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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
October 7, 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

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational - Laguna Beach
October 7-15, 2017

The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational will be held in Laguna Beach, a famous seaside community and historic artist colony. North America's most renowned, plein air landscape painters will compete for prestigious prizes and participate for the week of events including public paint outs and artist meet and greets.

LOCATION
Tivoli Too
777 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
For more information or tickets for the Soiree please visit LagunaPleinAir.org or contact info@LPAPA.org

Artists Village Art Walk - San Clemente
November 3, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FREE admission to opening

Celebrating unfettered California landscapes depicted in the art of the Impressionist Period, The Peter and Gail Ochs Collection presents preeminent examples of work by the California Impressionists.

On view November 3, 2017 - February 18, 2017. Free with general admission

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

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Ballet

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: American Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker
December 7, 2017 - December 17, 2017

One of the great joys of the holiday season, American Ballet Theatre returns with its critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Travel with curious Clara and her handsome prince as they journey through a kingdom filled with colorful characters and pure holiday magic.

LOCATION:
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

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Music

Pacific Symphony: An Evening with Joshua Bell
September 23, 2017
8 pm

Like no other violinist of recent times, Joshua Bell has captured the imaginations of both critics and audiences. Bell is a true classical music superstar, enjoying a successful concert career; famous chamber music collaborations; occasional partnerships with artists outside the classical arena, including Josh Groban, James Taylor and Sting; and performances as featured soloist in movie soundtracks, including, famously, “The Red Violin.”

LOCATION:
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
714-
556-2787

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

CASA CINEMA presents: 'Vetigo' - San Clemente
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
6:00 PM

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Vertigo, an Alfred Hitchcock film about obsession, manipulation, and fear. Known for its plot twists and iconic camera work, Vertigo follows the story of a detective who is forced to retire after his fear of heights causes the death of a fellow officer and the girl he was hired to follow. $5 admission.

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

Parent Empowerment Workshop - Orange
October 19, 2017
6:30pm

Guest Speaker: Scott Burnett
Being a Tech Savy Parent - Internet & Technology Safety

Scott Burnett will provide you with a number of ways to create a media-safe home for your family. You will walk away with tools, ideas, and plans for protecting your child from the internet and other digital communication devices. FREE Admission & Child Care

UPCOMING LECTURES:
Saturday, November 11
Jana Alayra, Inspirational Speaker & Musician
Friday, December 8
Chancy & Bruce, Is your preschooler ready for Kindergarten

LOCATION:
Salem Lutheran School's Gymnasium
6500 E. Santiago Canyon Rd
Orange 92869

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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