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Art Events, Exhibits & Workshops

Festival of Arts Continues 90th Anniversary Celebration with Debut of foaSOUTH Off-Site Exhibit: People & Places - Laguna Beach
Now through January 15, 2023
9 AM - 8 PM

The historic Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is continuing its commemorative festivities in celebration of the Festival’s 90th anniversary! The iconic arts organization is pleased to announce the debut of its latest off-site exhibit: People & Places, now open for guests to experience and browse through January 15th, 2023.

This exhibit presents artworks in a variety of styles and mediums including oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, and photography. The works displayed are from well-known Festival artists including Scott Anthony, Lu Campbell, Carol Tolin, Gary Goff, R. Benson, Darlene Campbell, Agnes Copeland, Vinita Voogd, Scott Albert, Helen Weld, and Elizabeth McGhee. These works are all currently housed in the Festival’s Permanent Art Collection and will be on display for the public to enjoy during this limited time exhibition. As the title suggests the subject matter is focused on either people or places; however, the works are as varied as the mediums represented.

Admission is free

LOCATION:
The foaSOUTH gallery is inside Active Culture
1006 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
(949) 494-114

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
January 7, 2023
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 Nutcracker - San Clemente
December 9-10, 2022

Performed by the Orange County Ballet Theater. This abridged version of the holiday classic features choreography tailored to Casa Romantica’s intimate Main Salon theater, with a runtime of one hour and twenty minutes.

Cost: $40

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

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Music

Handel's Messiah
December 04, 2022
3 pm

It's hard to image a holiday season without "Messiah," the most famous oratorio in the world. Through some of the most beautiful music ever written, "Messiah" conveys a message of hope to everyone who hears it, year after year after year. Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah" chorus.

LOCATION:
Orange County Performing Arts Center - Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
714-755-5799

Danny Green Trio - San Clemente
January 27, 2023
7 pm

San Diego-based jazz pianist Danny Green performs an enchanting mix of jazz, classical, and Brazilian rhythms.

Cost: $45 – $55

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

Lunar New Year - Costa Mesa
Saturday, January 28 2023
8:00 pm

Welcome the Year of the Rabbit with our annual Lunar New Year celebration featuring joyous music, festive dance and a delightful fusion of musical traditions from East and West. Music Director Carl St.Clair conducts.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 755-5799

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Film & Cinema

Bowers Movie Night presents: Over the Moon (2020)
January 7, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

In this animated musical, a girl builds a rocket ship and blasts off, hoping to meet a mythical moon goddess. This film features costume designs by Guo Pei. See her dazzling designs up-close and personal in our special exhibition Guo Pei: Art of Couture. 

Tickets: Free with RSVP

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

INFORMATION:
714.567.3677

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Historical Tours & Programs

Downtown Santa Ana Historic Architecture Tour - Santa Ana
Saturday, June 4, 2022 - check back for next date

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 - check back for next event
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
- check back for next dates

Check back for summer information!

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

Chance Theater presents: Little Women - The Broadway Musical
November 25 — December 23, 2022

From the novel that holds a special place in the heart of American literature, comes a new musical that proves this timeless story is still relevant, funny, and heartbreaking today. Join rambunctious Jo, practical Meg, sweet Beth, and romantic Amy as they embark on a coming-of-age tale filled with drama, romance, humor (and song!), all under the watchful eye of their beloved Marmee while their father is away during the Civil War. You will not want to miss this terrific theatrical treat for the holidays, perfect for the entire family!

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

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: A Christmas Carol - Costa Mesa
November 26 - December 24, 2022

Orange County’s favorite yuletide tradition continues! From the first “Bah humbug” to the final “Wassail,” this timeless classic is sure to rekindle your holiday spirit. Join all your favorite Dickens characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and of course, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, portrayed by SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle.

Advisory: Ages 6 and up. Children under the age of six will not be admitted to A Christmas Carol. Everyone—regardless of age—must have a ticket, sit in a seat and be able to sit quietly through the performance. This show contains smoke, haze and ​strobe effects.

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

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'Strangers on a Train' - San Juan Capistrano
February 3 – 19, 2023

Guy Haines and Charles Bruno meet on a train and, because they are strangers, they think they can say anything while chatting. Bruno suggests that they could get away with murder-he could kill Guy’s unfaithful wife while Guy could eliminate his hated father. Guy does not take him seriously, but Bruno is deadly serious. The basis of the thriller classic film by Alfred Hitchcock.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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