This large, 95,000 square foot (8,825 square meter) eco-friendly facility is known as the Soka Performing Arts Center. Located on the Soka University of America campus in Aliso Viejo, this state-of-the-art center features a concert hall and theater both fully equipped with incredible acoustics designed by the same man who did the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. See amazing student performances as well as professional groups year round at this stunning venue.
The center, funded largely by a mega-million dollar endowment from Renée and Henry Segerstrom, was originally inaugurated in 1986, with the first venue Sergestrom Hall as part of what was then the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The latest addition, a community plaza uniting the newer and older venues was built in 2006, and the center renamed the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The complex has drawn huge audiences for symphony, ballet, and Broadway events. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, featuring the 2000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 500-seat Samueli Theater, Founders Hall and Segerstrom Hall as well as a variety of educational exhibits and recreation services, continues this tradition of artistic expansion. The halls are well suited to hold symphony performances, as they features state of the art acoustics that can be adjusted for large as well as intimate events. Tours are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30a, and offer a great glimpse into the backstage area, as well as notes about the architecture and design.
Disney's magic kingdom, the Disneyland Park in Anaheim is the original theme park; a labor of love designed by Walt Disney himself, the only one of the franchise to have been built directly under his auspicious care. Since its grand opening in 1955, this theme park has come to be renown as the place where dreams come true; where ogres, dragons and wizards roam, dazzling visions of the future are realized, and all are invited to experience a realm born of an imagination that knows no bounds. Expanded over the years, this whimsical wonderland now includes eight playfully themed lands like Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown. Here, fairytale princesses and Mickey Mouse greet visitors of every age, welcoming them into a world where magical lands are brought to life and there are thrilling experiences galore.
It is no exaggeration to say that Disneyland Resort is one of the best-known attractions in the whole world. For 45 years, Disneyland Park was the only theme park at this site, and is the better known of the two amusement parks at Disneyland Resort. While the original Disneyland is about rides and fun Disney characters, the Disney California Adventure, built-in 2001, recreates the popular sights of California. Disneyland Resort also houses three resort hotels and the famous entertainment, dining and shopping district known as Downtown Disney. The hours of operation vary for the two theme parks, restaurants and shops. One-day passes are available, but the three or five-day passes are recommended for what is sure to be an experience of a lifetime.
The Fox Theater Pomona is an all-purpose venue that has a multitude of entertainment options. The venue first started as a proud movie cinema in 1931 during an era that produced legends on the silver screen. Today it serves as a concert hall, theater, cinema, and event venue, where the theater hosts everything from private parties to romantic dinners. The beautiful Art Deco structure is one of the most sought-after event venues in the city.
Hosting a variety of ensemble performances, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall itself can be described as a work of creative art and technical innovation. It's modern glass-based design illuminates brightly in the evening, with a beautiful crystal LED lighting fixture in the lobby. The same level of artistry is given to everything from the elegant stairwells to the box office. The performance platform itself is capable of adjusting acoustics to fit any sound situation. Boasting a seating capacity of up to 1,954, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall provides a luxurious experience for both performer and viewer.
Ektaa Center is a social and cultural space for Indians. It invites people from all cultures to present Indian art and traditions. People from the community gather here to witness the diverse forms of dance, music and theater showcased here. You can also enroll for their dance classes like Kathak or Bharatnyatyam. The center also offers its space for private events and art related activities happening in the city.
Recess is not only a rehearsal studio but also a performance space for local musicians. With state-of-the-art equipments,nine multifaceted rooms and a professional staff, this sleek space is everything an artist or a band needs. Some of their previous listings are Indubious, Richard Benjamin and The Simpkin Project.
Peppertree Park is a popular park in the city, not so because of its amenities but for the many events that take place throughout the year. Kids can run around or swing in the playground. Horseshoe pits and a softball field will keep you engaged. Picnic spots with barbecue pits are a hit among families in the area. Annual programs such as summer concerts, Lobsterfest and musicals keep it always buzzing.
Original Mike's is housed in a building that dates back to 1919, in fact it was formerly the first auto-dealership in this fledgling city. The structure has original details galore and the entire space is decorated with an nod towards yesterday, in fact, the first Santa Ana firetruck is parked here. Mike's is huge, with three bars, three stages and three different dance floors, there is no doubt you'll have plenty of room for you and your friends. Depending on the day of the week, Mike's functions as a live music venue, sports bar and nightclub, and sometimes all three rolled into one. A definite must-stop on any itinerary while visiting Santa Ana.