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Volume 4, Issue 97  |  December 3, 2019


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

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Balboa Car Show, Every Sunday from 7-9 a.m. 

Fun Zone Parking lot, 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa Peninsula

OCMAExpand Season 3 with the six new exhibits continuing through March 15, 2020. 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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Sherlock Holmes The Final Adventure, Continuing through December 15. The world’s greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore: The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty. In this spirited, fast-moving and thoroughly theatrical adaptation, Steven Dietz presents Holmes at the height of his powers surrounded by all the elements that fans of his exploits have come to expect: danger, intrigue, wit, humor and surprise. Ticket: $20.

Contact: www.ntacoline.com

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

Lil’ Dickens Carolers on November 29 through December 22. Enjoy shopping this holiday season by listening to a quartet of Strolling Christmas Carolers as they perform throughout Roger’s Gardens and the Farmhouse. Their repertoire includes your favorite standards and sacred Christmas Carols combined with the holiday songs you have grown to love. The Carolers also mix in some spirited jazz arrangements and a bit of whimsy. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy. Check the website for the schedule.

Contact: For more information, visit www.rogersgardens.com

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

Lighting on the Bay on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. The day features a full schedule of holiday festivities, and a live concert by The Tijuana Dogs, all taking place between 3-9:30 p.m. Then, Santa Claus will take center stage at dusk when he arrives by Waverunner and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 LED-lit Christmas trees and holiday decorations. And don’t forget the outdoor “Movies on the Beach” screening of ELF. All events are free.

Contact: For more information, visit www.rogersgardens.com

Takes place at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Mannheim Steamroller makes history again, celebrating 35 years of holiday magic as they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Experience the performance of this No. 1 Christmas music artist in history and, for the first time ever, hear the entire album that started it all, LIVE – “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas!” Tickets start at $59.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Tree Lighting at Balboa Bay Resort on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m. 

Contact: www.balboabayresort.com

Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Balboa Island Holiday Concert invites you to come enjoy music of the holiday season as part of the Balboa Island Classical Concert series, on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 7-8 p.m. This special holiday production features award-winning Ines Irawati on piano, with vocalists Jovahnna Anderson, soprano and Humberto Borboa, tenor. They will perform a musical medley of favorite classics and caroling. Tickets are $10 per person and available at Island Home Decor at 313 Marine, Balboa Island. Tickets can also be purchased online.

Contact: www.balboaislandnb.org

Takes place at St. John Vianney Chapel, 314 Marine Ave., Balboa Island.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party on December 4-8, with varying showtimes. This hilarious show starring Dixie Longate turned Off-Broadway into Tupperware-mania and garnered the prestigious 2008 Drama Desk Award Nomination. Written by Kris Andersson, the production is playing in Samueli Theater as part of a tour that has, so far, logged more than 1,700 performances. Single tickets start at $39 and are available online at www.scfta.org.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place in Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts,600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

World Premiere of Elliot Goldenthal’s New Work featuring pianist Vadym Kholodenko on December 5-7 at 8 p.m. Enter the concert hall doors for an evening nodding to classical music’s past and present with guest pianist Vadym Kholodenko, Carl St.Clair and the Pacific Symphony. Before Kholodenko’s passionate showcasing of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and the orchestral power of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, the night begins with a world premiere of Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal’s tribute to Maestro St.Clair: “October Light: Adagio for Orchestra,” a lush cinematic work. Single tickets start at $25. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and a preview talk begins at 7 p.m. This concert is part of the Symphony’s 2019-20 Hal & Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

Contact: www.PacificSymphony.org

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

Breakfast with Santa on Friday, Dec. 6 from 9:30-11 a.m. Head over to the Newport Coast Community Center to have the most important meal of the day with Santa! In addition to breakfast, there will be photo opportunities, crafts, a bouncer, train rides and more. Ticket prices with registration codes: Adults, $15 BWS104; Children 2+, $15 BWS101 and Children under 2, free BWS100.

Contact: For more information and to register for “Breakfast with Santa,” visit www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation, or call 949.644.3151.

Takes place at Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

Sherman Library & Gardens presents “6th Annual Nights of 1000 Lights,” Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8, 12-15,19-22 from 6-9 p.m. Revel in 12 nights of holiday cheer! Enjoy a “Blue Christmas” with Elvis, take a stroll in the glistening light tunnel and boogie through the disco inFERNo. Enter a world of sugary sweets in Gingerbread Land, experience the magic of a Scandinavian Christmas, make a traditional Julehjerter (Danish woven Christmas heart) and be on the lookout for a family of trolls, follow the gnomes to visit Santa in his workshop, and warm yourself with hot chocolate and s’mores around the bonfire. Make lasting memories with friends and family by celebrating the holidays at Sherman Library & Gardens. All guests will enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and a make-your-own s’mores station. Additionally, there will be a no-host wine and beer bar, food available for purchase and holiday shopping in the Garden Shop. Tickets: Members, $15; Non-members, $25; children 3 and under are free. Register at the website.

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

Nutcracker for Kids on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a grand finale sing-along and a jolly visit from Santa himself. Enjoy free interactive activities in the lobby inspired by each concert’s theme. Featuring family-friendly arts and crafts, an instrument petting zoo, and opportunities to meet Symphony musicians, local performing groups, and more. Tickets start at $50.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Joy to the World - Lisa Kelechava Personal Appearance & Signing on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Meet Lisa Kelechava, president and founder of Joy to the World. She will be here to introduce her spectacular line of Destination Santas, Dog and collegiate ornaments. She is available to sign and personalize your holiday purchases. All ornaments are hand blown and painted in Europe using techniques and traditions preserved and passed down through the generations. Pre-order your Joy to the World items online by November 30 and they will have them signed for you. Free.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

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

23rd Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Bazaar at Crystal Cove on Saturday, Dec. 7. Every year, just after Thanksgiving, Crystal Cove is transformed into a holiday wonderland with vintage ornaments, twinkling lights and a beautiful, majestic tree on the beach. The annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar features Santa arriving via a lifeguard vehicle to greet the crowd. As Santa and strolling carolers join the event, complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and home-baked goodies will be provided by The Beachcomber Café. Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. features jewelry and handcrafts by local artists, and free seaglass wrapping activity and holiday arts & crafts. Tree lighting ceremony at dusk. Parking is $5 per hour.

Contact: www.crystalcove.org

Takes place on the beach at Crystal Cove State Park.

Environmental Nature Center present its 6th annual Artisans Marketplace on Sunday, Dec. 8 is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Consider joining them as an artisan. Guests visit the Center to shop for handmade gifts from local artisans offering a variety of eco-friendly, sustainable, and arts & crafts. This year’s ENC Artisans Marketplace.

Contact: https://encenter.org/visit-us/artisan-marketplace/call-for-artisans/

Takes place at the Environmental Nature Center at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

23rd Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, Dec. 8 is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to tour eight uniquely holiday decorated bayfront and island homes, at your leisure. Tickets are just $35 and you can purchase them online at www.balboaislandNB.org, or at the following Balboa Island venues: Balboa Island Museum, Island Home and Sur Le Mer, all located on Marine Avenue. Off Island tickets can be purchased at Seaside Gallery & Goods on Tustin Avenue, Newport Beach, Blue Springs Home on 17th Street, Costa Mesa and Bliss Home Design on E. Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Will Call Tickets will be available to purchase and pick up at the Balboa Island Museum located at 210 Marine Ave., Balboa Island at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the Home Tour. Also, be sure to visit all the shops on Marine and Agate avenues for your holiday shopping and refreshments. The Holiday Home Tour is sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.

Contact: www.balboaislandNB.org

Takes place throughout Balboa Island.

41st Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Each year, “The Walk,” brings together thousands of people to the Village of Corona del Mar for live entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday fashion. Festivities include signature bands, kids’ entertainment with photos with Santa, a petting zoo, beer & wine garden, merchant promotions and more.

Contact: www.cdmchamber.com

Takes place throughout Corona de Mar.

Handel’s Glorious Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio – with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus – provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Handel's Messiah for Best Bets 11.1

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Gadbois Jewelry Trunk Show on Friday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join industry veteran, Frances Gadbois, and daughter and co-founder, Charlotte, who have partnered to create a fresh and vibrant, fine jewelry line with classic and wearable staples that will outlast the test of time with their signature strié texture running through each hand finished piece. With something for everyone, Frances and Charlotte, have combined their elegant design expertise and modern flare to build a versatile jewelry collection that can be worn to yoga or out on the town. The collections range from giftable diamond pendants or ring stackers, to statement cocktail rings showcasing their rare, luxurious semi-precious gemstones. This s a free event.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

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

Mele Kalikimaka; A Worldwide Celebration of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 13 at 5 and 8 p.m. Features a stunning musical force of hundreds of musicians, including the Youth Choirs, Grand Chorus and the Symphony Orchestra.

Millennial® Choirs & Orchestras (MCO®) is a performing force of more than 5,000 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. Tickets start at $18.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker, Orange County’s must-see holiday tradition, comes to Segerstrom Hall December 13-22. Performance times are Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Once again, audiences will be thrilled by ABT’s incomparable dancers. As the ballet unfolds to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, accomplished young students from Segerstrom Center’s American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School appear alongside ABT’s internationally acclaimed dancers to tell this family favorite tale. Tickets start at $29.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

3rd Annual Holidays Around the World on December 14 and 15 at 11 a.m. Watch the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza transform into a winter wonderland. Enjoy live performances that showcase traditions from around the world, including Mexican ballet folklorico, Indian Bollywood dance, German holiday folk dances, Chinese lion dance and more. The festive family fun doesn’t stop there – take a ride on the Holiday Express train, create your own seasonal craft, and experience our special snowfall on the plaza. No tickets are required.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Carols and Classics: “Holiday Organ Spectacular” on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Watch the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza transform into a winter wonderland. Enjoy live performances that showcase traditions from around the world, including Mexican ballet folklorico, Indian Bollywood dance, German holiday folk dances, Chinese lion dance and more. The festive family fun doesn’t stop there – take a ride on our Holiday Express train, create your own seasonal craft, and experience our special snowfall on the plaza.

Contact: www.pacificsymphony.org

Takes place in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center of the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights on December 18-22 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, join more than a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor. Enjoy the Ring of Lights, a waterfront decorating competition of homes, businesses and yacht clubs that surround the harbor. Participants receive prizes and are recognized at the gala in January 2020. For more information and to register your boat, visit www.christmasboatparade.com

Contact: www.christmasboatparade.com

Takes place throughout Newport Harbor.

Marina Park Family Fun Night on Friday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. This family favorite features photos with Santa, boat parade viewing and activities for kids. Boat Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. and passes Marina Park at approximately 6:49 p.m. Registration Codes: Children 2+ are $15 MPBPNK; Adults, $25, MPBPNA.

Contact: For more information and to register visit www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation, or call 949.644.3151.

Takes place at Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Fiesta Navidad Mariachi Los Camperos is one of Orange County’s most beloved annual holiday traditions as the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos returns on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Filled with music and dance, this colorful celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is perfect for the whole family. Tickets start at $29.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Christmas w/Marie Osmond on December 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. Celebrate Christmas with Marie Osmond backed by the spectacular Hollywood sound of Pacific Symphony. Experience her captivating talent with an unforgettable holiday concert featuring festive favorites as well as hit singles such as “Paper Roses,” “Meet Me in Montana” and “Read My Lips.” Tickets start at $40.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Salsa Navidad on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 and 9 p.m. lets you celebrate the winter holidays with the debut of the two-time Grammy-winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band that will make you want to stand up and dance. This Latin jazz powerhouse exuding energy on stage with musical precision captivates audiences until the last note is played. Tickets start at $39.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 100 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert invites you to ring in the New Year with a glittery celebration of singing and dancing that will delight the senses on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. This concert recreates the beauty of Vienna’s golden era and its elegance charms audiences of every age. This year’s concert will feature a brilliant new program of Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from beloved operettas performed by acclaimed European singers, champion ballroom dancers, the National Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

ABBA The Concert on Monday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. ABBA the Concert pays tribute to the phenomenal Swedish pop group for one night only. Their performance celebrates such fan-favorites as “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S.,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” and “Dancing Queen.” 21st Century Artists, Inc. has presented its ABBA tribute show throughout North America for well over a decade, bringing one of the greatest pop phenomena back to life. Tickets for ABBA the Concert start at $39.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place in Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Fireflies on January 5-26, 2020 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 Drive, Costa Mesa.

 

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