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Volume 5, Issue 13  |  February 14, 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

She Loves Me, Continuing through 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.

Taking Sides, Continuing through 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. Tickets: $20.

Contact: www.ntacoline.com

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

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: A Musical Adaptation, Continuing through February 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.

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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Valentine’s Dinner at Café Jardin on Friday, Feb. 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. Café Jardin will be featuring a special romantic dinner menu for Valentine’s Day. Begin with an amuse bouche, followed by a choice of appetizer, intermezzo, choice of entrée and a sweet plate for two for dessert. Reservations are required. Cost: $99 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Call 949.673.0033. 

Contact: www.pascalrestaurants.com

Takes place at Café Jardin in Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

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 TiffanI 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.

Loving Tiara book cover for Best Bets 1.24

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Courtesy of Seaside Gallery & Goods

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.

43rd Annual OC Home & Garden Show on Friday, Feb. 21 from 12-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Everything for home improvement projects, some garden displays and classes, hourly DIY workshops, 4H gardening competition, hourly prizes and a free gift for the first 100 each day. Free admission. Parking is $10. 

Contact: www.thebesthomeshow.com

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

Block Printing Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Join Elizabeth James of Pacific & Rose Textiles for a fun-filled block printing workshop in the Pelican Courtyard, nestled behind the Seaside Gallery & Goods Collective. Learn step-by-step, the traditional artform of hand block-printing using authentic vintage woodblocks from James’ private woodblock collection. 

Choose two items to print, including kitchen towels, tote bags and t-shirts. In addition, bring one of your own pre-washed cotton items to print. Cost is $75, which includes everything. Refreshments are provided. Vintage woodblocks will be available for sale. Advanced reservations required.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Block printing for Best Bets for 2.14

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Afternoon Tea at Café Jardin on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Spend time relaxing with friends or family and enjoying an afternoon tea service amid the beautiful floral setting of the Gardens. Cost: $34 per person (plus tax and gratuity); includes $5 admission to the Gardens. Reservations are required. Call 949.673.0033. Visit the website for the menu.

Contact: www.thesherman.org

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

Gem Faire on Friday, Feb. 28 from 12-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing while you shop. General admission is $7 (good for all three days); children 11 and younger are free. Parking is $10. 

Contact: www.gemfaire.com

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

Camp Newport Expo on Sunday, March 1 during the Spirit Run in Fashion Island from 6:30-11 a.m. Presented by the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department, come visit this free event to learn about City summer camps.

Contact: Call 949.644.3151; www.CampNewport.com

Takes place at the finish line of the Spirit Run, Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

Discovery Day at the Farm on Friday, March 6 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 may 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 a Cow Milking Demonstration: 9:30 a.m. (provided there is a lactating cow; call 1-2 days before your tour to verify). Free admission and parking. Open to all grade levels as well as the general public.

Contact: For groups of six or more, reserve online here.

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

A BRONX TALE in Segerstrom Hall on March 10-22. This new musical features a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri; music by Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award winner Alan Menken; and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater. A BRONX TALE premiered at the Tony Award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, NJ) to critical and popular acclaim in Spring 2016, and opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on December 1, 2016, following previews from November 3. The show ended its Broadway run on August 5, 2018, having played 700 performances and as the second longest running show in the history of the Longacre Theatre. Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical takes audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love and above all else...family. 

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place in Segerstrom Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa.

A BRONX TALE for Best Bets 2.14

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Watercolor Roses Workshop on Thursday, March 19 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 a sweet rose nosegay. Van Dyk teaches students of all ages including private workshops and schools in Orange County. Workshop fee is $100 per person, 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 Wednesday, March 11 cannot be refunded. Cost: $100 per person. To make your reservation, visit the website.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

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

Watercolor Roses Workshop for 2.14 Best Bets

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2020 Youth Track Meet of Champions on Friday, March 27. Presented by the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department and the Newport-Balboa rotary Club, this event honors the memory of Frank E. Anderson. Registration is now open. Youngsters who are born between 2005 and 2013 are eligible to compete.

Contact: Call 949.644.3151; www.newportbeachca.gov/sports

Takes place at Davidson Field, Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Chapter Two, March 27-April 26. A romantic comedy by Neil Simon. Novelist George Schneider is trying to recover from the death of his wife, Barbara. They were lovingly married to each other for 12 years. Concurrently, actress Jennie MacLaine has just gotten a divorce from her husband, Gus. Wanting each to get on with their lives, George’s brother Leo Schneider and Jennie’s best friend Faye Medwick (the two who once dated) send George and Jennie respectively on a series of blind dates, which end up disastrously. So when Leo and Faye run into each other and suggest that George and Jennie go out, both George and Jennie are reluctant, thinking that this meeting will end up like the rest of their blind dates. However, both are pleasantly surprised with each other. After a two week whirlwind romance and courtship, George and Jennie decide to get married. Jennie in particular realizes that she is the one who has the potential of being hurt if George is not ready to move on without Barbara, especially as they honeymoon in the same resort where George and Barbara once vacationed, and as Jennie will move into the house that was once George and Barbara’s. Tickets: $20.

Contact: www.ntacoline.com

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

 

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