Can’t-Miss Events in Orange County This Month (February 2019)

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Philharmonic Society of Orange County

 

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
FEB. 18
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents Hubei Chime Bells National Chinese Orchestra and China National Beijing Opera Company for a Lunar New Year event. The bell orchestra celebrates ancient China, and Troupe One of the opera company will perform mime, dance, acrobatics, and vocals in traditional costumes. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 949-543-2422, philharmonicsociety.org

“NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: THE ROCK EXPERIENCE”
​FEB. 1 THROUGH 17
Popular children’s author Mo Willems wrote the script and lyrics for this musical based on his book of the same name. It follows Wilbur, a naked mole rat who prefers to wear clothes, much to the chagrin of his family and friends. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

“FOREVER MOTOWN”
FEB. 1 AND 2
Nine singers—including the former lead singer of The Spinners, G.C. Cameron, and the former leader of The Temptations, Glenn Leonard—perform songs from The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, and Smokey Robinson. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

SURF CITY USA MARATHON
FEB. 3
This event provides runners with views of the ocean as they jog along a 26.2-mile course that is mostly flat, which is why it attracts everyone from new runners to those attempting to qualify for the Boston Marathon. A half-marathon and beachside health and wellness expo are on tap for the weekend as well. From Pacific Coast Highway to Central Park, Huntington Beach, surfcityusa.com

RICHARD BLANCO
FEB. 8 AND 9
The first Latino poet to read his work at a presidential inauguration, Blanco has published award-winning volumes of his poetry, including “City of a Hundred Fires,” as well as two memoirs, “The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood” and “An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.” In this Witte Lecture, he’ll discuss the main themes of his work: the exploration of cultural identity and the struggle to find one’s place in society. Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949-717-3800, nbplfoundation.org

“COME FROM AWAY”
FEB. 5 THROUGH 17
This Tony Award-winning musical tells the true story of passengers forced to land in Newfoundland when U.S. airspace was closed on Sept. 11, 2001, and the residents of the small town who welcomed them, fed them, and gave them shelter. Despite the circumstances, many forged enduring friendships. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“MADAME BUTTERFLY”
FEB. 21 THROUGH 26
Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale present Puccini’s classic opera, the story of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese geisha who marries Pinkerton, an American naval officer who leaves soon after their wedding. For three years, she awaits his return and raises their son. When she learns of his betrayal, tragedy ensues. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“9 TO 5”
FEB. 8 THROUGH 24
Based on the movie of the same name, with additional music and lyrics by one of the film’s stars, Dolly Parton, this musical tells of three female office workers who plot revenge on their arrogant, sexist boss. Curtis Theatre, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, 714-990-7722, curtistheatre.com

“AVENUE Q”
FEB. 14 THROUGH 16
The Chapman University Department of Theatre presents the hit Broadway show that won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. Recent college grad Princeton moves into a rundown New York apartment, where he discovers that it’s not easy to find purpose in life. Puppets share the stage with actors in the musical comedy. Musco Center for the Arts, 1 University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS
FEB. 7 THROUGH 10
The International Skating Union hosts this annual competition pitting skaters from around the world against one another in singles, pairs, and ice dancing. This year, athletes from the U.S., Canada, China, and Japan are expected to lead the field. It’s the first time the event has been held in the U.S. since 2012. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
FEB. 27
The company, now led by artistic director Janet Eilber, will perform classic Graham works, including “Diversion of Angels,” a lyrical contemplation of love, and Graham’s signature piece, “Errand into the Maze.” The program will also include “Lamentation Variations,” modern choreographers’ takes on Graham’s iconic “Lamentation.” Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

ROSANNE CASH WITH JOHN LEVENTHAL
FEB. 2
Cash, the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and winner of multiple Grammy Awards, mixes country, folk, gospel, pop, blues, Americana, and jazz in the songs she writes and performs with her husband, Leventhal. Musco Center for the Arts, 1 University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

2019 TET FESTIVAL
FEB. 8 THROUGH 10
Vietnamese culture takes center stage at this annual event celebrating the Lunar New Year through performances by local dance and martial arts groups, booths offering Vietnamese food, and displays explaining the traditions. Miss Vietnam of Southern California will be crowned during the event. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-388-6711, tetfestival.org

KODO’S ONE EARTH TOUR: EVOLUTION
FEB. 10
One of the world’s most acclaimed taiko drumming troupes makes a stop here. The show features a wide variety of drums, from the smallest portable ones to the 660-pound o-daiko drum, and also includes dance, song, and bamboo flute performances. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714- 556-2787, scfta.org

LAGUNA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL
FEB. 6 THROUGH 10
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County collaborates with Laguna Beach Live to put together this annual event, a series of concerts featuring classical and contemporary music in intimate venues. Festival artistic director Joyce Yang, a classical pianist, will perform in several concerts. 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org

STEEP CANYON RANGERS
FEB. 9
This Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band blends pop, country, and folk rock to create its own distinctive sound. The band has 12 albums, half of which have hit No. 1 on the U.S. bluegrass charts, and frequently performs with Steve Martin. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

CASA CLASSIC: LIV REDPATH, SOPRANO
FEB. 14
Redpath, a Juilliard-trained opera singer, is in her second season as a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist with the Los Angeles Opera. The up-and-coming performer will showcase her voice in the main salon. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

PANIC! AT THE DISCO
FEB. 14
In this stop on its Pray for the Wicked tour, the band will play songs from its Grammy-nominated fifth album, “Death of a Bachelor,” including gold and platinum records “Hallelujah,” “LA Devotee,” “Victorious,” “Death of a Bachelor,” and “Emperor’s New Clothes.” Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

JOHN BEASLEY’S MONK’ESTRA
FEB. 15
With his 15-piece big band, jazz pianist and composer Beasley pays tribute to legendary pianist Thelonious Monk. Beasley, who has been nominated for Grammy and Emmy Awards, reimagines Monk’s work in new arrangements infused with New Orleans-style jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and hip-hop. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4278, soka.edu

DANCE VISIONS
FEB. 21 THROUGH 23
UC Irvine dance faculty created new works for this performance, the premier annual production staged by the dance department. Students will perform the dances choreographed by professors Lar Lubovitch, Tong Wang, and S. Ama Wray, among others. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

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