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Art Events, Exhibits & Workshops

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
May 4, 2024
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
May 18, 2024

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

Balboa Island ArtWalk - Balboa
Sunday, May 19, 2024
9am to 5pm

Over a mile of art and live music!

Balboa Island ArtWalk features 90 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day on three stages along the walk Admission is free

LOCATION:
1000 South Bayfront
Balboa Island, CA

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Dance

ABT Final Showcase - Costa Mesa
May 25, 2024

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 from Pre-Primary through Pre-Professional, while offering students a chance to perform for friends, family, and ballet enthusiasts.

LOCATION:
Segerstrom Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Music

Michael Cavanaugh Performs the Music of Elton John - Costa Mesa
April 19-20, 2024
8 pm

Get ready to rock out with Michael Cavanaugh (back by popular demand!), as he performs the timeless hits of Elton John! This electrifying show features Cavanaugh’s powerhouse vocals and incredible piano skills, accompanied by a full orchestra.

Artists
Richard Kaufman, conductor
Michael Cavanaugh
Pacific Symphony

LOCATION:
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Film & Cinema

Casa Cinema: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Film Screening - San Clemente
June 18, 2024
8-10 pm

Movie night under the stars in Casa Romantica’s Courtyard. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the open-air, open-seating event. Wine, candy, and soda will be available for purchase.

About the Film: The Rebels scatter after the Empire attacks their base on the ice planet Hoth. Han Solo and Princess Leia are pursued by Imperials, while Luke trains with Jedi Master Yoda. But when Luke battles Darth Vader, he learns the shocking truth of his past. Film Rating: PG

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
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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 our experienced tour guides on one of three dates between October 2023 and January 2024. 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: $20 Non-member: $25. 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 Home & Garden Tour - Santa Ana
April 27 & 28, 2024

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.

Farm & Garden Classes - Designing a Winning Floral Arrangement - Costa Mesa
June 8, 2024
9:30 am - 12 pm
RSVP online by May 29, 2024

Join Marie Gregory, certified floral designer, and seasoned floral arrangement judge at the annual OC Fair, for a hands-on class that will elevate your floral design skills. If you have struggled to create a winning floral arrangement or aspire to enter a floral design competition such as those in the Garden & Floral Department at the annual OC Fair, this class is for you! Participants of all levels and experiences will craft a floral arrangement under expert guidance while learning valuable tips to enhance their design for a winning edge in floral competitions. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the best and bring your floral design dreams to life!

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 Art Happy Hour & Pop-Up Talk
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OCMA members please bring your member card to enjoy expedited check-in at the welcome desk. Members receive early admission and VIP access to the cocktail bar starting at 5:30 PM.

LOCATION:
Orange County Museum of Art
3333 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Performances

Costa Mesa Playhouse presents: “Art” Yasmina Reza - Costa Mesa
April 4-20, 2024

Three friends, Serge, Marc and Yvan, find their previously solid 15-year friendship on shaky ground when Serge buys an expensive painting that is completely white. As the friends argue over what constitutes “art,” they are forced to ask questions not only about the nature of art, but about the nature of friendship.

Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play.

LOCATION:
661 Hamilton Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

INFORMATION:
Phone: (949) 650-5269

Chance Theater presents: Tiny Beautiful Things
April 5-28, 2024

Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed (now a Hulu series, starring Kathryn Hahn), Tiny Beautiful Things follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) adapts Strayed’s book into an enrapturing and uplifting play that surges with emotion and is called by Variety “a theatrical hug in turbulent times.” Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer.

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

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Tickets and Information at www.ChanceTheater.com

South Coast Repertory presents: Prelude to a Kiss, the Musical- Costa Mesa
April 5 - May 4, 2024

“For better or worse” takes on new meaning when a mysterious guest requests a kiss at Peter and Rita’s wedding—and their lives are forever changed. Originally a South Coast Repertory world premiere, the Tony Award-winning play returns as a musical. Refreshed, reimagined and elevated by a breathtaking score, this modern fable soars through the peaks and valleys of love—the perfect salve for our disconnected times.

Recommended for ages 14+

LOCATION:
Emmes/Benson Theatre Center
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

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

The Phantom Projects Theatre presents: Britain's Finest - La Habra
April 20, 2024

Catch the 1975 cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Seating will begin at 11:00pm and the Happy To Be Here preshow will begin at 11:30pm!

Midnight showings of this film quickly inspired fans to create a night-life like no other – People dressed up like the characters, threw props, and created call-back jokes in an environment where people of all walks of life felt free to express themselves. The lack of plot (and morals) are made up for by flashy costumes and catchy music.

LOCATION:
La Habra Depot Theatre
311 S Euclid St
La Habra, CA

South Coast Repertory presents: Galilee, 34
April 21 - May 12, 2024

The healer from Nazareth is dead—and his followers are determined to keep sharing his message. The problem is the Roman Empire wants them out of the picture. And they don’t have a leader. And they can’t quite agree on exactly what that message is. With wit and intelligence, one of the country’s most exciting writers takes us back to the start of a world-changing movement for a deeply personal look at those who made it happen.

Recommendation: Ages 16+

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

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

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Community Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: Beauty and the Beast - San Juan Capistrano
May 24 - June 9, 2024

This “tale as old as time” is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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