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In The Arts

July 19, 2012

A day for the kids at FOA

Saturday promises to be a day full of fun for children and their parents at the Festival of Arts. To press home this point, Festival officials said that a 44,000-pound steamroller will be brought in for the occasion to make prints outside the FOA grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

From noon to 3 p.m., the Festival's Family Art Day program will involve kids in art projects and activities, including ceramics, scavenger hunts, marionette shows, balloon art and face painting.

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"Family Art Day is always a favorite day at the Festival," Susan Davis, the FOA's special events director, said in a prepared statement. "If your family has never participated, this is the year to do it, because this year's Family Art Day is going to be the best one yet!"

Children under age 12 get in for free, and as they enter the FOA grounds, kids will be given a coupon booklet for them to use at the various Family Art Day activities.

The program is free with a ticket to the Festival of Arts. General admission is $10. Senior citizens and students pay $6. For more information, call (949) 494-1145 or go to http://www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

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Dance performances coming to Laguna Playhouse

Tickets are on sale for a series of dance productions coming to the Laguna Playhouse during the weekend of Sept. 7 through 9, and which will be presented by the Laguna Dance Festival.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, Backhausdance, a dance company based in Orange County, will mark its 10th anniversary with a production featuring "Sitting on January," "Push," "Love and Other Impossibilities" and other pieces.

The show will include "The Margin," a dance number that will be performed on a 4-foot by 4-foot platform, according to a news release from the playhouse. A pre-show conversation with Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus will take place at 6:30 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, a contemporary dance company, and the Alonzo King LINES Ballet, a contemporary ballet company from San Francisco, will be performing at the playhouse.

The two companies also will put on a show at 2 p.m. on Sept. 9, with a pre-show appearance by their artistic directors set for 1 p.m.

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