Our List Of Not-To-Miss Events in August

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Natalia Osipova, the principal dancer at London’s Royal Ballet

OC FUNK FEST

AUG. 4

The annual festival moves from Pacific Amphitheatre to Honda Center this year with a lineup of favorites including Morris Day & The Time, The Bar-kays, Club Nouveau, Dazz Band, SKYY, and Evelyn “Champagne” King. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

LOBSTERFEST

AUG. 5

Chefs prepare fresh lobster flown in from Maine for this annual festival. Guests can also spend the day swimming, kayaking, and enjoying live entertainment on the beach. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach,
lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com

“ISADORA”

AUG. 10 THROUGH 12

Natalia Osipova, principal dancer at London’s Royal Ballet, stars in this world premiere celebrating the life of modern dancer Isadora Duncan, who is credited with revolutionizing the world of dance in the early 20th cen- tury. Vladimir Varnava of Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre choreographed the show, which is performed to Prokofiev’s “Cinderella.” Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

CIVIL WAR DAYS

AUG. 4 AND 5

History buffs can wander through Civil War-era military camps and talk with Union and Confederate soldiers before watching live cannon-firing demonstrations and browsing Civil War artifact collections. Costumed merchants portraying camp followers offer period goods for sale. Heritage Museum of Orange County, 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana, 714-540-0404, heritagemuseumoc.org

LOUIE CRUZ BELTRAN

AUG. 11

A respected singer and percussionist, Beltran blends Afro-Cuban rhythms with Latin jazz and R&B in his music. With his jazz orchestra, he has headlined several music festivals, performs regularly at local jazz clubs, and is known for his energetic, charismatic performances. Curtis Theatre, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, 714-990-7722, curtistheatre.com

TIJUANA DOGS

AUG. 12

This popular Southern California band returns for a second year to entertain with its mix of rock, R&B, jazz, country, and pop as part of the Concerts on the Green summer series. Picnicking is encouraged, and food trucks will be on-site. Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949-717-3800, newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts

CASA CINEMA: “CHARADE”

AUG. 14

Movie buffs can enjoy wine, small plates, and popcorn while lounging on patio furniture in Casa Romantica’s courtyard during the screening of this 1963 film about a wealthy woman trying to evade three men who claim they’re owed money her dead husband stole. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, it’s a cross between a romantic comedy and a whodunit. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

SIDE DEAL & SPECIAL GUESTS

AUG. 11

Charlie Colin (founding member of Train), Stan Frazier (founding member of Sugar Ray), and brothers Joel and Scott Owen (PawnShop Kings) got together to form this rock band as a side project. Onstage, they play their respective bands’ hits, along with originals. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

SAM SMITH

AUG. 25

The Grammy Award-winner makes his first stop at the Honda Center during this tour promoting his second album, “The Thrill of It All,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. Expect the set list to include hits such as “Too Good at Goodbyes,” “I Know I’m Not the Only One,” and “Stay With Me.” Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

GALA OF THE STARS

AUG. 17

Current and future dance stars share the stage at this annual performance put on by Orange County’s Festival Ballet Theatre. Top young dancers selected from the Southland Ballet Academy International Summer Intensive kick the program off, and professionals from leading ballet companies across the world close it out. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“END OF THE RAINBOW”

AUG. 8 THROUGH SEPT. 2

In this Tony-nominated musical set in 1968, Judy Garland is in a London hotel room planning a comeback with her new fiancé and her accompanist. Playing Garland, Angela Ingersoll performs some of the actress’s most beloved songs, including “For Me and My Gal,” “The Trolley Song,” “The Man That Got Away,” and “Over the Rainbow.” Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

MARY LYNN RAJSKUB

AUG. 5

The actress and writer, best known for playing Chloe O’Brian on the TV series “24,” brings her one-woman comedy show to the stage. She got her start on the cult favorite HBO sketch comedy show “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” and has appeared in several films, including “Julie and Julia,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and “Punch Drunk Love.” Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-854-5455, irvine.improv.com

THE VIC SKIMBOARDING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

AUG. 18 AND 19

The world’s premier competition for skimboarders, this annual contest starts at 8:30 a.m. with the under-8 division and runs all day. Professional skimboarders from across the country and beyond come to compete against Orange County’s best. Aliso Beach Park, Laguna Beach, thevic.victoriaskimboards.com

“ON YOUR FEET”

AUG. 21 THROUGH SEPT. 2

This energetic jukebox musical tells the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the Cuban-American couple who fronted the Miami Sound Machine and rose to fame with hits such as “Conga” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You.” They also fought through hardship after Gloria was critically injured in a tour-bus accident in 1990. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“IDOL MINDS”

AUG. 4 THROUGH 25

In this screwball comedy, two struggling actors steal a celebrity’s coffin thinking it’s the perfect heist, given that the kidnapping victim is dead. But when they try to ransom the remains back to the superstar’s widow, their plan starts to fall apart. STAGEStheatre, 400 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714-525-4484, stagesoc.org

THIEVERY CORPORATION AND STEEL PULSE

AUG. 24

Electronic music pioneers Thievery Corporation kick off this concert with songs from their latest album, “Treasures From the Temple.” Grammy Award-winning roots reggae band Steel Pulse joins them on the double bill. Pacific Amphitheatre, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, pacamp.com

“E.T., THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL” AND PACIFIC SYMPHONY

AUG. 18

As Steven Spielberg’s classic tale about an alien marooned on Earth and the kids who work together to help him get home plays on the big screen, the Pacific Symphony performs the film’s Oscar-winning score, which was written by John Williams. Pacific Amphitheatre, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, pacamp.com

OCEAN ADVENTURE

AUG. 6 THROUGH 9

Naturalists and award-winning underwater photographers Wayne and Karen Brown tell stories about their expeditions at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while showing videos and photos they’ve taken Down Under during this presentation designed to teach kids about ocean stewardship. Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Crean Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., and Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach; 949-717-3800, newportbeachlibrary.org

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