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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Open Casa: Kevin Short - San Clemente
October 9 – November 4, 2018

Admission to the opening reception is FREE to the public. Kevin Short is an American painter and printmaker, whose works are recognized for his modern landscapes of the Pacific Coast and American Southwest. His use of heavy brushstrokes and vivid pigments are recognizable trademarks of his painting style. Being a surfer himself, he is considered an integral observer and portrayer of the surfing subculture.

Open Casa: Kevin Short will be on view from October 9 – November 4 and is free with general admission to Casa Romantica ($5).

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

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
November 3, 2018
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

Mission Fine Art Gallery Holiday Party - San Juan Capistrano
Thursday, November 29, 2018
5 to 8 p.m.

Mission Fine Art Gallery is hosting a holiday party on Thursday, November 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. Stop by and enjoy artist and jewelry demonstrations, live music, wine tasting and appetizers.

Gallery artists are painting original holiday ornaments to decorate your home for the holidays. Bring a friend and try your luck at our Lucky Draw! Neighboring businesses are also staying open, and are offering special surprises to help celebrate the evening. Join us and kick off the holiday season in style!

Mission Fine Art Gallery is a historic public space that showcases award-winning original paintings, ceramics and jewelry. This artist-run gallery has a mission to serve the community by creating art that celebrates life, culture and the unique natural surroundings of Southern California

LOCATION:
Mission Fine Art Gallery
31760 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

INFORMATION:
949-291-7738

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Dance

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: Mikhailovsky Ballet Don Quixote
November 9-11, 2018

St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra returns with a Center Premiere of the dazzling Don Quixote. Colorful, vibrant, virtuosic and comical: all apt descriptives for the beloved Don Quixote, but none can fully convey the sense of pure joy that the ballet arouses in the audience. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ sweeping tale of romance and chivalry, the knight-errant of la Mancha, Don Quixote, and his devoted squire, Sancho Panza, are positively heroic when it comes to aiding the spirited village maiden Kitri and her charming amour, the besotted barber Basilio. From the bravura dancing of the fiery toreador Espada to the colorful caravan of gypsies, the stage explodes with one show-stopping performance after another, with gravity-defying leaps and spins in this feast of choreographic fireworks.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

Ballet Etudes Presents The Nutcracker - Huntington Beach
December 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2018

The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Ballet Etudes, a non-profit youth ballet company. Free parking and wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, December 1st, at 7pm
Sunday, December 2nd, at 2pm
Saturday, December 8th, at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 9th, at 2pm

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach High School Historic Theater
1905 Main Street
Huntington Beach, California.

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
Tickets: $20-up
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Music

UCI Illuminations presents: Vernon Reid’s Band of Gypsys Revisited - Irvine
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
8-9:30 p.m.

Band of Gypsies Revisited extends the music of Hendrix’s most jazz-oriented band, and Reid has assembled a prodigious quartet drawn mostly from the soul-jazz-hip-hop collective Burnt Sugar Arkestra for this one time visit to the West coast. The group includes drummer/vocalist James “Biscuit” Rouse, who spent three years as music director for Lauryn Hill, bassist/vocalist Jared Michael Nickerson, who’s toured and recorded with Charlie Musselwhite and The The and guitarist/vocalist André “Dré Glo” Lassalle, a longtime Reid collaborator whose credits include work with Miles Davis and John Scofield.

Sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative as part of the Confronting Extremism Initiative

Free admission

LOCATION:
Winifred Smith Hall
UC Irvine - Claire Trevor School of the Arts
4000 Mesa Road
Irvine, CA 92697

Pacific Symphony presents: Bernstein @ 100
October 25-27, 2018
8 pm

Feel the joy and emotion of one of the greatest 20th-century composers — an American treasure and mentor of Music Director Carl St.Clair — through works like Chichester Psalms, combining Broadway-inspired melodies with sacred texts for chorus and orchestra and Serenade, a symbolic, lyrical work scored for solo violin, strings, harp and percussion.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 755-5799

Pacific Symphony presents: 'The Wizard’s Spellbook'
October 27, 2018
10 am - 11:30 am

Enjoy a fun and fascinating 45-minute concert designed especially for children 5-11.

Hocus pocus, alakazam! Join us for a spellbinding Halloween celebration that includes music from Fantasia and Harry Potter, as well as The Conductor’s Spellbook, an exciting and interactive new work by composer Paul Dooley that teaches about the instruments of the orchestra. Come dressed in costume and don’t forget your wand and broomstick!

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 755-5799

Taiwan Philharmonic - Costa Mesa
October 30, 2018
8:00 PM

The Taiwan Philharmonic visits Costa Mesa as part of their 2018 North American tour after a highly-acclaimed 2016 US debut. “From Formosa” refers to a historic republic on the island of Taiwan. This performance traces Taiwan’s classical music tradition with Taiwanese composer Gordon Chin’s ‘Dancing Song’ and works by Debussy and Ravel. Music Director Shao-Chia Lü conducts.

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

UCI presents: A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song
November 7, 2018
6:00 pm

This innovative art song recital pays homage to the centennial of World War I. The concert features baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan. Their repertoire ranges from song cycles of the 19th century to original arrangements of the American Songbook and modern popular tunes.

Free admission

LOCATION:
Winifred Smith Hall
UC Irvine, CA

Handel's Messiah
December 9, 2018
3 pm

It's hard to image a holiday season without "Messiah," the most famous oratorio in the world. Through some of the most beautiful music ever written, "Messiah" conveys a message of hope to everyone who hears it, year after year after year. Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah" chorus.

LOCATION:
Orange County Performing Arts Center - Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
714-755-5799

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

Casa Cinema: Chasing Coral - San Clemente
November 13, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Casa Cinema is a luxury screening experience with wine, Casa Cafe plates, popcorn, and lounge furniture seating.

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

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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 Workshops & Tours

Choc-Littlest Angel Guild's Great Kitchens & Garden - Anaheim & Yorba Linda
Friday, October 19, 2018
10 am - 4 pm

This is “NOT YOUR MOMMA’S HOME TOUR”. At this self-guided tour, our guests will view 6 stunning homes located in Peralta Hills (Anaheim) and Yorba Linda.

There will be 2 full house tours and 4 featuring great ideas for kitchens, gardens and entertaining spaces created by local designers, contractors and home owners. "Tasty Bites" and sips from local caterers, restaurants, bakeries and wineries will be available. Also, shopping can be done at the "Petite Boutique" featured at select homes on the tour. Event supports CHOC Children's Hospital.

TICKETS: $45 GENERAL - $50 At-the-Door

LOCATIONS:
Homes in Anaheim & Yorba Linda

Weekend Garden Tours at the Nixon Library
Saturdays 11:00am – 2:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm- 2:00pm
T
hrough September 30, 2018

Weekend tours of the Pat Nixon Gardens feature heirloom roses, formal garden spaces and a cottage garden surrounding the President’s Birthplace, visitors to the Gardens can enjoy a colorful landscape of flowers and plants with special ties to the Nixon family and American history. The Gardens were originally designed by Emmett Wemple & Associates and opened to the public in 1990. The California Formal Garden centers on a 120’ by 25’ foot reflecting pool that was designed to showcase the stunning reflection of the birthplace and boyhood home of the 37th President.

Garden tours are included with regular admission to the Nixon Library on Saturdays and Sundays.

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

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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: AFRICAN TWILIGHT: Vanishing Rituals & Ceremonies
July 7, 2018 - January 6, 2019

The Bowers’ presentation marks the world premiere of this stunning exhibition, with photographs and film covering the last 15 years of their work in over 45 African countries. Their images capture the continent’s vast cultural diversity while documenting profound moments of commonality in the human life cycle, including unique initiation ceremonies, colorful courtship rituals, the splendor of power in Royal Kingdoms, and intimate healing practices for the living and the dead.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

UCI Illuminations presents: Reading by Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko - Irvine
Thursday, October 18, 2018
5-7 p.m.

“Luminous…a powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world. This story confirms Lee’s place among our finest novelists.”

PACHINKO follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all.

Sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative as part of the Confronting Extremism Initiative

Free admission

LOCATION:
Crystal Cove Auditorium
UCI Student Center
Irvine, CA 92697

Fullerton Arboretum presents: Myth and Lore of Wolves - Fullerton
Sunday, October 28, 2018
4:00-5:30 PM

Wolves are woven within the stories of many cultures across the globe. Come learn of legendary lupines such as Fenrir, Asena, Sirius, and even creatures such as Skinwalkers and Werewolves. From the Creation of the first people to the impending rise of Ragnarok, wolves have been a keystone which have helped rewrite our perceptions of the world and reshped the environment. Join the Ambassador Wolves of Project Wildsong for an exciting evening centered around the "Myth and Lore of Wolves" --an exclusive Howl-o-ween presentation!

Cost: $10/members; $15/non-members

LOCATION:
Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Rd.
Fullerton, CA

INFORMATION HOTLINE:
714-526-7070

UCI Illuminations presents: Why Our Brains Love Story - Irvine
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Band of Gypsies Revisited extends the Why our brains love story: a two-part series to better understand a naturalistic and scientific perspective on storytelling.

People tend to believe that watching their favorite television series is a way to escape, ‘zone out,’ and relax, but is there more going on in the brain? An ongoing collaboration between the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM) and the ClaireTrevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is exploring why we love to sit down with a good book or movie.

Sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative as part of the Confronting Extremism Initiative

Free admission

LOCATION:
Herklotz Conference Center at the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Qureshey Research Laboratory (QRL)
309 Qureshey Research Lab
Irvine, CA 92697

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

Chance Theater presents: The Other Place
September 21, 2018 — October 21, 2018

Juliana Smithton is a respected neurologist whose life has recently begun unraveling. Her husband is leaving her, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and even she’s beginning to question her own good health. A compelling and acclaimed drama in which nothing is quite what it seems, The Other Place is an intimate mystery that blurs fact with fiction, past with present, and Juliana’s perception with ever-elusive truth. An elaborately crafted theatrical work, this Outer Critics Circle Award nominee will likely keep you talking long after the curtain has closed.

Recommendation: Ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.

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

SCR presents: Kings
October 13 - November 10, 2018

Kings Logo KINGS ​by ​Sarah Burgess directed by Dámaso Rodríguez October 13 - November 10, 2018 Fresh from New York, this incisive comedy takes an unflinching look at how things get done in Washington. When Sydney Millsap wins a seat in Congress, she’s determined to drain the swamp. Then she meets Kate, a whip-smart lobbyist who gets her clients what they want​—whatever they want. When Kate helps Sydney try to unseat a powerful senator steeped in cronyism, the result is a “sleek, fast-paced, absorbing and very funny” (Vogue) exploration of money’s corrosive effect on politics.

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

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas - San Juan Capistrano
November 23 - December 22, 2018

Originally broadcast in 1947 as part of the Archie Andrews radio show. We invite you now to join Archie and his pals Jughead, Veronica and Betty in another comic adventure from Riverdale. Performed as a live radio broadcast as a preview to our main show. Then join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Charles M. Schulz’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning story has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television more than 50 years ago. The classic television special comes to life in a stage adaptation featuring Vince Guaraldi’s timeless score.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

Ballet Etudes Presents The Nutcracker - Huntington Beach
December 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2018

The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Ballet Etudes, a non-profit youth ballet company. Free parking and wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, December 1st, at 7pm
Sunday, December 2nd, at 2pm
Saturday, December 8th, at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 9th, at 2pm

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach High School Historic Theater
1905 Main Street
Huntington Beach, California.

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
Tickets: $20-up
Click to order online

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