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Sawdust Continues a Lusty Tradition

Jheri St. James performs at the Sawdust Festival, circa 1984Photo by Douglas Miller

Jheri St. James performs at the Sawdust Festival, circa 1984. Photo by Douglas Miller

Laguna Beach Belly Dancers, JJ & the Habibis celebrate 30 years of belly dancing at Sawdust Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., with two shows, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. and a parade through the grounds Saturday, Aug. 30, at 9 p.m.

Jheri St. James won two trophies at the Belly Dancer of the Universe competition and the troupe received recognition in the debut year of “America’s Got Talent.”  Festival tickets $4-$8.50.

Belly dancing classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Susi Q Community Center. More information at: JheriCo.net

 

 

Jazz on the Green Wraps Up

Poncho Sanchez returns to perform in the finale of the Festival of Arts’ jazz series.

Poncho Sanchez returns to perform in the finale of the Festival of Arts’ jazz series.

Drummer Poncho Sanchez and his Latin jazz band wraps up the Jazz on the Green series Saturday, Aug. 30, with a 1-3 p.m. performance at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

The performance is free with festival admission $6-$10.

Photo: Poncho Sanchez returns to perform in the finale of the Festival of Arts’ jazz series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastry Chef Sweetens Waterfront Dining

The Driftwood Kitchen, 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, is introducing a dessert menu featuring artisan sorbets and new takes on classic favorites such as carrot cake and the banana split. This latest menu by Chef Rene Baez is available during lunch and dinner.

 

Laguna Nursery Hosts Garden Tour, Salon

The public is invited to two events at Laguna Nursery on Saturday, Aug. 30.

At 10 a.m. join owner Ruben Flores on a walking tour of neighborhood gardens. A purchase of  $10 or more at the nursery serves as the Garden Walk ticket.

That evening, Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez make a return engagement for an outdoor performance. Light bites and beverages will be served. Tickets, $30-$40,   are available at Laguna Nursery or by calling  949-494-5200.

 

Midsummer Night’s Dream Re-imagined

 The cast in a preview show of "A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream,” at the Laguna Playhouse.Photo by Chelsea Sutton.


The cast in a preview show of “A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream,” at the Laguna Playhouse.Photo by Chelsea Sutton.

The Troubadour Theater Company digs down to their roots and dusts off their fairy wings, tights and white disco suits to bring a re-imagined edition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Laguna Playhouse, 606  N. Laguna Canyon Rd.

The show, “A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream,” is directed by Matt Walker and runsthrough Sunday, Aug. 31.

In its adaptations of the bard’s classics, Troubadour has combined the beauty of Shakespeare’s language with feats of physicality, comic routines and musical numbers.

Tickets are $45 for all performances and can be purchased online at lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling 949- 497- 2787.

 

Remember Robin Williams With Free Movie Night

“Mrs. Doubtfire,” one of the late actor Robin Williams’ best-remembered films, screens on the first fairway of The Ranch next Thursday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m.

A taco bar opens at 6:30 p.m.; outside food and drink is not welcome. Kids can enjoy lawn games before the show.

Free Concerts Resume in Heisler Park 

The Screaming Furniture Jazz Outlet kicks off the city’s free Sunset Serenades concerts at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre beginning Friday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Bring a blanket, low-backed chairs and a picnic dinner for concerts that continue on Fridays throughout September.

 

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