News flash, parents: Your children don’t want to spend a warm summer day out of school in a museum. They are not paying attention to exhibits, and they do not care about the life cycle of jellyfish. They are making telepathic contact with every other captive in their height range and planning a mutiny so epic that even the jellyfish are scared.
However, you can throw them a curve ball at the Heritage Museum Music and Arts Festival. It flies under the kid-radar and slips in education about Orange County history, art and music through storytelling, demonstrations of adobe brick making and loud noises in the blacksmith shop.
And parents, did you know that local history includes a beer garden? It’s better than paying too much money for sugary soda, and instead of the cacophony of captive children, you can listen to some cool music reflecting on California culture. And drink beer.
Featured musicians include Toulouse Engelhardt, known as the Segovia of Surf. This innovative guitar player introduced a new finger-style of playing that incorporates complex and quick classical guitar with a California surf vibe.
Also playing is Tejano conjunto band Conjunto Los Pochos. Their style is the Southwest’s answer to classical music, with its roots primarily from Mexico, but also with influences from countries as diverse as Africa, Germany and the Czech Republic. Other bands will feature bluegrass legends Chris Hillman and Herb Peterson, as well as folk and Americana artists.
The festival also includes a contest that showcases paintings, as well as pen, ink and charcoal selections. Each depicts an Orange County historical location.
The Heritage Music and Arts Festival benefits the museum. It encourages kids (and adults) to touch history and understand that Orange County began with more than just yoga classes. heritagemuseumoc.org
Saturday Academy in Drama
Clare Trevor School of the Arts
For parents whose middle- and high school-aged kids are considering chucking their dreams and moving to Hollywood, come join UCI drama students as they teach acting, singing, improv and Shakespeare, as well as answer questions about pursuing thespian arts. In keeping with real-life examples of performing-arts students, free food will be provided. arts.uci.edu
Free For all Movie Mondays
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
July 9 – Aug. 6
This announcement arrives slightly ahead of schedule, but consider it advance notice to keep Monday nights clear. Free For All Movie Mondays, now in its sixth year, features five great movies, including personal favorite “Billy Elliot,” which, to me, is mandatory viewing if you’re going to continue reading this column. Beach chairs and picnics are welcome. scfta.org
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