Muckenthaler Cultural Center Finds a Way to Thrive During the Pandemic

Farrell Hirsch has not let the coronavirus get in the way of the Muckenthaler's mission to "enrich the human spirit through the arts." The Fullerton institution is thriving as it brings new ways to engage in the arts every week.

Artists Revive the Self-Guided 'Art Along the Coast' Tour

Since the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the summertime Festival of Arts for the first time since 1945, artists who should be displaying their work now in Laguna Beach are instead joining forces to present Art Along the Coast, a free, self-guided tour of art studios and exhibition venues from Santa Ana to San Clemente. The fourth event will take place Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 22-23 and 29-30, and will involve 34 Orange County artists in 14 locations.

Panoringan: OC's New Brunch Scene Is What Locals Are Craving

Why brunch? The better question might be why not?

When I asked chefs, their answers reflected each restaurant's particular attributes. One establishment noticed an uptick in weekend reservations, and jumped on the opportunity. Another simply never had the option to create a dedicated morning menu.

Regardless of the reasoning, I've seen four brunches (five, if you include breakfast) launch around the county in the last couple of months. And with the patios many of them have, it made so much sense. This collection of leisurely brunches spans entire weekends and then some. From creative waffle flavors to shaved truffles, I'm confident one will be to your liking.

While the majority of Orange County's arts and culture organizations and venues remain physically closed; virtual/streaming offerings are thriving, and some outdoor venues are beginning their phased re-openings. Arts Orange County is pleased to combine its recommendations for online enrichment with some good news about places you can now visit personally. ArtsOC and Voice of OC continue to urge everyone to follow the State and County's current precautionary guidelines as they venture out. Masks and distancing save lives. 



A live-stream fiesta produced by South Coast Repertory features readings of four dramatic and poetic pieces about the historical and cultural importance of masa  DETAILS »


Summer Jazz Lunch -Sara Gazarek Quartet

The Irvine Barclay Theatre moves its show outside to the dining patio of the luxurious Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach, pairing a scrumptious lunch with a concert by the Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist  DETAILS »


Virtual Group Tours at Laguna Art Museum!

Groups of two or more can arrange for engaging, docent-guided Zoom tours of the Laguna Art Museum's extensive exhibits on a pay-what-you-can basis  DETAILS »


Summer Activities for Kids

A partnership between the Anaheim Community Foundation and the Child Creativity Lab provides a menu of activities, both online and in-person, to safely stimulate your child in the arts, science, and sports  DETAILS »


The heArt of Orange County All Media 2020 Juried Art Exhibition

The broad-ranging traditional annual showcase from the Chemers Gallery will hold it unveiling and awards ceremony on Facebook Live before opening to the public; featuring works from over 60 Orange County artists in multiple media  DETAILS »

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