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Volume 4, Issue 74  |  September 13, 2019


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

Endless Summer Weekends at the Gardens, Continuing every Sunday through September 15 from 4-8 p.m. During the summer months, Sherman Gardens will be kickin’ back and staying open late on Sundays. Enjoy the evening’s cool breeze and Garden sunsets until 8 pm. A no-host bar and other surprises will let you extend the weekend a few more hours. They will not be open late on September 1. Café Jardin’s will be open for Sunday Rosé Dinners and served 5-8 p.m.

Contact: Call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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

Summer Exhibit: Kickin’ Back at the Gardens, Continuing through September 22. Sit back and relax at Sherman Library & Gardens with a summer exhibit of colorful, funky, over-sized garden furniture. Feel like a kid again: climb on up into big and bold retro lawn chairs, sway away on shady swings and sprawl out in hammocks. Put your feet up and enjoy kickin’ back. Included with admission to the Gardens.

Contact: Call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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

Canstruction Design Build Contest, Continuing through September 29. For the 12th year, Canstruction Orange County is engineering its unique design/build competition where the “bricks” are canned food, which are then donated to the Orange County Food Bank. Nine design build teams construct structures made of food, with completed structures open to public viewing through September 29. The teams are drawn from prominent Architecture, Engineering and Construction firms throughout Southern California. Occurring in conjunction with the Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza, and also hosted by John Wayne Airport, and ARTIC in Anaheim, Canstruction Orange County is the most creative food drive in the South Coast. Constructions can be viewed at each of these three sites. Canstruction Orange County is presented by Fluor Corporation, who will once again be creating their “can creation.”

Contact: Call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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

Canstruction

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American Mariachi by José Cruz González, Continuing through October 5. Performance times and ticket prices vary. In this big-hearted comedy with live music, Lucha spends her days caring for her mother and yearning for more. But it’s the 1970s and women can’t be mariachis…or can they? Defying tradition, Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates and take up instruments. A loving gesture for a mother becomes much more as the young women dream big and embrace the transcendent power of music.

Contact: For more information, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory on the Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

American Mariachi at SCR

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Radiant Rides at Newport Dunes, Continuing through October 7. Experience the feeling of discovering the nightlife under the sea in Radiant Rides, a stunning activity that will dazzle. Light up the Back Bay with your stand up paddleboard during this LED night tour. Tours are $30 per person with a minimum of eight attendees. One hour guided tour takes place Friday and Saturday nights. Complimentary LED glow accessories. Must be 13 years pf age or older.

Contact: Call 949.279.4507. www.newportdunes.com/radiant-rides-newport-beach/

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

Summer Concert Series at the Hyatt Regency, Continuing through October 20. Friday nights will get a little hotter this summer when the Bank of the West Summer Concert Series 2019 heats up. Returning for another year, world-class music will fill the air along with fine wine and dining at the intimate Back Bay Amphitheater. Headliners include Boz Scaggs, Kenny G. and West Coast Jam, among others.

Contact: To purchase tickets, visit http://series.hyattconcerts.com/tickets/.

Takes place at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach.

Summer concert series Boz Scaggs

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Courtesy of Bank of the West Summer Concert Series

Sand Sports Super Show, September 13-15. Times vary each day. The biggest and most exciting dune and dirt sports expo in the world. Join in for three days of fun and get up close to the latest Sand Rails, UTVs, ATVs, Side x Sides, accessories, apparel and a whole lot more. Admission: $15 single-day; $30 two-day; $45 three-day. ($20 at the door.) Parking is $9.

Contact: For admission tickets, www.sandsportssupershow.com

Takes place at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Beauties on the Beach, September 14. This inaugural Fall Classic Car, Trucks, Motorcycles & Silent Auction Show takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the  beach in front of Newport Elementary on Balboa Peninsula. Presented by the Knights of Columbus Balboa Council #15083 and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the festivities include vendors, BBQ, music, opportunity drawings and more.

Contact: For more information and tickets, visit 

www.newportwineandfood.com

Takes place at Newport Elementary is located at 1327 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Cirque Mei, September 14-15 at 8 and 2 p.m. From People’s Republic of China, Hebei Province, Cirque Mei features traditional and contemporary Chinese circus acts in a colorful and lively celebration of the internationally renowned Chinese circus arts. With a company of 40 elite circus artists and acrobats, these performances will include many of the most popular Chinese circus routines including Hoops Diving, Lion Dance, Collective Bicycle Skills, Flying Meteors, Foot Juggling with Umbrellas, Female Contortion, and Ladder Balancing Act.
Cirque Mei was founded in 1976 and supports a community of more than 130 circus performers who tour throughout China and the world. Tickets start at $29.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

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

Cirque Mei spin plates

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Balboa Island Carnival & Taste of the Island, September 15 from 1-5 p.m.. Highlighting the day is cuisine from Island restaurants at food stations, carnival rides, arcade games, a dunk tank, pie-eating contest, DJ music & entertainment, fashion walk, face painting, bungee jump, a climbing wall and opportunity prizes. The entire 200 block of Marine Avenue will be cordoned off. Sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association and Balboa Island Merchants Association, the entire 200 block of Marine Avenue will be cordoned off.

Takes place in the 200 block of  Marine Ave., Balboa Island.

Carnival and Taste street scene

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Concert on the Green – Flashback Heart Attack, September 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. Bring a beach chair and a blanket for an evening of fun. Enjoy an evening of fun. Picnics are welcome (alcohol is prohibited), and gourmet food trucks Chef TLC’s Sidewalk Cafe and Scooter’s Italian Ice will be on site. Repeat winners of the best live band/best rock band/best tribute awards in Orange County, FLASHBACK HEART ATTACK brings the authentic 80’s cover band experience to the Newport Beach Civic Center. The local Orange County band that has made it big, nationally and internationally, will out some fire in the end of summer with a playlist that includes all the great 80’s hits. Admission and parking are free, on a first come, first served basis. Presented by the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department.

Contact: For more information, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation, or call 949.270.8150.

Takes place at Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Sunset Jazz at the Newport Marriott, Wednesday, Sept. 18 - Tom Kubis Big Band with Vocalist Nicole Kubis. Ticket prices vary from $14.50-$32.

Contact: For tickets, visit https://www.goldstar.com/events/newport-beach-ca/sunset-jazz-at-newport.

Takes place at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

OCMAExpand Season 3 member preview on Friday, Sept. 20 from 6-8 p.m.; public opening, Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Season 3 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. The six new exhibits continue through March 15, 2020. 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.

OCMA announces third season Caycedo, run in Best Bets 9.6

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Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show, September 20-22. Hours vary. Three days of shopping, entertainment, prizes and family fun. Shop hundreds of artisans exhibiting 24,000 American handmade and embellished art & crafts. Taste delicious baked bread, soups, desserts, candied apples and more. The kids will enjoy kids’ activities in the Kidzone. Admission: $9 general; $7 seniors & military; $4 teens ages 13-17; free for kids 12 & younger. Parking is $9.

Contact: www.harvestfestival.com

Takes place in the Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach buildings, Santa Ana Pavilion and the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Sonia De Los Santos, September 21 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and September 22 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sonia De Los Santos has been performing her positive, multicultural, family-friendly music since 2007. Her songs are inspired by various Latin American rhythms hailing from Mexico, Colombia and Peru as well as the North American folk traditions. They reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico and moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and, in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage. Singing in both English and Spanish, De Los Santos’ messages of joyful community, music making, and cultural bridge-building will inspire and excite children and grown-ups of all backgrounds. Tickets start at $20.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

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

Costa Mesa Speedway – Super Hooligan National Championship Series, September 21 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Costa Mesa Speedway – where you’ll see “mad men” on high-compression single-cylinders powering down short straights before throwing their bike on its ear and sliding at impossible lean angles around each end of the track. It’s a spectators’ dream. You won’t miss a thing due to the relatively small track and stadium viewing. The atmosphere and the noise is second to none, especially during floodlit nighttime races. Gates open at 5 p.m., qualifying at 6 p.m., first race at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $20 general; $15 military/veterans, seniors 65+ and juniors 13-17; $10 children ages 3-12; free for kids 2 & younger. Parking is $9.

Contact: www.costamesaspeedway.net

Takes place in the Action Sports Arena at O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Piff the Magic Dragon, September 27-28 at 7 and 9 p.m. After earning national acclaim as the standout star of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Piff The Magic Dragon continues to win over audiences across the globe with his mythical mixture of wizardry, wit and sarcasm that ignites a one-of-a-kind comedy magic show you must see to believe. Piff is joined by his trusty sidekick Mr. Piffles, The World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua™. Tickets start at $39. It’s 50 percent comedian, 50 percent magician and 100 percent dragon.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

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

Piff the Magic Dragon

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20th Annual Cruisin’ for a Cure, September 28 from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 3,500 street rods, customs, trucks, corvettes, muscle cars, VWs, fire trucks, cars for sale, four buildings full of cars and cruisin’ inside the fairgrounds’ 1.5 mile route. Meet and greet inside The Hangar, live music, 175+ vendors. Free prostate screening for any man 40+, no appointment is necessary. Monies raised go to the KSK Cancer Center of Irvine for prostate cancer. Admission: $15 general; free for kids 11 & younger. Parking is $9.

Contact: www.cruisinforacure.com

Takes place in Lot A and O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

51st U.S. National Speedway Championship - Juniors, September 28 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The most exciting, colorful and unpredictable live action racing event in the nation. Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of Arena-style grandstand seating since 1969. Suitable for the whole family. Admission: $20 general; $15 seniors 65+ and juniors 13-17; $10 children ages 3-12; free for kids 2 & younger. Parking is $9.

Contact: www.costamesaspeedway.net

Takes place in the Action Sports Arena at O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Goat Yoga, September 29 at 9 and 11 a.m. The art of yoga walking and playing at-will around you is fun and a bit chaotic. Party Goats Los Angeles is partnering with Sherman Gardens to combine nature, animals and yoga. The benefits of Goat Yoga include fun (as laughter is guaranteed), Improving core strength, deepens stretches and tests balance. Spanky and Pippin have been trained to participate in goat yoga on command. They will jump on your back during key yoga poses, aid in deeper stretches with their front hooves, and run underneath your legs during standing poses. The goats are on leashes and each has a handler which helps provide a structured and safe environment. Th class is one hour and will be followed by 45 minutes of photos – so strike that perfect pose for Instagram. All participants must pre-register. No walk-ins will be accepted. Please plan on arriving 15 minutes early, wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring your own mat or towel.Rain or shine event.  No refunds. Cost: $35 Friends, $40 Non-members.

Contact: Call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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

Goat yoga

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Concert at Marina Park – Neil Diamond Tribute with Jason Lohrke, September 29 from 4-6  p.m. Bring a beach chair and a blanket and the city will throw in the beautiful bay views. Picnics are welcome, and Baby’s Burgers will be onsite. Alcohol is prohibited. The early years of Neil Diamond’s groundbreaking and legendary concerts come to life embodied through the performing artist and impressionist, Jason Lohrke. During this vividly captivating retro concert, Lohrke personifies Diamond’s look, voice, movements and crowd interactions to a T, taking his crowds of like-minded Diamond fans back in time as they recreate hit songs such as “Solitary Man,” “Cherry Cherry,” “I’m A Believer,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “I Am I Said, Sweet Caroline” and so many more. Admission is free. Parking is limited. It is encouraged for attendees to walk, bike or carpool. Bicycle parking will be available. Presented by the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department.

Contact: For more information, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation, or call 949.270.8150.

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

The Canadians by Adam Bock, September 29-October 20. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Life is good in Port Alison, Manitoba – Thursday night hockey, beers at The Peg, nice people. But lately, Gordy’s interests lean more toward The Magic Flute and pottery classes. When his pal, Brendan, is gifted two all-expense paid tickets on a cruise, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime – to experience life far from Canada. In this tour de force comedy where five actors play a shipload of characters, small chances might lead to big changes.  But can Gordy step out of his comfort zone?

Contact: For more information, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory on the Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Miss Saigon, October 1-13 at varying times. Miss Saigon tells the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim, who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. This new production features stunning spectacle and a cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits like, “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream.” Tickets start at $26.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

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

Miss Saigon

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

Sixth Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food, October 3-6. Presented by Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home, enjoy one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs and local masters, taste bites from 40 different top restaurants with their executive chefs and sip from more than 250 varieties of wine, spirits and brews. VIP events, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, master sommelier tasting panels and interactive mixology courses will all be offered throughout the weekend festivities. Ticket prices vary.

Contact: For more information and tickets, visit www.newportwineandfood.com

Takes place on the Civic Green 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Vijay Iyer Trio, Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 and 9 p.m. Described as “one of the great living jazz pianists” (NPR), Vijay Iyer makes his Center debut opening the 2019-2020 Jazz Season at the helm of his lauded trio which includes Stephan Crump, double bass and Jeremy Dutton, drums. The ensemble brings their innovative and intoxicating style to Orange County for two performances. 

Single tickets start at $39.

Contact: Tickets are available for purchase online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

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

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 2019-2020 International Dance Series, October 16-20. The series opens with a lavish production of the timeless epic La Bayadère performed by the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra. Then, American Ballet Theatre presents the World Premiere of a new work by ABT Artist-in-Residence Alexei Ratmansky from March 5-8, 2020. Pacific Symphony will perform live with the company. Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company takes center stage July 31-August 2, 2020 with Onegin, performed to live music by the Mikhailovsky Orchestra. La Scala star Roberto Bolle and guest artist Marianela Nuñez, principal dancer of The Royal Ballet, will perform on select dates. In addition to the International Dance Series, the Center presents the annual engagement of Tchaikovsky’s beloved The Nutcracker, performed by American Ballet Theatre with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky. The Nutcracker will be performed from December 13-22, 2019 with live music by Pacific Symphony.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787. www.scfta.org

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

La Bayadere

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Photo by Natasha Razina© State Academic Mariinsky Theatre

Betty Buckley, October 17-19. At 7:30 p.m. Buckley is a Tony award-winning Broadway, film and television star, but when she takes the cabaret stage, her personal song favorites are undeniably in the hands of a master artist. Without fail, she knows when and where to let it ride, when to pull back or lean in, providing a generous gift of memories for her devoted fans. Tickets start at $89.

Contact: Call 714.566.2787.

Takes place in Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Aubergine by Julia Cho, October 19-November 16. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Sometimes a meal is more than just food. A man shares a bowl of berries and a young woman falls in love. A mother meticulously prepares her son’s favorite dish to keep him from leaving home. And a Korean-American son cooks soup for his ailing father to say what words cannot. The perfect bite transcends time and cultural differences in this poetic tale of love, loss and healing by the author of The Language Archive and Office Hour.

Contact: For more information, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory on the Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst; music by Shelly Markham, November 8-24. Performance times and ticket prices vary. From the moment he wakes up with gum in his hair, to his broken nightlight at bedtime, things just do not go Alexander’s way. Throw in a trip to the dentist, a copy machine mishap and lima beans for dinner, and it’s no wonder he wants to move to Australia! This delightful musical version of the popular book can turn around any bad day and put a smile on even the crabbiest of faces.

Contact: For more information, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory on the Julianne Aryros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, November 30-December 24. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters – Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come – and the best-known curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. After 40 years, Hal Landon Jr. will be hanging up his top hat. It’s the end of an era, but the tradition will continue. Don’t miss Hal’s final “Bah Humbug!” This production is not part of subscription packages.

Contact: For more information, visit www.scr.org.

Takes place at South Coast Repertory on the Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

A Christmas Carol

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