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Assemblyman Tom Daly:  The Arts Are "Beyond Worthy" of Increased State Funding

Assemblyman Tom Daly  (above left) with ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein, pledged his support for increased state arts funding during an Assembly Budget Subcommittee meeting he chaired recently.   Daly was elected in November of 2012 to represent California's 69th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Orange.  Born and raised in the 69th District, he is a graduate of Anaheim High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1976.  He has previously served as Mayor of the City of Anaheim as Orange County Clerk-Recorder.  During a visit to Assemblyman Daly's open house, artworks by District 69 constituents were on display in his Anaheim office.
Pacific Symphony Musicians Add Their Own Spin to "Rewrite Of Spring" Project with Zombie Mashup Video
(The Parking Valet Looks Awfully Familiar!)
The Frite of Spring
The Frite of Spring

New Community Theatre Opening in Dana Point


A new community theatre is preparing to open in Dana Point.  Led by Yolanda and John Kalb, Artistic Director and Technical Director, it is in the process of securing a location for its presentations.  The Kalbs previously ran the Sunshine Brooks Theatre in Oceanside for 6 years but also have been involved in South Orange County theatres like Camino Real in San Juan Capistrano.  Vivant Theatre is the name they've selected for their operation, which is officially incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the name New Vision Theatre Company.  They are recruiting volunteers and have a fundraising event coming up soon.  More details here.




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ArtsOC Encourages You to Attend the California Arts Council "Listening Tour" Visit in Costa Mesa July 25

Here is your chance to be heard about the status of the California Arts Council (CAC) and to offer your ideas for its future programs and services!  CAC is conducting a "listening tour" - a series of meetings around the state to ask for input from the arts field as they create a new Strategic Plan. They will visit Orange County on Thursday, July 25, 4:30-6 PM at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa.  Admission is free.

Orange County Playwright & Theatre Artist Stephen Ludwig Has Died


Author of the acclaimed play Accidental Dancers, a founder of the New Voices Playwrights Workshop and a former board member of Rude Guerrilla Theatre Company has died in France at the age of 65.  Read more about him in this article by Joel Beers in the OC Weekly.

Mission San Juan Capistrano to Conserve 200 Year Old Painting
In a never before attempted public preservation effort, Mission San Juan Capistrano Museum staff and conservators will carry out an investigative process to uncover the hidden art behind a painting that has been in the Serra Chapel for the last 40 years.  More details here.

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