Thursday, July 8, 2010

The best show in Orange County

It runs over the summer for just under 8 weeks. I think. No, I KNOW it's what makes OC special. I'm talking about Pageant of the Masters.

Neither a beauty contest nor a senior golf tour,
locals look forward to this unique experience where life really does imitate art. Conducted outdoors at Irvine Bowl, it's a relaxing way to revisit classic art and celebrate local artisans. The venue's waiting area doubles as an exhibition space where ticketmasters can sip wine, listen to live music and view works in various mediums.

This year's theme is especially exciting for me, as it revolves around the notion "Eat, Drink and be Merry". Coincidentally, the final scene depicted at the finale of each and every show is the infamous work, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. If you are interested in learning about the program, look no further.

Prime seating sells out early on, but those in the know go early on the day of their preferred show and camp outside the box office for returned tickets (and open spots the cast isn't already reserving for family or friends). Remember, your admission ticket is also good all summer at the Sawdust Art Festival, Art-A-Fair, and Festival of Arts.

If you haven't gone, this can make for a special date nite, group outing, or just another way to expand your cultural horizons. I assure you, within the first 30 minutes they will show the magic behind the scenes -- and it will render you speechless.