In The Arts

Film screening at South Coast Cinema

Laguna Beach Film Society will screen "Exporting Raymond" at South Coast Cinema at 7 p.m. April 21.

The indie comedy chronicles Phil Rosenthal, creator of "Everybody Loves Raymond," as he attempts to sell the show to a Russian audience. Told the show is not funny by Russian networks, he must tackle how the hit American sitcom can be translated or remade for the unique Eastern European audience.

The film has received multiple accolades, including best feature at the Austin Film Festival.

Screenings are free to society members. Non-members can buy tickets at the cinema. A reception prior to the film will take place at 6 p.m. at Wells Fargo at 260 Ocean Ave.

For more information about the Laguna Beach Film Society, contact JoAnne Story at (949) 494-8971, ext. 201.


Psychic at the Playhouse

Psychic and medium Bill Phillips will be at the Laguna Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. April 26 as part of a fundraising effort for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Phillips is known for his ability to speak with spirits and the deceased.

On his website he said he began seeing spirits as a child and truly discovered his talent after the passing of his mother due to cancer.

For more information about tickets, contact the playhouse at (949) 497-2787.


Laguna Dance Festival kicks off

The Laguna Playhouse plans to present Complexions Contemporary Ballet from Thursday to Sunday as part of the Laguna Dance Festival.

CaDance is the founder of the festival and brings different companies to the community each year such as past participants the Parsons Dance Company and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

The four distinct performances by Complexion will combine contemporary dance, hip hop, jazz and ballet.

Complexions founders Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden have been touted by the New York Times among others. Formerly with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Times called Richardson "one of the most majestic dancers ever to tread the Metropolitan Opera House stage." Rhoden is considered one of the most sought-after choreographers.

Richardson was also nominated for a Tony in 1999 for his role in the Broadway musical "Fosse."

Both have appeared as guest judges on "So You Think You Can Dance," according to the company website.

For more information about the Complexions performances, visit


Hollywood comes to Laguna

Hollywood casting agents and directors will be convening at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach on April 23.

Presented by Gallimaufry Performing Arts, a Laguna performing arts nonprofit, "The Kids Are Alright" casting director Eric Soultiere will lead his first workshop on acting and casting in the industry.

With an emphasis on young adults, the small workshops will focus on auditioning, cold reading, industry tips and Q&As with the professionals. After reading scenes, participants will receive constructive feedback from the agents and directors.

Anyone interested is encouraged to bring headshots, resumes and questions so that they can get the most out of the workshop.

The sessions are at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Class size is limited so registration in advance is advised.

For more information, call Gallimaufry at (949) 499-5060.


'Art That's Small' winners announced

The winners of the "Art That's Small" City Hall art competition were announced by Mayor Toni Iseman on April 7.

Elizabeth McGhee won first place, John Cunningham won second place, and Yank Sefton won third place and City Hall choice. Kacey Baker, Susan Linder, Kate Urshel and Annette Wimmer were all recognized with honorable mentions.

The judges included Carla Tesak Arzente of Salt Fine Art, Brad Coleman of Laguna College of Art & Design and Jeff Horn of Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn.

The artists will have their small works of art, no larger than 12 inches by 3 inches, displayed at the City Hall until April 29.


— Joanna Clay


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