November O.C. Events: Sawdust Festival, Drive-In Movies, and More

The events listed here were scheduled as of press time in early October. restrictions for gatherings can change suddenly, so Please check before making plans to ensure your in-person event is happening.

In-Person Events

Photograph courtesy of Laguna Art Museum: Granville Redmond, “California Poppies,” no date, oil on canvas, 25 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches, Collection of Thomas Gianetto



Best known for his paintings depicting the colorful California landscape, Granville Redmond is considered one of the best artists of the early 1900s. Featuring poppies and other native wildflowers, his work is sometimes bright and dramatic, sometimes calm and contemplative. This exhibit, with 85 of his paintings, is the largest ever and the first in more than 30 years. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971,



One of the founders of the Laguna Beach Art Association, which later became the Laguna Art Museum, Moulton was one of the first female artists to join the Laguna Beach art colony in the early 1900s. From a family of pioneers who moved to El Toro (present-day Lake Forest) in 1902, she painted mostly plein-air landscapes of the rancho and farmers tending their livestock. This is the first exhibition of her art in more than 50 years. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139,

NOV. 19

A classical pianist from Spain, Martínez-Antón will perform solo in this concert. He has collaborated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and L.A. Opera and played with several orchestras nationwide. He serves as a faculty member at the Colburn School of performing arts in L.A. and the Montecito International Music Festival. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139,

NOV. 19

Historian Larry Maurer examines the Great American Songbook in this evening lecture in the Bowers Museum’s Key Courtyard. Using music and songs such as the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” as a guide, Maurer explores the key turning points in the Civil War, the two world wars, and the Great Depression. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600,

NOV. 20

Duo Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer, known for their brutally honest—and hilarious—discussions about motherhood, have built a huge following of fellow moms through their podcast and video series “#Momtruths.” In this stop on their tour, they’ll bring their signature candor, wit, and camaraderie. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-712-2700, 

Artisans selling handmade holiday gifts—including jewelry, blown glass, woodwork, ceramics, paintings, photography, and clothing—line the sawdust-covered aisles at the winter version of the popular festival. Festive decorations, visits from Santa, and live entertainment create a merry atmosphere. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-494-3030,

NOV. 24
The star of multiple comedy specials and the Netflix show “Lady Dynamite,” Bamford is known for addressing her mental health issues in her stand-up routines. She has appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Arrested Development” and has performed voice-over work on multiple animated shows, including “Adventure Time” and “BoJack Horseman.” Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-854-5455,

Virtual Events

Bowers Museum
In conjunction with the “Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic” exhibit, extended through Feb. 28, 2021, the museum will host an online discussion Nov. 28 with Laurie Algar, daughter of Disney director James Algar, about “Growing up Disney.” She will share vintage photos, original animation model sheets, and memos from Walt Disney created during the production of “Snow White,” “Fantasia,” and “Bambi.” On Nov. 7, an online documentary screening will feature “We, the Voyagers: Our Vaka” and “We, the Voyagers: Our Moana,” short films about the crew that built the first voyaging canoe to navigate across the Pacific.

Chance Theater
The theater recently launched a new video series, “Chance Encounters,” hosted by director, writer, and actor James McHale. It features interviews with the casts and creative teams behind some of the theater’s biggest hits, comic bits with the theater’s resident artists, and longer conversations with industry veterans working onstage and backstage. The show streams on the theater’s YouTube page.

The Frida Cinema
The cinema’s “Pop-Up Drive-In” series offers drive-in movie screenings in various venues across Orange County, including the Zion Lutheran Church and School in Anaheim and the Mess Hall in Tustin. Online, the theater’s “Virtual Cinema” provides access to classic films; three-day rentals typically cost $8 to $13.

Grand Central Art Center
The center recently joined with other California State University museums and galleries to present PLATFORM, a series of Zoom conversations with contemporary artists, collectives, and curators. The Nov. 12 event will feature Eyal Weizman, founder of Forensic Architecture, a London-based artists’ collective that uses physical and digital models and 3D animation to examine human rights violations. Recordings of previous conversations with artists Beatriz Cortez, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist are available for viewing.

Laguna Playhouse
The theater will continue to work with four other regional theaters around the U.S. to create “Keeping Live Theatre Alive” videos: short performances of three to 10 minutes featuring famous film and stage actors reading works they’ve written. Bryan Cranston, André De Shields, John Larroquette, Judith Light, Hal Linden, John Lithgow, Priscilla Lopez, Laurie Metcalf, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Lou Diamond Phillips, Tony Shalhoub, and Henry Winkler are slated to participate.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
The second of two free poetry workshops on Zoom led by artist-in-residence Katharine Zaun will take place Nov. 13. Drawing on Mary Oliver’s body of work and Robin Coste Lewis’ poem “On the Road to Sri Bhavaneshwari,” Zaun will lead participants through exercises meant to help them write about their relationship with the earth, the oceans, and the sky.

Musco Center for the Arts
Dancer and choreographer Brandee Lara, veteran Broadway performer Ron Dennis, and “So You Think You Can Dance” star Chloe Arnold join forces Nov. 19 to talk about their careers in tap dancing and the state of the arts community. The conversation will stream live on the center’s website and social media pages, and a recording will be available for those who can’t join the livestream.

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation
Video recordings of the foundation’s Studio Chats, which took place earlier this fall, are available for viewing. The Zoom conversations between Meg Linton, CEO of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, and artist Holly Tempo, architect Michael Patrick Porter, artist Deborah Aschheim, and sculptor Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez take an in-depth look into the inspiration behind the artists’ most recent works.

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
“Crisis Mode,” a juried online exhibition, will be available for viewing on the center’s website beginning Nov. 1. Art in all media, from painting and drawing to photography, video, and installations, will contemplate the state of the country and what could come next. The center will host a Zoom opening reception Nov. 1 and a Zoom artists roundtable discussion later in the month.

Pacific Symphony
The symphony recently kicked off its 2020-21 season with a series of virtual concerts and replays of concerts from the archives. “A Salute to the Heroes” will be released on the organization’s website Nov. 7 and will play on KCET’s “Southland Sessions” on Nov. 11, and a Symphony POPS concert will take place Nov. 14.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
A virtual benefit concert series continues with “Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway,” featuring Tony Award winner Laura Benanti on Nov. 14 ($30 per household). “Center at Home” includes Q&As with veteran performers, video recordings of live concerts, art tutorials, and video dance lessons. The ABT Gillespie School and School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities continue to offer live classes online.

South Coast Repertory
SCR commUNITY, a series of free online readings, interviews, radio plays, and other content, spotlights regional playwrights, actors, and directors.

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