John Wayne Airport Exhibit Celebrates Hobie Alter

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Ticketed passengers passing through John Wayne Airport can view a new exhibit featuring Hobart “Hobie” Alter through spring 2019. Photo courtesy of John Wayne Airport.

Ticketed passengers passing through John Wayne Airport can view a new exhibit featuring Hobart “Hobie” Alter, a Southern California native known for inventing the “Hobie Cat” catamaran and changing the way people use the water for surfing and sailing

The Vi Smith Concourse Gallery on the departure level features photographs and memorabilia celebrating the lifetime achievements of the watersports pioneer, including a photo of Hobie and his wife, Sharon, made for Kodak, stages of surfboard production, and shots from Hobie’s life celebration.

For more information about the airport’s art programs, visit The exhibit will run through spring 2019.




‘Annie’ Opens Friday at No Square Theatre

No Square Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical “Annie” this Friday, Nov. 30, through Dec. 22, with both matinee and evening performances Friday-Sunday.

The show is directed by Joe Lauderdale and choreographed by Ellen Prince. Vocal music is directed by Roxanna Ward and the band is directed by Christopher W. Smith, at the piano. David Cowan is the stage manager, and costumes are done by Brigitte Harper. Costumes for this production are underwritten by a grant from FOA Foundation.

Little Orphan Annie, played by Tessa Espinola, charms everyone with her plucky optimism, despite humble beginnings in 1930s New York City while treating audiences to favorites like, “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the ultimate anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street. For tickets and showtimes, visit Admission is $12.50 for children 6-11, and adults from $25-$35.


Pacific Symphony Presents ‘Holiday Classics: Nutcracker Sweet’

Pacific Symphony’s Dec. 6-8 concerts entitled, “Holiday Classics: Nutcracker Sweet,”open with pianist Markus Groh performing the Second Concerto of Brahms. Groh was the first German musician to win the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in 1995. The second half of the program will feature “Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a work inspired by the music of the English Renaissance. The concert also treats the audience to Pacific Symphony’s director, Carl St. Clair, conducting Billy Strayhorn, jazz arrangements in a swinging “Nutcracker.”

The concerts include image magnification on big screens in the concert hall. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. with a preview talk hosted by Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. For more information or to purchase tickets call the box office at 714-755-5799 or visit


Local Artists Open Studio to the Public

Local artists Siân Poeschl, Maggie Spencer and Troy Poeschl will open their studios at 2711 Laguna Canyon Road at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, for their annual sale of fused glass, photography, mixed media and sculpture along with gift items. A seconds table with heavily discounted pieces “will offer all the experiments that didn’t turn out quite right,” a statement from the artists said.

Troy Poeschl exhibits at the Festival of Arts and has been a frequent exhibitor in the Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition plus the Sawdust Festival, where Maggie Spencer and Sian Poeschl also exhibit their work. “This is our annual studio clear out,” Spencer said. “It’s the only time we open up the studio to the public and it’s a great fun to catch up with friends and celebrate the season.” Spencer will also offer studio classes providing an opportunity to make holiday ornaments. Sign up at

A percentage of all sales will be donated to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, which provides financial help to artists who have lost their studios due to the fires. “CERF+ helped us during the 2010 floods, now it is our opportunity to help our fellow artists,” said Sian Poeschl.

Donations may be made through a purchase or directly to


Pacific Chorale Joins Symphony for Handel’s ‘Messiah’

A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio—with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus—provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy. Awe-inspiring sounds of praise ring out as Pacific Symphony is joined by Pacific Chorale for the triumphant annual holiday celebration, “Handel’s Glorious Messiah,” celebrating the birth of Christ. A holiday tradition across the world, “Messiah” has been performed for more than 275 years, but with each new conductor, orchestra and soloists, it becomes a fresh and newly invigorating experience. This year Christopher Warren-Green mans the podium to lead the Symphony along with the Chorale and a host of globally distinguished soloists, including the soprano Klara Ek, counter-tenor David Trudgen, tenor Nicky Spence and bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch. Full of brilliant choral writing, “Messiah” energizes its audience and leaves them singing, “Hallelujah!”

“Handel’s Glorious Messiah” takes place on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m., at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $44. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714-755-5799 or visit


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