Pageant of the Masters

Critics' pick
Photo courtesy 2013 Festival of Arts
"Chess Game" 2007,

Life imitates art, literally: Classic paintings, statues and murals take on a new dimension as real people dress and pose to recreate original masterpieces—a trick popularized by vaudeville artiste Lolita Perine at the first festival in 1932. A professional orchestra, a narrator, intricate sets and theatrical lighting help bring the works to life at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach (650 Laguna Canyon Rd). This year's theme, "The Art Detective," unravels riddles of crime, passion and discovery.

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