New Statue Honors Surfer Phil Edwards in Dana Point

The statue sits adjacent another bronze memorial (of Hobie Alter, a surfboard and sailboat innovator who helped revolutionize both sports) at Watermen's Plaza next to the newly developed South Cove community and across from Doheny State Beach. The life-sized sculptures of local surf industry legends are being created by artist Bill Limebrook, who grew up on Beach Road in Dana Point. The plaza is part of the ongoing effort by the city to recognize Dana Point's historical significance to the sport of surfing. There are plans to add more bronze statues in coming months, along with interpretive signs and other art pieces. Monuments at Waterman's Plaza will pay tribute to other surfing influencers, including surfboard maker Dale Velzy, filmmaker Brown, and John Severson, the late founder of Surfer magazine.  Read more here in the Orange County Register.
Motorcyclist Alex Diaz Creates Pop Icon Helmets

Read more about Alex Diaz and his helmets in the Orange County Register here.



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OCSA Alumna Wins Tony Award!
Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block of Brea, an alumna of the Orange County School of the Arts, received the 2019 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical on Sunday evening at the ceremonies held in Radio City Music Hall in New York, for her performance in Rick Elice's "The Cher Show." A three-time Tony Award nominee and six-time Drama Desk Award nominee, she also received Tony nominations for Best Actress in a Musical for The Mystery of Edwin Drood in 2013 and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Falsettos in 2017. She also received the 2019 Outer Critics Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and and Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in A Musical for her role in "The Cher Show." More about Stephanie J. Block here.
2 OC Theaters Win Prestigious Shubert Foundation Grants

South Coast Repertory ($250,000) and Laguna Playhouse ($25,000) were among 533 nonprofit nationwide grant recipients in theatre, dance and education, of more than $30 million from The Shubert Foundation. A complete list of recipients may be found here.

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