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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Open Casa: Virtual Exhibition: Christine Nguyen, Installation Artist
December 1, 2020 - April 11, 2021

Experience our virtual exhibition by installation artist Christine Nguyen!

Christine Nguyen’s work draws upon the imagery of nature, the sciences, and the cosmos but it is not limited to a conventional reading of these realms. It imagines that the depths of the ocean reach into outer space, that through an organic prism, vision can fluctuate between the micro- and macroscopic.

Brought to you by:
Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
May 1, 2021
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

UCI Claire Tevor Presents: Dance Escape 2021 - Online
April 15-17, 2021

M.F.A. candidates in the Department of Dance present a series of screen dances from modern to jazz and ballet, highlighting the graduate and undergraduate dancers in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

LOCATION:
Online
Presented by Claire Trevor School of the Arts in Irvine

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Music

Muck Annual Jazz Fest
May 13 - June 17, 2021

Eclectic, cutting-edge, and contemporary—The Muck’s Jazz Festival returns in Spring of 2021 with new energy.

Ticket Information: $150/Jazz season pass; $35/performance

LOCATION:
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833

Pacific Symphony presents: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
July 15, 2021
8:15 pm

Spend a special evening with the original Jersey Boy, backed by the Hollywood sound of Pacific Symphony. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are all the rage all over again.

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
program currently postponed - check back for next program

 

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
Check back for this year's event

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
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, June 4, 2021
8 pm

Join Chance Theater 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

Friday, June 4th Cyber Chat -The Story of My Life
The Story of My Life is a profoundly funny and deeply moving musical about lifelong best friends, Thomas and Alvin. As time tests the bonds of friendship, best-selling author Thomas calls on the only resource he has — his stories of Alvin — to better understand the best friend that got away. Please note: This show contains mild profanity and some mature themes.

Watch the show on your own and then join us for the Chance Cyber Chat.

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

Orange County Museum of Art - Virtual Programs
check back for next event

We ZOOM Your Room!

Call in via Zoom to participate in an interactive performance that lampoons infomercials and results in a new Zoom background created for you live during your call. RSVP required, space is limited.

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

South Coast Repertory SCRemote presents: Red Riding Hood - online
Available to stream April 21- June 13, 2021

Power up your devices—this theatre classic is getting an immersive, cinematic twist your family will love. Red still journeys through the woods to Grand-Mama’s house and the Wolf still has devious dinner plans. But this Red is brave and strong, with plenty of clever tricks up her sleeve. And when two actors take on all the roles in this new digital format, anything can happen! Who could be better at bringing this fast and funny tale into your home than stage and TV director Shannon Flynn, an Emmy Award​-winner for "Sesame Street"?

Recommendation: Age 4​+

LOCATION:
Brought to you by South Coast Repertory
Costa Mesa, CA

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

Casa Theater: Romeo & Juliet - San Clemente
April 29-30, 2021
7 pm

Casa Romantica, in collaboration with the Southern California Shakespeare Festival Guild, presents Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Staged outdoors in Casa Romantica’s Coastal Amphitheater, guests will be transported to fair Verona where they will find two families, tales of revenge, and of course, two star-crossed lovers.

Tickets: $35-$40. Student tickets are available for $12 using the code STUDENT21

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

Chance Theater presents: The Story of My Life
April 30 - June 6, 2021

To kick off Season 23, the Chance presents the Orange County premiere of the Drama Desk Award-nominated musical that is a soaring tribute to the power of friendship and the people who change our lives forever. The Story of My Life is a profoundly funny and deeply moving musical about lifelong best friends, Thomas and Alvin. As time tests the bonds of friendship, best-selling author Thomas calls on the only resource he has — his stories of Alvin — to better understand the best friend that got away.

Please note: This show contains mild profanity and some mature themes.

LOCATION:
Chance Theater
@ Bette Aitken theater arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Phone: (888) 455-4212

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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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