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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - San Clemente
November 3, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FREE admission to opening

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.

On view November 3, 2017 - February 18, 2017. Free with general admission

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
November 4, 2017
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.


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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.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(714) 556-2787

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Opera Chapman presents: A Weekend in the Country - Orange
Friday, October 20-22, 2017

A celebration of the richly entertaining and distinctive world of Stephen Sondheim, this program follows the romantic liaisons of several couples as they navigate the complexities of the human condition. During their journey, old flames reignite, kindred spirits struggle to bottle their passions and youthful strangers experience the joys of newfound love. This is your opportunity to hear the next generation of operatic talent!

$15 general admission; $10 seniors 65+, alumni, and non-Chapman students; $5 Chapman Community.

Salmon Recital Hall, BH100
Chapman University
One University Dr
Orange, California

UCI Illuminations presents: Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber - A Halloween Dance Party
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
6:30-9 p.m.

Founded by Village Voice icon Greg "Ionman" Tate and co-led with Dayton Ohio groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber aka The Burnt Sugar Arkestra is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel allows to freely juggle a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum.

Free admission with registration

Winifred Smith Hall
UC Irvine, CA

Pacific Symphony: Tribute to Ella
November 3-4, 2017
8 pm

A centennial celebration of the First Lady of Song! Pacific Symphony honors Ella Fitzgerald’s remarkable legacy with the sultry ballads and sweet jazz that she made her own — including “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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

UCI Illuminations presents: Shake the Dust Documentary Film Screening,
Thursday, November 2, 2017
6:15-9:00 p.m., Reception following

Film Screening, followed by Q&A with Ugandan Hip Hop Artist Mark Kaweesi and Filmmaker Adam Sjoberg

From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

Free admission.

Crystal Cove Auditorium
UCI Student Center
UC Irvine, CA

CASA CINEMA presents: '20 Feet From Stardom' - San Clemente
November 14, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 PM

20 Feet From Stardom (2013) is a documentary about the lives of back-up singers for the music industry’s greatest stars. The film, which includes archival footage from artist such as David Bowie and Michael Jackson, and which includes interviews with famous musicians from Mick Jagger to Bette Midler, won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

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.

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

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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. 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.

Meet your guide at the railroad depot platform on Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano

(949) 493-8444

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Home and Garden Tours

Choc-Littlest Angel Guild's Great Kitchens & Garden - Anaheim & Yorba Linda
October 20, 2017
10:00 am- 4:00 pm.

This is “NOT YOUR MOMMA’S HOME TOUR”. At this self-guided tour, our guests will view 6 stunning homes located in Peralta Hills (Anaheim) and Yorba Linda.

There will be 2 full house tours and 4 featuring great ideas for kitchens, gardens and entertaining spaces created by local designers, contractors and home owners. "Tasty Bites" and sips from local caterers, restaurants, bakeries and wineries will be available. Also, shopping can be done at the "Petite Boutique" featured at select homes on the tour.

TICKETS: $45 GENERAL - $50 At-the-Door

Homes in Anaheim & Yorba Linda

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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: 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.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Parent Empowerment Workshop - Orange
October 19, 2017

Guest Speaker: Scott Burnett
Being a Tech Savy Parent - Internet & Technology Safety

Scott Burnett will provide you with a number of ways to create a media-safe home for your family. You will walk away with tools, ideas, and plans for protecting your child from the internet and other digital communication devices. FREE Admission & Child Care

Saturday, November 11
Jana Alayra, Inspirational Speaker & Musician
Friday, December 8
Chancy & Bruce, Is your preschooler ready for Kindergarten

Salem Lutheran School's Gymnasium
6500 E. Santiago Canyon Rd
Orange 92869

UCI Illuminations presents: Author Angie Thomas Reading and Signing – The Hate U Give
October 26, 2017
6:00-7:00 p.m. followed by a book signing

Public reading with Q&A 6:00-7:00 p.m. followed by a book signing.

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. Her debut novel The Hate U Give is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and was acquired by the Balzer + Bray imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in a 13-house auction. It has received starred reviews from 8 literary journals, one of the highest amounts received for a young adult novel, and will be published in over 20 countries.

Free admission. Public is welcome.

Crystal Cove Auditorium
UCI Student Center
UC Irvine, CA

Workshop: The Manager-Employee Relationship: The Bottom Line for Engagement- Santa Ana
November 20, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Two Hour Free Workshop

The bottom line for engagement is that managers matter. As a front-line manager you have more control over your employees' engagement levels than any other contributing factor—more than senior management, more than company pride, and even more than money!

- Learn what drives employee engagement and why the manager’s role is critical.
- Apply a four step process for meaningful praise and recognition to drive performance.
- Identify the three pillars of engagement and how to apply them to your team.
- Discover a six step model for person centered leadership.
- Create an engagement plan for your team.

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


Workshop: The DNA of Success in 2018 - Santa Ana
Friday, December 1, 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.

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


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: 'August Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN'
October 12 - November 11, 2017

1904. Many former slaves and descendants venturing north find themselves at Aunt Ester’s door in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. A renowned cleanser of souls claiming to be 285 years old, Ester provides solace, advice and healing. Citizen Barlow, racked with guilt over letting another man take the rap for one of his crimes, desperately wants to be pure again. And Aunt Ester may be his only hope. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences, comes a mystical story of freedom, justice and redemption. 

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

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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Chapman University College of Performing Arts presents: Cabaret - Orange
October 19-21, 2017
7:30-9:30 pm

Making its Musco Center debut, Cabaret is set in the shadows of Germany’s post-World War I depression as the culture transitions from an underground, avant-garde epicenter to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and rise of the Nazi Party. This wildly popular, brilliant and fierce play features songs that are classics of American Musical Theater.  A sexy, vibrant, and high-energy musical, Cabaret pushes the boundaries of the form while holding a mirror up to our very human nature. (Mature Audiences)

$25 reserved seating; $15 senior citizens 65+, alumni and non-Chapman students; $10 Chapman Community

Chapman University College of Performing Arts
One University Dr
Orange, California

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'The Games Afoot' - San Juan Capistrano
October 20 - November 5, 2017

The Games Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays has a setup that is pure Agatha Christie, played as farce. Actors from Gillette's current production of "Sherlock Holmes" gather at his manor and are treated to a seance, mayhem and murder. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit. A hilarious, quirky and thrilling alternative to your standard holiday entertainment. Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

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

(949) 489-8082

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