In The Arts

Pageant tickets for 2012 on sale now

In need of a great holiday gift idea?

Tickets to the 2012 Pageant of the Masters are now on sale.

Called "The Genius," next year's show will "showcase the fascinating and unpredictable relationship between art and technology," according to a news release.

Ticket prices start at $15 and include admission to the Festival of Arts grounds. The Pageant of the Masters will run from July 7 through Aug. 31.

"Great seats are still available, but do sell out fast," Ticket Services Director Lucia McLeod said in a statement. "'The Genius' will highlight some of the most extraordinary artists of our time, and it's sure to be one of our most popular shows."

To purchase tickets, call 1-800-487-3378 or visit


Film Society to screen 'The First Grader'

The Laguna Beach Film Society presents a screening of film festival favorite "The First Grader" at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at South Coast Cinema.

The film is about "an 80+ year-old Kenyan freedom fighter's attempt to get the free education promised by joining a class of first-graders despite the opposition of parents and officials," according to a news release from the society. It is considered to be a possible underdog favorite for an Academy Award nomination.

Tickets for the showing are $15 at the door, $10 for students. For $20, guests may attend the movie screening and a holiday potluck at 6 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum.

South Coast Cinema is at 162 S. Coast Hwy.


An afternoon of milk, cookies and art

It's an art show that kids will find simply delicious.

"Milk & Cookies: The Story Tellers" will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

Put on by Active Ride Shop, clothing line Mini & Maximus (MIMA) and Laguna's AR4T Gallery, the event includes arts and crafts, an art auction, live music and, obviously, milk and cookies.

MIMA artists and their kids have created new art to be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club.

Also, the winners will be announced for MIMA and Active's "Art Tees by Kids for Kids Contest." Winners get $100 donated in their name to the club, and their artwork will be featured on T-shirts that will be sold by Active next summer.

The Boys & Girls Club is at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road.


Boys chorus to perform Christmas concert

The All-American Boys Chorus will perform its Sounds of Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at Soka University's Performing Arts Center.

The Costa Mesa-based ensemble will perform holiday favorites like "O Holy Night," "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas," according to a news release. Other songs will be performed as solos or in smaller groups.

"The concert in this beautiful, acoustically perfect hall will be the capstone event of the chorus' year," music director Wesley Martin said in a statement.

Highlights of the evening will include an audience sing-along and a candlelight procession, according to the release.

For the finale, the men of the AABC Alumni Chorus will join the boys for a performance for "Silent Night."

"This dedicated troupe of young musical ambassadors has spent months preparing for the concert, and they are excited to share their talents with the community," Anthony S. Manrique, executive director of the AABC, said in a statement. "The concert promises to be a dazzling production that will thrill music lovers of all ages."

Tickets are $25 to $40. For more information, call (714) 708-1670 ext. 4 or visit

—Kelly Parker

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