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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
June 28 - September 1, 2019

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 6, 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

Festival of Arts
Laguna Beach

July 5 – August 31, 2019

Come discover the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach- a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. A world-renowned art destination, visitors can take tours of the exhibit, catch an art demonstration, dine at one of the on-site restaurants, create their own masterpiece, or simply sit back and enjoy the creative atmosphere. Weekends are jam-packed with live music and special events providing entertainment for all.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
800-487-3378

Pageant of the Masters
Laguna Beach
July 7 – August 31, 2019

This summer, the Pageant of the Masters celebrates 85 years of living pictures in Laguna Beach. This iconic, long-running Orange County tradition combines art-fully costumed people, extravagant sets and theatrical illusion to re-create famous works of art on stage. In the 2018 production, “Under the Sun,” the Pageant will honor Laguna’s own and other artistic pioneers from around the world who left their studios in search of new inspiration.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
800-487-3378

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Dance

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: Home 12th Annual Gala Of The Stars 12th Annual Gala Of The Stars
August 16, 2019
7 pm

The annual “Gala of the Stars” is a unique event that boasts an incredible roster of guest artists from internationally-acclaimed ballet companies. The professional talent is complemented by local and international young artists who have been selected as standout performers by visiting artistic directors of the Southland Ballet Academy International Summer Intensive and the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. The often sold-out performance is a rare opportunity for Orange County audiences to see dancers from different companies in one evening that celebrates the art and passion of ballet.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

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Music

Dayren Santamaria and Made in Cuba - Newport Beach
June 23, 2019
4 pm to 8 pm

The California Jazz Foundation’s Orange County Steering Committee is holding its second fundraiser event, with music by Dayren Santamaria and her Made in Cuba, on June 23rd.

Well-schooled in styles spanning classical music, jazz, R&B, salsa, and Cuban folkloric music, Dayren has earned praise from appreciative fans for her passionate renditions of works on both acoustic and electric violin. Tickets $35 Donation per person - see website for information on purchasing tickets.

LOCATION:
Campus Jax
3950 Campus Dr.
Newport Beach CA 92660

Baroque Music Festival - Corona del Mar
June 23-30, 2019

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

3rd Degree Blues Band - San Clemente
July 11, 2019
7 pm

Experience fantastic live music under the stars at south Orange County’s most charming historic landmark! Casa Romantica’s Casa Cool series features musical breakout stars and crowd favorites outdoors in the Casa Courtyard. Reserve a table for 4 and receive a complimentary bottle of wine with prime, center-stage seating. Open seating/lawn tickets are also available.

3rd Degree Blues plays blues music mixed with soul, Dixieland, jazz, and even rock and roll. Its 6-piece lineup has been performing all over Southern California for nearly 25 years.

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

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: Pillow Talk - San Clemente
August 18, 2019
8 pm

Pillow Talk is a 1959 Oscar-winning romantic comedy directed by Michael Gordon. It features Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter, and Nick Adams. The film tells the story of Han Marrow (Day), an interior decorator and Brad Allen (Hudson), a womanizing composer/bachelor, both of whom share a telephone party line. When Jan unsuccessfully files a complaint on him for constantly using the line to woo his conquests, Brad decides to take a chance on Jan by masquerading as a Texas rancher, resulting in the two falling in love. It does not stop there, when Jan’s client Jonathan, who is a mutual friend of Brad, finds out about the two of them and stirs up a love triangle.

*Movie night under the stars in the courtyard. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and low chairs.*

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica - shown outdoors in the historic Casa Courtyard.
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 Workshops & Tours

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

Chance Theater presents: Ragtime
June 28 - July 28, 2019

Famous historical characters and a rich score propel Ragtime through a spectacular re-creation of turn-of-the-20th-century New York. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel, this 13-time Tony-nominated musical paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of three people — a stifled married woman from the upper classes, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young musician from Harlem — whose fates become unexpectedly intertwined. With music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the show boasts a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally and such memorable songs as “Getting Ready Rag,” “Wheels of a Dream,” “Till We Reach That Day” and “Make Them Hear You.”

Recommendation: Ages 13 and up. Contains mature themes and strong language

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

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

Laguna Playhouse presents: Mamma Mia!
July 5-28, 2019

Get swept away by the infectious music, uplifting story, and dazzling dance numbers that have made Mamma Mia! a worldwide phenomenon. As wedding festivities commence on an idyllic Greek island, a young bride-to-be schemes to discover the identity of her father among three men from her mother’s past. With so many of ABBA’s timeless hits, including “Dancing Queen.” “Take a Chance,” “Money, Money, Money,” and “SOS,” this story of love and friendship, is an unforgettable musical experience that will leave you dancing in the aisles!

LOCATION:
Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

INFORMATION:
Box Office (949) 497-ARTS (2787)

Chance Theater presents: The Vandal
September 20 - October 20, 2019
Tickets on sale starting June 28, 2019

Strangers, a woman and a boy, on a cold road at night, next to a cemetery, waiting for a bus. The bus is late. The woman sinks into herself, her coat hanging crooked, too thin for this cold night. Things couldn’t be worse. She has some ominous connection with the nearby hospital. She’s unresponsive to the fast-talking teenager who works to engage her with everything from philosophical riffs to brash seduction. Neither knows what this night holds in store. Hamish Linklater’s funny, and ultimately spooky debut play explores life, death, and Doritos as these two characters cling to a temporary escape from loneliness.

Recommendation: Ages 13 and up. Contains adult language.

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

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

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: The Graduate - San Juan Capistrano
June 14-30, 2019

Benjamin Braddock has just finished college, and, back at his parents' house, he's trying to avoid the one question everyone keeps asking: "what do you want to do with your life?" An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by Mrs. Robinson, a bored housewife and friend of his parents. But what begins as a fun tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman Mrs. Robinson demanded he stay away from: her daughter, Elaine. Based on the film.

Please note: THE GRADUATE contains adult life situations, strong language and suggested nudity. Content not appropriate for children under 13.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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