No Hall? No Problem! Pacific Symphony Doubles Down on Online Presence

In March, the Metropolitan Opera streamed videos of its celebrated, vilified 2011 Robert Lepage-directed Ring Cycle. I watched about five minutes and it was like watching a circus through a keyhole. Such is life during the pandemic. With performing arts venues gathering cobwebs, we take what we can get, and in the absence of live performance, streaming video has become the de facto alternative.

Its limitations are obvious, given the choice between, say, hearing a concert in a hall and hearing the same concert on your computer. Your tinny, tiny, plastic, flat-screened, buffering-at-the-worst-time computer.

Predictable carping aside, it's not all grim. Videos keep musicians and audiences connected, the format compels a new and different level of creativity, some platforms allow for interacting with the performers, and the world's musicians are now that much closer to us. In the absence of the ideal it's sufficient — masks, gloves, Purell, and all.

Laguna Beach Cancels Pageant of the Masters, Festival of the Arts

Laguna Beach has a century-long reputation as a city where the arts thrive. The Laguna Playhouse, founded in 1920, is one of California's oldest theaters, and Laguna's summer arts activities, including the Pageant of the Masters, have been drawing large crowds since the early 1930s.

This summer will be different. Laguna's Festival of Arts announced Monday that the annual Fine Art Show and the popular Pageant of the Masters will be cancelled for the 2020 summer season.

With the majority of arts and culture venues closed in the interest of public health, Arts Orange County is bringing you recommendations for creative experiences available to enjoy in-home with an Internet connection. As individuals everywhere change their personal and professional routines, artists and storytellers are devising ways to bring their work to you. 


Virtual Spring Carnival

The Segerstrom Center hosts a one-of-a-kind celebration of spring for families at-home everywhere - with crafts, activities, a custom playlist, challenges, and more  DETAILS »


National Hispanic Cultural Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico's renowned cultural institution, combining theater, museum, and educational space, is "dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities"; and many of its exhibits can now be toured virtually through Google Arts & Culture  DETAILS »


Virtual Car Show

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center takes its love for classic automobiles on-line with a spotlight on amazing local hot rods and a specially-made musical performance from a favorite local band  DETAILS »


Casa Kids

Take the kids on safe, neighborhood excursions to learn about California native plants with guide materials from Casa Romantica, and they may feature the pictures you take!  DETAILS »


Concerts in the Park @ Home!

The brand-new "OC Parks Sound Check" presents a live, acoustic concert from Orange County musicians every Saturday afternoon in May  DETAILS »

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