Orange County Museum of Art's chief curator, Dan Cameron, takes pride in the artists his state has produced from the 20th century to the present. He and his staff showcase a diverse range of modern and contemporary Californian artists as well as art from around the world in an array of exhibitions and a permanent collection. Each exhibition uncovers a different facet of the art world. Past exhibitions have explored modern art between Picasso and Pollock, the changing language of art and design in the mid-20th century, and works by Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol.
Staffers also immerse visitors in their collections through after-hours events and guided tours of the museum's galleries. They also host events for families, during which kids can make artwork in the style of the exhibited artists or attend monthly shows with short films, music exploration, and live entertainment.
The Ecology Center empowers individuals looking to positively impact the earth at home and throughout the wider community through hands-on learning and a bevy of classes, programs, and speakers. Advocate-level members receive at least a 10% discount on all events, including the upcoming June 4 installment of the Backyard Skills workshop series that teaches participants how to construct a backyard veggie-growing box ($15 for members) and the Green Feast on September 10, with farmers, ranchers, and chefs congregating on the center to serve up hors d’oeuvres and a four-course spread of environmentally friendly delicacies ($180 for members). Keen ears can digest the nuggets of wisdom divulged by representatives from Nike and Patagonia during the summer speaker series along with wine, beer, and light fare ($15 for members). A stylish Ecology Center tote bag accessorizes each membership, perfect for demonstrating environmental sustainability while shopping for groceries or foraging for peppermints before winter’s first frost.
Today's fast-paced society asks us to race to the water cooler, the cupcake table, and the closet that stores sweaty wrestling singlets. Today's Groupon returns racing to its original form with two high-speed kart races at Dromo One for $20. Train like a professional kartist before embracing your inner velocity and fondness for competitive lap navigation.
A surfing museum might be a rare occurrence, but a surfing museum established by a non-surfer is virtually unheard of. If it was going to happen anywhere, it would be Huntington Beach, where surfers have been taking to the ample West Coast waves for nearly a century. Today, the waters of Huntington Beach host more than 50 surfing competitions, and its streets boast a Surfing Walk of Fame and vibrant public art honoring the ancient Hawaiian pastime. Museum founder Natalie Kotsch, fell in love with surfing culture after moving to Huntington Beach and established the museum to share the rich history of International surfing with visitors to her adopted city. The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum, while modest in size, houses a carefully curated collection of permanent and rotating exhibits all year long. Visitors can peruse the rare items on display at their leisure.
Although Azteca serves staple south-of-the-border comfort food, the decor isn't what you'd find in a typical Mexican restaurant. To describe it in one word: Elvis. Aside from walls filled with King memorabilia such as bobbleheads and signed posters, Elvis impersonators regularly perform at the eatery's Bobby Vegas Karaoke Club. It's all a part of owner J.J. Jauregui's love for the legendary performer, a love that gives Azteca its distinct character. Nontraditional environment aside, the food itself traces its origins back to 1957, when Jaregui's Aunt Connie served family-recipe burritos on Garden Grove. Today, the menu has expanded to include pork tamales, taquitos, and strip steaks smothered in housemade garlic sauce.
Through its rotating lineup of exhibits and engaging events, MUZEO—which means “museum” in the international language of Esperanto—fosters diversity and cross-cultural understanding by making culture accessible to every member of the community. The 25,000-square-foot complex encompasses the original 1908 Carnegie Library as well as a brand-new art-gallery space, and it plays host to three different traveling exhibitions per year. One current offering, Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Freedom in America, produced by the International Spy Museum and running through Monday, September 16, 2013, mines the rich history of international espionage and its current role in our nation. Though two free docent tours are offered with admission on Saturdays and Sundays, most visitors peruse the exhibits at their own pace. Check out the calendar of events to view museum goings-on by date.
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