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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
June 29 - September 2, 2018

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

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
July 7, 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

Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
July 7 – September 1, 2018

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants ("living pictures"), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-1145

Casa Coastal: The Art of Baja California - San Clemente
July 15, 2018
6 pm

Join us for the opening reception of Casa Coastal: The Art of Baja California on Friday, June 15 @ 6 PM! Admission to the opening reception is FREE to the public and includes live music and entertainment, family-fun activities, artist meet-and-greet time, sunset tours of Casa Romantica, and access to a food + beverage pop-up cafe with regional fare cooked by award-winning chefs.

Casa Coastal: The Art of Baja California is on view from June 15 – August 25 and is free with general admission to Casa Romantica ($5).

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

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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

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Music

Baroque Music Festival - Corona del Mar
June 17-24, 2018

Founded in 1981, our yearly Festival presents five concerts over eight days in late June. This Festival provides astounding wealth and diversity of the Baroque era in a wide variety of ways. Large-scale works, with and without singers, are offered during Sunday concerts, while three mid-week programs give the opportunity to enjoy solo recitals and chamber music, all performed by the finest musicians in the historically informed Baroque field

LOCATION:
Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
3233 Pacific View Drive
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Day of Music - Fullerton
June 21, 2018

Day of Music Fullerton is a unique festival of 150+ FREE concerts in in over 40 venues throughout the city of Fullerton, California, on June 21st, during the Summer Solstice. DoMF takes place simultaneously with similar festivities, currently in more than 700 cities globally in alliance with the internationally renowned Fête de la Musique — the music festival heard around the world!

LOCATION:
Multiple venues throughout the city

Romancing the West - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:00 pm

A Musical & Visual Journey Through Time

Romancing the West® is the critically acclaimed time-traveling documentary concert taking audiences on a 240-year journey through the American West, telling the epic story of Western Expansionism with rare historic photographs, film, and original music. The two-hour show spans decades, from the Native tribes and the free trappers to the Spanish Missions and Gold Rush, the Indian Wars, through the industrial revolution and the Great Depression, World Wars and The Sixties to the present day.

Tickets $30.00 per person, cabaret table $40.00.

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

INFORMATION:
Tickets

Pacific Symphony: Music of Chicago
July 4, 2018
8 pm

Celebrate the Fourth with the music of Chicago, known as the “rock and roll band with horns.” With hits like “You’re the Inspiration,” "25 or 6 to 4," “If You Leave Me Now,” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” you’ll be swept away by the melodies that make this band such a beloved classic. To cap off the evening, sing along to your favorite patriotic tunes as we salute our armed forces and thrill to a sizzling fireworks show. And this year, parking is free!

LOCATION:
Pacific Amphitheatre @ the OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, California

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

Cinema Italiano: Cinema Paradiso (1988, 124 min)
July 15, 2018
12:30 pm

Cinema Paradiso is a drama written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Starring Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, Leopoldo Trieste, Marco Leonardi, Agnese Nano and Salvatore Cascio, it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards. The film follows a movie director, Salvatore, as he looks back on his life in rural Italy and remembers the man who changed it forever.

Tickets: Free for Members | General $12

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 Workshops & Tours

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: American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
March 10, 2018 – June 3, 2018

Bowers Museum celebrates the life, political career, and extraordinary vision of one of the country’s most admired and most charismatic presidents. American Visionary captures the dramatic scope of Kennedy’s life through the presentation of over 70 photographs and is the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled.

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 - 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

Romancing the West - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:00 pm

Romancing the West® is the critically acclaimed time-traveling documentary concert taking audiences on a 240-year journey through the American West, telling the epic story of Western Expansionism with rare historic photographs, film, and original music. The two-hour show spans decades, from the Native tribes and the free trappers to the Spanish Missions and Gold Rush, the Indian Wars, through the industrial revolution and the Great Depression, World Wars and The Sixties to the present day.

Tickets $30.00 per person, cabaret table $40.00.

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

INFORMATION:
Tickets

Casa Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream - San Clemente
June 28 & 29, 2018
7 pm

The course of true love never runs smoothly in Shakespeare’s comical story of magic and romance. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by the Southern California Shakespeare Festival Guild, revisits an enduring tale with a striking new production.

This site-specific commission, directed by Sam Robinson, will take place throughout the historic Casa Romantica estate and gardens.

Tickets: $20 - $25

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

Chance Theater presents: Big Fish
June 29, 2018 — July 29, 2018

Adapted from Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s acclaimed film, and featuring spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family and The Wild Party), Big Fish is a fantastical musical that illustrates the larger-than-life anecdotes of Edward Bloom, a man nearing the end of his life. This fact has compelled his grown son Will to embark on an adventure of his own — to unravel his real dad from the myths of his tall tales. Filled with magic, love, luck, and crazy coincidences, this rollicking fantasy set in the American South is a tribute to the power of dreaming big.

Good for all ages

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

SCR presents: Sense and Sensibility
September 1-29, 2018

First production of the 2018/2019 season!

The Dashwood sisters—practical Elinor and impulsive Marianne—are of good social standing and marriageable age. When Father dies and their half-brother skimps on their inheritance, they are forced to leave their grand estate for a tiny, cold cottage. Just as life seems its bleakest, a handsome stranger arrives on horseback and the sisters are convinced their futures are secured. Follow Elinor and Marianne as they chase their dreams from Devonshire to London and back in this charming romantic classic.

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: The Pink Panther Strikes Again - San Juan Capistrano
July 13-29, 2018

The world's most unusual criminologist, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau fights for his life and for the future of all mankind in the most bizarre and dangerous caper of his brilliantly successful and utterly clumsy career. Paul Dreyfus holds the world at bay with the ultimate weapon, the Doomsday Machine. Dreyfus is out to get Clouseau and he threatens to vaporize continents if the nations of the world don't deliver Clouseau to him alive or, if at all possible, dead! Blissfully unaware that the army of deadly assassins is gunning for him, or that the beautiful girl who seeks him out is a Russian agent, Clouseau incredibly stumbles and slips by every attack. However, the world is running out of time because Dreyfus is running out of patience and it appears that Clouseau is finally running out of luck. Then he fires from the hip and hits our funny bone!

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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