Film Legend Shares Her Story

Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron

Stage and screen star Leslie Caron speaks about her long and illustrious career in an intimate conversation at The Laguna Playhouse on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Caron and longtime friend and producer Vincent Curcio will engage in a question-and-answer conversation similar to “Inside the Actors’ Studio.”

Afterwards, patrons will have an opportunity to meet Caron in the lobby and purchase her memoir, “Thank Heaven.” Caron is currently performing in the Playhouse’s final show of its season, “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.”

In addition on Sunday, the Playhouse will be showing a free 7 p.m. screening of 1953’s “Lili” as a tribute to Caron, who was a nominee as best actress for her performance in the film during the 26th Academy Awards in 1954.

General admission seating is $25 for the Stage and Screen event and book signing. Admission to the film is free.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (949) 497-2787.

Brazilian Jazz Group Reinterprets Bossa Nova

Dan Reckard, left, and Capital performing recently in Hollywood
Dan Reckard, left, and Capital performing recently in Hollywood

Bossa Zuzu, whose second release “Under Leaves, Under Sky” was featured recently on KCRW’s Tom Schnabel show, performs at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Laguna Presbyterian Church’s Tankersley Hall.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the famous bossa nova album, Getz/Gilberto, and Bossa Zuzu reinterprets the classic sound. The group performs mostly original music that draws from diverse Brazilian styles such as samba and forró as well as various influences from jazz, R & B and rock. The group performed live in Laguna Beach last month at local radio station KX 93.5’s fundraising gala.

Guitarist/vocalist Capital and saxophonist/pianist Dan Reckard, a longtime keyboard player for the church, started the neo-bossa nova group.

The suggested donation is $10.

Seeing the Undersea World on Film

Laguna Beach Film Society highlights the wonders of the sea, Thursday, May 15, with eight selected short documentary films shown at 7 p.m. at South Coast Cinema.

The shorts, recently viewed at San Francisco’s Ocean Film Festival, include Laguna Bluebelt’s look at Laguna’s underwater neighborhood, explore the antics of otters, follows divers who retrieve fishing nets off the Baja California coast, , and show cases big wave body surfing.

Tickets are $8 presale at 949-494-8971 x 203 and $10 at the door.

Guitar virtuoso Eric Henderson performs at 6:30 p.m. and representatives of local ocean protection groups will be available in the lobby at 6 p.m.

Blues on the Beach

Tickets are on sale now for the DohenyBluesFestival,May17-18, 10:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. Gregg Allman, Buddy GuyandThe Doobie Brotherswillheadlineat DohenyStateBeach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr.,DanaPoint.

The concert benefits Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. Tickets: or 949-360-7800.


Passport to the Arts Is A Sweet Summer Deal

Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts, and Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach, offers the 2014 Passport to the Arts for just $23. The season pass provides unlimited entry to the three festivals from June 27 through Aug. 31. The Pageant of the Masters is excluded.

Special discounts from selected retailers, hotels, and restaurants throughout Laguna Beach are also available to Passport holders, as well as one-time free parking at the ACT V lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.

Purchase a Passport before May 15 and be entered to win a fall getaway in Laguna. They are available by calling 800-487-3378.




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