Hutton Wilkinson and Manfred Flynn Kuhnert were on their game at Laguna Playhouse when they talked about the books they co-wrote–The Walk to Elsie’s and The Walk From Elsie’s. The books, called a “stunning work of historical fiction” by Harper’s Bazaar, reminisce and dazzle with tales of friendship and adventure between Elsie de Wolfe, aka Lady Mendl, the most coveted interior designer of the 20th century, and Tony Duquette, renowned stage and set designer. Wilkinson, who was Duquette’s business partner and fellow designer for years, heads the Tony Duquette Brand and is president of the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation.
John Alexander’s Fond Farewell
After an amazing 45 years as artistic director and conductor of the Pacific Chorale, John Alexander gave his farewell concert and was honored for his amazing service at the chorale’s 2016-17 season closing night at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Following the chorale and Pacific Symphony presentation of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “A Sea Symphony” conducted by Alexander, key supporters and chorale members moved to Samueli Theater for a tribute reception in the Maestro’s honor. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
A premium water boutique called WELL has opened in Corona del Mar. Co-founders Adam Scott and Kristen Schmitt came across two research studies released by Harvard Public School of Health and the Environmental Working Group in the Fall of 2016, which revealed two toxins present at unhealthy levels in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach water, as well as in cities across the US. WELL serves three waters: Alkaline+, Mineral and Pure and keeps it natural by serving it in Italian and American made bottles for exceptional purity. Located at 3800 E. Coast Highway, Suite C/WellCDM.com
Two Special Ladies
The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ annual Spring Celebration fundraiser, themed “Lights-Camera-Action!” was held at the Island Hotel, where two impressive ladies were honored for their love and dedication to the arts. Longtime Guilds’ supporter and Segerstrom Center board member Patricia Poss was the evening’s special honoree, and Guilds Chairman Emeritus Marilyn McCorkle was presented the Guilds’ Inspiration Award.
The Best in Ballet!
Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual “Gala of the Stars” is once again showcasing world-renowned ballet artists on August 18th at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The nonprofit’s Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla has confirmed this year’s lineup, which includes Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi of American Ballet Theatre, Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano of The Royal Ballet, and Yuan Yuan Tan and Vitor Luiz of San Francisco Ballet. For tickets and/or to attend a gourmet dinner with the stars for $200 per person, go to FestivalBallet.org/gala-of-the-stars.