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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
May 6, 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

Balboa Island ArtWalk - Balboa
Sunday, May 21, 2017
9am-5pm

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island's summer season. This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day.

LOCATION:
Balboa Island, CA

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Music

UCI presents: The Beethoven Guitar Project
Wednesday, April 24, 2017
8:00 pm

The Now Hear Ensemble performs an eclectic mix of new musical works for instruments and computers, including world premiers by composers in the UCI PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology.

Free admission. Public is welcome.

LOCATION:
Winifred Smith Hall
Arts Amphitheatre
UC Irvine, CA

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

Doheny Blues Festival - Dana Point
May 20-21, 2017

The Annual Blues Festival is the true kick-off to summer with a weekend filled with music, lots of vendors and a International Food Court that features foods from around the world. Be sure you come down to Doheny State Beach and celebrate the beginning of summer with Orange County's Favorite and most anticipated annual summer festival!

LOCATION:
Doheny State Beach
Dana Point

Ticket Sales & info: (949) 360-7800

KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival and Taste of the Bash - Anaheim
Sunday, May 28, 2017

This year's KSBR Birthday Bash is a special "night club style" event. In addition to another incomparable show, there are gourmet food choices, a full bar and luxury seating options available.

LOCATION:
City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 E. Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806

INFORMATION:
(949) 582-4051

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 20-27, 2017

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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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

Lecture & Book Signing at the Nixon Library
Friday, May 5, 2017
12:00 pm

Governor John Kasich, author of Two Paths: America Divided or United

2016 presidential candidate, Ohio governor and former nine-term congressman, John Kasich is coming to the Nixon Library to talk his experiences from the campaign trail and his hopes for America’s future.

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

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
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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: 'The Siegel'
March 24 - April 23, 2017

Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight he's going to ask Alice's parents for permission to marry her. Timing is everything, though, and Alice is reeling from working on a lost election​—not to mention they broke up two years ago and she’s seeing someone else. But Ethan is undaunted. His journey makes for an irresistible comedy about modern love, uncertain times and the need to go back in order to move forward.

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

Laguna Playhouse presents: King of the Road, The Roger Miller Story
April 19 - May 14, 2017

Riding a wave of success triggered by his mega-hits, “Dang Me” and “King of the Road,” a string of gold records and 11 Grammy Awards, wisecracking country star and Tony-winning Broadway composer (Big River) Roger Miller is forced to face his demons, confronts his self-destructive tendencies and accept love. Andy Barnicle directs this true story with live music.

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: 'More Senior Moments' - San Juan Capistrano
May 26 - June 11, 2017

When elderly Rose catches her husband with another woman in the nursing home, she decides to go on a quest for the sexual adventure she has been denying herself for the past 60 years. Also, a bonus of 2 vignettes from the original production of Senior Moments are performed.

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 Digital Music Production - Irvine
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00am-1:00pm

For Ages: 13-19. Turn your authentic physical music into a digital masterpiece! Learn to record and edit instrumental sounds using state-of-the-art computer programs and equipment, and discover how technology can merge with music to create unique digital music pieces. No instrumental or computer experience required.

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:
June 10, 2017

LOCATION:
UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

Weekend Academies in the Arts - Saturday Academy in Puppetry - Irvine
Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:00am-2:00pm

For High school juniors and seniors only. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes into the making of our spring musical, Avenue Q! Work with those involved in the production and see how they brought their puppets to life. Then after the workshop, see the performance on stage!

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.

LOCATION:
UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

Mission Art Center Painting For Fun Workshop
April 16, 2017
3 pm

This is a painting 2 to 2.1/2 hours workshop great for friends, couples, or individuals who are looking to have fun with music and painting at Mission Art Center. This workshop presented by Shabnam Zafarmand will teach you how to paint with a simple method. At the end of the session, participants will have 1 completed canvas to take home with them. All supplies are provided. No prior art experience is required. In fact, many times some of the best paintings are done by people who have never painted prior to the workshop. It isn’t about talent; it’s about the process and how much you will enjoy the painting!

All the painting materials and refreshments included $38.00 for each

LOCATION:
Mission Art Center
1730 N. Tustin Street
Orange CA 92865

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