When I was young we had a home in Laguna Beach so Pageant of the Masters was something we would see every summer and take friends to who were visiting us. The show is amazing and this was the first time I had seen it in over 20 years.  It has gotten even better since I was a child. If you are unfamiliar with Pageant of the Masters, it is a live performance of paintings, tableaux vivants (living pictures).  Which means the entire performance are people who are painted into classic paintings.  It is set in an outdoor amphitheater, with an orchestra, live narration and is incredible to watch.  Every year the theme changes and this is was Under the Sun, which is a tribute to the 85th anniversary to the Pageant and 100th year anniversary to the Laguna Beach Museum.     We attended the Celebrity Benefit that…

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If you don’t believe in magic you will when you attend the RiSE Festival.  This year RiSE Lantern Festival celebrated their fourth year in the Mojave Desert.  This year the event was particularly special because it was honoring those who were affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas.  RiSE brings together participants who want to share their hopes, dreams and wishes with loved ones and strangers.  Attendees come together and release lanterns, you can choose to write a message, a wish or dreams on it.  I saw people draw on them, write wishes, write messages to loved ones who have passes away, and some left the lanterns as is.  I met a girl who came because she recently lost her father and boyfriend in the last couple of months and she wanted to celebrate them there. Many came to honor those who were shot in the senseless tragedy in Las…

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  If you have missed some Cochon555 events don’t worry there are still more.  I had a great time eating and drinking at their event in San Francisco at Magnolia Brewing Company in Dogpatch.  Cochon555 is a  food event that tours around the US.  What makes this food event so unique is that they partner up with local restaurants in each city they stop at.  The events are focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs through an innovative nose-to-tail pig cooking competition.  Cochon visits 20 major cities in North America annually and stages over 60 events.  They have also donated over $500,000 to charities. Every event is a competition between chefs and they all have the chance to win in October in the Grand Cochon where the chef wins a four day wine experience in Rioja, Spain.   Cochon555 in San Francisco was part of the Global BBQ Edition, the…

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