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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Sawdust Winter Fantasy
Five Weekends: November 17 through December 16, 2018
open 10am-7pm

This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Includes live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy will become your family's holiday tradition.

LOCATION:
Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd

INFORMATION:
949-494-3030
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Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
January 5, 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

Ballet Etudes Presents The Nutcracker - Huntington Beach
December 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2018

The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Ballet Etudes, a non-profit youth ballet company. Free parking and wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, December 1st, at 7pm
Sunday, December 2nd, at 2pm
Saturday, December 8th, at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 9th, at 2pm

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach High School Historic Theater
1905 Main Street
Huntington Beach, California.

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
Tickets: $20-up
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Casa Kinetic: Nutcracker - San Clemente
December 6-7, 2018
7-8:30 pm

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with the Nutcracker ballet. This bestselling event, performed with panache by the Orange County Ballet Theater, is a must for the whole family.

The Casa Nutcracker features choreography tailored to Casa Romantica’s intimate Main Salon.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 498-2139

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: American Ballet Theatre Harlequinade
January 17-20, 2019

Audiences are in for a delightful treat with the West Coast Premiere of a rare gem created over a remarkable 18 months. ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky brings this comic treasure to life, inspired by Marius Petipa’s archival notes. In this full-length celebration of the Italian Commedia dell’ Arte, the love-struck Harlequin ardently pursues the captivating Columbine, whose father would prefer she marry a wealthy suitor. After madcap misadventures, love triumphs.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

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Music

Annual Holiday Wassail Concert
December 7 & 8, 2018
8 pm

A magnificent concert of holiday season favorites performed by the Chapman University Singers, University Choir and Women’s Choir along with music performed by The Chapman Orchestra.

LOCATION:
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

RESERVATIONS/TICKETS:
Tickets available online

Handel's Messiah
December 9, 2018
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

Casa Classic: The Orchestra Collective of Orange County - San Clemente
January 31, 2019
7-8 pm

The Orchestra Collective of Orange County is a group that embodies and embraces diversity of all kinds, while striving to produce one-of-a-kind musical events that thrill both longtime concert-goers and complete musical newcomers.

Dr. David Rentz, the music director of the Orchestra Collective of Orange County, will be conducting a group of musicians in our historic main salon for an unforgettable evening supporting classical arts. Tickets: $25 – $30.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 498-2139

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

Bowers Movie Night presents: Camelot (1967)
December 15, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Mordred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights. Based on Lerner and Loewe's broadway musical, relive the drama, romance, music and magic. Don't be shy and sing along!

Tickets: Member or with paid museum admission $9 | General $12

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

INFORMATION:
714.567.3677

Casa Cinema: Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid - San Clemente
January 22, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. The film is a story of fast- draws and wild rides, battles with posses, train and bank robberies, a torrid love affair and a new lease on outlaw life in faraway Bolivia. You’ll experience a remarkable friendship between Butch, who is possibly the most likeable outlaw in frontier history- and his closest associate, ever- dangerous Sundance Kid.

This movie will be shown in the Main Salon, Chairs will be provided- $5.00 for non-members and free for members.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 498-2139

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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
Saturdays 11:00am – 2:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm- 2:00pm
T
hrough September 30, 2018

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: AFRICAN TWILIGHT: Vanishing Rituals & Ceremonies
July 7, 2018 - January 6, 2019

The Bowers’ presentation marks the world premiere of this stunning exhibition, with photographs and film covering the last 15 years of their work in over 45 African countries. Their images capture the continent’s vast cultural diversity while documenting profound moments of commonality in the human life cycle, including unique initiation ceremonies, colorful courtship rituals, the splendor of power in Royal Kingdoms, and intimate healing practices for the living and the dead.

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 - Curatorial Tours & Artist Talks - Newport Beach

Highlighting selected works from OC Collects, educators engage visitors in observation and discussion, creating a forum for the exchange of ideas and perspectives.

LOCATION:
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach

INFORMATION:
949-759-1122

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Peformances

Chance Theater presents: Jane Austin's EMMA
November 23, 2018 — December 23, 2018

Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical. The story revolves around Emma, a well-meaning, but disaster-prone matchmaker, who ignores her own romantic feelings while setting out to find a suitor for her friend Harriet. Her efforts go awry, of course, leading to comic complications.

We invite you to fall in love again with one of Jane Austen’s most adored characters, featuring an intelligent and buoyant score from Tony-nominated composer Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre).

**20% OFF tickets to Emma - The Musical at Chance Theater
Online discount code: HARRIET1123

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

A Christmas Carol
November 24, 2018 - December 24, 2018

Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. 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, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. (“The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!” according to the Daily Pilot).

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

Chance Theater presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas
December 7, 2018 — December 23, 2018

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!

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

SCR presents: Culture Clash (Still) in America
December 30, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Those equal​-opportunity offenders are back at it, bringing their special style of irreverent, thought-provoking social satire with them. SCR audiences first experienced their smart, outrageous comedy in a playful adaptation of The Birds and later with the wildly popular Culture Clash in AmeriCCa. With the world back under their microscope, expect laundry to be aired, public figures skewered and sacred cows poked. In other words: Classic Culture Clash!

Recommendation: High school and above.

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

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas - San Juan Capistrano
November 23 - December 22, 2018

Originally broadcast in 1947 as part of the Archie Andrews radio show. We invite you now to join Archie and his pals Jughead, Veronica and Betty in another comic adventure from Riverdale. Performed as a live radio broadcast as a preview to our main show. Then join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Charles M. Schulz’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning story has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television more than 50 years ago. The classic television special comes to life in a stage adaptation featuring Vince Guaraldi’s timeless score.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

Ballet Etudes Presents The Nutcracker - Huntington Beach
December 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2018

The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Ballet Etudes, a non-profit youth ballet company. Free parking and wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, December 1st, at 7pm
Sunday, December 2nd, at 2pm
Saturday, December 8th, at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 9th, at 2pm

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach High School Historic Theater
1905 Main Street
Huntington Beach, California.

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
Tickets: $20-up
Click to order online

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