February 18, 2022
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
Laguna Playhouse presents a special journey through the musical catalogs of two legendary American songwriters MORE
♦ Arts & Culture ♦
Pop theater quiz: Name a play that ties together romance, politics and the Black experience in America.

If “What I Learned in Paris” first came to mind, you get a gold star.

Pearl Cleage’s 2012 play, receiving a new production opening this weekend at South Coast Repertory, is a romantic comedy that revolves around Black folks enmeshed in politics and the civil rights movement in the Deep South circa 1973.

And, by luck if not by design, the play arrives during Black History Month and in a month that also encompasses Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day – ideal for a play that sets romance against a backdrop of politics and the achievements of African Americans.

Further resonating with the play’s examination of Black Americans during a vital period in American history, and celebrating Black History Month all the more, is the fact that Cleage is one of the greatest contemporary Black American playwrights, and that Lou Bellamy, the director of SCR’s Segerstrom Stage production is, like Cleage, a prominent, celebrated Black American of the theater world.
Each week, we recommend a variety of events and experiences from the listings at SparkOC.com, our free website for Orange County's arts and cultural community. We always suggest you be mindful of the most recent health and safety guidelines in California, Orange County, and the venue for the listing.
♦ Re-Opening ♦
The debut production from Electric Company Theatre, the Muckenthaler Center's new resident company, invites the audience into Wonderland in a unique adaptation of the classic adventures of Alice MORE
♦ Virtual Visit ♦
This week kicks off a 5-week streaming workshop from the Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble that will teach you how research and connect with your personal history and culture through the art of storytelling MORE
♦ For the Family ♦
It's an all-ages, all-abilities party on Segerstrom Center's outdoor Argyros Plaza, hosted by the dance instructors from Studio D: Arts School For All Abilities - parents and caretakers encouraged to join in MORE
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- Dr. Al Mijares,
Orange County Superintendent of Schools
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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.