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.

Music Legends and Traditional Art Dominate the Arts Scene This Week

You can celebrate some musical legends or broaden your artistic horizons at these events in Orange County this week. HAEMIL: TRADITIONAL KOREAN MUSIC AND STORYTELLING

FULLERTON – The Muckenthaler Cultural Center presents a celebration of this unique style of storytelling that will enlighten and entertain in equal measure. 20th ANNUAL ELVIS FESTIVAL

GARDEN GROVE – One of the city’s most beloved traditions, as Historic Main Street is taken over by tributes to The King of Rock and Roll in music, art, and food. CONCERTS ON THE GREEN: QUEEN NATION

NEWPORT BEACH – This week’s edition of the free summer concert series at the Civic Center features a tribute to the legendary band Queen. THE 39 STEPS

COSTA MESA – Season 55 for the enduring Costa Mesa Playhouse opens with the spectacle of just four actors portraying over 150 characters in this fast-paced and hilarious stage homage to the classic Alfred Hitchcock film.

Kanter: LGBT Center OC Marches With Police But Leave Community Behind

Laura Kanter, a Queer and Trans Rights Advocate and co-founder of the Orange County LGBTQ+ Policing Partnership and the Orange County Equality Coalition, questions the decision by the Center OC to have police march in uniform at this weekend’s Pride Parade in Orange County, arguing T-Shirts are better than gun belts to show support.