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EVENTS | This Month's Highlights

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  • OC-Centric Play Festival

    New plays from local playwrights are the focus of this festival. The one- and two-act shows will feature local actors, directors, and some students, too. Aug. 21 through 31 at Chapman University, 300 E. Palm Ave., Orange. 714-902-5716, Read More


Critic's Choice

The month's best selected by events editor Lara Wilson


The Pageant of The Masters takes on art world mysteries through its theme, “The Art Detective.” Sift through clues in the living tableaux to learn the secrets of the world’s greatest masterpieces. July 9 through Aug. 30 at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-494-1145,

Peter Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” will close the Pacific Symphony’s Summer Festival, with the big-bang fanfare of cannons and fireworks that annual  “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” attendees have come to expect. Aug. 30 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 714-755-5799,

Music takes the spotlight in “Once,” the award-winning Broadway musical about not losing sight of one’s dreams. The actors play instruments as the narrative tells of a Dublin street musician, played by Stuart Ward, above, and a woman who believes in him. Aug. 19 through 31 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787,

New plays from local playwrights are the focus of the O.C.-Centric Play Festival. The one- and two-act shows (co-presented by the Actors Circle Ensemble and Eric Eberwein) feature local actors, directors, and some students, too. Aug. 21 through 31 at Chapman University, 300 E. Palm Ave., Orange, 714-902-5716,

Orange County Museum of Art curators combed through five decades of acquisitions to present works that expanded the definition of art. “The Avant-Garde Collection” considers if these once cutting-edge pieces still are. Sept. 7 through Jan. 4 at Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949-759-1122,

Now 10 years old, Laguna Dance Festival presents Ballet Memphis, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and L.A.’s Bodytraffic. Guest soloists plus the premiere of a collaborative commission also are scheduled. Sept. 11 through 14 at Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787,

When her world tour makes two local stops, Katy Perry will perform songs from her latest album, “Prism,” as well as favorites from her career as a best-selling artist. Joining the hit-maker will be Ferras and indie-pop rocker twins Tegan and Sara. Sept. 16 and 17 at the Honda Center, 2695 Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500,

Be inspired by speakers of diverse passions and disciplines at the fourth annual TEDxOrangeCoast conference. Experts will speak on the theme “Tipping Point,” as will Aliso Viejo piano prodigy Umi Garrett. (More about Garrett on Page 31) Sept. 19 and 20 at Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo,

South Coast Repertory finds a new way to jump into Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” thanks to the magical thinking of co-directors Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn and Teller), music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, and choreography by Pilobolus’ Matt Kent. Aug. 29 through Sept. 28 at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555,

Authors, illustrators, booksellers, and book lovers will come together to celebrate storytelling at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival. Crafts, games, music, and discussions with celebrity authors round out this family-friendly event. Sept. 28 at Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa,

Rex Brandt (1914-2000), who had a home in Corona del Mar, was a watercolor painter of national renown. This retrospective, “In Praise of Sunshine,” will feature about 50 paintings, each imbued with natural light. June 29 through Sept. 21 at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971,

A traditional paper originating in Japan, washi is used in clothing and other objects. At “Washi: Printmaking With Paper of Fukui,” see how wonderfully it lends itself to prints, drawings, and more. July 10 through Sept. 28 at Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595,

A member of the influential Ferus Art Gallery group, John Altoon had an enormous presence in the Los Angeles art world. The drawings and prints displayed here offer insights into the boundary between his fine-art and commercial work. June 29 through Sept. 21 at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971,

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