Lots of Ways to Celebrate Christmas This Week

Holiday celebrations are happening in every corner of Orange County – what’s happening near you? NOCHEBUENA: CHRISTMAS EVE IN MEXICO
ORANGE – The holiday traditions of Mexico celebrated at the Musco Center in a unique team-up of Ballet Folklorico and Mariachi performers. NUTCRACKER FOR KIDS
COSTA MESA – The Pacific Symphony presents a special, family-friendly 45-minute version of Tchaikovsky’s immortal holiday ballet. STUNNING: ARTIST RECEPTION
LAGUNA BEACH – This month’s Laguna Beach Art Walk will feature the opening reception for a group exhibition at Las Laguna Gallery where artists submitted works they most associated with the word “stunning.” IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
FULLERTON – STAGEStheatre’s annual holiday production adapts the classic film about George Bailey, Bedford Falls, and an angel named Clarence into a radio theater presentation with live sound effects.

Fall Events Are in Full Force This Week

One last chance to celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos, along with lively tributes to legendary artists past, all happening this week in Orange County. AUBERGINE
COSTA MESA – Food is an expression of love in Julia Cho’s multicultural, multigenerational play staged by South Coast Repertory. MINI MONSTERS BASH
LA HABRA – Halloween night at the Children’s Museum will feature crafts, games, and a mini-maze for the littlest Trick-or-Treaters to enjoy. DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS FIESTA
FULLERTON – A free festival at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center will feature performances and activities all centered around a celebration of the memory of beloved ancestors. THE DJANGO FESTIVAL ALL-STARS
IRVINE – The enduring “hot jazz” legacy of the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt is kept alive by this swinging ensemble of world-class players.

Beethoven and Hamlet and Poe – Oh, My!

Whether it’s theater from across the ocean or tales and artwork from Orange County’s own past, a wide world of culture is yours to take in this week. CAFE LUDWIG: BEETHOVEN AND BRAHMS
COSTA MESA – The popular chamber music series return with some of the Pacific Symphony’s world-class musicians playing through an intimate afternoon service of coffee, tea, and pastries. “GOOSEBUMPS, THE MUSICAL”
ANAHEIM – The Chance Theater brings the beloved series of spooky books to the stage in a family-friendly thriller called “Phantom of the Auditorium.” ORANGE COUNTY ARCHIVES BAZAAR AT THE HILBERT MUSEUM
ORANGE – Local libraries, museums, scholars, and private collections pool their resources for a one-day exploration of little-known stories in Orange County history; this year, the focus is on murals as markers and records of history and community character. “A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM: THE SPECTRE OF EDGAR ALLAN POE”
FULLERTON – Actor Travis Rhett Wilson brings his award-winning portrayal of author and poet Edgar Allen Poe to the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, mixing stories of Poe’s life with recitations of some of his famous, spooky works.

Fall Is In Full Swing This Week

Celebrations are happening everywhere in Orange County this week – for the beloved holidays of October, the legacy of one of our original celebrity residents, and more! 10th ANNUAL OC FILM FIESTA
SANTA ANA – Parties, panels, and musical performances surround the featured film screenings at the annual celebration of multicultural world cinema. DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION AT SEGERSTROM
COSTA MESA – The Segerstrom Center hosts a hands-on, immersive celebration of the Day of the Dead featuring music, arts & crafts, and other kid-friendly activities. MODJESKA’S BIRTHDAY OPEN HOUSE
SILVERADO – The legendary 19th-century actress Helena Modjeska, who made Orange County her American home, will be celebrated with a guided tour of her landmark estate and a free performance of Shakespearean scenes and monologues. SISTER’S HALLOWEEN CATECHISM: THE HOLY GHOST AND OTHER TERRIFYING TALES
LAGUNA BEACH – In another of her beloved historical lessons, “Sister” is back at the Laguna Playhouse to tell us all she knows about ghosts, goblins, and costumes for a spiritually-proper Halloween.

This Week There’s Ballet at the Barclay, Music at the Musco, Film at The Frida

The arts can always cast a spell – inspiring awe, curiosity, community, and in some notorious cases, total disbelief. Which are you looking for this week? THE FIREBIRD
IRVINE – The Barclay Theatre will once again be the home for the Festival Ballet Theatre’s staging of Stravinsky’s immortal tale of a Prince and a magic bird joining forces to defeat a wicked conjurer. SURF CITY ARTS FEST
HUNTINGTON BEACH – The popular Family Arts Day and Arts in the Park events are now combined into one grand celebration of art down by the world-famous pier. MOSTLY BLUES FESTIVAL
ORANGE – A free outdoor music festival on Aitken Arts Plaza at the Musco Center for the Arts will feature Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Booker T.

SANTA ANA – Art-house/revival theater The Frida Cinema presents an audience participation-ready screening of the legendarily-overacted romantic melodrama.

Cultural Traditions Rule the Week

Celebrate your favorite traditions or embrace new ones – in the diverse corners of Orange County’s cultural scene, there are always chances to broaden your horizons. “AMERICAN MARIACHI”
COSTA MESA – Final weekend for South Coast Repertory’s production of José Cruz González’s lively, heartfelt play about a pair of women in the 70’s defying tradition in order to pursue their musical dreams.

LA HABRA – In honor of their new exhibit “Dinosaus!”, the Children’s Museum devotes a day to celebrating and learning about prehistoric creatures of all shapes and sizes. INDIAN DIWALI FESTIVAL
SANTA ANA – Join in the beloved annual festival of lights with a day of musical and dance performances at the Bowers Museum and Cultural Center. TIERNEY SUTTON & ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY: IN TECHNICOLOR
IRVINE – It’s a first-time team-up by award-winning vocal legends as they pay tribute to the greatest music of the movies. AUTUMN HARVEST FESTIVAL
LAKE FOREST – Games, a maze, and in-park trick-or-treating are all part of the October festivities at Heritage Hill Historic Park.

Journeys Abound in Orange County This Week

Go to the moon, to the time of revolutionary jazz, or just on a colorfully-lighted stroll – journeys abound this week in Orange County. DIAVOLO: VOYAGE
ORANGE – The groundbreaking L.A. performance troupe mixes dance and astounding effects to create a “living cinematic experience” paying tribute to the moon landing. CASA LUMINA: LIGHTED GARDEN WALK
SAN CLEMENTE – For two weeks only, the garden walk at Casa Romantica will feature beautiful illuminations and effects just for nighttime visitors. ARTIST STATEMENT
IRVINE – The Great Park plays host to an exhibit of Southern California artists challenging the classic definitions of major artistic media. THE VANDAL
ANAHEIM – A chance encounter, and a conversation, at a lonely bus bench turns into a soul-searching play both spooky and funny at the Chance Theater.

International Legends and Emerging Artists on Display This Week

An international legend brings his work to Orange County, and the next generation of our own artists get their chance to experiment, play, and be inspired – all this week! SERGIO MENDES: THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF BOSSA NOVA
ALISO VIEJO – The iconic innovator of the Bossa Nova sound brings the endlessly-danceable rhythms of Brazil to the Soka Performing Arts Center

FULLERTON – The Muckenthaler Cultural Center opens its art studios so kids can get their hands on clay, paints, and other materials in a free evening of visual arts play. LAGUNA BEACH BOOKS AUTHOR EVENT FEATURING PATTY SEYBURN
LAGUNA BEACH – The venerable book store hosts ongoing free talks and signings, this week with author and poet Patty Seyburn spotlighting her latest book, “Threshold Delivery”. NTL SCREENING: “THE AUDIENCE” (HELEN MIRREN)
IRVINE – The latest in the popular broadcasts from London’s West End features Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren returning to the role of Queen Elizabeth II in a new play. RENOVATION CLAY: BRITTANY MOJO AND JACKIE RINES
COSTA MESA – OCC’s Doyle Arts Pavilion features the boundary-pushing ceramic and clay objects of two rising Southern California sculptors through October 10.

Read, Listen, View – It’s Time to Settle-In with O.C.’s Events this Week

The seasons are changing in the Orange County art scene – if you want a last summer celebration or a kickoff to fall, we’ve got you covered! TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR
COSTA MESA – End summer with a great big bang, courtesy of the live cannons accompanying the Pacific Symphony’s annual performance of the bombastic “1812 Overture” at the Pacific Amphitheatre. NATIONAL READ A BOOK DAY
IRVINE – The Pretend City Children’s Museum has a full-day of activities scheduled to stimulate the love of reading for all ages. DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ART WALK
SANTA ANA – The first Saturday of each month sees Downtown Santa Ana turned into a free celebration of art, music, and local businesses. Stroll the galleries and restaurants or ride the free trolley.