EYE ON ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
I am quite chipper that the holidays are approaching.
Laguna Beach is a phenomenal place to be -- the trees dressed in
their white lights Downtown thanks to the Laguna Beach Chamber of
Commerce. The community Thanksgiving in Bluebird Park is another
thing that makes Laguna great with all the dedicated Lagunans who
volunteer their time in any way they can. Hospitality Night is
probably acknowledged as the best night to enjoy Downtown and Laguna
Beach. They truly are quintessential Laguna happenings that exemplify
what we’re all about.
PENDYRUS MALE VOICE CHOIR
Tonight at 8 p.m. at Laguna Beach High School’s Artists’ Theatre,
one of the most revered male choirs from Wales will perform a benefit
concert to support the Laguna Beach High School Chorus. The
internationally known Pendyrus Male Voice Choir was founded in
Tylortown, Rhondda, Wales in 1924 and has performed in Europe,
Australia, Canada and throughout the United States, with shows at the
White House, the Kremlin and some of the British embassies.
Roxanna Ward, program director, is thrilled the choir will be
“They were doing a show in San Francisco on Thursday night and
Saturday night in San Diego,” Ward said. David Evans has a connection
with them and asked if they could make a stop here for the benefit.”
The Pendyrus choir is 60 men strong and is directed by John
Samuel. Ward said that they would be performing a varied repertoire
ranging from classical to Broadway show tunes and Welsh to American
Ward said she was looking forward to the experience for the high
school chorus for the opportunity to work with them and perform with
Ward has been trying to resurrect the program and, since last
year, she’s been working diligently toward that goal. It’s the
program’s first fund-raiser. They are also going to try to get the
choir to sing the National Anthem for tonight’s football game at the
The funds raised will help pay for the chorus’ expenses, much
needed music and textbooks.
Tickets for Pendyrus are $12 for adults, $8 for students and
reserved seats at the front -- Special Choir Angel reserved seats are
$50, which will really help the chorus out. The box office opens at 4
p.m. Information: 497-6843. Laguna Beach High School Artists’ Theatre
is at 650 Park Ave.
DIANE DEBILZAN GALLERY BENEFIT
From 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, the Diane DeBilzan Gallery
will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a benefit party with
proceeds going toward the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention
“It’s our first year anniversary,” DeBilzan said. “I taught
elementary school for 17 years -- I didn’t want to celebrate without
making a connection that’s important. It’s great to benefit them.”
Together with her brother William DeBilzan, she is thrilled to be
able to celebrate their anniversary and offer it as a benefit to the
Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center.
Well-known artist William DeBilzan will exhibit a new body of work
especially for the event.
The exhibition will also feature the new works of bronze sculptor
Louis Longi and sculptor John Geldersma.
“Louis will be doing a special bronze piece for the event -- it
will be in wax and it will be interesting to see that phase of the
sculpture,” DeBilzan said.
The anniversary event will have a cocktail reception, hors
d’oeuvres and a dance performance by Treva Swersky, who has performed
with the New York City Ballet.
“Everything has fallen into place,” DeBilzan said. “I can’t think
of a better way than to have a benefit helping children -- and for
the holidays. It’s going to be exciting.”
The Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center began in 1984 and
last year the center helped more than 26,000 children and 9,500
families. Their goal is to prevent child abuse before it occurs.
The event is at the Diane DeBilzan Gallery, 224 Forest Ave.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All proceeds from
ticket sales go directly to the center, as will a percentage of the
art work auctioned. Information: 494-5757; or for tickets, call (714)
543-4333, ext. 503.
ROOTS FOUNDATION JAM
Laguna-based reggae band Roots Foundation will be jamming Friday
and Saturday night at the Laguna Beach Brewing Company at 422 S.
Coast Highway. The show is free and should offer some great music
according to the band’s singer Kurt Mahoney. Information: 499-2337.
PARK AVENUE PLAYERS TAKE ON ‘THE CRUCIBLE’
The Laguna Beach High School Park Avenue Players will be
performing the Crucible on Nov. 14, 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23. The
performances are at the Artists’ Theatre, 650 Park Ave. Information:
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.