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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Annual Street Painting - Arts Alive Festival - Mission Viejo
April 28-29, 2018

Artist from all over transform and capture amazing beauty of art using pastel chalk as the medium to blend onto asphalt as their canvases. With each artist's techniques and their enthusiasm for the love of art you can truly experience the metamorphosis around you.

LOCATION:
Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way at La Paz Rd
Mission Viejo.

INFORMATION:
949-470-8440

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
May 5, 2018
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

Balboa Island ArtWalk - Balboa
Sunday, May 20, 2018
9am-5pm

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island's summer season. This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day.

LOCATION:
Balboa Island, CA

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Dance

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
April 19-22, 2018

Alvin Ailey once declared, “I want to hold up a mirror to my audience that says, ‘This is the way people can be; this is how open people can be.’” Now more than ever, we need the power of dance to bring us together, connected by our common humanity. It’s why people say: You don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it. Engage your emotions as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns with premieres that touch on timely topics and beloved works such as Revelations, which fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

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Music

Claire Trevor School of the Arts - Hypercolor - Irvine
Wednesday, April 25, 2017
8 pm

Hypercolor, the bicoastal trio of guitarist Eyal Maoz, bassist James Ilgenfritz, and drummer (and UCI Music faculty member) Lukas Ligeti, presents a fresh take on jazz: the rawness of punk, the virtuosity of jazz-rock, the unrestrained energy of free improvisation, the constructivism of new-music composition, and the emotionality of indie rock coalesce to create an instrumental music of sheer originality. Their first, eponymously titled, CD was released in 2015 on John Zorn's Tzadik label and met with wide critical acclaim; since then, Hypercolor has performed in countries from Italy to Indonesia.

Free admission

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

Pacific Symphony: Watts Plays Beethoven - May 3-5, 2018

Considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and a perennial favorite guest of Pacific Symphony, André Watts returns to the stage with one of Beethoven’s most beloved works – the "Emperor Concerto." A work prized for its serene and tender second movement, Beethoven’s last piano concerto is a testament to the composer’s emotional range. Shostakovich complements the evening with his intense 10th Symphony.

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

INFORMATION:
714-
556-2787

3rd Annual Like Totally 80's Festival - Huntington Beach
Saturday, May 12, 2018
12:00PM – 9:00PM

Event features national 80’s bands. With retail vendors for shopping, lots of food trucks, a full bar, celebrity impersonators and so much more. Bringing 80s music, style and memories to the beach!

Featuring full sets from:
The Human League
The Alarm
Dramarama
Martha Davis & The Motels
Jay Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel
Bell
Tiffany
The Untouchables

LOCATION:
Huntington State Beach
21899 Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, Ca 92648 - At PCH & Newland St.

INFORMATION:
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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

Newport Beach Film Festival - Newport Beach
April 26 - May 3, 2018

Set in beautiful Newport Beach, a few blocks away from spectacular coastline and less than an hour from Hollywood, the Festival annually host several premieres and galas for a singular festival experience.

LOCATION:
Various theaters in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa & Santa Ana

CONTACT:
949-253-2880

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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 Tours

Floral Park Home & Garden Tour - Santa Ana
Saturday, April 28, 2018

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: American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
March 10, 2018 – June 3, 2018

Bowers Museum celebrates the life, political career, and extraordinary vision of one of the country’s most admired and most charismatic presidents. American Visionary captures the dramatic scope of Kennedy’s life through the presentation of over 70 photographs and is the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Workshop: Storytelling in Business: How to Motivate, Inform and Inspire - Santa Ana
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
9-11 am

Free 2-Hour Workshop

Whether you are an emerging leader or an experienced executive, storytelling is an essential communications tool to inspire and motivate your listeners. Professionals that master the art of storytelling can leave a lasting impression on their audience, influence others and engage their colleagues. Learn how you can leverage the power of storytelling to attract and hold attention while delivering key messages and takeaways that will prompt action.

Who Should Attend? Anyone that needs to craft and effectively present a compelling story about their organization, mission, or products that will win over willing cooperation, influence change, and make a memorable impact.

LOCATION:
1805 East Dyer Road, Suite 109
Santa Ana, California 92705

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

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

SCR presents: Shrew
March 24 - April 21, 2018

In Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio wins. But, what if a 16th century woman had written it? In Amy Freed’s clever and wickedly funny spin on the classic, Kate triumphs, too. When her unstoppable force meets his immovable object (or is it the other way around?), the impact is red-hot and, oh, so sexy! From the author of The Beard of Avon comes a love story for our time.

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

SCR presents: Little Black Shadows
April 8-29, 2018

“We is shadows. And shadows is seen, not heard.” In pre-Civil war Georgia, Toy and Colis spend long days on the plantation silently serving adolescent twins Mittie and Daniel. But in the dead of night their world comes alive, as they lie beneath their masters’ beds whispering stories to each other through a vent in the wall. When Father announces the family is moving to Louisiana, the children face uncertain futures. Do they dare come out of the shadows? A compelling testament to the power of the human spirit from one of America’s most promising playwrights.

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

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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Golden West College Theater Presents: EVITA The Musical - Huntington Beach
April 27-28, May 3-5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
April 29 & May 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm

She was a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at age thirty-three. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, Eva Peron was a saint to the working class yet reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military. She was destined to leave a beguiling political legacy unique in the 20th century. Argentina's controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic Tony Award winning musical masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Told through a compelling musical score with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, EVITA creates a fascinating theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.

Ticket prices: $23 general admission; $21 seniors, veterans, and students

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

LOCATION:
Golden West College Theater
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

INFORMATION:
714-895-8150

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