In The Arts


Stone carving workshop set

A 10-week class in stone carving, taught by master stone carvers Marvin Johnson and Joseph Sovella will start April 10 and run through June 12 at Laguna College of Art & Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. The outdoor classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost is $350 and includes basic tools and a practice stone. Additional resources to buy specialty stone are available. To register or receive additional information, visit


No prior experience is necessary. This class is open to all skill levels ranging from beginners to advanced. Sovella has taught at LCAD since 1986 and Johnson since 1992.

Brazilian concert at Woman’s Club

Leo Nobre brings his band Nobresil to the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club at 6 p.m. April 15. Part of the Inside World Music series presented by Laguna Beach Live!, the evening begins with a demonstration of Brazilian rhythms, accompanied by a samba instructor to get the crowd up and moving.

Since he arrived in the U.S. as a student of classical string bass and composition, Nobre’s career has expanded to include working with some of the greats, including Sergio Mendes, with whom he toured for five years. Now based in Southern California, he has assembled Nobresil, a quintet with drums, percussion, voice, and keyboards/guitar.

The concert includes a tasting of South American wines. Tickets are $30 in advance; $15 for students 20 and younger. Tickets at the door are $35 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets can be bought online at or call Laguna Beach Live! at (949) 715-9713. The Woman’s Club is at 286 St. Ann’s Drive.

Film Society screenings set

Laguna Beach Film Society will screen the award-winning documentary, “Dolphins,” at 7 tonight at the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan with music by Sting, the film was produced by Laguna’s own big-screen film maker Greg MacGillivray, who will be available for a question-and-answer session following the film.

Tickets are $15 and go on sale at 6:45 p.m. at the door.

At 7 p.m. Thursday the society will show “El Dorado,” Best European Film at Cannes, at South Coast Cinema in Laguna Beach. Tickets are $15 at the door; for $5 more enjoy a 6 p.m. wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at Wells Fargo Bank Community Room (upstairs), 260 Ocean Ave. Film Society members free. For more information, contact JoAnne Story at (949) 494-8971 ext 201 or e-mail

OsCene panel discussion Sunday

Laguna Art Museum’s current exhibition “OsCene 2010: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC” will be supplemented by lectures, artist panels, OC Music Awards concerts, and film screenings.

On Sunday, the museum presents “Forgetting to Remember,” a panel discussion with UC Irvine master’s of fine arts degree candidates Andrew Printer, Betsy Seder, and Jenny Yurshansky. The panel will take place at Laguna Art Museum and is free with paid admission.

The artists work in different mediums, but similarities are drawn from their work including notions of absence and memory. The artists will discuss these larger themes and how these are investigated in their different practices.

Haiti benefit concert Sunday at church

Laguna Presbyterian Church will host a benefit concert, featuring Haitian classical pianist, Jonathan Cambry with accompanying musicians from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cambry will perform works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and others, and will talk about his family in Haiti.

The concert is free and donations of any amount will be accepted; $25 is suggested. Tax deductible checks may be made payable to World Vision with a notation: “For Haiti.” World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, is dedicated to working with families and communities worldwide. They are very active in helping the people of Haiti, whose severe poverty and post-earthquake needs continue mounting.

For more information, visit or call the office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (949) 494-7555.

Second City premieres show

Internationally acclaimed sketch-comedy troupe the Second City will come to Laguna Playhouse this week with the world premiere of “Can You Be More Pacific,” a production that lampoons Laguna Beach and Orange County.

“Can You Be More Pacific” is the sixth regional-specific show created by the Second City, and celebrates the comedic troupe’s 50-year history of zany comedy that has fostered such legends as John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Stephen Colbert, Mike Myers, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

The show previews Tuesday through March 19, with an invitation-only gala opening March 20. The show runs through April 11 at the Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; special 7 p.m. performances March 21 and 28, and April 11. Tickets are $35 to $65. For more information, call (949) 497-2787 or visit

‘Art That’s Small’ seeks submissions

“Art That’s Small At City Hall,” an open exhibition coordinated by the Arts Commission, is open for submissions. All works deemed acceptable will be exhibited at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., March 20 through April 29.

Works that are no larger than 12 inches along any edge, including the frame, and 3 inches in depth will be accepted. Artwork must be dry, suitably framed, secure and wired for wall hanging. No sawtooth hangers or sandwich glass will be accepted.

A fee of $15 will be charged with only one entry allowed per artist.

Payment by check must be made payable to the city of Laguna Beach; cash is accepted. Works will be accepted from 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 20 at City Hall. Entries will be accepted from residents of Orange County (proof required), 18 or older. All entries must be original and have been executed within the past two years.

A reception and awards ceremony will be at City Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. April 1. First place: $500, second place $250, third place $125; City Hall Choice $50.

The exhibition closes April 30 and all artwork must be picked up by noon on that day.