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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
May 3, 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.


Balboa Island ArtWalk - Balboa
Sunday, May 18, 2014

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 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day.

Balboa Island, CA

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: PSSS Season Finale
April 27, 2014
3:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings delivers a concert that celebrates human imagination and creativity. With a display of community artwork in the lobby and on screen, the program features a string arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Students all over Orange County are being called upon to submit various artworks inspired by this piece for a partnership program between the Symphony and Sage Hill High School called Imagine That! The program also includes Mascagni’s Intermezzo, Charterhouse Suite by Vaughan Williams and Saint-Saens’ Danse Bacchanale.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa


Doheny Blues Festival - Dana Point
May 17-18, 2014

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!

Doheny State Beach
Dana Point

Ticket Sales & info: (949) 360-7800

KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival and Taste of the Bash - Mission Viejo
May 25, 2014
Gates open at 3:30pm

With more than 30 headliners playing with each other in a giant jazz jam, each Bash is a once-in-a-lifetime concert for both the artists and the audience. The music will never happen in exactly the same way again. The listeners know that the event is something special - it has sold out each of the past 11 years even before the full line up was announced. More than 25 Restaurants and Wineries will be at the festival.

Oso Viejo Park / Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

(949) 582-4714

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Film & Cinema

Bowers presents: 'Trashed'
April 22, 2014
1:30 pm until 3:30 pm

Trashed takes Jeremy Irons on a journey of discovery, disbelief, and hope. Candida Brady's documentary feature about waste and the environment received a Special Screening at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

$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: Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt
March 22 - June 15, 2014

Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt is the first major exhibition to focus on one of the most fascinating aspects of ancient Egyptian culture and religion—the mummification of animals. Drawn from the renowned collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Soulful Creatures features choice examples from among the many millions of mummies of birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and other animals preserved from at least thirty-one different cemeteries throughout Egypt.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

ExploreOcean Lecture series: Kevin Hand - Balboa
April 24, 2014
7 PM | Doors open at 30 minutes in advance

Where is the best place to find life beyond earth? It may be the small ice-covered moons on Jupiter or Saturn, where some of the most habitable real estate is in our Solar System. Join us to explore how life loves liquid water and these moons have lots of it!

Focusing on Jupiter’s moon Europa, a top priority for future NASA missions, Kevin shows how the exploration of Earth’s ocean is helping our understanding of potential habitability of these worlds.

Kevin is Deputy Chief Scientist of Solar System Exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he also served as a scientist onboard James Cameron’s 2012 dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. He has made nine dives to the bottom of the ocean. In 2011 he was selected as National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Join us as we explore the ocean worlds of the outer solar system.

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

SCR Presents: "Rest"
March 28 - April 27, 2014

A retirement home in northern Idaho is shutting down. Only three patients remain—and one of them is lost. Gerald, 91 and suffering from dementia, has wandered off, leaving his wife Etta and her friend Tom. Remaining staff includes a new 20-year-old cook and two longtime employees, women suddenly faced with a crisis of their own. In the midst of a record-breaking blizzard, the search for Gerald takes an unexpected turn—as the others find themselves powerless in the face of an uncertain future. A tender and heartbreakingly funny new work by the playwright who has risen like a meteor on the theatrical scene.

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa


SCR Presents: "Five Mile Lake"
April 13 - May 4, 2014

Jamie enjoys a quiet life in his small Pennsylvania town, fixing up his grandfather's old lake house and pining after Mary, his troubled coworker. When his brother comes back to town with a new girlfriend, Jamie's peaceful world is turned upside down. A tender story about those who stay and those who go away.

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa


Laguna Playhouse presents: "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks"
April 26th – June 8th, 2014

Emmy winner and Academy Award nominee, Leslie Caron is Lily Harrison, a formidable, headstrong widow who opens her world by hiring a dance instructor, 6-time LA Ovation Award winner David Engel, to give her private dance lessons. What begins as a tentative and even challenging relationship between the pair blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha and Contemporary Dance.

Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

Box Office (949) 497-ARTS (2787)

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Community Theater / Youth Theater Productions

Cabrillo Playhouse presents: "Cliffhanger"
April 18 - May 11, 2014

Henry Lowenthal, after a long tenure as professor of philosophy at a small western college, is looking forward to being appointed to an endowed chair so he and his wife can enjoy their golden years with honor and dignity. But their plans are given a rude jolt when his successor, a vindictive and ruthlessly ambitious young woman, informs him that she is not recommending him for the chair--an act of calculated cruelty. Will Henry, a gentle professor, fight back? Add a rather sinister young student who is about to flunk out of school (unless his grade is changed) and a suspicious police lieutenant. See how Henry and Socrates decipher the dilemma when faced with actual murder and Henry under suspicion.

202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

(949) 492-0465

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'Second Stage Standup' - San Juan Capistrano
May 10, 2014
7:30 pm

Featuring some of the hottest comedians performing today, the Camino Real Playhouse continues to bring laughs to San Juan Capistrano with its monthly production (2nd Saturday of each month) of Second Stage Stand-Up. Held on the theatre's Second Stage, there isn’t a bad seat in the house as the audience is treated to a solid lineup of four comedians in every show. Each show runs approximately ninety minutes and is capped off by a national headliner.

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

INFO: (949) 489-8082

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Theater Workshop

Saturday Academy in Drama - Newport Beach
Registering now - Workshop is May 3, 2014

Join the director and production crew of the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Drama Department's production of As You Like It as they break down and rebuild the play. Through this workshop, middle and high school students will get a sneak peek at all sides of the department, culminating in viewing the matinee performance of As You Like It. Participation fee - $35

1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869


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