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PREMIERE Your guide to the performing and visual arts in Orange County Spring/Summer 2015

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Taking Chances Pays Off O.C. theater celebrates a year of growth PLUS Shakespeare Orange County gets a new look, SCR offers up its annual sampler of new works


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Get a taste of Laguna’s summer festivals PLUS Defying gravity with marble, exploring O.C. sculpture gardens

Local piano prodigy plays on the world’s stages PLUS Cutting-edge music out of UC Irvine, making the most of the summer concert season

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setting the Barre high ABT’s new ballet school comes to O.C. PLUS Mark Morris’s “Dido” returns, Boris Eifman takes audiences “Up & Down” 4 | Premiere OC | Spring/Summer 2015

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art adventure: Los angeles Take a mini-vacation this summer and visit venues in our neighbor to the north PLUS Make yourself at home in the Great Park, flamenco festival heats up the Barclay

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The Connector


he cover image on this issue of Premiere OC is well named. “The Connector,” created by Richard Serra in 2006, weighs 360 tons and casts a shadow almost as big as the man who commissioned it: Henry Segerstrom. Mr. Segerstrom, who passed away in February, was the visionary who transformed his family’s successful agricultural operations into what we know as South Coast Plaza and modern-day Costa Mesa. However, Mr. Segerstrom’s vision was that a community needs more than just commerce, and that the arts help create a truly lasting legacy. Pursuing that vision, the Segerstrom family donated the land for the Orange County Performing Arts Center, which opened in 1986. Mr. Segerstrom’s vision and drive didn’t stop there, as he tirelessly led the efforts to support and connect our community to the arts. Greatly expanded and now named in the family’s honor, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus is home to multiple performing arts venues, including a world-class concert hall and South Coast Repertory. With the planned move of the Orange County Museum of Art to the campus, the vision will be complete. And looming over all it is “The Connector,” a sculpture that pays homage to Henry Segerstrom’s role in connecting our community to the arts. I encourage you to embrace the arts, as we do in every issue of Premiere OC and Orange Coast magazines. Follow your passion, whether it be music, theater, dance or the visual arts. Henry Segerstrom wouldn’t want it any other way. Sincerely,

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Patrice Covington plays Martha Reeves in the touring show of “Motown: The Musical.� For more upcoming shows, see page 16. Photo by Joan Marcus

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Taking ChancesPays Offfor Theater The Anaheim Hills company celebrates a year of growth onstage and off by Lori Basheda 10 | Premiere OC | Spring/Summer 2015

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hance Theater, a small, ensemble-driven company in Anaheim Hills, celebrated the opening of its second stage in February and an 11-show lineup for 2015, a near-doubling of the number of shows it put on last year. “It’s a testament to the desire and appetite of Orange County that our work has been so readily embraced by the community,” says Chance Managing Director Casey Long. “The theatrical community is growing stronger every year in Orange County.” Founded in 1999 by “a small group of people who saw the need for an intimate alternative theater experience in Orange County,” Chance launched a capital campaign in the summer of 2013 to raise $760,000, according to Long. It so far has taken in about $620,000. With that money the Chance moved to a larger space at an industrial complex off La Palma Avenue in 2014, opening a theater that seats 150. On Feb. 7, a second theater that seats 49 was unveiled in the space along with a new marquee that reads Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center, named after the Chance donor and Orange County philanthropist. The new space also includes a classroom for summer workshops for youths and teens interested in theater. The Chance mostly produces previously staged musicals and plays, but each year a resident playwright is selected. This year it is Lauren Yee, who is based in San Francisco. Her play, “Samsara,” “a playfully absurd comedy about surrogacy,” opens its run on the main stage in April. It’s one of the company’s 11 productions this year,

“Loch Ness” premiered at the Chance this year.

up from six last year. It includes three shows for young audiences, a first for the Chance. As Long describes it, the 2015 lineup includes a musical adventure into the Scottish highlands, a powerhouse political drama, a joyful contemporary musical classic, a poetic modern fantasy concerning the lives of dragons, a hilarious and dark dramedy about the perils of Midwestern life, three adaptations for children (based on the adventures of Alice, Fancy Nancy, and Ichabod Crane), and two holiday shows. Each show ends with those involved in the production coming out on stage to take audience questions. Says Long, “We want to provoke a dialogue in the community.” 714-777-3033,

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Evan Handler, David Denman, and Noah Bean rehearse “Of Good Stock” at the 2014 festival.

For Tourists and Purists SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival is a theatrical dim sum by Trevor Bailey


range County has what is arguably the nation’s best new play sampler, and it returns to South Coast Repertory in April. The Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF), now in its 18th year, benefits from a well-stocked pipeline of original scripts by great contemporary playwrights in full productions or staged readings by theater, film, and television actors such as past participants Allison Brie, Katie Lowes, Josh Radnor, Jimmy Smits, and Jon Tenney. It’s a theatrical dim sum of fresh work that is helping feed regional theater programming across America.

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This year, weeks-long runs of Melissa Ross’s hilarious “Of Good Stock” and Rajiv Joseph’s haunting “Mr. Wolf,” both commissioned by SCR, will provide two of the weekend’s full productions. There will also be five performances of Theatre Movement Bazaar’s “Big Shot” and four single-performance readings. “Our goal was to get more productions for the playwrights we love,” explained SCR’s Associate Artistic Director John Glore, who directs the festival. “More than 85 percent of the 113 plays we have presented in PPF went on to productions in other theaters. So, it’s happening.” April 24 through 26, 714-708-5555,

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will co-direct. “But the rift will be between racially mixed families, not between races.” A classic Elizabethan “As You Like It” arrives in August, with Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” concluding the season. June 13 through Sept. 26, 714-590-1575, Photo by Jordan Kubatt

he rebirth that Shakespeare Orange County initiated last year continues this summer. In 2014, incoming Artistic Director John Walcutt sought to attract an audience representative of the county’s diversity to the Garden Grove–based theater. “The biggest achievement was the new energy and new people that came,” he says. “Attendance shot up because we offered more and different programming, and they could afford it.” A sold-out performance of the autobiographical “Trieu Tran Unplugged,” which drew first-time visits from nearby Vietnamese-Americans, will return. Tran also will star in “Romeo and Juliet,” co-produced by The Vietnamese-American Association for Literature and Arts, which received proceeds from “Unplugged.” “The party Romeo crashes will be Juliet’s quinceañera with traditional folklórico dances performed onstage by Relámpago del Cielo,” says Walcutt, who

The Polynesian dance company Hitia O Tera lights up “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”


Follow MenAlive, Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus, down the Yellow Brick Road for a raucous and rollicking night showcasing the music of our very own male diva, Elton John. You will feel the love as MenAlive celebrates his multi-faceted and glittering career.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce its 30th season, which is filled with that indescribable magic that happens when audiences and artists engage with one another through live performance.

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Dance, as always, is front and center, and this season features five of the world’s leading companies. The series kicks off in great style with Segerstrom Center premiere of Raymonda, Marius Petipa’s rarely performed story book ballet, which will be performed by the Ballet and Orchestra of the legendary Mariinsky Theatre. Another highlight is sure to be the longawaited return of the beloved American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker holiday classic, The Nutcracker, in a delightful new production by American Ballet Theatre. For this milestone season, the Center has assembled a blockbuster lineup for its popular Broadway and Curtain Call series. Mega-hits like Disney’s The Lion King, The Book of Mormon and Wicked are part of a season that includes 11 productions ranging from great family entertainment to cherished classics to brand new hits direct from the Great White Way.

Since our very first season, music has been a central component of Center programming, and this 30th season continues the tradition of featuring the hottest talents of the day from a vast array of genres. The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Tony Award® winners Kristin Chenoweth and Lea Salonga, and Emerson String Quartet are just a few of the many talented artists who will inspire us with their immense musical talents in this celebratory season. Disney’s The Lion King

All that is just for starters. Specials, star power, festivals and much more signal the start of something big: Segerstrom Center’s 30th year as Orange County’s center for the best in the arts and entertainment.

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Editor’s Picks


Don’t-Miss Theater Events

Garrett Deagon, ‘Rooster Hannigan’ in the touring production of ‘Annie’

“Motown: The Musical”

April 10 through 18: Monkey Wrench Collective puts its stamp on “Hamlet” with “Slings and Arrows,” which takes place throughout the grounds of San Clemente’s landmark Casa Romantica.

April 10 through May 31, June 5 through July 18: Fullerton’s Maverick Theater shows the breadth of its offerings by staging two very different musicals back-to-back: the classic “Les Misérables” and the contemporary adult take on “Sesame Street,” “Avenue Q” (Maverick Theater).

May 8 through June 7: “Peter and the Starcatcher” tells the swashbuckling origin story of Peter Pan in the Tony-winning play based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (South Coast Repertory).

May 20 through June 7: Nora and Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” was a star-studded draw for actresses during its New York run; scheduled performers in O.C. include Nancy Dussault, Linda Purl, and Michael Learned (Laguna Playhouse).

June 16 through 28: There’s probably no jukebox musical with a better, richer soundtrack than “Motown: The Musical.” Among the 40-plus songs: “ABC,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “What’s Going On,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (Segerstrom Center for the Arts).

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Age: 25 City of residence: New York City O.C. ties: I spent four years at UC Irvine, where I graduated with a BFA in musical theater. I lived near campus and worked with a company called The Center for Behavioral Sciences based in Costa Mesa. I was a behavioral technician and tutored children on the autism spectrum. I spent countless hours in these children’s homes and got to know Orange County in such a personal way. Favorite moment on the “Annie” tour: There is nothing quite like the buzz and nervous energy of opening night. Performing “Easy Street” for thousands of people the first night is by far my favorite moment on stage. Favorite part of touring: I love the challenges of being in new cities every week, and performing eight shows a week. You really get to know yourself, too, as I am separated from the normalcy of my life in New York. I am learning patience and compromise, and it is testing my stamina and endurance as well. This year has felt like a real journey and it’s only getting better.

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The crowd gets into the groove at the 2014 Doheny Blues Festival. For tips on enjoying outdoor concerts this season, go to page 24. Courtesy of Omega Events

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Umi Garrett

Teenager of Note Local piano prodigy makes her mark on the world’s stages by Astgik Khatchatryan


hat qualifies a 14-year-old to give a TED talk? How about being globally hailed as a piano prodigy since her 2009 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”? Umi Garrett, who lives in Aliso Viejo, already has released two albums, played with multiple symphonies, been named a Young Steinway Artist, and won competitions in Japan, Hungary, and New York. Last year, she spoke at the TEDxOrangeCoast conference at Soka University and completed a 16-city American tour; this spring she’ll perform solo recitals throughout the West. In other exciting news, she recently started high school. Happy about school? Yes! I’ve been home-schooled online for the last two years so I could tour, but now I’m going to the Orange County School of the Arts—yay! Describe your TED talk. It’s about the power of music—how it affects people. I went to Japan two years after the 2011 tsunami and got to play for people who were still recovering. I hope to help people through music. Do you have time to be a kid, too? I have friends, and I like to read and draw. And I have two lizards. But I do practice a lot. Memorable concerts? Once, in Italy, I had an outdoor solo performance. There were church bells ringing every 15 minutes and bugs were flying up my dress. Oh, and an ambulance went by! But I kept playing. What’s touring like? My mom always travels with me. I can’t go alone and she won’t let my dad take me because we play tag indoors and spray whipped cream in our mouths. He’s the relaxed parent, and she has to keep the house from collapsing.

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Carl St.Clair

A Pacific Ocean Symphony Fire and Water offers a new commission with an IMAX touch by Cristofer Gross


lanning Pacific Symphony’s season has been a labor of love for Carl St.Clair. But an unplanned meeting in Laguna Beach may make the biggest splash of his 25th season as conductor. “I was having breakfast at the Orange Inn when the owner said he needed me to meet someone,” St.Clair recalls. It was Greg MacGillivray, the producer and director of IMAX hits including “Everest” and “The Living Sea.” That chance meeting led to the commissioning of “Siren Songs,” a six-movement, oceanthemed orchestral work by Laura Karpman, with film accompaniment by MacGillivray, that will premiere during Fire and Water, the three-piece season finale in June.

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“Laura is an incredibly gifted and respected composer who can embrace large topics,” says St.Clair. St.Clair also wanted to finish his anniversary season with an operatic work, and when it comes to large-topic opera, Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” stands alone. “We’ll do three orchestral segments and finish with soprano megastar Deborah Voigt performing Brünnhilde’s immolation scene, which concludes the opera,” St.Clair says of the Orange County–bred singer. The program will open with Vivaldi’s “La Tempesta di Mare,” featuring flutist Benjamin Smolen. June 11 through 13, 714-755-5799,

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Sundays at Soka with Pacific Symphony Benjamin Beilman, Violin BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 STRAUSS Serenade in E-flat Major for 13 Winds, TrV 106, Op. 7 TCHAIKOVSKY Concerto in D Major for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 35, TH 59

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Daniil Trifonov Solo Piano

BACH Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BEETHOVEN Sonata No.32, Op.111 LISZT Études d’exécution transcendante

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Ben Harper crowd surfs at Doheny Days.

Your Summer Concert Checklist Rich Sherman of Omega Events offers three tips for attending outdoor music events by Cynthia Furey


s president of Omega Events, Rich Sherman has produced hundreds of concerts, from the Doheny Blues Festival (this year’s performers include Bonnie Raitt and the Mavericks) to an evening with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti—where the power went out. “We had to finish the show with flashlights and a bullhorn,” Sherman says. “Very cool.” We asked Sherman for three tips on attending outdoor concerts this summer.

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1. Don’t rely on your cellphone. Cellphone reception can be spotty at an outdoor event, causing delayed texts or no connectivity at all. 2. Have a meet-up spot. Designate landmarks within the concert grounds to help find your companions when you get separated. 3. Wear earplugs. Earplugs, Sherman says, are your friends. “You never know when you’ll be up front in a direct line with a speaker stack. If they’re at max volume, the next morning you’ll wish you had worn them.”

Modern Music to Your Ears UC Irvine’s graduate students present an evening of original and tech-infused works by Cynthia Furey

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n May, graduate students of UC Irvine’s Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology program will showcase their original works in the annual ICIT Student Concert. The purpose of the eve-

ning is to allow students to “introduce who they are musically,” says Christopher Dobrian, UC Irvine professor of music. “Compositions in this concert generally tend to be a blend of contemporary classical music bending to the avant-garde, with jazz influences and technological elements,” Dobrian says. In the past, students have enhanced their performances with computercontrolled lighting and other integrated features. While there are similar graduate music programs across the country, the ICIT program emphasizes the importance of developing students’ creative work. “We want our students to constantly be producing music,” Dobrian says. Coming Fall 2015, the department will offer new MA and Ph.D. programs in place of the current MFA program. May 14, 949-824-2787,

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Editor’s Picks


Don’t-Miss Music Events

Patrick and Karen Cardinale, singers in Pacific Chorale’s annual community Choral Festival

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April 10: Big things come in small packages, such as Ariana Grande and her four-octave vocal range. The petite singer is on The Honeymoon Tour, which is sure to feature hits, such as “Problem” and “Break Free,” that are as outsized as her voice (Honda Center).

May 5: Classical music’s premier cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, performs a special concert with Pacific Symphony as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the orchestra’s music director, Carl St.Clair (Segerstrom Center for the Arts).

May 7 through Oct. 1: Musical theater, Celtic folk, 1920s jazz, barbershop four-part harmonies—these are just some of the genres that can be heard during the Under the Stars concert series (Muckenthaler Cultural Center).

May 12: The acclaimed young violinist Ray Chen displays his awardwinning technique in a recital program, presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, that includes Ravel, Schubert, Brahms, and Stravinsky (Segerstrom Center for the Arts).

June 21: It’s World Music Day, so get out and celebrate at Day of Music Fullerton, where bands such as Jeramiah Red and Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys create performance spaces out of a clothing store, a hair salon, restaurants and bars, and more (various venues).

June 26 and 27: MenAlive salutes the uniquely flamboyant life and songs of “The One: The Music of Elton John” (Irvine Barclay Theatre).

June 27: Chart-topping country pop trio Lady Antebellum is on tour with supporting acts (and country music up-and-comers) Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater). For a list of all Editor’s Picks, turn to the Datebook on page 68. 26 | Premiere OC | Spring/Summer 2015

Ages: 72 and 70, respectively City of residence: Mission Viejo Number of years in the festival: Since its first year, in 2008 Voice types: Bass and soprano Favorite festival memory: (Patrick) Singing pieces of music written by such great artists as Eric Whitacre (“Water Night”) and Alice Parker’s arrangement of Robert Shaw (“Ride on, King Jesus”). We were actually conducted by them on these pieces of music. (Karen) Being conducted by John Alexander and singing with the Pacific Chorale and more than 300 experienced singers is exhilarating. Why they sing in the festival: (Patrick) Because it’s such a privilege to sing with such a truly professional and talented chorale… and to learn such an array of music that we have sung over the past seven years. (Karen) The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is such a fabulous venue. I enjoy everything about the weekend, from practicing to the actual performance. Aug. 16, 714-662-2345,

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Boris Eifman’s “Up & Down” has its West Coast premiere at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. For more, see page 34.

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Setting the Barre High New steps, and students, for American Ballet Theater in O.C. by Lara Wilson

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he future of dance in Orange County is secure. In a series of wellchoreographed transitions at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, American Ballet Theater’s second-ever year-round school, the ABT William J. Gillespie School, will open in September at the newly renamed Judy Morr Theater. “This partnership with American Ballet Theatre is appealing on many levels,” says center President Terry Dwyer, who initiated the plan to bring the school to Orange County. “It enables us to build relationships and engage Orange County’s diverse community in new and meaningful ways. It provides a new way for the center to play a leadership role in the field of dance, an art form particularly close to our hearts. And it deepens one of our most rewarding artistic collaborations, that with ABT [see sidebar]. We are excited by the many possibilities the new ABT Gillespie School offers the center, our community, and the field of dance.”

Dance Partners

A dance school is just the latest in the relationship between ABT and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Here’s a timeline of their collaboration: 1988 “Swan Lake” World premiere of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s choreography and production performed by ABT. 1999 “Le Corsaire” ABT’s performance here was videotaped by PBS and it received a 2000 Emmy Award. 2003 “Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison” The West Coast premiere included choreography by Stanton Welch, Natalie Weir, Ann Reinking, and David Parsons.

The school, which opens in the fall, is geared towards children ages 3 to 14.

For more than 30 years, executive vice president Morr has facilitated high-caliber dance presentations at the center, elevating it to a worldclass dance destination. ABT has graced the roster since the beginning, but the opening of the school represents an expansion of the vision for both parties. Indeed, the New York-based ballet company plans to put down permanent roots here, citing as motivation its longstanding relationship with the center (thanks in large part to Morr) and a lack in Orange County of an internationally renowned troupe. Although ABT has a partnership with UC Irvine and the center to put on summer intensives in Orange County each year, establishing a bicoastal presence and school so far from home is virtually unprecedented. ABT CEO Rachel Moore assures that these steps are “consistent with [our] vision,” and that a number of changes were set in motion in 2006 when Congress named ABT a “national ballet company.” And so ABT ended its “Nutcracker” contract with Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2014. The first new students, a lucky crop of 10- to 14-year-olds, will perform during its 2015 season at the center. Opportunities for priority auditions to perform onstage with the company and take classes from visiting master teachers are among many advantages the school will offer, says Alaine Haubert, its principal. If your child dances, don’t wait until September—an open house in May will introduce prospective students and families to the new facilities and highly esteemed faculty. May 2, Photos by Doug Gifford

“The Dream” Another West Coast premiere, this was also taped by PBS. 2007 “The Sleeping Beauty” Kevin McKenzie’s new production for ABT had its West Coast premiere in O.C. 2012 American Ballet Theatre’s “The Firebird” The world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s production was part of the center’s 25th anniversary celebration. 2015 “The Sleeping Beauty” The new Ratmansky version had its world premiere here earlier this year, with Diana Vishneva, Gillian Murphy, Paloma Herrera, Isabella Boylston, and Hee Seo alternating in the title role.

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Eifman’s “Up & Down” is set during the Jazz Age.

Master of Movement Boris Eifman explores the interior life through dance in West Coast premiere by Lara Wilson How to move in multiple directions at once—this is a challenge best left to choreographers to solve. For St. Petersburg-based Boris Eifman, just two of these bearings are “Up & Down,” and that happens to be the title of the West Coast premiere his company, Eifman Ballet, will present at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The narrative follows a young doctor who spirals downward into lost identity as the Jazz Age soars up in full tilt. Set to music by Berg, Schubert, and Gershwin, it occupies “the era of non-stop carnival,” Eifman says. 34 | Premiere OC | Spring/Summer 2015

Famously drawn to the psychological realm in his creative process, Eifman travels in two additional directions: inward and outward. “Psychoanalysis is important for me a particular scientific theory,” he explains, but in relation to “the internal world of the individual.” And after nearly four decades spent diving into this world to emerge with all the necessary elements of dramatic ballet? Eifman reflects that “Up & Down” illuminates issues that are now “more relevant than ever.” June 5 through 7, 714-556-2787,


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Dancing ‘Dido’ Mark Morris Dance Group returns with a legacy by Lara Wilson


horeographer Mark Morris catapulted Henry Purcell’s Baroque opera, “Dido and Aeneas,” into most of our lifetimes in 1989, linking the echoing words of Nahum Tate’s libretto to his visionary movement vocabulary. The dance production requires synchronization of several moving parts, including orchestra, choir, backdrops, and lighting, so for logistical reasons, it has been seen only once in Southern California, in 2008. This May, the masterwork will return when the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Irvine Barclay Theatre co-present Mark Morris Dance Group with Santa Monica-based Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Cal State Long Beach’s Bob Cole Chamber Choir, and Morris himself at the conductor’s podium. May 15 and 16, 949-553-2422,



“Dido and Aeneas”


Anaheim Ballet

For nearly two decades, Anaheim Ballet has embraced a unique approach to providing dance training and performances for the local and global community. In accordance with its credo, More Than Dance… The company presents inspiring performances at diverse venues throughout Orange County and beyond. It is proud to partner with leading arts organizations, including Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. In addition to public concerts, the company engages first-time audiences of all ages with bus-in performances, school lecture/demonstrations and its wildly successful YouTube series “Anaheim Ballet: More Than Dance…” which has garnered more than 50 million views worldwide. The school provides unparalleled recreational and career-track training, with many students continuing on in ballet and dance-related careers. STEP-UP!, the community outreach program, provides focused technical instruction along with positive artistic development, and encourages increased student self-worth through motivational and supportive dance instruction for underprivileged youth. Anaheim Ballet can’t dance without a partner! And you can help… To donate or see upcoming events, visit or call (714) 490-6150.

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Don’t-Miss Dance Events

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National Choreographers Initiative

April 7: The French-Brazilian Compagnie Käfig burns the floor with “Correria” and “Agwa,” which showcase the troupe’s signature style that blends hip-hop, martial arts, and acrobatics (Irvine Barclay Theatre).

May 28 through 30: The young dancers of The Wooden Floor work tirelessly to perform in the annual contemporary concert put on by the Santa Ana-based nonprofit that provides not just dance classes but also academic support and family services (Irvine Barclay Theatre).

July 25: Local champion of new dance works Molly Lynch once again spends her summer vacation bringing top talent to O.C. to workshop pieces in the National Choreographers Initiative; those new dances are presented in this special one-night-only show (Irvine Barclay Theatre).

Aug. 6: Kutturan Chamoru is a Long Beach company that carries on the traditional music and dance of the Chamoru people of the Mariana Islands, including Guam (Muckenthaler Cultural Center).

Aug. 14: Expect a bevy of boldface names on the bill for Festival Ballet Theatre’s annual Gala of the Stars—past performers include Julie Kent, Fabrice Calmels, and Maria Kochetkova—as well as the Fountain Valley company’s regular dancers (Irvine Barclay Theatre).

For a list of all Editor’s Picks, turn to the Datebook on page 68.

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Age: 27 City of residence: Laguna Beach Work: I am a member of Backhausdance. I also dance with The Assembly, a new company of dancers and collaborators. I am a yoga instructor at You and the Mat in Laguna Niguel and in the fall I teach Yoga for Dancers at Chapman University. What she enjoys about being a dancer: Dance to me is about connection. Connecting to myself on a physical, emotional, and energetic level—in the studio I check in, explore, challenge, accept, and discover new things about myself and I am connecting to the present moment fully. I also love the collaboration that occurs between choreographers and dancers: the building of trust, the sharing, learning, discussing, and the community that is created. How she describes the O.C. dance scene: It is vibrant. There are dance companies and university and studio programs that have established firm roots in the county; there are budding companies and a growing audience. The ABT Gillespie School will open in September. There’s so much to be excited about! Upcoming performances: The Assembly (April 3) and Backhausdance (July 31 and Aug. 1)




Irvine Barclay Theatre Irvine Barclay Theatre’s 25th anniversary approaches in October. In advance of that special occasion, a major exhibit has been installed at John Wayne Airport. The exhibit, Wit, Style, Power, Grace, summarizes the unique place the Barclay has occupied in the cultural life of Orange County and, with beautiful images, its innovative programming by genre from contemporary dance to new circus, and from singers and songwriters to legendary authors and commentators. The Barclay is also proud of its partnership with UCI and the community of Irvine, its education and outreach programs, and its decades of being an in-demand facility by dozens of other cultural organizations. WIT, STYLE, POWER, GRACE Now through January 15, 2016 Twenty-five years of innovative programming in an exhibition spanning 140 feet. John Wayne Airport – Orange County: Destination Art & Culture – the gallery in the pre-security corridor linking Terminals B and C.

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Scott Moore (whose “The Corner Market” is pictured here) is one of the local artists exhibiting at the Festival of Arts. To see more artists who will be at Laguna’s summer fests, turn the page. Spring/Summer 2015 | Premiere OC | 41

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Festival of Artists Emilee Reed, “Beached”

Summer in Laguna Beach means it’s time for the annual arts festivals– here’s a sneak peek at artists in Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts, and Sawdust Art Festival by Liz Goldner

FESTIVAL OF ARTS SCOTT MOORE “The Corner Market,” 50” x 40,” oil on linen Years in the festival: 35 Favorite festival memory: In 1985, selling my first surreal image in my display booth after exhibiting my traditional imagery for the five years prior. Artist I most admire: Andrew Myers! I respect and enjoy his exceptional use of different media.

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MARY ASLIN “Ancestral Memory,” 23” x 16,” soft pastel Years in the festival: Seven Favorite festival memory: A man on his way to the Pageant of the Masters saw my pastel painting, “Beautiful Distraction.” The following evening, he phoned me and told me that few pieces of art had affected him the way my painting had and, at his wife’s urging, he wished to purchase it. I oversaw the installation of the painting in the couple’s home and the buyer said he purchased the painting so he could view

it while playing the piano. “And now I will play for you,” he announced, and played the very same Chopin Polonaise that I had listened to repeatedly while painting “Beautiful Distraction!” Artist I most admire: April Raber. Despite many serious health challenges, she produces unique, distinctive, and beautiful landscapes year after year. I am moved by her kindness, fortitude, and talent.

Artist I most admire: Watercolorist Natalia Eremeyeva-Duarte is gentle and humble in spirit for one possessing such remarkable artistic talent. She even helps neighboring artists with prospective sales when they’re not in their booths.

ART-A-FAIR EMILEE REED “Beached,” 24” x 28,” watercolor Years in the festival: Six Favorite festival memory: The day in 2010 when I was accepted into Art-A-Fair! Artist I most admire: Margaret Wilmoth-Jensen, beautiful glass art and an equally beautiful person; Nina K. Cullen, a wonderful eye for color and shape; and Victor Hugo, with his bold, beautiful, bright colors. NANCY ROUX “Orb,” 16”x 36,” special edition photography on custom copper backing Years in the festival: Five Favorite festival memory: Receiving back-to-back Artist’s Choice awards. However, the ultimate moment took place last summer when a highly respected abstract painter excitedly dragged a fellow artist into my booth and exclaimed, “Now, THAT’S art!” Mary Aslin, “Ancestral Memory”

Nancy Roux, “Orb”

SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL LARRY GILL “Steel Buds,” stainless steel and hand-blown glass sculpture Years in the festival: 21 Favorite festival memory: Sharing a booth with and hearing the stories from Dion Wright, who has been a Sawdust exhibitor for 45 years. Artist I most admire: Gavin Heath, who created the magnificent blown glass that is part of this sculpture. He is fearless and thinks outside of the box. JESSE BARTELS “Redlands Grove,” 5’x 3’, ceramic glazed handmade tile Years in the festival: Eight years as an exhibiting artist, three as an employee in the pottery demonstration booth, and several unofficial years in my dad Marlo Bartels’s booth. Favorite festival memory: Teaching pottery at the demonstration booth to kids was a blast. And booth building–it is always fun to see everyone help each other create a new village every year. Artist I most admire: Gregg Thorne, for his contagious enthusiasm for having fun, and bringing visitors along... guarding the wishing well, and granting wishes to kids by having a ready supply of pennies to pass around. Jesse Bartels, “Redlands Grove”

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Ms. Marble MacArthur award–winning artist Elizabeth Turk creates sculptures that defy gravity in Santa Ana by Laura Bleiberg


he din from the 5 Freeway rumbles through Santa Ana’s Chiarini Marble & Stone, but it’s as innocuous as elevator music compared to the ear-splitting, high-powered drills and cutting machines the artisans use to turn stone into fireplaces, fountains, and other architectural objects. Elizabeth Turk has her studio in a courtyard here, and she, too, is transforming rocks. Since the mid-1990s, when she transitioned from working in steel and bronze, she has taken 400- to 3,000-pound blocks of salvaged marble and defied their material properties to create 4-foot “Wings”; “Collars” etched and crevassed with delicate arches and lacy detailing; smooth, flowing “Ribbons”; and latticed “Cages.” These distinctive and startling objects—and their thematic references—have brought her international renown and awards, including a 2010 MacArthur Fellows genius grant and a 2011 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. The 52-year-old, who was raised in Newport Beach’s Eastbluff neighborhood, spent her 20s and 30s in Washington, D.C. and New York City, but after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she got a second residence in Orange County to be near her family. The view of Newport’s Back Bay from her home is as serene and spectacular as the marble yard is loud and industrial. It’s the kind of contrast the artist appreciates, devoted as she is to “deconstructing paradoxes” through her work. Talk about how nature is at the crux of all of your work. A big part of that is having grown up in the West. The scale of the West reminds one that you are a grain of sand. It’s not a city scale. Where I grew up, there were infinite vantages, whether it was the ocean or the mountains. It was a constant reminder that there’s something larger than yourself surrounding you. How difficult is the work physically? The worst is the dust. There’s the vibrations in your hands, from some of those tools. I end up doing

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much more sanding than I want to. I have a choice: whether to have assistants now, or limit carving over the next 20 years. Carpal tunnel, back issues—you don’t know which will get you! What was the impact of being named a MacArthur Fellow? Of course it brought attention, which was really nice. So hopefully I live up to that and it continues. The show that we did after the MacArthur was a “Cages” show, and I really pushed that body of work because I was scared [of not living up to the award]. … And I took risks that, still, I wake up at night thinking: “OK, when is gravity just going to make that whole thing [come down]?” I felt the way that the “Cages” ended up was extraordinary. Being able to look down and through that stone into an infinite space was the goal.




Festival of Arts The Festival of Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. For every summer for over 80 years, the Festival of Arts has produced two world-class events: The Festival of ArtsCalifornia’s Premier Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters- where art comes to life. Together both shows attract more than 250,000 visitors into Laguna Beach.

In addition to the summer shows, the Festival of Arts has an extensive Permanent Art Collection. Artwork from the Collection and exhibiting Festival artists, as well as objects from the Festival archives, are regularly on display at offsite exhibits throughout the year. The Festival also awards scholarships annually to local students. FESTIVAL OF ARTS As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Festival of Arts features the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. From early July through the end of August, patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more. PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts’ crowning jewel and arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of arts. A live narrator guides you through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra. With an expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the Pageant of the Masters has won recognition as the best presentation of its kind. Shows are nightly during the Festival of Arts summer schedule.


SPECIAL EVENTS: FESTIVAL ART TALK SERIES: July 9 – Aug 27 (Thursdays) ART, JAZZ, WINE & CHOCOLATE SERIES: July 9 – Aug 27 (Thursdays) CONCERT ON THE GREEN SERIES: July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22 FAMILY ART DAY: July 18 FESTIVAL RUNWAY FASHION SHOW: August 15 CELEBRITY BENEFIT CONCERT & PAGEANT: August 29 For a complete listing of events and exhibits, visit


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Art in the Garden What you can find at two O.C. sculpture gardens Story and photos by Lauren Schroeder

Newport Beach’s Civic Center Park

“California Scenario” in Costa Mesa





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Gerardo Hacer, Chris Rench, Jennifer Cecere, Curt Brill, Ivan McLean, Matt Babcock, Arny Nadler, David Buckingham, Ray Katz, Jonathan Prince

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The exhibition showcases 10 sculptures, created by 10 different artists, spread out across the park; they’re on display through summer 2016.

Incorporating indigenous vegetation and raw materials, Noguchi Garden (as it is also known) is a symbolic representation of California’s diverse natural environment created by the acclaimed sculptor.



Huge park with rolling hills and 1.23 miles of walking trails. View the sculptures, take the dog for a walk, have a picnic, and absorb the scenery at the top of the viewing platform at the end of the San Miguel bridge.

Quiet sanctuary nestled between two office buildings. Enter the garden and wind and traffic noise is quieted; the rocks, radiating the sun’s heat, make the space feel warm.



100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 92660

611 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 92626

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Edgar Payne (1883-1947)

Arizona Trail, oil on canvas, 28 x 34 inches

John Bond Francisco (1863 -1931)

Grand Canyon, oil on canvas, 2 paintings, 20 x 16 inches each Exhibited USC 1976, “Pack-In Painters of the American West”

The Redfern Gallery 1540 South Coast Highway Laguna Beach, California 92651 Phone: (949) 497-3356 Fax: (949) 497-1324 Exhibiting at the Montage Laguna Beach



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Editor’s Picks


Don’t-Miss Visual-Arts Events

Patsee Ober, ‘mermaid with a camera’ Photo by Priscilla Iezzi

Marcia Hafif

May 7 through 28: Laguna College of Art + Design’s Animation Chair Dave Kuhn lends his expertise to curating “The Art and Animation of Chuck Jones” (LCAD Space).

May 16 through Nov. 29: Travel back in time to see the country as it once was, as captured by the legendary Ansel Adams, Edward S. Curtis, and Edward Weston, in “Adams, Curtis, and Weston: Photographers of the American West” (Bowers Museum). May 17: Take a Sunday stroll along the South Bayfront Promenade and catch the Balboa Island Artwalk, where 100 artists line the street with displays of their work; live music is provided by local bands (Balboa Island).

May 30 through July 12: Anything goes in “Curious Mediums: Peculiar and Surprising Works of Art,” where the materials run the gamut from rolls of tape to shopping carts (City of Brea Art Gallery).

June 25 through Aug. 23: “Art of the Folding Fan” takes a historical object and gives it a contemporary spin by asking more than 100 artists to paint fans of their own (Muckenthaler Cultural Center).

June 27 through Sept. 27: During a 50-year career, Marcia Hafif has produced films, photos, installations, and performance art pieces, among other works. Now in her mid-80s, she gets a show of her monochromatic paintings in Laguna Beach, where she lives part time (Laguna Art Museum).

Aug. 8: Surround yourself with culture at the Art Crawl Experience, a quarterly art walk that offers exhibits at galleries and pop-up locations, public art installations, and a craft fair. Plus, there are food trucks, live music, and the nearby dining options at the Anaheim Packing District, and free shuttle service (Downtown Anaheim Arts District).

For a list of all Editor’s Picks, turn to the Datebook on page 68.

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City of residence: Laguna Beach Her art: Underwater photos mainly shot in Laguna. How the process works: I’m always looking at the tide chart because I shoot in minus low tide. I don’t go very deep; I free dive in a circle as close to the reefs as I can because I need the sunlight for the camera to pick up colors I can’t always see—I don’t use Photoshop because the colors are created by the light reflected underwater and the animals are crazy colorful anyway. I have to be really careful out there because I don’t want to crunch or hurt anything. I use a macrolens about 85 percent of the time because it’s my goal to flip it from photorealism to these abstract images. A lot of people say the photos look like they’re from outer space. Why she does it: I’m exposing people to what’s under the water. We are in a marine protected area here in Laguna so I’m able to bring the creatures up and show people what we are protecting. People are blown away when I say this is here in Laguna.


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The Great ’68 “The 1968 Exhibit” is coming to the Bowers Museum on June 14. How well do you know what happened that year? Take our true/false quiz to find out. In 1968…. 1. “Hair” opened on Broadway (True/ False). 2. The Miss America pageant was the site of a feminist protest (True/False). 3. The first human heart transplant operation took place (True/False). 4. Johnny Cash performed at Folsom Prison (True/False). 5. The Stonewall Riots erupted in New York (True/False). 6. The Supreme Court established Miranda rights (True/False). 7. The original “Star Trek” went off the air (True/False).










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Answers: True: 1, 2, 4 False: 3 (1967), 5 (1969), 6 (1966), 7 (1969)

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OPENING SPRING 2016 The Musco Center for the Arts, opening in Spring 2016, will be a stunning performance venue in Orange County. Designed by renowned architects Pfeiffer Partners, with acoustics tuned by Nagata Acoustics, the Center will welcome worldclass performers in music, theatre and dance, and will bring extraordinary learning and performing opportunities to Chapman University students with those same passions. Please visit for more information. Orange, California

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Taking a long weekend during the warm spring and summer months? Here are some arts venues to visit at our neighbor to the north. by Amy Bentley

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The Walt Disney Concert Hall is the centerpiece of this view of the L.A. skyline.



The Music Center in downtown L.A. is home to six major venues for plays, dance events, concerts, dramas, comedies, and musicals. Located at the Music Center are the Ahmanson Theatre (which can seat up to 2,000 people), the Mark Taper Forum, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheater, and the Redcat Theater. The Music Center’s resident companies are the Center Theatre Group, the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. • Highlight: “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” at the Ahmanson, through April 26. Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 213-972-7211,

GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE Named for entertainment mogul and donor David Geffen, the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood encompasses two performance spaces—the Gil Cates Theater and the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. The Geffen showcases new plays in an intimate setting. • Highlight: “Murder for Two,” a new musical comedy murder mystery, plays at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater May 27 through July 7. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles, 310-208-5454,

Gustavo Dudamel, L.A. Phil

PANTAGES THEATRE A major renovation in 2000 put this landmark theater located in the heart of Hollywood back on L.A.’s map of top-notch venues. Many hit shows have played at the Pantages, from “Cats,” “Riverdance,” and “The Book of Mormon” to “Wicked” and a new touring production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” which arrives this summer. • Highlight: Light Up the Blues benefit concert for Autism Speaks, April 25. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, 800-982-2787, For more L.A. events, see page 62.

Annette Bening at the Geffen Playhouse

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER The Skirball Cultural Center in West Los Angeles is a leading Jewish cultural institution that shares Jewish heritage and culture through museum exhibits, literary programs, music, theater, comedy, and film. • Highlight: “Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America,” an ongoing exhibit with rotating displays from the Skirball’s permanent collection of Judaica, showcases the experiences and accomplishments of the Jewish people over 4,000 years. It’s among the largest exhibits of its kind in the world. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-440-4500,

WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The Wallis, which opened in 2013, offers classic and modern plays, dance performances, and concerts in a historic building—a restored, 1933 Italianate-style building that once served as the Beverly Hills post office. The site today houses the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, a café, and gift shop. The Wallis also includes the 500-seat Bram Goldsmith Theater in a new, contemporary building. • Highlight: Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, April 16 through 18. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-746-4000, Spring/Summer 2015 | Premiere OC | 55

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Claudia Cruz at Flamenco Abierto

Passion Play The Barclay celebrates the music and dance of flamenco by Carrie Barber


he Irvine Barclay Theatre’s New World Flamenco Festival is both a primer and master class in the art, whose nomadic history draws from Indian, Moorish, Gypsy and Afro-Cuban influences. Flamenco is passion, says the Barclay’s Karen Drews Hanlon, and it erupts as impromptu music and dance. Here are the shows that make up the festival, which runs April 24 through May 3. Flamenco Abierto Think of it as an introduction to flamenco “without the angst,” Hanlon says. In intimate settings, guests may be pulled into a juerga to dance with performers (April 24 and 25).

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Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca This is the art in its purest form, Hanlon says. Singer, guitarist, and dancer keep their eyes locked, taking cues from each other. “The improvisational nature of it all keeps it fresh” (May 1 and 2). Diego el Cigala The Latin Grammy Award winner fuses bolero, tango, and Afro-Caribbean jazz into smoky, soulful vocals (May 3). 949-854-4646,

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An artist’s display at a recent RAW show

RAW Talent O.C. artists showcase their work in everything from painting to fashion design by Rose Flores Medlock


AW: natural born artists was founded by artists for artists. Heidi Luerra, a clothing designer, and Matthew Klahorst, a web developer, started a showcase that has since expanded to almost 60 locations throughout the United States as well as Australia, Canada, and England. The first installment of RAW took place in 2009; it has evolved to become a place for emerging and veteran artists to display their work in a variety of media. That includes not just the usual visual arts, but also

fashion, music, and hair and makeup artistry. In Orange County alone, 30 to 40 artists participate in each of six shows per year. “We are connecting people and artists to each other no matter the border or industry boundary,” Luerra says. “So it’s important for us to open our network up to as many cultures as possible. My vision, and very ambitious goal, is to become the greatest arts organization in the world.”

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Make Yourself at Home The Great Park invites visitors into its Living Room by Rose Flores Medlock


he Orange County Great Park covers about 1,300 acres in Irvine, but in the midst of it is an intimate hub located in the Great Park Gallery. It’s called The Living Room, and it’s a place where artists and visitors are invited to come together in the most comfortable of personal spaces. Now in its first full year, The Living Room hosts a variety of programs as well as a series of guest speakers for The Living Room Talks. As the city’s program specialist for the fine arts division, Kevin Staniec works with a team to generate ideas for The Living Room. He points out that a home’s living room 58 | Premiere OC | Spring/Summer 2015

is a place where people might welcome guests for coffee or tea and to share details about their lives. “It’s a space anyone can hang out in,” he says. “We thought it would be neat to invite guests to come in and give a living room talk the way you would invite someone into your home.” Past speakers have included animator Thomas N. Perkins IV and entertainment lawyer Ian Gibson. On May 3, Chris Marrs Piliero, an award-winning writer, producer, and director, will lead a talk.

Alt-Cinema Paradiso Local museums screen films that aren’t your average blockbuster by Lisa Pawlak


uring summer movie season, when superheroes and animated characters take over the multiplexes, an evening of alternative film at a local museum can be a refreshing change. Laguna Art Museum offers Film Night, a series that connects the movies screened to the museum’s mission of representing California art. “All the films are either set in California or are related to California in some way, shape, or form,” says Ed Fosmire, the museum’s deputy director. For each event, someone involved in the film’s making engages in conversation with the audience. Orange County Museum of Art, partnering with the Newport Beach Film Festival, presents the Cinema Orange film series. These layered evenings of film, gallery tours, and discussions explore art, design, and cultural icons. Upcoming documentaries include “Maker” and “Sign Painters.” “The hope is

A scene from the film “Maker”

that as a modern and contemporary art museum, we can create a forum for independent filmmakers and raise awareness of film as an art,” says Kelly Bishop, OCMA’s director of family and public programs.

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Don’t-Miss Mixed-Media Events

Max Naylor, director of features programming, Newport Beach Film Festival

Imagination Celebration

Through July 16: Local authors lead discussions in The Open Book Series. Among the upcoming events: Peggy Hesketh talks about her novel, “Telling the Bees,” (April 16) and Sylvia Chavez hosts a poetry slam (May 21) (Muzeo).

April 11: Dive deep into local history with a new speaker series— coming up, Santa Ana Public Library archivist Manny Escamilla talks about “The One-Eyed Captain: Socialist James Williams Towner, Free Love, and the Founding of Orange County” (Heritage Museum of Orange County).

April 11: Book lovers will find the Literary Orange festival as engrossing as any page turner. Author panels discuss topics ranging from memoirs to mysteries; keynote speakers are bestselling historical novelist Anne Perry and National Book Award finalist Emily St. John Mandel (Irvine Marriott).

April 11 through May 24: Drumming circles, dance classes, student art shows, and family-friendly musicals and concerts are among the events that make up Imagination Celebration, Arts Orange County’s annual cultural celebration for children (various locations).

April 13: Orange County may seem a world away from the Midwest, but not during “An Evening with Garrison Keillor,” when the storyteller of “A Prairie Home Companion” fame spins his tales as part of the Philharmonic Society’s revived Eclectic Orange series (Segerstrom Center for the Arts).

May 2: More than 900 musicians and dancers, as well as arts and crafts exhibitors, are among the many participants at the 14th annual International Festival (Soka University).

June 21: Kick off the season at the Summer Solstice Festival, with music and dance, an art workshop, an arts and crafts fair, storytellers, gallery tours, and more (Muckenthaler Cultural Center).

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Age: 32 City of residence: Anaheim Number of years with the film festival: This will be my 10th festival. I still have my neon green volunteer shirt from 2006. Favorite festival memory: We had Robert Patrick one year and he was in the theater screening his film with his daughter and she asked him to get her some popcorn. I was walking into the theater to check on the projection just as he was coming out. It’s a unique experience to be calmly going about your business one second and to have the T-1000 [from “Terminator 2”] coming at you the next. It’s not something you recover from immediately. Favorite film screened at the festival: “The Proposition,” which is vastly underrated. Danny Huston and Guy Pearce in a John Hillcoat–directed, Nick Cave–written, brutal, all–out Australian outback Western. I’m a sucker for the genre anyway, and this film really is a great example of what it can be. Why he feels the film festival is important to Orange County: I really think film is the great American art form, and we have a responsibility to foster its advancement. Film festivals are where the art of film gets experimented with, progressed, and pushed to its limit. April 23 through 30, 949-2532880,




Claire Trevor School of the Arts EVENT HIGHLIGHTS BEALL CENTER FAMILY DAY April 18 Beall Center for Art + Technology ART: MFA THESIS EXHIBITIONS April 24 – May 8 & May 15 – May 29 University Art Galleries

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is a national leader in training future generations of citizen artists. Our graduates go on to electrify audiences in theatres, galleries, and concert halls, as well as in entertainment and technology related venues throughout the world. Each year the school mounts over 200 performances and exhibitions featuring these exquisite young talents. Please join us for UCI’s Golden 50th Anniversary and two-year celebration.

DANCE PRESENTS: PHYSICAL GRAFFITI April 30 – May 2 Claire Trevor Theatre SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS May 30 – June 5 Claire Trevor Theatre UCI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT June 5 Irvine Barclay Theatre NEW SWAN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL July 10 – August 30 New Swan Theatre at UCI For more info:

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SHOWCASE GALLERY PRESENTS Featured Artist: Patrick Shia Crabb March 1 - April 14 Imagination Celebration April 12-May 10 Artist’s Eye All Media Show May 13-June 21 Summer Show June 24-August 2 Autumn Show August 5-September 13

Showcase Gallery opens a new show of exciting artwork every 6 weeks. Gallery Hours: Mon. - Sat.: 10:30am - 5:30pm, Sun.: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Showcase Gallery 3851 South Bear Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704 • 714-540-6430 Bear Street Gallery/Studios 3851 South Bear Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704 • 714-825-0592 714-540-6430 Avantgarden Gallery 207 North Broadway, Suite B7B, Santa Ana, CA 92701 • 714-558-8843 Spring/Summer 2015 | Premiere OC | 61 Artist Eye Laguna Gallery 1294-A South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 • 949-497-5898

◗Explore L.A.: More shows and cultural venues to check out Getty Center 1200 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles 310-440-7300, See: “Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action” The major Florentine artist’s drawings and panel paintings are on display in this show organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and New York’s Frick Collection (June 23 through Sept. 13). Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles 310-443-7000 See: “The Afghan Carpet Project” Six local contemporary artists designed carpets that were then woven in Afghanistan; sale proceeds of the carpets will go to Arzu Studio Hope, a nonprofit that helps empower female Afghan weavers (June 13 through Sept. 20). Hollywood Bowl 2301 Highland Ave. Los Angeles 323-850-2000 See: “Spamalot” The “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” stage adaptation is this year’s star-studded musical production at the Bowl (July 31 through Aug. 2).

Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles 323-857-6000, See: “Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and ’70s” The L.A. artist’s drawings get their first museum showing since 1976 (May 10 through Aug. 2). Museum of Contemporary Art 250 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles 213-626-6222, See: Kahlil Joseph: “M.A.D.D.” Joseph’s film explores L.A.’s African-American neighborhoods set to a soundtrack by acclaimed hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar; it’s Joseph’s first museum show (through July 27). A Noise Within 3352 E. Foothill Blvd. Pasadena 626-356-3100 See: “Julius Caesar” The award-winning company, which specializes in classic works, presents Shakespeare’s play as the finale to its RevolutionRep season (through May 8).

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Royce Hall UCLA 340 Royce Drive Los Angeles, 310-825-2101 See: “River of Fundament” Artist Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler team up for this film loosely based on Norman Mailer’s “Ancient Evenings,” which has its West Coast premiere (April 25). Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, 213-742-7100 See: Taylor Swift Music’s hottest megastar will get you to “Shake It Off” during this tour for her best-selling album “1989”; opening acts are Haim and Vance Joy (Aug. 21 through 26).

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The Theatre @ Boston Court 70 N. Mentor Ave. Pasadena, 626-683-6883 See: “My Barking Dog” The theater’s mix of cutting-edge and classic works includes this play from Eric Coble about the transformation of two neighbors in an apartment complex after a coyote appears on their fire escape (April 16 through May 24).

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Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139 Clayes Performing Arts Center Cal State Fullerton 800 N. State College Blvd. 657-278-3371, Irvine Barclay Theatre 4242 Campus Drive 949-854-4646, Muckenthaler Cultural Center 1201 W. Malvern Ave. Fullerton, 714-738-6595 Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 and 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa 714-556-2787, Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4278

ExplorOcean 600 E. Bay Ave. Newport Beach 949-675-8915 Festival of Arts 650 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach 800-487-3378, Fullerton Museum Center 301 N. Pomona Ave. 714-738-6545 Grand Central Art Center 125 N. Broadway Santa Ana, 714-567-7233 Heritage Museum of Orange County 3101 W. Harvard St. Santa Ana, 714-540-0404 Huntington Beach Art Center 538 Main St., 714-374-1650 huntingtonbeachart

Festival Ballet Theatre Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana 714-480-1520, Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971 Muzeo 241 S. Anaheim Blvd. Anaheim, 714-95-MUZEO (956-8936), Orange County Center for Contemporary Art 117 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana 714-667-1517,

Children’s Museum at La Habra 301 S. Euclid St. 562-905-9793, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity 3321 Hyland Ave. Costa Mesa, 949-660-7791

Choral Arts Initiative 949-287-4270 Dana Point Symphony 301-832-0388 Laguna Beach Live! 949-715-9713

Orange County Symphony 714-778-0314

Art-A-Fair 777 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach, 949-494-4514

Bowers Museum 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana 714-567-3600,


MenAlive, the Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus 866-636-2548


Beall Center for Art + Technology UC Irvine 712 Arts Plaza 949-824-6206,

Sawdust Art Festival 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach 949-494-3030

Pacific Chorale 714-662-2345 “Forest Warning #1” by Thom Wright, Huntington Beach Art Center International Surfing Museum 411 Olive Ave. Huntington Beach 714-960-3483 Irvine Fine Arts Center 14321 Yale Ave. 949-724-6880 The Irvine Museum 18881 Von Karman Ave. Suite 100, 949-476-0294

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Orange County Museum of Art 850 San Clemente Drive Newport Beach 949-759-1122, Palm Court Arts Complex at Orange County Great Park Marine Way and Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine 866-829-3829, Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine 949-428-3900

Pacific Symphony 714-755-5799 Philharmonic Society of Orange County 949-553-2422 South Coast Symphony 714-731-8079


Anaheim Ballet 714-520-0904 The Assembly

Backhausdance 714-497-3137 Festival Ballet Theatre 714-962-5440 Laguna Dance Festival 949-715-5578, laguna National Choreographers Initiative The Wooden Floor 714-541-8314


Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation 714-554-2711, Arts Orange County 3730 S. Susan St., Suite 100 Santa Ana 714-556-5160

Attic Community Theater 2995 W. Segerstrom Ave. Santa Ana, 714-662-2525

Lyceum Theater Vanguard University 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 714-668-6145

Stages Theatre 400 E. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, 714-525-4484

Cabrillo Playhouse 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949-492-0465

Maverick Theater 110 E. Walnut Ave. Fullerton, 714-526-7070

Westminster Community Theatre 7272 Maple St. 714-893-8626,

Camino Real Playhouse 31776 El Camino Real San Juan Capistrano 949-489-8082

Musical Theatre Orange County 714-637-0186,


Chance Theater 5522 E. La Palma Ave. Anaheim Hill 714-777-3033 Concordia Studio Theatre Concordia University 1530 Concordia West Irvine, 949-854-8002, x.1526,

Musical Theatre Village 36-C Mauchly, Irvine 949-753-1996 Mysterium 19211 Dodge Ave., Santa Ana, 714-505-3454 Newport Theatre Arts Center 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949-631-0288

Frida Cinema 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana

Orange County Children’s Book Festival Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa


3-D Theatricals Plummer Auditorium 201 E. Chapman Ave. Fullerton, 714-589-2770

Honda Center 2695 E. Katella Ave. Anaheim, 714-704-2500

The Observatory/ Constellation Room 3503 S. Harbor Blvd. Santa Ana, 714-957-0600

Literary Orange

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949-717-3890

The Coach House 33157 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano 949-496-8930

House of Blues Anaheim 1530 S. Disneyland Drive Anaheim, 714-778-BLUE (2583),

Balboa Village Theatre Foundation

Newport Beach Film Festival 4500 Campus Drive Newport Beach, 949-253-2880

City National Grove of Anaheim 2200 E. Katella Ave. 714-712-2700, citynational

Pacific Amphitheatre 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 714-708-1870,


Costa Mesa Playhouse 661 Hamilton St. 949-650-5269 Curtis Theatre 1 Civic Center Circle Brea, 714-990-7722 Huntington Beach Playhouse 7111 Talbert Ave. 714-375-0696 Laguna Playhouse 606 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach 949-497-2787

Rose Center Theater 14140 All American Way Westminster, 714-793-1150 Shakespeare Orange County Garden Grove Amphitheater 12762 Main St., Garden Grove, 714-590-1575

Steamers Jazz Club 138 W. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, 714-871-8800 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 8808 Irvine Center Drive Irvine, 949-855-8095 Yost Theater 307 N. Spurgeon St. Santa Ana, 888-862-9573

South Coast Repertory 655 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa 714-708-5555,

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Galleries: A Sampling of O.C. Galleries ALISO VIEJO

Founders Hall Art Gallery Soka University 1 University Drive 949-480-4081,


Center Gallery 250 Center St. 714-765-4422 Rothick Art Haus 170 S. Harbor Blvd. 714-829-8283,


City of Brea Gallery 1 Civic Center Circle 714-990-7731 Sarah Bain Gallery 110 W. Birch St., #1 714-990-0500

H Space Gallery Hurley 1945 Placentia Ave. 949-548-9375, Martin Lawrence Galleries South Coast Plaza 3333 Bear St. 949-759-0134


The Shed Fine Art Gallery 24471 Del Prado 949-429-5591


Begovich Gallery Cal State Fullerton 800 State College Blvd. 657-278-7750


Magoski Arts Colony 223/225 W. Santa Fe Ave. 714-441-1504


Internal: Gallery & Oddities 115 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite G 714-869-7585

SCAPE Gallery 2859 E. Coast Highway 949-723-3406

The ARTery Gallery @ The Lab 2930 Bristol St., Dax Gallery 2951 Randolph St. 714-957-1706


CAC, Room, and University Art galleries UC Irvine 949-824-9854,

LAGUNA BEACH Artist Eye Laguna Gallery 1294 S. Coast Highway 949-497-5898 Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow 1175 S. Coast Highway 949-988-0603, BC Space 235 Forest Ave. 949-497-1880, The Bluebird Gallery 1540 S. Coast Highway 949-497-5377

Gray Matter Museum of Art 485 E. 17th St., #101

Village Gallery Irvine Spectrum Center 59 Fortune Drive, #338 949-450-8282

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Peter Blake Gallery 435 Ocean Ave. 949-376-9994 Quorum Gallery 374 N. Coast Highway 949-494-4422 Redfern Gallery 1540 S. Coast Highway 949-497-3356

Cove Gallery 1492 #8 S. Coast Highway 949-494-1878

Salt Fine Art 1492 S. Coast Highway 949-715-5554

Dawson Cole Fine Art 326 Glenneyre St. 949-497-4988

Sandstone Gallery 384-A N. Coast Highway 949-497-6775

Forest & Ocean 480 Ocean Ave. 949-371-3313

Simard Bilodeau Galerie 1945 Laguna Canyon Road 949-376-7611

JoAnne Artman Gallery 326 N. Coast Highway 949-510-5481 Kelsey Michaels Fine Art 354 N. Coast Highway 949-922-5250 LCAD Space At Forest & Ocean Gallery 480 Ocean Ave. 949-371-3313,

“11th Annual Guest Juried Undergraduate Exhibition,” University Art Gallery, UC Irvine

Mark Timothy Gallery 350 N. Coast Highway 949-307-0498

Studio 7 Galleries 384-B N. Coast Highway 1590 S. Coast Highway Suite 3 949-497-1080 (north) 949-715-0012 (south) Sue Greenwood Fine Art 330 N. Coast Highway 949-494-0669

Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art 611 S. Coast Highway 949-715-9604,

Townley Gallery 570 S. Coast Highway 949-715-1860

Las Laguna Gallery 577 S. Coast Highway 949-667-1803

Village Gallery 502 S. Coast Highway 949-494-3553

Lu Martin Galleries 372 N. Coast Highway 949-494-8074

The Vintage Poster 1492 S. Coast Highway 800-558-7552,

Wyland Galleries Laguna Beach 509 S. Coast Highway 800-WYLAND-1, 949-3768000,

NEWPORT BEACH Art Resource Group 20351 Irvine Ave. 949-640-1972 Brett Rubbico Gallery 361 Old Newport Blvd. 949-515-5102 Debra Huse Gallery 229 Marine Ave. 949-723-6171 Lahaina Galleries Fashion Island 1173 Newport Center Drive 949-721-9117 Susan Spiritus Gallery 20351 Irvine Ave. 714-754-1286 YellowKorner Gallery Fashion Island 401 Newport Center Drive Suite A203 949-706-0415

ORANGE Guggenheim Gallery Chapman University 1 University Drive 714-997-6800

“Nice Blue on Big Orange Background with Light Blue Blob in Middle Painting” by Anthony Hunter, JoAnne Artman Gallery

SAN CLEMENTE San Clemente Art Association Gallery 100 N. Calle Seville 949-492-7175 Gallery 104 166 Avenida del Mar 949-218-0903

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The Cottage Gallery 31701 Los Rios St. 949-340-6693 Mission Fine Art Gallery 31760 Camino Capistrano Suite C 949-291-7738

SANTA ANA Avantgarden— The Art Gallery 207 N. Broadway 714-558-8843

Bear Street Gallery South Coast Plaza Village 3851 S. Bear St., Suite B-15 714-825-0592,

Q Art Salon 205 N. Sycamore St. 714-835-8833

F+ Gallery 661 Poinsettia St. 714-493-9430

Showcase Gallery South Coast Plaza Village 3851 S. Bear St., Suite B-15 714-540-6430

Marcas Contemporary Art 305 E. 4th St., #103 714-760-4637

“The Enchanted Tale” by Jean Mannheim, Redfern Gallery

TUSTIN Chemers Gallery 17300 E. 17th St., Suite G 714-731-5432

Night Gallery Ceramics 201 N. Main St. 714-973-8477

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Arts Datebook


Compagnie Käfig April 7 Irvine Barclay Theatre 4242 Campus Drive Irvine, 949-854-4646 Ariana Grande April 10 Honda Center 2695 E. Katella Ave. Anaheim, 714-704-2400

Imagination Celebration April 11 through May 24 Various locations 714-556-5160 “An Evening with Garrison Keillor” April 13 Segerstrom Center for the Arts 615 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, 949-553-2422 Ariana Grande, Honda Center

“Peter and the Starcatcher” May 8 through June 7 South Coast Repertory 655 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa 714-708-5555, Ray Chen May 12 Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 949-553-2422 “Adams, Curtis, and Weston: Photographers of the American West” May 16 through Nov. 29 Bowers Museum 2002 Main St., Santa Ana 714-567-3600, Balboa Island Artwalk May 17 South Bayfront Promenade, Balboa Island

“Slings and Arrows” April 10 through 18 Casa Romantica 415 Avenida Granada San Clemente 949-498-2139


International Festival May 2 Soka University 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo 949-480-4000,

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” May 20 through June 7 Laguna Playhouse 606 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach 949-497-2787

“Les Misérables” April 10 through May 31 Maverick Theater 110 E. Walnut Ave. Fullerton, 714-526-7070

Yo-Yo Ma May 5 Segerstrom Center for the Arts 714-755-5799

The Wooden Floor May 28 through 30 Irvine Barclay Theatre 714-541-8314

Literary Orange April 11 Irvine Marriott 18000 Von Karman Ave. Irvine,

“The Art and Animation of Chuck Jones” May 7 through 28 LCAD Space at Forest & Ocean Gallery 480 Ocean Ave. Laguna Beach 949-371-3313,

“The One-Eyed Captain: Socialist James Williams Towner, Free Love, and the Founding of Orange County” April 11 Heritage Museum of Orange County 3101 W. Harvard St. Santa Ana, 714-540-0404

“Curious Mediums: Peculiar and Surprising Works of Art” May 30 through July 12 City of Brea Art Gallery 1 Civic Center Circle Brea, 714-990-7730

JUNE “Avenue Q” June 5 through July 18 Maverick Theater “Motown: The Musical” June 16 through 28 Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa 714-556-2787, Day of Music Fullerton June 21 Various locations Summer Solstice Festival June 21 Muckenthaler Cultural Center “Art of the Folding Fan” June 25 through Aug. 23 Muckenthaler Cultural Center “The One: The Music of Elton John” June 26 and 27 Irvine Barclay Theatre 866-636-2548

The Wooden Floor, Irvine Barclay Theatre

Under the Stars May 7 through Oct. 1 Muckenthaler Cultural Center 1201 W. Malvern Ave. Fullerton, 714-738-6595

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Event information subject to change; contact venues for the latest information.

Lady Antebellum June 27 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 8808 Irvine Center Drive Irvine, 949-855-8095 Marcia Hafif June 27 through Sept. 27 Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive Laguna Beach 949-494-8971


The Open Book Series Through July 16 Muzeo 241 S. Anaheim Blvd. Anaheim, 714-95-MUZEO

“The Apache,” c. 1907, Edward S. Curtis, Bowers Museum

National Choreographers Initiative July 25 Irvine Barclay Theatre


Kutturan Chamoru Aug. 6 Muckenthaler Cultural Center Art Crawl Experience Aug. 8 Downtown Anaheim Arts District (Center Street Promenade) 714-956-3586 artcrawlexperience Gala of the Stars Aug. 14 Irvine Barclay Theatre 714-309-1280

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Henry Segerstrom, 1923-2015 “Be bold” was Henry Segerstrom’s motto, and that audacity transformed his family’s lima bean fields into the arts hub of Orange County. Segerstrom—who died Feb. 20 at the age of 91—began his cultural legacy in 1973, buying sculptures by artists such as Henry Moore and Alexander Calder for the area around his family’s South Coast Plaza retail center in Costa Mesa. Less than a decade later, the Segerstromcommissioned “California Scenario” sculpture garden was created by Isamu Noguchi. Segerstrom added the performing arts to his cultural portfolio in 1976, spearheading a land gift for South Coast Repertory’s theater. Perhaps his biggest contribution to the arts began in 1980, when he became the founding chairman of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The center, which has brought world-class shows to Orange County, expanded in 2006 thanks to Segerstrom’s $51 million donation—the result, a new concert hall, was named after him and his late second wife, Renée. The entire arts campus was renamed the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2011. But Segerstrom’s involvement didn’t end with his donations. For instance, he and his third wife, Elizabeth, commissioned the Richard Serra sculpture for the center’s Arts Plaza and planned the Mariinsky Festival that opened the new concert hall, and he arranged a programming partnership with Carnegie Hall. Without him, Orange County would not be what it is today. 72 | Premiere OC | Spring/Summer 2015

Henry Segerstrom at his Newport Beach home, 1988. Photo by Yousef Karsh.

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