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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - San Clemente
On view November 3, 2017 - 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

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Sawdust Winter Fantasy
Five Weekends: November 18 through December 17, 2017
open 10am-6pm

This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Includes live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy will become your family's holiday tradition.

Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd


Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
December 2, 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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UCI Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
8 p.m.

The UCI Symphony Orchestra presents “A Season of Joy.” This concert will feature Edvard Grieg’s Norwegian Dances; John Williams’s Three Pieces from Schindler’s List featuring Roberto Cani, concertmaster and violinist for the LA Opera Orchestra; and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, arranged by Ellington and Strayhorn.

Free admission with registration

Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Annual Handel's Messiah community sing-along
November 26, 2017
Concert times are 10 am and 12 pm

The audience is invited to sing along with the Master Chorus and Orchestra in the favorite Messiah choruses. Singers may bring their own music scores or borrow one (limited number). Baroque 18th century costumes are encouraged.

Seating is on a first-come basis, and admission is free. Donations are accepted (suggested donation $5).

Richard Nixon Library


Pacific Symphony: Gershwin's Concerto
November 30-December 2, 2017
8 pm

“Many persons had thought that the Rhapsody in Blue was only a happy accident…Well, I went out, for one thing, to show them that there was plenty more where that had come from,” said George Gershwin himself. Widely considered Gershwin’s most classical piece, his Piano Concerto in F represents the perfect blend between the rhythmic liberties of jazz fused with classical roots. Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the artists!

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


Handel's Messiah
December 3, 2017
3 pm

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


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

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

Holiday Home Tour and Gift Boutique - Tustin/ Santa Ana
November 17, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tustin showcase homes are available for touring. Attendees can also lunch and shop our gift boutique at the Tustin Community Center.

The boutique will be held at Temple Beth Sholom, 2625 N. Tustin, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Location of homes on the tour will be on Home Tour ticket

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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

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: A Christmas Carol
November 2​​4 - December 2​4, 201​7

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, CA 92626

SCR presents: 'Sugar Plum Fairy'
December 3-24, 2017

The Madwoman in the Volvo is back—and Scrooge isn’t the only one bitter about the holidays! With signature irreverence, NPR superstar Sandra Tsing Loh recounts her own childhood desire for a highly coveted role in the Beverly Rosann School of Dance’s production of The Nutcracker. Filled with ambition, rivalry and pre-teen angst, this hilarious tale of life’s crushing blows has been praised as “a comic assault on holiday sentiment” (SF Gate).

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

Laguna Playhouse presents: Aladdin and His Winter Wish
December 7-31, 2017

American Panto returns for the third year to Laguna Playhouse in Aladdin and His Winter Wish. Kira Kosarin (Nickelodeon's "The Thundermans"), Jason Gotay (Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Josh Adamson (Taboo), Jay Donnell (Miss Saigon National Tour), Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”), Jason Graae (Forever Plaid) and Barry Pearl ("Grease") star in this classic fairytale set to modern music, complete with dancing, humor, magic and audience participation. Directed and Choreographed by Spencer Liff (Broadway's Falsettos, "So You Think You Can Dance"). Musical Direction by Keith Harrison ("American Idol"). Add more fun to your holiday festivities this winter and don’t forget to bring the entire family. It’s the best new holiday tradition in town!

Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Golden West College Theater Arts Department presents: Macbeth
Evening shows: November 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30 pm;
Matinee shows: November 12 and 19 at 2:00 pm

Blending witchcraft, prophecy, and murder, Macbeth by William Shakespeare dramatizes the damaging effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. Exploring the ideals of strength and courage, and the relationship between gender and dominance, Macbeth delivers a tragedy filled with action and adventure. With protagonists consumed by youthful desire, we are left to wonder whose ambition is the driving force of the play - Macbeth’s, Lady Macbeth’s, or both? Macbeth remains the most mysterious and unforgettable of Shakespeare’s plays.

Note: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences. The Nov 11th performance will be ASL interpreted. Interested audience members can contact the box office to make appropriate seating arrangements by calling (714) 895-8150, or by email. The Nov 12th matinee performance will be followed by a discussion of the play with the director, actors, designers, and special guests. All audience members are encouraged to attend.

Ticket prices: $16 general admission; $14 seniors, veterans, students

Golden West College Theater
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647


Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'It's a Wonderful Life' - San Juan Capistrano
November 24-December 17, 2017

It’s a Wonderful Life is the heartwarming story of an average guy from a small town whose dreams of escape and adventure have been squashed by family obligations and civic duty. His guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born – that he has had, after all, a wonderful life.. Suitable for the whole family!

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

(949) 489-8082

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