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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Festival of Arts Show - Laguna Beach
July 5 – August 31, 2017
Open Daily, 10am – 11:30pm

From early July through the end of August, the Festival of Arts opens its doors daily for visitors to not only enjoy the award-winning work of exhibited artists, but also demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more.

As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts has offered a breathtaking showcase for artists and art lovers for 85 years.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-1145

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
June 30 - September 3, 2017

Outdoor arts and crafts festival. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere.

LOCATION:
935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-3030

Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
July 7 – August 31, 2017

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants ("living pictures"), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-1145

Art Crawl Experience - Anaheim
August 19, 2017

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 Downtown Art in the Park - Huntington Beach
August 26, 2017

Experience the talents of visual and performing artists, live music, food and fun in Downtown Huntington Beach! Art in the Park, replacing the monthly Art Walk, is a combined effort with HB Downtown BID and the Art Center to celebrate Art in Huntington Beach.

LOCATION:
Triangle Park and HB Art Center
538 Main St
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
(714) 536-8300

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
September 2, 2017
First Saturday of the Month
7:00pm - 11:00pm.

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

Pacific Symphony: Tchaikovsky Spectacular
September 9, 2017
8 pm

You’ll enjoy this famous romantic composer’s greatest hits along with Rachmaninoff’s lush Second Piano Concerto performed by the freshly minted Gold Medalist of this year’s Van Cliburn Competition, Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo. And to cap off the evening, thrill to the electrifying “1812 Overture” — complete with thundering cannons and brilliant fireworks.

LOCATION:
Pacific Amphitheatre @ the OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, California

INFORMATION:
714-755-5799

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

CASA CINEMA presents: '20 Feet From Stardom' - San Clemente
November 14, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 PM

20 Feet From Stardom (2013) is a documentary about the lives of back-up singers for the music industry’s greatest stars. The film, which includes archival footage from artist such as David Bowie and Michael Jackson, and which includes interviews with famous musicians from Mick Jagger to Bette Midler, won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

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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. Hear tales of Buchard the pirate, Juan Flores the bandito, Chola Martina the bruja and much more.

The tours are given every Sunday at 1p.m. The tour covers approximately four city blocks. Donations of $2.00 per adult and $1.00 for children are accepted and go to several projects, including Save the Adobe Fund. Group tours can be booked on request by calling the Historical Society at 949 493- 8444.

LOCATION:
Meet your guide at the railroad depot platform on Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
(949) 493-8444

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Home and Garden Tours

Choc-Littlest Angel Guild's Great Kitchens & Garden - Anaheim & Yorba Linda
October 20, 2017
10:00 am- 4:00 pm.

This is “NOT YOUR MOMMA’S HOME TOUR”. At this self-guided tour, our guests will view 6 stunning homes located in Peralta Hills (Anaheim) and Yorba Linda.

There will be 2 full house tours and 4 featuring great ideas for kitchens, gardens and entertaining spaces created by local designers, contractors and home owners. "Tasty Bites" and sips from local caterers, restaurants, bakeries and wineries will be available. Also, shopping can be done at the "Petite Boutique" featured at select homes on the tour.

TICKETS: $45 GENERAL - $50 At-the-Door

LOCATIONS:
Homes in Anaheim & Yorba Linda

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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: Gemstone Carvings: Masterworks by Harold Van Pelt
Opens April 22, 2017

For over 35 years Harold Van Pelt has quietly been perfecting the art of carving quartz, rock crystal and agate gemstones. Gemstone Carvings: Masterworks by Harold Van Pelt is a display of his mastery. Each work in the exhibition is a reflection of hundreds of hours of craftsmanship. Van Pelt’s working of the stone down to paper-thin walls brings out the gorgeous natural quality and colors of agate and gives quartz the transparency of glass.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Leadership Workshop: Storytelling in Business: How to Motivate, Inform and Inspire - Santa Ana
Thursday, September 21, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Whether you are an emerging leader or an experienced executive, storytelling is an essential communications tool to inspire and motivate your listeners. Professionals that master the art of storytelling can leave a lasting impression on their audience, influence others and engage their colleagues. Learn how you can leverage the power of storytelling to attract and hold attention while delivering key messages and takeaways that will prompt action.

Two hour free workshop.

LOCATION:
1805 East Dyer Road, Suite 109
Santa Ana, California 92705

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Leadership Workshop: How to Win Cooperation and Motivate Volunteers - Santa Ana
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Are you a manager or leader of a nonprofit focused on youth? Managers and leaders in nonprofits are challenged to find volunteers, gain enthusiastic cooperation and motivate them to stay. If you want to be the kind of leader that can successfully lead a nonprofit today, you need to attend How to Win Cooperation and Motivate Volunteers.

During this dynamic free two-hour workshop, you will learn to use Dale Carnegie's human relations principles made famous in How to Win Friends and Influence People.

LOCATION:
1805 East Dyer Road, Suite 109
Santa Ana, California 92705

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

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

SCR’s Summer Players present: 'ONCE'
September 2-30, 2017

“Glorious and inspiring” (Time Out New York), “fun and heartfelt” (The New Yorker), Once tells the story of a Dublin street musician about to abandon his dream when a beautiful woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to new heights, and their connection becomes more than an everyday romance. A captivating tale that will draw you in from the very first note.

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

SCR’s Summer Players present: 'Curve of Departure'
September 24 - October 15, 2017

On the night before Cyrus’ funeral, the family he left years ago gathers in a hotel room. Linda, his ex-wife. Felix, his grown son. Rudy, Cyrus’ ailing father. All steeling themselves for the burial of a man they may have loved but didn’t like. And then there’s Jackson, Felix’s new boyfriend. In the tight confines of the hotel room, it’s hard to keep secrets—especially when everyone is at a crossroads in their life. A warm and surprisingly funny family drama.

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'Dracula' - San Juan Capistrano
September 29-October 15, 2017

Dracula is exciting for all who love thrills in the theatre and is appropriate for all groups. Undeniably entertaining and exhilarating, this play is perfect family fare. There are enough scary moments to keep even jaded grownups on the edge of their seats.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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