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Art Events, Exhibits & Workshops

Wonderful World Soirée with the Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Doors open 5:30 pm, Pageant of the Masters starts at 7:30 pm

The last Saturday night of the 2022 Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters is not to be missed! Experience the most spectacular event of the year at the Festival’s newly dubbed Wonderful World Soirée for a jam-packed night of fine art, living pictures, NEW strolling entertainment, giveaways, and so much more!

The biggest bash of the season, the Festival of Arts’ Wonderful World Soirée will welcome the legendary Priscilla Presley to introduce an exclusive performance of the Pageant’s popular production of “Wonderful World”; and Arturo Sandoval, a 10-time Grammy award winner, will perform an intimate concert on the Festival’s green. Guests will also enjoy the artwork of 120 talented artists featured at the Festival of Arts.

Special for this night only, attendees will be amazed by strolling international-themed performers, including traditional Chinese Lion Dancers and African Stilt Walkers, plus fun photo ops, and so much more!

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
949-494-1145

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

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
September 3, 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

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Dance

Casa Captivating 2022/23 Season Announcement - San Clemente
June 30, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Guests for this FREE event get the first glimpse of Casa Romantica’s upcoming Casa Captivating 2022/23 season. This event features a special presentation from Casa Romantica of the next year of upcoming cultural events PLUS a ballet performance with the City Ballet of San Diego. Complimentary appetizers and champagne will be served to commemorate the upcoming year

Cost: This event is FREE and open to the public; RSVP is suggested!

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

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Music

Pacific Symphony presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert
August 20, 2022
8:00 pm

Live-to-Film Event! “You must feel the Force around you...”

The battle for the galaxy intensifies in this thrilling fifth episode of the unfolding saga. As Imperial Forces launch an all-out attack on the Rebel Alliance, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) flee to Cloud City where they are captured by Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) journeys to the mysterious, marshy planet of Dagobah, where the wise Jedi Master Yoda teaches the young hero the ways of the Force. Little does Luke know that all his Jedi training will be called upon so soon. A stunning revelation—and a seeming life-or-death duel with Darth Vader—await.

Audience Advisory: see website for current COVID restrictions.

LOCATION:
FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine
14800 Chinon
Irvine, CA

INFORMATION:
(714) 755-5799

Legends of Motown Komedy Slamm with Dance Party - Anaheim
Saturday, August 27, 2022
7:30 pm

Comedy, Motown Tributes and Summer Dance Party for Ages 19 to 91!

COMEDIAN Scott Wood from the Hit TV Series "Something Smells Funny"

TRIBUTES TO: Michael Jackson, the Four Tops, Whitney Houston, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Al Green and the Blue Notes

SUMMER DANCE PARTY with DJ Rodney playing 70s, Old School, Funk, Salsa, Line Dances & More. After-show Summer Dance Party is FREE with show ticket or $10 for Dance Only

LOCATION:
Phoenix Club in Anaheim
1340 S Sanderson Ave
Anaheim 92806

INFORMATION / TICKETS:
Gold VIP (includes dinner & table): $49 prepaid/$59 at door
Silver (includes table) $30.00 prepaid/$40 at door
General (includes seat): $25.00 prepaid/$35 at door

Dance Party following the show FREE with your show ticket (Or $10 for just the dance)

714-622-4977 or online
Tickets non-refundable. Artists subject to change without notice.

Summer Dance Party - Anaheim
Saturday, August 27, 2022
9:30 pm

Singles and couples are welcome. Ages 19 to 91! FREE Parking

Have fun at the SUMMER DANCE at the Phoenix Club - Anaheim in their beautiful Grand Ballroom. Popular DJ Rodney will be playing R&B, Old School, Funk, Salsa, Line Dances & more.

LOCATION:
Phoenix Club in Anaheim
1340 S Sanderson Ave
Anaheim 92806

INFORMATION / TICKET OPTIONS:
Call 714/622-4977 for info or tickets or purchase online

DANCE ONLY Tickets (9:30pm): $10 prepaid/ $15 at the door or FREE DANCE TICKET when you purchase the FULL SHOW

The "Comedy & Motown Tributes" show ticket includes the dance (see http://www.SpectacularEventZ.com for a list of all of the performers & band)

FULL SHOW: COMEDY, MOTOWN TRIBUTES & DANCE PARTY (7:30pm - 11:30pm):

General (seat only): $25 prepaid /$35 at door Silver VIP (table, no dinner): $30 prepaid/ $40 at door Gold VIP (table & dinner included, closer to the stage) : $49 prepaid/ $59 at door

*** PREPAY 6 GOLD OR SILVER TICKETS FOR RESERVED TABLE WITH YOUR NAME ON IT ***

DANCE ONLY TICKET: (starting at approximately 9:30pm) is $10 prepaid/$15 at door

Tickets are non-refundable. Performers subject to change without notice.

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Film & Cinema

Movie Under the Stars: My Fair Lady - San Clemente
August 9, 2022
8 pm

Enjoy a movie night under the stars in Casa Romantica’s Courtyard. This month features My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn, in her famous role as Eliza Doolittle, still dazzles audiences decades later in this iconic musical.

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 - 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

South Coast Repertory presents: Million Dollar Quartet- Costa Mesa
July 30-August 21, 2022

On Dec. 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered for one night to play music and ended up making history. This Tony Award-nominated musical takes us inside one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever recorded with four legendary musicians doing what they loved most: expressing life’s joy and sadness through song. Described as “dazzling” by New York Magazine and “wildly entertaining” by Hollywood Reporter, Million Dollar Quartet will have you rocking down memory lane with more than 20 chart-topping hits like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and “Who Do You Love.”

Recommendation: Age 8 and ​up.

LOCATION:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA

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

South Coast Repertory presents: Matilda - Costa Mesa
August 6-14, 2022

The genius of Roald Dahl comes to life in an inspiring musical about an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Matilda’s talents are constantly belittled by her cruel parents and nasty Miss Trunchbull, the school’s headmistress. Using her sharp mind, vivid imagination and a love for books, Matilda dares to take a stand against Miss Trunchbull’s tyranny—with the help of her classmates and support from her teacher, Miss Honey. An exhilarating tale of empowerment filled with high-energy music and dancing from SCR’s Summer Players, talented young actors who audition for their roles after completing at least a year in the Theatre Conservatory.

Recommendation: Age 6 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

Huntington Beach Library Theater Presents: The Secret Comedy of Women-Girls Only®
September 14 - October 16, 2022

You are invited to laugh with the women in your life until you cry ... or pee. Experience this truly brilliant and uplifting female comedy that explores the woman’s world with joy, heart and intelligent wit. This fast paced journey from girlhood to womanhood will reawaken the connections between you and your fellow gal pals. It’s no secret that every woman deserves a laugh like this.

Bring your mothers, daughters, sisters and girlfriends - we promise you’ll leave laughing!

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach Library Theater
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA

INFORMATION:
855-448-7469

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