July 2015 Around Town 2


Talented Artist Recognized 
at Artwalk

Akoko Okeyo was presented the Newport Beach Lifestyle Artist Award at the 21st Annual Balboa Island Artwalk by the magazine’s Publisher Randy Harding. The talented artist engraves on glass by hand, using a drill. “Think of the drill as my brush and the glass as the canvas,” Okeyo says. Each of her works of art is unique. See her beautifully executed dolphin vase. Okeyo received a one-month ad in the magazine. See more of her work at AkokoArt.com.

It’s Fair Time

The Orange County Fair is scheduled at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa for Friday, July 17, through Sunday, August 16. Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the fair is themed “One Big Party” and will feature fair food, competitive exhibits, thrilling carnival rides, unique shopping, and more, with the extra excitement of a 125th “birthday” party. Concertgoers and action sports enthusiasts can subscribe to email alerts at OCFair.com to be one of the first to know about special events planned in the Pacific Amphitheater, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. As in the past, the fair will be open Wednesday through Friday, noon to midnight; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight. It is closed Monday and Tuesday throughout its run.

Just Plein Fun Celebrates 
10 Years

A decade has passed since Just Plein Fun launched, thanks to the Debra Huse Gallery and Balboa Island Improvement Association. The invitational, held on Balboa Island, sponsors 14 award-winning plein air artists from across the country to paint scenes on the beautiful island from July 27 to August. 1. Fun for the whole family, there will be a “Brush Off” on Marine Avenue on August 1, from 4–6 p.m. The public can enjoy live music while the artists paint the best Balboa Island downtown scene, followed by an artist reception and awards presentation at the Debra Huse Gallery at 6:30 p.m. Raffle prizes, including an original painting, will be offered. Call 949.723.6171 or visit JustPleinFun.com.

Money Raised for Public School Music and Arts Programs

Encore for Education, a commercial real estate industry charity concert, raised $200,000 to benefit Buchanan Children’s Charities and the Orange County Community Foundation’s Music Matters initiative. The fundraiser, attended by more than 800 real estate professionals, was held at the House of Blues in Anaheim and featured a performance by Billboard Music Award winner Third Eye Blind. The event was underwritten by donations from lead sponsors Buchanan Street Partners, Boeing, Auction.com, and Idea Hall. The funds raised supported arts education across 16 school districts in Orange County, impacting 160,720 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. BuchananChildrensCharities.org

Shakespeare By the Sea

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is offering an engaging weekend of Shakespeare, with a professional troupe’s production of the bard’s masterful drama, “The Tempest” on Saturday, July 18, 7–9 p.m., and his delightful romantic comedy, “As You Like It” on Sunday, July 19, 7–9 p.m. Held at Bonita Canyon Sports Park in Newport Beach, both performances are free and open to the public. Come early and bring blankets and beach chairs and a picnic dinner to fully enjoy the entertainment under the stars. For more information, visit Shakespeare by the Sea at the city’s website: NewportBeachCA.gov/CulturalArts.

Sunset Jazz at Newport Marriott

Jazz has become quite the ticket in Newport Beach, and the Sunset Jazz at Newport summer series continues the tradition, starting July 8 through September 16. Held in the beautiful Rose Garden of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, attendees can enjoy world class jazz and delicious food and wine offerings provided by Sam & Harry’s. Among artists appearing are the John Pizzarelli Quartet, The Four Freshmen, Barbara Morrison, Jeff Hamilton Trio with Graham Dechter, Byron Stripling saluting the trumpet legends, plus a special evening of Jazz & Comedy featuring Calabria Foti & Bob McChesney and Jimmie J.J. Walker. Doors open at 5 p.m.; Shows are at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. For information and tickets, call 949.759.5003 or visit SunsetJazzAtNewport.com.