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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational - Laguna Beach
October 5-13, 2019

The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational will be held in Laguna Beach, a famous seaside community and historic artist colony. North America's most renowned, plein air landscape painters will compete for prestigious prizes and participate for the week of events including public paint outs and artist meet and greets.

Festival of Arts Grounds
Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
November 2, 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.


Annual Arts & Crafts Bonanza - Laguna Woods
November 2-3, 2019
9 am

If you’re an arts and crafts aficionado, you’ll love Bonanza! Laguna Woods Village’s talented artists and craftsmen present an extensive collection of works for purchase. Browse a unique array of gifts, home décor, wall art, jewelry, accessories and more crafted from ceramic, porcelain, wood, glass, fabric, yarn and precious metals, and oil, acrylic and watercolor paints.

Nonresidents, guests welcome. Event will also have live music, food for purchase and complimentary beer/wine while supplies last.

Offsite parking and complimentary shuttle service at the
Laguna Woods Village Maintenance Center
23081 Via Campo Verde
Laguna Woods, CA

For more information call 949-597-4291

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra - La Bayadère
October 16-20, 2019
7 pm

Amid the sweeping vistas and grand temples of mystical India, Petipa's great Russian classic is a glorious epic of eternal love and godly revenge. La Bayadère offers tour de force performances by the Mariinsky's legendary ballet stars as the tale's doomed temple dancer Nikiya, the warrior who betrays her, Solor, and her archrival, Gamzatti. But nothing will prepare you for the spellbinding "Kingdom of the Shades," a showcase for the corps de ballet in gossamer white tutus, floating in perfect synchronicity across the stage, as sublime as angels arriving from heaven.

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

(714) 556-2787

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Pacific Symphony presents: An Evening with Stephen Sondheim & Andrew Lloyd Webber - Costa Mesa
November 1-2, 2019
8 pm

An opening night celebrating two Broadway legends! “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Gypsy” and much more!

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

Jazz Nights at Envy Lounge - Newport Beach
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.

Envy Lounge
4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA

Reserve a cabana for a Jazz Night party with up to 15 friends at: 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

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
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.

Meet your guide at the railroad depot platform on Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano

(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.

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.

Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705


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.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(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

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.

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: 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.

20% off tickets. Limited availability. Use code "WOMAN20"

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

Tickets and Information at

Laguna Playhouse presents: "Yoga Play"
September 25 - October 13, 2019

At the top of their game, yoga apparel giant Jojomon is hit with a terrible scandal that sends them into freefall. Desperate to recover their earnings and reputation, newly hired CEO Joan stakes everything on an unlikely plan. Yoga Play lovingly and hysterically highlights the intersection between spirituality, commerce and comedy.

This production includes some adult language. Recommended for audiences 12 and older.

Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

Box Office (949) 497-ARTS (2787)

SCR Presents: The Canadians
September 29 - October ​20, 2019

Life is good in Port Alison, Manitoba—Thursday night hockey, beers at The Peg, nice people. But lately Gordy’s interests lean more toward The Magic Flute and pottery classes. When his pal, Brendan, is gifted two all-expense paid tickets on a gay cruise, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime—to experience life far from Canada! In this quick-change comedy where five actors play a ship-load of characters, small chances might lead to big changes. But can Gordy step out of his comfort zone?

Recommendation: High school and above. Contains adult language​, sexuality and strobe lighting effects.

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa


Chance Theater presents: Goosebumps
October 4-27, 2019

Brooke and Zeke are thrilled to learn that they’ve won the starring roles in the new school musical — a mysterious production called The Phantom. But when strange, seemingly supernatural events begin interrupting rehearsals, the friends begin to wonder whether the show they’re acting in might be cursed. In the slightly spooky, family-friendly world of Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, Brooke and Zeke must race to find out whether they’re being haunted by ghosts or hoodwinked by pranksters.

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

20% off tickets. Limited availability. Use code "ZEKE20"

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

Tickets and Information at

SCR Presents: Aubergine
October 1​9 - November 16, 2019

Sometimes a meal is more than just food. A man shares a bowl of berries and a young woman falls in love. A mother meticulously prepares her son’s favorite dish to keep him from leaving home. And a Korean-American son cooks soup for his ailing father to say what words cannot. The perfect bite transcends time and cultural differences in this poetic tale of love, loss and healing by the author of The Language Archive and Office Hour.

Recommendation: Age 1​4 and above. Contains adult ​language.

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa


UCI Illuminations presents: Patience Agbabi - Irvine
Thursday, October 24, 2019
5-6:15 pm

Public conversation with Jane O. Newman followed by a performance based on Agbabi's work with asylum seekers.

Patience Agbabi is a British poet and performer. Agbabi began performing on the London club circuit in 1995. As Canterbury Laureate from July 2009 to December 2010, Agbabi developed a full-length poetry collection based on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and her 2014 Telling Tales mines Chaucer for a twenty-first century take on the characters, its poetry, and its performance elements.

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, Medieval Devysings, The Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, International Center for Writing and Translation, Humanities Core, the UCI Shakespeare Center, International Studies, and Illuminations.

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

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: Agatha Christie's: Murder on the Nile - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday & Sunday Nights
September 20 - October 12, 2019

It’s the 1940s. Kay Ridgeway is cruising on the River Nile on the paddle steamer Lotus. Kay has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare.

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

(949) 489-8082

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