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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Art Along the Coast - From San Clemene to Santa Ana
August 22 & 23, August 29 & 30, 2020

Art Along the Coast is a no-cost, self-guided tour where thirty-four South Orange County fine artists will be showcasing their craft and providing art lovers with exclusive access to their studios and exhibition venues. The public will be able drive the tour at their leisure to a total of fourteen locations from San Clemente through Santa Ana.

Visitors will experience a behind-the-scenes look into the creative work and exhibition spaces of these exceptional fine artists, and be given the chance to purchase new art not yet seen by the public. The participating artists were all juried into the eighty-five year old Laguna Beach Festival of Arts 2020 season, which has been canceled for the first time since WWII.

LOCATION:
Click above for a list of artists participation in the tour

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
September 5, 2020
First Saturday of the Month
7:00pm - 11:00pm.

During COVID-19, Artwalk is held on Facebook LIVE

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 - canceled. Please check back for new dates

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: Summer Replay - Online
August 13, August 27 & September 10, 2020

Free Bi-weekly Thursday Night Online Series

Summer Replay, a complimentary, four-concert virtual series, invites audiences to revisit Pacific Symphony performances of great masterworks featured in past seasons. The series host will be Eileen Jeanette, the Symphony’s senior vice-president of artistic planning. She welcomes audiences to each program and interviews special guests before each concert begins, including Music Director Carl St.Clair (July 30), pianist Orli Shaham (Aug. 13), Principal Bassoon Rose Corrigan (Aug. 27) and Principal Trumpet Barry Perkins (Sept. 10).

Virtual concerts can be viewed by signing in with an email address. Each program will be available on demand for 45 days after each performance premiere date.

Shaham Plays Mozart
August 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Symphonie Fantastique
August 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Tchaikovsky Spectacular
September 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

INFORMATION:
714-
556-2787

Jazz Nights at Envy Lounge - Newport Beach
Tuesdays - postponed
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: Online Film and Conversation
October 17, 2020
1:30 pm

The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (Film Streaming) + Conversation with Leslie & Don Iwerks

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Ub Iwerks is most-often remembered as the original animator who collaborated directly with Walt Disney, co-creating Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. But he was so much more - including Walt's ultimate inventor! Join us for a screening of The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story followed by a conversation with the film’s director Leslie Iwerks and Disney Legend Don Iwerks, the author of Walt Disney's Ultimate Inventor: The Genius of Ub Iwerks, as they talk about his work and enduring family legacy.

Ticketed Event: Member $5 | General $10 | Ticketholders will receive a private link to view the online presentation at 12:30 PM on the day of the program. Please note that the film will only be accessible for 24 hours.

LOCATION:
Online

INFORMATION:
714.567.3677

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Historical Tours & Programs

San Juan Capistrano Walking Tour - San Juan Capistrano
Sundays (postponed)
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 - Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan
Opens November 14, 2020 - museum temporarily closed during COVID 19 restrictions

Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan features works of incredible beauty and complexity by two of Taiwan’s premier living artists. Twenty-seven luminescent carvings by Huang Fu-Shou show jade’s full range of color: from emerald green to an almost pearlescent white. Fish springing from water, insects weightlessly clinging to blades of grass, and stone bending with litheness of fabric each push the boundaries of what is possible with the rigid medium.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Chance Theater Cyber Chats - Online
Friday, August 21, 2020
7:30 pm

Join Chance Theater this Friday, August 21st for our next CHANCE CYBER CHAT. The perfect chance to take a virtual theater trip together by watching performances online and then coming together on a video conference call to share experiences. Free Event

AUGUST 21st CYBER CHAT - HAMILTON
The filmed verstion of the smash Broadway hit combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming in an astounding blend of hip hop, jazz R&B and Broadway.

Watch the show on your own* and then join us for the Chance Cyber Chat on Friday, August 21st @ 8:00 p.m. (tech support @ 7:45 p.m.)

LOCATION:
Online - Presented by Chance Theater in Anaheim

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
* Please note: We are not watching the shows together as part of our Chance Cyber Chat. You will need to watch the performance online beforehand. For more information and to sign up, visit chancetheater.com/chance-cyber-chats

Casa Romantica: Poetry Workshop with Laura Miller - San Clemente
August 13, 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 - Virtual Programs
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Crafting + Craft Beer

Play with embossing techniques to create a specially-crafted metal hanging, in this art project led by teaching artist Elizabeth Cardenas. Pick up your art pack with supplies between Thursday, 8/6 - Thursday, 8/13 from Green Cheek Beer Co.

LOCATION:
Virtual program presented by South Coast Plaza Village
1661 W Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Peformances

SCR Community Presents: Masa
Online
August 17, 2020

A new online series of free readings, events, interviews and community-centered stories to engage Southern California with the power of live theatre during the COVID-19 pandemic. The series kicks off on Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m., with MASA, a live, online fiesta with readings of four short pieces relating to the historical and cultural importance of masa (corn meal).

MASA, curated and directed by Juliette Carrillo, includes selections from​ these works.

“The Gardens of Aztlan” (An Acto Hecho A Mano) by Luis Alfaro (from California Scenarios, a 2001 SCR-commissioned work)

“El Maiz” from Café Vida by Lisa Loomer

“Tejuino” from Tejuino by Amilcar Jauregui

The Path to Divadom, or How to Make Fat-free Tamales in G minor by Diane Rodriguez

LOCATION:
Online, presented by South Coast Repertory
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
The online reading of MASA is free, but RSVPs are required in order to receive the link to view the live event.

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

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Cabrillo Playhouse 2020 / 2021 season
Dates TBA

New season will feature The Light in the Piazza, A Nice Family Gathering, Tiny Beautiful Things, On Golden Pond, Sylvia, The Rocky Horror Show.

LOCATION:
202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

INFORMATION:
(949) 492-0465

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