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Art Events, Exhibits & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
October 1, 2022
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

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational - Laguna Beach
October 1 - 9, 2022

The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational will be held in Laguna Beach, a famous seaside community and historic artist colony. North America's most renowned, plein air landscape painters will compete for prestigious prizes and participate for the week of events including public paint outs and artist meet and greets.

LOCATION
Festival of Arts Grounds
Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach

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Dance

Casa Nutcracker - San Clemente
December 9-10, 2022

Performed by the Orange County Ballet Theater. This abridged version of the holiday classic features choreography tailored to Casa Romantica’s intimate Main Salon theater, with a runtime of one hour and twenty minutes.

Cost: $40

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

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Music

Pacific Symphony presents: The Sorcerers Apprentice - Costa Mesa
Saturday, October 22 2022
10 & 11:30 am

Learn about the magical, mystical powers of the orchestra through the eyes of a wizard’s young apprentice. You’ll hear selections from A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and even Harry Potter. Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 755-5799

Pacific Symphony presents: John Williams: A 90th Birthday Celebration - Costa Mesa
November 4-5, 2022
8:00 pm

The music of John Williams has transported us beyond our imagination. To new worlds. Through heart-pounding adventures. Be there as Pacific Symphony, led by Principal Pops Conductor Laureate Richard Kaufman, performs all your John Williams favorites: Superman, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and of course, Star Wars. The force is with you for this 90th birthday celebration of cinema’s symphonic master

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 755-5799

Lizzy and the Triggermen - San Clemente
November 17, 2022
7 pm

Lizzy and the Triggermen returns to Casa Romantica with killer vocals, wailing horns, and a lethal rhythm section. The band channels the electrifying swagger of Prohibition Jazz and makes it feel modern with a mixture of originals and re-imagined vintage gems.

Cost: $45 – $55

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

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Film & Cinema

Newport Beach Film Festival - Newport Beach
October 13 - 20, 2022

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. This year's festival will be screening over 100 feature films and 30 short film programs to Orange County.

LOCATION:
Various theaters in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa & Santa Ana

CONTACT:
949-253-2880

Movie Under the Stars: Hocus Pocus - San Clemente
October 18, 2022
6-8 pm

Enjoy a movie night under the stars in Casa Romantica’s Courtyard. This month features the cult classic Disney film from 1993.

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
Saturday, June 4, 2022 - check back for next date

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 their experienced tour guides for a 2 1/2 hour cultural experience. 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: $12 Non-member: $15. 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

Make It, Take It – Gifts from the Kitchen: Escabeche - Costa Mesa
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - check back for next event
10 a.m.-noon

RSVP online by May 18

This class will bring you up to date on the latest canning process recommendations, teach you how to process your food safely and tell you why you are doing it that way. You will learn what equipment is needed and proper storage methods. A recipe to make escabeche – a simple but zesty combination of crunchy pickled vegetables that is often served with Mexican cuisine – will be taught and prepared in class for participants to take home.

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

Orange County Museum of Art Visionaries: 2021/2022 Lecture Series: Blast Off! An Art Lover’s Odyssey
- check back for next dates

Check back for summer information!

The spring session will serve as an exciting tour of museums both far and near as well as provide important insights that will illuminate future museum visits.

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

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Performances

Chance Theater presents: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
September 23 - October 23, 2022

Experience pro wrestling in a whole new light — or perhaps for the first time — in Kristoffer Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play. Chad Deity follows the life of wrestler Macedonio Guerra. As a lifelong fan, he has followed wrestling only to become a “jobber,” one who is paid to lose to bigger-name stars in the ring. Macedonio meets Vigneshwar Paduar, and together they find a way to push it to the limit and say what needs to be said. But will it finally get Mace his big shot at Chad Deity himself? Unspoken racism, politics, and courage are all woven into this play that leaves it all on the mat.

This show contains strong trash-talking 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

South Coast Repertory presents: Nina Simone: Four Women- Costa Mesa
October 8-23, 2022

“An artist’s responsibility is to reflect the times.” Following the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, Nina Simone shifted her talents to activism, creating some of our most powerful Civil Rights anthems. Described as “riveting, relevant and oh so real” by Broadway World, this deeply personal play with music imagines how the iconic chanteuse forged her true calling–and gave voice to countless other Black women fighting to overcome stereotypes and racism. Includes Simone’s most impactful songs including “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” “Go Limp” and “Mississippi Goddam.”

Recommendation: Ages 14+

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

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

South Coast Repertory presents: Snow White- Costa Mesa
November 4–20, 2022

Forget everything you thought you knew about this classic! Snow White is reclaiming her story and acting out what really happened after her new mother took over as queen. And, with six of the Seven Dwarves missing, she and Dwarf Four (his real name, by the way) play all the characters themselves. Two incredibly talented actors take on all 14 roles in a super-fast, whip-smart, hilarious game of switcheroo that tickles your imagination and delights at each twist and turn.

Recommendation: Ages 4 and up

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

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

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Huntington Beach Library Theater Presents: The Secret Comedy of Women-Girls Only®
September 14 - October 16, 2022

You are invited to laugh with the women in your life until you cry ... or pee. Experience this truly brilliant and uplifting female comedy that explores the woman’s world with joy, heart and intelligent wit. This fast paced journey from girlhood to womanhood will reawaken the connections between you and your fellow gal pals. It’s no secret that every woman deserves a laugh like this.

Bring your mothers, daughters, sisters and girlfriends - we promise you’ll leave laughing!

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach Library Theater
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA

INFORMATION:
855-448-7469

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