EYE ON ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Every year, the holidays are a little different.
Last year, I spent Christmas in Vail, Colorado, with my family. It
was wonderful snowboarding on Christmas Day, enjoying the snowy peaks
and great terrain. Vail village is like a winter wonderland with
beautiful ice sculptures and many lighted sites and trees.
Although I enjoyed myself, I am looking froward to spending
Christmas in Laguna -- Vail is way too cold. The white I am looking
forward to this year involves the white lights Downtown and the white
crest of waves. It will be great to be on the beach to enjoy the
This year I won’t be with my family, so I will miss them a lot,
but there is quite a bit to do in Laguna Beach. ...
New Year’s Eve happenings
Ocean Avenue Brewery is a local hangout that has an artsy decor
and is a lot of fun. It’s having a New Year’s Eve Bash with DJ Carter
spinning ‘80s music starting at 10 p.m. Ocean Avenue is at 237 Ocean
Mosun/Club M is having a New Year’s Eve Ball with a presale cover
of $30 and $40 at the door. It will serve dinner at 5:30, 7:30 and
9:30 p.m. There are two dance floors with special DJs spinning. The
restaurant and bar have a cool atmosphere, and Club M has some of the
best DJs in the world spin there. One VIP complimentary pass will be
given out for every $65 spent on dinner. They’re at 680 S. Coast
Woody’s at the Beach, which caters to the gay lifestyle, will
provide fine cuisine and celebration in style. The first seating is
at 6 p.m. with a four-course gourmet dinner, $45 per person. The
other times to be seated are at 8 and 10 p.m. when a delicious
six-course meal is served. This costs $75 per person and includes a
free champagne toast at midnight, party hats and favors. Woody’s has
a wonderful atmosphere with an ocean view in the dining room and a
great outdoor patio with plenty of ambience. It’s at 1305 S. Coast
The Whitehouse is seating for dinner at 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m.
The great thing is that once you get seated, the table is yours for
the night. There’s a champagne toast and party favors at midnight and
the contemporary rock band Planet Now will perform from 9:30 p.m. to
1:30 a.m. The cost is $75 per person. The White House is at 340 S.
Coast Highway, 494-8088.
Marks Restaurant will have a celebration with a live jazz trio and
an a la carte menu so people can order whatever they desire. There’s
a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight and no cover. Mark’s
is a popular spot for dining and drinks. I’ve heard its bartenders
make a mean martini. Mark’s is at 858 S. Coast Highway, 494-6711.
The Boom Room is known as the gay dance club in Laguna. It’ll be
having a grand buffet and $5,000 in cash prizes. DJ Ali and Lewis are
spinning, and at midnight there’s a complimentary champagne toast and
balloon drop. It’s $25 at the door. The Boom is at 1401 S. Coast
These are just a tiny sampling of all the things that are
happening -- there’s the Marine Room, Hennessey’s, the Sandpiper and
many more, plus every type of dining experience one could want.
Pageant of the Masters casting call
The Pageant of the Masters is looking for women, girls, men and
boys of all ages and sizes to volunteer for next summer’s show
“Seasons.” Prospective volunteers will be measured and photographed.
Volunteers to pose in the pageant, work in wardrobe, headdress and
makeup are needed. The casting call is from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 4; from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5; and from 7 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9. Tryouts are in the backstage area at the Irvine
Bowl, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, 494-3663.
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.