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October 2014

10/19 – ‘China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery Of Sanxingdui’

October 19, 2014 - March 15, 2015

In 1986, construction workers in Sichuan province uncovered a massive 3,000-year-old archaeological trove of jade, weapons, elephant tusks, and monumental bronzes. More than 120 of these and other objects will be displayed in this exhibit.

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November 2014

Road to Self-Sufficiency

November 18 - December 31

Enjoy your summer by helping homeless families and adults back on the road to self-sufficiency. The Illumination Foundation is currently seeking compassionate and energetic individuals to volunteer with our interdisciplinary services to help break or prevent the cycle of homelessness during the summer and through the year. Below you will find a list of the volunteer opportunities available, including Meal Service Volunteers; Housing Volunteers; Medical Coordinator Volunteers; Administrative Volunteers and more. Call 949-544-0389, or visit ifhomeless.org.

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Band Available!

November 18, 2014 @ 12:00 am - December 31, 2015 @ 12:00 am

The Mathis Band, formerly Gary Mathis, is available to play select charity events. None or minimal compensation. Call 951-355-8335 or visit www.garymathis.com.

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December 2014

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

December 20
|Recurring Event (See all)
Exhibit runs every day; end date subject to change
Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706,
2002 North 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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South Coast Repertory’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 20
|Recurring Event (See all)
Check SCR's website for showtimes and tickets.
South Coast Repertory,
655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 United States
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And just like that, it’s Christmastime. Get into the proper spirit with the ghosts of past, present, and future–and Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge–in SCR’s 35th annual rendition of this holiday classic.

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‘She Loves Me’

December 20
|Recurring Event (See all)
Fridays through Sundays and some Thursdays.
Chance Theater,
5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807 United States
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The romance of the written word comes to life in this musical about co-workers who find solace in writing letters to anonymous recipients–each other. Based on the play that has inspired multiple adaptations, including “You’ve Got Mail.”

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‘Striking 12′

December 20
|Recurring Event (See all)
Through Dec. 28; check theater website for exact show dates and times.
Laguna Playhouse,
606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States
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This pop-rock, holiday musical is both a story about avoiding New Year’s Eve party madness and a riff on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl.” Written by a trio of musicians called GrooveLily, in collaboration with the Tony-winning author  of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the uplifting show stars Marisa Duchowny and Brent Schindele, left, and is suitable for all ages. (Photo by Ed Krieger)

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106th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 20
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Every day until December 21, 2014
Newport Harbor,
Newport Beach, CA 92663 United States
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Newport Beach natives Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and actress Leslie Mann are the grand marshals on opening night of this annual holiday event. The vessels, all lavishly decorated in the theme of “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly,” leave Bay Island at 6:30 p.m. each night and will light up the route’s 14 miles.

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‘Dixie’s Tupperware Party’

December 20
|Recurring Event (See all)
Through January 4; check website for times.
Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts,
615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 United States
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Don’t miss this off-Broadway solo show and 2008 Drama Desk Award nominee that combines bawdy stories, audience participation, and Tupperware. Kris Andersson created Dixie Longate, an unlikely food-storage sales rep from an Alabama trailer park.

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Festival Ballet Theater’s ‘The Nutcracker’

December 20
|Recurring Event (See all)
Continues through Dec. 24; check theater website for dates and times.
Irvine Barclay Theater,
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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This weekend, former American Ballet Theatre principals Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky star in the holiday classic to Tchaikovksy’s heart-warming music. Artistic director Salwa Rizkalla helms this top-notch production, with more than 100 dancers from her school and professional company. Other guest artists appear on subsequent weekends.

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South Coast Repertory’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 21
|Recurring Event (See all)
Check SCR's website for showtimes and tickets.
South Coast Repertory,
655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 United States
+ Google Map

And just like that, it’s Christmastime. Get into the proper spirit with the ghosts of past, present, and future–and Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge–in SCR’s 35th annual rendition of this holiday classic.

Find out more »

‘She Loves Me’

December 21
|Recurring Event (See all)
Fridays through Sundays and some Thursdays.
Chance Theater,
5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807 United States
+ Google Map

The romance of the written word comes to life in this musical about co-workers who find solace in writing letters to anonymous recipients–each other. Based on the play that has inspired multiple adaptations, including “You’ve Got Mail.”

Find out more »

‘Striking 12′

December 21
|Recurring Event (See all)
Through Dec. 28; check theater website for exact show dates and times.
Laguna Playhouse,
606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States
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This pop-rock, holiday musical is both a story about avoiding New Year’s Eve party madness and a riff on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl.” Written by a trio of musicians called GrooveLily, in collaboration with the Tony-winning author  of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the uplifting show stars Marisa Duchowny and Brent Schindele, left, and is suitable for all ages. (Photo by Ed Krieger)

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106th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 21
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until December 21, 2014
Newport Harbor,
Newport Beach, CA 92663 United States
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Newport Beach natives Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and actress Leslie Mann are the grand marshals on opening night of this annual holiday event. The vessels, all lavishly decorated in the theme of “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly,” leave Bay Island at 6:30 p.m. each night and will light up the route’s 14 miles.

Find out more »

‘Dixie’s Tupperware Party’

December 21
|Recurring Event (See all)
Through January 4; check website for times.
Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts,
615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 United States
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Don’t miss this off-Broadway solo show and 2008 Drama Desk Award nominee that combines bawdy stories, audience participation, and Tupperware. Kris Andersson created Dixie Longate, an unlikely food-storage sales rep from an Alabama trailer park.

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‘California Rural, 1930s and 1940s’

December 22
|Recurring Event (See all)
Daily through February 15, 2015
Laguna Art Museum,
307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States
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Works by Millard Sheets, Rex Brandt, Milford Zorne and other members of the California Water Color Society focus on the state’s agrarian and pastoral scenery. The paintings are from the collection of Diane and E. Gene Crain and provide a glimpse into a partially disappeared landscape.

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South Coast Repertory’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 22
|Recurring Event (See all)
Check SCR's website for showtimes and tickets.
South Coast Repertory,
655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 United States
+ Google Map

And just like that, it’s Christmastime. Get into the proper spirit with the ghosts of past, present, and future–and Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge–in SCR’s 35th annual rendition of this holiday classic.

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‘The Art of Mapping: Twenty-Five Years of Paintings by Spelman Evans Downer’

December 22
|Recurring Event (See all)
Exhibit open Monday through Friday

Imagine our world before Google Maps. Now imagine an artist who has combined aerial imagery from U.S. Geological Survey maps with drawing, photography, and a painting style influenced by Abstract Expressionism. Downer’s multimedia works will be displayed just into the new year.

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‘Striking 12′

December 22
|Recurring Event (See all)
Through Dec. 28; check theater website for exact show dates and times.
Laguna Playhouse,
606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States
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This pop-rock, holiday musical is both a story about avoiding New Year’s Eve party madness and a riff on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl.” Written by a trio of musicians called GrooveLily, in collaboration with the Tony-winning author  of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the uplifting show stars Marisa Duchowny and Brent Schindele, left, and is suitable for all ages. (Photo by Ed Krieger)

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‘Eddo Stern: New Works’

December 22
|Recurring Event (See all)
Through January 24; check website for times.
The Beall Center for Art and Technology,
712 Arts Plaza, Irvine, CA 92617 United States
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This exhibition explores the UCLA professor’s interest in computer games as art. His Darkgame and Cruise Control are featured, plus three of his new short-form computer games.

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