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.

Shi Zhiying, Continuing through February 25. In her first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Shanghai-based Shi Zhiying demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the natural world have on her approach to painting. She is highly regarded in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas – open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass and facades of weathered ancient structures. This exhibition continues OCMA’s commitment to presenting the freshest voices from the Pacific Rim.Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net

Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

100 Buddhas closeup

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Artwork by Shi Zhiying,

Courtesy of OCMA

100 Buddhas (detailed close-up) by Shi Zhiying

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, Continuing through February 25, 2018. OCMA has always championed artistic experimentation and innovation through a commitment to showing and collecting the work of dynamic and groundbreaking emerging artists. This installation will reveal how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential artists from this region at pivotal moments in their careers. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net

Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

Heilmann artwork

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Artwork by Mary Heilmann, courtesy of OCMA

“Surfing on Acid, 2005,” by Mary Heilmann is part of the Pivotal exhibition

Free Fridays, Continuing throughout 2018 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Orange County Museum of Art’s (OCMA) Free Fridays offer visitors complimentary entrance to the museum, including special programming on Friday evenings with artist talks, exhibition-related panels, as well as CINEMA ORANGE, a partnership with the Newport Beach Film Festival to present monthly screenings and independent films.\

Takes place at OCMA, 850 San Clemente, Newport Beach. Call 949.759.1122. www.ocma.net

Afternoon Tea in the Garden, January 11, 2018 at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $32 per person, plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only; call 949.673.0033 to reserve your spot.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Legacy Fighting Alliance #30, January 12, 2018 from 5 - 11 p.m. At LFA 30, Curtis Millender (13-3) and Nick Barnes (12-2), both former LFA headliners and both veterans of the Southern California scene meet in a welterweight clash. Millender, a former Bellator fighter, carries a five-fight winning streak into his bout with Barnes, a Bellator and RFA vet who’s on a 3-1 run. Admission: $45; parking is $8.

Contact: www.Lfafighting.com

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Shakespeare in Love, January 13 - February 10, 2018. Performance times vary. Young Will Shakespeare is desperate. He has writer’s block and owes two demanding producers a new comedy – a half-baked mess titled Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Enter his inspiration: Viola. Smart, beautiful and Will’s greatest admirer, she will stop at nothing –including breaking the law – to be in his play. As their love blossoms, so does his greatest masterpiece. Mistaken identities, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics make this romantic feast “a joyous celebration of theatre” (Daily Telegraph). Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard; directed by Marc Masterson. Recommended for ages 12 and above.

Ticket prices vary.

Contact: www.scr.org

Segerstrom Stage at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Shakespeare in Love

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One Hand, One Heart – 100 Years of Bernstein, January 18 - 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Celebrated as one of the most influential musicians and composers of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein ushered in an era of major cultural transition. He led the way in advocating an open attitude about what constituted “good” music, actively bridging the gap between classical music, Broadway musicals, jazz and rock, and he seized new media for its potential to reach diverse communities of listeners, young and old. Longtime conductor of the New York Philharmonic, renowned composer of works for the concert hall and Broadway stage, glamorous television personality, virtuosic pianist and committed educator, Bernstein was an extravagantly gifted musician with a common touch. He maintained a life-long focus on advocating for social justice, notably civil rights at home and peace around the world. To celebrate the maestro’s 100th birthday, Segerstrom Center is presenting a tribute to the musical theater masterpieces Bernstein created while honoring the scope and reach of his genius. A cast of five top New York vocalists: Mary Testa, Jessica Vosk, David Burnham, Joshua Israel and Alex Getlin will be backed by a four-piece band in such classic songs as “Tonight,” “Somewhere,” “Maria,” “New York, New York,” “Some Other Time,” “Ohio,” and “Make Our Garden Grow.” They will be joined by the Cal State Fullerton University Chorus directed by Dr. Robert Istad on several selections to give the evening a sense of the grandeur Bernstein’s music demands. The concerts are directed, produced and hosted by Scott Coulter, with musical direction by John Boswell. The production will take place in the intimate Samueli Theater. Single tickets start at $89 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

JERSEY BOYS, January 19 - 2, 2018. Performance times vary. Come experience, “Lightning Striking Again,” when the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, makes its much-anticipated return to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one weekend. The cast of JERSEY BOYS will be led by Tommaso Antico (Bob Gaudio), Core Greenan (Tommy DeVito), Chris Stevens (Nick Massi) and Jonny Wexler (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons. Several of the cast members have interesting back stories – from being part of the last Broadway cast to attending SoCal area colleges, so we can certainly do cast interviews in early January. JERSEY BOYS is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.” JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia). JERSEY BOYS worldwide has been seen by more than 25 million people (as of August 2017). Taking the Segerstrom Hall stage, single tickets start at $40.75.

For more information, visit www.scfta.org, or call 714.556.2787.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Jersey Boys

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Photo by Joan Marcus

Afternoon Tea in the Garden, January 25, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $32 per person, plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only; call 949.673.0033 to reserve your spot.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Classic Movie Night: Rebel Without a Cause, January 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. This famous film was shot at a number of familiar locations, including Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, Santa Monica, Los Feliz and Hollywood. M.H. Sherman was at one point one of the major landholders in these areas. In 1944, Sherman Company donated about 400 acres of Hollywood open space to Griffith Park. This large, passive, eco-sensitive property borders the Lake Hollywood reservoir (west), the former Hollywoodland sign (north) and Bronson Canyon (east) where it connects into the original Griffith Park donation. Paul Wormser, Sherman Library Director, will give a brief talk regarding M.H. Sherman’s ties to these areas. This event is free but they request you RSVP at their website or call 949.673.1880.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Rebel Without a Cause

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Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, January 26, 2017 - February 11, 2018. The world’s funniest grade-school know-it-all is back! And Junie B. is convinced that someone stole her furry black mittens at recess. So, when Junie B. finds a cool pen on the floor, it’s Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers. But why does she keep having those bad dreams? Will she ever get her mittens back? And will she win over the new boy in Room 8? Find out during the upcoming production of Junie B. Jones taking place on the Julia Argyros Stage.

Adapted from the book and directed by Beth Lopes, this production from the Theatre for Young Audiences will delight youngsters in grades K- 6 and their families.

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.scr.org.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Junie B Jones

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The Octette Bridge Club, January 26 - February 25, 2018. Performance times vary. Set in Providence, Rhode Island, this performance focuses on eight sisters of Irish descent who meet on alternate Friday evenings over a 10-year period to play bridge and gossip. Ann Conroy, married to a man who drinks too much, is a no-nonsense schoolteacher who hosts the bridge nights. Martha McDermitt, the widowed eldest sister, is known for her sense of responsibility and strong personality. Mary Margaret Donovan is a spinster who lives with younger sister Alice Monahan and her husband Walter, who have no children. In the second act, Mary Margaret uses a wheelchair and has a slight speech impediment due to a stroke. Nora Hiller is an easy-going woman devoted to her husband Lawrence and their children. Connie Emerson is always quick with a wisecrack. Lil Carmody is a free spirit who plays piano, and Betsy Bailey is the youngest, a melancholy married woman with two children who is struggling to find her own identify. Directed by David Motroni. Tickets are $20 for both evening and matinee shows and can be purchased via the website or at the Box Office by calling 949.631.0288.

Contact: www.ntaconline.com

Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Painting Class – Cactus and Succulents, January 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Carol Kreider as she teaches you how to paint with watercolors. In this class, you will explore and be inspired by the beautiful cacti and succulents in the Gardens. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. Maximum 12 people. Sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Crossroads of the West Gun Show, January 27 - 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. Two-day gun and estern American show with guns, accessories, tactical gear, ammunition, safes, personal protection products and more. Admission: $18; parking is $8. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Contact: www.crossroadsgunshows.com or call 801.544.9125; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

SoCal World Guitar Show, January 27 - 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. International music swap meet where you can buy, sell and trade vintage, new, used and rare guitars, amps, effects and parts for mandolins, banjos, ukes and more. Meet dealers, collectors, buyers, retail stores, authors, manufacturers, builders and appraisers. Public can bring items to sell/trade. Admission: $20; parking is $8. Children 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Contact: www.amigoguitarshows.com/socal-summer

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Sunday Musicale – Guitar & Violin duo: Ines Thomé and Mann-Wen Lo, January 28 from 3 - 4 p.m. East meets west as Taiwanese Violinist Mann-Wen Lo and German guitarist Ines Thomé untangle melodies by Paganini, Morricone, De Falla, Piazzolla and others. Sunday Musicale is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

Takes place in the Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Ines Lo

Mann-Wenn Lo Photo by Scott Jackson

The Hendrix Project Off Center Festival 2018, February 1 - 3, 2018 at 8 p.m. in Samueli Theater. On New Year’s Eve 1969, Jimi Hendrix’s electronic blues trio, Band of Gypsys, played a legendarily funky concert at New York City’s Fillmore East Auditorium. Twelve disciples have gathered in the upper balcony to bear witness, as heat is brought to a nation caught in mid-winter chill. As “bullets fly like rain,” at home and abroad, the ensemble as audience movingly reimagines an iconic moment in rock and roll history. The grit and psychedelia of the time are brought to vivid life as you are transported inside the concert experience watching the crowd’s frenzied trance unfold through minutely choreographed movement. The power of Hendrix’s music is at the forefront as an audience unwittingly witnesses rock ‘n’ roll history. It’s the end of the Sixties. And Jimi Hendrix’s final New Year’s Eve. Single tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Hendrix Project

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Fledermaus: The Bat-Man’s Revenge, February 3, 2018 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Pranks and tricks abound at the annual Superheroes’ masked costume ball! And who is this mysterious Bat-Man, the biggest prankster of them all? This lighthearted comic operetta written by the “Waltz King” Johann Strauss Jr. sparkles with fun and lively music and features talented opera singers from Chapman University on stage with Pacific Symphony. Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby at 9 a.m. (for 10 a.m. concertgoers) and 12:15 p.m. (for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers), where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning’s concert. Single tickets start at $15 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Kristin Chenowith, February 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Tony Award and Emmy winning Kristin Chenowith for one night only! The renowned actress and singer will perform a collection of beloved songs from stage, film and her most recent release The Art of Elegance, her first album of American Songbook classics. Chenoweth, takes the lead in a career that spans film, television, voiceover and stage, effortlessly. She received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series Pushing Daisies (Pushing Daisies was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy). On Fox’s hit comedy Glee, she lit up the stage of McKinley High as a former student and quirky ex-songstress April Rhodes, who returned to town with more than the baggage from her flight. For her portrayal, Chenoweth, was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite TV Guest Star. Single tickets start at $59 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Kristin Chenowith

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Kinky Boots, February 6 - 11, 2018. Performance times vary. Welcome the return of “Kinky Boots,” the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper to Segerstrom Hall. Leading the new tour will be Lance Bordelon as Charlie Price, Jos N. Banks as Lola, Sydney Patrick as Lauren, Adam du Plessis as Don, Hayley Lampart as Nicola, and John Anker Bow as George. Brandon Alberto, Eric Stanton Betts, Derek Brazeau, Tyler Jent, Tony Tillman, and Ernest Terrelle Williams will play the Angels. The “Kinky Boots” tour will also feature Daniel Joseph Baker, Monica Ban, Natalie Braha, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Madeline Fansler, Andrew Hendrick, Bethany Xan Jeffery, Lindsay Joan, Chris Kane, Ethan Kirschbaum, Andrew Malone, Madison Pugh, Jace Reinhard and Eric Shonk. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org,

at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. 

For more information, visit www.scfta.org, or call 714.556.2787.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Kinky Boots

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

Painting Class – Mixed Media and Watercolors, February 9, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erna V an Dyk as she teaches you how to use mixed media and watercolors to create a unique work of art. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. Maximum 12 people. Sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Chinese New Year, February 10, 2018 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Join Pacific Symphony’s annual festivities honoring the Chinese New Year! Celebrating the Year of the Dog, this performance is sure to sell out once again as audiences from across our communities come together to feast on a colorful presentation of Eastern and Western music and dance. Single tickets start at $18 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Chinese New Year

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Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout, February 15 - 18, 2018. Performance times vary. Features more than 70 artists and five big bands, this festival celebrates the Great American Songbook. Reserved seating available.

Contact: www.newportbeachjazzparty.com

Takes place at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Christopher Cross, February 16 and 17, 2018 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross sets sail with Pacific Symphony for an evening of yacht rock featuring smooth sounds from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Such hits as “Ride Like the Wind” and “Sailing” garnered five Grammys for this titan of soft rock, while “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” won him the Oscar for “Best Original Song.” Single tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Christopher Cross

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Library Lecture: James Harvery Irvine (1867 - 1947), February 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. Unlike his father who emigrated from Ireland, James Harvey Irvine grew up in the privileged world of San Francisco high society. James Harvey Irvine inherited his father’s ranch on his 25th birthday. Many would have expected the Northern Californian son to sell of his father’s undeveloped land. But James H. Irvine had other plans. No other member of the Irvine family had a greater impact on the land that would someday be the city of Irvine. This event is free but RSVP online on their website, or call 949.673.1880 to reserve your spot.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

The King and I, February 27 - March 11, 2018. Performance times vary in Segerstrom Hall. Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, it boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The King and I teacher with students

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

Shrew!, March 24 - April 21, 2018. Performance times and ticket prices vary. In Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio wins. But, what if a 16th century woman had written it? In Amy Freed’s clever and wickedly funny spin on the classic, Kate triumphs, too. When her unstoppable force meets his immovable object (or is it the other way around?), the impact is red-hot and, oh, so sexy! From the author of The Beard of Avon comes a love story for our time.

Contact: For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Shrew

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