Calendar Of Events: September & October

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“Design & Thinking” Documentary Screening: Sept. 6, Orange County Museum of Art

Presented as September’s offering in the “Cinema Orange” film series, co-sponsored by OCMA and the Newport Beach Film Festival, this Taiwanese documentary looks at the concept of “design thinking” as an approach to successful business in the 21st century. The Flip Truck will be serving up artisan sliders outside the museum from 7:30 – 9 p.m.; the screening starts at 8. (850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach; 949-759-1122;

Conversation With … Russell Crotty: Oct. 4, Laguna Art Museum

At their roots, Russell Crotty’s works are ink drawings and color washes, but in actuality, they soar to almost sculptural levels: His landscape drawings sit on orbs, often suspended in the air, merging the natural with the ethereal. Russell will be at Laguna Art Museum to discuss his work with guests. Stop by for a rare opportunity to engage with the renowned contemporary artist. (307 Cliff Dr.; 949-494-8971;


Marine Mammal Cabaret: Sept. 30, Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course

Proceeds from this annual gala benefit Pacific Marine Mammal Center and the organization’s efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and release wounded seals and sea lions. The evening promises a gourmet dinner, fine wines and live music from Roxanna Ward, all under the stars at the beautiful Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course in South Laguna. Tickets are $175 a piece; tables for eight go for $1,500. (31106 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 949-494-3050;

Q & A with Peter Bo Rappmund: Sept. 16, Laguna Art Museum

Filmmaker and photographer Peter Bo Rappmund stops by the museum to take visitors on a walk-through of his new exhibition, which kicked off the museum’s new contemporary art program, “Ex.pose,” when it opened in June. Peter will talk about his films (“Psychohydrography,” “Vulgar Fractions” and “Tectonics”), his process and the underlying connection between the places he captured in his work. (307 Cliff Dr.; 949-494-8971;

Laguna Style: Oct. 13, Montage Laguna Beach

The latest fashion and jewelry from South Coast Plaza retailers will hit the runway at Montage Laguna Beach in a stylish event that will also include a silent auction and cuisine prepared by the Montage chefs. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SchoolPower and the Laguna Playhouse. Tickets are $100, or $125 after Sept. 15. (30801 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-4100;


Laguna Dance Festival: Sept. 6 – 9, Laguna Playhouse

The Laguna Dance Festival, back for its sixth year, promises four days of incredible and dynamic contemporary dance. The Orange County-based company Backhausdance performs Friday at 7:30 p.m. Experience the unique meeting of two independently extraordinary dance troupes—Alonzo King LINES Ballet of San Francisco and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago—on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. See the feature on page XX for more on the festival. (606 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-497-2787;

Andre Watts and the Pacific Symphony: Sept. 20 – 23, Segerstrom Center for the Arts

In the season opener for the Pacific Symphony’s fall classical series, master pianist joins the Pacific Symphony under conductor Carl St. Clair for four stunning performances of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. For the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances, the Brahms work is prefaced by two pieces from Strauss Jr. and Sr. (600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; 714-755-5799;

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps”: Sept. 25 – Oct. 21, Laguna Playhouse

Tony Award-winning comedy Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” brings Hitchcockian thrills to center stage. Called “absurdly enjoyable” by the New York Times, the play follows a seemingly ordinary man who meets a woman who pulls him into the underworld. After she’s murdered, our hero becomes the nation’s most wanted criminal. (606 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-497-2787;

“Swan Lake,” Mariinsky Ballet: Oct. 2 – 7, Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The Mariinsky Ballet comes to Orange County with its storied past in tow: At the end of the 19th century, it was the Mariinsky company that made “Swan Lake” the classic love story and the definitive romantic ballet that it is today, thanks to legendary choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787;

Upcoming Featured Shows at the Coach House

John Hiatt & The Combo, blues/jazz, Sept. 7, 8 p.m.; Poncho Sanchez, Latin jazz, Sept. 23, 8 p.m.; Kenny Wayne Shepherd, blues guitar, Oct. 3, 8 p.m.; Debbie Reynolds, comedy/vocals, Oct. 6, 8 p.m. (33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8930; LBM 

Live! at the Museum

Second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. (307 Cliff Dr.; 949-494-8971;

First Thursdays Art Walk First Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. (

Gospel Brunch Sundays, Pacific Edge Hotel (647 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-281-5709;

Sawdust Studio Art Classes

Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (935 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-494-3030;

Food and Wine Classes, and wine tastings Various dates/times, Laguna Culinary Arts (845 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-494-0745; Monthly Wine Tasting Party  First Friday of the month, 6 – 9 p.m., Laguna Canyon Winery (2133 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-715-9463;

Zero Trash—Adopt Your Street and Beach First Saturday of the month


Free Yoga in the Park Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m., Montage public park (949-494-9928;

Laguna Beach Farmers Market Saturdays from 8 a.m.–noon, Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Laughter Yoga Sunday – Friday at 8 a.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m., Main Beach (

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