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Returning to Center Stage

Maureen O’Sullivan

Maureen O’Sullivan

Jazz-standards vocalist Maureen O’Sullivan, who put her performing career on hold when she became the mother of triplets, returns to center stage accompanying a jazz trio on Sundays, Oct. 13 and 20, at Mozambique Restaurant, 1740 S. Coast Highway.

Now that her triplets are 13, the Laguna Beach native finds she can sneak in a little more time for herself and return to performing and producing.

Prior to departing the stage 15 years ago, she performed in lead roles in several musical theater productions and sang for two years as lead vocalist in a rock band. She performed up until she became a mother. And even while raising her children, O’Sullivan applied her talents as a songwriter and illustrator to write a series of children’s books, “Beach Babies,” published in 2000. The books are accompanied by tapes.

From left, film narrator Pepe Romero, Rodrigo and his  wife Victoria Kamhi, producer Larry Weinstein and and Dr. Randy Pile.

From left, film narrator Pepe Romero, Rodrigo and his wife Victoria Kamhi, producer Larry Weinstein and and Dr. Randy Pile.

Guitarist to Accompany Film on Composer

Imagine that from your earliest years that composing music is your passion, but that you’re blind. While you can create on a key board, is, well, a challenge. Such was the life of

Joaquin Rodrigo, one of the 20th century’s composers of classical music who orchestrated a symphony in Braille, is the subject of the Laguna Beach Film Society’s documentary film, which screens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at South Coast Cinema.

Preceding the showing of “Shadows and Light: Joaquin Rodrigo at 90,” Randy Pile, one of Rodrigo’s students, performs in a special 6:30 p.m. reception at the Laguna Art Museum.

Film tickets are $10 at the door and $8 presale at [email protected]; $20 includes the reception.

 

Call for Artists to Join Radio Station’s Music Fest

Local Laguna Beach businesses, The Soul Project and radio station KX 93.5, are teaming up to bring custom printed tee shirts to the planned Festival of Music at the Festival of Arts on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Proceeds will benefit KX 93.5, the Mauli Ola Foundation, the Tony Hawk Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Scheduled performers include Matt Costa, Colin Hay, Trapdoor Social and Carly Ritter. Tickets can be purchased online at kx935.com.

Organizers are hoping artists will contribute a design for shirts, which patrons can select for printing at the venue.

Send art inquiries to [email protected]

 

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