Former staff writer Vera Castaneda covered arts, entertainment, lifestyle and issues related to Orange County for TimesOC until July 2021. Since starting out in 2016, she has also been an editorial assistant at the Los Angeles Times, a city reporter for the Daily Pilot and an education reporter for the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press. She grew up in Boyle Heights and graduated from Cal State Northridge with a bachelor’s in literature and a minor in journalism.
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The National Blues Museum’s traveling exhibit “Have Blues, Will Travel,” centered on a guide that helped traveling Black blues musicians find safe places to stay, eat, and perform, makes its way to Fullerton.
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Nalgona Positivity Pride, whose founder lives in Santa Ana, offers support resources for Black, Indigenous and people of color who are dealing with eating disorders and poor body image through in-person talks, online courses and support groups.
The Wooden Floor returns to live performance with its 38th annual concert “Passage/Home” July 15-17 and July 23-24. The concerts will feature site-specific dance choreography performed by Orange County youth.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced its Spring 2021 grant recipients, which include three arts museums and organizations that will help bring the first California-based Fred Eversley retrospective, artists through a residency program and a Pacific Standard Time exhibit to O.C.
Anaheim-based Weapons of Mass Creation released a new single “All I Do” in June and will be celebrating the release of the accompanying music video on June 25 in Long Beach.
Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center’s “Faces of Mankind: Portraiture for Social Change” exhibit displays of 35 portraits of unhoused and formerly unhoused people. Portrait subjects receive 50% of the proceeds from selling the artwork.
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Although Makara Center for the Arts in Santa Ana closed its doors in 2020, the founder Marytza Rubio is keeping its library services going through a mail-order online model.
As Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a plan to boost University of California’s budget, UC Irvine’s students and faculty wait to see whether a digital filmmaking minor that has become a pipeline for primarily women, BIPOC and LGBTQ students into the film industry will continue.