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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Art & Nature Festival - Laguna Beach
November 4, 2021 - April 25, 2022

In its annual Art & Nature festival, the museum presents special exhibitions, a commissioned work of art, lectures, panel discussions, films, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world.

LOCATION:
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
November 6, 2021
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

Casa Romantica: Blue 13 Dance Company - San Clemente
November 12, 2021
7 pm

Highly energetic and theatrical, Los Angeles-based Blue13 Dance Company performs in a modern dance style that is inspired by the classical and cultural art forms of India. This performance takes place indoors in Casa Romantica’s Main Salon.

Cost: $0-$12

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

UCI Claire Tevor School of the Arts presents: New Slate 2021 - Irvine
December 2 - 4, 2021

Back on the Claire Trevor Theatre stage! An exciting showcase of original choreography by M.F.A. candidates in Dance. This concert is the first full weekend of the year and features a collection of dances that uniquely reflects the enormous talent of UCI choreographers and dancers.

LOCATION:
Claire Trevor Theater
UC Irvine - Building #711
Irvine, CA 92617

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Music

Pacific Symphony presents: An Intimate Evening with David Foster - Costa Mesa
November 5-6, 2021
8 pm

Back by popular demand, 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster returns to Pacific Symphony to perform songs from his unparalleled catalog. Popular hits — written for artists including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand and many others — include “You’re the Inspiration,” “The Prayer,” “The Glory of Love” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.”

Click link above to view the current vaccination and masking policies.

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

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Film & Cinema

Newport Beach Film Festival - Newport Beach
October 21-28, 2021

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. This year's festival will be screening over 300 features and short films and welcoming over 500 filmmakers and 50,000 film fans to Orange County.

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

CONTACT:
949-253-2880

Coast Film Festival - Laguna Beach
November 10-14, 2021

Located in the iconic coastal art community of Laguna Beach, CA, Coast Film Festival is a multi-day film and art festival that showcases filmmakers, artists and social changemakers that feature topics related to the land and sea. Founded in 2019, Coast Film Festival crisscrosses the globe in search of diverse and inspiring films about people and cultures from the worlds of action sports, outdoor adventure, and environmental conservation; those who approach life with an unyielding sense of curiosity about the world around them. CFF donates a portion of the event proceeds to support social causes that support up-and-coming filmmakers, and a variety of environmental awareness and activism efforts.

LOCATION:
At Festival of Arts and other theaters throughout Laguna Beach

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Online

Casa Cinema: It's a Wonderful Life - San Clemente
December 14, 2021
6 pm

A Casa Romantica Tradition! Enjoy this quintessential holiday film outdoors in Casa Romantica’s outdoor coastal Redmond Amphitheater. This event takes place during the Casa Lumina Holiday Walk.

Cost: $0-$12

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, November 6, 2021
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

Floral Park Holiday Tour - Santa Ana
Saturday, November 13, 2021

Tour holiday homes in Santa Ana's beautiful, historic Floral Park. Four Historic Landmark Estate Homes beautifully decorated for the holidays. There will also be a Holiday Market featuring festive gifts, home goods, seasonal decorations and a Winter Wine Garden.

Proceeds from the tour support the Floral Park Scholarship Fund benefiting Santa Ana high school and college students.

LOCATION:
Historic Floral Park is located south of the 5 Freeway in Santa Ana (downtown Orange County) near the Discovery Cube and Bowers Museum. From Flower Street, turn east on 19th Street. From Broadway, turn west on 19th Street. From 17th Street, turn north on Flower Street and then east on either 19th Street or Santa Clara Ave.

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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

Chance Theater Cyber Chats - Online
Friday, October 29, 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, October 29 Cyber Chat - Yellowman
The Pulitzer Prize Finalist Yellowman makes its Orange County premiere this Fall at Chance Theater. A celebration of language and the human spirit, Yellowman is an exquisite and provocative exploration of the challenges of overcoming racism, class, biases, and prejudices inherited both from community and family. Alma, a dark-skinned African-American woman, and her childhood friend Eugene, a light-skinned African-American man, have been life-long friends — yet when their friendship turns to love, the different colors of their skin raise obstacles that could be insurmountable.

Please note: This show contains adult language and subject material.

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

Free Online Workship: Creating a Culture of Enthusiasm - Online
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Webinar

Today, with so many things causing an increased amount of stress on employees, many organizations are dealing with eroding employee morale and energy levels. This interactive 90-minute webinar will be focused on driving five interrelated areas for your team: self-confidence, people skills, communication, leadership, and worry and stress. In today’s work environment where risk, challenge, competition, and change go together, we call these fundamentals the Five Drivers of Success.

What You’ll Learn
In this webinar, you will examine tools to help develop skills for yourself and your team to be more flexible, enthusiastic, open, and approachable. Leveraging these tools will help reengage your team and gain their enthusiastic cooperation enabling you and your organization to be more productive.

LOCATION:
Online - Dale Carnegie of Orange County

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Orange County Museum of Art Visionaries: Dressing the Part - The Power of Fashion in Art
September 9 – November 1, 2021
Mondays, 1 – 3pm

Learn to decipher clues to unlock the meaning and significance of fashion in art. We will look at the reciprocal relationship between fine art and fashion and the role of clothing and adornment in identity construction, politics, and the economy. Beginning with an analysis of clothing and jewelry in ancient and early Renaissance periods, we will go on to consider symbolic sartorial choices in late Renaissance portraiture through an examination of symbolic gems, outrageous codpieces, and rich silks and brocades.

LOCATION:
South Coast Plaza Village
1661 W. Sunflower Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Performances

Chance Theater presents: Yellowman - Anaheim
September 24, 2021 — October 24, 2021

The Pulitzer Prize Finalist Yellowman makes its Orange County premiere this Fall at Chance Theater. A celebration of language and the human spirit, Yellowman is an exquisite and provocative exploration of the challenges of overcoming racism, class, biases, and prejudices inherited both from community and family. Alma, a dark-skinned African-American woman, and her childhood friend Eugene, a light-skinned African-American man, have been life-long friends — yet when their friendship turns to love, the different colors of their skin raise obstacles that could be insurmountable.

Please note: This show contains adult language and subject material.

Yellowman will be performed within the existing state, county, and city health mandates. As such, we are currently planning to be operating at full capacity with no social distancing. All patrons (ages 2 and over) will be required to wear a face covering at all times when indoors. To read full details about our current health and safety guidelines, click here. For those who are more cautious, we are also offering a select number of Vaccinated+ Shows that will require proof of vaccination with photo ID, minimal social distancing, and face-covering at all times when indoors. Select the tab for “Vaccinated+ Shows” for more details..

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

South Coast Repertory presents: A Shot Rang Out - Costa Mesa
October 2 - November 6, 2021

South Coast Repertory’s past and future join forces in a compelling new play about the present. After a long period of isolation, an actor returns to the stage, alone and shaken. This is his story—his moment of reckoning—about what led to his seclusion. Along the winding journey, he draws inspiration from movies and theatre, reflects on missteps and unravels mysteries of love. Artistic Director David Ivers takes the stage in a play written specially for him by one of SCR’s most celebrated legacy playwrights, Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain). Recommendation: High school and ​up.

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

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

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

The Cabrillo Playhouse Presents: A Nice Family Gathering
October 29 - November 21, 2021

It’s Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since Dad died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife of 35 years that he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. The problem is, she can’t hear or see him. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner.

Please visit website for current mask requirements

LOCATION:
202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

INFORMATION:
(949) 492-0465

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