OPENS JAN. 11
CALIFORNIA COOL ART AUCTION 2021
This annual art auction, which will be conducted online, will include more than 100 works curated by the staff at the Laguna Art Museum. Aaron Bastian, director of fine arts at Bonhams San Francisco and an appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow,” will provide special virtual commentary. Laguna Art Museum, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org
This string quartet—made up of two violinists, a viola player, and a cellist—formed in 1994 and has played throughout Europe and North America. This virtual concert features three pieces by Beethoven: “String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130”; “Grosse Fuge, Op. 133”; and “String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132.” Philharmonic Society of Orange County, 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org
VIRTUAL FAMILY FESTIVAL: CHOCOLATE
The Bowers will bring its popular chocolate festival online. The livestreamed program will include a discussion on cacao farming, a cooking demonstration featuring a chocolate-inspired recipe, live music, and an art project. Bowers Museum, 714-567-3600, bowers.org
CHRISTINE NGUYEN, INSTALLATION ARTIST
A California native who earned her master’s in fine art at UC Irvine, Nguyen depicts the natural world and the cosmos in an unconventional way in her work. Her large-scale, colorful, dreamy paintings and installations have been shown at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Laguna Art Museum, and galleries around the world. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org
Camino Real Playhouse, caminorealplayhouse.org
The playhouse will continue to offer virtual classes for teens and adults in acting, improv, and magic. All courses are taught by experienced performers.
Chance Theater, chancetheater.com
The theater now has a series of virtual intensive workshops, taught by theater veterans, available for rent. Topics range from scenic design, costume design, and playwriting to preparing for musical theater auditions. In addition, the theater’s website continues to release new episodes of its video series, “Chance Encounters” and “Some Good News O.C.,” and hosts livestreamed events such as “Broadway, Chance Style,” in which Broadway actors with ties to the Chance perform and talk with audience members.
The Frida Cinema, thefridacinema.org
The cinema’s “Pop-Up Drive-In” series offers movie screenings outside various venues across Orange County, including the Zion Lutheran Church and School in Anaheim and the Mess Hall in Tustin. Online, the theater’s Streaming Cinema provides access to classic films for rent.