renaissance

Pearson Ascends a New Stage

Elizabeth Pearson, a longtime resident and former foundation executive, was hired as development director of the Laguna Playhouse, it was announced this week. As a former mayor and current City Council member, Pearson has become one of the city’s most effective and influential...

‘Lonesome Traveler’ Finds Good Company

Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, the Carter family, the Weavers, the Kingston Trio, Leadbelly, Odetta, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan. To many, those musical icons, along with countless lesser knowns singing and playing in homes, fields and churches, represent the...

Chameleon Actor Inhabits a Holiday Classic

Popular wisdom holds that one can’t be everything to everyone. Don’t tell that to actor James Leaming, who embodies George Bailey, the main character, and everyone else in the Laguna Playhouse production of “This Wonderful Life.” The one-man Steve Murray stage play is based on...

Playhouse Adds Staff

The Laguna Playhouse has named Michael Barker as associate managing director.   Barker joined the playhouse staff in July after serving as managing director for The Antaeus Company in North Hollywood. He holds degrees in management from Yale University.   “Michael has a...

Festival Dances into Seventh Season

In support of its upcoming season, the Laguna Dance Festival will host a fundraising event of good food, great wine and invigorating dance Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6-9 p.m. at the Surf & Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach. The event is preceded by ArtWalk performances at both the...

Laguna Playhouse

The Laguna Playhouse opens “Shirley Valentine,” on Sept. 27, starring Dee Dee Rescher, who has previously performed in Playhouse productions such as “Red Herring,” “The Underpants” and “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

Kid Stuff

Stagecraft for Small-fry and Fairy Tales Make the Leap to Opera

B of A Supports Local Arts Programs

As part of a larger grants program, Bank of America presented $60,000 in grants to several Laguna Beach nonprofits last week. Recipients included Art-A-Fair Foundation, Festival of Arts, Laguna Art Museum, Sawdust Festival and the Laguna Playhouse.

Funding for Anniversary

Laguna Playhouse Director of Development Amy Larson receives a check for $3,000 from Ann Roth, vice-president and branch manager of Laguna Beach’s Union Bank, in support of the Playhouse’s 90th anniversary.

Laguna Playhouse Director of Development Amy Larson receives a check for $3,000 from Ann Roth, vice-president and branch manager of Laguna Beach’s Union Bank, in support of the Playhouse’s 90th anniversary.

Getting Out

Weekend Concerts Benefit Local Skimboarder Guitarist Eric Henderson with special guests Steve Wood, Beth Fitchet and Bob Hawkins, will perform two concerts in Bridge Hall at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and at 2...

Jose Rizo’s New Band Celebrates Conga Rhythms

Think of it as a Cinco de Mayo warm-up Tickets are on sale now for Jose Rizo’s “Mongorama,” a Latin jazz concert presented by Laguna Beach Live! at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. This new, nine-piece ensemble formed by Rizo (host ...

Playhouse Youth Turn Swashbuckling Adventurers

Pirates, buried gold, treachery and mayhem all figure in the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre’s theatrical adventure “Treasure Island,” in performances April 22 – May 1 at the Laguna Playhouse.   The production based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson features...

Supporting Youth Theatre by ‘Killing Me, Softly’

Murder-mystery fundraiser, March 5 The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents its fourth annual murder mystery fundraiser, “Killing Me, Softly,” on Saturday, March 5, at the Laguna Playhouse. This evening of music and murder includes the option of dinner beforehand at 5 p.m. at...

Art Seen

Get Primed for the Oscars As a warm-up to the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 27, speaker Robert D. Kline will present “The Road to the Oscars,” an insider’s perspective on Oscar history from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Lido Theatre in Newport Beach, 3459 Via...