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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
May 2, 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

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Dance

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: Teatro alla Scala Ballet - Onegin
July 31-August 2, 2020

Pushkin’s great 19th-century verse-novel, Eugene Onegin, is interpreted with flawless storytelling skill by the master choreographer, John Cranko. With a wealth of magical moments, this compelling tale features an unusual twist of double unrequited love – while the high-handed Onegin at first spurns the young, naive Tatiana, she blooms to become a sophisticated St. Petersburg aristocrat who, in turn, rejects his subsequent advances in a final crushing blow. Tchaikovsky’s vivid music brings alive the world of Imperial Russia with beauty, drama and passion.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

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Music

Pacific Symphony presents: Pink Martini - Costa Mesa
June 17-18, 2020 (rescheduled from March 13-14)
8:00 p.m.

After standing ovations and shouts of “Bravo!” during their last visit, Pacific Symphony has invited this popular band to return with their rollicking, around-the-world musical adventure. Pink Martini is part big band, part classical ensemble, part salsa troupe and all fun!

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 Museum: Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
May 31, 2020
1:30 pm

“Winds in the East, Mist Coming in,” Mary Poppins (1964) is perhaps Walt Disney’s most beloved live-action film as a result of its groundbreaking special effects, timeless music, and unforgettable performances. However, in Saving Mr. Banks the untold story of the films creation is told from the perspectives of P.L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins books, and Walt Disney himself. In this semi-biographical drama, the truth behind the creation of Mary Poppins is shown through stellar performances and a poignant backstory. Inside the Walt Disney Archives proudly showcases Walt’s recreated office set that was used in the film. Join us for a screening of Saving Mr. Banks.

Member or with paid museum admission $10 | General $15

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 - canceled
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 - Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic
March 7 - August 30, 2020 - museum temporarily closed

The 10,000-square-feet traveling exhibit, which premiered at D23 Expo Japan in 2018, will offer several rare items only on loan to the Bowers. Guests are invited to step into The Walt Disney Archives as they walk through a dazzling display of more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props that tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. From nostalgic classics like never-before-displayed sketches for Fantasia and ghouls from the Haunted Mansion attraction, to modern-day favorites like super hero costumes and maquettes from Frozen, this enchanting exhibition is an immersive treasure-trove the entire family will love.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Casa Romantica: Poetry Workshop with Laura Miller - San Clemente
May 14, 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: Arcadia
May 9 - June 6, 2020

Prepare to be transported back and forth in time for lust, longing and literary rivalry at an English estate. In 1809, while the residents are gripped in their own intrigues, Thomasina, a brilliant young student, proposes an astonishing scientific theory. Two hundred years later, in a fiery battle of wits, academics Hannah and Bernard race to unravel the mysteries left behind. Intellect meets emotion, order confronts disorder. A dazzling comedic masterpiece “shot through with fun, passion and genius” (The New York Post).

Recommendation: ​High school and above.

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
714-708-5555

SCR Presents: DORY FANTASMAGORY
May 22 - June 7, 2020

Move over Junie B. Jones, here comes Dory! She has a BIG personality and an imagination to match. It’s tough being the baby of the family. Her sister and brother won’t play with her, everyone ignores her important questions and there are monsters living all over the house—like scary Mrs. Gobble Gracker. With the help of her imaginary friends, can Dory face the truth and finally get the one thing she wants most?

Recommendation: Ages ​4+

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
714-708-5555

Chance Theater presents: Billy Elliot
June 19 - July 19, 2020

Set to what the New York Post called Elton John’s “best score yet,” and named “Broadway Musical of the Decade” by TIME Magazine, this joyous show is about a motherless boy in a small, poverty-stricken mining town who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and fights against social pressure and stereotypes to achieve his dream of becoming a dancer.

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

Tickets go on sale April 10th. Special discount for OrangeCounty.net viewers - use "THATCHER20" for 20% off!

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

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Chance Theater presents: Fancy Nancy, The Musical
October 2-25, 2020

This TYA favorite returns to the Chance for the fifth time. Bring the family and watch as Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel get ready to perform in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?

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

Special discount for OrangeCounty.net viewers - use "MERMAID20" for 20% off!

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

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Cabrillo Playhouse presents: Gunmetal Blues
June 5-28, 2020

Sam Galahad, private eye, sits in the Red Eye Lounge, “one of those bars in one of those hotels out by an airport.” The Red Eye is presided over by piano player Buddy Toupee. Sam’s a typical gumshoe. You know the type: he drinks too much and reveals too little, but is always a sucker for a pretty blonde. That blonde shows up in the person of Laura Vesper, who wants him to find the missing daughter of millionaire Adrian Wasp. Fans of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane – or the films they inspired – will be most amused by this affectionate but comic musical homage to the hard-boiled genre.

LOCATION:
202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

INFORMATION:
(949) 492-0465

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