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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
December 3, 2016
First Saturday of the Month
6:00pm - 10:00pm.

Downtown Santa Ana comes alive with arts the first Saturday of each month when galleries, theatres, artists and performers in the Artists Village host a monthly Open House for the public. This free event attracts as many as 1500 individuals who come from throughout Los Angeles and Orange County to walk more than 150 participating studios and galleries located in historic buildings in the heart of downtown Santa Ana.

INFORMATION:
714-571-4229

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Music

Handel's Messiah
December 4, 2016
3 pm

It's hard to image a holiday season without "Messiah," the most famous oratorio in the world. Through some of the most beautiful music ever written, "Messiah" conveys a message of hope to everyone who hears it, year after year after year. Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah" chorus.

LOCATION:
Orange County Performing Arts Center - Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
714-755-5799

UCI presents: O Magnum Mysterium - Irvine
Sunday, December 4, 2016
4 p.m.

Join UCI Chamber Singers and Concert Choir for a holiday concert featuring timeless gems from the Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary choral traditions. Centering on a cappella settings of the Christmas text O Magnum Mysterium, the concert will also feature works by Korean composer Hyowon Woo.

Tickets: General $10.

LOCATION:
Winifred Smith Hall - UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

Pacific Symphony presents: The Ten Tenors: "Home for the Holidays" - Costa Mesa
December 16-17, 2016
8 pm

“Home for the Holidays” is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate audiences. Join Australia’s rockstars of the opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and many more, it's the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. As an added bonus, Nancy Cartwright, voice actor for “The Simpsons,” makes a special appearance to narrate “The Night Before Christmas.”

LOCATION:
SOKA Performing Arts Center
1 University Cir
Aliso Viejo, CA

Jazz Nights at Envy Lounge - Newport Beach
Tuesdays
9pm to 12am

Envy Lounge, Orange County’s newest best nightlife scene, hosts Jazz Nights every Tuesday from 9pm to 12am. Jazz Nights at Envy Lounge feature different artists each week. No cover charge.

Please visit our calendar and sign up for our newsletter get informed about featured artists.

LOCATION:
Envy Lounge
4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA

INFORMATION:
Reserve a cabana for a Jazz Night party with up to 15 friends at: reservations@envyloungeoc.com or by calling (949) 287-8270.

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Film & Cinema

Bowers Presents: Guadalupe: A Living Image (Una Imagen Viva) (2010) (52 min)
December 8, 2016
1:13 pm

See the full screening of the documentary shown, in part, in the Virgin of Guadalupe: Images in Colonial Mexico exhibition and learn all about Juan Diego’s visions of The Virgin of Guadalupe in 16th century Mexico.

Member Free | Non-Member $5

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum / Kershaw Auditorium
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

INFORMATION:
714.567.3677

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Historical Tours & Programs

San Juan Capistrano Walking Tour - San Juan Capistrano
Sundays
1 pm

The Walking Tour visits two San Juan Capistrano adobes built in the 1790s and the Victorian Pryor House. Tales of ghosts, pirates, buried treasure and of many who have lived here will point out why San Juan is so special.

Donations of $2.00 per adult and $1.00 per child are accepted and go to several projects including Save the Adobe Fund.

LOCATION:
Tours leave from "Lady Debra's" at the corner of Camino Capistrano and Verdugo Street.
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
(949) 493-8444

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Current Museum Exhibits

Discovery CubePresents: “Planetary Research Station” - Santa Ana

The “Planetary Research Station” is an animated globe that can show dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land of a planet.

LOCATION:
Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

Bowers Museum Exhibit: California Bounty: Image & Identity 1850-1930
Opens June 2016

California Bounty is the first curatorial interpretation of the museum’s distinguished painting collection since 1994. This will be the first public display of many of the selected paintings, some of which have spent years in storage.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Orange County Museum of Art - Curatorial Tours & Artist Talks - Newport Beach

Highlighting selected works from OC Collects, educators engage visitors in observation and discussion, creating a forum for the exchange of ideas and perspectives.

LOCATION:
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach

INFORMATION:
949-759-1122

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Peformances

A Christmas Carol
November 25, 2016 - December 24, 2016

Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. (“The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!” according to the Daily Pilot).

South Coast Repertory
(714) 708-5555

Laguna Playhouse presents: 'Sleeping Beauty & Her Winter Knight'
December 7-30, 2016

Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight is based on the European fairytale where a Princess called Aurora has a curse put on her by an evil fairy Carabosse. By her 18th birthday, Aurora will prick her finger on a spindle and fall asleep for 100 years. The Royal family live under the protection from Silly Billy and Nanny Tickle but Aurora does prick her finger and falls asleep for 100 years. A handsome Prince saves the day by defeating the wicked fairy and giving Aurora a true love kiss.

LOCATION:
Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

INFORMATION:
Box Office (949) 497-ARTS (2787)

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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: Miracle on 34th Street - San Juan Capistrano
November 25 - December 18, 2016

Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy's and unleashes waves of good will by referring customers to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by a Macy's counselor, she plots to have Kris taken to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital. In a dramatic court decision, Kris is confirmed as the true Santa, allowing countless children and all of us to experience the joy of childhood fantasy. This heartwarming holiday story is what we want Christmas to be all about.

LOCATION:
Camino Real Playhouse
31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 675

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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Workshops

Weekend Academies in the Arts - Drama, Social Justice & Performance - Irvine
December 3, 2016

Weekend Academies in the Arts are day-long events for middle and high school students and their parents to participate in workshops, panel discussions, and tours, and to attend a related arts event.

The Academies are a great way to get to know the offerings here at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, whether you have your eye on applying to colleges and universities next year or in a few years.

Upcoming workshops:
more coming!

LOCATION:
UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

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