March 2017 Around Town 4

Groundbreaking at Segerstrom Center

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has begun construction on its new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and the Center for Dance and Innovation to be housed in the Judy Morr Theater, thanks to The Next Act campaign. The Argyroses gave a generous $13.5 million towards the project. Look for an array of free events, a café and outdoor seating on the plaza, much like a town square. A third part of the plan is the Center Without Boundaries, an effort to expand community outreach to non-cultural organizations.

A Pop-Up for Vuitton

Louis Vuitton opened its first perfume pop-up shop in the Americas in December at South Coast Plaza, and it will be open through July 1st. The luxury brand returns to its roots 70 years after its last olfactory signatures, thanks to master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud and the launch of Les Parfums Louis Vuitton. The seven fragrances are showcased amidst two eye-catching pyramids of Louis Vuitton trunks enhanced by feminine florals on both sides of the pop-up entrance.

NAMM Great Fun!

NAMM 2017 gathered 100,000 members of the music product industry to preview new products from every category of music AND to hear performances by SoCal rockers Tracii Guns (LA Guns and founding member of Guns ‘N Roses) and Paul Shortino (lead singer of Rough Cutt), as well as Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), guitarist Orianthi (RSO), country artist Dwight Yoakam, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), and many more.

The Latest at Dodge

It is no secret that Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University is a first-class film school, ranked among the best in the country. Always ahead of the curve, Dodge has announced the opening of Chapman Studios West with a new Cine stage, a prop room with 18,000 props, a scene shop, a large stage for filming, faculty offices and two editing suites. Housing the cinematography and production design programs, it is also home to the new Dhont Documentary Film Center.

Kudos for the Kids!

KidSingers, a Santa Ana-based chorus that provides musical education and performing opportunities for at-risk youth, was chosen to perform for the Disneyland Community Arts Showcase. The choir’s half-hour performance took place at the Hollywood Backlot Stage in California Adventure. Afterwards, each student received one ticket to remain in the park for the day.

Calling all Foodies!

Orange County Restaurant Week is upon us–Sunday, March 5th through Saturday, March 11th. With more than 100 restaurants participating and a variety of options, from casual and family-friendly to upscale and fine dining, you have your pick. Prix-fixe menus are offered at specific price points for both lunch and dinner. Girl Scouts of Orange County are partnering with OC Restaurant Week, with select restaurants offering Girl Scout-inspired desserts.