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Volume 5, Issue 7  |  January 24, 2020


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

Newport Beach Restaurant Week continuing through January 26 for its 14th year. Showcases Newport Beach as a premier dining destination where Orange County’s best and brightest chefs showcase their talents with special pre-fixe menus starting at just $15. The annual culinary festival has grown to incorporate a wide variety of restaurants offering preferred menu pricing for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Contact: www.visitnewportbeach.com/dinenewportbeach/

Takes place at restaurants throughout Newport Beach.

Cucina Enoteca

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Fireflies continuing through January 26 on the Argyros Stage. Ticket prices and performance times vary. Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky burns red. A church bombing has rocked the Civil Rights Movement to its core, and Reverend Charles Grace must galvanize the people with messages of hope. It is his wife Olivia, however, who skillfully crafts his speeches and delivery. But her ability to play the supportive spouse is cracking under the weight of too many secrets, too many regrets and life lived in the shadows. Recommendation: High school and above.

Contact: www.scr.org

Takes place at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa.

OCMAExpand Season 3 with the six new exhibits continuing through March 15. features six new projects by artists Carolina Caycedo, Daniel Duford, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Mulyana, Robert Zhao Renhui and Yang Yongliang, whose work considers the complexities of our relationship to nature. Admission and parking are free. Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Contact: www.ocmaexpand.org

Takes place at OCMA/Expand, South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana.

Caycedo

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USVA Tết Festival from January 24-26. The UVSA Tết Festival (Hội Tết Sinh Viên) of Southern California is the largest Vietnamese New Year Festival in the nation. It is run entirely by volunteers consisting of high school and college students, young professionals and parents. Their goals are to help preserve and share the Vietnamese culture, and to serve the community. Hours vary. Cost: $6 general admission tickets available online. Parking is $9.

Contact: www.tetfestival.org

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa.

Taking Sides, January 24-February 23. A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era. One of the most spectacular and renowned conductors of the 1930s, Furtwangler’s reputation rivalled that of Toscanini’s. After the war, he was investigated as part of the Allies’ de-Nazification program. In the bombed-out Berlin of the immediate post-war period, the Allies slowly bring law and order, and justice, to bear in an occupied Germany. An American Major is given the Furtwangler file, and is told to find everything he can and to prosecute the man ruthlessly. Tough and hard-nosed, Major Steve Arnold sets out to investigate a world of which he knows nothing. Orchestra members vouch for Furtwangler’s morality. He did what he could to protect Jewish players in his orchestra. To the Germans, deeply respectful of their musical heritage, Furtwangler was a demigod; to Major Arnold, he is just a lying, weak-willed Nazi. Ticket: $20.

Contact: www.ntacoline.com

Takes place at Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Dr., Newport Beach.

Museums Free-For-All on Saturday, Jan. 25. SoCal Museums are celebrating the 15th annual Museums Free-for-All whereby more than 40 museums presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history and science open their doors and invite visitors to attend free of charge. Participating is OCMAExpand (Orange County Museum of Art). OCMA offers free admission and free parking. For current exhibitions visit the website.

Contact: www.ocmaexpand.org

Takes place at OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA, located in South Coast Plaza Village at 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana. This is the museum’s temporary venue while it builds its Thom Mayne-designed new home at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Lunar New Year on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. Join Pacific Symphony’s annual festivities honoring the Lunar New Year. Celebrating the Year of the Rat, 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. Carl St.Clair, conducting. Tickets start at $28. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

Contact: www.PacificSymphony.org.

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 100 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa.

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She Loves Me on January 25-February 22 on the Segerstrom Stage. Ticket prices and performance times vary. Romantic, charming and brimming with joy, this musical comedy reminds us that one kind deed can open up a world of possibilities. At Maraczek’s Parfumerie, clerks Georg and Amalia are constantly at odds. Outside of work, they’re each falling madly in love with an anonymous pen pal, unaware that it is the other. This nostalgic Broadway hit inspired by the story that gave us The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail is “as sweet and exhilarating as a first kiss.” (New York Daily News). Recommendation: Ages 12 and up.

Contact: www.scr.org

Takes place at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa.

An Evening with Anderson Cooper, award-winning broadcast journalist & best-selling author on Monday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. Anderson Cooper takes audiences inside the news of the day, sharing sometimes provocative yet always eye-opening insights on the stories impacting people and issues around the world. He’s one of the most recognizable faces on television and has no plans of slowing down. Relentless, fearless and locked onto the truth, Cooper spends nearly every day, including weekends (and especially New Year’s Eve) working. There’s Anderson Cooper 360°, his five-nights-a-week newscast on CNN, which enters its 15th year this September; his gig as a 60 Minutes correspondent (he’ll shoot 10 pieces for the CBS newsmagazine this season); and his new Facebook news series, Full Circle; not to mention the live road show he does with pal Andy Cohen, AC²: Deep Talk and Shallow Tales. As the son of heiress and artist Gloria Vanderbilt and screenwriter Wyatt Cooper, Cooper grew up in the rarified world of Manhattan society. He tributes the loss of his father and brother as the reason he started roaming the globe as a young freelance journalist to war-torn places like Rwanda and Somalia, searching for others who “spoke the language of loss,” and why he still travels to hotspots as much as possible. Now, as the anchor of the Emmy-winning CNN news program Anderson Cooper 360°, he brings the most pressing stories of the day to a worldwide audience from multiple perspectives. Tickets are only sold as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. To purchase tickets to the series, visit the website at www.scfta.org/Subscriptions/Packages.aspx?seasonID=674.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 100 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa.

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Soy Wax Candle Making Workshop with Bramble Candles on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10-11 a.m. Join Instructor Michelle Bendetti, owner of Bramble & Co. Candles and member of Seaside Gallery & Goods Collective. She will walk you through the candle making process from start to finish. The cost of $55 per person includes instruction and all supplies, to make two beautiful soy wax candles. Choose from a variety of vessels. Minimum 4/Maximum 20.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

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The Joshua Show: Episode 2 on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. in the Samueli Theater. Tickets start at $20. Award-winning puppeteer and “Ambassador of Joy” Joshua Holden uses singing, tap dancing and a cast of zany puppets to thrill audiences of all ages in a whimsical production about friendship and the value of being yourself. Everyone can be an Ambassador of Joy during the Joshua Show pre-show activities. Segerstrom is partnering with the Orangewood Foundation in Santa Ana to bring joy to current and former foster youth by decorating totes and filling them with hygiene items. Their Ambassadors will also be able to make their own greeting card to send to children in the hospital through the organization, Cards for Hospitalized Kids. Finally, everyone will be able to share their joy in the Joshua Show-themed photo op. Bring your smile and sharing spirit to the  Samueli Lobby an hour before the performance to earn your Ambassadorship.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 100 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa.

Joshua Holden puppeteer for 1.24 Best Bets

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Escape to Margaritaville from February 4-9 at 8 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $26. Plan your escape to the new musical about the choices we make – and the people we become – once we’ve had a change in latitude. Welcome to Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all – and stay to find something they never expected. Get ready for a hilarious and heartwarming musical with the most unforgettable songs from one of music’s greatest storytellers. USA Today calls it, “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So don’t let the party start without you.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 100 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa.

Escape to Margaritaville

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Watercolor Floral Monogram Workshop with Erna van Dyk on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Join Artist Erna van Dyk as she guides you through the basics of painting with watercolor and creating your own Monogram letter with a lovely floral accent painting. Van Dyk teaches students of all ages including private workshops and schools in Orange County. Workshop fee is $100 per person, which includes two (2) hours of instruction and all the materials needed for painting. You will get to take home a finished painting on heavy weight watercolor board. Open to all levels of painters. Due to material costs, cancellations after February 1 cannot be refunded. To make your reservation, go to shoprogersgardens.com or call 949.640.5800.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

Takes place at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar.

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: A Musical Adaptation on February 7-23 as part of the Theatre for Young Audiences on the Argyros Stage. Ticket prices and performance times vary. Go on a thrilling musical adventure filled with magic, mystery and fantastical creatures! Young Minli’s poor village desperately needs good fortune. So she sets out on a quest to find The Old Man in the Moon, who holds all the answers to life’s questions. Along the way Minli rescues a dragon, encounters the dreaded Green Tiger and, by drawing wisdom from her father’s stories, moves closer and closer to riches greater than gold. Adapted from the best-selling book based on Chinese folklore. Recommendation: Ages 6+.

Contact: www.scr.org

Takes place at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa.

Learn to Play, Ukulele! on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10-11 a.m. Bring a friend or make a friend in music. Taught by husband and wife team Kim and Pat O’Brien; Kim is a classically trained musician and Pat is the campfire musician. Pat will cover the basics and Kim will be there to answer questions and discuss theory.

They offer one-on-one coaching and you will learn one new song each month, for those who are more advanced, they will cover music theory, note reading and scales. Open to all levels. Cost: $20 per class ($15 for your first three classes with the purchase of a Uke.)

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Great Train Show on February 8-9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This train show is designed for all ages – modelers, collectors and enthusiasts, families in search of good old-fashioned fun and for the simply curious. The show features hundreds of tables of trains, accessories, scale models and collectible toys for sale as well as huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, free seminars and educational opportunities. Cost: $11 adult admission on Saturday (good for both days) or $10 on Sunday (good for only Sunday); children 11 and younger are free. Parking is $9. Save $1 online using coupon code W11.

Contact: www.trainshow.com/costamesa

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa.

Discovery Day at the Farm on February 12 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Discovery Days at Centennial Farm are open to the public, and are perfect for mom groups, homeschool groups and more. Groups can participate in the following activities:

Radish Seed Planting: Children will plant a radish seed to take back to school; Chick Education: Chick Development Process (no petting chicks); Oxen Demonstration: Demonstration days vary depending on the volunteers’ schedules; Crops: Seasonal varieties; Livestock Animals: Swine, goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits, and poultry; and Cow Milking Demonstration: 9:30 a.m. (provided there is a lactating cow; call one to two days before your visit to verify).Free admission and parking. This is open to all grade levels, as well as the general public. Reservations are required for groups of six children or more. 

Contact: Reserve online at ocfair.com/community-programs/centennial-farm/
tours-and-reservations/self-guided-tours/
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Takes place at Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa.

Pacific Symphony presents trumpeter Chris Botti on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $55.Back by popular demand, the multifaceted virtuoso Botti teams up with Pacific Symphony for a night of trumpeted serenades that you and your Valentine won’t soon forget. From crooning jazz standards and classical ballads to upbeat pop tunes, Botti’s wide array of performing expertise is sure to put you in a romantic mood. Pops conductor Albert-George Schram joins the Symphony again for this spectacular concert. This concert is part of the Symphony’s 2019-20 Pops Series.

Contact: www.PacificSymphony.org

Takes place in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 100 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. 

Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival on Friday, Feb. 14 from 12-5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking is $9. 

Contact: www.sportfishingfestival.com

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center in the Costa Mesa Building, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa.

Book Signing by Author Tiffany Goff on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 12-3 p.m. Loving Tiara is a compelling memoir of a mother’s unwavering devotion to her daughter, Tiara, who was born with a rare genetic condition. Uncontrolled seizures, developmental delay, prolonged hospital admissions, and violent behaviors are the realities they face and endure with love and compassion.

Come meet this local author and blogger at this free event. Books will be available for purchase.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

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Mardi Gras on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 6-9 p.m. Laissez les bon temps rouler – let the good times roll as you celebrate Mardi Gras in an afternoon of New Orleans-style revelry. This is the first event to kick off the 20 free events in 2020 on the Plaza.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 100 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa.

Oil Painting Workshop with Robin Hall on Thursday, Feb. 20 and Friday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join Robin Hall, a local oil artist for a two-day oil painting workshop. The focus will be to interpret a simple set up of objects and break them down into shapes with corresponding values. The importance of massing shapes and keying in values is a crucial step in creating better paintings. Hall will provide students with a better understanding of this thoughtful process, and instructions on how to create a strong painting. Prior experience is recommended. Workshop fee is $200 per person. Students will need to bring a portable easel and supplies. Once you are signed up for this workshop, you will receive an email with a list of materials needed. Cancellations after February 6 cannot be refunded. Space is limited. To make your reservation, call 949.640.5800.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

Takes place at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar.

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