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 December 31. 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,

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100 Buddhas (detailed close-up) by Shi Zhiying

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, Continuing through December 31. 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.

Painted Silk Scarves Workshop, November 18 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

and December 16 from 1 - 3 p.m. Join Lisa and Rick Mayer of Newport Art Silk Painting Studio as you learn the ancient art of water marbling acrylic paints onto silk scarves. They have designed the process to be easily recreated, by anyone, with or without an artistic flair. Your creations will spring to life with your own hands, as you create an original hand-painted silk scarf. Cost: $55 includes all supplies, paint and a 100 percent silk scarf. Reservations must be made in advance. Cancellation and refund policy, 48 hours prior to event. Minimum 8/Maximum 14.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery & Goods, Pelican Courtyard, 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.

silk painting

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Lisa Mayer of Newport Art Silk Painting demonstrates silk painting technique

38th Annual Production of “A Christmas Carol”, November 24 - December 24, 2017. Performance times vary. Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters – Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come – and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. No children under 6 will be admitted. Ticket prices vary. 

Contact: www.scr.org

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

A Christmas Carol

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Photo by Jim Cox/SCR

Cars & Café, November 26 and December 25. Hundreds of car enthusiasts flock for the monthly Cars & Café event at Moulin. You will view more than 100 luxury automobiles from antiques to exotics. Guests can sip free coffee as they meet and mingle with automobile owners and collectors.

Contact: www.MoulinBistro.com

Moulin Bistro, 1000 Bristol St. North, Ste. 10, Newport Beach.

22nd Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting, December 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Ring in the season at California’s only coastal tree display. The all-day family event includes a festive bazaar, local plein air art, artisan gifts, a visit from St. Nick, strolling carolers and more. Complimentary cookies, cider and cocoa provided by The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove café. Tree lighting at 5 p.m. Free; parking is $15 maximum.

Contact: www.crystalcoveconservancy.org

Crystal Cove Historic District, 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast. 

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Painting with Alcohol Inks, December 2 from 1 - 3 p.m. In this introductory class, you will create two different art projects. Inkingly Yours is an alcohol inks art workshop (similar to watercolors, lucid, vibrant, free-flowing and yet permanently adheres to slick surfaces). This fun, no talent-required art workshop is a great de-stressor. Take home two finished works. Instruction offered by veteran artist, crafter, designer, Holly Winn Willner. Cost: $35, which includes all art supplies. Minimum 5/Maximum 12.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery & Goods, Pelican Courtyard, 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.

Alcohol Inks art

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Sugar Plum Fairy, December 3-24, 2017. Performance times vary. The Madwoman in the Volvo is back – and Scrooge isn’t the only one bitter about the holidays! With signature irreverence, NPR superstar Sandra Tsing Loh recounts her own childhood desire for a highly coveted role in the Beverly Rosann School of Dance’s production of The Nutcracker. Filled with ambition, rivalry and pre-teen angst, this hilarious tale of life’s crushing blows has been praised as “a comic assault on holiday sentiment” (SF Gate). Ticket prices vary.

Contact: www.scr.org

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

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The All American Boys Choir, December 6 from 6 - 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening under the stars in a beautiful and enchanting garden setting, while listening to seasonal songs performed by the world-acclaimed All-America Boys Chorus. Tickets are $10 per person.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

All American Boys Choir

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The Nutcracker, December 7-10, December 13-17, 2017. Performance times vary. One of the great joys of the holiday season, American Ballet Theatre returns with its critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Travel with curious Clara and her handsome prince as they journey through a kingdom filled with colorful characters and pure holiday magic. Created by celebrated choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, this beloved classic brings a cast of more than 100 performers to the stage, and features dazzling sets and costumes by Tony winner Richard Hudson, along with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed by the Pacific Symphony. Tickets start at $29.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 

The Nutcracker Ballet

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Photo by Doug Gifford/scfta.org

4th Annual NIGHTS of 1000 LIGHTS, December 8 and 9 from 6 - 9 p.m. This celebration looks to be the best yet with all new light displays featuring more lights than ever including an expanded light tunnel, RGB Triklet programmable lights, light orbs and light tubes.  In the Central Garden a live-cut, 20-foot Christmas tree will feature “natural bling” and is best described as a modern style with natural elements. Other unique elements include a light show in the Tropical Conservatory that will have you “singing in the rain,” a flurry of fun awaits visitors in the Big Shade Garden and a red sparkle ceiling will dazzle in the Fern Grotto. The man in red, Santa Claus, will be taking up residence in the Adobe where you can pose for pictures and tell him all your Christmas wishes. For a Caribbean Christmas experience, sail on up to the Tea Garden where a pink paradise of poinsettias, flamingos and the sounds of Christmas music with a Calypso influence set the scene. All guests will enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a make your own ‘smores station. There will also be a photo-op with Santa, holiday photo booth, and fun arts and crafts activities. Additionally, there is a no-host wine and beer bar, tamale vendor and holiday shopping available in the Garden Shop. Café Jardin will be open and offering a special prix-fixe holiday dinner menu. Tickets to the event and reservations are required for dinner. For information and reservations, call Café Jardin 949.673.0033. Cost: $10 Friends, $15, Non-Members; Children are free. Members only, Dec. 8; open to the public, Dec. 9. All pre-purchased tickets will be at Will Call. This event will be a sell-out, so get your tickets early.

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Holiday Lights

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Painting Class: Garden Inspired Christmas Cards, December 9 from 1 - 4 p.m. Join local artist Carol Kreider for a fun and relaxing morning spent painting in the Gardens. This class will focus on holiday designs using watercolors. Everyone will take home a set of unique holiday cards. Cost: $35 Friends, $45 Non-Members. Pre-registration is required. RSVP your attendance at their website. 

Contact: 949.673.1880, www.slgardens.org

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

Photos with Santa, December 9, 10 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; December 14 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; December 16, 17 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and December 23 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Every Saturday and Sunday beginning December 9, bring your children and take a professional photo with Santa Claus. Santa will be in the Amphitheater waiting to hear every child’s wish for this Christmas season.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

Photos with Santa and child

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21th Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour, December 10, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. One of Orange County’s most beloved Holiday Home Walking Tours returns with seven uniquely holiday decorated island homes and cottages. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at www.balboaislandNB.org/new-events/hometour. They will also be available at the following Balboa Island stores: etc. etc., Island Home, Persimmon Tree and Toss – all located on Marine Avenue. Will Call Tickets will be available for pick up at Balboa Island Museum located at 331 Marine Avenue at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the Home Tour. The Holiday Home Walking Tour is sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.  

Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour

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Gadbois Jewelry Trunk Show, December 14 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Just in time for the holidays! Find the perfect gift and meet the local Mother & Daughter duo behind Gadbois Jewelry, the newest fine jewelry collection, exclusively available at Roger’s Garden. Industry veteran, Frances Gadbois, and daughter, Charlotte, have partnered to create a fresh and vibrant, luxury jewelry line, loaded with one-of-a-kind stones, signature gold texturing, the Gadboises, have combined their elegant design expertise, and modern flare, to build a jewelry collection that can be worn to yoga, or out on the town. Breaking down the walls of generational stereotypes, the collections range from dainty giftable diamond pendants or ring stackers, to statement cocktail rings showcasing their rare, luxurious semi-precious gemstones.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

Gadbois Jewelry Trunk Show

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Christmas Light Walk, December 15 - 23 from 5 - 8 p.m. Stroll through the Gardens and enjoy unique holiday light displays and festive decorations. There will be a no-host wine & beer bar and hot chocolate, along with a make your own ‘smores packet available for purchase. Recorded Christmas music will be playing. Admission: Friends, free; Public, $10 and Children under 5 are free. Tickets are available at the door.

Contact: 949.673.1880

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

Decorate a Holiday Wreath – Children’s Class, December 16 at 9:30 a.m. Join instructor Janelle Wiley as children create a wreath filled with berries, cinnamon, a red faux bird, all sprinkled with snow. Cost: $30 Friends, $35 Non-Members; a 2nd child is $25. Pre-registration is required. RSVP your attendance at their website. 

Contact: 949.673.1880

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

Unite for Light at Fashion Island, December 28 at 5:30 p.m. Menorah Lighting in Atrium Court (near Barnes & Noble). Festivities include: Chanukah entertainment, Chanukah crafts, dreidels & donuts, balloon animals, face painting and gifts & treats for kids. Bring an unwrapped gift for the Community Toy Drive.

Contact: 949.721.9800, www.shopfashionisland.com

Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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