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

Photo credit: Courtesy of Casa Romantica

CASA LUMINA
THROUGH OCT. 3
Stroll through the Native Bowl garden at Casa Romantica, above, after sunset to experience the garden’s first illuminated walk, which will highlight the views and plants with outdoor projection and multicolored twinkling lights. Snacks, drinks, and glowsticks are available for purchase. Sundays through Thursdays only. Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

“MISS SAIGON”
OCT. 1 THROUGH 13
Created by the same duo who wrote “Les Miserables,” the hit musical reimagines the classic opera “Madame Butterfly” by relocating it to Saigon during the Vietnam War, where an American G.I. and Vietnamese bartender fall in love, with tragic consequences. Originally opened on London’s West End in 1989, the show first came to Broadway in 1991. This tour kicked off in 2017. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

NEWPORT BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
OCT. 3 THROUGH 6
The annual event stretches over four days, starting with a gala five-course dinner at the Newport Beach Country Club and culminating with the Grand Tasting at the Newport Beach Civic Center, where guests can taste food from more than 45 local restaurants and 250 wines, spirits, and beers. In between, foodies and oenophiles can indulge in meals prepared by celebrity chefs, a barbecue on the beach, and vertical tastings from some of the Napa Valley’s best vintners. newportwineandfood.com

THE GREAT PACIFIC AIRSHOW
OCT. 4 THROUGH 6
U.S. Air Force fighter jets, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, and historic biplanes provide the highlights at this fourth annual show, which drew 2 million people in 2018. The three-day event is free, with the best viewing spot on the beach between Huntington Street and Twin Dolphin Drive; attendees can also pay to watch from roped-off sections of the beach and Huntington Beach Pier. Huntington City Beach, 714-536-5286, pacificairshow.com

“GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM”
OCT. 4 THROUGH 27
In this family-friendly show based on the Goosebumps book series, a pair of friends, Brooke and Zeke, get starring roles in the school musical “The Phantom.” But as they begin to rehearse, strange things happen in the theater, and the duo starts to wonder whether the production is cursed—or whether they’re being led on by pranksters. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

VIJAY IYER TRIO
OCT. 5
Jazz pianist Iyer is one of the most sought- after musicians in the genre. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, professor of music at Harvard University, and three-time recipient of DownBeat magazine’s Artist of the Year, he has released 22 albums, several of which have landed on best-of-the-year lists. In this concert, he’ll team with Stephan Crump on double bass and Jeremy Dutton on drums. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

LAGUNA BEACH PLEIN AIR PAINTING INVITATIONAL
OCT. 5 THROUGH 13
More than 30 of the nation’s top plein-air painters converge on Laguna Beach for this 21st annual event. They’ll paint in various locations, host workshops and demonstrations, participate in panels and Q&A sessions, and wrap things up with a gala, art show, and sale. 949-376-3635, lagunapleinair.org

JONAS BROTHERS
OCT. 6
The multiplatinum-selling trio will make a stop in Anaheim on the Happiness Begins Tour, the band’s first North American tour in almost 10 years. Expect a set list full of songs off the group’s latest album, such as “Sucker” and “Cool,” along with older favorites such as “Burning Up.” Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw will open. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2400, hondacenter.com

JEFFREY TOOBIN
OCT. 10
As a staff writer for The New Yorker and the chief legal analyst for CNN, Toobin is known for his observations on politics, the law, and the media. He kicks off the Barclay’s Fresh Take Speaker Series with this lecture, in which he’ll discuss the inner workings of the Supreme Court and the effect upcoming elections will have on the court and the nation. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

“THE FIREBIRD”
OCT. 12 AND 13
Festival Ballet Theatre presents the classic ballet based on a Russian folk tale, which was first choreographed in 1910. Set to music by Stravinsky, it tells the story of a magical glowing bird and a Russian prince who enter an enchanted world and attempt to break the spell cast by a wicked magician. This version of the ballet was choreographed for the company by Nikolai Kabaniaev in 2010. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 714-309-1280, festivalballet.org

“THOMAS HUNT: CALIFORNIA MODERNIST”
OPENS OCT. 13
An active member of the Laguna Beach Art Association in the 1920s, Hunt is best known for paintings of coastal and harbor scenes in Southern California and Gloucester, Mass., that showcase his innovative use of color and broad brushwork. With about 50 of his paintings, this show will represent the first solo exhibit of his work since an exhibition put on shortly after his death in 1938. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

THE SECOND CITY TOURING
OCT. 16
With alumni such as Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and Keegan-Michael Key, Chicago’s Second City is one of the best-known and most-respected comedy troupes in the country. For nearly 60 years, it has taken its improv and sketch comedy on the road, providing a showcase for the next generation of “Saturday Night Live” hopefuls. Musco Center for the Arts, 1 University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

MARIINSKY BALLET AND ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “LA BAYADERE”
OCT. 16 THROUGH 20
Choreographer Marius Petipa’s masterpiece, reimagined for the Mariinsky Ballet by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani, tells the story of Nikiya, a temple dancer; Solor, the warrior who betrays her; and Gamzatti, her archrival. Set in the grand temples of India, the ballet includes the legendary “Kingdom of the Shades” dance, in which the corps de ballet floats across the stage in pristine white tutus. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

GRAVITY AND OTHER MYTHS: “BACKBONE”
OCT. 18 AND 19
The contemporary circus troupe from Australia creates ensemble shows focusing on human connection and acrobatic virtuosity. Formed in 2009, the group made its name with “A Simple Space,” a stripped-down show that was performed more than 600 times in 30 countries. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
OCT. 19
Nocturnal animals such as wolves, scorpions, and tarantulas, as well as lizards and birds of prey will be featured at an evening of education and fun for the whole family. Explore Sherman Gardens after dark and learn more about these animals and carnivorous plants. Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949-673-2261, slgardens.org

“GIFTED: COLLECTING THE ART OF CALIFORNIA AT GARDENA HIGH SCHOOL, 1919-1956”
THROUGH OCT. 19
From 1919 through 1956, graduating classes at Gardena High School purchased works by California artists and presented them to the school as gifts. The resulting collection includes work from some of the best California plein-air painters, including John Frost and Maynard Dixon. This exhibit marks the first major showing of the collection outside the school. Hilbert Museum, 167 N. Atchison St., Orange, 714-516-5880, hilbertmuseum.com

“AUBERGINE”
OPENS OCT. 1​9
The latest play by Julia Cho (“The Language Archive,” “The Piano Teacher”), about a son caring for his dying father while navigating his rocky relationship with his ex-girlfriend, reflects a larger theme: Food can transcend time and cultural differences, create connections, and represent love when words are insufficient. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

“WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE 1938 BROADCAST”
OCT. 24 THROUGH 27
When it was presented Oct. 30, 1938, as a spooky radio play in anticipation of Halloween, “The War of the Worlds,” adapted from the H.G. Wells novel and starring Orson Wells, was realistic enough to fool thousands of people into thinking the Earth was being invaded by Martians. This show presents a staged dramatization of the original broadcast. Curtis Theatre, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, 714-990-7722, curtistheatre.com

CALIDORE QUARTET
OCT. 25
The critically acclaimed string quartet—with Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan on violin, Jeremy Berry on viola, and Estelle Choi on cello—has been noted for its virtuosity, dramatic instinct, intellect, and strength of expression. Celebrating 10 years as a group, the quartet recently completed its third year in residence with the Chamber Music Society at the Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program. In this concert, the musicians will play compositions for string quartets by Haydn, Bartók, and Schubert. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4278, soka.edu

“ARTHUR BEAUMONT: ART OF THE SEA”
OPENS OCT. 26
Beaumont spent his career capturing the accomplishments of the U.S. Navy on canvas. His watercolors, some of which were published in National Geographic, depict the launch of the USS Constitution, World War II battles, and expeditions to the North Pole. He also painted specific vessels, including aircraft carriers and destroyers, and was named artist laureate of the U.S. Fleet in 1958. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

Photo credit: Courtesy of The Barclay

MANDY GONZALEZ: FROM STEVEN SCHWARTZ TO LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA
OCT. 27
Known for her performances on Broadway as Angelica in “Hamilton,” Elphaba in “Wicked,” and Nina in “In the Heights,” Gonzalez, above, released her first solo album, “Fearless,” in 2017. With guest Javier Muñoz—who played the title role in “Hamilton” and Usnavi in “In the Heights”—she’ll sing music by Lin-Manuel Miranda and other celebrated Broadway composers. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

“HERIBERTO LUNA”
OPENING OCT. 27
Luna’s paintings reflect his Mexican ancestry and take inspiration from pre-Columbian art and culture. Using vibrant colors, he creates patterns that echo ancient temple hieroglyphics depicting hummingbirds, jaguars, and other mythical creatures. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

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