Getting Out 11/9/12

Concert Summons Visual and Musical Homage

The late composer George Russell’s tune “In Laguna” will be performed publicly for the first time in years by Laguna’s Concert Band.

The Laguna Concert Band’s winter concert, “Music at an Exhibition,” adds a visual collaboration to the repertoire and will be performed at the Laguna Playhouse on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.

The exhibition will open at 2 p.m. and the concert at 3 p.m.  Tickets for the concert will be $10 & $15 and can be purchased through the Laguna Playhouse box office at 949-497-2787.

The 65-member concert band will perform to two audio visual projects by Laguna College of Art and Design graduate animation masters. Additionally, selected fine art works by college artists as well as art photography of Laguna’s Scott Sporleder will be on exhibition throughout the Playhouse lobby and in a presentation of composer Jim Christensen’s “Sketches of Laguna” which premiered in 2008..

Christensen has reworked and expanded his work to include an arrangement of “In Laguna,” composed by the late George Russell, a longtime resident.

Set to Sporleder’s stunning photos of Laguna Beach and historical images provided by the Laguna Historical Society, “Sketches of Laguna” will be a “trip down memory lane” for many, paying homage to the incredible beauty of the natural settings of the city.

Building around the animation works, music director Ed Peterson selected music from “The Incredibles,” Percy Graingers’ well known Country Gardens and Children’s March, to serious works such as Mussorgsky’s, “Night On Bald Mountain.”


Provocative Documentary to Screen

Scene from the documentary “Death by China.”

Laguna Beach Film Society will screen “Death By China” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the South Coast Cinema. Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 for students (with I.D.) and $20 for a pre-screening wine and appetizers reception at Laguna Art Museum at 6 p.m.

Written, directed, and produced by Laguna’s Peter Navarro, a professor of economics at UC Irvine, the documentary film explores the impact of America’s manufacturing outsourcing to China and as well as the country’s $3 trillion debt to the foreign nation.  After the screening, Navarro will be available for a Q&A session.



Cooking Classes Near the Boiling Point

Chef-proprietor Alessandro Pirozzi

Chef-proprietor Alessandro Pirozzi recently announced the addition of his Culinary Collection Cooking Classes to his repertoire at Mare Culinary Lounge in Laguna Beach with two collections planned.

Each collection includes four classes, one to highlight each course in a meal. Each item demonstrated will be paired with a wine for tasting.

Classes are $55 each. Wine pairing is an additional $20.

The second collection of classes begins in the new year. For more info: 714-960-0534, Teri Williams.

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