EYE ON ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Holy cow, can it be that we scarcely have five weeks left in the
season we call summer?
What is making me even more despondent is that we only have a
couple more weeks to cherish the Festival of Arts and the Sawdust
Festival. Are there any 12-step programs to get over Festival
So go, go, go and remember that the Festival of Arts is free every
day to Laguna Beach residents with proper identification and the
Sawdust Festival is free on Thursday nights for locals.
Thursday night at the Festival there’s the Wine Tasting and Jazz
Series from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the last one on Aug. 22. From 2 to
4 p.m. on Sundays the Festival has a classical music concert and the
last one is Aug. 25.
Both festivals have free art classes to participate in -- so go
enjoy yourself! Don’t be shy.
Asian Arts day at the Festival
This Saturday the Festival of Arts is rolling out the special
event red carpet with a festive Asian Arts Day.
Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Indian arts will be represented and
there will be special hands-on art projects, workshops and
demonstrations in indigenous Japanese painting.
“All of the day’s activities are geared toward the family with
wonderful opportunities for children and adults to participate in
Asian cultural and traditional programs,” said Sharbie Higuchi
marketing director for the Festival.
The special event is from noon to 4 p.m. The Festival is at 650
Laguna Canyon Road. Information: 494-1145.
The Tsunami of Surf Culture continues at LAM
The Museum’s California Gallery is hosting a family event where
stories of the rides of surfers’ lives will be told. Stories will be
narrated by well-known surfers like Renny Yater, Sally Yater, Dale
Velzy, Y, formerly known as Tom Morey, Kenny Price, Billy Al
Bengston, Jericho Poppler and a sprinkling of surprise guests too.
The lecture will be at 11 a.m. Sunday and is free for members or with
At 5 p.m. on Aug. 25 David Carson, the designer of the Surf
Culture book, who has also been a surfer for more than 30 years, will
discuss the relationship between surfing and his design.
Next Thursday the museum will feature two films as part of its
Surf Culture festivities.
“Shelter” is a film that features surfing greats Rob Machado,
Shane Dorian along with Joel Tudor, Nat Young, Mick Fanning and Malia
Jones. Taylor Steele and Chris Malloy direct the film, both will make
a live appearance. Joachim Cooder created the all-original score.
Surfer Brad Gerlach declared it as the best surfing movie he had ever
The second film, “Fifth Symphony Document,” is a soulful journey
around the world seeking the rediscovery of the wandering spirit of
surf filmmaking, featuring Shane Dorian, Ben Brough, Conan Hayes,
Mikala Jones, Greg Browning and Kelly Slater. Directors Andy Carlson
and Chad Campbell will also be making an appearance.
The surf film series will be shown at Laguna South Coast Cinema at
162 S. Coast Highway, one block south of Broadway.
All films are at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings and tickets are $10.
Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more
information, please call the museum at 494-6531.
Dynamic duo has fun raising money for AIDS
Joanne Culverhouse, El Morro principal and Darrin Reed, assistant
to the superintendent of the Laguna Beach Unified School District
recently returned from their accomplished mission in Europe where
Culverhouse pedaled 500 miles over seven days from Amsterdam to Paris
in the European AIDS Vaccine Ride.
Reed was her sidekick, setting up camp and doing other behind the
scenes things to help Culverhouse.
“It was a life changing experience, for seven days with more than
800 people ... everyone striving for the same goal -- it was awesome.
I met a wonderfully dedicated group of riders, crew and Pallotta
staff members and made some great friendships that I hope will last a
lifetime,” Reed said.
Both Culverhouse and Reed were thrilled with the success and the
fact that they raised more than $8,000.
Locals to star at Playhouse
Laguna local Karen Rymar, who is on the advisory board for the No
Square Theatre, is co-producing a duet concert Monday night at the
Laguna Playhouse starring Laguna’s Lisa Richard and Susan Egan.
Egan is a Tony nominated Broadway actress and singer who met
Richard when she was performing in “Inside Out” at the Playhouse and
have been on similar paths.
Egan has appeared in many plays, films and television performances
as well as singing roles, including her own album.
Richard has released her second album just released in April and
has played a variety of musical theater roles.
“We got to be friends we both have so much fun together. We both
have albums out this year and did a duet on each other’s album. And
our albums came out in the same month,” Richard said.
They decided that they needed to do a concert together that will
be their first. They’ll also be performing some solos and stories
Richard has lived in Laguna and has enjoyed her work singing at
the Pageant of the Masters and at the Playhouse.
Their performance is a part of the Laguna Playhouse’s new Summer
Monday Specials. They will perform this Monday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 497-ARTS, online at
www.LagunaPlayhouse.com or at the theater at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321.