Archives for July 8, 2024

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.

Cayton Children’s Museum Commemorates its 5th Birthday in July

The Cayton Children’s Museum will celebrate its 5th birthday on July 1. To commemorate the milestone, the Cayton will host its own birthday party the weekend of July 13 and 14, with additional activities happening all month long.

From July 13-14, the Cayton will welcome all visitors, members, and supporters for a two-day birthday celebration. The celebration will feature birthday-related art projects and activities, including a Birthday Bubble Dance Party, face painting, and birthday cake sensory bins. All visitors will leave with a special goody bag as a thank-you for being a part of the Cayton community over the past five years, while supplies last.

Apart from a weekend-long party, the Cayton is inviting the local community to celebrate the big “5” throughout July with other exciting activities like a Balloon Bash, make-your-own birthday cake using recycled materials, a museum-wide scavenger hunt, and a special edition of “Chalk-it-Up” with guest artist, Melanie Olivas.

In honor of its birthday, the Cayton is also hosting a month-long donation drive to raise funds for its PLAY4ALL programs. It provides free museum access to under-resourced families, subsidized field trips for Title 1 schools, and sensory-friendly programs. Visitors can give the gift of PLAY with a donation of $5, $50, or $500 to help provide 100 PLAY4ALL passes to kids and families across Los Angeles. Additionally, the Museum Store will give 15% off all Museum Store purchases over $50 to visitors with July birthdays.

Since its opening in 2019, the Cayton has played a vital role in the local community’s livelihood. When it reopened its doors after the pandemic, the Cayton offered free admission for an entire year to reunite children and families after a year of social disconnection. Over the last five years, the Cayton has welcomed over 560,000 through its doors, hosted 435 field trips for local classrooms, and celebrated the birthdays of more than 500 children across Los Angeles. As part of its efforts to increase access to the museum, the Cayton has also provided more than 5,100 PLAY4ALL passes to eligible children and families.

For more information about the upcoming July activities in celebration of the Cayton Children’s Museum 5th birthday, please visit https://www.caytonmuseum.org/calendar.

Credit: Cayton Children’s Museum.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Experience Coming to Los Angeles

 In a ghoulish collaboration, Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment and Fever are bringing the strange and unusual world of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” to life. Fans will soon have the chance to step into BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE: The Afterlife Experience, opening Friday, August 23 at Los Angeles’s Ovation Hollywood (6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood). The one-of-a-kind 11,000-square-foot experience will open in anticipation of Beetlejuice Beetlejuice,” the hugely anticipated sequel to the original film, which will open exclusively in theaters on September 6, 2024.

BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE: The Afterlife Experience will take guests on a journey into the iconic universe of everyone’s favorite bio-exorcist through over 11,000 square feet of all new and movie-packed touchpoints. Featuring recreated sets, live entertainment and various photo ops, fans will be immersed in the world of the recently deceased. Inside the experience, guests will knock three times to reveal a portal and cross the threshold into the Afterlife, where the one and only Beetlejuice awaits alongside a cast of eclectic ghosts. Grab an exclusive passport and take a seat in the Waiting Room next to a pair of ghosts; take your place on the cover of the Handbook for the Recently Deceased; come face to face with a legendary sandworm; and so much more. Themed food and beverage offerings will also be available for purchase at the Afterlife Diner.

BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE: The Afterlife Experience will also feature a selection of limited-edition merchandise and collectibles inspired by the film’s distinctive imagery at the Afterlife Souvenir Shop, open to both ticketed and non-ticketed guests.

Tickets for the experience start at $25 and are slated to go on sale on Wednesday, July 3 at 10:00 a.m. PDT exclusively on the Fever marketplace. Fans are invited to visit www.BeetlejuiceExperience.com and sign up for Fever’s VIP list for exclusive pre-sale access to tickets.

For more information, visit www.BeetlejuiceExperience.com, or follow along at @Beetlejuice.Experience.

Beetlejuice is back!  Oscar-nominated, singular creative visionary Tim Burton and Oscar nominee and star Michael Keaton reunite for “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice,” the long-awaited sequel to Burton’s award-winning Beetlejuice.  Keaton returns to his iconic role alongside Oscar nominee Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz and two-time Emmy winner Catherine O’Hara as Delia Deetz, with new cast members Justin Theroux, Monica Bellucci, Arthur Conti in his feature film debut, with Emmy nominee Jenna Ortega as Lydia’s daughter, Astrid, and Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe.

After an unexpected family tragedy, three generations of the Deetz family return home to Winter River.  Still haunted by Beetlejuice, Lydia’s life is turned upside down when her rebellious teenage daughter, Astrid, discovers the mysterious model of the town in the attic and the portal to the Afterlife is accidentally opened.  With trouble brewing in both realms, it’s only a matter of time until someone says Beetlejuice’s name three times and the mischievous demon returns to unleash his very own brand of mayhem.

Burton, a genre unto himself, directs from a screenplay by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar, story by Gough & Millar and Seth Grahame-Smith, based on characters created by Michael McDowell & Larry Wilson.  The film’s producers are Marc Toberoff, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tommy Harper and Burton, with Sara Desmond, Katterli Frauenfelder, Gough, Millar, Brad Pitt, Larry Wilson, Laurence Senelick, Pete Chiappetta, Andrew Lary, Anthony Tittanegro, Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg executive producing.

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” will be released only in theaters and IMAX on September 6, 2024 nationwide, and internationally beginning 4 September 2024.  It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Credit: Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment.

Getty Villa Theater Performance on July 20, 2024

Ancestral Connections: Yanculia/Restoration

Getty Villa

Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 3 pm

Free | Advance ticket required

High school students from across L.A. present original stories that integrate text, movement, video, and music. This is the culminating event of the Youth Theater Summer Intensive, a five-week program focused on theater arts, Greek and Mesoamerican mythologies, and themes from the exhibition Picture Worlds: Greek, Maya and Moche Pottery. The summer theater program is a partnership between the Getty Museum, About Productions, and Plaza de la Raza.

Credit: Getty Villa.

A Quiet Place: Day One * Captivating And Intense Atmosphere, Brilliant Acting And Compelling Storyline

A woman named Sam finds herself trapped in New York City during the early stages of an invasion by alien creatures with ultra-sensitive hearing. After the events and revelations of ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘A Quiet Place: Part 2’ it is time to go back to ‘Day One’. Following Sam (Lupita Nyong’o) as she’s on a group trip in New York City, everything is going fine, until the invasion that sends the world into silence begins. Can the city stay quiet and can Sam and Eric (Joseph Quin), a new unlikely friend, make it somewhere safe? But no matter what happens, don’t make a sound and you might just find out what happens in ‘A Quiet Place: Day One.’

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ashleigh C. comments, “A Quiet Place: Day One captivated me with its intense atmosphere, brilliant acting, and compelling storyline. The fear of making even the slightest noise keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the movie. This movie is intense and contains scenes of violence and horror. The jump scares and frightening moments may be too intense for younger viewers. There is also bad language.” See her full review below.

A Quiet Place: Day One
By Ashleigh C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 20

A Quiet Place: Day One captivated me with its intense atmosphere, brilliant acting, and compelling storyline. The fear of making even the slightest noise keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the movie.

It takes us back to the origins of the alien invasion that devastated New York City. We follow Samira, a terminally ill cancer patient (Lupita Nyong’o) and Eric (Joseph Quinn), an English law student, as they navigate through the chaos trying to find safety. Alongside them is the returning character, Henri (Djimon Hounsou). The survivors quickly learn that the mysterious creatures are drawn to sound, making silence their only way to survive.

The film is the third installment in the A Quiet Place film series based on the book by Michael Sarnoski and conceived with John Krasinski. The cast delivers outstanding performances, with Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn bringing depth and emotion to their roles. Nyong’o’s portrayal of Sam showcases a blend of strength and vulnerability that is truly captivating. The return of Djimon Hounsou as Henri adds continuity and familiarity for fans of the original series. The special effects, particularly the depiction of the creatures and the desolate New York City, are top-notch and enhance the film’s eerie ambiance. One of my favorite parts of the film is the scene where Sam and Eric must silently navigate through a subway station filled with creatures. The tension and suspense in this scene is amazing, making it a standout moment. The direction by Michael Sarnoski, along with the use of lighting and sound, creates an immersive experience that pulls you into the characters’ terrifying predicament.

The message of A Quiet Place: Day One is clear: by sticking together and supporting each other, we can overcome even the most daunting challenges. This theme is portrayed through the characters’ relationships and their determination to survive despite the odds. This movie is intense and contains scenes of violence and horror. The jump scares and frightening moments may be too intense for younger viewers. There is also bad language.

I give A Quiet Place: Day One 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, as well as adults who enjoy thrilling and suspenseful films. You can catch this film in theaters beginning June 28, 2024.