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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
February 4, 2017
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

Art Crawl Experience - Anaheim
February 11, 2017

Art Crawl Experience or simply “ACE”, an auditory explosive art walk and arts festival has been acclaimed by local artisans as the Downtown Anaheim Arts District. During the evening of an ACE, attendees stroll amongst outdoor permanent art fixtures, such as Peter Shire’s illuminated birdhouse sculptures, to discover artists demonstrating their creative process live for curious onlookers.

LOCATION:
The crawl stretches from Anaheim Blvd., to Harbor Blvd. and along Center Street Promenade. Art lovers can walk, crawl or climb aboard the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) for complimentary rides throughout Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience.

INFORMATION:
714 956 3586

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Music

UCI presents: Beacon Street Trio - Irvine
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
8:00 p.m.

Free admission. Public is welcome.

Please join the trio for a special Master Class at 1:00 p.m. in Winifred Smith Hall. Beacon Street Trio -
Luke Hsu, violin
Rainer Crosett, cello
Sophie Scolnik-Brower, piano

LOCATION:
Winifred Smith Hall - UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

Pacific Symphony presents: Chinese New Year Concert - Costa Mesa
January 28, 2017
8 pm

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Pacific Symphony and usher in the Year of the Rooster with music and dance. The program includes the popular Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi, the traditional "Jasmine Flower" and the delightful Butterfly Lovers Concerto with George Gao on erhu. The evening culminates in the inspirational "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, when Pacific Chorale is joined by the American Feel Young Chorus.

LOCATION:
SOKA Performing Arts Center
1 University Cir
Aliso Viejo, CA

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 Presents: Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life
February 4, 2017
1:30 pm

Bringing to life five decades of American history, Dorothea Lange shares her photographs and her insights, revealing her photographic passion and her commitment to record the rapidly changing face of 20th century America. This film will be accompanied by commentary and insight from Meg Partridge, Imogen Cunningham’s granddaughter. Film length: 46 minutes.

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

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

INFORMATION:
714.567.3677

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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. Tales of ghosts, pirates, buried treasure and of many who have lived here will point out why San Juan is so special.

Donations of $2.00 per adult and $1.00 per child are accepted and go to several projects including Save the Adobe Fund.

LOCATION:
Tours leave from "Lady Debra's" at the corner of Camino Capistrano and Verdugo Street.
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
(949) 493-8444

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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: California Bounty: Image & Identity 1850-1930
Opens June 2016

California Bounty is the first curatorial interpretation of the museum’s distinguished painting collection since 1994. This will be the first public display of many of the selected paintings, some of which have spent years in storage.

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

South Coast Repertory presents: 'The Roomate'
January 3-22, 2017

Sharon is sensible. An Iowan. An empty nester. Curious and very, very talkative. For the first time in her life, at age 54, she takes in a roommate to make ends meet. Robyn, a new arrival from the Bronx, is hiding a lifetime of secrets. But Sharon has a way of getting to the truth—the fascinating, shocking truth. This intriguing and funny play proves it’s never too late to shake things up—for better or worse.

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

South Coast Repertory presents: 'Moby Dick'
January 20 - February 19, 2017

The power—and the poetry—of Melville’s colossal novel is transformed into a masterwork for the stage. Driven on by a self-destructive madman, larger-than-life characters search for the white whale, pitting themselves against the Seven Seas with a fiery passion, in this robust and theatrically stunning production by Chicago’s renowned Lookingglass Theatre Company.

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

Laguna Playhouse presents: Chapatti
January 11 - January 29, 2017

What do you get when you mix an Irish tale with 19 cats, one dog named after a pancake, and two eccentric animal lovers? Annabella Price and Mark Bramhall star in this humorous and heartwarming tale about two animal lovers in Dublin, and their unexpected spark as they re-discover the importance of human companionship. This second-chance comedy celebrates these unforgettable characters who still believe in love.

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

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

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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'The Miracle Worker' - San Juan Capistrano
March 10-26, 2017

Based on a remarkable a true story, this inspiring and unforgettable play is an American classic and tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.

LOCATION:
Camino Real Playhouse
31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 675

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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Workshops

Weekend Academies in the Arts - Saturday Academy in Painting - Irvine
January 14, 2017
9:00am-12:00pm

With focus on observation and perspective, students will participate in a workshop aimed to improve their technique in underpainting, color mixing, and contrast as they paint still life, followed by getting a tour of one of our in-house galleries to end their day.

Weekend Academies in the Arts are day-long events for middle and high school students and their parents to participate in workshops, panel discussions, and tours, and to attend a related arts event. The Academies are a great way to get to know the offerings here at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, whether you have your eye on applying to colleges and universities next year or in a few years.

Upcoming workshops:
Saturday Academy in Making Beats, January 28

LOCATION:
UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

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