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Grand Central Kicks Off October With Toy Theater, Free Workshops

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Musician and artist Yulya Dukhovny explores a fisherman’s mind through miniature performance art — specifically a modern interpretation of traditional paper theater — in “Fisherman’s Dream – The World in Miniature,” from Saturday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Grand Central Art Center, with an opening reception on debut night at 7 p.m.

Dukhovny’s Microscope Toy Theater produces miniature shows and toy theater installations, often incorporating object-based performance, experimental puppetry, physical theater, video and original music in her shows. More information is available online.

Two free workshops also will be offered at the Grand Central Art Center Oct. 1: the 4 p.m. “Cultivating Conviction,” led by Tyler Matthew Oyer, and the 5 p.m. “If We Must Die: Conversations About Grieving, Social Justice, Healing and Creating” with Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle.

After the workshops, a “Creatives Networking” opportunity begins at 6 p.m. for students, alumni, educators and others to meet and learn more about the center. RSVP is requested.

The evening ends with “Fire Up the Mic!” at 7 p.m., when guests are welcome to share their written work at the center’s Theater Space. Sign-up is encouraged. 

In collaboration with the nonprofit Community Engagement, the Grand Central Art Center also is hosting three Creatives-in-Residence studios with artists Trinh Mai, Becca Chernow and Dino Perez, who are working with affordable housing communities to create positive social impact in Santa Ana by developing projects with community members — gardening, glass mosaics, oral histories, self-portraiture and more.

Grand Central Art Center is located at 125 N. Broadway in Santa Ana. Additional information is available on the center’s website