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Arts & Culture Newsletter

Symphony in the Cities

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Saturday, July 27, 4 - 8 pm

Our annual Symphony in the Cities featuring the Pacific Symphony is the perfect way to end a lazy summer day.
Pack a picnic, grab a low-back lawn chair or blanket and gather the family for an evening of free music and outdoor summer fun! A long-standing summer tradition, Symphony in the Cities brings thousands of people together for great music and entertainment. With a potpourri of popular classics, pop tunes and patriotic tunes, the concert is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair.  Classical KUSC’s radio host Alan Chapman serves as the emcee, and the audience is invited to participate in a sing-along of patriotic favorites.

Arrive early to enjoy Mission Viejo’s annual “Prelude in the Park” beginning at 4 pm and the Symphony’s Musical Playground kicking off at 5:30 pm.  The Musical Playground features many interactive and hands-on activities for children including instrument making, a drum circle, instrument petting zoo and an opportunity to meet the musicians. An amazing highlight of the event is kids learning how to conduct with Maestro St.Clair and later helping lead the orchestra in Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea.” Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

This fun-filled event takes place along the Village Green at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way. Free shuttles run from the Civic Center at 200 Civic Center Drive from 4-9 pm. 

For more information, call 949 470-8440. 

Shakespeare by the Sea features Henry V

Friday, July 19, 7 pm

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Head to the Village Green on Friday, July 19 to savor one of Shakespeare’s most famous and dramatic plays “Henry V.” As the English – though outnumbered – prepare to battle and conquer the French, the play features stirring, heroic speeches that fire the audience’s imagination at every phrase. The St. Crispin soliloquy (with first reference to a “band of brothers”) is so inspiring you will get chills if you remember Sir Laurence Olivier’s delivery of those immortal lines.  It’s theme of heroism with king, queen, dukes, earls, lords, ladies and army captains in period costume will appeal to young and old alike.  It is full of pageantry, gallantry, chivalry and valor!  It is a thrilling, patriotic play that will draw a large crowd of true aficionados on a summer evening. This free performance is possible thanks to the City of Mission Viejo Cultural Arts Committee and Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts. 

The Village Green is nestled next to the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center at 24932 Veterans Way.  VIP seating is available by referencing #35793 

For more information, call 949-470-8440.

Eric Marchese 

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Saturday, June 8, 7 pm

Don’t miss an amazing performance by Eric Marchese at 7 pm on Saturday, June 8 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center. 

Eric is a dedicated preserver of classic ragtime, performing nearly all of Scott Joplin’s ragtime repertoire as well as a generous variety of other classic rags, early folk ragtime, and popular Tin Pan Alley tunes. 

Over the years, Eric has added to his ragtime library broadening his knowledge of music, which he shares with audiences during performances at venues like the Shannon Performing Arts Center in Whittier and Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. Over the years, he has appeared at the West Coast Ragtime Festival, Ragtime Pianorama of San Clemente’s annual Dixieland by the Sea festival and the Ragtime Corner conducted by the Sacramento Ragtime Society at the annual Jazz Jubilee in Sacramento.

Eric gives educational performances at libraries, private parties, house concerts and more. In October 2000, he began working with the Fullerton-based nonprofit Friends of Jazz to spearhead the effort to produce RagFest 2000, Orange County’s first festival of ragtime music, held every October in downtown Fullerton. In November 2001, he founded the Orange County Ragtime Society.

Bee’s Knees Speakeasy & Swing Dance

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Saturday, July 13, 6:30 pm

Bee’s Knees Speakeasy & Swing Dance featuring Got that Swing is back by popular demand on Saturday, July 13. With live music and dancing, this event promises to engage all ages in swing dancing and a vintage speakeasy attitude.  Got That Swing is an amazing vintage band that reaches far beyond the swing era to include pop classics from every period.  You won’t stop dancing when you hear the band perform.

Tickets are $15 and $10 for children 10 and under.  The program starts at 6:30 pm with a dance lesson, followed by fun for all kicking off at 7 pm. This event takes place at the Norman P. Murray Community Center.  Tickets are available online by referencing course #35792 or at the door.  For more information, call 949-470-8440.

Potocki Center for the Arts Classes on Tap for Summer

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Summer Fairy Garden Workshop  Build your own summer Fairy garden complete magical fairy rocks, chaise lounge chair and succulents. Planter soil, planting materials and even your own personalized fairy home are supplied, just bring your imagination! Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 5 and older. The class is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 22. (Course #35718) The class is also offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 3. (Course #35720)

Summer Fairy Home Building Workshop   Bring magic to your world for summer! Build your own personalized summer-themed fairy home for your home or garden. All materials supplied including pixie dust, so just bring your imagination! Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 5 and older. The class is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13. (Course #35722

Fairy House Votive Workshop  Create a beautiful fairy house votive using recycled and natural materials. Learn to sculpt with paper pulp and fashion your own whimsical, fairytale home that sparkles on the outside and glows from within. Let the magic shine! Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor. This class is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 3. (Course #35729)

Fairy Crown Wreath Workshop  Design and create your own fairy-inspired crown or wreath using natural, seasonal and recycled materials. Wear it, display it or give it as a gift. All supplies provided, just bring your imagination. Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor. This class is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 9. (Course #35732

Intro to Mosaics Have fun learning to make a mosaic pot or picture frame with artist Melanie Ellis. Shape ceramic tiles and glass with nippers; bond and grout to finish. Cost is $55 for age 14 and older. This class is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. (Course #35740

Beginning Ukulele  Just one strum of the ukulele brings on a smile. Bring your ukulele and enjoy learning to play the world’s easiest string instrument in a supportive small-group setting. Cost is $99 for age 10 and older. The class is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, June 13-18. (Course #35733)

Beginning Guitar Enjoy learning to play easy cords, fun melodies, strum styles and many popular tunes in a supportive small-group environment. Bring your own guitar and have fun! Cost is $99 for ages 10 and older. The class is from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, June 13 to July 18. (Course #35734

Let’s Play Music Fun piano-prep music theory course focusing on experiencing music through solfege hand signs, folk songs, games, imagination and creativity! Cost is $300 for ages 4-6. This class is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Fridays, June 14 to August 30. (Course #35736)

Knitting for Beginners  In this entry-level class, you will learn the basic skills you need to begin enjoying the time-honored craft of knitting. Skills taught include casting-on, knit stitch, purl stitch and binding off. All supplies provided. Cost is $70 plus a $15 material fee due to the instructor for ages 12 and older. The class is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 4-25. (Course #35737

Beginning Jewelry Making This introduction to jewelry making covers basic techniques working with tools and beading materials. Participants will enjoy creating “do-it-yourself” bracelets, earrings, pendants and necklaces. Cost is $10 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 12 and older. This class is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 21. (Course #35742) The class is also offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 19 (Course #35743) and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 23. (Course #35744)

Sunburst Hanging Mirror Workshop Create a stylish, eco-chic hanging mirror featuring a striking, sunburst shape made from upcycled and vintage paper. Display in your home or give as a gift. All supplies provided. Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 8 and older. This class is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13. (Course #35822)

The Magic of Collagraph Printmaking Beautiful collagraph prints are made by gluing different materials to cardboard and creating a collage. The final print is made by using brayers, inks and paper. You will create your own limited edition. All supplies included. Cost is $40 for age 16 and older. This class is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 and June 20. (Course #35815

Geode & Gem “Pulp-Stone” Pendant Workshop  Create stunning one-of-a-kind wearable works of art using recycled paper “pulp stones” and colorful glass crystals. These realistic yet fantastical geode or gem-style pendants are lightweight, beautiful and sure to impress. All supplies provided, just bring your imagination. Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 8 and older. The class is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 (Course #35818) and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 19. (Course #35821)

Macramé Plant Hanger Workshop You will learn the basic knots to make a macramé plant hanger for a 6-10” pot and leave with the skills to create your own plant hangers at home. All materials are provided. Cost is $20 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor for age 13 and older. This class is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 21. (Course #35852)

Seasonal Wood Signs Create an American sign, a summer sign, welcome or blessed sign using wood, stain, sandpaper, paint, and vinyl stencils. These are great gifts or for around your home! Cost is $20 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor for age 13 and older. This class is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 (Course #35827) and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. (Course #35828)

Intro to Lapidary: Stone Pendants Learn to use a professional flat lapidary equipment to shape, sand and polish a rough semi-precious stone (lapis azuli, agate, jasper, etc.) into a beautiful gem pendant. Cost is $40 plus a $15 material fee due to the instructor for age 16 and older. This class is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 (Course #35829) and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 17. (Course #35830)

Basic Elements and Principles of Design  Learn the elements of design and use them to create artwork that inspires desired emotional response. Use pencils, markers and watercolor. Cost is $90 plus a $35 material fee due to the instructor for age 16 and older. This class is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays from June 3 to July 8. (Course #35951)

The Influence of Color Learn how colors evoke appropriate emotional reactions using lighting, clothing, artwork, photography, room colors and other surroundings. Experience your emotional reaction to light color changes. Cost is $35 plus a $5 material fee due to the instructor for age 18 and older. This class is from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 (Course #35953). It’s also from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 3. (Course #35955)

Basic Perspective Learn what perspective is and how to create drawings to show distance. You will create drawings with pencil, colored pencil and markers. Cost is $40 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 12 and older. This class is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, August 5-6. (Course #35950)

Young Rembrandts Curious George  Each day, we will read one of the books in this classic children’s book series and then work together on drawings inspired by that day’s story. Cost is $79 for ages 4-7. This class is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, June 18 to July 16. (Course #35957)

Young Rembrandts If You Give A Mouse A Cookie  Each day, we will read one of the books in this classic children’s book series and then work together on drawings inspired by that day’s story. Cost is $79 for ages 4-7. This class is on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 30 to August 27. (Course #35956

Digital Photography 101 Learn digital photography-menus, resolution, ISO, shutter and how to shoot portraits, sports and night scenes. Bring your camera and its manual. Cost is $70 for age 16 and older. This class is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, July 30 to August 27. (Course #35842)

iPhone Photography Learn everything you need to know to maximize your iPhone photos and videos. Focus, exposure, flash, HDR, panoramas, accessories and apps are discussed. Cost is $35 for age 16 and older. This class is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 (Course #35843) and from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 24. (Course #35844)

Shoot Better Digital Photos This hands-on workshop ends the confusion about your camera’s menus, focusing flash, ISO and more. Learn to shoot photographs – not snapshots! Bring a charged camera and manual. Cost is $45 for age 16 and older. This class is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 (Course #35845) and from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 3. (Course #35846)

Pottery Mug Workshop for Adults Adults learn to build mugs using clay slab techniques and experience throwing clay pots on the potter’s wheel. They glaze and take their beautiful handmade pieces home. Cost is $60 plus a $10 material fee due to instructor for age 18 and older.  This class is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, June 11-22. (Course #35847)

Ceramic Jewelry Box Workshop Adults will create a jewelry box using clay soft slab technique and learn how to throw a pot on potter’s wheel as well as glaze beautiful art pieces. Cost is $40 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 18 and older. This class is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 and July 20. (Course #35849

Pottery Leaf Bowl Workshop For Kids Kids learn how to build leaf bowls using clay slab techniques and experience throwing clay pots on the potter’s wheel and glazing their beautiful handmade art pieces. Cost is $60 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor. This class is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 3 and 17. (Course #35848)

Ceramic Tray Workshop Adults will make ceramic trays using clay soft slab techniques, learn how to throw a pot on potter’s wheel and glaze their beautiful art pieces. Cost is $40 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 18 and older. This class is on Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. August 9 and 16. (Course #35850

Still-Life and Landscape Oil Painting  Learn how to translate a photograph into a compelling painting and set-up and compose subjects for a still-life painting. Artist Ebrahim Amin will demonstrate his style and process of painting. Cost is $160 for age 14 and older. This class is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 19 to July 31 (Course #35868) and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from August 7 to September 4. (Course #35962)

Sumi –Painting and Japanese Calligraphy  Learn traditional Sumi ink and brush techniques to create Japanese characters and Sumi painting. Beginner and advanced students welcome. Cost is $65 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor for age 12 and older. This class is from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, August 7-28. (Course #35874

Flow Painting  The new abstract paint craze! You will create two beautiful acrylic-pour paintings. All materials provided. Cost is $20 plus a $25 material fee due to the instructor for age 13 and older. This class is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 8. (Course #35870) It’s also from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 28. (Course #35872)

Early Childhood Art and Book Reading  Children will enjoy a book reading by author Deborah Sherrell and create a special painting to take home. (Caregiver is required.) Free for ages 3-9, this class is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 29 (Course #35958); Saturday, July 20 (Course #35959); and Saturday, August 17. (Course #35960)

Minecraft Engineering Using Lego  Bring Minecraft to life using thousands of Lego parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as a motorized creeper, nether portal and moving minecart! Cost is $165 for ages 7-12. This camp is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday June 17-21. (Course #29738)

Minecraft Engineering Using Lego  Bring Minecraft to life using thousands of Lego parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as a motorized creeper, nether portal and moving minecart! Cost is $165 for ages 5-7. This camp is from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday June 17-21. (Course #29737)

Cartooning and Animation Camp  Students learn character development, visual storytelling and drawing techniques inspired by Chuck Jones. Projects include drawing, story boarding, flip books, cell painting and stop-motion filming. Cost is $350 for ages 8-16. This camp is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 8-19. (Course #35877)

Theater Art Camp  Learn the basics of theater acting! Participants will learn basic skills such as stage direction, improv and acting techniques culminating in a fun improv show. Free for ages 8-18, this camp is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 8-12. (Course #35961)

Girl-Powered Intro to Steam Using Lego  This course will provide a supportive environment for girls who love to build! These engineer-designed projects include trains, helicopters, treehouses, beam bridges and more. Cost is $165 for ages 5-7. This camp is from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 29 to August 2. (Course #29739)

Girl-Powered Intro to Steam Using Lego  This course will provide a supportive environment for girls who love to build! These engineer-designed projects include trains, helicopters, treehouses, beam bridges and more. Cost is $165 for ages 7-12. This camp is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 29 to August 2. (Course #29740)

Young Rembrandts Ocean Life Pastel Workshop  Dive deep into the oceans with the many fascinating creatures living beneath the surface as we explore the wonders of pastels, a medium halfway between drawing and painting with incredible opportunities for creativity! Cost is $159 for ages 6-13. This workshop is from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 8-12. (Course #29786)   

Young Rembrandts Cartoon Adventures in Space  Buckle up for blast-off on a hilarious trip across the galaxy as we practice our cartoon techniques with a silly cast of cartoon characters. We will hone our drawing and cartooning techniques through alien encounters, space ships and more! Cost is $139 for ages 6-13. This camp is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday August 5-9. (Course #29787)

Animation Summer Camp 

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July 8 - 19,  9am - 1pm

Chuck Jones’ enthusiasm and desire to do new, wild and imaginative things allowed him to create unusual characters with his irreverent humor and groundbreaking techniques. During this two-week summer camp program that takes place from 9 am to 1 pm July 8-19, participants ages 8-15 explore Chuck’s genius creative process through drawing, painting, story building and stop-motion filming.

This Animation Summer Camp is sure to nurture the imagination of young filmmakers. Unique characters created by students will come to life through motion. We guide them through every step of the process: shape building and language, range of expressions, character grouping, contrasting characters, animation, storyboard, figure posing, staging a scene, sequential filming and more. Throughout this camp, students will delight from various cartoon film clips along with Chuck’s interviews and tutorials. (Course #35877)

Saturday August Nights

Open Mic

Saturdays, August 3, 17 and 24 - 7 pm

Open Mic at the Potocki Center for the Arts Patrons will share their talents of poetry, comedy, music, magic, singing and much more. Amateur performers or professionals are welcome to try new material or plug an upcoming program.  For more information, call 949-470-8440. This program is sponsored by the Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts. This event is FREE.

 

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Annual Photography Competition

Images now sought for 2019 Photographers’ Exhibit
Have you captured fascinating faces, places and things through photography? If so, share your best photographic image for the 2019 Photographers’ Exhibit in the Mission Viejo Library Gallery.
 
Sponsored by the City’s Cultural Arts Committee and Mission Viejo Friends of the Art, the exhibit showcases local talent of all ages and gives budding artists the chance to compete for non-cash prizes in categories that include originality, use of color, composition, black and white, use of technology and pictures entered by photographers 17 and younger. The exhibit will be displayed September 22 through October 27.
 
To reserve a spot in the exhibit for your photo, provide your name and contact information before September 1 to Dru Maurer at 949-470-8452 or dmaurer@cityofmissionviejo.org. Cost to enter your photo is $15. 
 

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