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The East End Artwalk Captures The Spirit of Santa Ana

Multiple pop-up art exhibits, a new gallery opening, live music, and more fill Downtown Santa Ana on Saturday, July 5 for the monthly event.

The East End Artwalk unfolds through Downtown the first Saturday of every month, and July 5 welcomes an exciting collection of pop-up art shows, new exhibits, and entertainment. The Artwalk populates 3rd and 5th streets and Bush and French streets amidst Santa Ana’s revitalized cityscape. This month Marcas Contemporary Art celebrates their grand opening, The East End Street Series returns, and a variety of vivid exhibits fill the Artist’s Village.

Marcas Contemporary Art takes pride in nurturing, embracing, and enlivening creative minds. The gallery opens their doors for the first time at 305 East 4th Street Ste. 105 from 7 - 10 p.m. and presents their inaugural exhibit titled “Corrective Course.” The exhibition will feature the works of several artists including Dan Quintana, Alex Garcia and Nikko Hurtado to name a few. Marcas Contemporary Art is an active proponent for accessible, high quality art in Orange County, and the opening exhibit will be the first of many artistic ventures.

Analog MC lights up Plaza Santa Ana with their music showcase featuring hip hop, live music, and vendors at 4th and French streets from 6 - 10 p.m. The showcase presents a whirlwind of talent that includes Party Snakes, Cardioheart, Josh Moore, C-Tre Flowz and many others.

The East End Street Series returns for the July Artwalk, setting up on 4th street between Bush and French. The Series will be curated by East End Businesses, Brooklyn Harper, and Konsept, and will welcome back local vendors, artists, and artisans to unite in an upbeat environment.

The “Hayao Miyazaki” Art show will pay homage to one of Japan’s most revered animators and directors. The art show is hosted by Can-U-Not Vintage and will spill into the back alley of 206 East 4th Street, Unit B. Over 30 artists and live bands will join the celebration, inspired by Miyazaki’s lifetime of anime contributions.

The Artwalk’s cultural stimulation continues at The Frida Cinema located at 305 East 4th Street. This month the theater features a videogame-inspired art exhibit entitled “↑↑↓↓←→←→BA” curated by Sonora Ortiz. Bespoke Cut & Sew adds to the wide array of amenities by offering onsite tailoring at 206 East 4th.

Downtown’s community of delicious eateries expands with the grand opening of BOLDO Bowl. BOLDO Bowl is a “Slow Fast Food” restaurant dedicated to serving scrumptious, healthy foods that are sourced locally and never processed. Located at 305 - 105 East 4th Street, the restaurant offers farm fresh foods amidst artistic accents that include reclaimed wood furniture and a tucked away artwall.

The Artist Village is the heart and soul of Downtown, and this month’s Artwalk features a wide spectrum of events that shine light on Santa Ana’s creative community. The Second Street Promenade comes to life with arts and crafts vendors and live entertainment between Broadway and Sycamore streets from 7 - 10 p.m. The Grand Central Arts Center will present exhibits by Jody Zellen, Flora Kao, and Susan Robb at 125 N. Broadway.

The “Home” Exhibit is presented by OCCCA (Orange County Center for Contemporary Art) at 117 N. Sycamore Street, and explores various interpretations of the word. The exhibit resonates on cultural, emotional, political and spiritual levels, and goes beyond literal meaning by illustrating “Home” as a place, space, myth, war zone, or promised land. Further up Sycamore Street, Q Art Salon will unveil the “Seven@Q” exhibition, featuring a group show curated by Johnpaul Altamirano.

The historic Santora building at 207 N. Broadway will house the High School Invitational Art Show on the second story, presented by Santa Ana College Gallery. The invitational art show features juried work from local high schools. On the lower level of the Santora building will be the Mutual Aid Gallery displaying work from Rob Brown, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Yumi Sakugawa, and Suzanne Walsh.

The July incarnation of the Santa Ana Artwalk symbolizes the ever-evolving creative community of Orange County, and celebrates the artistic spirit of Santa Ana in a vibrant, unifying atmosphere.
East End Spotlight

5th Element Magazine


It’s said the only constant in life is change. For Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA), it has been a culture and hub that truly embraces this idea. With an oncoming wave of new entrepreneurs, DTSA has been buzzing throughout Southern California, creating a fresh atmosphere for an area few would have guessed to be a hot spot for the current generation.  It began when property manager, Ryan Chase, took a chance and worked towards making his vision come alive. Within a span of a few years, a breath of new life has entered DTSA and the mark of another era has definitely begun.  We sat down with Ryan, along with a host of individuals who have helped make the new East End of Downtown Santa Ana the vibrant and revitalized area that it is now. Read More...

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IO by Playground

220 East 4th St.

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Since debuting in November 2011, Playground has firmly established itself at the forefront of the Orange County dining scene, earning legions of followers in the process. As sharp as Chef Jason Quinn's cooking is, though, there was just something more that he wanted. He dreamed of a place where he could truly celebrate his obsessively-sourced, often times scarce ingredients, an intimate venue where the bounds of cost, complexity, and time go out the window. His vision has been realized in the form of IO, an invitation-only dining series held sporadically at 2.0, a "culinary theater" of sorts situated right next door to the main restaurant (the space is also used for private dinners, pop-ups, cooking classes, and other special events). Inside, you'll find an intimate room housing 17 seats surrounding a well-equipped exhibition kitchen. Read More...

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Frida Cinema

305 East 4th St.

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[East End] saw what the Cinematheque was and is doing in Long Beach and has now provided them the opportunity to run and program a full-time arthouse cinema—which truly equates to any film geek's dream. The permanent space--inside what is now the Fiesta Twin in Downtown Santa Ana--permits the nonprofit to run student films, LGBT fare, films that lack distributors or have micro-budget, and other pieces of the cinematic spectrum that may have otherwise never met a wall to be shown on outside of computer and television screens. And come September, the Cinematheque's permanent location—two screens with some 650 seats between them—will be offering daily servings of cinematic goodness on top of its local, Long Beach mobile programming.

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Fourth Street Market

Coming Spring 2014

The historic Yost Theater

Orange County to Have a Real Food Market In—Where Else?—Downtown Santa Ana
The idea is to have a dozen small-scale restaurants that in a Mexican mercado would be called fondas, as well as coffee, beer, and wine. There will be kitchens for smaller-scale projects, like incubators for people whose business models are too large for the cottage food law but too small for traditional commercial kitchens; a gluten-free kitchen and a confectionary kitchen. The market part will emphasize local artisans, including a butcher shop to be run by Michael Puglisi, a whole-animal butcher who moved West from Boston's Butchershop and rose from in-house butcher to sous chef at Bouchon in Beverly Hills. Much of the food for sale will come from the commercial kitchens, and there will be a demo space as well. Read More...

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200 East 4th St.

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9 years ago we opened our first location in the heart of Costa Mesa. Before then it was a different time, sneaker boutiques weren’t a term just yet. For basketball shoes you would check out Footlocker. For skate shoes you would check out Niketown etc. It’s 2012 now and we now have a stores in San Diego and also Downtown LA. Orange County is where we started where our first store is. Downtown Santa Ana in the past few years has grown into a very exciting city. A lot of good energy has been flowing through with new businesses coming in making a lot of noise and we had to be a part of it. We are proud to announce our 4th BLENDS location in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana. We are on 4th St. which is historically the main street of Santa Ana. Please come check us out. 

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With extensive building and landscaping renovation, including the opening of several new retailers and renovated restaurants as well as several establishments that will be opening over the coming months, East End is a pedestrian promenade located between 3rd and 5th Streets and Bush and French Streets in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana.

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E Fourth St & N Bush St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

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