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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
July 1, 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.

INFORMATION:
714-571-4229

Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
July 7 – August 31, 2017

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants ("living pictures"), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-1145

Art Crawl Experience - Anaheim
August 19, 2017

Art Crawl Experience or simply “ACE”, an auditory explosive art walk and arts festival has been acclaimed by local artisans as the Downtown Anaheim Arts District. During the evening of an ACE, attendees stroll amongst outdoor permanent art fixtures, such as Peter Shire’s illuminated birdhouse sculptures, to discover artists demonstrating their creative process live for curious onlookers.

LOCATION:
The crawl stretches from Anaheim Blvd., to Harbor Blvd. and along Center Street Promenade. Art lovers can walk, crawl or climb aboard the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) for complimentary rides throughout Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience.

INFORMATION:
714 956 3586

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Music

Acoustic Fridays - Fullerton
June 23, 2017
7:00 pm

June 23rd concert features EMAEL, an eclectic group of musicians converging multiple genres ranging from their classical roots to indie/alt pop influences. Acoustic Fridays are intimate cabaret style concerts that take place in our museum auditorium, featuring top Orange County artists in a variety of genres.

$10 general admission, $8 museum members. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, and the museum galleries will be open.

UPCOMING CONCERTS:
June 30 - features the soulful, percussion based sounds of the popular Michelle Mangione Trio.

LOCATION:
Fullerton Museum Center
301 N Pomona Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

INFORMATION:
Space is limited and pre paid reservations are encouraged.
(714) 738-6545

Pacific Symphony: Symphonic Springsteen
July 4, 2017
8 pm

Celebrate the Fourth with this high-energy tribute to “The Boss,” America’s most iconic singer-songwriter. Enjoy seasoned world-class musicians famous for recreating Bruce Springsteen’s marathon, party-like shows. You’ll be on your feet cheering for such hits as “Born in the USA,” “My Hometown,” and “Hungry Heart.” And no July 4th evening is complete without the holiday traditions of a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and patriotic favorites, before closing with a brilliant fireworks finale.

LOCATION:
Pacific Amphitheatre @ the OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, California

INFORMATION:
714-755-5799

Pacific Symphony Concert in Newport Beach - Newport Beach
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 7pm

Newport Beach will host the kick off concert in Pacific Symphony’s popular Symphony in the Cities summer series. Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, will perform popular classics, pop music and and patriotic tunes. The evening will begin with the Symphony’s “Musical Playground” starting at 5:30 p.m. which features many interactive and hands-on activities for children, including instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Classical KUSC’s radio host Rich Capparela will serve as the emcee, and the audience is invited to participate in a sing-along of patriotic favorites.

Admission to the concert is free and free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner or purchase food and refreshments from food trucks that will be on site. Attendees should also bring low-slung beach chairs and blankets for the outdoor event. No alcohol.

LOCATION:
On the Civic Green at the Newport Beach Civic Center
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach

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

CASA CINEMA presents: 'Some Like it Hot!' - San Clemente
Sunday, August 20, 2017
8:00 PM

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The plot follows two male musicians who dress in drag and masquerade as female band members in order to escape a sticky situation. A hilarious misadventure ensues when the musicians become entangled with the lead singer of the female band.

Free Admission

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

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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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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

Meet Admiral James Stavridis - Yorba Linda
Friday, June 23, 2017
11 am

The four-star Navy admiral—one of the most admired of his generation—and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe will take us on a voyage through the seven seas, recounting remarkable tales of the power of the U.S. Navy in his new book Sea Power.

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, California

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
Register

Leadership Workshop: Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots - Santa Ana
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 AM

Leadership matters. Leaders at the senior level strive to create a culture of engagement, while leaders on the front line need to motivate employees daily to drive results. Regardless of level, most leaders "think" they’re demonstrating the qualities of an effective leader, but the findings from a new study indicate otherwise.

Through a recent global employee study, Dale Carnegie identified specific areas where leaders are falling short – we call these "leadership blind spots". Join us for a business brief as we identify the leadership attributes that are critical to organizational performance and find out what your leaders may be missing. Two hour free workshop.

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

Comedy Night for Pet Charity! - Orange
June 24, 2017
6:30 pm (doors open at 6)

Come and Join the Funniest Housewives of OC and support animal rights at the same time!

The Orange County Housewives of the OC play for Pet Charity, the Emma Zen Foundation. 100% of all funds raised will support equipment and training for firefighters to save pets. $20 entrance fee, outrageous raffles, and chances to win free tickets.

Tickets available online

LOCATION:
Trinity Church
2400 N. Canal Street
City of Orange, CA.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company Giselle
July 28-30, 2017

La Scala Ballet Company performs the unforgettable original Coralli-Perrot choreography in a revival by Yvette Chauviré, moving effortlessly from the sunny optimism of Giselle’s idyllic village life to a moonlit world of mystery and menace. Adolphe Adam’s score, performed live by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra, helps bring this otherwordly tale to vivid life.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

SCR’s Summer Players present: 'Into the Woods'
August 12, 2017 - August 20, 2017

Fairy tales begin “once upon a time” and end “happily ever after.” Not so fast! After all the dreams come true in this Tony Award winning musical, everybody returns to the woods for a reality check. Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame) and Rapunzel get tangled up with a bevy of other fairytale characters​—and a few new ones created to add to the chaos—and discover the unexpected consequences of having wishes come true. Journey with the Summer Players into a fantastical world where traditional fairytales take on fractured new lives and teach important new lessons.

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: 'Robin Hood' - San Juan Capistrano
July 14-30, 2017

The legendary story of Robin Hood comes to life! All of the characters we know are here to stop the evil Prince John and the nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham. Thrill to the adventures of Robin and his merry band with sword fights and an archery contest. See Maid Marion capture Robin's heart and see the history of England come to San Juan. Fun for the whole family!

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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