Summer Academies in the Arts
Students wishing to experience life as an undergraduate at the Clair Trevor School for the Arts on the UC Irvine campus can take advantage of small classes in visual arts, dance, technical theatre and music that are offered throughout the summer. Taught by faculty and professionals in their fields, the classes offer intensive practical and technical conservatory-style instruction.
CTSA (Claire Trevor School for the Arts) is a national leader in training emerging artists in its six theatres, studios for electronic music, scenic design and video production, digital arts labs and its concert hall. Contact [email protected] or (949) 824-8976 for registration and scholarship information.
Motown Gala Benefits Laguna Playhouse
The Laguna Playhouse promises a night of rock and roll fun with their “Stop in the Name of Fun: A Motown Gala” fundraiser at the Resort at Pelican Hill at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Enjoy a dinner and dancing tribute to the era of big hair, glitzy dresses and bell bottoms with the Allstars Live Band, and a silent auction and raffle that includes a golf and spa package at the resort and a Kauai condo vacation.
Dress is cocktail or 1960s Motown attire. Valet parking is complimentary. The Resort at Pelican Hill is located at 22701 Pelican Hill Road South in Newport Beach. Reservations required by Nov. 15. Tickets are $200 per person and can be purchased at lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-2787, x225. Sponsorships are available.
Film Society Presents ‘I Am I’
The Laguna Beach Film Society presents “I Am I,” a new indie film written and directed by Jocelyn Towne, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at South Coast Cinema.
The film explores the question: Who would you be, if your memory could only travel backwards in time? Suffering from a form of retrograde amnesia, Rachael Warren’s father, who she meets for the first time at her mother’s funeral, thinks he’s 34 years old and mistakes her for her mother. In order to get to know him, Rachael plays along with his delusions and allows him to court her. Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 for students and $8 presale at www.LagunaArtMuseum.org/LBFS. Or, for $20, enjoy the film along with a pre-film reception with appetizers and wine at 6 p.m. at Laguna Art Museum.
Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Dinner
Executive chef Frederic Castan unveils this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau with a special French dinner at Motif Restaurant at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. Guests will be treated to a sunset reception on the terrace and the unveiling of the Beaujolais Nouveau, followed by a five-course dinner paired with wines from France. The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $105, and seating is limited. For reservations, contact St. Regis Monarch Beach at [email protected] or (949) 234-3900.