In The Arts

March 10, 2011
  • Frank Potenza will perform at the Hotel Laguna.
Frank Potenza will perform at the Hotel Laguna. (Coastline Pilot )

Film Society screens two movies

The Laguna Beach Film Society is screening a documentary and a British comedy Friday and March 17.

"Men Who Swim," a documentary about Sweden's first all-male synchronized swim team, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets are $15.

The society will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the 2009 British Indy Award winner, "Looking for Eric." The comedy follows a middle-aged British postal worker who feels bored with his unchanging routine. A visit from a friend spurs him to contemplate his future, according to a news release. The film will be presented at South Coast Cinema at 6 p.m. March 17. Tickets are $15 and discounts are available for students.

For more information about the Film Society, call Joanne Story at (949) 494-9871 ext. 201.


Pageant seeks new narrator

Skip Conover, the voice behind the annual Pageant of the Masters, has retired from his position as narrator. Conover began his tenure in 1994, replacing Thurl Ravenscroft — the voice of Kellogg's Tony the Tiger. Conover never missed a performance, according to a news release. He narrated 60 nights for 17 seasons and his 1,000 pageant narrations were always live.


"Skip is of a rare breed of voice artists. He knows how to charm an audience, how to make them feel comfortable," Pageant director Diane Challis Davy said in a statement. "He's like a friend or a confidante. He never 'lectured' the audience and yet he managed to inform them. And like a true professional, he made it seem easy."

Conover has cited back problems as one of the reasons he has decided to step away from the microphone.

He delivered his decision in a letter to staff.

"The pride I felt each night as I began my trek up to the booth [came from] knowing that a unique and gifted group of people had my back, so it was simply a matter of sewing together a beautiful tapestry using the orchestra as my thread and giving every audience the thrill of a lifetime," he said in the letter, according to the release. "We both hope and pray the Pageant will continue to shine like the beautiful and unique star that it is."

The Pageant is interviewing narrators and will reveal the new candidate to the public once a contract is signed.

The 2011 Pageant, "Only Make Believe?", begins July 7. For more information, visit


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