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The Pageant of the Masters: 2018 production of ‘Under the Sun’

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

The Pageant of the Masters: 2018 production of ‘Under the Sun’

  The Pageant of the Masters, presented by Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts, is heating up the beach-side community with preparations and rehearsals underway for the highly-anticipated 2018 production of “Under the Sun.” Celebrating its 85th anniversary, the 2018 Pageant of the Masters will amaze audiences nightly July 7 – September 1 with 90-minutes of tableaux vivants. These “living pictures” are re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. Tickets are available now at www.PageantTickets.com. Since opening in 1933, the Pageant welcomes approximately 500 volunteers each year who eagerly contribute more than 60,000 hours of their time. Many staff members, like Butch, have worked with Pageant of the Masters for decades, creating a family-reunion-like environment that attracts mass numbers of volunteers and crowds to learn, appreciate, and perform in the fine arts. The volunteers vary in ages with the youngest volunteer at just 4 years old, and the oldest in his late 80’s. Every Thursday night through June, staff and volunteers gather in the Irvine Bowl studying details from stage lighting to specific pose placement, and unique make-up art to complicated set designs. Volunteer actors fill the backstage area during rehearsals, along with Allyson Doherty, Makeup Director, who coaches the make-up volunteers with step-by-step tutorials on how to transform the actors into living art. To complete the final picture, Costume Director, Reagan Foy, and her team help cast members into their costumes and make final adjustments. The Director, Diane Challis Davy, selects the pieces in the Pageant and oversees pre-production and each rehearsal to perfect the living pictures and transform their presentation, with help from the Pageant staff, into a full production with music, narration and backdrops. In the 2018 Pageant of the Masters, “Under the Sun,” theatrical magic, live music and light-hearted storytelling will honor masterpieces including work by Leonardo da Vinci, Kleitsch, Rosenthal, Monet, Kuntz, Sargent, and Wasil. Staying with tradition, the finale of the Pageant will feature Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” The Pageant of the Masters runs July 7 – September 1 with advance tickets now available starting at $15 per person. A Pageant ticket is also a season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Thousands of artists have shown and sold their work at the Festival of Arts and many of the artists have their original artwork featured in the private collections of leading art collectors, celebrities, and museums around the world. The 2018 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show will take place in conjunction with the Pageant of the Masters, July 5 – September 1, with general admission tickets starting at $10 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna...

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Extreme Beer Fest 2018 – Boston: A Whole Another Level

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Extreme Beer Fest 2018 – Boston: A Whole Another Level

  Onion. Pistachio and avocado. Marshmallows. Maze. You read that last word right –the chemical found in pepper spray and all of the aforementioned food products imparted some of the many flavors found in craft beers at Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Festival in Boston. Bostonians and East Coast beer aficionados braced the cold weather in an extremely long line outside the Seaport World Trade Center as they waited to enter the 15th annual event. Onlookers may think they are crazy and ridiculous, but the attendees received instant gratification once they step into the conference hall. EBF showcases the extreme of the extreme beer and the festival highly encourages brewers to explore their identity as creators and masters of their craft. These “beer scientists” did not fall short from impressing their peers and the thousands who flocked to EBF just to taste these one-of-a-kind beers. From barrel aged in rum stouts and highly bacteria filled sours to wine-infused ales and beer-infused slushies, attendees tasted as many 2-ounce pours of the over 500 beers available from 96 breweries in a span of three hours. People demand excellent beer, which was evident by empty beer kegs and vacant booths found half way through the session. The craft beer community sure is a thirsty crowd and a hungry one too. Lines formed for sweet Belgium waffles and mouth watering barbecue tri-tip sandwiches. As the lights began to flicker on and off – a warning that the festival’s end was near – groaning sounds filled the convention hall space. Extreme Beer Festival has come to an end and the craft beer served transported guests on a whole another level. Traveling to Boston this June? Attend Belgian Beer Fest on June 22-23, 2018 at The Cyclorama. Freelance writer Sabrina Valles has a knack for sharing meaningful stories in her roles as a blogger and a public relations and marketing specialist. She enjoys covering craft beer events, sharing her favorite travel destinations (locally and abroad), and writing about places to devour delectable food and drinks for OC Mom Blog and her personal blog, Simply Crave...

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9th Annual Urban Ocean Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 3 comments

9th Annual Urban Ocean Festival + Giveaway

  The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its ninth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and Contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 COST: The festival is free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public. General admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members. Additional cost for cruises. Poetry Cruise and Urban Ocean Cruises are additional and can be purchased in combination with Aquarium admission or à la carte. GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a Family 4-pack valid April 28th or April 29th to experience the Urban Ocean Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner on April 20th. Good Luck! SAVE: With coupon adults receive $10 OFF admission on April 28 or April 29. Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with...

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Tickets Available: 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Tickets Available: 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw

  Following another record-breaking year, the 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will return to the world-famous OC Fair opening weekend on July 14 and 15, 2018 with more fun than ever before. The successful, award-winning collaboration between Brew Ha Ha Productions and OC Fair & Event Center offers four hours of unlimited tastings, a commemorative tasting glass and free admission to the OC Fair. Awarded 1st Place at the Western Fairs Association’s Annual Convention for Best Event Within an Event, Brew Hee Haw features dancing, fun games, and unlimited tastings from some of the country’s top breweries. Tickets are available April 11 at brewheehaw.com. At the highly anticipated 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers with a wide selection of styles ranging from pale ales, IPAs, stouts, saisons, hefeweizens and many more. Located next to the scenic and spacious Pacific Amphitheatre, craft beer enthusiasts can enjoy sips from their favorite brewers throughout Southern California and beyond, including Artifex Brewery, Chapman Crafted Beer, Four Sons Brewing, Faction Brewing, Beachwood Brewing, Stone Brewing Co., Unsung Brewing Co., and many more. Festivalgoers will have their choice of three different tasting sessions with two sessions on Saturday, July 14 and one session on Sunday, July 15. In addition to fun games and catchy tunes, guests will enjoy four hours of unlimited tastings and a commemorative festival glass. Tickets also include free OC Fair admission so attendees can come for the beer and stay for the Fair! The OC Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday, July 13-August 12, 2018. Tickets are available for purchase at ocfair.com or from the on-site Box Office (limited hours.) Free parking and shuttle services are available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol St. exit off the 405 freeway. OC Fair Express bus service runs on Saturdays and Sundays from July 14 – August 12 from approximately 10 a.m. to midnight. Departing from nine locations, OC Fair Express costs $2 each way, or 75 cents for seniors over the age of 60 and persons with disabilities. The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, please visit ocfair.com, become a fan at Facebook.com/OCFair, follow at twitter.com/ocfair or call (714) 708-1500. Also, download the free OC Fair iPhone and Android apps. For the fourth year in a row, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of OC & Inland Empire are partnering with the Brew Hee Haw team and will receive a portion of the proceeds. Tickets to the 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw at the OC Fair are available for purchase on Wednesday, April 11 at BrewHeeHaw.com. Limited early bird tickets are $45 online. Regular ticket prices are $55 each and, if available, day-of prices are $65 each. The 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw is a 21 and over only event. IDs will be checked. The Brew Ha Ha Productions team reminds all attendees to drink...

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Los Angeles Times’ 23rd Annual Festival of Books

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Los Angeles Times’ 23rd Annual Festival of Books

  The Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books is the nation’s largest literary and cultural festival. Held the weekend of Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd at the University of Southern California, the festival not only celebrates books and literature, but will this year also shine a light on alternative forms of creative storytelling including podcasts, virtual reality, music, film, and television. An estimated 150,000 attendees will have the opportunity to hear from more than 500 writers, musicians, artists, and chefs, check out one-of-a-kind art installations and multimedia experiences, and be a part of discussions on everything from politics to pop culture, all in celebration of a love for stories. The event also includes demonstrations, panels, and conversations from esteemed authors/performers such as will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas, Ed Asner, Dave Eggers, Jenna Fischer, Vivica A. Fox, Janet Mock, Juan Felipe Herrera, Junot Diaz, Mike Epps, Reza Alan, Laurie Halse Anderson, Patton Oswalt, Diana Gabaldon, Moby, Gabrielle Union, Maria Shriver, and Joyce Carol Oates, as well as chef and cookbook authors including Wes Avila (Guerilla Tacos), Valerie Bertinelli, Natalie Morales, Laila Ali and Jet Tila. WHEN: Saturday, April 21st (10AM – 6PM) & Sunday, April 22nd (10AM – 5PM) EVENTS: KEYNOTE SATURDAY, APRIL 21st EVENTS & APPEARANCES: Note: for a full schedule of events and appearances please visit: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/festival-schedule/ 10:00 a.m. – Juan Felipe Herrara, the United States Poet Laureate, reading from Jabberwalking (Poetry Stage) 10:30 a.m. – Joyce Carol Oates, author of Beautiful Days, in conversation with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW podcast, Bookworm (Bovard Auditorium) 11:00 a.m. – Authors of The Grouchy Historian Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger in conversation with journalist and author Pat Morrison (Los Angeles Times Main Stage) 12:00 p.m. – Spotify’s Secret Genius Showcase with music producer Larrance Dopson (Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith) (Norris Theatre) 12:00 p.m. – The Bob Lefsetz Podcast with musician and animal rights activist Moby (Annenerb Auditorium, presented by Newstory) 12:10 p.m. – Vivica A. Fox, author of Every Day I’m Hustling in conversation (Los Angeles Times Main Stage) 12:30 p.m. – Outlander on Page and Screen in conversation with Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series (Bovard Auditorium) 1:15 p.m. – Emmy Winning Donick Cary (The Simpsons, Parks & Recreation) Shares His Story and Talks MUSACK (Newstory Stage) 1:20 p.m. – Gabrielle Union, actress and author of We’re Going to Need More Wine in conversation with Tre’vell Anderson (Los Angeles Times Main Stage) 2:00 p.m. – The Power of Music of Medicine: Celebrating the True Power of Music to Heal, Connect, and Restore with musician Beatie Wolfe and founder of HealthTunes Walter Werzowa (Newstory Stage) 2:30 p.m. – Janet Mock, author of Surpassing Certainty, in conversation with Tre’vell Anderson (Los Angeles Times Main Stage) 3:30 p.m. – Social Media as Literary Discovery, curated by Editor in Chief of NYLON Marty Preciado (Andrus Gerontology Center) 4:00 p.m. – Junot Diaz, author of Islandborn, doing reading and signing of the novel (Reading by 9 Children’s Stage, Signing Area 7) 4:30 p.m. – Empowered Women & Enlightened Men with L.A. Sparks’ Christine Simmons in conversation with NFL player Martellus Bennett 4:30 p.m. – Black Eyed Peas will.i.am., Taboo, and apl.de.ap. discuss their graphic novel Masters of the Sun, Social Justice, Music, & AR/VR KEYNOTE SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd EVENTS &...

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