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The Laguna Dance Festival will celebrate its 10th year on September 13.


Laguna Dance Festival’s 10th Anniversary Gala Performance

Sept. 13; Laguna Playhouse

After a decade of bringing world-class dance to Laguna Beach, this year the Laguna Dance Festival will present a performance showcasing the companies and artists that have performed for the festival over the last 10 years. Among those performing are Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theatre as well as dancers from the New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. The gala’s featured company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, will present “Innervisions,” a stunning performance choreographed to the music of Stevie Wonder. In addition, “Ekphrasis,” a music and dance piece by choreographer Bernard Gaddis and composer Alan Chan, also will have its first fully produced performance during the gala. (949-715-5578;


“John Altoon: Drawings and Prints”

Through Sept. 21; Laguna Art Museum

Born and raised in Los Angeles, commercial illustrator and fine artist John Altoon was renowned for his abstract drawings, which graced the covers of music albums and advertisements during the 1950s and 1960s. Though he died of a heart attack in 1969, his legacy lives on through this curated selection of his artwork. (949-494-8971;


Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational

Oct. 12-19; The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Renowned artists from across the nation continue to flock to Laguna’s annual art festival, which showcases plein-air painters and their work for an entire week. Now in its 16th year, the invitational allows the public to witness artists as they compete for prestigious prizes and participate in events such as public paint outs, environmental awareness activities and educational events. All proceeds from the event will benefit nonprofit Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association. (



Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine will be at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on September 20.

Shirley MacLaine

Sept. 20; Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Renowned actress, dancer and best-selling author Shirley MacLaine will share memories from her celebrated career, which spans more than 50 years and includes multiple accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, six Emmy Awards and an Academy Award. Through film moments, personal revelations and an intimate question-and-answer portion of the show, Shirley will share her journey as an artist and advocate in this one-night-only experience. (714-556-2787;


Laguna Beach Live! Bluegrass and BBQ

Sept. 21; The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Bluegrass and BBQ combines two American staples for one fun night of food and music. A barbecue dinner will be served amid the sounds Evan Marshall’s mandolin. Later in the evening, headliners The Barefoot Movement will take the stage. Additionally, the group, which was the winner of the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, will be performing a blend of bluegrass, folk, acoustic rock and Americana. (949-715-9713;


KX93.5’s Second Annual Festival of Music featuring The Beach Boys

Sept. 27; irvine bowl

One of the most iconic Southern California bands, The Beach Boys, will headline local radio station KX 93.5’s second annual Festival of Music. The venerable band will join Say Say, a Los Angeles-based electronic duo, and 133, a Laguna Beach-based supergroup, in a historic event that marks the first time in 10 years that the Irvine Bowl has opened its doors to a rock concert since Jack Johnson performed in 2004. (949-715-4859;


“The Year of Magical Thinking”

Oct. 8 – Nov. 2; Laguna Playhouse

“The Year of Magical Thinking,” based on the award-winning memoir of the same name, follows the life of a woman as she struggles through the grief brought on by the death of her husband. Starring actress Linda Purl as the sole cast member and directed by Jenny Sullivan, the play touches on themes such as loss, journey and the resilience of the human spirit. (949-497-2787;



Ongoing; The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano

Space Oddity: David Brighton’s Tribute to David Bowie, Aug. 22, 8 p.m.; Steep Canyon Rangers, Aug. 24, 7 p.m.; Steve Tyrell, Aug. 29, 8 p.m.; Dick Dale, Aug. 30, 8 p.m.; Funniest Housewives of Orange County, Sept. 6, 8 p.m.; Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Sept. 10, 8 p.m.; The Tubes, Sept. 12, 8 p.m.; DSB: America’s Favorite Tribute to Journey, Sept. 13, 8 p.m.; Larry Carlton, Sept. 19, 8 p.m.; Carbon Leaf, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.; (949-496-8930;



12th Annual Crystal Cove Alliance Gala

Sept. 27; Crystal Cove State Park

The Crystal Cove Alliance invites you to the historic district of Crystal Cove for a night of dancing and dinner at the ocean’s edge. A silent auction will offer opportunities to bid on art, resort stays, dining experiences and more. There will even be an opportunity drawing to win a night in historic Cottage No. 14, the South Beach Suite. All proceeds from the gala benefit Crystal Cove State Park. (949-376-6200;


DSC_0416Marine Mammal Gala

Sept. 28; The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Support the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and its ongoing efforts to help keep Orange County’s marine life happy and thriving while enjoying a whimsical evening out. Including a lovely sit-down dinner, entertainment, a live auction and an opportunity drawing to win a Kia Optima Hybrid, the Marine Mammal Gala will offer something for everyone, human and pinniped alike. (949-494-3050;



Girls’ Night Out

Oct. 2; Wilson Residence

Grab your best girlfriends and come out to a beautiful residence in Laguna Beach for a night of pampering, shopping, food and cocktails, all while benefitting Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. The event will also feature both silent and live auctions, which will directly support the club’s after-school and summer programs. (949-494-2535;



LIVE! AT THE MUSEUM second Thursday of the month, 7-8 p.m., Laguna Art Museum (949-494-8971;

SAWDUST STUDIO ART CLASSES various dates/times, Sawdust Festival Grounds (949-494-3030;

MONTHLY WINE TASTING PARTY first Friday of the month, Laguna Canyon Winery (949-715-9463;

ZEROTRASH BEACH CLEANUP first Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon, various locations (

FIRST THURSDAYS ART WALK first Thursday of the month, 6-9 p.m. (

FREE YOGA IN THE PARK Monday through Thursday, and Saturdays, 8 a.m., Treasure Island Park (949-494-9928;

LAGUNA BEACH FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road

LAGUNA LAUGHTER YOGA Sunday through Friday, 8 a.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m., Main Beach (

NATURE HIKES various dates/times, Laguna Canyon Foundation (949-497-8324;

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