June 24, 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.
It's opening weekend for one of the most beloved annual traditions in Orange County community - Laguna Beach's summer outdoor art and music festival gives visitors countless opportunities to see, hear, taste, and purchase the inspiring work of local creatives MORE
♦ Theater ♦
There’s a learning curve to just about any new venture, and launching a theater company is no different. But still, after nearly a year as the resident theater company at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, and in the midst of mounting its fourth and fifth production, you’d think The Electric Company Theatre would be over any new-kid-on-the-block syndrome.

Think again.

According to Callie Prendiville Johnson, half of The ECT’s brain trust, even though she and partner Brian Johnson have already mounted a full season of shows, including an artistically satisfying debut production (“The Old Man and the Old Moon”), a commercially successful children’s show (“Alice: An Immersive Adventure”), and a one-person show set up by a grant from the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles (“The Jewish Dog”), this week’s opening night performances of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Shakespeare in Love” mark their official “coming out party.”
♦ Arts & Culture ♦
Arts Orange County, the county’s nonprofit arts council, has announced its 22nd Orange County Arts Awards, which will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

The event will honor lifetime contributions to the arts, emerging artists, arts leaders and an emerging arts organization in Orange County.

This year’s Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award for lifetime contributions to the O.C. arts community will recognize Robert Garfias, an internationally recognized musicologist, educator and arts advocate; the Orange County Museum of Art, founded 60 years ago with plans to open a new $93 million, 53,000-square-feet home at Segerstrom Center on Oct. 8; and Sophie and Larry Cripe, passionate theater lovers, leaders and supporters of South Coast Repertory, Chance Theater and other Orange County theaters.
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.
♦ Local Spotlight ♦
This free parade and festival presented by OC LGBT Pride with the support of SDCCU fills downtown Santa Ana with a celebration of the progress and accomplishments of the LGBTQIA+ community MORE
♦ Wallet Friendly ♦
Throughout the summer, visitors to the Sherman Library & Gardens can also view a collection of 45 collages bursting with color from the Russian-born artist; with extended evening hours on Thursdays and Saturdays MORE
♦ For the Family ♦
Dora and Diego will be just some of the special kid-friendly guests at Anaheim's Center Street Promenade in this festival that will bring literature, music, and outdoor exercise geared towards children 12 and under MORE
♦ Wildcard ♦
The City of Buena Park kicks off its summer concert series with the mariachi sounds of Las Colibri MORE
"In these uncertain times, some arts organizations stay in place, while others move ahead and demonstrate their importance. Arts Orange County has truly risen to the challenges presented by COVID-19, by equipping local organizations with funding and educational resources."
- Jerry Mandel, Ph.D.,
Irvine Barclay Theatre
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.