Can’t-Miss Events in Orange County This Month (October 2018)

Lucia Micarelli

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS
OCT. 2

Known for his creativity and virtuosity, trumpeter Marsalis has earned nine Grammy Awards and the Pulitzer Prize in music. In this concert, he leads some of the nation’s best jazz musicians in a program featuring the music of Duke Ellington. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

NEWPORT BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
OCT. 4 THROUGH 7

Set in various locations around the city, the four-day festival features a twilight cruise through Newport Harbor with celebrity chefs, a Champagne and caviar tasting, and cooking demonstrations. The weekend wraps up with the Grand Tasting, where more than 40 local restaurants will offer small bites, and 250 wines, spirits, and craft beers will be available for tasting. newportwineandfood.com

LUCIA MICARELLI
OCT. 4

She played a young violinist on the rise in HBO’s “Treme,” and her character was not far from reality: These days, the actress and musician collaborates with stars such as Josh Groban and Barbra Streisand. Her “Emmanuel” duet with Chris Botti has been viewed more than 7 million times on YouTube. Musco Center for the Arts, 1 University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

“FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL”
OCT. 5 THROUGH 28

Based on the popular children’s books, this musical follows the irrepressible Nancy and her friends as they audition and rehearse for their first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Though certain she would be cast as a mermaid, she was chosen to play a tree instead—and, true to form, works through her disappointment to bring her signature flair to the role. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888-455-4212, chancetheater.com

LAGUNA BEACH PLEIN AIR PAINTING INVITATIONAL
OCT. 6 THROUGH 14

Some of the nation’s best plein-air painters participate in public paint-outs and demonstrations over eight days, all leading to the Collectors’ Soiree Gala, where artists display the work they created during the week. Celebrating the centennial of the Laguna Beach Art Association and its own 20th anniversary, this prestigious event will be held for the first time at the Plein Air Painting Association’s new headquarters on the Festival of Arts grounds. 949-376-3635, lagunapleinair.org

“BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL”
OCT. 9 THROUGH 14

This Tony and Grammy Award-winning show tells the story of singer-songwriter Carole King from her days as one-half of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin, to her solo career working with writers Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. The soundtrack features favorites such as “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“SCENIC VIEW AHEAD: THE WESTWAYS COVER ART COLLECTION”
THROUGH OCT. 13

From the 1920s through the 1980s, Westways magazine published by the Automobile Club of Southern California commissioned works from top California artists for its covers. This exhibit features some of the best paintings for the magazine, most of which feature iconic scenes or landscapes of the American West. Hilbert Museum, 167 N. Atchison St., Orange, 714-516-5880, hilbertmuseum.com

NITRO CIRCUS: “YOU GOT THIS”
OCT. 13

Led by action-sports star and daredevil Travis Pastrana, the 2018 edition of Nitro Circus features top freestyle motocross and BMX athletes, including several X Games medalists. They’ll attempt new tricks and stunts on enormous ramps and other contraptions built for the tour. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2400, hondacenter.com

FESTIVAL BALLET THEATRE: “OVATION”
OCT. 13 AND 14

Orange County’s resident professional dance company will perform three contemporary ballet works created by Southern California choreographers in this show. Each has a different approach and tone: “Texture of Time” is thought-provoking as it explores the nature of time; “Oops” is funny and light, playing with the conventions of ballet; and “Feathered Warning” takes on the plight of birds in our fragile ecosystem. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 714-309-1280, thebarclay.org

“POST APOCALYPTIC BUNKER COMEDY”
OCT. 13 THROUGH 28

This improv show set in an underground bunker as the world ends lets the audience decide which character each actor plays and what caused the apocalypse. The performers take it from there, creating a different show every night. STAGESTheatre, 400 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714-525-4484, stagesoc.com

“KINGS”
OPENS OCT. 13

This timely, fast-paced comedy examines the power of money in politics through Syndey Millsap, a newly elected congresswoman. Young and idealistic, she arrives in Washington ready to take on corporate interests when she meets a less-than-scrupulous lobbyist who wants to help her unseat a powerful senator. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

“THE SEAFARER”
OPENS OCT. 17

Set in a small village north of Dublin and inspired by Celtic folklore, this Tony-nominated play follows Sharky, who returns home to take care of his aging brother and ends up in a high-stakes card game with two old drinking buddies and a mysterious stranger. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

THE GREAT PACIFIC AIR SHOW
OCT. 19 THROUGH 21

This year’s show features formation-flying demos from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, a flyover from Lyon Air Museum’s Douglas C-47, biplane aerobatics from Michael Wiskus, and rescue demos from the Huntington Beach and O.C. sheriff’s air support units.  The best viewing spots are between Seapoint Street and Beach Boulevard. Huntington City Beach, 714-536-5286, pacificairshow.com

MARIINSKY ORCHESTRA
OCT. 20

Founded in 1783, the Mariinsky Orchestra is one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia and is known for its powerful performances. This concert, led by decorated music director Valery Gergiev, will begin and end with compositions by Debussy and Stravinsky. In between, violinist Kristof Barati will solo on Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-662-2345,
scfta.org

SOCAL VEGFEST
OCT. 20 AND 21

At this annual vegan festival, attendees can sample plant-based food and drink, browse through a vegan marketplace, enjoy live music and DJs, and watch cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs. Comedians, games, and yoga round out the entertainment. OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, socalvegfest.org

OKTOBERFEST
THROUGH OCT. 28

Traditional oom-pah-pah bands play every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at this festival, which has been celebrated in Anaheim for more than 55 years with German food and beer. Traditional German dancers perform most weekends. The Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, 714-563-4166, thephoenixclub.com

ANAHEIM FALL FESTIVAL & HALLOWEEN PARADE
OCT. 27

The 95th annual festival hosts a Kiddie Costume Contest in the morning and a Halloween Pooch Pawrade at 3 p.m. The main parade gets underway at 6 p.m. Filled with floats and marching bands, it runs along Broadway, Harbor Boulevard, and Center Street, ending at the Packing House. anaheimfallfestival.org

IRVINE PARK RAILROAD PUMPKIN PATCH
THROUGH OCT. 31

The park transforms into a giant pumpkin patch for fall, complete with a haunted house, hay maze, carnival games, face painting, train rides, and hay-bale rides. A hay pyramid makes a great backdrop for family photos. Irvine Park Railroad, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714-997-3968, irvineparkrailroad.com

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