classes run from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesdays in October, and from 3:30-5 p.m. on Thursdays in November.

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Mixed Media Magic

Sawdust Art Classes’ fall offering is also brim-full with other artist-led art classes! On Thursdays (beginning Oct. 12), you can learn the photography techniques of a professional. Local photographer Mary Church will guide you through the key elements of photography, including perspective, composition, color, design and imagery. Charleine Guy teaches a vibrant and expressive workshop titled Mixed Media Magic; and in the evening, you can paint a live, classical ballerina with artist Michelle Burt who will demonstrate step-by-step how to convey the magical connection between shape and movement.

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Master Glassblowing

Sawdust Art Classes have many expressive and informative classes offered every week that the Sawdust Art Festival wants to share with you (far too many to mention here!). Visit Sawdust online (click here) for detailed information on classes, times and listings. They can’t wait to share the magic of art with you!

Saturday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

Abstract Alcohol Ink

With wine!

Join artist Michelle Burt and experience the creative medium of alcohol inks. You’ll learn various creative ink manipulation techniques. Create intuitively as you learn how this wonderful medium reacts through various application techniques.

During class, you will go over all the necessary materials, brands and the resources needed to create with this medium. You will touch on color theory tips with harmonious color palettes, various materials and finishing techniques.

Cost: $110.

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Silk Scarf Painting – December 2

Saturday, Dec. 2, 3-5 p.m.

Silk Scarf Painting

With wine!

Join artist Michelle Burt in this beginner’s silk painting class. You will create two beautiful, one-of-a-kind scarves ready to wear and share. This is a fun class to allow your creative style to come alive. You will be surprised at the amazing scarves you’ll create. There will be an artist-led demonstration of various techniques and styles to boost your creativity which you can apply to your own silk art.

Cost: $110.

Saturday, Dec. 2 and 9

Introduction to Mosaic Art

Dates, two-day workshop

Day 1 of 2: Saturday, December 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Day 2 of 2: Saturday, December 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $350.

The ancient art of mosaics is one of the most beautiful and oldest in the history of mankind. Working closely with Ron Shearer, you will create a mosaic that you will be proud to display. It will open a whole new world of creativity that you can easily continue on your own. Step-by-step, he will take you through the process of design, materials, cutting techniques and then carefully guide you through the application, initially using glue for positioning. You’ll have a little bit of fun “homework” to do between classes. When you return to the second workshop, you can really home in on the fine details and finishing your artwork. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or those who want to fine-tune their skills. All materials are provided including supplies from WitsEnd Mosaics.

Cost: $350 per student which is fully inclusive of six hours of intensive instruction over two weekends, and all materials including a pair of nippers that you can keep, mosaic glass tiles, design and backing board. Maximum 10 students per class.If you are a larger group, please contact them directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Portrait Photography – December 7

December 7 and 14, 9 a.m.

January 25, 2024 10 a.m.

Portrait Photography with Mary Church

Looking to feel good in front of the camera and confident behind the lens? Wondering how to master the elements of light, pose and mood? In this one-on-one class, professional Photographer Mary Church will take you step-by-step through the process, helping you to understand the fundamentals of how to use light and light settings, equipment choices, backgrounds, poses and clothing options. You will be photographed and photographing, allowing you the perspective from both model and photographer. The class will take place in a Studio Setting using natural light photography.

This is a two-hour class; you will receive one 5" x 7" and two 4" x 6" photographs – just in time for those holiday cards.

Price includes all materials and wine.

Cost: $150.

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Cultural arts announcements – Hospitality Night tonight, join these community festivities

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Hospitality Night 2022, Peppertree Lot Tree

Friday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m.

Hospitality Night

Ring in the holiday season with the best block party of the year. The first Friday each December the City of Laguna Beach and the Chamber of Commerce jointly sponsor Hospitality Night. Sing carols, mingle with neighbors and watch Santa light the tree.

Hospitality Night 2023 will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, from approximately 5-9 p.m. The festivities will start in the Peppertree Lot (Lot 2), where Santa Claus will arrive to greet holiday revelers before the tree lighting at 6:10 p.m.

Tentative Schedule

–3:30 p.m., Downtown Street closures begin.*

–4-11 p.m., Free trolley and neighborhood on-demand service.

–5- 5:30 p.m., Thurston Middle School Band performs in the Peppertree Lot.

–5-7:30 p.m., Enjoy holiday crafts and activities in the Peppertree Lot.

–5-7 p.m., Laguna Beach Presbyterian Art Market, La Playa Tamales, Homemade Cookies and Cider, Open Sanctuary, Dinner2Go, Prayer Candles, and Caroling.

–5:30-5:55 p.m., Ukulele Band performs in the Peppertree Lot.

–5:55-6:10 p.m., No Square Theater performance in Peppertree Lot.

–6:10 p.m., Santa Claus arrives at the Peppertree Lot to light the tree.

–6:15-7:30 p.m., Laguna Community Concert and JaZz Band performs in the Peppertree Lot.

–6:30-7 p.m., LBPAB perform on Fountain Plaza Stairs.

–6:30-9 p.m., Santa Claus arrives at his Beach House to listen to children’s Christmas wishes.

–6:30-6:45 p.m., Anneliese School performs on Main Stage on Forest Avenue.

–7-9 p.m., Salty Suites perform live on Main Stage on Forest Avenue.

–6:30-9 p.m., Business open houses.

*Street closures in the Downtown area will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Portions of Forest Avenue, Beach Street, Glenneyre and the Peppertree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event.

 Stage on Forest:

Saturday, Dec. 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Stage on Forest – Charles Dickens Carolers

Sunday, Dec. 3, 5-7 p.m.

Stage on Forest – Charles Dickens Carolers

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Holiday Palette Winners

Holiday Palette Winners

The Arts Commission has selected four designs for the 2023 Holiday Palette Competition. The designs will be hand-painted by their artists onto 3’ x 4’ wood palettes and displayed from light poles outside City Hall this holiday season. They will also be added to the city’s temporary art collection and displayed each year, as the city desires, to celebrate the holidays and Laguna Beach’s vibrant artist community. Thank you to all participating artists, and congratulations to Colleen Corbett, Jennifer Griffiths, India Hynes and Marcel Mead on having their designs selected.

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

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LAM adds new December events

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Holiday Glow – December 2

Saturday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.

Holiday Glow featuring Pacific Vocal Series

Enjoy a sparkling signature cocktail!

Sip and shop as you step into the holidays with an evening of live music. Interwoven within the festive evening will be two live musical moments featuring recognizable and beloved holiday classics. Presented in collaboration with Pacific Vocal Series, these moments will feature Laguna Beach local and international mezzo soprano Kayleigh Decker and pianist Cheryl Lin Fielding.

For more information on Pacific Vocal Series and the artists performing this evening, visit their websites at, and

Receive a gift with every purchase and an additional curated gift bag with a minimum purchase of $100.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $40, Non-members: $55. For tickets, click here.

Sunday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.

Celebrating Male Bodies in the Works of Paul Wonner

Join art historian Daniell Cornell for his lecture about the evolution of the work and lives of Theophilus Brown and Paul Wonner. Cornell speaks about these artists’ perspective as Bay Area Figurative artists both prior to and following the development of queer art theory.

Theophilus Brown and Paul Wonner upended expectations about gay relationships in their domestic and artistic lives. Beginning in the 1950s, when McCarthyism defined gay sexuality as immoral and dangerous, Brown and Wonner lived openly as a couple among their friends and colleagues in the Bay Area. Rather than engaging in political activism, they chose a kind of utopian action, living and working together as a tangible and viable alternative to the cultural norms around them.

Several themes emerge when analyzing male bodies in the drawings and paintings of Wonner and Brown. In addition to the politics of sexual attraction, their works reveal how they shifted several traditional settings and genres through a queer point of view. Most notably, they presented male bodies in parks and at leisure activities to suggest a utopian vision where their sexual identities were normal and welcome.

Wonner and Brown also mined the art historical tradition, often alluding to earlier artists but reworking their approaches through a queer lens. Manet, Cezanne, Bonnard, Matisse and Picasso provided them with aesthetic and stylistic inspiration for artworks that render the male body, which they celebrated unapologetically. Contemporaries interested in figuration and the male body, including artist friends David Hockney and Don Bachardy, were also a source of innovations that allowed Wonner and Brown to incorporate their sexuality into paintings and drawings.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. For tickets, click here.

Saturday, Dec. 9, 12:30 p.m.

Art Access: Couples in Art

Join the Laguna Art Museum on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the studios of two award-winning couples: Nobu Nishigawara and Lesley Kice Nishigawara, and Jeff Gillette and Laurie Hassold. This excursion offers a unique opportunity to learn about the works of each couple and preview some pieces from the upcoming 42nd California Cool Art Auction and Benefit. Don’t miss this chance to meet the artists and get a sneak peek of the upcoming event.


–12:30 p.m. Meet at Laguna Art Museum

–12:45 p.m. Depart LAM for Fullerton

–1:30 p.m. Visit Nobu and Lesley Nishigawara’s private studio

–2:45 p.m. Depart Studio for Costa Mesa

–3:30 p.m. Visit Jeff Gillette and Laurie Hassold’s studio

–4:30 p.m. Depart Studio for Laguna Beach

–5 p.m. Return to Laguna Art Museum

For tickets, click here.

LAM is located at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

For more information, go

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LPAPA’s 4th Annual “LPAPA Squared” Juried All-Member Art Show

LPAPA Squared

A celebration of artwork created in a 8" x 8" square format by LPAPA Artists!

Online Virtual Gallery Exhibition & Sale (Finalists): December 4 through Jan. 8, 2024.

Online Gallery Preview Auction (Finalists): Monday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

Physical Gallery Show & Sale (Finalists): Thursday, Dec 7 through Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.

Gallery Reception & Awards: Thursday, Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. (awards at 7 p.m.*)

*Gallery awards presentation will be live streamed on Facebook.

Award Winners: LPAPA will present three cash awards categories – Signature Member, Artists Member and Student Member (award winners to be announced on December 7 at 7 p.m.).

The Online Preview Auction referenced above will open at 80% of the full retail price for the painting with $10 bid increments. The preview auction includes a “buy now” option at the full retail price. Unless other arrangements are made through LPAPA, paintings sold through the Auction and through the Gallery will be shipped or available for pick-up after the gallery show ends. Paintings sold through the expanded online show of semi-finalist paintings will be shipped by the artist.

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association/LPAPA Gallery I located at 414 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

For more information, go to

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Laguna Community Concert and JaZz Bands ring in the holidays with three free concerts

This holiday season brings a series of free concerts to fans of the Laguna Community Concert and JaZz Bands. Both bands rock the holidays on December 1 for Hospitality Night, starting at 6 p.m.

The Laguna Community Concert Band kicks things off with holiday classics, “Sleigh-Ride,” “Christmas on Broadway” and “Christmas Pop Sing-Along,” featuring vocalists Lisa Morrice, Gary Greene and Samantha Morrice. Next, the Laguna JaZz Band plays its holiday blend of jazz and pop standards, Latin, funk and salsa with featured vocalist, Ginger Hatfield.

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Lisa Morrice and Gary Greene perform with the Laguna Community Concert Band

The two groups share the stage again on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., for a holiday show at the Laguna Beach High School Artists Theater. The concert features favorites such as “The Hanukkah Song,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “White Christmas,” as well as a visit from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” and a rousing sing-along finale. Vocalists include Lisa Morrice, Gary Greene, Samantha Morrice, Rob Harryman and Ginger Hatfield.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m., the Laguna Community JaZz Band returns to the Susi Q with holiday favorites such as “Santa Baby,” “Feliz Navidad” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Now finishing its 23rd season, The Laguna Community Concert Band rehearses at the Laguna Beach High School band room on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. For the latest news about the concert and jazz bands and a calendar of concerts, or if you would like to play with the band, go to the website at

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Laguna Beach Chamber Singers announce concert Holidays in Laguna: Tidings of Comfort and Joy on December 10

Join the Laguna Beach Chamber Singers (LBCS) on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. for Holidays in Laguna: Tidings of Comfort and Joy. This will be their first concert under the direction of Dr. Ryan R. Brown. Dr. Brown is a conductor, education and baritone based in Los Angeles.

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LBCS will perform holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m.

“We are offering an eclectic mix of choral music including holiday carols and standards, as well as sacred and classical repertoire that will engage and inspire our audience,” said Brown. “LBCS is thrilled to perform for our community. Please save the date and plan on attending with your family and friends to enjoy a special evening concert of beautiful music at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Laguna Beach.”

This concert is produced in part with support from the Cultural Arts Department City of Laguna Beach.

It will be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 428 Park Ave, Laguna Beach.

Admission is free; however, donations are gratefully accepted.

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Laguna Playhouse invites you to celebrate the 2023 holiday season with four “Merry & Bright” experiences

Laguna Playhouse invites you to enjoy the season with four “merry and bright” experiences which will bring you much holiday cheer. Join the Playhouse for some seasonal musical magic which begins with their annual holiday Panto, A Cinderella Christmas (December 7-29); followed by the return of the always underdressed, The Skivvies; or you might want to spend some quality time with “Sister” and have yourself a hilarious religious experience with Sister’s Christmas Catechism. Their holiday traditions continue as they celebrate A Groovy New Year’s Eve, with the hilarious Rita Rudner and the music of Listen to the Seventies! Bring your friends, bring your family and the Laguna Playhouse will provide the laughs, songs and a little bit of “naughty” and “nice” to make this holiday season your best ever.

Holiday season of shows:

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The Skivvies – “Best in Snow”

–December 11-12 at 7:30 p.m.

The Skivvies are back! Broadway’s Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley return to the Laguna Playhouse for two nights of the most outrageous holiday show of the season. This undie-rock, comedy pop, award-winning duo perform stripped-down, mashed-up versions of holiday favorites and more. Featured in People magazine’s Hottest Bodies Issue and as Sports Illustrated’s Favorite New Band.

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Sister’s Christmas Catechism

–December 20-21 at 7:30 p.m.

It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? (“We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri – they were in a barn after all.”) Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic.

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Listen to the Seventies

–December 31 at 1 p.m.

A tribute to all the great singer/songwriters from the remarkable 1970s decade – featuring songs from Carole King to James Taylor, from Joni Mitchell to Don McLean, from Fleetwood Mac to The Eagles, from Paul Simon to Elton John and from Cat Stevens to Carly Simon. A salute to a golden era of tight harmonies, meaningful lyrics and great tunes, all performed by a killer band fronted by Orange County’s own Jason Feddy and Molly Bergman.

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A Groovy New Year’s Eve!

–December 31 at 7 p.m.

Laguna Playhouse and Rita Rudner’s New Year’s Eve tradition continues. Ring in the new year with a 20-minute set of Rudner’s comedy and music from “Listen to the Seventies,” then watch the East Coast ball drop at 9 p.m., celebrating with Champagne, dessert, party favors and a balloon drop!

The Skivvies “Best in Snow” will perform Monday, Dec.11 and Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices $41-$51 (Prices subject to change).

Sister’s Christmas Catechism will perform Monday, Dec. 18 and Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices $41-$51 (Prices subject to change).

Listen to the Seventies will perform Sunday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. Ticket prices $51-$61 (Prices subject to change).

A Groovy New Year’s Eve! will perform Sunday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices $105-$131 (Prices subject to change).

Group discounts are available by calling 949.497.2787, ext. 229. Prices subject to change. The box office is open Tuesdays through Sundays: 12-4 p.m.; Mondays open two hours prior to show time and until 15 minutes after curtain.  Open until showtime on all performance days.

All performances will take place at Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 949.497.ARTS (2787).

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LOCA looks forward to offering Custom Art Escapes

Check out all the Custom Art Escapes LOCA has to offer – paint donuts, flowers and self-portraits, take a family art class, create a fall centerpiece, design your own holiday cards, walk the city and more…there’s something for everyone.

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Projects have included “Bioluminescence” inspired by recent ocean phenomenon

Families Love LOCA at the Library

LOCA’s Family Art Classes at Laguna Beach Public Library have been a smashing success. The “happy hour” 4:30-5:30 p.m. timeslot has made it convenient for parents and kids to enjoy a creative learning space, led by Allison Keefe. “We encourage parents and kids to work together,” Keefe said.

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Heisler Park Walking Tour of Public Art

Custom Art Escapes

LOCA continues to create exciting events and art escapes for both kids, families and adults to enjoy. Now, you can setup your very own art experience this summer. There are custom workshops for adults and groups, kids and families, and advanced sessions for those who want to improve their artistic skills with personal instruction. Designed for beginners to the most advanced student, lessons are in various Laguna locations, can be in your home or you can take a Zoom class.

“LOCA Certified” artists are offering classes and tours in a variety of Laguna Beach locations. Check out all the adventures and be inspired to receive individual attention, a wonderful time and unique access to some amazing artists. “Custom” Art Escapes are great activities for locals and visitors seeking unique art experiences in Laguna Beach.

This is just a sampling of the “Custom” Art Escapes LOCA offers, for the full listing, go to

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Heisler Park Walking Tour of Public Art

Heisler Park Walking Tour of Public Art

Instructor: Mike Tauber 

Enjoy a walk through this spectacular ocean-front park and get a close-up view of more than 14 works including sculptures, seating and floor murals in bronze, glass, metal, stone and ceramic. Unlike a regular docent – your guide Mike Tauber is a long-time Laguna Beach resident and artist who personally worked with many of the artists who made these pieces. The stories will amaze you!

Availability: Daylight hours. Available year-round.

Location: Heisler Park, Laguna Beach

Length of Time: 1.5 hours, 5 blocks

Fee: $290/event (1-12 people), To register, click here.

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Watercolor & Ink Travel Journal Painting

Watercolor & Ink Travel Journal Painting

Instructor: Mary Gulino

Have you ever wanted to capture the essence of a place by drawing or painting it? Join local artist, Mary Gulino, while she guides you through how to assess a scene and create a quick sketch, control paint flow and transparency with washes and glazes, and explore wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry painting techniques. Finally, each painting and inking will be brought to life with superfine permanent technical pens as you learn outlining and different texturing and shading techniques.

Availability: Upon Request

Location: Heisler Park, Laguna Beach or online over Zoom

Length of Time: 3 hours

Fee: $99 per person (min. 4, max. 8). To register, click here.

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Paint-a-Donut Party

Paint-a-Donut Party

Instructor: Lisa Mansour

Lisa Mansour, a Sawdust artist whose work can be seen at Quorum Gallery throughout the year, is offering this sweet treat. Gather your young friends and meet at Primi Donuts in Monarch Bay Plaza, Dana Point for a delicious snack and a painting lesson. Using one of Mansour’s donut paintings, you and your friends will “decorate” a donut using your imaginations and an array of acrylic paints and embellishments.

Availability: Anytime (two-week notice required)

Location: Primi Donuts, Dana Point

Length of Time: 1+ hours

Fee: $45 per person (Up to 12 people). Groups of four or more can be arranged with prior notice at their preferred park location and preferred day of the week (subject to artist availability.) To register, click here.

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LCAD Inaugural Permanent Collection Exhibition opens with reception on December 7

Join Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) in celebrating their Inaugural Permanent Collection Exhibition, a testament to the dedication and creativity of their alumni. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. at LCAD Gallery at 374 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach.

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Aidan Barker-Hall, “Climbing the Cathedral,” oil on canvas, BFA Drawing + Painting 2016

This selection of their collection showcases the diverse talents and perspectives of LCAD’s budding artists and innovators. Each piece on display reflects their unique journeys, passions and inspirations. From vibrant canvases to sculptures, this exhibition is a celebration of their growth and commitment to the arts and academia.

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Hannah Tjia, “Kodiak,” oil on panel, 2022, BFA Drawing + Painting 2023

As LCAD unveils this alumni-centered collection, they invite visitors to immerse themselves in their world, explore their narratives, and witness the transformative power of education and creativity.

LCAD Gallery admission is always free.

Gallery Hours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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