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EVENTS | This Month's Highlights

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  • Solo for Two: Natalia Osipova & Ivan Vasiliev

    The Bolshoi-reared duo, now principals with the American Ballet Theatre, will perform US premieres by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Arthur Pita, as well as a new work by Ohad Naharin. The latter was commissioned for the program by The Center itself. July 25 through 27 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 714-556-2787, Read More


Critic's Choice

The month's best selected by events editor Lara Wilson


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,

The Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights” takes place in a Dominican-American community in upper Manhattan. Its score draws from a melange of culturally rich genres, including hip-hop and salsa. July 3 through Aug. 4 at Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, 714-777-3033,

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,

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,

Two of classical dance’s greatest young stars, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, are an extraordinarily talented couple. This program showcases their combined power, agility, and artistry. July 25 through 27 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787,

Molly Lynch directs the National Choreographers Initiative Discovery 2014, the culmination of a program that pairs choreographers with professional dancers. Get a glimpse of their creative process at this workshop performance and discussion. July 26 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, 949-854-4646,
At the Burger A-Go-Go Music Festival, a variety of bands will entertain, including Best Coast, Shannon & The Clams, The Fly Traps, and Raw Geronimo. Go for the eclectic mix of sounds and local talent, as well as for the bands’ imaginative names. Aug. 2 at The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714-957-0600,
Deep Purple and Blue Oyster Cult take the stage at the OC Fair. The two bands, hearkening from England and New York, respectively, helped pave the way for modern rock and heavy metal. Aug. 6 at Pacific Amphitheatre, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500,
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,
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,
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,

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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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