Virtual O.C. Events to Check Out This Month

From videos of docent-led tours to live-streamed events, there are plenty of ways to stay engaged online.
Screenshot of Bowers Museum's YouTube videos featuring docent-led tours of exhibitions

Bowers Museum,
“Bowers at Home” offers virtual docent-led tours of two of the museum’s permanent exhibits: “Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt” and “California Bounty: Image and Identity, 1850-1930.” In addition, visitors to the website can watch archived live streams with Egyptologist Kara Cooney and fashion historian Carmela Spinelli and listen to the Bowers Museum podcast, which features conversations with historians and authors.

Chance Theater,
To close out the “Chance Cyber Chats” series Aug. 7, actor and director James McHale, dramaturge Jocelyn L. Buckner, and scenic designer Bruce Goodrich will discuss the production of “An American in Paris” streaming on Broadway HD with director and theater co-founder Casey Long.

Musco Center for the Arts,
Three live-streamed events are available to watch anytime: “Magic and Healing: Kevin Spencer in Conversation,” in which the award-winning magician, educator, and consultant speaks about his experiences working in classrooms and hospitals; “Juilliard String Quartet in Conversation,” a discussion about classical and chamber music and the state of the arts with the quartet’s musicians; and “Ever a Dancer,” with professional dancers Sean Greene and Liz Maxwell talking about their careers and today’s contemporary dance landscape.

Pacific Symphony,
Members of the symphony continue to upload “Quarantine Clips,” videos of themselves performing in their living rooms, front yards, and parks. Favorite past performances are broadcast every Sunday at 7 p.m. on KUSC-FM (91.5), including “Rhapsody in Blue” with pianist Aaron Diehl (Aug. 9) and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with violinist Clara-Jumi Kang (Aug. 23).

Segerstrom Center for the Arts,
The “Center at Home” series includes an ever-growing slate of short instructional videos led by artists and educators. Highlights include the Chameleons teaching the basics of mime performance, Tupua Productions leading a Polynesian dance class, Native American storyteller Jacque Nunez recounting “The Turtle Story,” and award-winning Native American hoop dancer Terry Goedel explaining the regalia he wears while dancing.

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