Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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Balboa Car Show | Every Sunday from 7 - 9 a.m. 

Fun Zone Parking lot, 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa Peninsula

Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

The Monster Builder | Continuing through June 4. Ticket prices and show times vary. Rita and Dieter are thrilled to meet Gregor, the world’s most celebrated architect. His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. So why has he taken on the remodel of a decaying boathouse, a project that was supposed to go to Rita and Dieter? They’re ready for a confrontation, but nothing prepares them for the heart-stopping truth about their idol. Another outrageous comedy from the author of The Beard of Avon. Directed by Art Manke. Performances on the Segerstrom Stage; suitable for high school and above. Post-show discussions on May 17 and 23. 

Contact: Tickets: 714.708.5555, or www.scr.org

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Food Trucks and Family Fun | May 18 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Admission: $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more; Friends (members) are free. Offered the third Thursday of each month, the entire family will enjoy delicious food trucks, no host bar and fun games in the Gardens…in the back parking lot off Dahlia and 3rd avenues. Play Twister, Giant Jenga, bean bag toss and more. Why cook at home when you can spend a wonderful evening picnicking in the Gardens?

Contact: 949.673.2261, or www.slgardens.org

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 

Mozart and Don Quixote | May 18 - 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The esteemed and internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham has been building loyal audiences here with her artful curation of Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig chamber music series. Here, this “first-rate Mozartean” (Chicago Tribune) takes center-stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello – Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer – starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing | May 19 - June 4. Ticket prices and show times vary. Judy Blume’s enormously popular book hits the stage with hilarity, and sibling rivalry never has been so much fun. Well, 2-year-old Fudge is having fun, and so is the audience. Big brother Peter has had enough, and when his turtle ends up in Fudge’s tummy, it’s time for drastic measures. Performances on the Julia Argyros Stage. Directed by Robin Larsen. Recommended for grades K-6.

Contact: Tickets: 714.708.5555, or www.scr.org

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 

The Painted Garden

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The Painted Garden is an interactive, multimedia show that engages youth in the audience

The Painted Garden performed by Compagnia TPO | May 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $20. During this immersive, interactive dance and multimedia show, children are invited to accompany dancers on stage where sensors respond to movement and sound. Spontaneous and filled with surprising twists, the show is a memorable adventure for children where they not only observe the story of the wonderful garden, but also experience it with their bodies. Audiences are encouraged to arrive an hour before the performance for free creative activities. 

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Happy Hour Yoga | May 26 at 6 p.m. Fee: $10, Friends; Non-Members, $20. Offered the last Friday of each month, Find Your Zen owner Christina Ratusznik, a certified yoga instructor and nutritionist leads a special after-hours Yoga class in the Gardens, which is hosted by a different community partner each month. Enjoy an hour of flow Yoga followed by a signature cocktail or special treat. Bring your own mat or towel; three-person minimum. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, or www.slgardens.org

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 

Celtic Women

Award-winning Celtic Woman to dazzle audiences with their Irish music

Celtic Woman | May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. VOICES OF ANGELS showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill performing music from the forthcoming Voices of Angels album. This live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and the magnificent arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group’s award-winning signature style. A true celebration of an incredible journey that has captivated millions, don’t miss Celtic Woman live in concert! Performances take place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Anaheim Ballet #NOFILTER | May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. This unique unfiltered ballet performance takes place in an intimate and immersive audience setting. Dancers display world-class athleticism and artistry demanded by the ballet art form, but without the safety net of curtains or a backstage. The audience will be immersed in the lives of ballet dancers and leave inspired by these artistic athletes. This #NoFilter performance includes a repertoire of both classic and contemporary pieces in a one act presentation. Highlights include the legendary Ben Stevenson’s “Three Preludes,” Sarma Lapenieks Rosenberg’s powerful “Rwanda Remembered,” and several dynamic classics re-interpreted for this unique event. Multimedia presentations will give the audience an even deeper peek into the creative process. The performance takes place at Samueli Theater.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Orange County School of the Arts Season Finale | May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30. This dynamic finale performance will showcase the school’s artistically gifted students in a compilation of this year’s best presentations. Student performances and works of art from each of the school’s conservatory programs will be featured. As one of the premier arts schools in the nation, OCSA embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. This innovative public charter school, celebrating 30 years, offers students the opportunity to focus on one of the 14 arts conservatories offered, and participate in one of the top high school academic programs in Orange County. The performance takes place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele | May 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Compared to the likes of Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro is bringing his lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques to Orange County for an enthralling evening of jazz, pop and funk. One of the world’s most exciting and innovative ukulele players and composers, he redefines ukulele music – performing everything from traditional Hawaiian tunes to covers of popular hits like George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The performance takes place at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

47th Annual M.A.C.Y. Awards | May 28 at 12 p.m. Tickets start at $20. During this special celebratory event, you will see 20 - 25 of the best school musical performances from the past year with 44 local high schools and students, (1,700 to 1,800), who will be awarded for their musical theater performances. Two top students will be chosen to compete in “The National High School Musical Theater Awards” in New York. The $100 tickets help support scholarships. $85 will be tax deductible. The M.A.C.Y. Awards, founded in 1969 is dedicated to recognizing, encouraging, and rewarding achievement and excellence in high school musical theater. It is the oldest judging organization of its type in the nation. The performance takes place at Segerstrom Hall.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Bodyguard

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Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer star in The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard | May 30 - June 11, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.