Archives for 2024

True Detective: Night Country Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD July 9, 2024  

Get on the case and catch up on all the clues from HBO’s riveting Emmy Award®-winning limited series, as Warner Bros Discovery Home Entertainment releases True Detective: Night Country on Digital now, and on Blu-ray & DVD July 9.  Fans and newcomers alike can binge on all 6 thrilling episodes from Season 4, while they search for answers and go behind the scenes with bonus content.

True Detective: Night Country is available now to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more. The series will also be available on Blu-ray & DVD by purchasing online and in-store at major now.

Set in Alaska, True Detective: Night Country follows detectives Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis), as they investigate the disappearance of eight scientists. In addition, the season also stars John Hawkes, Christopher Eccleston, Fiona Shaw, Finn Bennett, Anna Lambe, Aka Niviâna, Isabella Star Lablanc, and Joel D. Montgrand.

SYNOPSIS:

When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, detectives Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.

BONUS FEATURES:

·      Meet the True Detectives – Cast Q&A

·      New Chapter – Issa López (Showrunner/Writer/Director) and cast discuss Night Country’s unique role in the series

·      Exploring Indigenous Themes – Delves into Alaska Native culture and how it has informed this season.

·      Max Inkblots – Get to know cast through show-themed inkblot interpretations.

·      Setting Featurette – Sets up Alaska as a pivotal character in the story.

·      Atmospheric Teases – Social environmental shots to tease key moments from the series.

Pricing and Product Information:

PRODUCT                                         SRP

Blu-ray                                                $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada)

DVD                                                   $24.98 ($29.98 in Canada)

Audio: English

Subtitles: English

Running Time Episodes: 364 minutes

Rated: TV-MA

About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment (WBDHE) distributes the award-winning movies, television, animation, and digital content produced by Warner Bros. Discovery to the homes and screens of millions through physical Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD retail sales and digital transactions on major streaming, video-on-demand cable, satellite, digital, and mobile channels.  WBDHE is part of Warner Bros. Discovery Content Sales, one of the world’s largest distributors of entertainment programming.

Credit” Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Looking for a Custom Portrait?

If you are looking for a personalized custom portrait such as a Pet Portrait, Goose and Pebble has you covered! I recently received a portrait of me and my pup and I love it! Melissa Lee is the owner of this wonderful small business. Her portraits will make a great gift!

 Melissa also offers digital downloads for purchase, and every purchase of a physical print gets a complimentary digital download as well. This will be handy for people who urgently need their portrait by a certain date (for a special occasion etc.)

Besides custom portraits and the option to add personalized text to their portraits, she also has Baby Birth Posters available in the shop: https://gooseandpebble.com/products/custom-baby-birth-posters

Check out Goose and Pebble for custom hand-drawn portraits!

Me and my Pup, Bink.

Self Disclosure: I received a free portrait to facilitate this post.

Sat. July 13, 9a at Santa Monica Beach: Plastic Free July Beach Cleanup with LA Waterkeeper

Tomorrow, July 13 in Santa Monica, LA Waterkeeper will be hosting their annual Plastic Free July beach cleanup as part of the global Plastic Free July movement.

Plastic-Free July Beach Cleanup with LA Waterkeeper: Santa Monica

Saturday, July 13, 9a-11a

Free event

9a at Santa Monica Beach, Tower 20, 2030 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Event link: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/creekstocoastcleanups2024/event/pfjsm2024/

What: Community beach cleanup

Region: Los Angeles County

Description:  Celebrate Plastic Free July with LA Waterkeeper and our friends at Accenture at our Santa Monica Beach Cleanup! Take a vital step towards preserving marine life and safeguarding the beauty of our coastal ecosystems. Your help is crucial in making our coastal habitats a healthier and more beautiful place for all to enjoy. Let’s work together to make a positive impact and ensure Santa Monica Beach is Plastic Free!

Please register at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/creekstocoastcleanups2024/event/pfjsm2024/

Los Angeles Waterkeeper: https://www.lawaterkeeper.org/

A second cleanup event will be held next Saturday, July 20, at Compton Creek. That event link is: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/creekstocoastcleanups2024/event/pfjcc24/

Fly Me To the Moon * Best Movie I’ve Watched All Year!  A Wonderful And Compelling Whirlwind Adventure Showing Exactly What It Means To Get Ready For Launch Day

Starring Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, Fly Me To The Moon is a sharp, stylish comedy-drama set against the high-stakes backdrop of NASA’s historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Brought in to fix NASA’s public image, sparks fly in all directions as marketing maven Kelly Jones (Johansson) wreaks havoc on launch director Cole Davis’s (Tatum) already difficult task. When the White House deems the mission too important to fail, Jones is directed to stage a fake moon landing as back-up and the countdown truly begins.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Sydney S. comments, “Fly Me to the Moon is unlike any movie I’ve seen before. This film is well directed, with moments of slow burn and action, and has a strong backstory. It pays homage to a very memorable historical event whilst being heart-warming and suspenseful.” Daniel S. adds, “Fly Me to The Moon leans heavily into the comedy genre, providing a humorous retelling of the consequential 1960s space race. Every single cast member impressively nails their comedic timing. The excellent writing delivers a mix of physical and verbal comedy, all of which lands.” Braedyn M. wraps it up with, “This is the best movie I’ve watched all year!  Fly Me to the Moon is a wonderful and compelling motion picture that takes you on a whirlwind adventure showing you exactly what it means to get everything ready for launch day.” See their full reviews below.  

Fly Me to the Moon

By Sydney S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Fly Me to the Moon is unlike any movie I’ve seen before. This film is well directed, with moments of slow burn and action, and has a strong backstory. It pays homage to a very memorable historical event whilst being heart-warming and suspenseful. 

The story emerges from a different perspective of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It shows a backstory to the incredible NASA minds behind the operation.

The main characters are Kelly Jones (Scarlett Johansson), Cole Davis (Channing Tatum), Moe Berkus (Woody Harrelson) and Henry Smalls (Ray Romano). Cole’s backstory really stands out to me because of how sensitive he is about his job after the Apollo 1 mission tragedy. Cole blames himself, as the mission control manager, that the crew died. It’s interesting to see how that affects his relationship with others and himself. I also like the character Kelly because she’s a strong female leader. It’s nice to see her being the reason NASA accomplishes so much in the movie. The people around her are in awe of what she is capable of doing and I appreciate the screenwriters making an empowering female the main character. Next, the sets are incredible because they interpret the buildings and the technology at the time so well. I also like the cinematography, especially when Kelly and Cole fly in his private jet. The view is breathtaking and convincing to the viewer. I especially like how real footage from the mission is included. It makes the scenes—like during the rocket launch and first walk on the moon—more genuine. While loosely based on a true story, this film is mostly fictional and deviates from real history. Additionally, the costumes are fantastic; my favorites are the astronaut suits. One thing that is lacking is there isn’t much comedy, which is disappointing. Some moments of the plot are slow, as well. My favorite part is the take-off of the rocket, which is visually breathtaking. A cloud of bright fire surrounds the rocket until it’s left with orange hues as it takes off into the atmosphere. Real footage is balanced with CGI in alternating shots, which has a great and clever effect. That is just a very special moment. 


The film’s message is to be yourself and not run from what scares you. Kelly repeats she’s used to running from her past and she doesn’t want to anymore. Another key theme is to always be truthful, even if other people don’t believe it. There is mild cursing in this film, so watch out for that. 


I give Fly Me to the Moon 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Fly Me to the Moon releases in theaters July 12, 2024 and on Apple TV+ at a later date.  


Fly Me to The Moon
By Daniel S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Fly Me to The Moon is a sharp, well written, blast of a film that exceeded all my expectations. It’s witty comedy, stylization, and its surprisingly heartfelt love story at the heart of it all, cements Fly Me to The Moon as one of the best movies of the year. 

Set during the late 1960s, Fly Me to The Moon follows NASA’s Apollo 11 mission to send the first humans to the moon, but it takes a different approach in telling the well-known story. Originally hired by NASA to boost its reputation and gain public traction for the Apollo 11 mission, Kelly Jones (Scarlett Johansson) is tasked with organizing a backup landing, in case the real landing is unsuccessful. She meets launch director Cole (Channing Tatum), and the two must grapple with the ethicality of inauthenticity and the perilous stakes of failing the mission.

Fly Me to The Moon leans heavily into the comedy genre, providing a humorous retelling of the consequential 1960s space race. Every single cast member impressively nails their comedic timing. The excellent writing delivers a mix of physical and verbal comedy, all of which lands. Beyond the two leads’ lighthearted and hilarious dynamic, Jim Rash’s witty director Lance steals the show. Lance is recruited by Kelly to handle NASA’s backup landing and he is just a blast to watch. One of the film’s greatest strengths is also a weakness though, as sometimes the more comedic tones and the dramatic tones don’t clash well. Often, a scene filled with hilarious jokes will be followed by a contrasting touching scene and vice-versa, which results in much of the emotional impact being stripped away.  Fly Me to The Moon is a fantastic period piece, embracing a retro aesthetic in its sets, costumes, music, and overall feel. The entire movie produces a sense of nostalgia for this time, even for those not there to see it. The sets are shockingly large in scale, and feel authentic in emulating the 1960s era. Dariusz Wolski’s cinematography is a standout, and there are countless bold and incredible shots in the film. The cinematography paired with incredible editing results in Fly Me to The Moon’s largely distinct style. Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum are perfectly cast in this film, not just for their individual portrayals of their characters, but their undeniable chemistry with each other. Thanks to the writing, and the two actors, Kelly and Cole feel like real human beings. We get glimpses at their motivations and flaws, which make us root for them all the more. The dynamic between the two is perfect, and they fit together very well on screen.

Fly Me to The Moon has what so many films are missing today; optimism. Not only is it entertaining, but it’s truly uplifting. It is a hilarious, stylish, and pleasing movie that is the perfect summer treat for the whole family.

I give Fly Me to The Moon 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Fly Me to The Moon releases in theaters July 12, 2024.

Fly Me to the Moon
By Braedyn M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

This is the best movie I’ve watched all year!  Fly Me to the Moon is a wonderful and compelling motion picture that takes you on a whirlwind adventure showing you exactly what it means to get everything ready for launch day.

Brought in to help NASA get back on the good side of the American public, Kelly Jones (Scarlett Johansson) a marketing know-it-all, revs up NASA’s marketing program much to the dismay and annoyance of launch director Cole Davis (Channing Tatum).  When problems ensue getting the rocket ready for launch day, Kelly is told to stage a backup version of the moon landing in case things go awry.  Now, she has to figure out a way to do the impossible.  Land a man on the moon, and yet never leave Earth.

Everything in this movie is spot on.  From the details put into making sure the food stays in line with the timeframe, to showing how one of the smallest creatures plays one of the biggest roles in this story. I really love the music — it’s upbeat at times, and mysterious at others.  It definitely impacts the emotions every scene — kudos to the director, Greg Berlanti and music director, Daniel Pemberton.  The screenplay by Rose Gilroy has some of the best writing that I have seen.  I love the dialogue between the characters, which is peppered with humor and a bit of romance. Cole and Kelly’s chemistry softens out this production, and sweetens the overall impact. It’s hard to choose a favorite thing in this film, but I’m going to go with the cat who reminds me a lot of my own. He is very curious about everything the team is working on.  This is a very dramatic movie from start to finish.  I’m glad that there isn’t much of a low point.  Neither Kelly nor Cole’s past is dwelled upon; we just learn enough to give us depth and insight into their personalities. This is definitely a movie that I already want to see again.

The film’s message is that you don’t have to fake it to make it.  Though the government wanted a staged moon landing to secure a win in the space race, Kelly finds out that sometimes you can be authentic and get the same results.  Be aware that there is some profanity in this film and lots of smoking — it was 1969, after all.

I give Fly Me to the Moon 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults.  Fly Me to the Moon will rocket into theaters on July 12, 2024.

Johnny Puff: Secret Mission * A Colorful Journey With Unique Characters Whose Superpowers Come Together In A Classic, Thrilling Plot

Four Puffins, under the guidance of Johnny Puff (Johnny Depp), develop their superpowers and use them for good. When their home, Taigasville, comes under threat from the evil Otto von Walrus, Johnny Puff and co. embark on a secret mission.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ashleigh C. comments, “The animated adventure, Johnny Puff: Secret Mission is a colorful journey with Johnny Puff. I love how the characters’ unique personalities and superpowers come together in a classic, yet thrilling plot. The narration adds a comedic touch that keeps you entertained throughout the movie.” Avalon N. adds, “Johnny Puff: Secret Mission is an innovative and hilarious movie. This film has many unique components — most noticeable is that none of the characters speak. The only voice heard in the entire film is that of the narrator, Johnny Depp.” Gavin S. adds, “I thoroughly enjoyed Johnny Puff: Secret Mission for its imaginative storyline and dynamic characters. The film masterfully combines adventure and fantasy, and it is a captivating watch for audiences of all ages.” ChangYang L. wraps it up with, “This film is very imaginative and very organized, plus I’m impressed by the story development. It has a well-structured plot that beautifully showcases how the four Puffins use their superpowers for good and ultimately triumph over Otto the walrus.” See their full reviews below.

Johnny Puff: Secret Mission
By Ashleigh C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 20

The animated adventure, Johnny Puff: Secret Mission is a colorful journey with Johnny Puff. I love how the characters’ unique personalities and superpowers come together in a classic, yet thrilling plot. The narration adds a comedic touch that keeps you entertained throughout the movie.

In Johnny Puff: Secret Mission, the peaceful town of Taigasville is threatened by the evil Otto von Walrus. Johnny Puff (Johnny Depp) and his team of four super-powered Puffins—Tic, Tac, Didi, and Pie—embark on a secret mission to save their home. The storyline is straightforward and predictable but executed in a charming and engaging way.

The characters are one of the highlights of the film. Johnny Puff is the wise and brave leader, while each Puffin has distinct traits that match their superpowers. The animation style might remind viewers of the Ice Age franchise, giving it a nostalgic feel. Although the movie lacks dialogue other than the narrator, it compensates with vibrant visuals and expressive characters. The narrator’s humor is a standout, adding a light-hearted and fun element to the film. One of my favorite parts is the dynamic between the Puffins and how their abilities complement each other during their mission. The special effects and animation bring their powers to life in a visually appealing way. The sets and locations are beautifully designed, creating an immersive environment that enhances the storytelling.

The movie’s message is about teamwork, bravery, and using your unique talents for good. It’s a positive theme that encourages viewers to value their individuality and work together to overcome challenges. The film promotes positive social behavior.

I give Johnny Puff: Secret Mission 3 out of 5 stars. It’s perfect for ages 5 to 12. You can find this movie in theaters and on major streaming platforms and DVD beginning July 12, 2024. Get ready for a fun-filled journey with Johnny Puff and his heroic Puffins!

Johnny Puff: Secret Mission

By Avalon N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15


Johnny Puff: Secret Mission is an innovative and hilarious movie. It incorporates a lot of different theatrical elements to add to viewer enjoyment.


This film is about the super puffins, specifically Johnny Puff (Johnny Depp) who has to save Taigasville from all the evil shenanigans that Otto von Walrus keeps pulling. Every ten to 15 minutes he tries something new and the super puffins must stop him from destroying the arctic. It is based on the TV series, Puffins.


This film has many unique components — most noticeable is that none of the characters speak. The only voice heard in the whole film is that of the narrator, Johnny Depp. The rest of the characters simply grunt and make other vocal noises, which allows the disagreements and plot to be up to the interpretation of the viewer. Another aspect of this film is its ever changing plot. Rather than just one big evil scheme throughout the film, Otto von Walrus constantly tries different things and continually gets defeated. It feels like a full TV season of ten to 15 minute episodes put into a fun, entertaining movie. The animation is very impressive; it uses an animation style that is not often used in movies which therefore makes the whole film much more interesting. The villain, Otto von Walrus, is more of a bully than a true evil villain, which makes the character relations even more unique.


The message of this film is to never give up and keep having fun because the world doesn’t stop for you.


I give Johnny Puff: Secret Mission 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. It releases in theaters and streaming on July 12, 2024.

Johnny Puff: Secret Mission

By Gavin S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

I thoroughly enjoyed Johnny Puff: Secret Mission for its imaginative storyline and dynamic characters. The film masterfully combines adventure and fantasy, and it is a captivating watch for audiences of all ages.

Johnny Puff: Secret Mission follows four Puffin friends, Tic, Pi, Dak and DD, who stumble upon a mysterious glowing meteor that grants them incredible powers. Alongside their retired rockstar friend, Johnny Puff (Johnny Depp), who can transform into a ninja through his music, they embark on an epic quest filled with challenges and discoveries.

The movie excels in character development and creativity, which are two aspects that particularly stand out to me. Tick’s ability to control nature adds a beautiful, almost poetic element to their journey. Pi’s super-strength provides both humor and heroism, while Dak’s technological prowess offers clever solutions to the group’s obstacles. DD’s ability to break the sound barrier and manipulate time introduces thrilling, high speed sequences that keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Johnny Puff’s transformation into a ninja through his music is a unique and entertaining twist that highlights the importance of following one’s passion. The film’s animation is vibrant and detailed, making the Puffin’s world come alive in a way that is visually stunning and deeply engaging.

The film’s message is about the power of friendship and teamwork.

I give Johnny Puff: Secret Mission 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 through 12. This film releases July 12, on VOD, AVOD, Streaming, Online Retailers, and in theatres. Be sure to check it out.

Johnny Puff: Secret Mission
By Changyang L., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer


Johnny Puff: Secret Mission is fantastic! The animation is top-notch, and it vividly chronicles the tale of four heroic Puffins using their extraordinary powers to defeat the villainous walrus, Otto von.

The story takes place in Tuss V., a tiny coastal town in the Arctic where four inseparable friends live among the Puffins. They’re naughty and playful and always looking for new adventures.  They find something even more valuable than any treasure – a meteorite that gives them incredible powers

This film is very imaginative and very organized, plus I’m impressed by the story development. It has a well-structured plot that beautifully showcases how the four Puffins use their superpowers for good and ultimately triumph over Otto the walrus. The quality of the animation is great – the film constantly switches scenes along with the storyline, and the production is smooth. The background music changes with the development of the plot. For example, when the Puffins are stripped of their food source by Otto, they go to Otto to get back their food, fall into Otto’s trick, and are captured and taken to Otto’s base camp. Throughout this scene the background music is tense and creates a tense atmosphere. The four Puffins include Tick, the littlest of the team, who is clumsy, naive and has a good heart. He is able to control nature. Pi is the giant of the group; he is moody and impulsive and never gets tired. He is unstoppably strong. Dak is the brains of the bunch; he examines everything very closely. Didi is the most self-absorbed of them all; her powers are being able to break the sound barrier and make time go slower. Johnny Puff (Johnny Depp) is a retired rock star who lives a peaceful life in harmony with nature and can transform into a sneaky ninja warrior. Otto von Walrus is famous for his craftiness and intelligence and his dirty tricks. At the end of the story, Otto’s mother visits Otto and instructs him to go on the right track. Under the influence of his mother, Otto gradually gives up his prank plan and reunites with the animals in the town. My favorite scene is the opening scene where Tick, Pi, Dak and Didi are introduced; it beautifully portrays the distinct personality traits of each little auk. It’s a captivating and engaging start that draws you into the story from the get go.

The film’s message is about the four little Puffins that accidentally discover meteorites with superpowers during their expedition, and they each acquire superpowers and use them for good things, and their secret mission to save the arctic Johnny Pop mission.

I give Johnny Puff: Secret Mission 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8.

Antoine, July 12 Pet of the Week

soooo cute!

Antoine is an 11-year-old lap cat. He was given up because he was jealous of the other cats in the home and felt he had a proprietary right to their human’s lap. At the shelter, he loves to sashay from kennel to lap and back, and is full of love. He needs to be an only cat and will reward his new humans with love, devotion and lots of lap warming! The shelter took care of his dental needs, and he’s in very good health. To adopt or foster Antoine, email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to speed the process, or call (562) 570-7387. Better yet, meet him in person at Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, at entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors). Visiting hours are Wednesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Ask for ID#A712847.

Christmas in July: The History and Evolution of This Fun Summer Holiday

Christmas in July is another fun occasion that is almost synonymous with the Christmas holiday and is usually held during summer. Given the fact that people arranged a winter holiday in the midst of summer you may note that this tradition has its ground in history and popular culture. It has consequently developed as a special moment characterized by different celebrations, gifting, sending photo cards for Christmas, get together, and other social activities. In this article, we will discuss the history and evolution of this summer event mainly celebrated on 25th July of every year.

Origins of Christmas in July

Basically, Christmas in July can be traced to various sources which include as we will discuss here. Research regarding the July 25th Celebration can be traced back to resent celebration events, as shown by a reference from a camp conducted in North Carolina, USA in 1933. This camp for girls was indeed merry with ideas borrowed from the Christmas holidays, an imitation tree, presents, and even a contrived non-plussed Santa Claus. This event was specifically intended in giving the campers a feel of what Christmas is like during their stay at the camp. In simple terms, this occasion developed as an event to exchange gifts, sending holiday cards with photos, sing carols and mark the end of the season in an unconventional way. Over the time, the generations of campers grew up and began to enjoy this annual tradition.

Nevertheless, it can be assumed that the idea originated earlier than this particular occurrence. Opera and popular culture participated in the diffusion of the concept of Christmas in July as early as 1892: a French opera depicted characters celebrating Christmas in July. In the same manner, from the above research it could also be deduced that Australian culture was instrumental in the celebration of Christmas in July. December is summer in Australia as it is located in the Southern Hemisphere hence some Australians have taken to holding a second jingle all the way in July when the weather is much colder and reminiscent of winter back in the Northern Hemisphere. However, its important to note that the Christmas in July is not an official holiday in Australia. The officials term this celebration as a cultural tradition and a unique way to enjoy the festive spirit during the Australian Winter.

Christmas in July Popularization

Celebrating Christmas in July became popular in the middle of the twentieth century specifically in regard to the United States. The same year of 1940 was a memorable year as the Hollywood movie named ‘Christmas In July’ directed by Preston Sturges gave fillip to this idea. The movie, while not directly tied into the event of the parades, ensured that the phrase became commonplace among people. After these occasions, many celebrities have been observing this special occasion every year. Retailers and businesses equally took these opportunities to come up with business promotions to increase sales. Since this time, the July 25th has been celebrated with Christmas themes in different parts of the world.

Festival of Arts Calendar of Events and Workshops July 8th – July 14th, 2024

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2024

Time: 12:00 – 3:00pm

Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission. Children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long.

Information: www.foapom.com/event/family-art-day

Family Art Day

Join the Festival of Arts for a wild good time as Family Art Day returns on Sunday, July 14 with a fun new animal-twist! The Festival’s Art Center, sponsored by Bank of America, will be buzzing with wildlife-themed art activities, including an animal anime clay sculpting class with Bowers Museum. Families will have the opportunity to meet feathered, furry and other fantastically fun critters from OC Reptile Zoo, Priceless Pets rescue, Raptor Events LLC, and the OC Beekeepers Association. You won’t want to miss Orange County Aerial Arts taking to the stage for a special aerial performance or the chance to get an airbrush tattoo- it’ll be a real hoot! Limited space available. 

Upcoming Nightly Music Schedule

Date: Monday, July 8, 2024

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Cost: Concert free with $10 Festival admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $30 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9pm the night before the performance.

Information: www.foapom.com/event/shawn-jones

Performer: Americana Music Series with Shawn Jones

Shawn Jones is an international touring Roots/Americana/Blues/Rock musician of over 30 years based in Southern California. Shawn tours with his band of “A level” touring/studio musicians as well as having a very dynamic solo show. Shawn performs over 200+ dates a year in the USA, UK, and EU.

There are six studio album releases including Shawn’s new album “In My Blood” due out early 2024. The upcoming album is produced by legendary producer/engineer Niko Bolas and mastered by multi-Grammy winning mixing/mastering/producer Richard Dodd. The new release features world renowned musicians: Herman Matthews, Ramon Yslas, The Memphis Horns, Sam Bolle, Josie Aiello, and Philip Parlapiano. In recent years Shawn was invited to guest as opener for the five time Grammy winning legend Robert Cray on a 16 date theater tour of the UK and several shows in California.

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Cost: Concert free with $10 Festival Admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $30 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9pm the night before the performance.

Information: www.foapom.com/event/133-band-0709

Performer: 133 Band

Laguna’s greatest musicians have come together to form the fabulously popular 133 Band. 133 includes Nick Hernandez, Poul Petersen, Steve Wood, Beth Wood, Jason Feddy, Richard Bredice, Alan Deremo and Frank Cotinola. They all sing, are solo artists or play in bands or both; some teach privately and are veterans of big-name rock gigs. Always a great, fun time for locals and visitors alike, the 133 Band performance is a memorable one.

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Cost: Concert free with $10 Festival Admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $30 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9pm the night before the performance.

Information: www.foapom.com/event/kay-ta-crypto-string-society

Performer: Kay-Ta Crypto String Society
Osaka (Japan) born guitarist Kay-Ta has supported/performed with artists ranging from pop/R&B artists like Grammy Winner Lalah Hathaway, Jenifer Hudson, Jody Watley, Amerie & Chante Moore; contemporary jazz artists like Jackiem Joyner, Keiko Matsui, & Michael Lington; to Jazz Fusion artists like Japanese drum prodigy, Senri Kawaguchi. Along with US artists, he worked/toured with top Japanese artists like Chikuzen Satoh, Junko Yagami, Marlene. His classical crossover group “Quattrosound” was nominated for a 2013 Latin Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category. His solo debut album “ARRIVAL” won the 2016 15th annual Independent Music Award in The Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, and its single “Synch With Me” ranked No.22 on Billboard Top Jazz Songs Chart.

Date: Friday, July 12, 2024

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Cost: Concert free with $10 Festival Admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $30 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9pm the night before the performance.

Information: www.foapom.com/event/cream-of-clapton

Performer: Tremendous Tributes Music Series with The Cream of Clapton Band

Endorsed by the man himself, family, friends, and bandmates celebrate Eric’s record-breaking “24 Nights” at The Royal Albert Hall in 1991. Very special guests include Eric Clapton’s bass player, Nathan East, and legendary drummer Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr / David Lee Roth), who will join founding members Will Johns (Eric’s nephew) and Noah East (Nathan’s son) on stage. Firmly establishing themselves as the “New Gen” go-to band, celebrating the musical legacy of a legendary musician, The Cream of Clapton Band continues to bring together family, friends, bandmates, and A-list musicians to perform live on stage.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024 

Time: 1 – 2:30pm

Cost: Concert free with $15 Festival admission. Limited “nightclub” seating available in reserved section for $60 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9pm the night before the performance.

Information: www.foapom.com/event/grace-kelly-24

Performer: Concerts on the Green with Grace Kelly

An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer and band leader Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts, 14 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes performing at the Hollywood Bowl as well as being part of the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – all before reaching her mid-twenties. As of Oct 2022 she has become the youngest member of the Board of Trustees of Berklee College of Music. Kelly’s early career featured performances at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration at age 16 and at age 14 as a soloist with the Boston Pops playing an original composition arranged for the legendary orchestra; she has since then played over 1000 shows as bandleader in 35 countries at venues like the Kennedy Center and Moscow Symphony Hall and for the Montreal, Newport, and Montreux international jazz festivals. Touted for her scorching saxophone stylings and purring vocals, Kelly has performed and recorded with renowned artists including Lin Manuel- Miranda, Dave Brubeck, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan, Questlove, and Wynton Marsalis.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Cost: Concert free with $15 Festival admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $45 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9pm the night before the performance.

Information: www.foapom.com/event/josh-nelson

Performer: Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano series with Josh Nelson

Music series sponsored by City of Hope Orange County and Yamaha

Pianist, composer and recording artist Josh Nelson maintains an active and creative schedule. He has performed and recorded with some of the most respected names in jazz and beyond, including Natalie Cole, Ivan Lins, Anthony Wilson, George Mraz, Jeff Hamilton, Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Eddie Daniels, Gaby Moreno, Sinne Eeg, Richard Galliano, Michael Buble, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Greg Hutchinson, John Clayton, John Pizzarelli, and Lewis Nash.

Josh has performed around the world and contributed to numerous recordings, films and television shows. He made an impressive debut with his first two albums, Anticipation (2004) and Let it Go (2007, Native Language Music), both of which garnered international critical acclaim. Josh’s third album, I Hear a Rhapsody (2009), featured his original compositions, interpretations of standards, and the re-imagining of some popular repertoire. Discoveries (2011), introduced a pairing of classic science fiction film footage with new compositions for a brass and wind ensemble.

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2024

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Cost: Concert free with $15 Festival admission.Limited nightclub seating available in reserved section for $45 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9pm the night before the performance.

Information: www.foapom.com/event/paris-chansons

Performer: Wow…That Girl Can Sing Music Series with Paris Chansons

Paris Chansons is an exciting French band with an Eastern European gypsy twist! Recently featured on the French news, they are known for their original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour, Dassin, Piaf, Macias, Adamo, Dalida, all the way to contemporary artists like Zaz. Their exhilarating performances are punctuated with gypsy jazz standards as well as classics in Russian, Hebrew, Italian, and other languages. Three multilingual singers bring an unparalleled diversity to their shows. Julia Kantor, originally from the Ukraine, lived and studied in France where she discovered in French music a soul connection that still imbues every performance. She entrances from the stage with a sultry voice and dynamic presence. Together with her husband, Jacob, a Russian-born singer/songwriter, they launched Paris Chansons. Max Cohen grew up in Morocco steeped in French music, particularly the songs of Enrico Macias. Max’s rich velvety tone delivers beautifully nuanced renditions of his favorites, complete with a signature North African lilt. Superb musicianship anchors the ensemble, effortlessly moving from jazzy improvisation to slow-burning balladry to blistering gypsy fervor. All seasoned pros, the musicians are Jeff Lams on piano, Adam Cohen on upright bass, Endre Balogh on violin, Sinclair Lott on drums and Jacob Kantor on guitar. Paris Chansons takes you on a journey without leaving your seat (except, of course, to dance!), a spectacular celebration of French and international music that brings the world that much closer.

Youth Art Classes 

Date: Friday July 12, 2024

Times: 12:30 – 1:30pm

Cost: $25 per person, per class

Information: www.foapom.com/event/youth-071224

Youth Art Classes: Collage Boxes

Using a box as their canvas, students will find meaningful images to design a collage. We’ll also add a touch of color with paint before finishing off the project with a bit of bling! By the end of the class, your child will have a beautiful and personalized box that they can treasure for years to come. Sign up now and let your child discover their artistic potential! Open to children ages 5 – 12. Reservations required. Classes held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024

Times: 12:30 – 1:30pm

Cost: $25 per person, per class

Information: www.foapom.com/event/youth-071324

Youth Art Classes: Sculptures

In this class, your child will learn the basics of sculpting by creating their own animal from scratch. They’ll explore the different types of clay and learn how to use sculpting tools to create different effects on their sculpture. Continue the fun at home when you get to bake your creation in your oven, or come back to glaze next week. Open to children ages 5 – 12. Reservations required. Classes held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America. 

Teen and Adult Art Classes

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024

Time: 8:30 – 10:00pm

Cost: $50 fee per person, per class

Information: www.foapom.com/event/paint-sip-071224

Adult Art Classes: Paint and Sip (21+)

Uncork your creativity at the Festival of Arts! This series provides the perfect combination of artistic expression and relaxation, making it an ideal way to spend an evening with friends, family, or even on your own. With a glass of your wine in hand, our experienced instructor Nikita Young will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a beautiful work of art. You’ll be surrounded by a warm and welcoming atmosphere, as well as the beautiful artwork from the fine art show that serves as the backdrop for our classes. At the end of the night, you’ll be amazed at what you’ve accomplished – and even more thrilled to take home your very own masterpiece! Whether you choose to display it in your home or give it as a gift to someone special, you’ll be reminded of the wonderful memories you created during our wine and painting class. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled workshop! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. Reservations required. Must be 21+ to participate. Classes held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America. 

Date: Friday, July 12, 2024

Time: 3:00 – 5:30pm

Cost: $45 fee per person, per class

Information: www.foapom.com/event/teen-adult-071224

Teen & Adult Art Classes: Watercolors

Discover the magic of watercolor painting at the Festival of Arts! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, our expert instructor will guide you through the techniques and principles of watercolor painting. In this class, you will learn about design, value, color, composition, and various other methods to create stunning watercolor paintings. You will have the opportunity to explore your creativity and develop your own style while also receiving personalized feedback and instruction. Join us and experience the beauty and versatility of watercolor painting! Ages 13 and up. Classes held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America. 

Date: Friday, July 12, 2024

Time: 8:30 – 10:30pm

Cost: $50 fee per person, per class

Information: www.foapom.com/event/prints-071124

Adult Art Classes: Prints and Pinots (21+)

If you’re looking for a creative and fun way to spend an evening, our Prints and Pinots class is the perfect choice! This unique class combines the art of printmaking with the pleasure of enjoying a pint of beer or a glass of wine. Under the guidance of our experienced instructor Vinita Voogd, you’ll learn the basics of printmaking and create your own unique prints using a variety of techniques. Our classes are designed to be fun and social, with plenty of opportunities to chat with your fellow students and make new friends. You’ll be surrounded by a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and you’ll have the chance to create a beautiful work of art to take home with you at the end of the night. Whether you’re a seasoned printmaker or a beginner, our Prints and Pinots class is the perfect way to explore your creativity and have a great time while you’re at it. So why wait? Sign up today and discover the joys of printmaking!

All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. Reservations required. Must be 21 or older to participate. Classes held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America. 

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024

Time: 3:00 – 5:30pm

Cost: $45 fee per person, per class

Information: www.foapom.com/event/teen-adult-071324

Teen and Adult Art Classes: Tiki Heads

Build your own tropical Tiki Head! Learn how to create and decorate with clay. Reserve your space early, these classes do fill up! Glazing is an optional next step for your ceramics piece. Come in one week to create the piece and come in the next to add color by glazing it. Ages 13 and up. Classes held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America.

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2024

Time: 3:00 – 5:30pm

Cost: $45 fee per person, per class

Information: www.foapom.com/event/teen-adult-071424

Teen and Adult Art Classes: Art of Comics

Express yourself through the art of comics! Illustrator and comic artist Joe Rocco will teach you how to create your own mini-comic. This dynamic, fun class will walk first-time comic artists through various themes and styles to develop your own short story and illustration. All skill levels welcome! Traditional materials will be provided; students are welcome to bring their own digital tablet if preferred. Ages 13 and up. Classes held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America.

Set in a beautiful open-air gallery, the Festival of Arts is a highly acclaimed juried fine art show featuring the work of over 100 award-winning Orange County artists. From paintings, glass, ceramics, photography and more, the Festival of Arts showcases a variety of mediums and artwork styles for avid collectors and festival goers to browse and purchase directly from the artists. In addition to the artwork on display, visitors may enjoy art demonstrations, live music performances, art classes, special events and more.

GENERAL FESTIVAL INFORMATION

DATES & TIMES

July 3 – August 30, 2024

Monday – Thursday: 4:00pm – 11:30pm

Friday – Sunday: 10:00am – 11:30pm

Closed July 4, Early closing August 24 at 1:00pm

TICKET INFORMATION

General Admission:   Weekdays $10, Weekends $15

Students & Seniors:  Weekdays $7, Weekends $11

Children 6 – 12:   Daily $5

Free Admission for Children 5 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

Festival of Arts Membership:

Upgrade your summer by becoming a Festival of Arts member! Members receive free admission to the fine art show for themselves and a guest all summer long, plus invites to exclusive events and other VIP perks. Membership starts at $50. To view the membership levels and for more information, visit www.foapom.com/support/membership

Passport to the Arts:

Passport to the Arts for only $29. Includes one-time admission to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Enjoy works of art by more than 500 artists, hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, plus a one-time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Passports are available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters.

SPONSORS

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by 

Volvo Cars, City of Hope Orange County, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club, and KOST Radio 103.5.

LOCATION

Festival of Arts Grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

FOR INFORMATION & TICKETS

(800) 487-3378

www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

Credit: The Festival of Arts.