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Art Events, Exhibits & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
March 4, 2023
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

Family Art Festival - Buena Park
March 11, 2023

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Family Art Fest provides a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to enjoy a day discovering the arts together. Hands-on art activities for all ages, live entertainment, and much more provides a delightful celebration of the rich cultural traditions that thrive in our own backyards!

Free event, but a special session of Palettes in the Park will be held at this event for $25

Location:
Smith-Murphy Park
5290 Cameron Drive
Buena Park, Ca

INFORMATION:
(714)562-3860

Weekend of Art - Los Alamitos
March 17-18, 2023

A 2 day visual and performing arts exhibition. Local artists to join us by submitting one to three works of art in the exhibition. Saturday will also include an arts & crafts vendor fair. We encourage all artists to participate in the exhibition as well as a vendor in the arts & crafts fair.

LOCATION:
Los Alamitos Community Center
10911 Oak St
Los Alamitos, CA

Art in the Park - Garden Grove
Saturday, March 18, 2023
11 am - 2 pm

The free event will feature the GGUSD’s First Impressions Student Art Gallery, showcasing the artistic talents of K-12th grade students. Other curated activities include do-it-yourself crafts; live art demonstrations; temporary art installations; and local food vendors.

LOCATION:
Village Green
12732 Main Street
Garden Grove, CA

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Dance

Ballet Romantica with the City Ballet of San Diego - San Clemente
February 17, 2023
7-8 pm

The beauty of ballet from the Romantic era and the birth of pointe work gives the illusion of weightlessness. This special commission includes one of the most famous of all Romantic Era ballets – Jules Perrot’s Pas de Quatre – and other famous duets from the Romantic Era, including the pas de deux from Coppélia and Giselle.

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

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Music

Valentine's Day with The Righteous Brothers - Costa Mesa
February 10-11, 2023
8:00 pm

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo The Righteous Brothers topped the charts for four decades. Now, Bill Medley joins forces with one of the most versatile vocalists in America, Bucky Heard, to bring The Righteous Brothers back to the stage. The Righteous Brothers concert experience features a string of their biggest top-ten hits, including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’" (the most played song in radio history), “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven,” Medley’s Grammy-winning Dirty Dancing theme “The Time of My Life” and much more.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 755-5799

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Film & Cinema

Casa Cinema: Pride & Prejudice (2005) - San Clemente
February 14, 2023
6-8 pm

Enjoy a romantic movie night in Casa Romantica’s historic Main Salon theater with this romantic film based on Jane Austen’s 1831 novel of the same name. Follow the turbulent relationship between Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy as they overcome their sins of Pride and Prejudice.

BONUS: Purchase a $30 add-on that includes chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of Prosecco.

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

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Historical Tours & Programs

Downtown Santa Ana Historic Architecture Tour - Santa Ana
Saturday, June 4, 2022 - check back for next date

Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA), the county seat since 1889, is probably more reminiscent of a classic downtown than any historic downtown in Orange County.

Join Preserve Orange County with one of their experienced tour guides for a 2 1/2 hour cultural experience. See the banks, courthouses, stores, churches, fraternal halls, and office buildings on a walking tour of this district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about active historic preservation issues in Santa Ana concerning buildings such as First American and the YMCA.

Preserve Orange County member: $12 Non-member: $15. Click link abover to purchase tickets

LOCATION:
Old Orange County Courthouse
211 West Santa Ana Boulevard
Santa Ana, CA 92701

San Juan Capistrano Walking Tour - San Juan Capistrano
Saturdays
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 Historical Society gives tours every Saturday at 1:00 pm starting at the train depot. Tours last about 45 minutes and include the Society’s own collection of historic structures as well as other homes in the Los Rios District. As the oldest, continuously inhabited street in California, Los Rios Street is a charming neighborhood with a colorful history.

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

Make It, Take It – Gifts from the Kitchen: Escabeche - Costa Mesa
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - check back for next event
10 a.m.-noon

RSVP online by May 18

This class will bring you up to date on the latest canning process recommendations, teach you how to process your food safely and tell you why you are doing it that way. You will learn what equipment is needed and proper storage methods. A recipe to make escabeche – a simple but zesty combination of crunchy pickled vegetables that is often served with Mexican cuisine – will be taught and prepared in class for participants to take home.

LOCATION:
Centennial Farm, OC Fair & Event Center
Costa Mesa

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Current Museum Exhibits

Bowers Museum Exhibit - Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy
Ongoing Exhibit

Curated by scholars of Chinese history and culture from the Shanghai Museum, this incredible collection portrays the evolution of Chinese art and culture. Journey back through 5000 years of Chinese history and follow the efflorescence of arts throughout one of the world's oldest living civilizations. From large painted ceramic pots used during the Neolithic period, to sculptures of camels and horses made at the height of the Silk Road, to beautiful embroidered silk court robes and ivory carvings from the 19th century, this exhibition presents the importance of fine art made to be admired during life and depended on in the afterlife.

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 Visionaries: 2022/2023 Lecture Series: Blast Off! An Art Lover’s Odyssey
- check back for next dates

Check back for summer information!

The spring session will serve as an exciting tour of museums both far and near as well as provide important insights that will illuminate future museum visits.

LOCATION:
South Coast Plaza Village
1661 W. Sunflower Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Performances

South Coast Repertory presents: Appropriate - Costa Mesa
January 28 - February 26, 2023

Arkansas, present day. The estranged members of the Lafayette family gather at their late father’s crumbling plantation to prepare for the estate sale—and bury the hatchet. But decades of resentment have a way of bubbling to the surface, and a shocking discovery in the piles of clutter sends them spiraling as they confront repressed histories, regrets and each other. Winner of the Obie Award for Best American Play, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ crackling comedic drama is called “subversively original…remarkable and devious” by The New York Times.

Recommendation: Ages 16+ for strong language and sexual themes.

Voices of America Two plays—The Little Foxes and Appropriate-—alternating nightly, with one set, two directors, overlapping casts and unlimited firepower!

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Phone: (714) 708-5555

South Coast Repertory presents: Little Foxes - Costa Mesa
January 29 - February 26, 2023

Alabama, 1900. Ben and Oscar Hubbard stand to earn millions by funding an industrialized cotton mill. But first they’ll need their calculating sister, Regina, to secure the seed money from her dying husband. When he refuses, the siblings stop at nothing to satisfy their own ambitions and keep the wealth in the family. It is Regina, however, with razor-sharp intellect and diabolical gentility, who is the most ruthless. Ferocious and funny, this celebrated classic takes an absorbing look at all sides of the American Dream.

Recommendation: Ages 14+

Voices of America Two plays—The Little Foxes and Appropriate-—alternating nightly, with one set, two directors, overlapping casts and unlimited firepower!

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Phone: (714) 708-5555

Chance Theater presents: Colonialism is Terrible, But Phở is Delicious
March 31, 2023 — April 30, 2023

This biting comedy spans centuries, continents, and cultures in its three-part vignette structure. Beginning in 1880s Hanoi, the capital city of French Indochina, where a Vietnamese cook finds herself in the kitchen of aristocratic French settlers. Then in 1999, a century later, in Vietnam, where American diners get their first taste of the local cuisine. Then finally, in present-day, gentrifying Brooklyn, where the simmering argument around culture, ownership, and authenticity comes to a roaring boil.

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

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

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'Strangers on a Train' - San Juan Capistrano
February 3 – 19, 2023

Guy Haines and Charles Bruno meet on a train and, because they are strangers, they think they can say anything while chatting. Bruno suggests that they could get away with murder-he could kill Guy’s unfaithful wife while Guy could eliminate his hated father. Guy does not take him seriously, but Bruno is deadly serious. The basis of the thriller classic film by Alfred Hitchcock.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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