December 31, 2021
Each week, Arts Orange County and Voice of OC are excited to deliver to you this look at the stories and events happening in our arts and cultural community.
Local Arts Spotlight
This special, timed-entry exhibition at the Bowers Museum features stunning jewelry and accessories used on-screen in beloved films such as "Titanic" and "The Princess Diaries"
2022 is turning out to be another unpredictable year in arts and culture.
COVID-19 seemed to be on the decline earlier this year, when local arts organizations were planning their 2022 seasons.

However, the Omicron variant has thrown a wrench into the best-laid plans of mice, men and women, especially for live performances. Already, some shows have been canceled or postponed during the final days of 2021. Nonetheless, the upcoming calendar, at this point, is still full of events, with some big names like Branford Marsalis, American Ballet Theatre, Bomsori Kim and Robert Williams still scheduled to make O.C. appearances.

So here’s a look ahead at 2022 in theater, classical music, visual arts, dance, culture and food, brought to you by Voice of OC’s talented team of arts and culture writers. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that most of these will actually happen.
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As 2021 winds down, there are still a multitude of options across Orange County to bring art, culture, and the holiday spirit into your lives. Arts Orange County advises everyone to pay special attention to the latest updates from organizations and venues as safety considerations keep everyone's plans in flux. You can always check for the latest at
♦ Re-Opening ♦
A one-night-only concert at the Laguna Playhouse presents these expert musicians steeped in the history and traditions of folk music. MORE
♦ Virtual Visit ♦
The Mission's new, free video collection gives you the opportunity to take at-home art lessons featuring the beautiful sights of the Mission and its grounds. MORE
♦ For the Family ♦
Your ticket to this special drive-through marvel of a million lights at the OC Fair and Event Center now includes a family friendly drive-in movie on select nights. MORE
♦ Extra ♦
Final days for this exhibit at the Vanessa Rothe Fine Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, presenting over 75 original paintings inspired by the sights and artistic styles of France. MORE
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- Dr. Stephen Barker,
Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts,
University of California, Irvine
Voice of OC is Orange County's nonprofit newsroom with a mission to consistently deliver fair, focused and thorough journalism on critical quality of life and local issues for Orange County communities.
Arts Orange County builds appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. Event information provided by SparkOC, an Arts OC program.