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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Balboa Island ArtWalk - Balboa
Sunday, May 21, 2017
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 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day.

LOCATION:
Balboa Island, CA

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
June 3, 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

Celebration of the Arts - Yorba Linda
Sunday, June 4, 2017
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!

Free parking and admission.

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

INFORMATION:
714-996-1960

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

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Music

Doheny Blues Festival - Dana Point
May 20-21, 2017

The Annual Blues Festival is the true kick-off to summer with a weekend filled with music, lots of vendors and a International Food Court that features foods from around the world. Be sure you come down to Doheny State Beach and celebrate the beginning of summer with Orange County's Favorite and most anticipated annual summer festival!

LOCATION:
Doheny State Beach
Dana Point

Ticket Sales & info: (949) 360-7800

KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival and Taste of the Bash - Anaheim
Sunday, May 28, 2017

This year's KSBR Birthday Bash is a special "night club style" event. In addition to another incomparable show, there are gourmet food choices, a full bar and luxury seating options available.

LOCATION:
City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 E. Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806

INFORMATION:
(949) 582-4051

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:"Frida" Under the Stars!
June 17, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Pack a picnic and head to Bowers Museum for a special outdoor screening of the Academy Award-winning film, “Frida” starring Salma Hayek. Come early, save your spot on the courtyard lawn and grab some fresh popcorn and sangria from Tangata’s snack bar! Then explore a special exhibition: Frida Kahlo: Her Photos!

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. 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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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

Experience Innovation Workshop - Santa Ana
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 AM

Today, organizations face pricing pressures, new regulations, and smarter competition in the market while dealing with morale, leadership and talent issues internally. Dale Carnegie recently performed extensive research on the major challenges to business growth and found that companies who pursued innovative approaches consistently outperformed the standard.

Attend this free session to understand how you can apply Experience Innovation at your organization and take advantage of the findings. For business owners, executives, mid and upper HR management, Customer Service management, Operations, Sales, and any person who influences an organization’s external touch-points with the market or their employees.

Upcoming workshops:
Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots - July 26, 2017
Employee Engagement Workshop - August 16, 2017

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

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Meet Admiral James Stavridis - Yorba Linda
Friday, June 23, 2017
11 am

The four-star Navy admiral—one of the most admired of his generation—and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe will take us on a voyage through the seven seas, recounting remarkable tales of the power of the U.S. Navy in his new book Sea Power.

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, California

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
Register

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

OCC World Dance Concert - Costa Mesa
Friday, May 19, 2017
8pm

This special ONE NIGHT ONLY event directed by world renowned dancer Angelika Nemeth celebrates the rich and colorful traditions of the world through dance, music, song, and story telling. Featuring live dance and music from Egypt, Haiti, Iran, Mexico, Polynesia, Romania, Spain, and More!

Ticket price is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.occtickets.com.

LOCATION:
Orange Coast College, Robert B Moore Theatre
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa Ca 92626

South Coast Repertory presents: 'The Monster Builder'
May 5 - June 4, 2017

Rita and Dieter are thrilled to meet Gregor, the world’s most celebrated architect. His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. So why has he taken on the remodel of a decaying boathouse, a project that was supposed to go to Rita and Dieter? They’re ready for a confrontation, but nothing prepares them for the heart-stopping truth about their idol. Another outrageous comedy from the author of The Beard of Avon.

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

Laguna Playhouse presents: Tesla: A Radio Play for the Stage
May 26-28, 2017

The story of Nikola Tesla’s life as an inventor and futurist during the late-19th and first half of the 20th century is recounted in a series of rapid-fire scenes intended to be performed as a radio play with multiple voices and Foley sound effects before a live audience.

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: 'More Senior Moments' - San Juan Capistrano
May 26 - June 11, 2017

When elderly Rose catches her husband with another woman in the nursing home, she decides to go on a quest for the sexual adventure she has been denying herself for the past 60 years. Also, a bonus of 2 vignettes from the original production of Senior Moments are performed.

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 - Saturday Academy in Puppetry - Irvine
Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:00am-2:00pm

For High school juniors and seniors only. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes into the making of our spring musical, Avenue Q! Work with those involved in the production and see how they brought their puppets to life. Then after the workshop, see the performance on stage!

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.

LOCATION:
UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

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