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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Wonders of Wyland Reception - Laguna Niguel
Friday, March 6, 2015
6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Wonders of Wyland Reception includes film highlights from Wyland’s thirty-year campaign to create 100 life size marine life murals in more than 12 countries around the world. Spanning the sides of skyscrapers, sports arenas, and structures, these landmark public murals have captured the imagination of millions and helped inspire a new generation to become better stewards for our environment. The evening’s presentation will share the story of Wyland’s epic campaign, from its humble beginnings to the final, all-encompassing project for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Through original video footage and photographs, guests will get an up-close look at the murals and one man’s dream to change the landscape of art - and to create a gentle reminder to communities around the world that everyone, everywhere can make a difference.

Event will also feature Wyland painting twelve original sumi brush paintings to be auctioned off that evening. Sumi brush paintings are done in traditional Chinese brush-style with black ink on paper.

Guests who attend the Wonders of Wyland reception and also reserve the Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight package that evening will enjoy a VIP meet and greet with Wyland at 6 p.m. where he will personally sign one of his coffee table books

$125 per person with $25 of the ticket price going to support the Wyland Foundation

LOCATION:
The Terrace Salon at The Ritz-Carlton
Laguna Niguel

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
March 7, 2015
First Saturday of the Month
7:00pm - 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

Huntington Beach Art Walk
Huntington Beach
March 19, 2015
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 16, May 21, June 18 & July 16, 2015

The Newport Art Collection by Galerie Simard Bilodeau - Newport Beach

Simard Bilodeau Galerie in collaboration with the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Newport will be showcasing some of their notable masterpieces as part of “The Newport Art Collection by Galerie Simard Bilodeau”.

Starting on June 21st with their first concert presentation, the exhibition will take place in the hotel library. The Hyatt Newport will celebrate the beginning of the Summer and the Auto auction organized by Russo and Steele. Part of Simard Bilodeau’s collection will be presented throughout the summer in celebration with the weekly Jazz concerts every other Friday nights. We invite you to re-visit our ever-changing exhibition during the season. Simard Bilodeau Galerie will be honored by your presence and encourage you the viewer, to experience the visual power in their artists, evoking a tantalizing response to be captivated by the creations beauty, developing an endless appetite for the arts.

LOCATION:
Hyatt Regency Hotel Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Rd
Newport Beach, CA

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Music

Cafe Ludwig: Bach, Beethoven and Bartok
March 1, 2015
3:00 p.m.

A delightful afternoon featuring sonatas by three of the most popular composers: Bach’s flowing Trio Sonata; Beethoven’s rich melodies, with lyricism balanced against surging energy; and Bartók’s unusual sonata, complete with highly detailed instructions for percussionists written in the score.

LOCATION:
Orange County Performing Arts Center
The Samueli Theater
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

The Chieftains
March 19-21, 2015

Extend your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the Chieftains! Over the course of 53 years and 58 albums, they have popularized their country’s rich musical heritage, bringing attention and affection to traditional Irish music. Equally at home playing spontaneous sessions as they are headlining at Carnegie Hall, they make the music their own with a style that is exhilarating and exciting.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

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Film & Cinema

Great Screen Icons: The Odd Couple
March 12, 2015
1:30 pm until 4:00 pm

Dr. Michael Berlin, Ph.D., film expert, screenwriter and producer, hosts this Best Written Comedy about two friends trying to share an apartment. Starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

Member $7; Non-member $10; Students $5 with valid I.D.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
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
New exhibit now open

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: Ancient Arts of China

Journey back through 5000 years of Chinese history and follow the efflorescence of arts throughout one of the world's oldest living civilizations. From large painted ceramic pots used during the Neolithic period, to sculptures of camels and horses made at the height of the Silk Road, to beautiful embroidered silk court robes and ivory carvings from the 19th century, this exhibition presents the importance of fine art made to be admired during life and depended on in the afterlife.

Curated by authorities of Chinese history and culture from the Shanghai Museum.

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

Laguna Playhouse presents: "The Odd Couple"
March 4-29, 2015

Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning classic comedy of two famously mismatched roommates. When recently failed marriages force fastidious Felix to cohabitate with the slovenly Oscar, the duo must determine whether their differences are irreconcilable. This peculiar pair, with decidedly different approaches to life, love and… housework, has been entertaining audiences with sidesplitting laughter and classic comedy for nearly 50 years.

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

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

SCR Presents: "Tokyo Fish Story"
March 8-29, 2015

Koji is a Sushi Master with an undying love for his art. But his restaurant is declining while the new place down the street keeps packing them in. Takashi represents the younger generation—a brilliant protégé, but too respectful to display his talent, despite the urgings of Nobu, his hip-hop assistant, and punked out Ama, who’s trying to make her way in a man’s world. Generations, gender and tradition collide in this quiet play with a big heart, a touch of poetry, a hint of mystery—and just the right amount of enticing comedy. Plus, a sushi-making ritual that will amaze

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
714-708-5555

SCR Presents: "Of Good Stock"
March 27 - April 26, 2015

Legendary novelist Mick Stockton left his three daughters a house in Cape Cod, control over his books, and a whole lot of issues. Years later, the men in their lives struggle to be part of this elusive family's legacy. It’s not always easy keeping up with the whip smart and very funny Stockton Sisters, especially during a weekend filled with dramatic confrontations and surprising confessions. But good scotch helps. And, in the end, what matters most is family in this new play by the writer whose work Time Out New York called “zesty, muscular and quick-witted.”

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
714-708-5555

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Community Theater / Youth Theater Productions

Cabrillo Playhouse presents: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
March 6-29, 2015

Millie is getting married! And when three of her girlfriends throw her a bachelorette party, the girls end up sharing more than a great time. After tequila shots and Snowball sugar highs, they dive into the age-old questions about love and marriage. Featuring classic 1960s songs like "My Boy Lollipop," "I Will Follow Him,” this uplifting comedy reaffirms true friendship’s strength.

LOCATION:
202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

INFORMATION:
(949) 492-0465

Camino Real Playhouse presents: ' Professor Mack's Last Train - A World Premier Melodrama' - San Juan Capistrano
February 27 - March 21, 2015

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic.

"If Alfred Hitchcock had done A CHRISTMAS CAROL, he'd have done it exactly like this. Wilson's high-spirited and intelligent handling of the 1843 novella is scary, delightful, dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny." — Hartford Advocate.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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