Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

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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.

Festival Ballet Theatre – 10th Annual Gala of the Stars, August 18 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual Gala of the Stars brings the exciting performances of the world’s most exquisite ballet dancers to the Orange County stage. The Gala presents an incredibly unique evening; today’s renowned ballet stars share the stage in a program celebrating the passion of dance. This consistently sold-out annual performance showcases internationally revered guest artists from the world’s most recognizable dance companies along with young protégés, selected by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. These performers are our future stars of the ballet world. Guest artists will include dancers from the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet, among others.

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

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

Ron Romanosky Photo Exhibit and Wedge Tree Bench Unveiling, August 24 from 5 - 12 p.m. Photography exhibit and slide presentation by Wedge archivist, lifelong chronicler and photographer Ron Romanosky. Special unveiling of the hand-crafted bench created by Marty Henke, Alan Buchanan and the Wedge Preservation Society from the recently fallen Wedge tree. Free. Register online on their website. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

Painting Class – Watercolor with Erna: Butterfly & Florals, August 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erna Van Dyke as she teaches you how to paint with watercolors in this, you will explore, create and embrace the art that springs from your heart. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Members, $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org

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

ONCE, September 2 - 30. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This musical is based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney and the book by Enda Walsh. “Once” tells the story of a Dublin street musician about to abandon his dream when a beautiful woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to new heights, and their connection becomes more than an everyday romance. A captivating tale that will draw you in from the very first note. Takes place on South Coast Repertory’s Segerstrom Stage. Recommended for ages 13 and above.

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

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, September 12 - 17. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. This Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony® winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Dog in Night Time

Photo by Joan Marcus

(L-R): Gene Gillette and Christopher Boone star in this Tony Award®-winning play

Soul of Korea, September 24 at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $20. The Irvine Korean Parent Association is pleased to present Soul of Korea in commemorating its 20th Anniversary. This concert will showcase Korean American performers from the Korean American Youth Performing Association (KAYPA) and the Korean American Music Academy (KAMA), an internationally renowned pianist, Sung Chang, award-winning young soloists, Sean Lee and Daniel Paik, and feature Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and its conductor, Dr. Roger Kalia as guest artists. 

Contact: www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Cars & Café, September 25, October 30, November 26 and December 25. Hundreds of car enthusiasts flock for the monthly Cars & Café event at Moulin. You will view more than 100 luxury automobiles from antiques to exotics. Guests can sip free coffee as they meet and mingle with automobile owners and collectors.

Contact: www.MoulinBistro.com

Moulin Bistro, 1000 Bristol St. North, Ste. 10, Newport Beach.

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, September 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19. One of China’s most acclaimed acrobatic troupes, The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin features a company of more than 100 performers. For their Center debut, these award-winning artists will demonstrate breathtaking feats of balance, juggling, acrobatics, kung fu and more, in a show certain to delight the whole family.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Shi Zhiying, October 7 - December 31. In her first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Shanghai-based Shi Zhiying demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the natural world have on her approach to painting. She is highly regarded in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas – open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass and facades of weathered ancient structures. This exhibition continues OCMA’s commitment to presenting the freshest voices from the Pacific Rim.

Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net

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

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, October 7 - December 31. OCMA has always championed artistic experimentation and innovation through a commitment to showing and collecting the work of dynamic and groundbreaking emerging artists. This installation will reveal how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential artists from this region at pivotal moments in their careers. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net
Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

Ella Enchanted: The Musical, October 27 - November 12. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This musical directed toward youngsters ages 4 and up, is the story about Ella. As a baby, she was given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy, and cannot disobey any order. Now a teenager, the strong-willed Ella must outwit her evil stepmother, escape hungry ogres and hold on to her best friend, all while getting rid of the troublesome curse and finding her own voice. Expect delightful music and plenty of girl power in this wonderfully modern and musical Cinderella story. Adapted from the book by Gail Carson Levine.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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