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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - San Clemente
On view through February 18, 2018.

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.

Free with general admission

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

Sawdust Winter Fantasy
Five Weekends: November 18 through December 17, 2017
open 10am-6pm

This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Includes live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy will become your family's holiday tradition.

LOCATION:
Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd

INFORMATION:
949-494-3030

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
January 6, 2018
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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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

The Nutcracker by Ballet Repertory Theatre - Huntington Beach
December 9, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23 at 7 pm
December 9, 16, 22 & 23 at 2 pm
December 10, 17 & 24 at 1 pm
December 10 & 17 at 5 pm

Enjoy Ballet Repertory Theatre’s cherished 41-year-old tradition of bringing beloved holiday music to life with nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes. Travel alongside young Clara through a magical world of life-size dolls, toy soldiers, colossal mice, and delicate snowflakes to the fabulous Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Exuberant French, Spanish, Arabian, Russian, and Chinese dancers await you, along with twirling candy canes and waltzing flowers. With 15 enchanting performances, Orange County’s longest-running Nutcracker is the ultimate feel-good family tradition.

Ticket prices: $19 general admission; $15 seniors, veterans, students, children under 12

LOCATION:
Golden West College Theater
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

INFORMATION:
714-895-8150

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Music

Pacific Symphony: Celebrate the Holidays with Seth MacFarlane - Costa Mesa
December 22-23, 2017
8 pm

Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-nominated writer, singer, actor, producer and director Seth MacFarlane makes his Orange County debut performing your favorite timeless holiday classics. His gorgeous, lush baritone also delivers sophisticated interpretations from the Great American Songbook, performed in the style of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.

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: '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

Floral Park Home & Garden Tour - Santa Ana
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Once again the Floral Park Neighborhood, recipient of Neighborhoods USA's "Neighborhood of the Year", will be hosting its annual Home and Garden Tour. Whether experiencing a stroll through the beautiful vintage homes and gardens, searching for treasures at the Antique & Collectables Sale, viewing the Classic Automobile Display, or enjoying a snack at the food and drink concessions, you will surely leave the Floral Park Home & Garden Tour with nostalgic memories of a day well spent.

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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

Workshop: The DNA of Success in 2018 - Santa Ana
Monday, December 18, 2017
9:00 AM - 5 PM

Great one day seminar for anyone commited to increasng their success in 2018!

100 years of research with over 8 million graduates, Dale Carnegie reveals the recipe for success: Your Vision - Clarify the vision for the future you would like to create. Your Plan - Create an action plan. Your Time Management - Prioritize time for strategy and the time for action. Your People Skills - At work and home, build rich relationships on trust and integrity. Your Communication - Earn the right to express your thoughts confidently and clearly. In this value-packed, two-hour seminar, you will discover the DNA for success. You will understand why some people succeed while others struggle. Dale Carnegie graduates include Warren Buffett, President Lyndon B Johnson, Johnny Cash, Mary Kaye, Sir James Hardy, Olympic Gold Medalists, hundreds of thousands who are the best in their field, plus millions who say, "It changed my life". If you're committed to a rich, full and intentional life, join us to discover why Dale Carnegie power principles are now even more relevant in the digital age.

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 presents: A Christmas Carol
November 2​​4 - December 2​4, 201​7

Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. (“The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!” according to the Daily Pilot).

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

SCR presents: 'Sugar Plum Fairy'
December 3-24, 2017

The Madwoman in the Volvo is back—and Scrooge isn’t the only one bitter about the holidays! With signature irreverence, NPR superstar Sandra Tsing Loh recounts her own childhood desire for a highly coveted role in the Beverly Rosann School of Dance’s production of The Nutcracker. Filled with ambition, rivalry and pre-teen angst, this hilarious tale of life’s crushing blows has been praised as “a comic assault on holiday sentiment” (SF Gate).

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

Laguna Playhouse presents: Aladdin and His Winter Wish
December 7-31, 2017

American Panto returns for the third year to Laguna Playhouse in Aladdin and His Winter Wish. Kira Kosarin (Nickelodeon's "The Thundermans"), Jason Gotay (Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Josh Adamson (Taboo), Jay Donnell (Miss Saigon National Tour), Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”), Jason Graae (Forever Plaid) and Barry Pearl ("Grease") star in this classic fairytale set to modern music, complete with dancing, humor, magic and audience participation. Directed and Choreographed by Spencer Liff (Broadway's Falsettos, "So You Think You Can Dance"). Musical Direction by Keith Harrison ("American Idol"). Add more fun to your holiday festivities this winter and don’t forget to bring the entire family. It’s the best new holiday tradition in town!

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

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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'It's a Wonderful Life' - San Juan Capistrano
November 24-December 17, 2017

It’s a Wonderful Life is the heartwarming story of an average guy from a small town whose dreams of escape and adventure have been squashed by family obligations and civic duty. His guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born – that he has had, after all, a wonderful life.. Suitable for the whole family!

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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