In The Arts

New announcer named for Pageant

The Pageant of the Masters has found a new voice. Richard Doyle has taken over as narrator.

Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy announced in a news release last week that the founding artist at South Coast Repertory would now be the voice behind the production during this summer's "Only Make Believe."

Doyle is replacing 17-year veteran Skip Conover, who announced his retirement after last year's "Eat, Drink and Be Merry."

No stranger to the stage, Doyle acted in nearly 200 productions at South Coast Rep, including "A Christmas Carol," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Weir." Challis Davy first saw Doyle at South Coast Rep's original theater on Newport Boulevard in the 1970s.

"For me, Richard was the obvious choice," Challis Davy said in a statement. "I never had a second thought."

Interestingly enough, Doyle has never before attended the pageant. However, he looks forward to the new venture and said he sees the pageant as an opportunity for the community to come together and appreciate the arts.

"For me, after 25 years as a voice talent and being an actor for five decades, this is something new and exciting," Doyle said in a statement. "In the voice-over field, this is a prestigious job. It is a known art event in a very unique theatrical venue."

"Only Make Believe" will run from July 7 to Aug. 31. For tickets, contact the Pageant of the Masters at or call (949) 497-3378.


See 'Silence' this April

"Silence," a photography exhibit full of renowned names will be on display at the AR4T Space, 210 N. Coast Hwy.

Cheyenne Ellis, who once worked with famed photographer Irving Penn, curated the exhibit, the name inspired by "clear, quiet moments."

"I see this show as a breath of fresh air," she said in a statement. "A visual perspective from some great minds on what they interpret as quiet."

Kevin Zacher, who has shot for Esquire, Interview and ESPN, among others, is showing new works during the exhibit. Other artists include snowboarding photographer Cole Barash and U.S. athlete ambassador Lauren Ross.

The exhibit debuted during the April 7 Art Walk and remains up until April 30.

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Earth Day cleanup and concert

Earth Day is Friday, and the city is coming together in hopes of a citywide cleanup.

Hotel Laguna and HelpBlueWater are looking for volunteers to act as neighborhood captains. They hope to comb every beach, street and back trail in one day.

Those who clean Laguna Beach for a half hour will earn free admission to Hotel Laguna's annual Earth Day Concert from 6 to 10 p.m.

To volunteer, contact Rick Conkey of HelpBlueWater at (949) 734-5485.


Passport to festivals on sale

Laguna Beach is offering the Passport to the Arts for the third year in a row, giving patrons unlimited access to Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival.

By buying the pre-season Passport, festival-goers will have the opportunity to win prizes, such as a stay at the Hotel Laguna, dinner at Sundried Tomato Café and Watermarc restaurants, tickets to the Laguna Playhouse and Laguna Art Museum, an art lesson and tide pool tour by Laguna Outreach for Community Arts, or a wine & cheese tasting with Laguna Culinary Arts.

Anyone who buys a Passport before July 1 will be automatically entered in the local giveaways.

The Passport, which costs $19, gives art lovers a chance to see 500 artists, 300 art workshops, 200 live performances and many other special events offered throughout the season.

Visit or call (949) 497-0521.


CAP hosts show at Wells Fargo

Community Arts Project, a Laguna Beach nonprofit dedicated to the arts, is hosting an exhibit at Wells Fargo Bank, 260 Ocean Ave.

The show focuses on panoramic images using multiple artistic mediums.

The artists include Cheryl Cotman, John S. Krill, Roger Folk, Mark Chamberlin, Bill Atkins, Sandra J. Campbell, Fred Hope, James Nordstrom, Tom Lamb, Charles M. Murray and Rick Graves.

It will be on display until June 10.

For more information, call Pat Sparkuhl at (949) 290-2057.


Goddesses come April 30

The Festival of Goddesses is coming to Laguna Beach on April 30.

The day was conceived to give a voice to women and spirituality. The idea is that "every woman is a goddess," celebrating femininity. Motivational speakers, musical performances, writers and, of course, goddesses will be on hand during the festival.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Shakti Tribe Foundation, a program of International Humanities Center, which promotes peace through music.

For more information, visit

— Joanna Clay

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