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Circus Cabaret Supports Arts Education

Nelson Coates, left, and Ruben Flores are the magicians behind the One Thin Dime fundraiser. Photo by Mike Tauber
Nelson Coates, left, and Ruben Flores are the magicians behind the One Thin Dime fundraiser. Photo by Mike Tauber

“Step right up folks, this is going to be fun!” exclaimed Ruben Flores, co-presenter with Nelson Coates of a circus art party and cabaret from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 24, for LOCA Arts Education.

Tickets are now on sale for the benefit that supports programs serving at-risk and afterschool youth, seniors and disabled adults.

Leading the entertainment is songstress Roxanna Ward on keyboard. She will be joined by Coates in singing pop and cabaret style favorites. Activities will include a fortuneteller, tattoo artist, peep show, ping-pong shoot, a mood-o-meter machine, and photography sets with costumes

An art sale will feature 40 circus-themed works by Olivia Batchelder, Betty Haight, Vinita Voogd, Jan Koelle, Elizabeth McGhee, Sue and Rich Linder, Antje Campbell, and many more. A magic trunk, which will be auctioned off, contains a secret stash of treasures from people such as Montage chef Craig Strong, artist Kirsten Whalen and more.

“We invite the entire community to celebrate while supporting arts education,” said LOCA President Carla Meberg.

Advance registration is $40 per person or $120 for a group of four. VIP registrations, $80 each, include early admission and champagne kick-off. (949)363-4700.


Gala Keeps Dance on a Local Stage

Professional dancers will greet guests prior to Laguna Dance Festival’s Magic in Motion gala, which includes performances by artists, a live auction and dancing Friday, May 6.

A perk of attendance allows guests to purchase the best seats for upcoming dance concerts, Sept. 22-25. Some proceeds will also go towards a Laguna Beach High School scholarship.

“Magic in Motion will be a celebration of the charm and sheer joy that dance offers both dancer and viewer,” said chair Susan Giusto.

Tickets for the party at Seven Degrees, 891 Canyon Road, are $250 each. For info: visit or phone (949)-715-5578.


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