In The Arts

Frazier to read at LAT Festival of Books

Coastline Pilot City Editor Cindy Frazier will read a sample of her writing during the Saturday morning portion of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC.

In an email to colleagues this week, Frazier announced that she has been invited to take part in "Dimestories," a three-minute prose reading event, scheduled for 11 a.m. at the festival's Etc. Stage.

"The piece, 'Bleeding Hearts,' was voted number one of all the pieces presented during the run up to the festival, so I'm pretty stoked about it," she said in her email.

Cindy's colleagues and the staff at the Coastline Pilot and its sister papers in the Times Community News group wish her the best of luck for Saturday.


Festival-bound authors

In related news, at least three other writers with Orange County ties — T. Jefferson Parker, Mary Castillo and Barbara DeMarco-Barrett — will appear during the two-day LAT Festival of Books.

Parker, a former reporter for the Daily Pilot in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa who has authored crime novels, including "Laguna Heat," will take part in a panel on crime fiction at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Seeley G. Mudd venue at USC (SGM 124).

Castillo — a women's fiction writer, Newport Beach resident, class of 1996 graduate at USC who formerly reported for the Coastline Pilot and its sister papers in Orange County — will sign copies of her book "Switchcraft," from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the USC Alumni Assn. Booth in Alumni Park.

On Sunday afternoon, DeMarco-Barrett will moderate a fiction panel at the festival, "Destinations and Detours." The 12:30 p.m. event at Taper Hall (THH 101) will feature writers Karl Taro Greenfield, Pam Houston and Tara Ison.

DeMarco-Barrett hosts the series of "Pen on Fire" writers salons at Scape Gallery in Corona del Mar. She also produces and hosts the "Writers on Writing" program on KUCI radio, which is broadcast out of UC Irvine.

Apart from their upcoming appearance at the Festival of Books, Parker, Castillo and DeMarco-Barrett are connected to one another through "Orange County Noir," a 2010 collection of short stories in the crime writing genre. Castillo and DeMarco-Barrett each penned stories for the book, and Parker wrote its foreword.

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Pageant of the Masters seeks male models

The Pageant of the Masters is looking for men to pose as models in this summer's show, "The Genius."

Pageant officials this week issued a call seeking males interested in volunteering as living statues for the tableaux vivants show, which will be staged from July 7 through Aug. 31, at the Irvine Bowl.

Interested candidates should stand a minimum of 5 feet, 5 inches and be no taller than 6-foot-4, according to a news release from the pageant. No theatrical experience is needed, but applicants need to be able to stand still. Students can earn community service credit by volunteering for the pageant.

For more information, call the pageant's casting office at (949) 494-3663.


World concert coming to Laguna

Thanks to a $4,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation, Laguna Beach Live! will be able to present a world music concert and support programs for school students and senior citizens during its Music Festival in June.

The grant will allow Laguna Beach Live! to bring in Senem Diyici's Mavi Yol 4tet — a band that blends jazz with traditional folk music and Turkish, Eastern and European influences — to perform on June 9 at the Women's Club in Laguna Beach.

For ticket information, go to


Dance show billed for LBHS

From April 26 through April 28, the Artists' Theatre will present"Twelve,"a springtime dance show to honor the Laguna Beach High School class of 2012.

The performance will feature pieces choreographed by Lisa Jay and Danielle Pignieri, the school's dance directors, as well as by five guest student-choreographers: Seniors Macarena Rivera, Nic Leighton and Lily Rogers, and Juniors Ava Eastman and Natalee Palmer.

The shows will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on all three nights at the Artists' Theatre on the LBHS campus, 625 Park Ave. Reserved tickets cost $20. General admission tickets cost $15, and students and senior citizens pay $8. Call the box office at (949) 497-7769.

—Imran Vittachi

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