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It’s a week of amazing art, great music, stunning acrobatics and some good old American fun. Whatever your scene, we’ve got your daily happenings to entertain. Take a read, then get your tickets and have a great time.

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Monday, July 23

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Festival of Arts through Aug. 31, 2012. The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists. And the Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. On each evening of the Festival of Arts summer schedule, ticket holders are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

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Tuesday, July 24

Cirque du Soleil invites you to IRIS, a Journey Through the World of Cinema. This large-scale production—created exclusively for its permanent home at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles—offers a new take on the art of cinema as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine it. IRIS is an inventive spectacle that combines acrobatics, dance, projections and live music. It takes the audience on a mesmerizing journey that blurs boundaries between live performance and moving images. Tickets available online.

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Wednesday, July 25

Sheryl Crow will perform on Wednesday, July 25 as part of the Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the 2012 OC Fair. Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow brings a string of Top 40 hits to the Pacific Amphitheatre on July 25. Crow’s smash hit debut “Tuesday Night Music Club” spawned such crowd pleasers as “All I Wanna Do” and “Leaving Las Vegas.” Her latest Top 10 release “100 Miles To Memphis” featured the hit single “Summer Day.” The 2012 OC Fair, themed Home Sweet Home, is on through August 12.

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Thursday, July 26

The summer’s most anticipated culinary event, An Evening on the Beach, returns to Santa Monica. Featuring some of LA’s hottest chefs, relax with tempting morsels off the grill, vintner tastings, specialty cocktails, great music and crackling fires as the summer sunsets over the ocean. Dress is casual, shoes are optional. 6-10 pm, $155 per person. Buy tickets here.

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Friday, July 27

Blow off the work week with a Friday night show at the rockin’ House of Blues. Hear Headliner Quinto Sol with Badfish. Tickets: $12.50 for General Admission in Advance or $15.00 for General Admission the Day of Show. Ages: all

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Saturday, July 28

Saddle up and celebrate the American cowboy and cowgirl at the Autry. Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Enjoy live music, square dancing, kids’ crafts, delicious down-home outdoor barbecue and more. Watch performances by gun-slinger Joey Dillon, trick ropers Dave Thornbury and Gene McLaughlin and square dancing with Becky Nankivell. Autry docent Chuck Merman brings frontier medicine to life with replica artifacts. Other hands-on carts throughout the museum will let you touch the past. Enjoy live music by Jean Sudbury, Miss Devon & the Outlaw, Kristyn Harris, and Triple Chicken Foot.

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Sunday, June 29

Los Angeles Icon Charles Phoenix hosts an afternoon of puppets, food and a silent auction to support the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater in downtown Los Angeles is the oldest of its kind in the United States and has been entertaining children of all ages since its inception in 1963. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets. Event starts at 4 pm.

Debbie Lavdas is a Southern California writer. She also writes features, cover stories and columns at bask Magazine, Laguna Beach Magazine and more. Keep up with her at @deblavdas on Twitter.