December O.C. Events: Holiday Lights, Walks, and More

December O.C. Events: Holiday Lights, Walks, and More
Casa Lumina Holiday Garden Walk

IN-PERSON EVENTS

DEC. 5 THROUGH 23
CASA LUMINA HOLIDAY WALK
To mark the holiday season, Casa Romantica is adorned with more than 1,000 twinkling lights and other holiday decor. Visitors to the 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival historic landmark, former home of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson, can stroll through the various rooms of the home and the gardens to enjoy the festive scene. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

THROUGHOUT DECEMBER
ROGER’S GARDENS BOUTIQUE
More than just an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts, this yearly tradition transforms the nursery into a winter wonderland, with rooms full of Christmas trees bedecked with hand-painted glass ornaments from Europe, shelves full of snowmen and Santa figurines, and tables topped with gingerbread houses and reindeer. Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949-640-5800, rogersgardens.com

DEC. 3 THROUGH JAN. 3
CAPISTRANO LIGHTS
Experience the lights of the season in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church at Mission San Juan Capistrano, and check out the 60-foot Christmas tree. Tickets are $3 for members or $5 for the public, and must be purchased in advance. Masks will be required, and social distancing will be enforced. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949-234-1300, capistranolights.com

DEC. 5
#IMOMSOHARD: Mom’s Night Out Round 2!
Jen Smedley and Kristin Hensley, whose weekly Facebook series “#IMomSoHard” became a viral sensation, bring their self-effacing brand of comedy to the stage in this drive-in show. Known for stories about marriage, parenting, and friendship, the duo has more than 1.5 million followers on social media and a stand-up special on Amazon Prime. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-712-2700, citynationalgroveofanaheim.com

DEC. 10-13, 17-22
NIGHTS OF 1000 LIGHTS AT SHERMAN LIBRARY & GARDENS
The annual event features a chance to stroll through the technicolor tunnel, add a wish to the wishing tree, behold the holiday lights around the garden, and have bites and drinks, all safely and socially distanced. Masks and timed reservations are required, and the tickets are sold in advance only ($15 for members, $25 for nonmembers). Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949-673-2261, thesherman.org

DEC. 17
TIMELESS MEMORIES: FRANK SINATRA, PART 1
In this lecture, Larry Maurer, historian for the Timeless Melodies Foundation for Education, tells Sinatra’s story, from his childhood in Hoboken, New Jersey, to his days on stage singing with big bands to his years acting in MGM films. Reservations are recommended for the event, which will be held outdoors in the Key Courtyard. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

THROUGH DEC. 31
“WILLIAM CAMARGO: ORIGINS & DISPLACEMENTS”
This outdoor/indoor installation features Anaheim local William Camargo’s photography, which explores the depiction of Chicanx and Latinx people in historical documents, photographs, and news archives. Six large portraits hang from the windows of the Carnegie Building, and more photos are displayed in the Carnegie Library Galleries. A section of the exhibit provides visitors a place to contribute by answering the questions on the gallery walls. Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714-956-8936, muzeo.org


VIRTUAL EVENTS

Photograph by Rod Spicer

DEC. 5
LIVE FROM THE WEST SIDE: WOMEN OF BROADWAY
In the final installment of the three-part series, Vanessa Williams will perform live from New York’s Shubert Virtual Studios while audiences around the world stream the show. Williams, a recording artist and actress, has been nominated for four Emmy Awards, 11 Grammy Awards, and a Tony. She starred on Broadway in “The Trip to Bountiful” and “After Midnight” and appears regularly with symphony orchestras around the world. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

DEC. 3
THROUGH THE LENS: LIVING LULLABIES
This installment of the National Geographic Live series features the work of photographer Hannah Reyes Morales, who traveled the globe to discover how conflict, migration, public health, and climate change were reflected in lullabies and children’s bedtime stories. In the virtual event, Morales reveals what she discovered, while showing her photographs and playing clips of lullabies from around the world. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

DEC. 3
TIS THE SEASON! VIRTUAL CONCERT & GALA
The Pacific Chorale’s annual holiday concert goes virtual this year, with “mosaic” performances from the entire choir, cabaret-style songs from soloists, and guest performances from the Southern California Children’s Chorus and the students in the Pacific Chorale Academy @Home program. An online auction will accompany the event. Pacific Chorale, 714-662-2345, pacificchorale.org

DEC. 3
“AMERICAN MARIACHI”: CREATORS IN CONVERSATION
“American Mariachi” playwright José Cruz González, music director Cynthia Reifler Flores, and dramaturge Shirley Fishman will talk about the show and the history of women in mariachi in this livestreamed panel discussion. Musco Center for the Arts, 714-997-6812, muscocenter.org

DEC. 10 THROUGH 12
TRIUMPH OVER ADVERSITY FESTIVAL
Brothers Anthony and Demarre McGill serve as artistic directors for this series of free concerts and outreach advocating for social change in classical music. Anthony, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, and Demarre, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, will share the spotlight with guest musicians and play works from composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Tania LeĂłn, Valerie Coleman, and David Baker. Philharmonic Society of Orange County, 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org

DEC. 5
LIVE FROM THE WEST SIDE: WOMEN OF BROADWAY
In the final installment of the three-part series, Vanessa Williams will perform live from New York’s Shubert Virtual Studios while audiences around the world stream the show. Williams, a recording artist and actress, has been nominated for four Emmy Awards, 11 Grammy Awards, and a Tony. She starred on Broadway in “The Trip to Bountiful” and “After Midnight” and appears regularly with symphony orchestras around the world. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

DEC. 13
JADE: CHINA’S GIFT TO THE WORLD WITH RICHARD HUGHES
In conjunction with the newest exhibit at Bowers Museum, “Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan,” this talk from Lotus Gemology’s Richard Hughes will look at the history and types of jadeite and nephrite that have been prized in Myanmar and China. Bowers Museum, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

DEC. 16 AND DEC. 26
SOUTHLAND SESSIONS: BEETHOVEN’S 250TH BIRTHDAY
To celebrate the prolific composer’s birthday, KCET and PBS SoCal will broadcast Pacific Symphony’s performance of Symphony No. 9 from the 2012 Plazacast at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Pacific Symphony, 714-755-5788, pacificsymphony.org

DEC. 20
VIRTUAL ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE: SHEKU AND ISATA KANNEH-MASON
Philharmonic Society of Orange County artists-in-residence Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason will play the final concert of their virtual residency. Cellist Sheku gained worldwide fame after his performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Pianist Isata’s debut album, “Romance,” hit No. 1 on the U.K. classical charts in July 2019. Philharmonic Society of Orange County, 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org

THROUGH DEC. 19
“VISION2020”
The artists featured work in assemblage and fashion-related painting and drawing: George Herms and Jeffrey Frisch use found objects to create otherworldly sculptures, while fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes is known as the “Princess of Punk” for her designs that infuse couture with punk street style. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana, 714-667-1517, occca.org


ONGOING ONLINE OFFERINGS

Chance Theater
chancetheater.com
The theater continues to host livestreamed events such as “Broadway Chance Style,” in which Broadway actors with ties to the Chance perform and talk with audience members; and periodically releases new episodes of its video series, “Chance Encounters” and “Some Good News O.C.,” on the theater’s YouTube page.

Laguna Playhouse
lagunaplayhouse.com
The second installment of “Keeping Live Theatre Alive” was recently released on the theater’s website, featuring short performances from actors Bryan Cranston, Priscilla Lopez, Wendie Malick, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charles Shaughnessy, and Reno Wilson. The playhouse is also hosting livestreams and videos-on-demand of plays.

Musco Center for the Arts
muscocenter.org
Archived recordings of the center’s virtual fall lineup, including live concerts from the Aki Kumar Trio, Tres Souls, and singer Ashley Faatoalia, and panel discussions with musicians and dancers about the history and future of the performing arts, are available on the center’s website.

Pacific Chorale
pacificchorale.org
The chorale recently posted a recording of a virtual performance of Bobby McFerrin’s “23rd Psalm (Dedicated to My Mother).” The chorale first performed the song in 2001 with McFerrin’s mother, Sara (a singer, Orange County music educator, and longtime chorale board member) in the audience. The chorale dedicated the performance to “all who have suffered illness and loss due to COVID-19.”

Pacific Symphony
pacificsymphony.org
Principal flute Ben Smolen continues to host weekly “Symphony Mixers,” in which he talks with fellow members of the symphony, guest artists, and composers. Recent guests have included conductor David Danzmayr and classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas.

South Coast Repertory
scr.org
The theater continues to produce SCR commUNITY, a series of free online readings, interviews, radio plays, and other content spotlighting regional playwrights, actors, and directors. A new feature on its website, “The Story Behind the Photo,” features Q&As with directors and actors about favorite moments from past productions.


CANCELED EVENTS/TEMPORARILY CLOSED

THROUGHOUT DECEMBER
SIX EXHIBITS IN ONE (TEMPORARILY CLOSED) 
Five separate shows that were scheduled to open before the pandemic, along with one that was added after the space reopened in October, share the galleries in this exhibit. Artists Marsia Alexander-Clarke, Carolyn Castaño, Alexandra Grant, Noé Martínez, Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza, and Kyungmi Shin use various media to explore questions surrounding identity. An exhibition of pieces from “An Earth Song, A Body Song: Figures with Landscape from the OCMA Permanent Collection” also remains on view. Orange County Museum of Art, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714-780-2186, ocmaexpand.org

DEC. 4, 5, 11, AND 12
46TH ANNUAL BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS (CANCELED)
Locals decorate their boats to reflect the “Fiesta Holiday” theme before parading through the harbor on two weekends in this annual Dana Point tradition. Dana Point Harbor, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949-496-6137, danapointharbor.com

OPENS DEC. 6
“WAYNE THIEBAUD: CLOWNS” (TEMPORARILY CLOSED) 
To mark Thiebaud’s 100th birthday, this exhibit will show about 40 paintings, drawings, and etchings of clowns the acclaimed artist has made over the past five years. Thiebaud has been fascinated by clowns since childhood, when he saw them in a traveling circus and was mesmerized by their costumes, makeup, and movements. The exhibit is a variation of the one that opened in December 2019 in Paul Thiebaud’s San Francisco gallery. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

DEC. 16 THROUGH 20
112TH NEWPORT BEACH BOAT PARADE (CANCELED)
The yearly event always draws spectators from around Southern California, but this year it could have audiences from around the world, as it will be livestreamed online and on Newport Beach’s NBTV for the first time. As always, boats festooned with thousands of lights, decorations, and even special effects will vie for the top prizes. Starting and ending at the tip of Lido Isle, Newport Beach, christmasboatparade.com

OPENING DEC. 12
“TREASURES IN GOLD & JADE: MASTERWORKS FROM TAIWAN” (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Sculptures by two of Taiwan’s leading artists, Wu Ching and Huang Fu-shou, are on display in this exhibit. Ching uses a traditional wax technique to create elaborate and intricate gold pieces, 17 of which are included in the show. Fu-shou works in jade and often carves his pieces from a single stone; his 27 pieces here will be shown alongside poems he wrote. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

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