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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
June 4, 2022
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

Celebration of the Arts - Yorba Linda
Sunday June 5, 2022
11 am - 4 pm

Dozens of artists exhibits and sales, including paintings, photography, ceramics, mosaics, jewelry, sculptures, wood carving, glass art, mixed media and cultural activities. This is a family friendly event offering free activities for all ages, sharing the creativity & talent of our community. This event is NOT a carnival, craft fair, beerfest, or fundraiser, but truly a day where talent & creativity is shared and inspired!

Free parking and admission.

LOCATION:
Hurless Barton Park
4601 Casa Loma Ave
Yorba Linda, CA

INFORMATION:
714-996-1960

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
Friday, June 24 thru Sunday, August 28, 2022
11am to 7pm, Sunday-Thursday
11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday

Outdoor arts and crafts festival. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere.

LOCATION:
935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-3030

Festival of Arts
Laguna Beach

July 5 – September 2, 2022

Come discover the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach- a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. A world-renowned art destination, visitors can take tours of the exhibit, catch an art demonstration, dine at one of the on-site restaurants, create their own masterpiece, or simply sit back and enjoy the creative atmosphere. Weekends are jam-packed with live music and special events providing entertainment for all.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
800-487-3378

Pageant of the Masters
Laguna Beach
July 7 – September 2, 2022

This summer, the Pageant of the Masters celebrates 85 years of living pictures in Laguna Beach. This iconic, long-running Orange County tradition combines art-fully costumed people, extravagant sets and theatrical illusion to re-create famous works of art on stage.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
800-487-3378

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Dance

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: American Ballet Theater Showcase
May 28-29, 2022

The ABT Gillespie School Final Showcase is the opportunity for all students to perform on one of the renowned stages at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The ABT Gillespie School provides students with the highest quality of classical ballet training through the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum which offers students a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique incorporating elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. The ABT Gillespie Final Showcase demonstrates the progression of the curriculum while offering students a chance to perform for friends and family.

LOCATION:
Samueli Theater
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

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Music

Pacific Symphony presents: Mozart's Requiem
Sunday, May 22, 2022
3 pm

Maestro Carl St.Clair and David Ivers, actor and artistic director at South Coast Repertory, explore Mozart’s “Requiem” — one of the most enigmatic pieces ever composed, mainly due to the myths and controversies surrounding it. Mozart’s “Requiem,” which was left unfinished at the time of the composer’s death, now enjoys an elevated status as one of the most magnificent achievements in sacred music. Featuring the Grammy Award-winning Pacific Chorale.

Audience Advisory: see website for current COVID restrictions.

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

INFORMATION:
714-556-2787

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Film & Cinema

Movie Under the Stars: Midnight in Paris - San Clemente
July 5, 2022
8 pm

Enjoy a movie night under the stars in Casa Romantica’s Courtyard. This month features Midnight in Paris starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams about the romanticism of nostalgia, set in present-day Paris and the hot Paris nightclubs of the roaring 20s.

Cost: $5-10

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
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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
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: 2021/2022 Lecture Series: Blast Off! An Art Lover’s Odyssey
April 4 – May 16, 2022
Mondays, 1 – 3pm

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: Our Town - Costa Mesa
May 7 - June 4, 2022

Life has begun in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Milk is being delivered. Breakfast is on the stove. We meet the town gossips, the boys who play baseball and the choirmaster with a secret sorrow. And soon teenagers George Gibbs and Emily Webb will go from friends to puppy love to wedding day and beyond—two families forever joined together. And as they come to terms with the meaning of their lives, this Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic beautifully celebrates our own shared humanity.

Recommendation: Age 12 and ​up.

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

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

Chance Theater presents: Fancy Nancy, The Musical - Anaheim
May 27, 2022 — June 19, 2022

This TYA favorite returns to the Chance for the fifth time. Bring the family and watch as Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel get ready to perform in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?

Recommendation: Ages 4 and up. Great for the entire family.

Click above to view current COVID-19 policy requirements

LOCATION:
Presented by: Chance Theater
@ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

The Cabrillo Playhouse Presents: An Evening at the Stardust Lounge
June 3 – 26, 2022

Join us for a night of entertainment , enter the Stardust Lounge and experience songs from yesterday and today. 8 fabulous singers present the blues, jazz, musical theater, and contemporary songs accompanied by a live jazz trio, for an evening of fun and excitement.

LOCATION:
202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

INFORMATION:
(949) 492-0465

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