In The Arts

August 19, 2010
  • Katie Schmid
Katie Schmid (Coastline Pilot )

Mad Hatter party for human rights

A group of Laguna businesses and residents will take part in the Orange County Chapter of Human Rights Campaign's Mad Hatter Garden Party at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a Newport Coast estate, with Lorna Luft and Greg Louganis in attendance.

Laguna residents and HRC Federal Club co-chairs Dave Gibson and Catherine Reid, who will oversee the festivities, have invited Mark DePalma, owner of Mark's Restaurant, to provide a sunset dinner.

"I'm excited about our Mad Hatter theme," Gibson said. "Both conventional and creative types can participate"

Prizes will be awarded for best political, best garden, grandest, and best team hats. Ruben Flores, owner of Laguna Nursery, will create a surreal setting by installing 25 towering flower sculptures throughout the hilltop property.

Laguna Beach artist and auctioneer Mike Tauber will kick off the live auction with a pair of DaVinci Level passes, valued at $350 each, to the Festival of Arts Gala on Aug. 28. Winners will enjoy a VIP dinner and Pageant performance, hosted by Extra TV host Mario Lopez.


Also auctioned will be memberships to Laguna Health Club, gifts from Bushard's Pharmacy, shopping sprees at Mitchell Gold/Bob Williams interiors, local yacht excursions and flights on American Airlines.

Certificates to local restaurants include Zinc Café, French 75, Sundried Tomato, Watermarc, Sapphire Laguna and Mozambique.

A grand prize opportunity drawing includes VIP tickets to a Cher concert, two nights at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and dinner for two in a Caesars Palace restaurant.

Louganis will join HRC field director Marty Rouse to speak on the work of HRC, whose mission is to achieve equal civil rights for gay and lesbian citizens and their families.

Tickets are $75, and can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit and click on "attend events."

LCAD presents California impressionism

Laguna College of Art & Design will present a collection of masterpieces of early California impressionists on loan from the Irvine Museum from Monday through Sept. 26 at the college gallery, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.

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