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Art Events, Exhibits & Workshops

Festival of Arts Fine Art Show
Laguna Beach

July 3 – August 30, 2024

Come discover the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach- a juried fine art show featuring over 100 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

Festival of Arts Art Center Workshops
July 3 – August 30, 2024
(closed on July 4 and August 24)
Weekdays 4 - 8pm, Weekends 12noon – 8pm

The Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America, provides a spacious area perfectly suited for visitors to create their own art with the help of professional artists. All workshops are held daily.

Multi-Media Art Workshops: Discover a broad palette of artistic mediums. This workshop is great for all ages and skill levels!

Printmaking Workshops: The Festival’s most skilled printmakers will demonstrate relief, monoprint, and reductive printmaking techniques, giving visitors an interesting and informative look into the creative art process.

Ceramic Workshop: Create a colorful pot by painting glazes or using a marbling technique. There is a $25+ material fee per ceramic pot.

Cost: Free with Festival Admission, Material Fee for Ceramics

LOCATION:
Festival of Arts
650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Pageant of the Masters "À La Mode: The Art of Fashion"
Laguna Beach
July 6 – August 30, 2024
Shows Nightly at 8:30pm

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Each evening during the summer season, classic and contemporary works of art are faithfully re-created with theatrical illusion and real people posing as living pictures. Enjoy art that comes to life under the stars in the Pageant’s outdoor amphitheater. This summer, the Pageant steps into the world of fashion with its newest production, "Á La Mode: The Art of Fashion." From the opulent grandeur of royal courts to the edgy glamour of today's runways, prepare to be dazzled by the art of fashion come to life!

Tickets start at $45 per person (Includes season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show)

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
www.foapom.com
(949) 497-6582, (800) 487-3378

Langson IMCA presents: Picturing Summer - Irvine
July 20 – September 14, 2024

Celebrating summer leisure activities and the state’s natural environment, Picturing Summer features 32 paintings dating from the late 19th to mid-20th century drawn from Langson IMCA’s collection supplemented by five works on loan from private collections. Eighteen works have never before been on public display. The selection of landscapes depicts verdant meadows in the state’s northern regions, shorelines and beaches, and mountains of the Pacific Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevadas. Figures appear in domestic scenes, participate in maritime activities, and enjoy the outdoors with friends.

Picturing Summer is organized by guest curator Susan Davidson with interpretive text by UCI graduate student Dada Wang.

LOCATION:
18881 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, 92612

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
August 3, 2024
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

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
Friday, June 28 to Sunday, September 1, 2024

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

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Dance

15th Annual Gala of the Stars Presented by OC's Festival Ballet Theatre - Costa Mesa
August 7, 2024

Experience an unforgettable night of dance at the 15th annual “Gala of the Stars." This unique event boasts an incredible roster of world-renowned ballet artists from internationally-acclaimed ballet companies, whose talent will be complemented by select, inspired young ballet protégés. Current and future stars will share the stage in one spectacular performance.

LOCATION:
Segerstrom Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Music

Pacific Symphony presents: Rhapsody in Blue at 100: Concert of Hope - Irvine
July 27, 2024
8 pm

George Gershwin composed it all — taking Broadway by storm, selling out concert halls and opera houses and defining an era! In his ever-popular Rhapsody in Blue, premiered 100 years ago, he married classical music to the most unique of American art forms, Jazz. City of Hope sponsors this heartwarming concert that is a powerful reminder of the strength, resilience, and unwavering spirit of cancer survivors, patients and their loved ones.

LOCATION:
Great Park
Irvine, CA

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Film & Cinema

Casa Cinema: Dirty Dancing - San Clemente
July 16, 2024
8-10 pm

Movie night under the stars in Casa Romantica’s Courtyard. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the open-air, open-seating event. Wine, candy, and soda will be available for purchase.

About the Film: Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. Film Rating: PG-13

Cost $5-$10.

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

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Historical Tours & Programs

Downtown Santa Ana Historic Architecture Tour - Santa Ana
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Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA), the county seat since 1889, is probably more reminiscent of a classic downtown than any historic downtown in Orange County.

Join Preserve Orange County with one of our experienced tour guides on one of three dates between October 2023 and January 2024. See the banks, courthouses, stores, churches, fraternal halls, and office buildings on a walking tour of this district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about active historic preservation issues in Santa Ana concerning buildings such as First American and the YMCA.

Preserve Orange County member: $20 Non-member: $25. Click link abover to purchase tickets

LOCATION:
Old Orange County Courthouse
211 West Santa Ana Boulevard
Santa Ana, CA 92701

San Juan Capistrano Walking Tour - San Juan Capistrano
Saturdays
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 Historical Society gives tours every Saturday at 1:00 pm starting at the train depot. Tours last about 45 minutes and include the Society’s own collection of historic structures as well as other homes in the Los Rios District. As the oldest, continuously inhabited street in California, Los Rios Street is a charming neighborhood with a colorful history.

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

Farm & Garden Classes - Designing a Winning Floral Arrangement - Costa Mesa
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Join Marie Gregory, certified floral designer, and seasoned floral arrangement judge at the annual OC Fair, for a hands-on class that will elevate your floral design skills. If you have struggled to create a winning floral arrangement or aspire to enter a floral design competition such as those in the Garden & Floral Department at the annual OC Fair, this class is for you! Participants of all levels and experiences will craft a floral arrangement under expert guidance while learning valuable tips to enhance their design for a winning edge in floral competitions. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the best and bring your floral design dreams to life!

LOCATION:
Centennial Farm, OC Fair & Event Center
Costa Mesa

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Current Museum Exhibits

Bowers Museum Exhibit - Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy
Ongoing Exhibit

Curated by scholars of Chinese history and culture from the Shanghai Museum, this incredible collection portrays the evolution of Chinese art and culture. Journey back through 5000 years of Chinese history and follow the efflorescence of arts throughout one of the world's oldest living civilizations. From large painted ceramic pots used during the Neolithic period, to sculptures of camels and horses made at the height of the Silk Road, to beautiful embroidered silk court robes and ivory carvings from the 19th century, this exhibition presents the importance of fine art made to be admired during life and depended on in the afterlife.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Langson IMCA presents: Gallery Talk, Dada Wang on Picturing Summer - Irvine
Saturday, July 27, 2024
11 am

Join UCI Langson IMCA Graduate Student Researcher Dada Wang, who aided Guest Curator Susan Davidson in organizing the exhibition, for a walkthrough of the exhibition. Following the program, Wang will be available in the gallery to answer questions and speak with visitors and program attendees.

This program is free and open to all. Advance registration is not required.

LOCATION:
18881 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, 92612
Airport Tower Conference Room

PARKING:
Airport Tower parking structure. Parking is free for 2 hours with validation.

Orange County Museum Art Happy Hour & Pop-Up Talk
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OCMA members please bring your member card to enjoy expedited check-in at the welcome desk. Members receive early admission and VIP access to the cocktail bar starting at 5:30 PM.

LOCATION:
Orange County Museum of Art
3333 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Performances

The Gem Theatre presents: Evita - Garden Grove
June 6 - July 14, 2024

Starring Giovanna Martinez as Eva Peron.

The Tony Award Winning Evita is based on the historical story of María Eva Duarte de Perón, a poor Argentinian girl who grows up to be the wife of the president of Argentina and worshipped by her people.

LOCATION:
The Gem Theatre
12852 Main St
Garden Grove, CA 92840

The Phantom Projects Theatre presents: Matilda, Jr featuring an all-youth cast! - La Habra
July 12-21, 2024

Rebellion is high in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the “revolting children” who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson.

Age Recommendation: 5 and up. Children under 3 will not be admitted to the theatre.

LOCATION:
La Habra Depot Theatre
311 S Euclid St
La Habra, CA

Costa Mesa Playhouse presents: 33 Variations - Costa Mesa
July 12 - August 4, 2024

A musicologist becomes obsessed with why Beethoven was compelled to write thirty-three distinct piano variations on a simple theme. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to nineteenth-century Austria in this extraordinary play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.

LOCATION:
661 Hamilton Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

INFORMATION:
Phone: (949) 650-5269

South Coast Repertory presents: The Old Man and the Old Moon
July 27 - August 11, 2024

An epic adventure across land, sea and sky–all in the name of love! Indie-folk music and ingenious staging transform this tall tale into a thrilling theatrical event like no other. The Old Man who keeps the moon filled with light wakes up one morning to find his wife has gone, lured away by a mysterious melody. In his quest to find her, he encounters colorful characters, gets caught in an apocalyptic storm and is swallowed by a giant fish. Can he find her before the moon runs out of light and the world plunges into darkness?

Recommendation: For swashbucklers and yarn-spinners ages 7 to 97

LOCATION:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Old Mission Rd
San Juan Capistrano, CA

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

Chance Theater presents: Gloria - Anaheim
September 27 - October 20, 2024

Style. Status. Success. A group of twentysomething editorial assistants are pursuing it all at one of New York’s most esteemed cultural magazines. When a seemingly normal day at the office turns out to be anything but, these aspiring journalists recognize an opportunity to seize a career-defining moment. Who has the right to tell whose story? Simultaneously funny and shocking, Gloria is an adrenaline rush of a show as MacArthur “Genius” grant winner Jacobs-Jenkins skewers the cutthroat, opportunistic culture of modern media.

NOTE: This show contains mature content and strong language.

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

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

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Community Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: Jekyll & Hyde - San Juan Capistrano
September 6-22, 2024

The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in the musical phenomenon, Jekyll & Hyde. Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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