Sawdust Reanimates the Fab Four

Jason Feddy, right, with the Beatles tribute band Beatroots, will perform at the Fab Four tribute.
Jason Feddy, right, with the Beatles tribute band Beatroots, will perform at the Fab Four tribute.

The Sawdust Art Festival presents its annual Beatles Day this Saturday, Aug. 16. Beatles classics will be covered on all three entertainment stages throughout the day, ‘60s era art and craft projects will be featured at the Children’s Art Spot and Studio One, and Euro specials will be offered at the Sawdust Saloon.

The festival is open 10-10 daily through Aug. 31 at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. Admission is $8.50.



Motown Legends Rolls Into Town  

“Motorcity Magic – A Musical Journey Through the Motown Years,” directed by Michael Yorkell, brings the musical sounds of Motown to the Laguna Playhouse for a two-week run.

The show opened this week and runs through Sunday, Aug. 24.

The production honors the Motown legends that brought the world to its feet including the Four Tops, the Supremes, the Temptations, the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, the Isley Brothers and Mary Wells.

Tickets are $46 – $66 for all performances and can be purchased online at or by calling 949-497-2787.

A scene from “Motorcity Magic” will bring Laguna Playhouse audiences to their feet.
A scene from “Motorcity Magic” will bring Laguna Playhouse audiences to their feet.












Watermarc Chef Shares his Flavors

Kiel Anderson
Kiel Anderson

The Art of Cooking series continues with Watermark restaurant’s chef Kiel Anderson from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Anderson is an Orange County native who has worked in the food industry since he was 15.

Cooking demonstrations are free with festival admission $6-$10

Chef Replaces the Chuck Wagon With a Pop Up Dining

The Ranch’s executive chef Camron Wood’s hosts a new pop-up dinner series and the first one, Saturday, Aug. 16, marks the planting of the property’s half-acre organic garden at the far end of the golf course.

Guests for the $85 per person, 5-8:30 p.m. dinner, limited to 30 diners, are instructed to wear comfortable shoes, though a golf cart shuttle will be provided. RSVP to (949) 715 – 1381.

The Shows Go On at The Ranch

On the huge screen on the first fairway, “The Sandlot” starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug 21, open air movie night at The Ranch, 31106 Coast Highway.

Taco station and full bar opens at 6:30 p.m. along with lawn games for the kids. Admission and parking are free; no outside food or beverages are allowed.


What’s on the Dial at  

In a departure from his usual talk programming, this Saturday’s webcast of “Perspectives with Dr. Ari Grayson” features something new — Dead Air.  It’s a term anathema to radio broadcasters since Marconi. Grayson’s version, though, features music by bands with founding members who have died or those inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His Dead Air program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Laguna’s starts by featuring music from the Grateful Dead.

Also Saturday, but at 1 p.m. Ernest Hackmon’s “The Importance of Ernest,” hosts Maria Lupita Crockett, founder of Miracles For Families, which supports healthy relationship coaching.


Bluegrass Afternoon Returns

Tickets are on sale for a performance by the award-wining bluegrass band, Barefoot Movement, Sunday, Sept. 21, at The Ranch, 31106 Coast Highway.

The music begins at 4 p.m. with an opening act, mandolinist Evan Marshall, and a barbeque on the patio overlooking the first fairway.

Tickets for the open-seating concert are $15-$20 for adults, $10-$15 for children, and dinner is $20-$22. Purchase the combination online for $35 a person at Reserved seating is available for $80 per person. No outside food or beverages are allowed.

Info: 949 715-9713.

Photo: Bluegrass players Barefoot Movement tune up at The Ranch next month.

Back Bay Hosts a Beach Party

The second Pacific Festival at the Newport Dunes takes place from 1 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 in Newport Beach.

More than seven bands will perform on waterfront stages. Fod and drink from Bear Flag Fish Company and The Lime Truck, live art and beach activities complete the festival experience.

For tickets to this 18 and over event at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, visit:

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