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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
May 4, 2019
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

Balboa Island ArtWalk - Balboa
Sunday, May 19, 2019
9am-5pm

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island's summer season. This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day.

LOCATION:
Balboa Island, CA

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Dance

Casa Kinetic: Culture Shock: Los Angeles - San Clemente
April 26, 2019
7-8 pm

Culture Shock Los Angeles, established in 1994, is a non-profit Hip Hop dance organization dedicated to Dance Education, Community Outreach, Professional Entertainment, and the preservation of the Hip Hop culture. Their professional dance troupe for adults provides training, rehearsal and performance opportunities for dancers to express themselves as artists. Company members create challenging performance pieces but also utilize their talents to promote the Culture Shock vision of community outreach and awareness of critical social issues that affect the community to diverse audiences.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 498-2139

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg The Pygmalion Effect
May 24-26, 2019

Keeping with his signature tradition, Russian choreographer Boris Eifman takes inspiration from the Greek mythological tale of Pygmalion, a sculptor who became infatuated with his own life-like carving of a beautiful girl. For this American Premiere ballet, the role of the passionate sculptor is performed by a ballroom dancer, who “sculpts” a young girl into a brilliant dancer. For the first time, Eifman uses the music of “The Waltz King” Johann Strauss Jr. to underscore the spiritual and physical transformation of his heroine. This is a dance event of the season not to be missed!

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

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Music

Music of Queen - Costa Mesa
April 26-27, 2019
8 pm

Epic rock riffs and majestic symphonic strings will come together in perfect harmony as Pacific Symphony pays tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time. Joined by high energy band and vocalists Windborne, the Symphony performs hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and many more!

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

INFORMATION:
714-
556-2787

Doheny Blues Festival - Dana Point
May 18-19, 2019

The Annual Blues Festival is the true kick-off to summer with a weekend filled with music, lots of vendors and a International Food Court that features foods from around the world. Be sure you come down to Doheny State Beach and celebrate the beginning of summer with Orange County's Favorite and most anticipated annual summer festival!

LOCATION:
Doheny State Beach
Dana Point

Ticket Sales & info: (949) 360-7800

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

Newport Beach Film Festival - Newport Beach
April 25 – May 2, 2019

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 300 features and short films and welcoming over 500 filmmakers and 50,000 film fans to Orange County.

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

CONTACT:
949-253-2880

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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

Rose Garden Tour - Laguna Niguel & Portola Hills
Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain (RSSM) sponsors Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tours of four unique and innovative private gardens in south Orange County.

The self guided tour offers visitors magnificent floral and plant displays, garden architecture and ideas for environmentally sound garden practices. RSSM funds Horticulture and Plant Science-related scholarships for college and university students

INFORMATION:
949-837-2141.

Open Garden Day - Santa AnaSaturday, Saturday, May 11, 2019
10 am - 4 pm

Experience the inviting neighborhoods of West Floral Park and Jack Fisher Park in North Santa Ana. You are invited to stroll through our variety of gardens throughout the day. Tranquil spaces, unique planting ideas and inspiring yard designs are open for your viewing. This one day community event offers an array of activities: lovely gardens to tour, water-wise front yard sidewalk tour, garden expert talks & demonstrations, vintage cars to peruse, a street full of vendors selling unique garden treasures, and gourmet food trucks with plenty of tasty treats. This year marks our 10th Annual Open Garden Day and it is sure to be the best one yet.

$15 Presale Tickets/Person.
Presale tickets can be purchased online at www.opengardenday.com

LOCATION:
Neighborhoods of West Floral Park and Jack Fisher Park in North Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
714-836-9777

Weekend Garden Tours at the Nixon Library
May - September, 2019

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 - Guo Pei: Couture Beyond
March 9 - July 14, 2019

Coming this spring to the Bowers Museum in its west coast premiere: Guo Pei: Couture Beyond. This exhibition showcases the iconic work of world renowned couturière designer Guo Pei. Featuring more than 40 breathtaking pieces from her most bold runway shows, the masterpieces on view underline the artist’s impact on the fashion world and beyond. For over 20 years Guo Pei has been dressing celebrities, royalty and politicians from around the globe who turn to her for show-stopping creations.

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 - 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: Poor Yella Rednecks
March 30 - April 27, 201​9

In the award-winning Vietgone, Qui Nguyen recounted his parents’ hot and hilarious courtship in a Vietnamese refugee camp in 1975. Now, six years later, Tong and Quang are building new lives in a foreign land called Arkansas. But marriage is hard​—especially when she’s having doubts and his first one isn’t over yet. One family’s history makes for a raucously funny, deeply moving take on the immigrant story, told with hip-hop style.

Recommendation: High school and above. Contains adult language, smoking and a recap of Vietgone.

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

Chance Theater Family Series presents: Skylight
April 19 - May 19, 2019

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

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

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: The Addams Family Musical - San Juan Capistrano
May 24 - June 9, 2019

A kooky, spooky, ooky, musical based on Charles Addams' original macabre cartoons that features the whole charmingly creepy clan

The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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