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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
November 5, 2016
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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UCI Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert - Irvine

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
8:00 pm

Join Dr. Bobby Rodriguez and the UCI Jazz Orchestra for an evening of the warm and exciting sounds of large-ensemble jazz music, including the classic repertoire of the big band era. Tickets: General $5

Winifred Smith Hall - UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

Pacific Symphony presents:Soka: Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 & 4 - Aliso Viejo
November 20, 2016
3 pm

Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong was a finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to charm audiences with her “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News).

SOKA Performing Arts Center
1 University Cir
Aliso Viejo, CA

Jazz Nights at Envy Lounge - Newport Beach
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.

Envy Lounge
4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA

Reserve a cabana for a Jazz Night party with up to 15 friends at: or by calling (949) 287-8270.

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Film & Cinema

Bowers Presents: The Passion of Joan of Arc
October 29, 2016
5:30 - 9 pm

An eclectic evening of live music and silent film at the Bowers Museum. Carl Dreyer's 1928 "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc" reimagined with a haunting new score, composed by George Sarah, combining electronic music, a string quartet and sacred chant will be playing. Before the film performance begins, catch DJ & Producer Mesmé spinning an eclectic mix of records as well as a pre-show lecture by author Jean Drum about the making of the film. It’s Halloween weekend, so costumes are encouraged! Cash bar available.

Member $15 | Non-Member $20 | Includes access to film performance, pre-show music, lecture and cash bar.

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

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: California Bounty: Image & Identity 1850-1930
Opens June 2016

California Bounty is the first curatorial interpretation of the museum’s distinguished painting collection since 1994. This will be the first public display of many of the selected paintings, some of which have spent years in storage.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

'Died in Long Beach' Cemetary Tales
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
7 pm

Claudine Burnett will discuss her new book Died in Long Beach - Cemetery Tales. This book reveals the fascinating history of Long Beach's unique cemeteries, the stories of those said to be buried in them, and whether Long Beach's "cities of the dead" may be haunted by angry souls whose final abode did not allow them to "rest in peace." From the beginning of Long Beach to the 1920's 'cemetery wars,' when oil was discovered on Signal Hill, Burnett's new book exposes the disturbing history of Long Beach's various cemeteries. Free Event

The Sherman Library and Gardens
2647 East Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA

RSVP online or call Sherman Library 949-673-1880.

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

South Coast Repertory presents 'Destiny of Desire'
October 14 - November 13, 2016

Destiny of Desire has been called “cheekily charming” (MD Theatre Guide) and “ridiculously funny” (Broadway World) for its fresh take on telenovelas, popular the world over. The latest play by Karen Zacarías, directed by José Luis Valenzuela on the Segerstrom Stage, is a co-production with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and is a west coast premiere.

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa


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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'Dial M For Murder' - San Juan Capistrano
October 14-30, 2016

Deception, murder, and passion complicate this darkly brilliant tale of jealousy and greed. An intense play of double cross with an English Inspector who has more up his sleeve than you think. The basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie, which introduced Grace Kelly to the world remains one of the most cleaver and shocking plays of any genre.

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

(949) 489-8082

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Weekend Academies in the Arts - Digital Filmmaking Workshop - Irvine
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Weekend Academies in the Arts are day-long events for middle and high school students and their parents to participate in workshops, panel discussions, and tours, and to attend a related arts event.

The Academies are a great way to get to know the offerings here at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, whether you have your eye on applying to colleges and universities next year or in a few years.

Upcoming workshops:
November 19, 2016: Drama, Social Justice & Performance
December 3, 2016: Dance, Technique & College Prep

UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

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