Top Movies You Should Be Seeing This Summer!

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In just a few short weeks, Chapman students will be free for the summer! One thing to do while you don’t have to stress about schoolwork is to catch some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of the year. Here are just a few of the many movies that are sure to give you some bang for your buck (or MoviePass) this summer.

*Spoiler Alert!*
Everything’s a sequel…

Avengers: Infinity War
Release Date: April 27

The long-awaited third installation of the franchise became the highest grossing film of all time by making $257 million within three days of its release, beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens by $10 million. Avengers: Infinity War features an all-star cast of Hollywood’s biggest names such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth (just to name a few). The stakes have never been higher in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy unite to stop the evil Thanos from finding all six Infinity Stones and destroying the universe.

Watch the Avengers: Infinity War trailer here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

Deadpool 2
Release Date: May 18

Following the success of its first installment, Deadpool 2 tells the story of the crude and raunchy superhero Deadpool created by Marvel Comics as he forms his own team of mutant heroes called the X-Force to save a young mutant Russell from the time-travelling villain, Cable.

Watch the trailer for Deadpool 2 here!
To purchase tickets, click here.

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Release Date: May 25

Only five months after the release of The Last Jedi, Disney and Lucasfilm present the origin story of one of the most beloved characters in the series, Han Solo, in the latest installment of the mighty Star Wars franchise. Through a series of dangerous adventures, Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich) meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and confronts the notorious gambler and smuggler Lando Calrissian (played by musician and actor Donald Glover).

Watch the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

Ocean’s 8
Release Date: June 8

This all-female addition to the Ocean’s franchise features eight incredible actresses, including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna. Follow these ladies as master criminal Debbie Ocean recruits seven other thieves to pull off the heist of the century at the annual Met Gala. Their goal? To steal a diamond necklace that’s worth more than $150 million.

Watch the trailer for Ocean’s 8 here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

Incredibles 2
Release Date: June 15

A family-friendly superhero film brought to you by Disney’s Pixar Studios, Incredibles 2 picks up where the original film ended 14 years ago. In this film, Elastagirl starts a new job to campaign for the return of the “supers”, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet: staying home to supervise Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack. In addition, the superhero family joins their ally Frozone to fight a new villain: the Screenslaver.

Watch the trailer for Incredibles 2 here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Release Date: June 22

A little under two months after Avengers hits theaters, Chris Pratt returns to the big screen for his second movie of the summer to lead the second installation of the new Jurassic Park series. After the failed experiment of creating a dinosaur-themed theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. On their journey, they come in contact with terrifying new breeds of dinosaurs while discovering a conspiracy that threatens life as they know it.

Watch the trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Release Date: July 6

Paul Rudd returns as the iconic size-shifting superhero and teams up with the Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly. Set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Scott Lang tries to balance his home life with his duties as Ant-Man as he is presented with a new mission to uncover secrets from the past.

Watch the trailer for Ant Man and the Wasp here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

For even more awesome movies coming out this summer, click here.

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Students review ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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WARNING: Spoilers ahead. Proceed with caution.

 

“Avengers: Infinity War” hit theaters April 27 and has quickly risen to the top of the box office charts, beating out “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for highest-grossing film, becoming the biggest global opening in history. This film was 10 years in the making, including a cast of more than 20 superheroes from the Marvel universe. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive, with an 84 percent rating by Rotten Tomatoes critics and 92 percent by the audience. Many students believe that the film’s success was well-deserved.

Junior graphic design major Jennifer Johnson had great anticipation for the film.

“The fact that this has been in the works and building up for 10 years, through 18 films, there’s no doubt it was going to be big,” Johnson said. “I even blocked about 30 words and phrases on Twitter to be safe, because I wanted to experience it with a fresh mind.”

For junior creative writing major Ashley Musick, she was afraid that her limited knowledge of the Marvel universe would impact her viewing experience.

“Since I haven’t seen all the Marvel films, I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to understand it, but I found the film very easy to follow,” Musick said.

Captain America leads Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Black Widow, The Hulk and others towards an unseen foe. Photo by Disney used with permission under fair use.

It took a couple viewings for junior strategic corporate communications major Brandon Garcia to really appreciate the film.

“The first time I saw it, I came out very entertained but very skeptical and unsure of the quality of the narrative,” Garcia said. “The second time I saw it, I decided to analyze it a bit more and realized that this movie is subtly genius.”

Marvel’s Iron Man. Photo by Disney used with permission under fair use.

Throughout all the moments in the film, junior graphic design major Olivia Hosbein especially enjoyed the humor.

“I think the jokes are genuinely funny and help lighten the mood, being that they are trying to save the universe and all, which is pretty bleak,” Hosbein said.

Erin Crowder, a sophomore communications studies major, loved seeing powerful women working as a team on screen.

“My favorite part of the movie was the scene with Scarlet Witch, Black Widow and Okoye as they fought Proxima Midnight,” Crowder said. “I don’t necessarily consider myself to be a feminist, but I was definitely getting behind this scene and its girl power.”

Mantis tries to wake Thor as the rest of the Guardians crew stands by. Photo by Disney used with permission under fair use.

There were also moments that weren’t as popular with audiences.

“I really didn’t like how Loki died. He’s supposed to be the God of Mischief, and his big plan to defeat Thanos is to sneak a knife on him?” Crowder said. “He should have gained Thanos’ trust by being at his side, and then come up with a creative way of attack. A knife isn’t going to bring him down.”

Johnson was disappointed with the film’s ending.

“Not because it was poor writing or anything, but because it completely mutilated my heart.” Johnson states, clearly overwhelmed by the turn of events. “Killing Groot for the second time is unacceptable. It was hard enough to watch him sacrifice himself in the first “Guardians,”, and now that he’s closer to being fully grown, they kill him off again? I also can’t get Spider-Man’s scene out of my head. ‘Mr. Stark I don’t feel so good…I don’t want to go.’ That was the most heartbreaking thing I’ve had to watch. He’s so pure and just wants to help save the universe with uncle Tony!”

Spider-Man clings to the side of an alien spaceship. Photo by Disney used with permission under fair use.

Ultimately, the film drew a range of emotions from its audience. Musick had conflicting feelings about Thanos.

“He was a villain you couldn’t fully hate,” she said. “I saw a little bit of logic in his methods, and I think that’s kind of the scary part. Of course you can’t wipe half of the planet out, that’s immoral. But then you can also see his point in that it allows the people left to have a better existence and balance out the universe.”

The movie left Johnson in contemplation for days.

“It’s been five days since I saw it and I’m still thinking about it constantly,” she said. “After that ending, I was in denial and literally couldn’t go to sleep because of how upset I was. I think Captain America did a great job summing up all of my emotions at the end, defeated and on the ground simply muttering, ‘oh God.’”

Without a happy ending, Musick felt defeated by the movie.

“A superhero movie is there to provide hope and this idea of no matter what, we can save the world and good will always prevail. But to lose so many of our heroes and have that not be the case, it was really a hard concept to walk away with,” she said. “It was like you were being told that your hope was false, this is reality and that superheroes don’t always win.”

Thanos on his way to collect all six Infinity Stones. Photo by Disney used with permission under fair use.

The ambiguous ending and promise of a fourth Avengers film left students to wonder what will happen next.

“I have hope that somehow everyone who died didn’t actually die and Thanos will be defeated,” Hosbein said. “I don’t know how they’re going to do it, but they just have to.”

Johnson doesn’t believe the popular theories of other fans.

“A lot of people think that they’ll get the Time Stone and bring everyone back. In my opinion, that seems too easy and is the same as saying it was all a dream.” Johnson said, “Dr. Strange was very persistent in the fact that he would do whatever it takes to protect the Time Stone from Thanos, even if it meant letting Stark and Parker die. However, when it came to it, Strange ended up giving it over and said that it was the only way. Earlier he looked into the future and saw that the Avengers only win 1 out of 14,000,605 scenarios. He knew what he was doing, and I guess we have to put our faith into him and that everything that happened needed to, in order for them to eventually win.”

Dr. Strange and Wong protect the Time Stone. Photo by Disney used with permission under fair use.

“I think the technology Wakanda has will help get the Infinity Stones back, or somehow reverse Thanos’ actions.” Musick said, “Since we were just introduced to Wakanda in “Black Panther,” there is still a lot we don’t know about their tech.”

While the next Avengers film will not be released until May of 2019, other Marvel films are set to hit theaters this year, such as “Ant-man and The Wasp” July 6 and “Venom” Oct. 5.

Undie run’s most memorable moments

Students gathered in the piazza await the flood gate opening. Photo by Ian Craddock

One of the biggest traditions here at Chapman University is the infamous Undie Run, where students blow off steam and the stress of finals by stripping down and running through the streets like headless chickens. Undie Run is held every semester on the wednesday of finals week, kicking off at midnight. Here are some students recounting their Undie Run moments – the good, the bad, and the totally bizarre.

Freshman year instead of participating, I got together with a group of friends and sat on the wall near Musco Center. There are these poles that stop cars from driving onto campus, and I was told that was the best seat to see people crashing and falling into them. And boy, was it fun. The first wave of people saw the poles, but it was the second and third that didn’t and those were the ones who ate it. It sounds sinister, but it was hilarious.
– Emma Liegler, Junior Public Relations and Advertising Major

I did undie run a couple times, but I don’t really remember them that much. But a couple of my friends for undie run did the total opposite and did a “suit stroll”, where they ran around the circle in suits.
– Christopher Donly, Senior Creative Writing Major


My undie runs always ended with someone getting hurt or injured. Like this one time my friend had worn new shoes on the run, and by the time the night was finally over she had completely peeled off the skin on her heels and was bleeding all over my carpet. It took forever to get the stains out.
– Anonymous

I think my most memorable memories from the run were when people stood on the back of my wheelchair the entire run just screaming their heads off!
– Makenna Sewell, Senior Business Administration Major

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I dressed up as one of the McPoyle brothers from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and drank a lot of milk and vodka and it was not good. Would not recommend.
– Jayson King, Junior Creative Writing Major

Once I saw a guy running around in a swimsuit and a blow-up donut around his waist.
– Jennifer Johnson, Junior Graphic Design Major

Students hyping up for the run. Courtesy of Ian Craddock

My friend one time ended up in Dean Price’s office at 3 a.m. after Undie Run and he bought her tacos.
– Anonymous

I think the best moment had to be running with my good pal, Jayson King. Rounding the circle, we saw a benevolent group of Jesus preachers shaming all Chapman students for their ‘villainous nudity.’ And in front of them were multiple men and women making out with each other.
– Henry Miller Mein, Junior Creative Writing Major

A religious gathering protesting Undie Run last semester as students watch. Courtesy of Ian Craddock

Breaking down the underage nightlife scene

For students who like to go out at night, but aren’t old enough for bars or clubs, it may seem like frat parties are the only option. Tiny houses packed with the same sweaty bodies can get tiring, but luckily there are several venues in the area that host events for those 18 and older.

 

FOCUS

Location: 8901 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Time: Tuesdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Admission: Varies by DJ but typically between $5 and $30, discounts for those who RSVP and attend before 10:30 p.m.

With a different DJ that specializes in house music every week, Focus hosts events for everyone from the age eighteen and older at The Circle Club every Tuesday night. For those who are of age, there is also a fully-stocked bar. The dress code is casual and parking is free if need be. For more information and to RSVP to their next event, click here.

 

Velvet Lounge

Location: 416 W 4th St., Santa Ana, CA 92701

Time: Sundays, main event begins at 10 p.m.

Admission: Varies by event and night but entrance may be free before 10:30 p.m. and tickets can go be as expensive as $99.

In the heart of Santa Ana’s Art District, Velvet Lounge is the new LGBT restaurant, bar and club. The club is typically open to all ages throughout the day, then closed off to anyone under 18 at 10 p.m. Some nights are specifically for those 21 and older, but Sundays’ Drageteria are always 18 and over.The Lounge not only offers food, drinks and music, but it also showcases state-of-the-art videos and art on special nights. To check out their weekly events, click here.

 

Florentine Gardens

Location: 5951 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Fridays from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Admission: $5 before 10:30 with RSVP and $15 after 10:30 with RSVP

Florentine Gardens specializes in events for college students every Friday night in Hollywood. The club hosts two rooms for two different music genres; the first for Latin music and the second room for hip-hop and top hits. They advise to “dress to impress” and do not allow males with shorts or hats with sports logos on them.

 

OHM

Location: 6801 Hollywood Blvd. #433, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Saturdays from 10:30 p.m to 2:30 a.m.

Admission: Tickets at the door are $25 for 18 to 20-year-olds and $20 for 21 and up. If bought online, there is a $5 discount and sales close at 9 p.m. Saturday

OHM hosts Saturday night events for 18 and up with DJs from KISS FM playing a mix of top 40, hip-hop, pop, and EDM. The club is famous for their balcony’s view of Hollywood Boulevard. Their formal dress code bans athletic clothing, hats, steel-toed boots, clothing with offensive language, torn clothing, open-toed shoes and plain colored T-shirts for men. To RSVP or check the upcoming events click here.

 

Avalon Hollywood

Location: 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Thursdays and Fridays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Admission: Tickets range from $15 to $75 depending on the DJ and night, available for purchase online or at the box office the night of

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Open since 1927, the theater is a historic landmark in Hollywood and hosts events for 18 and up on Thursdays and 19 and up on Fridays. Their in-house club nights plays electronic music including house, trance and dubstep. Their dress code is casual, except sandals, hats and shorts for men are not allowed. To RSVP their upcoming events click here.

 

La Mirage

Location: 17104 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701

Time: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Admission: Varies by DJ and night, but before 10 p.m. can go from free to $10

La Mirage host events Thursdays through Saturday nights with two rooms and three different dance floors. Music varies from hip-hop, house and reggae. The dress code is smart casual and they ban hats, sunglasses, T-shirts, baggy or torn clothing and visible gang tattoos or appearance. To check their upcoming events and RSVP, click here.

Freedoms: House of the Arts and upcoming EP

 

The student band Freedoms is performing May 2, 7:30 p.m. on Memorial Lawn at House of the Arts. The event showcases many of Chapman’s top painters, fashion designers, photographers, entertainers and more. Members of the band, Brooke Harmon, Zach Salem, Matt Owens and Daniel Cole have been performing together at local backyard shows and university events over the past year. This March, Freedoms released their single, Cascade, on Spotify and are in the process of finishing up their first EP consisting of six new songs. The EP, Tasting Purple, will be available to download within the next two weeks on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud.

5 Seconds of Summer: A Two-Year Hiatus, But We’re Always Gonna Want Them Back

 

Guitarist Michael Clifford at The Belasco Theater on April 25. Photo by Samantha Wong.

When Australian pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) announced its comeback tour, 5SOS3, after two years away from the stage, many fans had one question.

Has 5 Seconds of Summer already had its five seconds of fame?

The quartet consisting of lead vocalist Luke Hemmings, guitarist Michael Clifford, bassist Calum Hood, and drummer Ashton Irwin performed at a sold-out concert at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on April 25. The Belasco’s capacity is a little bit over 1,000 people, a stark contrast from the band’s last concert in 2016 at The Forum, which has a capacity of around 17,500.

Nevertheless, the screaming crowd of fans at The Belasco is an indicator that 5SOS is anything but a has-been.

The audience, consisting of mostly high school and college students, has not changed in the past two years. Fans still wait days outside the venue to secure front-row spots, organize fan projects, and arrive bearing gifts for the band members (in this case, bouquets of roses).

The band itself has changed, though. Gone are the days of the members sporting multi-colored hair and jumping across the stage. In 5SOS’s attempt to reflect their maturity, collared white shirts and glitter replaced ripped band shirts and rubber bracelets.

5SOS’s wardrobe is only the first line of defense for a band that’s been trying to shake off its image as a boy band with only female fans. Throughout the 13-song set, it became clear that the band’s new sound is more reminiscent of rock bands like All Time Low and You Me At Six, heavier on rock than pop. Incidentally, these are groups that have a larger male fanbase.

Of the six songs 5SOS performed from its upcoming album, “Youngblood”, four of them (“Moving Along”, “Valentine”, “Talk Fast”, and promotional single “Youngblood”) are clearly rock songs. The other two, “Lie to Me” and lead single “Want You Back”, lean more towards the pop sound of 5SOS’s older songs.

Bassist Calum Hood at The Belasco Theater on April 25. Hood started to play the keyboard to perform 5SOS’s new songs during the 5SOS3 tour. Photo by Samantha Wong

Strangely, for its heavier-sounding songs, 5SOS lacked the energy and liveliness it displayed during fan-favorite oldies like “She Looks So Perfect” and “Disconnected” at the concert. Granted, this may be because the band is still fine-tuning their performance with these songs after their two-year hiatus. Though the audience, including employees from the band’s record company, Capitol Records, sang and danced along to every word, 5SOS rarely interacted with them. The concert would have felt one-sided had it not been for each member periodically thanking the fans.

“I’ve never been happier in my life and I thank every single fan in this room,” Irwin said during a break between songs.

Irwin and the rest of 5SOS have good reason to be content. The band may have soared as a boy band, but its success as a rock band is just beginning, as evidenced on April 25. With “Youngblood” slated to be released June 22 and a world tour right on its heels, 5SOS is throwing itself back into the limelight, but this time as true rock stars.

5 Seconds of Summer at The Belasco Theater on April 25. Fans brought roses to give to the band during the closing song, “Want You Back,” which mentions roses. Photo by Samantha Wong

Tickets are now on sale for 5SOS’s next concert in Los Angeles on October 12 at the Greek Theatre.

 

What is Skit?

Alpha Phi placed first last year with their rendition of Hercules. Photo By: https://www.chapman.edu/students/life/greek-life/about/programs-events.aspx

 

Skit is one of the longest standing traditions here at Chapman. If you are thinking of attending, here are some commonly asked questions answered by Greek Life Coordinator and Accounting & Business Administration major, Cason McHose.

What is Skit?

It is a Greek wide competition where sororities and fraternities put on seven-minute performances that tell a story using music, choreography, and mouthing to dialogue. It can be anything; from a movie, a book, or a routine that they come up with all on their own. There never is a theme so it’s very open ended and up to the sorority or fraternity as to what they do, as long as it’s appropriate for students and family.

Do I have to join a sorority or fraternity to be involved or see the show?

To be involved in the show itself, yes. You must be in a sorority or fraternity to be a part of the performances. However, we are always looking for volunteers to help with ticketing and setting up the brunch for parents on the morning of the matinee.

To watch the show, no. We try to open it up to the community; friends, family, parents, and also other chapman students to get a taste of what the Greek life and chapters have to offer.

 

Delta Tau Delta performing their version of Wreck it Ralph. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

 

If I’m in a Sorority or Fraternity, how can I get involved?

Your chapter will need to hold auditions and select at most 40 people for their skit. Then the chapter will need to choose those most capable to perform as well as those who have the best energy and attitude. Your chapter also should look for and scout members to help out with making props, costumes, and lend a hand backstage.

 

Kappa Alpha Theta won in 2016 with their skit Haunted Mansion. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

 

When is Skit?

There are generally three shows. This year the first show will be held on April 27 at 7 p.m.,  in addition to the matinee show on April 28 at 1 p.m., which is open to the public. The last show will be held that night at 7 p.m., where the performances will be judged and prizes will be awarded.

Where is it held?

Skit this year will be held in Memorial Hall.

 

Beta Theta Pi performing Avatar in 2016. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

How much is a ticket?

Tickets this year are $7 for students, and $25 to $50 for parents. 

Where can I get tickets?

You can purchase tickets here at this link, and also through advertisements on social media. There are also flyers around campus to remind students, parents, and families to purchase their tickets quick before they sell out. Contact Greek Life at greeklife@chapman.edu for any additional questions or concerns.

 

One of the flyers on campus. Courtesy of Sydney Druckman

 

Why should people come out and support?

Skit is a really fun event. It’s an event that shines a positive light on Greek life and Chapman students, and it’s a wonderful way to bring the community together. While Skit is a competition, there is still a lot of camaraderie and appreciation for what sorority and fraternity chapters are doing. 

 

Kappa Kappa Gamma performing their rendition of Mamma Mia! in 2016. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

How to survive finals week

While some may argue that finals week is one of the most stressful at Chapman, don’t despair! Check out these five traditions that bring happiness and positivity to Chapman students in the midst of testing doom.

 

1. Midnight Breakfast

Set up by the University Program Board, Midnight Breakfast is the perfect excuse to take a study break and refuel. Located in the Student Union in Argyros Forum, Midnight Breakfast begins at 10 pm and lasts until midnight. University Program Board provides free food, and performances from student groups, like the dance team and the acapella groups to re-energize students.This year, the theme of Midnight Breakfast is The Final Frontier, so fly on in and have some fun. May the Force be with you.

 

2. Furry Friends for Finals

Who doesn’t love dogs? And who doesn’t want to roll around on the ground with their friends while petting dogs instead of studying??? Every semester, Active Minds and the Student Psychological Counseling Services at Chapman bring Furry Friends onto campus to relieve our minds from the stresses of finals, projects, and papers. These furry friends are therapy dogs that are trained to bring comfort and support to students all over campus. Keep an eye out for more information on which dates the pups will be on campus.

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3. Undie Run

Although it is not specifically run by the university, Undie Run has been a long running tradition. On the Wednesday of Finals Week at midnight, students gather in their underwear or fun costumes and run through the circle of Orange. Since the event is well know, students from other schools and other residents of Orange also attend. It is important to stay safe and be respectful of the city of Orange. While this is a thrilling event, it is crucial to understand that you are not only representing yourself while participating, but also Chapman University.

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4. Library Extended Hours

During Finals Week, the library slowly becomes our new homes. Throughout the whole week, the library is open 24 hours so we can officially move in. Study rooms and printing services are also available and there is a Cookie Service Table, where students can find cookies scattered throughout the floors of the library. There is also free coffee available to students from 7am to 7pm in the library as well. Make sure to give yourself plenty of breaks and get some sleep as well.

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5. FREE THINGS!

The Student Union in Argyros Forum is filled with fun activities, such as free massages, scantrons, and free fitness classes. The fitness classes are kickboxing, yoga, barre, and zuma. Exercising is really important in reducing stress during such a hectic time. Also in Argyros Forum, come relax with free movies and snacks. Finally, for those who want to stay closer to the dorms, the Randall Dining Commons provides free food for students who are up studying late.

Did someone say FREE?

 

For more helpful tips on how to survive Finals Week, check out this article on how to practice Self Care.

What to do this summer in the OC

1. Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Free Movie Mondays-Costa Mesa

During the summer, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts family movie nights on select Mondays. Check out the list of movies that will be playing this summer here. These fun screenings are presented on an outside movie screen, allowing families and friends to enjoy the beautiful views of Orange County. The center screens older movies in the hopes of making old classics popular again. Guests are encouraged to bring food and enjoy a picnic of their own, but the events are also serviced by food trucks.

600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 714 556 2787

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2. Surf City Nights Street Fair-Huntington Beach

Every Tuesday night, the streets of Huntington Beach are flooded with people and families for a free street fair. Listen to live music performed by local street performers. From farmers and artisans, to more expensive vendors, the streets are packed with sellers and food for a fun and energetic summer night.

Main St, Huntington Beach, CA, USA +1 714 536 8300

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3. Santa Ana Art Walk

On the first Saturday of every month, the Art Walk occurs in Downtown Santa Ana. Multiple art galleries welcome families and locals to roam through these galleries and admiring local artists’ work with free admission. Outside of the galleries, vendors and other sellers line the streets, offering arts and crafts for visitors to purchase. Food vendors and live music fill the streets of Santa Ana and bring happiness on a warm summer’s day.

207 N Broadway Ave, Santa Ana, CA, USA

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4. Dana Point Summer Concert Series

The Dana Point Summer Concert Series are outdoor free summer concerts. These concerts take place throughout July and August and are held at various locations. Each concert has a different feel and vibe to it, making each event special and unique. Enjoy the beautiful views of Dana Point and the ocean while listening to some of your favorite artists. Some previous bands and artists who have performed were BOSTYX, Peaceful Easy, Fan Halen, Led ZepAgain, and winner of the Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd.

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5. Explore the Beaches of Orange County

Orange County is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in California and what’s better than having the opportunity to explore these beaches? Some of the most popular beaches are Crystal Cove State Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Corona Del Mar State Beach. These beaches can be found up and down the coast and have some of the best views, opportunities to explore, and soft white sand.

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