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A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste!

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Presents a Creative Classroom Led by Leigh Rubin, Author & Illustrator of the Syndicated Comic Strip, Rubes®

Sunday, November 15 from 2 to 4 PM

A Musical Performance by Andrew Rubin Will Close the Workshop

Costa Mesa, Ca: Need more humor in your life? The world is a serious place and let’s face it, we all need to lighten up. There really is humor in almost any situation, but how do we find it? All it takes is a bit of mental twist to look at your world in a funny way. Discover the humor in your own life by mentally stepping out of your normal routine and into your very own twistedly absurd and funny world! This illustrated lecture and workshop is a comic adventure inside the ridiculously twisted mind of Leigh Rubin, Rubes® cartoonist and “sit down” comic. This afternoon presentation is free and open to the public and is recommended for ages 10 and above. At the end of the lecture, Leigh’s talented musician son, Andrew, will perform for approximately one-half hour.

Leigh Rubin began his cartooning career in 1978 by establishing his own greeting card company, Rubes® Publications. His first cartoon collection, the popular Notable Quotes musical cartoons was published in 1981. Originally self-syndicated, 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of his daily cartoon, Rubes®, which is now distributed by Creators Syndicate to more than 400 newspapers and media outlets worldwide. Rubes® appears in major daily metropolitan newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Daily News, the Vancouver Sun, the Oregonian, the Staten Island Advance, the Washington Times, the Sacramento Bee, the Houston Chronicle, and the Orange County Register. Rubin recently launched a new website, WhyGrowUp.Club, celebrating life’s simple pleasures.

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s Creative Classroom began with a workshop led by children’s author and illustrator, Kelly Light, in February 2015 and is a quarterly free-to-the-public workshop presented by the Center. Award-winning actor and illustrator, Richard Kinsey delighted the summer crowd with his innovative take on storytelling. The Center is pleased to present “A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste”, led by the funny and charming, Leigh Rubin, as part of this ongoing series.

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Andrew Rubin, of California’s Central Coast, has been cultivating his passion for music since he was thirteen years old. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the rock trio, The Spaces Between, and has a background of various musical projects involving Pop, Jazz, Funk, and more. In more recent times, Andrew discovered a new-found love for classical music and, with support from peers and mentors, has taken up composition. Now 20, he is currently working on his third classical piece, and aims to continue with great vigor the writing and performance that brings him so much joy, as well as further exploration and progress in all branches of his musical career. The Center is pleased to present Andrew Rubin in a short concert appearance after his father’s workshop.

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is located at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Part of the exciting South Coast Collection (SoCo), the Center’s vision is a world where creativity is known, in all disciplines, by the many, not just the few. The Center offers art classes and programs, both on site and with our community partners around Orange County. Visit ChuckJonesCenter.org to learn more. The Leigh Rubin Creative Classroom is on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 2 to 4 PM. It is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. Please contact Programs@ChuckJonesCenter.org or call 949-660-7793 x 107 to reserve your seat.

Red Dot Auction 2015: The Photos

What a great evening! Thank you to all of our supporters, donors, friends, and artists who came out to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s 5th Annual Red Dot Auction this past Friday, May 1, 2015. With a crowd numbering in the 300s, the silent auction was a big success!

Craig and Kimberley Kausen; Craig is the chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and one of Chuck's grandsons.

Craig and Kimberley Kausen; Craig is the chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and one of Chuck’s grandsons.

Craig, left, with his brother, Todd.

Craig, left, with his brother, Todd. They were the Masters of Ceremonies for the evening.

Linda Jones Clough, left, a Board member and daughter of Chuck Jones with fellow Board members, animation director and creator, Bob Kurtz, and  business maven, Tracy Tanner.

Linda Jones Clough, left, a Board member and daughter of Chuck Jones with fellow Board members, animation director and creator, Bob Kurtz, and business maven, Tracy Tanner.

The Red Dot Auction is presented by the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity. Made up of volunteer community ambassadors, the Council includes, from left, Camie Dean, Linda Krall, Juls Aspinall, Jane Saunders, and Darcia Dexter, the chairperson for this event.

The Red Dot Auction is presented by the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity. Made up of volunteer community ambassadors, the Council includes, from left, Camie Dean, Linda Krall, Juls Aspinall, Jane Saunders, and Darcia Dexter, the chairperson for this event.

Celebrities from near and far joined us: from left, Council member John Gaydos, artist Casey Leonard, "Rain" creator and John Lennon portrayer, Steve Landes, and past president of the Council, Wayne Todd.

Celebrities from near and far joined us: from left, Council member John Gaydos, artist Casey Leonard, “Rain” creator and John Lennon portrayer, Steve Landes, and past president of the Council, Wayne Todd.

Patron and collector, Joann K., with our raffle ticket sellers for the evening.

Patron and collector, Joann K., with our raffle ticket sellers for the evening.

Artist and friend of the Center, Bob Elias, signs the limited edition commemorative poster created for the 5th Annual Red Dot Auction.

Artist and friend of the Center, Bob Elias, signs the limited edition commemorative poster created for the 5th Annual Red Dot Auction.

The crowd.

The crowd.

Craig Kausen leads the live auction. Going, going, gone!

Craig Kausen leads the live auction. Going, going, gone!

Where do I put my bid?

Where do I put my bid?

Did I win?

Did I win?

Pamala and Tony Meador, both contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction! Thanks for the persimmons, Pamala!

Pamala and Tony Meador, both contributing artists to the Red Dot Auction! Thanks for the persimmons, Pamala!

Longtime Chuck Jones art collector, Gary Wagoner, far left, with his family, including son-in-law, contributing artist, Eric Scales, center.

Longtime Chuck Jones art collector, Gary Wagoner, far left, with his family, including son-in-law, contributing artist, Eric Scales, center.

Artist Joseph Yakovetic with his lovely wife.

Artist Joseph Yakovetic with his lovely wife.

Linda Jones Clough, left, with one of the over 200 contributing artists.

Linda Jones Clough, left, with Mayu Tanimoto, one of the over 225 contributing artists.

Is this where I write my bid?

Is this where I write my bid?

Artist James C. Mulligan

Artist James C. Mulligan and friend.

This one's mine!

This one’s mine!

Karen Garza, Center volunteer, and an organizational wizard, with her niece, pause for a moment.

Karen Garza, Center volunteer, and an organizational wizard, with her niece, pause for a moment.

Leigh and John Yetsko, from left, with artist and man-about-town, Daniel Killen.

Collectors Leigh and John Yetsko, from left, with artist and man-about-town, Daniel Killen.

Artist Mike Kungl with aspiring young artist, William Vochelli

Artist Mike Kungl with aspiring young artist, William Vochelli

Artists and volunteers at the Center, Jennifer and Deborah Sleeper, center and far right, with friends.

Artists and volunteers at the Center, Jennifer and Deborah Sleeper, center and far right, with friends.

Collector and supporter of the Center, Cynthia Damiano, center, with artist, Dana Kungl. Cynthia was the winning bidder of Dana's contribution to the Red Dot Auction. All you need is love, indeed!

Collector and supporter of the Center, Cynthia Damiano, center, with artist, Dana Kungl. Cynthia was the winning bidder of Dana’s contribution to the Red Dot Auction. All you need is love, indeed!

The talented and dramatic duo of Ginger Duncan and Eric Schlegel! Thank you both for your wonderful work and for making the evening so much fun!

The talented and dramatic duo of Ginger Duncan and Eric Schlegel! Thank you both for your wonderful work and for making the evening so much fun!

Well, it’s time to start planning the 6th Annual Red Dot Auction! See you next May!

Photos courtesy the incomparable Stephen Russo, longtime volunteer and supporter of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Maps to the Stars–New Work from Cory Bennett–Reception for the Artist

"Heart of the Mediterranean" by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 38" x 38"

“Heart of the Mediterranean” by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 38″ x 38″

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in SoCo (South Coast Collection), the lively new dining and shopping destination in central Orange County, announced today that artist Cory Bennett will be their guest at a reception for the opening of an exhibition of his most recent paintings and prints on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Bennett is known for his urban aesthetic, bold palette and layered imagery, all of which is fueled by his imaginative take on the street scene in southern California. Making his home in Long Beach, Bennett’s paintings combine a rich aesthetic with the graphic language of found materials through which he discovers the natural beauty of his subject matter.

“We are excited to present Cory’s work to our collectors and the art marketplace in general,” said gallery director, Scott Dicken. “His unique vision and exuberant execution makes his work at once thrilling, beautiful, and slightly dangerous, a potent combination of visual legerdemain.” This will be Bennett’s first gallery exhibition in Orange County.

"Fetching L.A." by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 36" x 24"

“Fetching L.A.” by Cory Bennett, mixed media on reclaimed wood, 36″ x 24″

The Chuck Jones Gallery was founded in 1991 in Corona del Mar and through the years has been located in Laguna Beach and Orange as well.  It is the only gallery in Orange County devoted to the art of the animated film, particularly the work of four-time Academy Award-winning animation director and pioneer, Chuck Jones. Along with the art of its namesake, the gallery represents work from all major animation studios as well as the art of Dr. Seuss, Marcus Pierson, Mike Kungl, Bob Elias, and Mike Peraza.  It is open seven days a week from 10 to 6:30 except for Sunday when the gallery closes at 5PM. It shares the space at SoCo with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to reinvigorating the creative spirit in all of us, but particularly in children. For more information, visit ChuckJones.com or ChuckJonesCenter.org.

Cory Bennett is available for interviews. Contact Robert Patrick at 949-510-0995 to arrange.

Cory Bennett Reveals Long Beach

 

Volker Kühn “Objects” at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Costa Mesa

The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the vibrant new retail center SoCo (South Coast Collection) at Hyland and Sunflower in Costa Mesa, California is pleased to announce the opening of "Objects" an exhibition of the mixed media constructions by German artist, Volker Kühn. The exhibit runs through March 15, 2013. 

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Volker Kühn "Objects" at the Chuck Jones Gallery, Costa Mesa, California. 3321 Hyland Avenue, just north of the 405 at the Harbor Blvd. exit.

Kühn, born in 1948, studied at the Bremen Academy of Arts where he studied sculpture. His first commission was a mirrored "objects" installation at the Bremen Nautical Academy in 1974. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.


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"The Garden of Paul Klee" by Volker Kühn. Outside dimensions 23.75" x 20", image size 8.5" x 7.5", mixed media construction.

Visiting Kühn's studio you would immediately notice his carefully sorted drawers that reach wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling, each drawer labeled with "elephants", "dromedaries", "spirit levels", "feathers", "women–large", "cowboys", "toothpicks", or "teddys (as in teddy bears) for instance. He never knows where his peregrinations will lead him. However, his work table is less orderly and is often looked upon as "productive chaos."


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"Enchanted Forest" mixed media construction by Volker Kühn. Outside dimensions 11.5" x 10.25", image size 4.75" x 3.75". 

Kühn
makes compelling statements about the human predicament that are strangely free
of irony and didacticism. His surrealistic freeze-frames could be described as
“visual puns” which intrigue the viewer and reward them with the joy of solving
a riddle.

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"The Team" mixed media construction by Volker Kuhn. Outside dimensions 20" x 19", inside dimensions 6" x 5.75". 

His wife, Edda, best explains the appeal of his work, ''The nature of art is to draw the observer out
of a state of reserve. Volker Kühn's “Objects” are an example of how this
works. The spontaneous reaction – mostly a smile – is transformed into
contemplation. The smile returns again later, sometimes broadening into a grin,
provoking the question: How is it possible for a person to invent such
grotesque situations? In doing so, he exploits the materials to their utmost potential.  Is there something pedantic in his make-up?
Oh yes, and chaotic to boot! His very nature is contradictory. In his hands nonsense suddenly makes
sense.

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"Welcome Baby" mixed media construction by Volker Kühn. Outside dimensions 15.75" x 17", inside dimensions 3.5" x 6.25".  

For more information regarding the work of Volker Kühn , stop the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa at 3321 Hyland Avenue. Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for a private online viewing of the collection. 

Costa Mesa — 866-ChuckJones or email CostaMesa@ChuckJones.com; San Diego — 888-294-9880 or email SanDiego@ChuckJones.com; Santa Fe, NM — 800-290-5999 or email SantaFe@ChuckJones.com. 

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"Movie Stars" mixed media construction by Volker Kühn. Outside dimensions 20.25" x 20.75", image size 8.25 x 6.25. 

Drop In and Draw at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

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After spending the morning cleaning out the garage, Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and trustee of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, needed to do something 'creative' so she made her way over to the Center's new space at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa for the Saturday morning, "Drop In and Draw" led by the Center's teaching artist, Christopher Scardino. 

Most Saturday mornings you'll find the Center set-up for drawing with all sorts of materials with which to express your creativity; pencils, craypas, glitter & glue, crayons, colored pencils, marker pens, ink pens, and plenty of paper. The Center's talented teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, will guide you and your children to new heights of creativity.

Find your creative genius on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA. A nominal donation to cover the costs of materials is suggested. For more information, email Pam Marsden, Program Director, Pam@ChuckJonesCenter.org. 

More tenants open at SoCo in Costa Mesa – Orange County Retail : The Orange County Register

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Photo by Lorren Au, Jr./Orange County Register

South Coast Collection, the open-air shopping center off Hyland Avenue and Sunflower Boulevard in Costa Mesa, continues to add to its growing tenant roster. The new additions to SoCo include The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, where old school animation aficionados can find the following: the late Chuck Jones’ original sketches, paintings, doodles and animation cels; scripts, books, and other written pieces; videos of interviews, presentations, and drawing demonstrations he gave; other artifacts of his life; and videos by his daughter, Linda Jones Clough. The center, which moved from its Old Towne Orange location, had its grand opening in late January and will be open to the public on a semi-regular basis in two weeks, said Craig Kausen, the center’s chairman of the board and Jones’ grandson. “Drop-in-and-draw” classes, which were held in Orange, will resume at the new Costa Mesa site in the coming months, he said.

Many thanks to Hang Nguyen of the OC Register for the write-up.

 

A Day of Preparation in Advance of Last Night’s Gala Grand Opening!

Reporting from Costa Mesa, CA: When our team started arriving at the new Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa (at South Coast Collection, Sunflower & Hyland, just north of the 405) yesterday morning at around 8:30 AM to prepare for last night's gala grand-opening (you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see photos and learn more about that part of day) we found Paul S., the construction foreman, with his head stuck in the "El Cheapo" lift.  (Most of the above statement is true, but part of it is false…you'll need to make the judgement call.)

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Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones's daughter, along with 24 carrots Catering & Events' own Nicole Schieppati, put their heads together and came up with a plan for the day.  Without our gracious good fortune of being partnered with 24 carrots, the Center would not have had this amazing opportunity to be in this new 8000 square foot facility.  Thank you 24 carrots Catering & Events!

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Everyone looks so small!  It was a Lilliputian moment as the hanging wires were installed by the 6'5" Scott Dicken (far left) with Steve Amaya on a 12' ladder and Tracy Tanner (President of the Center's volunteer council) assisted by the gracious Carol Erickson (far right; everyone give a big 'hello' to Carol, a longtime collector of the art of Chuck Jones who has recently joined the staff of the Center and the Chuck Jones Gallery.  Welcome Carol!) offered their expert advice.

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Carol (below) prepared the 20 Silent Auction bid boards for installation.

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"Lights, Camera, Action!" made the scene, placed lovingly on its own wall; just to give you an idea of the size of this room, the wall it is hanging on is 23' wide by 17' high.   Texas isn't the only place where everything is big!

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Scott Dicken, VP of Retail Operations for the Chuck Jones Galleries, along with the intrepid Steve Amaya (both are 20 year veteran's of Linda Jones Enterprises…we have a tendency to stick around) found themselves up in the El Cheapo lift more often than not as we placed larger works of art on the main exhibition wall.

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Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity (far left) and Linda Jones (back to camera, 2nd from left) help Paul, the construction foreman, negotiate the El Cheapo Lift (okay, that's really the name of the company that supplies the lifts we use and we find it immensely amusing, hence its repeated appearance in this post) around the ceiling's truss supports.  Please note that the back wall has since been hung with a variety of works by a group of new artists who are paying homage to Chuck Jones during his centennial year, but more on that later.

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The main exhibition wall after installation.  In this instance, we felt a 'salon' installation was best for the space and for the evening ahead.

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Finally, at the end of yesteday afternoon, things seemed to be in place and ready for 400 of our nearest and dearest.  Christopher Scardino, Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant extraordinaire and the Center's teaching artist (he channels Chuck's teaching philosophy of nurturing and gentle guidance) stands between original works by Bob Elias (left) and James C. Mulligan (right) that we had placed in our incompleted office area that was off limits to our guests last night, but which we used as a staging area for the event.  Art goes everywhere, no matter the setting!

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Tomorrow, watch this space for photos and details from last night's gala grand-opening of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity!

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity–New Home, New Look, New Year

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be moving into its new home at SoCo (South Coast Collection) at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California in the next month or so.  Chuck Redux paid a visit to the new site this morning and is bringing you a sneak peek of what can only be described as — well, it's still a work-in-progress, so think of these photos as preliminary sketches for the Center's new home.

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The front entrance with a mocked-up sign to give you a sense of the scale of the tower.  When you enter here you'll be greeted by a 25' tall mural designed by Chuck Jones…we won't tell you where it was used before, but it's going to be a wonderful introduction to the Center.

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The main room seems to be about a football stadium in length, but is more like a half of one (joking, of course, but it is immense.)  The Center's partner is 24 Carrots, Orange County's premier catering company–they'll be using the space for large gatherings, weddings and business events.  

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To give you a sense of the scale, that yellow arrow is pointing at Scott, who is 6'6" and Craig, who is 6' tall.  Big, isn't it?

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Please ignore the dirt in the middle of the floor…this is the main exhibition wall which is about 50 running feet and 17' tall.  Expect to see lots of fabulous Chuck Jones art!

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In the OC Mart Mix (just across the plaza from the Center) there's an awesome coffee shop, Portola Coffee, and this young man was quietly explaining to Craig and Scott about "the integrity of the grounds" and "it's a moral dilemma" at which point I stopped listening, but the coffee does smell terrific and tasted even better.  

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The plaza entrance will have three glass 'garage' doors that roll up into the ceiling, allowing for a seamless experience between what is going on inside the Center and the magnificent plaza setting with its fountain, fire pit and umbrella-covered tables.

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If you have a green thumb, you'll be impressed by the succulent plantings and the environmentally-sensitive landscaping around the entire SoCo complex.

P.S.  Watch this space for more news about our grand-opening tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2012.  

Fans Turn Out for SoCo Chuck Jones Film Festival

Last night at the SoCo Chuck Jones Film Festival, held at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa, California, cartoon fans from near and far (from one end of Orange County to the other) turned out in full force with their lawn chairs, blankets, gourmet food truck munchies and were ready to sit back and laugh, laugh, laugh. 

Craig Kausen (below), Chuck Jones's grandson and chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, welcomed the assembled aficianados and quickly turned it over to the amazing audio visual wizards, who braved the frigid waters of the fountain to set up the projector.  It was an awesome evening,filled with good cheer and much camaraderie and a lot of hardy, heartfelt laughter; a perfect way to end the week and begin this amazing weekend. 

Tonight is "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" created and conducted by the incredibly talented and amazing human being, George Daugherty–we baby-sat his magnificent Willy last night–Willy is a golden retriever and loves everyone!–at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, gates open at 6PM.  I know there are seats still available, do something spontaneous and come on down!  Plus tomorrow is the Chuck Jones Big Draw from 11 AM to 5 PM at South Coast Collection, 3309-E Hyland Avenue (next to the Paul Mitchell school), Costa Mesa, California.  Admittance is FREE between 1 and 2 PM as we prepare to set a world record for the largest art class held in one venue.  Plan on it and unleash your creative genius!  The world will be a better place for it.

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Craig Kausen welcomes guests before the festival began last night at SoCo.

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The intrepid AV technicians did an awesome job with the projection and sound–it was fantastic!

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A good time was had by all–well, maybe the bull in Jones's "Bully for Bugs" a little less so than the rest of us, but still a fabulous night!

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo.