things to do in Costa Mesa California

A Little Taste of What You May Expect at the Blackwing Experience

The Blackwing Experience at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, California opens next Tuesday, June 25 for a three-day run. The exhibition will be open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM and each evening there will be different events.Tuesday, June 25 @ 7PM: The Party. This event will launch the new Chuck Jones Gallery website created by Gigasavvy as well as introduce southern California creatives to the Blackwing Experience. RSVP at

Wednesday, June 26 @ 7 PM: ChuckTalk. A panel discussion moderated by author and historian Charles Solomon with Charles Berolzheimer, founder of Palomino Brands; Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity; Jenny Lerew, noted animation story artist and musician Christian Tamburr. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, please RSVP at 

Thursday, June 27 @ 7 PM: Blackwing Sessions. Benefit concert for arts education. Starring Andrew Combs, Willie Watson, and Willy Tea Taylor. Tickets begin at $25.00 and are available at

View a video here: The Blackwing Experience Recap (Final Cut) from Palomino on Vimeo.

Chuck Jones Essential Reading Book Club to Meet April 24

"Cabbages and Kings" by O. Henry (his only novel) will be the topic of discussion at the meeting of the Chuck Jones Essential Reading List Book Club this coming Wednesday, April 24 at 7 PM. Held at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A, Costa Mesa, California, the book club was started by Chuck's daughter Linda. This month's book, by O. Henry, is available free either through Google or through Amazon, no digital reader necessary. The title, "Cabbages and Kings" is a line from a poem by Lewis Carroll published in 1872, "The Walrus and the Carpenter," a delightful bit of nonsense...shall we consider its use as foreshadowing by O. Henry? The book traces the travails of a beauty from New Orleans, Isabel Guilbert, and her life as it takes her around the globe. There are dashing deposed dictators, missing cash, and rich American landowners, all of whom are mesmerized by the charms of Miss Guilbert, an operetta diva and a life so complex only O. Henry will be able to unravel it.

Join us on Wednesday, a suggestion donation of $15.00 goes toward defraying the costs of the non-profit Center's public programs. Plus there'll be tea and crackers. (And maybe oysters...but you'll have to be there to find out.) If you can't be here in person, but would like to listen in on the discussion, please follow this link for a live broadcast. At some point in the near future we hope to have the club on a g + broadcast, details to follow.