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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
March 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.

INFORMATION:
714-571-4229

Art Crawl Experience - Anaheim
May 13, 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

Pacific Symphony presents: Aida - Costa Mesa
February 23 – 28, 2017
8:00 p.m.

A semi-staged concert opera production with Verdi’s most popular opera. “Aida” tells the story of a doomed love triangle involving the Pharaoh’s daughter, the enslaved Nubian princess Aida and the ambitious soldier they both love. Aida reflects Verdi’s great musical genius at its most voluptuous. Thrill to some of opera’s greatest arias, most powerful choruses and the stirring Triumphal March.

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

UCI presents: Shakespeare at the Opera - Irvine
Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:00 pm

Lecture by William Germano, Professor of English at the Cooper Union, New York, followed by opera scenes directed by Robin Buck, Professor of Drama (UCI).

Hosted by the UCI Shakespeare Center and Illuminations, this is the Second Annual Kirk Davis Jr. Public Shakespeare Lecture.

Free admission. Open to the public.

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

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

Bowers Presents: Finding Cleveland
February 17, 2017
6:30 pm

The “Finding Cleveland” Experience, featuring an evening screening of the award-winning documentary short film, “Finding Cleveland,” which explores the little known Chinese American Immigration experience in the deep south. Screening is paired with discussion time with filmmakers, Q&A about the film, a musical performance, and to top it off - hot, fresh dim-sum! Dim-sum will be served at 6:30 PM, program begins at 7 PM.

Member or with paid museum admission $9 | General $12

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum / Kershaw Auditorium
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

INFORMATION:
714.567.3677

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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. 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.

LOCATION:
Tours leave from "Lady Debra's" at the corner of Camino Capistrano and 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: 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.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

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

South Coast Repertory presents: 'Orange'
March 5-26, 2017

Leela is different. A teenager from India, she draws life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to run for it with her boyfriend—and take Leela along. As they careen through Orange County, navigating dangerous situations from dusk to dawn, Leela challenges their view of her—and each other. A touching story about a young woman on the spectrum of autism and her search for her place in the world.

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

Laguna Playhouse presents: Hershey Felder in Concert: The American Songbook Sing-Along
March 14, 20, 21, 2017

At Hershey Felder in Concert: The American Songbook Sing-Along, you’ll have the chance to sing along with Hershey as he takes you through a century of America’s greatest music including hits from the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, through Bernstein, Sondheim and many more. Hershey Felder will lead the party from the piano.

LOCATION:
Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

INFORMATION:
Box Office (949) 497-ARTS (2787)

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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'The Miracle Worker' - San Juan Capistrano
March 10-26, 2017

Based on a remarkable a true story, this inspiring and unforgettable play is an American classic and tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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Workshops

Weekend Academies in the Arts - Saturday Academy in Acting for Shakespeare - Irvine
February 11, 2017
9:00am-12:00pm

"To be, or not to be"...a better actor! Participate in this active workshop to gain greater confidence in your acting for Shakespeare. It's also a perfect way to preview what the intensive we offer is like, in alignment with the one-of-a-kind New Swan Shakespeare Festival over the summer.

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:
Saturday Academy in Clowning, March 18, 2017

LOCATION:
UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

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