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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
May 7, 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

Art Crawl Experience - Anaheim
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Art Crawl Experience or simply “ACE”, an auditory explosive art walk and arts festival has been acclaimed by local artisans as the Downtown Anaheim Arts District. During the evening of an ACE, attendees stroll amongst outdoor permanent art fixtures, such as Peter Shire’s illuminated birdhouse sculptures, to discover artists demonstrating their creative process live for curious onlookers.

LOCATION:
The crawl stretches from Anaheim Blvd., to Harbor Blvd. and along Center Street Promenade. Art lovers can walk, crawl or climb aboard the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) for complimentary rides throughout Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience.

INFORMATION:
714 956 3586

Huntington Beach Art Walk
Huntington Beach
May 19, 2016
Every 3rd Thursday of the month
6-9 PM

Experience the talents of visual and performing artists, live music, food and fun in Downtown Huntington Beach! The FREE self-guided walking tour spans over 8 blocks of Downtown Huntington Beach, primarily on Main St., 5th and 3rd streets.

Upcoming walks: April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, 2016

Balboa Island ArtWalk - Balboa
Sunday, May 22, 2016
9am-5pm

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island's summer season. This fine art show features artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day.

LOCATION:
Balboa Island, CA

Celebration of the Arts - Yorba Linda
Sunday, June 5, 2016
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dozens of artists exhibits and sales, including paintings, photography, ceramics, mosaics, jewelry, sculptures, wood carving, glass art, mixed media and cultural activities. This is a family friendly event offering free activities for all ages, sharing the creativity & talent of our community. This event is NOT a carnival, craft fair, beerfest, or fundraiser, but truly a day where talent & creativity is shared and inspired!

LOCATIONS:
Two locations- Thomas Lasorda Jr. Memorial Field House & Hurless Barton Park

INFORMATION:
714-996-1960

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Music

Pacific Symphony presents: "Chris Botti” - Costa Mesa
May 13 – 14, 2016
8:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand, trumpeter extraordinaire Chris Botti returns to Orange County with a brand new show! A gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer and a charismatic performer, the former trumpeter for Sting effortlessly crosses the boundaries between pop and classical, jazz and rock.

LOCATION:
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival and Taste of the Bash - Mission Viejo
Sunday, May 29, 2016

With more than 30 headliners playing with each other in a giant jazz jam, each Bash is a once-in-a-lifetime concert for both the artists and the audience. The music will never happen in exactly the same way again. The listeners know that the event is something special - it has sold out each of the past 11 years even before the full line up was announced. More than 25 Restaurants and Wineries will be at the festival.

LOCATION:
Oso Viejo Park / Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

INFORMATION:
(949) 582-4714

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Film & Cinema

Bowers Museum Great Screen Icon Series: The Mummy (1999)
May 12, 2016
1:30 - 3pm

Directed by Stephen Sommers, The Mummy is about an American who is serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra and accidentally awakens a mummy! This film stars Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. Dr. Michael Berlin, (Producer, screenwriter and film historian) will share insider tidbits about the making of the film followed by a post-screening conversation with the audience.

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: Mummies of the World
March 19, 2016 - September 5, 2016

Mummies of the World portrays a once-in-a-lifetime collection of real mummies and artifacts from across the globe. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies dating back as far as 4,500 years.

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

South Coast Repertory presents 'Amadeus'
May 6 - June 5, 2016

Swelling with the glorious music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this psychological mystery has played to thunderous applause the world over. The New York Post raved that its Broadway premiere was “a total, iridescent triumph.” Vienna, 1781: the city of drama, intrigue and scandal is abuzz with the arrival of a young Mozart, who can write an opera a week but can’t control his exuberant giggling and notorious libido. Antonio Salieri—until now the royal court’s most lauded musician—recognizes Mozart’s genius, calling him “God’s magic flute.” Pious, wicked, and soon-to-be guilt-ridden, Salieri tries everything to subvert the success of this enfant terrible. Will that include murder?

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
714-708-5555

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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

MARY POPPINS, The Broadway Musical
7 shows
April 29, 30, May 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 pm
May 1, 8 at 2 pm

Everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical adventure for the entire family. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time captures hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the delightful books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins was nominated for nine Olivier awards in London and seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "anything can happen if you let it." Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft, all set to live music in seven riveting performances.

Cost: $23 general admission, $21 seniors, students with ID, and children under 12

LOCATION:
Golden West College Theater
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

INFORMATION / TICKETS:
714-895-8150, Tickets can be purchased online

Coup de Comedy Festival - Irvine
May 11-14, 2016

Hosted by Improv Revolution and sponsored by the Department of Drama, this four-day comedy extravaganza featues the best of the best shows, panels, and workshops all on the UCI campus. High quality individuals in the industry conduct panels, workshops, and performances along with student performances and participation.

This year, in addition to bringing back some of some of the best participants in years’ past, iRev will also feature a special presentation by Aretha Sills about the birth of improvisation.

Free admission, online registration

LOCATION:
UC Irvine

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