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August 2015

‘Sacred Realms: Temple Murals by Shashi Dhoj Tulachan from the Gayle and Edward P. Roski Collection’

August 1
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Exhibit runs every day; end date subject to change
Bowers Museum,
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706 United States
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Tulachan, a 69-year old Buddhist monk living in Nepal, is a second-generation artist of thangka, a painting style that is used primarily for religious instruction and meditation. The nine murals on display deviate from traditional thangka in their size, colors and imagery.

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William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

August 1
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Every week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until August 1, 2015
Garden Grove Amphitheatre,
12762 Main St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840 United States
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This production of Shakespeare Summerfest Orange County and Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association updates the tragic romance to reflect the unique multiculturalism of our area. Directors John Walcutt and Mike Peebler have cast Vietnamese-American TV actor Trieu Tran as Romeo and members of Santa Ana-based Mexican folklórico troupe Relámpago del Cielo to portray the Capulets.

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‘Hairspray’

August 1
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Through Aug. 9. Please check theater website for exact show times.
Chance Theater,
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807 United States
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The scene is 1962 Baltimore for this musical that won a total of eight Tony Awards and ran for six years on Broadway. In this locally-produced version, “full-figured” teenager Tracy Turnblad becomes a dance-show sensation while fighting for racial equality and civil rights.

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‘Footloose’

August 1
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Through Aug. 9; please check theater website for show times.
Laguna Playhouse,
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States
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The classic 1984 dance flick inspired this musical adaptation. You’ll meet Ren, a Chicagoan who loves to dance, who has trouble coping in a small town that has prohibited dancing after a tragic accident.

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Pierce Meehan: Surf Panels

August 1
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Exhibition continues through Sept. 8; please check gallery website for hours.
Jamie Brooks Fine Art,
2967 Randolph Ave., Unit C
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 United States
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This Laguna Beach native has his first solo exhibition of walls panels that are made with the materials and technology used to create surfboards. Blurring the lines between painting and sculpture, they have a distinctly Southern California aesthetic, and smooth, glassy textures. Reception on Aug. 1.

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SeaChange 2015

August 1 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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On August 1st over 400 top philanthropists, celebrities and taste-makers will convene at a breath-taking ocean-front venue at The Strand at Headlands, in Dana Point, California, for a star-studded evening of entertainment and celebrating the oceans and Oceana’s victories. This year’s “Mad about the Oceans” event will feature Mad Men Star- Jon Hamm, along with other exciting guests to be announced. Like all of the previous award-winning SeaChange parties, the evening  will include a world-class auction and cocktail reception, followed…

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‘Hairspray’

August 2
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Through Aug. 9. Please check theater website for exact show times.
Chance Theater,
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807 United States
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Hairspray-square

The scene is 1962 Baltimore for this musical that won a total of eight Tony Awards and ran for six years on Broadway. In this locally-produced version, “full-figured” teenager Tracy Turnblad becomes a dance-show sensation while fighting for racial equality and civil rights.

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‘Footloose’

August 2
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Through Aug. 9; please check theater website for show times.
Laguna Playhouse,
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States
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The classic 1984 dance flick inspired this musical adaptation. You’ll meet Ren, a Chicagoan who loves to dance, who has trouble coping in a small town that has prohibited dancing after a tragic accident.

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‘Where Ends Meet: A Retrospective of Works by Nancy Ravenhall Johnson’

August 3
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Please check gallery website for exact hours.
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Discover the artwork and career of a graphic artist/creative director at the museum where she worked for 25 years. This exhibit shows the artist’s love of folklore, world culture, and people.

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‘Phil Dike: The Wave and Malibu Set Series, 1968–1981′

August 3
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Continues through Sept. 27; please check museum website for hours.
Laguna Art Museum,
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States
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Phil Dike was an eminent SoCal watercolorist who set up a summer art school with Rex Brandt in Corona del Mar. This particular exhibit highlights his connection to the sea.

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‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’

August 3
Segerstrom Center’s Arts Plaza,
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 United States
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It’s wedding season! Enjoy this free, outdoor, family-friendly screening as an opportunity to be thankful that most real-life weddings go off without any of the behind-the-scenes manipulations Julia Roberts delivers as the character Julianne, the groom’s best friend. Bring a beach chair.

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‘Adams, Curtis And Weston: Photographers of the American West’

August 4
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Through Nov. 29; check museum website for hours.
Bowers Museum,
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706 United States
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At this exhibit, experience three distinct perspectives of the changing western landscape and the then-relatively new art of photography.

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‘Sunlight and Shadow: The Tradition of Plein Air Painting’

August 4
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Through Sept. 24. Please check museum website for exact hours.
Irvine Museum,
18881 Von Karman Ave., Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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California Impressionism emerged in the early 20th century as a distinct melding of West Coast, East Coast and European styles of outdoor painting. This exhibit includes early plein air painters alongside contemporary masters of the genre.

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‘Cougars and Grizzlies: Sharing Their Path’

August 4
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Through Sept. 13. Please check museum website for hours.
Muzeo,
241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805 United States
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Now extinct, the California grizzly called Orange County home until 1924. This exhibit examines the future of the native mountain lion, given our growing urban development.

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‘Structure Synthesis’

August 4
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Through Aug. 8; please check center website for exact hours.
Irvine Fine Arts Center,
14321 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604 United States
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Works on paper by SoCal artists Rob Brown and Melissa Manfull explore mathematics, logic, and structure. Brown, a Santa Ana resident, is interested in cognitive science; his small-scale drawings are highly detailed. Manfull, whose “Interior” is pictured here,  finds inspiration in science fiction, architecture, and game design.

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‘Marcia Hafif: From the Inventory’

August 4
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Through Sept. 27. Please check museum website for hours.
Laguna Art Museum,
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States
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This internationally recognized Laguna Beach native hangs her monochromatic paintings to be viewed as installations. This will be her first museum exhibition in California in 40 years. Be sure not to miss the series of photographs, which the artist created as a graduate student at U.C. Irvine.

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Pierce Meehan: Surf Panels

August 4
|Recurring Event (See all)
Exhibition continues through Sept. 8; please check gallery website for hours.
Jamie Brooks Fine Art,
2967 Randolph Ave., Unit C
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 United States
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MePi+004

This Laguna Beach native has his first solo exhibition of walls panels that are made with the materials and technology used to create surfboards. Blurring the lines between painting and sculpture, they have a distinctly Southern California aesthetic, and smooth, glassy textures. Reception on Aug. 1.

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‘My Generation: Young Chinese Artists’

August 5
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Through Oct. 11; please check museum website for hours.
Orange County Museum of Art,
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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Each of the emerging art-makers in this exhibit were born after 1976, as the Cultural Revolution was ending. Their works have been influenced by global art movements, yet they have much to say about their homeland (a piece by Liu Di is pictured at left). The result is a provocative look at China by its own citizens.

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‘Selections: Robert Rauschenberg’

August 5
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Through Oct. 11; please check museum website for hours.
Orange County Museum of Art,
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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Nine pieces by the prominent 20th-century artist, including collages, prints, and light boxes, will be on display in the museum’s second in a series of exhibits featuring works from the permanent collection.

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‘Macbeth’

August 5
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Through Aug. 29; please check organizer website for show times.
New Swan Theater,
Inner Ring Road, UC Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697 United States
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Shakespeare’s darkest drama will be enacted at the in-the-round Elizabethan theater located outdoors next to UC Irvine’s Aldrich Park. The tragedy tells of three witches’ troublesome prediction and its bloody fulfillment.

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