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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

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
March 3, 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

Annual Street Painting - Arts Alive Festival - Mission Viejo
April 28-29, 2018

Artist from all over transform and capture amazing beauty of art using pastel chalk as the medium to blend onto asphalt as their canvases. With each artist's techniques and their enthusiasm for the love of art you can truly experience the metamorphosis around you.

LOCATION:
Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way at La Paz Rd
Mission Viejo.

INFORMATION:
949-470-8440

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Dance

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
April 19-22, 2018

Alvin Ailey once declared, “I want to hold up a mirror to my audience that says, ‘This is the way people can be; this is how open people can be.’” Now more than ever, we need the power of dance to bring us together, connected by our common humanity. It’s why people say: You don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it. Engage your emotions as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns with premieres that touch on timely topics and beloved works such as Revelations, which fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

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: Christopher Cross - Costa Mesa
February 16-17, 2018
8:00 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross sets sail with Pacific Symphony for an evening of yacht rock featuring smooth sounds from the '70s and '80s. Such hits as “Ride Like the Wind” and “Sailing” garnered five Grammys for this titan of soft rock, while “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” won him the Oscar for “Best Original Song.” The orchestra opens with romantic favorites from TV and film scores.

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

Newport Beach Film Festival - Newport Beach
April 26 - May 3, 2018

Set in beautiful Newport Beach, a few blocks away from spectacular coastline and less than an hour from Hollywood, the Festival annually host several premieres and galas for a singular festival experience.

LOCATION:
Various theaters in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa & Santa Ana

CONTACT:
949-253-2880

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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: Selling Yourself and Your Ideas - Santa Ana
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
9-11 am

Free 2-Hour Workshop

At all stages of your career, if you want to get ahead, you need to sell the value of your ideas and your ability. You have to influence those around you to take action or you won’t get very far. Selling is something we all do naturally whether it is selling your spouse on where to go to dinner, your friends on what you should do Friday night, or management on why they should allocate money to your idea. You are able to gain visibility, establish credibility and educate others on your value when you become effective at persuading people to take action.

LOCATION:
1805 East Dyer Road, Suite 109
Santa Ana, California 92705

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Workshop: Storytelling in Business: How to Motivate, Inform and Inspire - Santa Ana
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
9-11 am

Free 2-Hour Workshop

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.

Who Should Attend? Anyone that needs to craft and effectively present a compelling story about their organization, mission, or products that will win over willing cooperation, influence change, and make a memorable impact.

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: Cambodian Rock Band
March 4-25, 2018

Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American has found evidence that could finally put away the Khmer Rouge’s chief henchman. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced—his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago—it’s clear this isn’t just a pleasure trip.

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

SCR presents: Shrew
March 24 - April 21, 2018

In Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio wins. But, what if a 16th century woman had written it? In Amy Freed’s clever and wickedly funny spin on the classic, Kate triumphs, too. When her unstoppable force meets his immovable object (or is it the other way around?), the impact is red-hot and, oh, so sexy! From the author of The Beard of Avon comes a love story for our time.

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: 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' - San Juan Capistrano
March 9-25, 2018

The Cripple of Inishmaan is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. This cracking production, which makes an entertainingly boozy brew of humor both sweet and savage, melancholy sentimentality, lacerating sorrow and extremely inappropriate wicked cruelty.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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