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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

SunDay FunDay - DIY Succulent Pumpkin Workshop - Tustin
Sunday, November 17, 2019
2-4 pm

Succulent Pumpkin Design Class plue Brewery Tour + Beer!

Have a Blast with Drafts and Crafts! Learn how to create these beautiful tiger pumpkins just in time for Thanksgiving! Ticket Cost: $47per person -- includes DIY Workshop, Brewery Tour, Flight of Beer, and Take Away Arrangement!

LOCATION:
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room
15501 Red Hill Ave
Tustin, CA

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
December 7, 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

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Dance

Casa Kinetic Nutcracker
December 12-13, 2019
7-8 pm

Performed in full by Orange County Ballet Theater (OCBT), this holiday classic features choreography tailored to the Casa’s intimate and cozy Main Salon.

OCBT’s home is with the award winning Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy (DKCBA) which has grown to offer dance training from pre-ballet to professional level (ballet) as well as modern, tap, jazz, contemporary, character and lyrical genres.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 498-2139

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Music

Casa Classic Series: Elixir Piano Trio - San Clemente
November 14, 2019
7 pm

Winners of the Most Distinguished Musicians Award from the prestigious IBLA International Competition in Italy, Elixir Piano Trio is known for their unique and exciting interpretations of works by contemporary composers. The Los Angeles-based ensemble, formed in 2004, dazzles audiences with their energy and sensitivity, injecting both traditional and modern repertoire with classical, folk, and jazz influences. The group has performed throughout Europe, Mexico and the United States.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 498-2139

Annual Handel's Messiah community sing-along - Yorba Linda
Sunday, November 24, 2019
11 am

The audience is invited to sing along with the Master Chorus and Orchestra in the favorite Messiah choruses. Singers may bring their own music scores or borrow one (limited number). Baroque 18th century costumes are encouraged.

Parking and admission is free, but donations are encouraged so that we can continue this tradition.

LOCATION:
The Richard Nixon Library & Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd
Yorba Linda, CA

INFORMATION:
714-349-2581

Handel's Messiah
December 8, 2019
3 pm

It's hard to image a holiday season without "Messiah," the most famous oratorio in the world. Through some of the most beautiful music ever written, "Messiah" conveys a message of hope to everyone who hears it, year after year after year. Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah" chorus.

LOCATION:
Orange County Performing Arts Center - Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

Casa Cinema: Singing in the Rain - San Clemente
November 19, 2019
6 pm

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) is an American film starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. One of the most successful musicals ever filmed, the plot follows film stars making the transition from silent films to “talkies” with romance, drama, and a whole lot of comedic rhythm!

$5 entrance fee

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica - shown indoors in the main salon
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

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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

Holiday Home Tour and Gift Boutique - Tustin/ Santa Ana
November 22, 2019
10 am - 5 pm

A tour of three beautiful homes and a garden tour of a neighboring home. All the homes are decorated for the holidays and feature fantastic views and fabulous landscaping. Lunch is included in ticket price and served at the Clifton Miller Community Center, where guests can view and purchase special items from over 30 vendors.

LOCATION:
The boutique will be held at Clifton Miller Community Center 300 Centennial Way Tustin, CA. Location of homes on the tour will be on Home Tour ticket

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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 - Dimensions of Form: Tamayo and Mixografia
September 21, 2019 - January 19, 2020

Dimensions of Form: Tamayo and Mixografia addresses the artistic legacy of modern master Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991). Fifty prints on loan from Mixografía® in Los Angeles depicting silhouetted figures, celestial bodies and the feathered serpent-god Quetzalcoatl will illustrate the “fourth great one’s” last artistic collaborative expedition to add form to a typically flat medium.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

UCI Illuminations presents: Public Reading by David Henry Hwang - Irvine
Thursday, November 14, 2019
5 pm

David Henry Hwang is one of the most influential American playwrights working in the theater today. His works include M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and Soft Power.

The public talk of David Henry Hwang will follow a brief “prologue” performed by Theatre Woks, UCI’s Asian American theatre group. The prologue and talk will begin at 5pm at Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center.

In addition to David Henry Hwang’s public talk, UCI is delighted to feature an afternoon symposium on his work, The Worlds of David Henry Hwang, featuring Esther Kim Lee (Duke University, Theater Studies), Asian American theatre scholar and author of The Theatre of David Henry Hwang, Daphne Lei (UCI Drama), and Julia Lee (UCI Asian American Studies). The symposium is from 1pm to 3pm., Aliso Beach A, UCI Student Center. Register Here

LOCATION:
Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center
4113 Pereira Dr
Irvine, CA 92697

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: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
November 8, 2019 - November 24, 2019

From the moment he wakes up with gum in his hair, to his broken nightlight at bedtime, things just do not go Alexander’s way. Throw in a trip to the dentist, a copy machine mishap and lima beans for dinner, and it’s no wonder he wants to move to Australia! This delightful musical version of the popular book can turn around any bad day and put a smile on even the crabbiest of faces.

Recommendation: Age ​4 and above.

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
714-708-5555

Chance Theater presents: Anne of Green Gables
November 29 - December 29, 2019

Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables, and now the musical adaptation of the beloved book hits the stage at Chance Theater. The Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy, but receive, instead, a red-haired, wide-eyed orphan girl. Though clever young Anne Shirley has a penchant for getting into trouble, she works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island. It’s a heartwarming story for the whole family.

Recommendation: Wonderful for the entire family, ages 4 and up.

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

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Tickets and Information at www.ChanceTheater.com/Anne

20% off tickets. Limited availability. Use code "CARROTS20"

A Christmas Carol
November ​​​30 - December ​​24, 201​9

Hal Landon Jr.'s Farewell Performance as Scrooge! Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. After 40 years, Hal Landon Jr. will be hanging up his top hat. It's the end of an era, but the tradition will continue. Don't miss Hal's final "Bah Humbug!"

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory

INFORMATION:
(714) 708-5555

Chance Theater presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas
December 6-29, 2019

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new stage adaptation! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a present the whole family can enjoy! Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story, this holiday treat features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, as well as beloved holiday carols performed by the Peanuts characters. There’s no better way to discover the magic of the season!

Recommendation: Wonderful for the entire family, ages 4 and up.

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

20% off tickets. Limited availability. Use code "FOOTBALL20"

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

A Cornerstone Theater Company presents: What Happens Next - Irvine
Monday, November 18, 2019
6:30pm

In What Happens Next, Bonnie, an idealistic but inexperienced acting teacher, finds herself paired with a group of veterans as part of a drama therapy program. As she is confronted with the reality of her reluctant new students, Bonnie struggles to find a way to build trust and find common ground.

Written by award-winning playwright Naomi Iizuka and directed by Cornerstone’s Artistic Director Michael John Garcés, What happens Next was first performed in association with La Jolla Playhouse as part of their Beyond the Walls series at the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation in San Diego, for an audience of veterans, their families and the general public, and benefiting Operation Rebound.

LOCATION:
Winifred Smith Hall, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Building 710
Irvine, CA

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