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BRIEFLY IN ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Free community concert June 14

Lagunatunes Community Chorus, a part of Gallimaufry Performing Arts, will present its free annual spring concert at 8 p.m., June 14, at the Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Ave.

Under the dual direction of Christin Cornell and Roxanna Ward, the 40-plus members of the chorus will present an eclectic mix of both classical and classic jazz favorites.

The performance showcases great jazz masters of the early 20th Century — Gershwin, Ellington and Youmans — and the classical composers that inspired them, including Copeland, Brahms and Bach.

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This concert, a companion piece to Gallimaufry’s earlier Harlem Renaissance, is designed to show the inspiration of early 20th-century popular music.

The program will also feature selected solos and duets from chorus members.

For more information, go to www.gallimaufry.info/ nowshowing_lagunatunes or call (949) 499-5060.

Gallimaufry comedy fundraiser June 18

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Gallimaufry Performing Arts will hold a comedy night at the Irvine Improv, in the Irvine Spectrum, at 7 p.m., June 18.

Tickets are $50 per person, which also includes a drink and an appetizer.

The evening’s main comedy event will be provided by Gallimaufry’s A.D.D. Ensemble sketch comedy group.

This performance will also be a farewell to one of Gallimaufry’s favorite performers, Gary Krantz, who has been performing with the company since its inception. He has appeared in “42nd Street,” both productions of “Sordid Lives,” “Hot ‘n’ Cole,” and the most recent production of “Six Degrees of Separation.” Krantz was also a featured leading player in last December’s Improv performance.

Proceeds from this event will help to fund free activities that Gallimaufry Performing Arts provides, such as Dance Day, Songs in the Sand and youth education.

For tickets and more information, go to www.gallimaufry.info or call (949) 499-5060.

Laguna Ballet performs June 15

Laguna Ballet will present its 22nd Spring Performance, Homage to Marius Petipa, at Fullerton College on June 15

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Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and seniors, and are available at (949) 855-4702.

Former New York City Ballet principal Miranda Weese will be performing the “White Swan Pas de Deux” with Anton Pankevich.

Other guest artists will include Peter Snow from L.A. Ballet and Sven Toorvald, formerly with Houston Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Laguna Ballet is moving to a new home at Saddleback College for its full-length Nutcracker production. It has performed the ballet for the last 22 years at the Artists’ Theatre in Laguna Beach.

Guest artists for the 2007 Nutcracker will be Miranda Weese and Anton Pankevich, in addition to Laguna Ballet dancers.

Tickets will be available Sept. 15; more information is at www.LagunaNutcracker.com or (949) 855-4702.

Tom Swimm painting up for e-mail auction

An original oil painting created by Laguna artist Tom Swimm during the recent LOCA on the Green fundraising event at the Aliso Creek Inn has been put up for e-mail auction.

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A silent auction will be held for the 18 x 24 painting through 11:59 p.m. July 4.

The value is estimated at $5,000; the high bid the night of the event was $1,250, and bidders must offer bids in increments of $50.

LOCA (Laguna Outreach for Community Arts) is also offering a $5,000 “buy-it-now” option.

To bid, e-mail loca.laguna@cox.net with your name, phone contact number and the bid amount, as often as you would like, until the bid deadline. Proceeds benefit LOCA.

Periodic e-mail updates will be sent throughout the month. No phone bids or inquiries will be taken; the winner will be announced July 5.

Rohrer hosts hospital fundraiser

Rohrer Fine Art gallery owners Charlie Rohrer, Jim Carona and Chip Tom will host an evening of cocktails, fine art and conversation to benefit Childrens Hospital Los Angeles from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 14.

The event will be held in the gallery, 346 No. Coast Highway, which currently features a number of masterpieces by artists including Bonnard, Botero, Degas, Pissarro and Renoir.

Several exquisite pieces will be included in a silent auction, 100% of the proceeds from which will be donated to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles’ Living Proof Campaign, which will be used to fund a new hospital building for area children.

A percentage of other fine art and jewelry sales from the evening will be also be donated.

In order to receive an invitation to this event or to find out more about the gallery, call (800) 949-5211 or go to www.rohrerfineart.com.


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