Living: In Laguna Beach, a Living Louvre

Look quick! That Botticelli Venus is Aunt Marge!

A celebrated artists' colony before soaring real estate prices displaced the easel set, Southern California's Laguna Beach is better known these days for a kind of living Louvre. Each July and August, as the crowning glory of its 50-year-old Festival of the Arts, the town mounts a Pageant of the Masters: a display of tableaux vivants reproducing famous artworks with human figures in a 12-ft. by 30-ft. picture frame onstage. The show runs slightly more than two hours at an outdoor theater called the Irvine Bowl....

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