Santa Ana’s artists are planning to celebrate the Santora Arts Building’s 84th birthday with a 1920s-themed party Saturday night, part of a month-long remembrance of the downtown landmark’s past.

Artists plan to showcase decades of Santora history with sights and sounds from the speakeasy era. Visitors to the city’s monthly art walk may stop by for a cake-cutting ceremony and a swing band.

The celebration was planned after news broke that Irvine-based Newsong church had been in escrow to purchase the building, leading to fears of censorship of the artists. And while the church cancelled the sale, artists say the party will go on.

Patrons are encouraged to dress as a silent movie star.

Here’s the schedule of events as stated in a news release:

  • 6 p.m. — 1920’s Boudoir Fashion Show presented by D&A Street Runways “featuring students from Santa Ana College.”
  • 7 p.m. — Santora award ceremony.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Toast and cake cutting. Cake by Moya’s Bakery.
  • 8:30 p.m. — Live music by Hedgehog Swing Band and Artificial Integrity, Orange County High School of the Arts students.
  • Later — DJ Court Pedestrian

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