February 4, 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
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall will play host to this spectacular musical and visual celebration welcoming in the Year of the Tiger MORE
♦ Arts & Culture ♦
After a 2021 pandemic hiatus, the Orange County Black History Parade and Unity Festival will return to downtown Anaheim on Saturday. The Orange County Heritage Council will lead the 42ndannual parade with the theme “Our Heritage: Reflecting, Advancing, and Uniting,” starting at 9 a.m. with a parade pre-show and opening prayer.

After the morning blessing, the parade will kick off at 10 a.m., starting at Anaheim Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue, and will march toward Water Street before returning to Anaheim City Hall. The parade will feature marching bands, floats, community units and dignitaries. 

The parade will be followed by a unity festival, previously known as the Cultural Faire, beginning at noon. The festival will feature live music and entertainment, food, vendors, a college fair and an art contest. The 2022 grand marshall, R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, is scheduled to speak and perform a selection of his music. R&B historian Tyrone Dubose and model Ashley Nicole are slated as parade hosts.
♦ Health & Wellness ♦
For the first time in two years, scores of people will gather in Orange County’s Little Saigon this Saturday for an in-person Tet Parade, marking the Lunar New Year widely celebrated by people of various Asian descent. 

And unlike 2020, which saw two dueling Tet Parades born out of political, community in-fighting, this year marks the return to a singular event activating the heart of Little Saigon. For a full list of Lunar New Year festivities in Orange County this week, click here.

The parade, like other in-person festivities scheduled for this weekend in Orange County, also comes on the heels of this winter’s fourth COVID-19 wave, driven by the virus’ Omicron variant. 
Westminster Community Services Director Vanessa Johnson said parade organizers under Garden Grove City Councilmember Phat Bui are taking health safety precautions above what state guidelines are for large outdoor events.

“They have indicated they will go above and beyond and ask all parade participants to be vaccinated. They are having testing stations, so if people want to be tested they can do so. And I believe they are checking vaccination cards and requiring negative tests for the VIP area,” Johnson said in a Thursday phone interview.
A new year is upon us, with many Orange County institutions launching new seasons of events and opportunities to enliven and enrich your 2022. But many are exploring postponement or virtual options due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 - watch for updates from any arts and culture offerings you hope to attend, and see the latest updates on SparkOC.com.
♦ Re-Opening ♦
The GEM Theater's irreverent podcast has kept them in touch with their audience throughout the long closure of local theaters - now they celebrate re-opening their doors with a live recording featuring singing, dancing, and a cocktail included with every ticket MORE
♦ Virtual Visit ♦
For a family-friendly home alternative, the Bowers Museum is streaming its all day Lunar New Year Festival, featuring art projects, dragon dances, and more traditional Chinese art forms MORE
♦ For the Family ♦
Sherman Library & Gardens combines books and nature, education and fun, for the perfect indoor/outdoor adventure for children MORE
♦ Extra ♦
Anaheim's MUZEO presents this first-ever exhibition of works by the cutting edge digital artist Cryptopainter, whose surreal blends of reality and virtual imagery comment on our modern existence split between these two worlds MORE
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