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.

Orange | Continuing through March 26, Performance Times vary. A West Coast Premiere. Tickets start at $20. Leela is different. A teenager from Inia, she sketches life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to make a run for it with her boyfriend – and takes Leela along. As they careen dangerously through Orange County, everything takes on mythic significance for Leela.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

Forms of Identity: Women Artists in the 90s | Continuing through April 2. The last decade of the 20th century marked a brief, significant moment of intense, rapid sociopolitical, economic and cultural transformation, particularly for women, a group historically marginalized and overlooked. This exhibit includes a selection of artworks from the permanent collection created by 16 significant women artists working in this time period whose artistic practice shifted from the political to personal.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Pop Art Design | Continuing through April 2. This is the first comprehensive exhibition examining the inspirations and cross-references between art and design that continue to shape our society today. It features a large number of important works by artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha and Richard Hamilton; juxtaposed with works by designers such as Charles Eames, George Nelson, Achille Castiglioni and Ettore Sottsass; as well as extensive ephemera.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

Finding Neverland | Continuing through April 2, Performance times vary. Tickets are $29 - $89. This new Broadway musical tells the fascinating story of how Peter became Pan. Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, it has been brought to extraordinary life by the team behind Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and Pippin.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Finding Neverland

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Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto | March 23 - 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. 

Pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Pacific Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s mighty Third Piano Concerto. The Los Angeles Times described the gifted young pianist (affectionately nicknamed “Zee Zee”) as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry.” The concert opens with the captivating “Folk Songs for Orchestra” by Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo. Elgar’s intriguing “Enigma Variations” closes the program.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Easter Bunny Arrives at Fashion Island | March 24 - April 15. Hours: Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The season’s favorite bunny will be available for photos in his spring garden. Photo package pricing varies; visit the website.

Contact: 949.721.2000, www.shopfashionisland.com

Fashion Island, Atrium Court, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

The Siegel | March 24 - April 23, Performance times and ticket prices vary. Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight, he’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’s just one hitch. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago – and she’s in a serious relationship with someone else. But Ethan is undaunted. An irresistible comedy about modern love and the need to go back in order to move forward. Directed by Casey Stangl.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

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

Christopher Radko Spring Trunk Show

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Christopher Radko hand-crafted glass ornaments

Christopher Radko Spring Trunk Show | March 25 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more than 30 years, the Christopher Radko Company has caught the attention of many collectors with their beautiful European, hand-crafted glass ornaments. Each piece is hand painted with exquisite artisanship. Roger’s Gardens will be showcasing the new 2017 collection. Select from a wide variety of styles that can bring the joy of Christmas into any home.

Contact: 949.640.5800, www.rogersgardens.com

Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar.

King Arthur & The Legend of the Dragon’s Lair | March 25 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $12. Journey back in time to the wondrous kingdom of Camelot, gallant knights in shining armor and fair damsels in distress. With advice from the old wizard Merlin, King Arthur hunts the dragon in a dangerous quest that is the stuff of legend. Will he slay the dragon and save the magic kingdom? You’ll have to see the concert to find out! The gifted young musicians of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra join Pacific Symphony in their annual side-by-side concert including adventurous music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.” Roger Kalia conducts. Part of Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings, these fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts are designed especially for children ages 5-11. During the Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby (9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers; 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers), enjoy hands-on activities for children, who can meet Symphony musicians, try musical instruments and participate in thematic activities related to the concert.

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

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

Painting Class – Poppies! | March 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join artist Erin Houghton as she teaches how to see and paint color and simple shapes. Designed for all levels of painters and the non-painter. Her teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto, “If you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own painting. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. You can register on their website.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Don Quixote for Kids – Outdoor Ballet Theatre | March 25 at 12 p.m. Join the gallant Don Quixote on his knightly quest across old-world Spain in Festival Ballet Theatre’s rendition of this beloved ballet, based on the novel by Miguel Cervantes. Bring a picnic lunch and beach chairs to enjoy this one-hour narrated and abridged version of the beloved tale. The Don Quixote ballet is an adventurous introduction to Spanish literature, music, culture and history.

Contact: 949.717.3800, www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Drive, Newport Beach.

Candle Making Workshop | March 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. Michelle Bendetti, owner of Bramble Candles and a member of the Seaside Gallery & Goods Collective, will walk participants through the candle making process from start to finish. Sign up at the website. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Cost: $55

Contact: 949.290.7249, www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery and Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. 

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Mercedes Shaffer to lead impressionist painting class

Candle Making Workshop | March 26 from 12 - 2 p.m. Learn the techniques of Impressionist landscape painting with artist and jewelry designer Mercedes Shaffer. Her art has appeared on numerous movies and television shows including “friends,” “Will & Grace,” “ER,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS Los Angeles,” “Notorious,” and “Two Broke Girls.” Her nature-inspired jewelry is sold at Seaside Gallery and Goods and carried in museum gift stores throughout the U.S. A free artist reception will be held from 3 - 5 p.m. Sign up at the website. Cancellation is 24 hours prior. Cost: $55 for the art class is $55 per person and all supplies are included. It will be held in Pelican Courtyard.

Contact: 949.290.7249, www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery and Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. 

Emerson String Quartet

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Grammy®-award winner Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet | March 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. The Emerson String Quartet has accumulated an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. For this special Center anniversary, the quartet returns to perform the West Coast premiere of a new work by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage commissioned for the Center by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. Turnage has composed numerous orchestral and chamber works and three full-length operas.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Neil Gaiman

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Storyteller Neil Gaiman will delight theatergoers

Neil Gaiman | March 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. “I make things up and write them down,” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. His popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time. In his live event, “An Evening with Neil Gaiman,” he will tell and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight. It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman.” VIP packages are available, which includes a ticket and post-show meet and greet.

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

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

How the Other Half Lives | March 31 - April 30, Tickets: $20. Three couples. Two houses. One stage. This is a classic farce by the genius of English theatre, Alan Ayckbourn. With all the complexities and confusions that every great comedy offers, enjoy a mixture of saints and sinners in a serious of nefarious relationships. Experience humor at its finest as two dinner parties on different nights occur simultaneously, while all along the audience knows the secret that is causing the commotion.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288, www.ntaconline.com

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

Danish National Symphony Orchestra | March 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1925, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras and the world’s leading proponent of the music of Carl Nielsen. Under the leadership of Italian maestro and new principal conductor Fabio Luisi, the orchestra will perform Nielsen’s orchestra showpiece, Helios Overture, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder. Deborah Voight, soprano. Presented by the Philharmonic Society.

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

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

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Danish National Symphony Orchestra to perform at Segerstrom Concert Hall

Doktor Kaboom | April 1 and 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Imagine Mister Wizard and the Nutty Professor had a rock star German lovechild. Picture that child decades later, touring the world with a fully equipped lab, a wicked cool haircut, and a love of performance that knows no bounds. Now put him onstage, and let the absurdity begin. Doktor Kaboom is an interactive one-man science variety show. Creatively blending theater arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, his supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have you erupting with laughter and bubbling with curiosity.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Graham Nash | April 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39. A two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997 and The Hollies in 2010), Nash wrote and sang lead on CSN classics like “Marrakesh Express,” “Our House,” “Teach Your Children,” “Wasted on the Way” and “Just a Song Before I Go,” while lending his vocals and guitar work to many of the group’s other hits. Prior to joining CSN, he was a member of The Hollies, the British group that produced Top 10 hits like “Bus Stop” and “Carrie Anne.” In addition to his work with CSN and The Hollies, Nash has enjoyed a successful solo career and often joined forces with CSN bandmate Crosby for recordings and tours. In 2013, the singer-songwriter released his autobiography, “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life,” which ended up on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list, and earlier this spring he released “This Path Tonight,” his first new solo recording in 14 years.

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

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

Yanni

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An intimate stage production with Yanni at Segerstrom Hall

An Evening in Conversation with Yanni and his Piano | April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $59. Yanni, one of the bestselling and celebrated composers of our time steps off the concert stage to give his fans the chance to interact with him on a more intimate and personal level. Accompanied only by his piano, Yanni will answer audience questions, providing unique insight into this experience traveling the globe, his creative process and his experience planning and performing mega shows in some of the most revered places on earth. Each show is unscripted and will unfold differently each night depending on the questions being asked. A limited number of VIP Meet and Greet tickets will be available.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Brain Candy Live

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(L-R): Adam Savage and Michael Stevens of Brain Candy Live!

Brain Candy Live! | April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39. MythBusters’ Adam Savage and YouTube’s Michael Stevens unleash their collective sense of wonder and fun in a family-friendly show that’s been described as “a cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group.” Join a pair of this planet’s most entertaining everyday heroes as they mix up a secret recipe of surprise, excitement and a pinch of danger to cook-up a giant batch of magical Brain Candy for every mind in the audience.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Shen Yun

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Shen Yun returns to Segerstrom Hall

Shen Yun: Connecting Heaven & Earth | April 5 - 9, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $70. There was a time when the world was full of magic and splendor, and all on Earth existed in harmony with Heaven. You could see it in the arts, feel it in the air and hear it in the beat of a drum. This was a land of heroes and sages, dragons and phoenixes, emperors and immortals. Known today as China, this place was once called “the Land of the Divine.” What if you could journey back and visit this lost paradise?
Shen Yun brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note, makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else. Banned in communist China today, the non-profit Shen Yun is dedicated to reviving 5,000 years of civilization. Experience art connecting Heaven and Earth.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Ellis Island

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Ellis Island | April 6 - 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Pacific Symphony’s 2017 American Composers Festival spotlights major works by composers Peter Boyer and John Adams, in celebration of his 70th birthday. “The Dharma at Big Sur,” composed in 2003 for the opening of Disney Hall, is actually a concerto for electric violin and orchestra. Adams composed the piece with Tracy Silverman in mind, who performs it with Pacific Symphony. “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” is a work for actors and orchestra with projected images. The Grammy-nominated work presents first-person narrations of seven immigrants who entered the United States through Ellis Island between 1910 and 1940.

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

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

Movie in Marina Park | April 7 at 6:30 p.m. Come watch Disney • PIXAR’s “Finding Dory.” Enjoy free popcorn and free candy & activities, and there will be food for purchase.

Contact: www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation

Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Mayor’s 3rd Annual Spring Egg Roll | April 8 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. There will be pictures, egg roll races, bounce houses a train and more.

Contact: www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation

Civic Center Lawn, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Setzer, Finckel, Wu Han – The Complete Beethoven Trios | April 8 at 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $22 and are required at each performance. Cellist David Finckel, violinist Philip Setzer, and pianist Wu Han make up one of the world’s finest piano trios. Finckel spent more than 30 years with the famed Emerson String Quartet, Setzer is a founding member of the Emerson, and Han has an outstanding career as an orchestral soloist and chamber player. This landmark engagement begins where Beethoven begins, with his very first published work and follows Beethoven’s musical journey to his final trio, composed at the height of his creative power. 

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.