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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Huntington Beach Art Walk
Huntington Beach
December 17, 2015
Every 3rd Thursday 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: April 16, May 21, June 18 & July 16, 2015

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
December 5, 2015
First Saturday of the Month
6:00pm - 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.


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Pacific Symphony presents: Conrad Tao & Beethoven's “Eroica”
December 3-5, 2015
8 pm

Hailed by critics as an “exciting prodigy” and “breathtaking,” 21-year-old Conrad Tao has become a Pacific Symphony audience favorite. His performance of Prokofiev’s masterpiece is sure to elicit the same exuberant reaction! Then, Beethoven’s popular symphony — filled with drama, death, resistance, strife and ultimate rebirth!

Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(714) 755-5799

Handel's Messiah
December 6, 2015
3:00 p.m.

It's hard to image a holiday season without "Messiah," the most famous oratorio in the world. Through some of the most beautiful music ever written, "Messiah" conveys a message of hope to everyone who hears it, year after year after year. Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah" chorus.

Orange County Performing Arts Center - Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Melody Makers OC Holiday Jam Concert - Santa Ana
December 6, 2015

The Melody Makers Annual Jam Concert features their students and young recording artists. Hosted by kid-friendly HotPop radio station

Tickets: $10/$20 per person

Hybrid Studios
3021 South Shannon
Santa Ana, CA

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Film & Cinema

Bowers Museum Film Program

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$12 Admission; $5 Students with valid I.D.

Bowers Museum / Kershaw Auditorium
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 CubePresents: “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 Cube
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

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
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A Christmas Carol
November 27, 2015 - December 27, 2015

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).

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa


Laguna Playhouse presents: 'Sister's Christmas Catechism'
December 14 & 21, 2015

Audiences of all religions will laugh at these uproariously funny shows where members of the audience become members of Sister’s class. Classroom participate is a must, so bring along your sense of humor for a session with the country’s feistiest Sister!

Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

Box Office (949) 497-ARTS (2787)

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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: A Child's Christmas in Wales - San Juan Capistrano
November 27 - December 20, 2015

All your Christmases will live again in the magic of Dylan Thomas' poetic language. "I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or twelve days and twelve nights when I was six." Dylan Thomas has managed to universalize the very essence of Christmas as any child anywhere might perceive it. The message of the play is the story of Christmas Day itself, from its quiet, magical beginning full of thrilling expectations to the end when the boy Dylan creeps up to the bed, replete with the joy of a perfect Christmas.

Camino Real Playhouse
31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 489-8082

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