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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
June 27 - August 3, 2014

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

935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach


Huntington Beach Art Walk
Huntington Beach
July 17, 2014
Every 3rd Thusday 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: August 21, September 18, October 16 & November 20

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
August 2, 2014
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.


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.

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

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Pacific Symphony Presents:Gershwin Greats
July 20, 2014
7:30 p.m.

A program of classic Americana, featuring some of the most popular and best-known Gershwin works ever written: from the jazz-filled melodies of “Rhapsody in Blue” to the timeless sounds of “An American in Paris” to the groundbreaking “Porgy and Bess.”

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Irvine, CA


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Film & Cinema

Bowers presents: ¡Que Viva la Lucha!
July 17, 2014
7 pm

¡Que Viva la Lucha! is a film directed and produced by Gustavo Vazquez about Lucha libre in Tijuana, Mexico, considered to be a form of extreme wrestling. The film follows Extreme Tiger, an up-and-coming professional luchador from Tijuana, on a journey to stardom. In the process, the film also interviews other luchadores, promoters, commissioners, families, and fans who discuss the cultural significance of lucha libre as sport, ritual, and spectacle.

$7 Members; $10 Non-members or $5 with paid admission.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706


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Historical Tours & Programs

San Juan Capistrano Walking Tour - San Juan Capistrano
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.

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

(949) 493-8444

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Current Museum Exhibits

Discovery Science Center Presents: “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.

Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705


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.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

ExploreOcean Lecture series: James Nestor, author of DEEP - Balboa
Thursday, September 18, 2014
4 & 7 PM | Doors open at 30 minutes in advance

Details to come!

Free for Members or $15 for Non-Members

Balboa Fun Zone
600 East Bay Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92661

To RSVP please call (949) 675-8915, email at or register at

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.

850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach


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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Peformances

Laguna Playhouse presents: "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story"
July 9 – Aug 10, 2014

. Buddy Holly’s short yet spectacular career is told through classic songs we all love including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Not Fade Away,” The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” and many more.

Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

Box Office (949) 497-ARTS (2787)

Huntington Beach Library Theater Presents: "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy!"
July 9 - August 17, 2014

Now one of the longest running one-man shows in history. It is an evening of hysterical comedy topped off with the voices of almost 30 of the most hilarious characters and situations you've ever seen. All this brought to life by the comic genius of Author, Steve Solomon. Over 450,000 have seen and loved this show. This is a "don't miss evening of side-splitting laughter.

Tickets are $45.00 for Wednesday and Thursday performances and $55.00 for weeken performances. Performance times are: Wednesdays at 2 and 7 p.m.; Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Huntington Beach Library Theater
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at online or by calling 855-HIT-SHOW (855-448-7469) Group discounts (15 or more) are available by calling 1-888-264-1788

SCR Presents: "THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare"
August 29 - September 28, 2014

Transformed onstage into a travelling tent show, this is The Tempest unlike anything you—or the Bard—ever envisioned! As the wizard Prospero plots revenge on the enemies who banished him, the exuberant epic takes on a new life—thanks to the music (haunting ballads by the inimitable Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan), the magic (by Teller, of the legendary Penn and Teller duo) and the movement (by Pilobolus, the dance troupe Newsday called “mind-blowing…wildly creative…and physically daring”).

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa


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Community Theater / Youth Theater Productions

Cabrillo Playhouse presents: " Rock of Ages; A Play in Two Acts"
July 5-20, 2014

Taking place in the early 1990’s on a church patio in the small "Bible Belt" community of Bloomfield, Missouri, Rock of Ages is about Dena, a young, smart-mouthed, "Grunge" attired, unwed mother-to-be, who is faced with the decision whether to keep her child or give it up for adoption.

202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

(949) 492-0465

Capistrano Shakespeare Festival - San Juan Capistrano
July 11, 2014 to July 20, 2014

The 2014 will feature 'Complete Works Of William Shakespeare - Abridged'. A fun romp with Shaekspeare with 'Three Madcap Men In Tights' as they perform all 37 of Shakespeare's works in 1 1/2 hours! Great fun!

Historic Town Center Park
El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 675

(949) 489-8082

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