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Class Notes 6/21/13

Class Notes 6/21/13

Arts Appreciation Begins Early Chabad Preschool has opened its popular Alphabet Art Program to all children in the community during the month of July. Created and taught by Chabad preschool teacher, Tracey Belland, the curriculum exposes students ages 3 to 6 to artists Monet, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh. The school is […]

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Mix of Music and Theater Yields Stunning Results

Mix of Music and Theater Yields Stunning Results

Immerse yourself in passionate, flawlessly played classical music and absorb a riveting true story of family love during crisis in Laguna Playhouse’s “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” in production only until June. 9. Coming straight from her heart and executed with fluid professionalism, sole performer Mona Golabek touches on universal truths as she recounts her […]

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'Pianist' Strikes an Evocative Chord

‘Pianist’ Strikes an Evocative Chord

Immerse yourself in passionate, flawlessly played classical music and absorb a riveting true story of family love in Laguna Playhouse’s “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” in production only until June. 9. Coming straight from her heart and executed with fluid  professionalism, sole performer Mona Golabek summons pathos in her audience as she recounts the sacrifices […]

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Finding Fault in a Headline

Finding Fault in a Headline

Editor, Re: a letter to the editor from Elizabeth Pearson that appeared in the paper April 19 edition. The letter had a title “Ruling Clears Pearson to Vote on Village Entrance.” Did Pearson add that title “Ruling Clears Pearson to vote on Village Entrance” or did the LB Indy? It is incorrect.  She has not […]

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Lessons on Life in Playhouse’s ‘Pianist’

Lessons on Life in Playhouse’s ‘Pianist’

  In 1938 the Nazis annexed Austria and its Jewish population found itself in immediate peril. While countless Austrian Jews joined the 6 million murdered between 1939 and 1945, Lisa Jura, an aspiring concert pianist of 14, survived the Holocaust. Though the invasion dashed her ambition to perform at the storied Vienna Musikverein concert hall, […]

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Amid Big Hair, a Southern Drama Unfolds

Amid Big Hair, a Southern Drama Unfolds

“I’m a complete moron when it comes to doing hair but I have to look as if I know what I am doing,” confessed Stephanie Zimbalist rehearsing for “Steel Magnolias,” currently at the Laguna Playhouse. Zimbalist, adding to her skill sets, embodies Truvy, the irrepressible owner of a beauty salon located in Chinquapin Parish, La. […]

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Ruling Clears Pearson to Vote on Village Entrance

Ruling Clears Pearson to Vote on Village Entrance

Editor, Yesterday, I learned that Laguna residents Verna Rollinger and Jean Raun had made official inquiries regarding my legal ability, as it relates to the California Fair Political Practices Commission, to deliberate and or vote on a proposed Village Entrance project in Laguna Beach. My assumption is that these inquiries are related to my being employed […]

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Picking Up the Tempo

Picking Up the Tempo

Visiting bands, duos and soloists fill stages across Laguna Beach, joining established local performers in what is becoming more of a year ‘round scene. The latest attraction is Jammin’, a smooth jazz series that is a collaboration between Laguna Playhouse and Mozambique restaurant, whose owner Ivan Spiers keeps the music turned up. Hiroshima, a jazz […]

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Pearson Finds Her Muse at Pacific Chorale

Pearson Finds Her Muse at Pacific Chorale

After a year as Laguna Playhouse’s development director, Elizabeth Pearson, will step down April 30 to take the helm of the Pacific Chorale, one of the top choruses in the nation and the resident choir for the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, among other things. Long an arts […]

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Finding Common Ground in ‘Having it All’

Finding Common Ground in ‘Having it All’

“To extrapolate a woman’s state, you barely have to meet, the most accurate report is what she’s sporting on her feet…!”    So goes a chorus line in “Having it All,” a musical production at the Laguna Playhouse opening on Saturday, March 9. Loosely inspired or perhaps instigated by Helen Gurley Brown’s 1982 book of […]

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Fostering Aspiring Playwrights

Fostering Aspiring Playwrights

“Women need delusion; men need something new.” So goes a line in Neil Simon’s play “Chapter Two,” currently on stage at Laguna Playhouse. While some audience members might think: “I wish I’d said that,” others might want more, wondering perhaps, what it would take to write a play that someone would want to see, perhaps […]

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Nostalgic Musical Celebrates Simpler Era

Nostalgic Musical Celebrates Simpler Era

It is 1964 and Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie, members of “Forever Plaid,” a doo-wop group along the lines of ‘50s clean-cut boy bands, are en route to their first big-time gig. When their car collides with a bus filled with parochial-school girls on the way to see the Beatles make history on the “Ed […]

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Getting Out 11/2/12

Getting Out 11/2/12

A Feast of Sight and Sound Laguna Beach Live! presents a cello duo with Maksim Velichkin and Peter Jacobson in a free chamber music concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.  8 at the Laguna Art Museum. Cellist, pianist, and harpsichordist Velichkin has been active as a solo performer, chamber and orchestra musician, both locally and throughout the world. […]

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Laguna Playhouse Hosts Sold-out Crowd

Laguna Playhouse Hosts Sold-out Crowd

Laguna Playhouse lured a sell-out crowd to the gala opening of the Tony-award winning play, “39 Steps” on Saturday, Sept. 29. Staff and board members celebrated the show in ‘30s-themed attire. Guests enjoyed a pre-show party and entertainment by  keyboardist Kathy Schroeder and saxophonist Chuck Weinberg of the Laguna Beach Community Band. “We were thrilled […]

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Hitchcock Farce Promises Wit and Theatrics

Hitchcock Farce Promises Wit and Theatrics

            It’s a play with plot twists in every scene. A devastating fire cascades into domino affects too numerous to list. A mysterious woman ends up murdered. A presumed spy becomes a hunted man. And then there are romantic entanglements, roaming assassins and police investigations. At the core of it all lies a top-secret invention […]