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The Hit List: Affair of the Arts

Whether it’s on canvas, onstage or in spirit, lovers of art and culture have plenty to look forward to in the week ahead. Here’s our top five list of shows and attractions.

Diana Vishneva

1. Day of the Dead Festival
Celebrate the cultural holiday in the Mexican tradition on Oct. 31 with signature cuisine, activities and treats honoring friends and family who have passed on. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595,

2. No Ordinary Days
JoAnne Artman has wanted to feature an exhibit from digital-image artist and photographer Maggie Taylor since she opened her Laguna gallery in 2008. Fast-forward to today, and she’s doing just that. Beginning Nov. 1, No Ordinary Days showcases Taylor’s ethereal, fantastical works, including her “Small Celebration.” It’s a fitting piece for the show: The gallery’s honoring its fifth birthday with a wish come true. 326 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.510.5481,

3. Periphery: Print Exchange
L.A. artist Camilla Taylor is the mastermind behind this printmaking show that debuts Nov. 1, in which 25 artists produce 51 prints. The first 25 will be sold for $50 each, and the other half will be traded among the creatives. The final print will stay in the gallery. Artists Republic for Tomorrow, 1175 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.988.0603,

4. WordTheatre: Percival Everett and Danzy Senna
He’s written 25 fiction works, including the award-winning Erasure; she’s the author of the national best-seller Caucasia; and celebs and Chapman students bring the words of these two talents to life onstage Nov. 4. Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange, 310.915.5150,

5. Diana Vishneva: On Edge
The prima ballerina moves audiences when she dances her way through works choreographed by Carolyn Carlson and Jean-Christophe Maillot starting Nov. 6. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787,