Famed science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury will observe his 90th birthday next month, and Laguna's Gallimaufry Performing Arts is planning a huge celebration. The local company, which turned Bradbury's "2116" into a musical last year, will be holding a fundraising event called "Masters and Masterpieces" on June 5 at the Masterpiece Fine Art Showroom, 1945 Laguna Canyon Road.
On the eclectic menu will be exhibitions of music, dance and art, helmed by Bradbury himself as master of ceremonies of the event. Proceeds will go toward Gallimaufry's production of "2116" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. "Masters and Masterpieces" will begin at 6 p.m. with a VIP reception.
Tickets range from $40 to $100, with those in the top ranks meeting Bradbury and receiving an autographed limited edition poster. Contributors at the $40 level will join the VIPs from 7 to 10 p.m. for wine, hors d'oeuvres, special music and dance performances — as well as a sneak peek at the European tour production of "2116." Should patrons feel especially flush and donate $1,000 or more, they'll also receive a framed painting of their choice valued at between $2,800 and $3,500.