In The Arts

LCAD grads can look into others' lives

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is participating in the 2013 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, offering a look into the lives and careers of artists across the United States.

In the fall, LCAD graduates should keep an eye out for an email invitation, which will enable them to share personal insights and contribute to national arts education.

Once the survey is complete, alumni will be able to enter a site providing a peephole into the lives of other graduates — where they live and work, how much they earn and more.

This initiative is expected to help LCAD and other arts institutions better serve its students.

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Benefit concert features celebrities

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters presents the Acura/KOST Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The event features red carpet arrivals and fine art, a concert with multi-Grammy winner and two-time Academy Award nominee James Ingram, and a performance of the "The Big Picture" hosted by Heather Locklear. The actress will also announce the winning ticket for a $54,450 2014 Acura RLX that's inside the Irvine Bowl.

Other celebrities who will attend include actor and producer Joe Mantegna, actor and former fashion model Shemar Moore, civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred and many more.

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Cooking series almost done

The Festival of Arts' Art of Cooking series wraps up from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday. Special guest Chef Azmin Ghahreman of Sapphire Laguna and will demonstrate some popular recipes. Guests are welcome to try his creations once they are prepared.

"Chef Azmin will be wrapping up a fantastic line-up of talented chefs featured in this year's Art of Cooking series," Susan Davis, director of special events, wrote in a release. "Sunday is your last change to watch, learn, and sample delicious recipes from a culinary expert!"

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Artists works head to runway

The Festival of Arts concludes its summer Art Talk series from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday by spotlighting artist W. Bradley Elsberry, who has won the Festival Runway Fashion Show several times in the past.

In 2012, he earned the event's "Most Creative Concept" for a design employing packaging and wrapping material, as well as the "People's Choice Award."

As always, this year's fashion show, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, encourages Festival exhibitors to adopt fashion as their vehicle of expression and incorporate recycled materials into their handiwork. Beauty and wellness brand Arbonne is poised to sponsor the fifth installment of this competition, which will be hosted by Christos Garkinos from Bravo's "Dukes of Melrose" and judged by a panel, including celebrity fashion critic Steven "Cojo" Cojocaru.

Other artists, including Elizabeth McGhee, Adam Neeley, Brittany Ryan and Jon Seeman, will be vying for $1,000 cash prizes in the following categories: Most Creative Concept, Most Exciting Ensemble, Most Innovative Use of Materials and Most Glamorous and Elegant "Red Carpet."

"The Festival Runway Fashion Show is one of our most popular events of the entire summer," Susan Davis, director of special events, said in a news release. "Having the opportunity to hear from Brad about past designs and plans for this year's show is something visitors won't want to miss!"

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— Rhea Mahbubani

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