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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
July 2 - September 5, 2021
11am to 7pm, Sunday-Thursday
11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday

Outdoor arts and crafts festival. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere.

LOCATION:
935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-3030

Festival of Arts
Laguna Beach

July 5 – September 3, 2021

Come discover the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach- a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. A world-renowned art destination, visitors can take tours of the exhibit, catch an art demonstration, dine at one of the on-site restaurants, create their own masterpiece, or simply sit back and enjoy the creative atmosphere. Weekends are jam-packed with live music and special events providing entertainment for all.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
800-487-3378

Pageant of the Masters
Laguna Beach
July 7 – September 3, 2021

This summer, the Pageant of the Masters celebrates 85 years of living pictures in Laguna Beach. This iconic, long-running Orange County tradition combines art-fully costumed people, extravagant sets and theatrical illusion to re-create famous works of art on stage. In the 2021 Pageant of the Masters, audiences will meet the artists – revolutionaries, innovators, dreamers – who not only made this country their home, but let their creativity be inspired by the freedoms upon which this nation was founded.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
800-487-3378

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
August 7, 2021
First Saturday of the Month
7:00pm - 11:00pm.

During COVID-19, Artwalk is held on Facebook LIVE

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

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Dance

UCI Claire Tevor School of the Art - Online
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Online Undergraduate choreographers press the boundaries of dance through original new works presented in the medium of screendance. Join the Department of Dance for this annual concert brimming with young talent.

LOCATION:
Online
Presented by Claire Trevor School of the Arts in Irvine

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Music

Symphony in the Cities
Sunday, August 14, 2021
7 pm

DETAILS:
Pack a picnic, grab a lawn chair or blanket and gather the family for an evening of free music and outdoor summer fun! Now a long-standing summer tradition, Symphony in the Cities (SITC) brings people together for great music and entertainment in local parks each year.

Program to be announced. Admission to the concert is free.

DATES, TIMES & LOCATIONS:
Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 p.m.

LOCATION:
Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge
20 Lake Road
Irvine, CA

Jazz Nights at Envy Lounge - Newport Beach
Tuesdays - postponed
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: To Catch a Thief - San Clemente
August 17, 2021
8 pm

Enjoy a movie night under the stars in Casa Romantica’s historic courtyard. This Iconic romantic summer thriller is set on the French Riviera with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.

Cost: $5-10

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica - shown outdoors in the historic Casa Courtyard.
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Bowers Museum: Online Film and Conversation
program currently postponed - check back for next program

 

Ticketed Event: Member $5 | General $10 | Ticketholders will receive a private link to view the online presentation at 12:30 PM on the day of the program. Please note that the film will only be accessible for 24 hours.

LOCATION:
Online

INFORMATION:
714.567.3677

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Historical Tours & Programs

San Juan Capistrano Walking Tour - San Juan Capistrano
Sundays (postponed)
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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Home and Garden Tours & Workshops

Floral Park Home & Garden Tour - Santa Ana
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Once again the Floral Park Neighborhood, recipient of Neighborhoods USA's "Neighborhood of the Year", will be hosting its annual Home and Garden Tour. Whether experiencing a stroll through the beautiful vintage homes and gardens, searching for treasures at the Antique & Collectables Sale, viewing the Classic Automobile Display, or enjoying a snack at the food and drink concessions, you will surely leave the Floral Park Home & Garden Tour with nostalgic memories of a day well spent.

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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 - Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan
Museum temporarily closed during COVID 19 restrictions

Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan features works of incredible beauty and complexity by two of Taiwan’s premier living artists. Twenty-seven luminescent carvings by Huang Fu-Shou show jade’s full range of color: from emerald green to an almost pearlescent white. Fish springing from water, insects weightlessly clinging to blades of grass, and stone bending with litheness of fabric each push the boundaries of what is possible with the rigid medium.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Chance Theater Cyber Chats - Online
Friday, August 13, 2021
8 pm

Join Chance Theater for our next CHANCE CYBER CHAT. The perfect chance to take a virtual theater trip together by watching performances online and then coming together on a video conference call to share experiences. Free Event

Friday, August 13 Cyber Chat - Edges
Before they wrote Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, The Greatest Showman, Dogfight, and many other modern musical classics, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote a thrilling song cycle about four burgeoning adults asking classic coming-of-age questions about love, commitment, identity, and meaning. For the first time in Orange County, see how the Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning song team started their journey — with a charming, witty and honest examination of adulthood that explores what happens when we’re teetering on the edge of the rest of our lives.

Please note: This show contains adult language

Watch the show on your own and then join us for the Chance Cyber Chat.

LOCATION:
Online - Presented by Chance Theater in Anaheim

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
* Please note: We are not watching the shows together as part of our Chance Cyber Chat. You will need to watch the performance online beforehand. For more information and to sign up, visit chancetheater.com/chance-cyber-chats

Free Online Workship: Managers Matter: Remote Employee Engagement - Online
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Workshop

Managers Matter: Remote Employee Engagement is a one and half hour online workshop designed to provide you with the tools necessary to create a value-driven remote culture that will raise confidence levels and make employees feel inspired, enthusiastic, and empowered to achieve higher levels of performance. You’ll learn the critical actions that must consistently be demonstrated to drive engagement and see measurable results with your remote team.

What You’ll Learn
The workshop will be an interactive online session. You will learn a process for conducting an engagement interview, examine person-centered leadership strategies, and walk away with a proven formula for giving personalized recognition that inspires remote employees to higher levels of engagement. Explore elements that drive remote employee engagement and why the manager’s role is vital.

LOCATION:
Online - Dale Carnegie of Orange County

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Free Online Webinar: Emotional Intelligence: Communicate and Relate to Different Personality Styles - Online
September 15, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Webinar

Behavioral psychologists have researched the theory that people’s behavior can be roughly classified into four groups. By recognizing your dominant style and developing the ability to identify traits in others, you can use Emotional Intelligence to change your behavior to interact with a wide variety of personalities and tendencies.

What You’ll Learn
Identify their own personality style and how they react under pressure Modify their behaviors to better connect with people of different styles Influence the attitudes and behaviors of others

How it will help you
This Emotional Intelligence workshop helps you to see things from multiple points of view, how actions impact others, and what you can do to affect collaboration.

LOCATION:
Online - Dale Carnegie of Orange County

INFORMATION:
Register here
949-833-3253

Orange County Museum of Art - Virtual Programs
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We ZOOM Your Room!

Call in via Zoom to participate in an interactive performance that lampoons infomercials and results in a new Zoom background created for you live during your call. RSVP required, space is limited.

LOCATION:
Virtual program presented by South Coast Plaza Village
1661 W Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Performances

Chance Theater presents: Edges - Anaheim
July 9 - August 8, 2021

Before they wrote Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, The Greatest Showman, Dogfight, and many other modern musical classics, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote a thrilling song cycle about four burgeoning adults asking classic coming-of-age questions about love, commitment, identity, and meaning. For the first time in Orange County, see how the Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning song team started their journey — with a charming, witty and honest examination of adulthood that explores what happens when we’re teetering on the edge of the rest of our lives.

Please note: This show contains adult language.

Edges will be performed within the existing state, county, and city health mandates. As such, we will be operating at full capacity with no social distancing. Through self-attestation, un-vaccinated patrons are required to wear appropriate face coverings, while fully vaccinated patrons may choose to do so at their discretion.

LOCATION:
Presented by: Chance Theater
@ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807

South Coast Repertory presents: American Mariachi - San Juan Capistrano
July 15 - 31, 2021
Performances at 7:30 p.m.

Presented outdoors at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

In this big-hearted comedy with live music, Lucha spends her days caring for her mother and yearning for more. But it’s the 1970s and women can’t be mariachis…or can they? Defying tradition, Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates and take up instruments. A loving gesture for a mother becomes much more as the young women dream big and embrace the transcendent power of music. “A tug at the heartstrings that will echo for days” (Denver Post).

Recommendation: Age 12 and above.

LOCATION:
Brought to you by South Coast Repertory
Mission San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Phone: (714) 708-5555

South Coast Repertory presents: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown - San Juan Capistrano
July 16 - August 1, 2021
Performances at 7:30 p.m.

Presented outdoors at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Good grief! The whole “Peanuts” gang is here—Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and of course, that wishy-washy blockhead, Charlie Brown. He’s never pitched a winning baseball game and he can’t muster the courage to talk to the Little-Red Haired Girl. But all his best qualities—and those of his clever friends—get celebrated in this delightful musical filled with such gleeful tunes as "My Blanket and Me," "Suppertime" and "Happiness."

Recommendation: 4+

LOCATION:
Brought to you by South Coast Repertory
Mission San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Phone: (714) 708-5555

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Garden Cabaret at The Cabrillo Playhouse Presents: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
July 29 - August 1, 2021
Thurs-Sat, 7:30pm
Sundays, 5:00pm

A madcap condensation that features non-stop laughs. Done at a whirlwind pace and with great delight, this show is sure to win over even the most skeptical. And there is no doubt that William Shakespeare himself… would approve.

LOCATION:
202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

INFORMATION:
(949) 492-0465

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