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 Siegel | Continuing through 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, 714.556.2787, www.scr.org

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

How the Other Half Lives | Continuing through 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.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 | Continuing through April 30. In the final scene of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children. A door slams. The curtain falls on a stunned audience. Lucas Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back – and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

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

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

Yoga Play | Continuing through April 30, Ticket prices and performance times vary. Joan has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, after its CEO is brought down by a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her stride, more trouble surfaces and sales plummet. Joan comes up with a plan so risky that it could make or break the company and her career – and what it requires from her CFO, Raj, is far beyond the call of duty. This sharp comedy asks what it takes to find your own authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.

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

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

Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival | April 20 - 27, Times vary. Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the U.S., it seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary film-making from around the world. This eight-day event showcases a diverse collection of studio and independent films as well as a Family Film Series that gives filmgoers of all ages the chance to enjoy the festival, along with nightly galas. The festival provides a unique opportunity for attendees to learn more about the directors, actors and producers behind the films. Guests also get the chance to see what may become next year’s Oscar picks and tomorrow’s classics before they’re screened anywhere else!

Contact: Newport Beach Film Festival, 949.253.2880, www.newportbeachfilmfest.com 

Takes place at cinemas and venues throughout Newport Beach.

Taj Express

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Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Taj Express | April 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high-energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Hilty & Stokes Mitchell “Smashing Broadway” | April 21-22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. With stunning voices and booming Broadway careers, award-winning Broadway superstars Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell bring fresh insight to a program of Broadway hits and unforgettable melodies that have become timeless standards – including music from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin – all backed by the lush sound of Pacific Symphony. When Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell headlined the LA Philharmonic’s opening night gala this season with a similar program, they received rave reviews.

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

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

Pacific Playwrights Festival | April 21 - 23. Presenting seven new plays in staged readings and full productions during a three-day period. Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theaters nationwide.

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

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

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey | April 22 and 23 with performances at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Lightwire Theater presents this cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. What Marvin the mouse wants most is to be popular, but the “cool” rats think he’s a geek and call him a loser. Join Marvin as he blasts off in a homemade rocket and lands on the moon where he meets strange creatures, learns of infinite peril and experiences awesome beauty. Find out if Marvin’s cosmic adventure will ultimately make his dreams of acceptance come true! Combining dance, puppetry and traditional theater, this production features more than 40 delightful characters brought to life by electro-luminescent wires to create a dazzling 3D experience.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

HelixCollective

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Helix Collective on the bill for Sunday Musicale

Sunday Musicale: Helix Collective | April 23 at 3 p.m. Free. The Los Angeles-based Helix Collective performs a high-energy, out-of-the-box mix of world, classical and rock n’ roll. The flexible ensemble includes flute/piccolo/alto flute, oboe/English horn, cello, piano and percussion. Presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

Contact: Box office, 949.717.3800. www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Bridal Open House | April 23 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. You are invited to stop by the Gardens for wine, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to mingle with the best in the wedding industry. Meet the experienced Private Events Staff along with some of the preferred wedding vendors who will help make your wedding day memorable. Advanced registration is required. The event is free of charge. Sign up at the website. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Lila Downs

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Lila Downs

Lila Downs with Monsieur Perine | April 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Known for her soaring emotive voice and compelling stage presence, world renown Mexican American singer, Lila Downs’ music is highly innovative and distinctive. The multiple Grammy-Award winning artist blends traditional Mexican, Latin and Mesoamerican music with a broad range of other musical influences to create a vibrant, dramatic and culturally rich performance.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

An American in Paris

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An American in Paris | April 25 - May 7, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. The new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014/15 season.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Steve Tyrell

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Steve Tyrell to perform classics from the Great American Songbook

Steve Tyrell | April 27 - 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. Steve Tyrell’s legendary career has brought him acclaim as a songwriter and a Grammy-winning record producer, but Center audiences know him best as one of today’s most uniquely gifted vocalists. Tyrell returns to the Cabaret Series with his acclaimed show, “A New Standard,” featuring his iconic performances of classics from the Great American Songbook, including tunes by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Sammy Cahn, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and many more.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Magic of Chopin | April 27 - 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Two of Canada’s brightest classical music stars perform a program that celebrates the spirit of France. Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 specifically to please and impress Parisian audiences. Chopin called “The City of Lights” home for most of his adult life, and Debussy and Ravel are two of France’s greatest composers. BBC Music Magazine commented on Louis Lortie’s gifts as an interpreter of Chopin: “Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant without ever sounding effete, dramatic but never exaggerated, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate – and surprising.” Louis Lortie on piano with Pacific Symphony. Preview talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.

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

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

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

70th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race | April 28 - 30 beginning at 11 a.m. This 125-mile overnight race provides the perfect mix of fun and adventure as racers decide whether to head off-shore for stronger winds or to sail the rhumb line towards the finish. With more than 50 trophy categories and numerous classes for monohulls, multihulls and cruisers, the opportunity to “take home the silver” makes this race appealing to all levels of participants. Anticipated is a fleet of 225 yachts. The fastest monohull entered so far this year is Roy Disney’s SC 70 Pyewacket. Returning ORCA winner Bill Gibb’s “Wahoo” will also be back. Spectators can view the race start from a variety of vantage points.

Contact: www.newporttoensenada.com

Balboa Pier, 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach.

Carnival of the Animals | April 29 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $12. Pacific Symphony brings a zoo to musical life with the Bob Brown Puppets and a narrator to tell the story. Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” features each animal in its own descriptive song, from the royal march of the stately lions, to hippity-hopping kangaroos, lumbering elephants, a gracefully swimming swan and more. Robert Kalia, conductor.  

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

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

Painting Class – Easter Basket with Flowers | April 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erin Houghton as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. This class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Houghton’s teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto of, “if you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own charming painting, so grab your friends and come paint in the Gardens. Space is limited to 12 people and pre-registration is required.

Sign up at the website. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop | April 29 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for children to create, play and tap into the magic within and around us. Children will practice slowing down and pausing for peace as they connect to their inner landscape and the outer landscape of the Gardens, finding inspiration inside and out. Together they will playfully explore techniques that embrace the process of painting and creating art from the heart. In this class, there are no mistakes! Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Suggested for youth ages 8-14. Sign up at the website. Suggested donation: $40.

Contact: 949.673.2261, or email Stacy Fetterman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

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

Organ Recital: Monte Maxwell | April 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. The U.S. Naval Academy’s Chapel organist Monte Maxwell has played for diplomats and national leaders from around the world, and now he performs for you. Hear this outstanding virtuoso on a wide-ranging program from Baroque and beyond.

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

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

Benjamin Grosvenor in recital | May 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Hailed as “the most remarkable young pianist of our time” (Gramophone), Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. In 2012, Grosvenor became Gramophone’s youngest-ever double award winner when he was awarded Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award and Instrumental Awards.

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

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

Be Still My Soul with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras | May 5 at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $18. Join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras, featuring both new compositions and the most beloved MCO™ songs from the last decade! Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras (MCO™) is a performing force of more than 3,000 participants, and growing. With locations in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Idaho, MCO™ has become the largest organization of its kind in the world, offering superb music training and professional performance opportunities to musicians of all ages and abilities.

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

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

Harry Potter

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to come to Segerstrom Hall

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets in Concerts | May 12 - 13, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $39. Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has bewitched the world.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

A Sea Symphony | May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The adventure and excitement of a sea voyage becomes an extravagant metaphor for the soul’s journey into the infinite, as the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony brings Walt Whitman’s transcendent poetry to glorious life. Be there for this culminating concert of John Alexander’s 45th and final season as Pacific Chorale’s Artistic Director!

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

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

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.

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.