In the Arts

The Laguna Playhouse presents the West Coast premiere of "A Christmas Memory" as the third installment of its 2013-14 Season of Stars.

Previews kick off Dec. 3, and the show runs from Dec. 7 to 29, at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

"It's the perfect holiday musical treat the entire family can enjoy and fall in love with," artistic director Ann Wareham said in a release.

The musical is based on the Truman Capote classic, with the book by Duane Poole, music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Carol Hall, musical direction by Darryl Archibald and Ovation Award-winner Nick DeGruccio as director.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Additional shows are as follows: 2 p.m. Dec. 5, Dec. 19 and Dec. 26; 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 29; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23; and 4 p.m. Dec. 24.

Tickets range from $36 to $71.

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The Laguna Art Museum is teaming up with AIDS Services Foundation Orange County to host a Day With(out) Art from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, which is World AIDS Day.

The event, which is free to the public and includes refreshments, will feature a live musical performance by Men Alive — The Orange County Gay Men's Chorus, as well as a high school juried art competition award presentation. Special guests include foundation Executive Director Philip Yaeger, Laguna Art Museum Board Chairman Robert Hayden III and Kurt Weston, a photographer who became legally blind because of AIDS-related cytomegalovirus retinitis.

"We are so impressed with the entries that we have already received, and we look forward to sharing the work of these young artists with the public," the museum's curator of education, Marinta Skupin, said in a news release.

World AIDS Day, which until 2015 has been themed Getting to Zero, will also be commemorated by selections from the AIDS Memorial Quilt — a 54-ton community art project that spans 48,000 panels and is dedicated to more than 94,000 people — exhibited at 307 Cliff Drive from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

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Forest and Ocean Gallery, at 480 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, hosts "Alan Ross: The Ansel Adams Legacy" from Saturday through Dec. 13.

At this exhibition, Ross will showcase work that was created when he spent about six years as Adams' photographic assistant. The show also includes snapshots and notes that offer insight into the men's relationship.

For $50, Ross will review photographers' work in one-on-one sessions from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. An opening reception will follow from 6 to 9 p.m., with a special presentation at 7 p.m.

The next day, the venue will present a workshop titled "Upping Your Photography Game — Exercises in the Art of Seeing" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $169 and includes lunch and refreshments.

For more information, visit or call (949) 371-3313.

— Rhea Mahbubani

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