Sawdust Art Festival adopts a country western theme Saturday, Aug. 2, with entertainment, art classes and Saloon specials to celebrate the day’s festivities, all complimentary with entry.
Country bands will perform at all three of the festival’s music stages. Art classes allow visitors to create a western keepsake, from leather craft to making a gold rush map or painting a desert scene.
The show is open 10-10 daily at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. Admission is $8.50 for adults.
Local Chef Shares A Bite
The Art of Cooking Series will feature Laguna Beach Chef Amar Santana from 1 – 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.
“We are very excited to have him return this summer and share another round of delicious recipes!” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts.
The event is free with festival admission, $6-$10.
Summer’s Treat: Shakespeare Under the Stars
Two plays will be presented at 8 p.m. throughout August in the New Swan Theatre, a roofless, Elizabethan style venue on the Gateway Plaza, next to Aldrich Park at UC Irvine.
Signs point the direction to the theatre from the student center parking structure.
Performances of Romeo and Juliet are Aug. 1, 3, 7, 9, 13, 23, 27 and 29, while Twelfth Night alternates on Aug. 2, 6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 20, 22, 24, 28 and 30.
Tickets of $30 – $59 may be purchased through the box office at: (949) 824-2787 or online at: arts.uci.edu/tickets.
Fusion Trio Performs at the Festival of Arts
The Festival of Arts’ jazz series hosts keyboardist and composer Jeff Lorber Saturday, Aug. 9, from 1–3 p.m., performing with bassist Jimmy Haslip and saxophonist Eric Marienthal.
The contemporary jazz trio blends elements of jazz, funk, rock, R&B and world music into a distinctive sound,
“The Jeff Lorber Fusion features three of today’s top jazz stars,” said Susan Davis, director of special events.
Concerts are free with Festival of Arts admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $25 per person per concert. Call (800) 487-3378.