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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
February 1, 2020
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
February 9, 2020

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

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Spring Family Arts Night 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020
5:30-7:30 p.m.

No charge for admission or activities.

Join us for our annual Spring Family Arts Night, as we open our art studios for your budding artist to get to see our space and meet some of our on-staff artists. Kids of all ages can come and enjoy as they get their hands dirty trying ceramics, drawing, and painting along with a multitude of other artistic crafts.

LOCATION:
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833

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Dance

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: American Ballet Theatre - Of Love and Rage
March 5-8, 2020

Inspired by the earliest romance novel from Greek antiquity, today’s foremost choreographer Alexei Ratmansky creates the dance event of the season. In this World Premiere, star-crossed lovers journey on the high seas in an enthralling tale of abductions, shipwrecks, and mistaken identities as the exceptionally beautiful Callirhoe is rescued by her dashing hero. Be the first to see this remarkable new production by the dance-maker called “the most gifted choreographer in classical ballet today” by The New York Times.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

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Music

Laguna Beach Music Festival - Laguna Beach
February 5-8, 2020

This festival is dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, featuring an internationally acclaimed Mentor Musician or Ensemble along with other talented artists in a week long blend of performances and education.

LOCATION:
Laguna Beach
- check site for venues

Valentine's Day with Chris Botti - Costa Mesa
February 14 – 15, 2020
8:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand, trumpeter extraordinaire Chris Botti delivers a brand-new show that’s perfect for your Valentine! A gifted instrumentalist and a charismatic performer, the former trumpeter for Sting effortlessly crosses the boundaries between pop and classical, jazz and rock.

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

INFORMATION:
714-
556-2787

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 Cinema Italiano: La Vita Facile – The Perfect Life
February 16, 2020
12:30 pm

An Italian doctor and his wife join an old friend at a humanitarian aid organization in Kenya, only to be blindsided by the revelation of past infidelity and the betrayal that ensues. (2011, 102 MIN)

12:30 - 1:30 PM | Introductory Italian with Professor Petry
1:30 PM | Break
2 - 4 PM | Film screening

Tickets: Free for Members | General $12

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
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. 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
April 25-26, 2020
10 am - 4 pm

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 - Dimensions of Form: Tamayo and Mixografia
September 21, 2019 - January 19, 2020

Dimensions of Form: Tamayo and Mixografia addresses the artistic legacy of modern master Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991). Fifty prints on loan from Mixografía® in Los Angeles depicting silhouetted figures, celestial bodies and the feathered serpent-god Quetzalcoatl will illustrate the “fourth great one’s” last artistic collaborative expedition to add form to a typically flat medium.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Dale Carnegie Free Workshop: Storytelling in Business: How to Motivate, Inform and Inspire - Santa Ana
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
9:00 - 11:00 AM

Dale Carnegie understood the power and the art of storytelling. He studied great leaders and illustrated his findings in How to Win Friends and Influence People many years ago. Today, Dale Carnegie Training helps leaders and individuals leverage storytelling to become more successful team players and leaders.

Illustrating concepts through storytelling is a powerful way to engage and inspire others. Stories connect people emotionally and intellectually, and studies have shown that people remember stories long after they’ve forgotten factual details. Leaders who can convey their vision via a compelling story inspire their teams to accomplish their goals.

LOCATION:
23710 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630

UCI Illuminations presents: Social Media & Social Movements from Hong Kong to Silicon Valley and Beyond
Thursday, January 30, 2020
6-7:30 p.m.

A Double Launch of Jeffrey Wasserstrom's Vigil (2020) and David Kaye's Speech Police (2019)

Moderated by Liz Carter and featuring both authors, with book sale and signing to follow. This event will celebrate the release of two new books by UCI faculty that are both appearing in the Columbia Global Reports series. Both deal with and seek to place into context issues that were in the news throughout 2019 and continue to make headlines in 2020. Vigil, by Jeffrey Wasserstrom of the School of Humanities (Chancellor's Professor of History), focused on the continuing crisis in Hong Kong.

Free admission. Public is welcome.

LOCATION:
Humanities Gateway 1030
UC Irvine, CA

UCI Illuminations presents: Macbeth: A Lecture Demonstration by Tang Shu-wing Theatre, Hong Kong
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6 p.m.

In 2012, Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio was invited to present their landmark production of Macbeth at London’s Globe to Globe Shakespeare Festival, at the Globe Theatre. In this unique lecture-demonstration, artistic director Tang Shu-wing will discuss this fascinating physical theatre production of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, and members of the Studio will present several scenes from the production. Inspired by the eastern and western traditions of physical theatre, this version of Macbeth transmits the spirit of the play through a succession of stylised images, where body expression, physical movements and live accompaniment expose the characters' relationship as well as the director's vision of time and space.

This event is the 2020 Kirk Davis Jr. Public Shakespeare Lecture. Additional support from UCI Shakespeare Center donors and UCI’s Center for Asian Studies. Free admission. Public is welcome.

LOCATION:
Irvine Barclay Theatre & Cheng Hall
4242 Campus Dr
Irvine, CA

Dale Carnegie Free Workshop: Storytelling in Business: Agility: The New Competitive Divide Preparing for Success in the Era of AI - Santa Ana
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
9:00 - 11:00 AM

This Business Briefing is a 120-minute session designed to bring leaders together to learn about, reflect on and discuss recent research and the key competencies for organizational agility in the context of the massive changes that are anticipated from the widespread implementation of artificial intelligence (AI).

What You’ll Learn
Today organizations need to gather and act on information, make decisions quickly and implement them to meet the rapidly-evolving requirements of customers and the business environment. The ability to do so is becoming increasingly important in this era of digital transformation and advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI). We provide a framework for leaders, addressing important considerations for those who want to approach building agility within their organization in a focused, deliberate way.

LOCATION:
1805 East Dyer Road, Suite 109
Santa Ana, California 92705

INFORMATION:
Register here

Casa Romantica: Poetry Workshop with Laura Miller - San Clemente
February 13, 2020
10 am - 3 pm

Think you could never write poetry? You just might get a big surprise in this fun and inspirational workshop. Learn about practice and process from famous poets and dispel common myths regarding this art form. Then, with some gentle prodding and lots of encouragement, dive into a series of easy exercises designed to entice even the most reluctant Inner Poets to come out and play. Coffee, pastries, and writing materials are included! This workshop takes place quarterly. Guests must purchase tickets for each workshop they attend.

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

INFORMATION:
(949) 498-2139

Orange County Museum of Art - Lectures & Artist Talks - Newport Beach

Highlighting selected works from OC Artists, educators engage visitors in observation and discussion, creating a forum for the exchange of ideas and perspectives.

LOCATION:
South Coast Plaza Village
1661 W Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Peformances

SCR Presents: She Loves Me
January 25 - February 22, 2020

Romantic, charming and brimming with joy, this musical comedy reminds us that one kind deed can open up a world of possibilities. At Maraczek’s Parfumerie, clerks Georg and Amalia are constantly at odds. Outside of work, they’re each falling madly in love with an anonymous pen pal, unaware that it is the other. This nostalgic Broadway hit inspired by the story that gave us The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail is “as sweet and exhilarating as a first kiss” (New York Daily News).

RRecommendation: Age 12 and above.

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
714-708-5555

Chance Theater presents: Fun Home
January 31 —March 3, 2020

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Recommendation: Ages 13 and up. Contains adult language and subject material.

20% off tickets. Limited availability. Use code "Ponygirl20"

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

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Tickets and Information at ChanceTheater.com/fun_home

Chance Theater Family Series presents: A Wrinkle in Time
February 14 - March 1, 2020

One dark and stormy night, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murry, a young teen who doesn’t fit in at her New England high school. Meg’s scientist Father vanished over two years ago, under mysterious circumstances. Aided by Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, Meg, her gifted brother Charles Wallace, and her friend Calvin are transported through time and space on a mission to rescue their Father from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. John Glore’s delightful, wildly theatrical adaptation brings Madeleine L’Engle’s acclaimed story magically to life.

Recommendation: Ages 4 and up. Great for the entire family.

20% off tickets. Limited availability. Use code "Tesser20"

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

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Tickets and Information at ChanceTheater.com/wrinkle

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Cabrillo Playhouse presents: Steel Magnolias
January 17 - February 9, 2020

Based on his own experience growing up in rural Natchitoches, Louisiana, Robert Harling’s landmark play Steel Magnolias explores the bonds between six women at a beauty salon. Combining light-hearted comedy and quirky characters with a serious, heart-rending storyline, Steel Magnolias has appealed to audiences both onstage and in its popular 1989 film adaptation.

LOCATION:
202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

INFORMATION:
(949) 492-0465

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