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EVENTS | This Month's Highlights

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  • Apr 21-27 Newport Beach Film Festival

    This annual showcase of independent and studio films from around the world gives everyone who attends a diverse array of opportunities to be moved, inspired and educated. View the comical trailer for this year's festival above. April 24 through May 1 at Newport Beach Film Festival, 4540 Campus Drive, Newport Beach. 949-253-2880, Read More


Critic's Choice

The month's best selected by arts editor Antastacia Grenda

Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend is a rhythm-and-blues star who fills arenas, but in O.C. for his “An Evening With John Legend: The All of Me Tour,” he’s opting for a concert hall. He’ll play an acoustic set and be accompanied by a string quartet. April 2 at Segerstrom Center
for the Arts, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787,

Dennis Miller taped his last stand-up TV special, HBO’s “Dennis Miller: The Big Speech,” at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. He’s back  for two shows that will be taped for his next comedy special, “Dennis Miller: America 180º,” which will be broadcast on the Epix cable network. April 4 at the Barclay, 4242 Campus Drive, 949-854-4646,

It’s “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead”—that’s science, technology, engineering, arts, and math—at the family-oriented Imaginology festival. In addition to competitions and exhibitions, kids can try chess, sewing, painting, or science-themed craft projects, among other activities. April 11 through 13 at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500,

See if you can spot any similarities—besides their surname—in the work produced by father and son in “Sarkisian & Sarkisian.” Paul was a painter in L.A.’s avant-garde art scene during the ’60s and ’70s; Peter creates elaborate video sculptures. April 13 through July 27 at the Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Road, Newport Beach, 949-759-1122,

The new LA Grand Ensemble—with musicians from institutions such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic—appeals to the eyes as well as the ears. All performances are enhanced with visual elements such as set design and costumed singers. April 24 at Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139,

Why spend a beautiful spring day cooped up in a dark room? The Newport Beach Film Festival offers hundreds of excellent reasons, from obscure gems, to illuminating documentaries, to an early look at the next big film, such as 2005’s eventual best picture Oscar-winner, “Crash.” April 24 through May 1 at various locations, 949-253-2880,


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Photo Galleries

The extraordinary dance photography of Michael Khoury, shot exclusively for Orange Coast

As a young news photographer in his native Lebanon, Michael Khoury had the opportunity to capture the performances of Alvin Ailey and Maurice Bejart. Today, more than 30 years later, after receiving a Fulbright scholarship and an MFA in Film at New York University, he still holds the same intense passion for dance photography. He regularly shoots some of the world's most prestigious dance companies, including San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and Alvin Ailey, and currently is working on a book covering the repertoire of the Eifman Ballet Theater of St. Petersburg, Russia. Click here.

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Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why.