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Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces First Ever Talent Competition “OC Center Stage”

Finalists compete before a panel of judges and a live audience for CASH prizes.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts announced their first- ever county-wide talent competition. The search is on to award the title of “Orange County’s Best”. If you sing, dance, play an instrument, perform in a band, or have a dance crew, Segerstrom wants to talk to you! Give us your best shot, and wow the judges and a live audience! Beginning April 1, applications are accepted through our website (, with the deadline to enter on June 1. Ten finalists will be selected to compete in front of a panel of judges on Saturday, August 24 on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 and the title of “Orange County’s Best”! Second place will be awarded $750, and third place will win $500. In addition, ALL finalists will receive a stipend: solos and duos will receive $150 for performing, and groups of three or more will receive $300. This is your time to shine, Orange County!
OC Center Stage is open to residents of Orange County who are at least eight (8) years old and non-professionals. The vision behind our first ever talent competition comes from Jason Holland, VP of Community Engagement, “There is so much incredible talent right here in Orange County! At Segerstrom Center for the Arts we are committed to working with and supporting local artists. We want them staying in Orange County; living, working and creating in our community. It brings value to our cities, it attracts businesses and it brings us all together! OC Center Stage is another forum for us to shine a light on the diverse wealth of artists in our area and will hopefully serve to inspire and propel these artists further towards their goals.”

Announcing South Coast Repertory’s 2019-20 Season

56th Season is First to be Programmed by New Artistic Director David Ivers
Artistic Director  David Ivers  and Managing Director  Paula Tomei  today announced South Coast Repertory’s 13-play, 2019-20 season, which builds on the theatre’s 56-year foundation of stellar artistry. The offerings range from a two-person show to a large-cast musical and represent a kaleidoscope of classics and popular hits, along with four world premieres and three shows for young audiences and families. The season includes the world premiere of  The Scarlet Letter  by Kate Hamill,  the musical  She Loves Me   (directed by Ivers),  American Mariachi  by José Cruz González, Arcadia  by Tom Stoppard   and   the beloved children’s story,  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Subscription packages are currently on sale; single tickets will go on sale on June 10. More information is available at .
“We’re excited to announce our upcoming season, which is built on the solid legacy of South Coast Repertory’s more than five decades of artistic excellence,” said Ivers, who is embarking on his first year as artistic director. “Overall, the season offers gigantic, yet intimate stories about love in all its forms—love that draws us together, that pulls us apart, family love, love of food, surprising love, love of country and unspoken desires. These plays also showcase adventure, heroism and finding the strength to overcome adversity. There’s something for everyone—a wonderful journey and we’re looking forward to sharing it with our audiences.”

The Dr. Donald Hecht Philanthropy & Service Award

Initiated in 2018 in honor of CalSouthern’s 40 th anniversary.
Dear Colleagues,
Each year CalSouthern recognizes a person who has made a significant difference in his or her area of practice, field of study, or local community through distinguished work, scholarship, innovation, or service. The Dr. Donald Hecht Philanthropy and Service Award will be presented at the university’s 41st commencement ceremony on Friday, August 9. The award includes a $2,000 cash award to support the recipient’s philanthropic efforts.
The criteria are:
  • Leadership – Demonstrates leadership in helping his or her community (for example: founded a non-profit)
  • Values – Devotes personal time and/or money to help others and the community
  • Vision – Innovates ways to improve conditions for others
Would you like to be considered for the Dr. Donald Hecht Philanthropy and Service Award or would you like to nominate a fellow colleague? If so, please describe—in 500 words or less—how the candidate has impacted his or her profession or community through outstanding public service or philanthropy, and email your nomination to . We welcome supplemental photos, articles, and media information.
The deadline for submitting a nomination is June 30, 2019, and the recipient will be announced by July 8, 2019.
Please feel free to contact M. Gomez with any questions.
Warm regards,
Magdalena Gomez
Director, Public Relations
California Southern University | 3330 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Metro Events

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Curator Walk-Through with Hiromi TaTakizawa & Alyssa Cordova
Saturday, June 15 at 1:00 pm
Join artist Hiromi Takizawa and OCMA Assistant Curator Alyssa Cordova for a discussion about their insightful approach to considering sculpture from OCMA’s permanent collection for their co-curated exhibition “Closer Look: Intimate-Scale Sculpture from the Permanent Collection.”

Upcoming Shows at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

There are benefits to living and working in South Coast Metro. Special ticket prices for Orchestra seating are available for the following shows:
The Phantom of the Opera on Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 pm
Special Ticket Price: $91.25
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will make a triumphant return to Orange County as part of its North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.
For more information and ticket purchases, contact Diane Pritchett: 714.435.2109 or

OC Night Market

Weekend 2: Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16
The biggest and only large-scale night market festival in Orange County invites you to bring your friends and family to eat, drink, shop, and play this summer! Experience 200+ local food, merchandise, games, arts, and crafts vendors. OC Night Market has a diverse mix of activities such as an Art Walk, dance competitions, eating contests, entertainment stage with live musical performances, and more! Perfect for all ages.

Restaurant News

Asian Influenced Flavors at South Coast Plaza

In celebration of Orange County Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, many South Coast Plaza restaurants are offering delicious Asian-inspired specials through the month of May.
  • AnQi by House of An
  • Din Tai Fung
  • Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Marugame Udon
  • Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine
  • Terrace by Mix Mix

Cooking Class | Friday, May 31 at 6:30 pm
Learn to create a delicious four course meal with owners Antonio and Fiorella Cagnolo! Guests will watch as Antonio and Fiorella prepare four dishes, then enjoy the meal for themselves including complimentary wine! $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Menu TBD. Call 714.751.7153 for reservations.

New Hours! As of March 30th, Antonello Ristorante will be performing major repairs that will affect their lunch hours.

                                Monday – Friday Lunch: 1:30pm – 3pm

                                Monday-Thursday Happy Hour: 3pm – 6pm

                                Monday – Friday Dinner: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

                                Saturday Dinner: 5pm – 10pm

Wang Cho Korean BBQ Now Open in South Coast Metro

Enjoy All You Can Eat Korean BBQ at the new Wang Cho location. Choose from three AYCE dinner menus: Prince, King & Emperor. Or stop by Monday through Friday for the Lunch Special.
3608 S Bristol St., Santa Ana 92704

Retail News

South Coast Plaza’s Spring Lookbook 2019

This season, designers found inspiration from destinations near and far. In the new Spring lookbook, you’ll discover prairie-perfect looks photographed in the American heartland, rich spice colors of the rustic Southwest, the Instagram-ready blue and white Greek Isles and modern takes on coastal California in the 1960s.


South Coast Plaza

South Coast Metro Directory

The new South Coast Metro Directory contains a comprehensive listing and map of restaurants, hotels, arts/theater venues, universities, residential communities and office leasing information.

Exclusive Discount for SCMA Members with Code: 16467
Section A and B only, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings during previews of all Segerstrom Stage and Argyros Stage shows. Limit 4. Excludes Theatre for Young Audiences, Studio SCR, Youth Conservatory, and A Christmas Carol.

South Coast Metro Preferred

Our latest insert published in Orange Coast Magazine focuses on South Coast Metro’s comprehensive array of amenities to serve businesses, residents and visitors. This unique blend of premier office and residential environments, restaurants, hotels, performing arts and unsurpassed shopping is what makes South Coast Metro Orange County’s Urban Center.

South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for any occasion! South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates are available in any denomination up to $5,000 and honored at more than 250 stores and restaurants at South Coast Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory and The Westin South Coast Plaza. For more information, contact Diane Pritchett at 714.435.2109 or

Check out the 2017/2018 edition of the South Coast Metro 360!

The glossy, full-color magazine that covers Orange County’s  cultural, culinary and commercial center. Visit our website at or call Diane Pritchett  for a hard copy of the 2017/2018 issue: 714.435.2109