Hodgins: Segerstrom Center Refuses to Let the Pandemic Keep the Curtain Down

Casey Reitz landed a dream job at exactly the wrong moment.

Reitz took the helm at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in December 2019. He was wooed from a prestigious position, executive director of Second Stage Theater in New York City.

It seemed like a good mid-career move for Reitz from a prominent theater to a regional performing arts center with impressive Broadway, dance and music seasons and an affiliation with American Ballet Theater, the nation's most famous dance company.

Then COVID-19 came calling. And everything ground to a halt.

Sawdust Reinvents Itself as an Outdoor Marketplace During Coronavirus Restrictions

Like they have for 54 years, the Sawdust Art Festival artists are showing off and selling their paintings, sculpture, jewelry, clothes, photographs and prints on three acres of woodchip-covered grounds at 935 Laguna Canyon Road.

But now it's called the Sawdust Outdoor Marketplace, and quite a few things are different this time around.

Panoringan: Amazon Fresh 101 — A Comprehensive Guide to OC's Tech-Savvy Grocery Store

Amazon Fresh opened its second California location to the public on October 22, 2020 in a former Babies R Us retail space at Irvine Market Place. The first launched in Woodland Hills in early September.

With Orange County in Tier 2 of the California Re-Opening Plan, many of Orange County's arts and culture organizations and venues remain physically closed; but virtual and streaming offerings are thriving, and more venues are beginning their phased re-openings in accordance with State guidelines. Arts Orange County is pleased to combine its recommendations for online enrichment with some good news about places you can visit personally. ArtsOC continues to urge everyone to save lives by wearing masks and respecting social distancing protocols. 


Art & Nature Festival @ LAM

Art exhibits, film screenings, panels, and the unveiling of a stunning new, commissioned kinetic sculpture are some of the highlights of this celebration by the Laguna Art Museum; which also features virtual programming for those who want to visit from afar  DETAILS »


38th Annual Holiday Faire

With advanced ticketing, this year's Faire will be held entirely outdoors at the Great Park, where advanced ticketing and safety measures will allow you to holiday shop for unique, handmade gifts from over 50 local artists.   DETAILS »


Pacific Symphony Mixer

A free opportunity to join the conversation with two of Pacific Symphony's premier violinists and hear the fascinating story of their global journey to become a part of this world-class orchestra  DETAILS »


Live Theatre: The Alice Experience

It's a unique musical journey through Wonderland for people of all ages, as the Rose Center Theater adapts their beloved production to take small, safely-distanced groups on an interactive tour around the theater and gardens to meet the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, and more favorites  DETAILS »


Danish String Quartet [Virtual Concert]

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents a live-streaming performance from an internationally-acclaimed string group known for combining classical favorites with musical works from Nordic folklore  DETAILS »

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