EYE ON ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Jane Goodall in Laguna for benefit Wednesday
Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Festival of Arts Naturalist Jane
Goodall and premier wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen will be a
part of a benefit for the Cougar Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.
Mangelsen called Wednesday afternoon from Denali National Park and
expressed his enthusiasm about the benefit. Mangelsen is a friend of
Goodall and the co-founder of the Cougar Fund. He will be releasing
22 new images at the benefit and also donating some of his rare
prints to be auctioned.
As he spoke he was overlooking the McKinley River and Alaska
Range, watching the color of the leaves change while facing snow and
wind. It’s his third trip to Alaska this year where he’s been
photographing eagles, bears, caribou and moose.
Mangelsen is looking forward to coming back to Laguna Beach.
“I love Laguna Beach and I am looking for a replacement for my
gallery in the heart of Downtown,” Mangelsen said.
The Cougar Fund’s premise is to help educate people about the
cougar and for it to get better protection.
“To protect the shooting of female cougars and their cubs starving
to death -- to change that and stop trophy hunting,” Mangelsen said.
“We need to raise funds and educate -- people need to realize how
badly they are being treated and that they are being killed.
Mangelsen also looks forward to helping raise funds for the Jane
Goodall Institute and particularly helping to support her Roots and
Shoots program, which helps educate youth about environmental,
conservancy and other pertinent issues.
“There is no other person on earth that does as much for
conservation, wildlife and humans than Jane,” Mangelsen said. “Her
Roots and Shoots program has the greatest opportunity of change.”
The evening will include a presentation, silent auction and
wildlife art exhibit. There is also a VIP party. Tickets range in
cost from $50 to $300 depending on involvement.
The event will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with the party following.
For tickets go to the Festival Box office at 650 Laguna Canyon Road
or call 497-4514 or 1-800-225-2277 or online at www.tickets.com.
Last call for Treasure Island entries
Monday is the deadline for the artist’s entries for commissioned
pieces at Treasure Island. Call Sian Poeschl for specific information
Laguna Beach Film Festival
The Exchange Club of Laguna Beach has been putting on a film
festival for the past five years with proceeds going completely to
help abused children in the area. It has been an incredible event,
which is run and put together completely through the hard work of the
Exchange Club and volunteers. Most of the time the festival has been
in October but this year there has been a change.
This year they are working on a student film festival for this
winter. The student participation has been a part of the festival for
a few years.
Next year they hope to bring the festival to life in its entirety.
The festival takes many man hours and hard work. I wonder what we
can do to make the film festival a reality every year? It’s a great
asset to our community and should have the support of the community
to make it happen.
Music in the Park
Last weekend was the last summer concert at Bluebird Park.
However, the final concert of the season is on Sunday at Riddle Field
and will feature a steel drum band. The city’s arts commission along
with Music in the Park, Inc. puts on these concerts for free. Sian
Poeschl the arts coordinator said that they welcome bringing this to
the community and like to hold the concerts in different areas of
Laguna so that people will have easier access.
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321.