Cirque Du Soleil, “Kinky Boots,” and More Can’t Miss Events in O.C. This February

Cirque Du Soleil, “Kinky Boots,” and More Can’t Miss Events in O.C. This February
Cirque de Soleil's Luzia

BUMPER JACKSONS
Feb. 25
Melding jazz, blues, and country swing, this acclaimed folk band performs Americana originals and reimagined roots pieces that bring to mind everything from the streets of New Orleans to the hills of the Appalachians. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

CALIFORNIA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Feb. 8
The 50-piece Murrieta-based California Chamber Orchestra will feature guest solo violinist Anelle K. Gregory, laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition, in a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139,casaromantica.org

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S “LUZIA”
Opens Feb. 21
The famous troupe turns a loving gaze south of the border in this show, which it calls “a waking dream of Mexico.” Spectacular acrobatic feats and glittering costumes and stage sets bring to life the people, places, and sounds of traditional and modern Mexico. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, cirquedusoleil.com

“KINKY BOOTS”
Feb. 6 through 11
Cyndi Lauper’s Tony-award-winning score brings to life the story of Charlie, a struggling shoe factory owner, and Lola, an entertainer who needs a few good pairs of high-heeled boots. The 2013 Tony winner for Best Musical was inspired by a true story. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

GORDON GOODWIN’S BIG PHAT BAND
Feb. 2
Putting a twist on the classic big band jazz sound, this ensemble will play bandleader Goodwin’s modern, intricate compositions, which run the gamut of musical styles from classical to blues and Latin to rock, in a high-energy, swinging performance. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

DAVID FRUM
Feb. 9 and 10
Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic, will speak about his most recent book, “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,” in these lectures. The prominent thinker served as a speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002. Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949-548-2411, nbplfoundation.org 

“MOODS OF CALIFORNIA”
Through Feb. 8
This exhibit spotlights the work of California artists such as J. Bond Francisco, Edgar Payne, Paul Lauritz, and William Wendt, who painted the various landscapes of the state, from the North Coast to the Central Valley. Paintings include scenes of Yosemite, the Arroyo Seco, and the Mojave Desert. Irvine Museum, 18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949-476-0294, irvinemuseumcollection.uci.edu

SHAKIRA
Feb. 6
The Colombian-born pop singer, best known for her hit song “Hips Don’t Lie,” wraps up the North American leg of her El Dorado world tour in Southern California. Expect her to play hits from her latest album, including “La Bicicleta” and “Chantaje.” Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

“The Kind and I”

BLACK VIOLIN
Feb. 18
Kev Marcus and Wil B. make up this duo of classically trained string musicians who combine modern classical violin and viola music with hip-hop and funk, creating a distinctive sound. At this concert, they’ll play songs from their most recent album, “Stereotypes.” Musco Center for the Arts, One University Drive, Orange. 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

“THE MAGIC FLUTE”
Feb. 22, 24, and 27
Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale pre-sent Mozart’s popular opera about Tamino and Papageno, a prince and birdcatcher working together to save Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, from a high priest. Conductor Carl St.Clair and Robert Istad, the chorale’s artistic director, will lead the cast and soloists through some of opera’s most recognizable arias. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-755-5788, pacificsymphony.org

Harlem globetrotters
Feb. 18 and 24
Known for ball spinning, crazy trick shots, and fancy dribbling, the celebrated exhibition basktball team makes a stop in Anaheim on its 2018 World Tour. The players will showcase a new feature: the four-point line, which is 30 feet from the basket. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

TET FESTIVAL
Feb. 16 through 18
At this annual celebration of the Lunar New Year, traditional foods, displays, and performances from local singing, dancing, and martial arts groups highlight Vietnamese culture. Two competitions bring out the crowds: The pho-eating contest, in which competitors see who can slurp down a bowl the fastest; and the Miss Vietnam of Southern California pageant. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-890-1418, tetfestival.org

“VIOLET”
Feb. 2 through March 4
This Tony-nominated musical follows a young woman on a journey through the South during the Civil Rights era. Seeking a TV evangelist she hopes will cure the scars on her face, she travels through Memphis to Oklahoma and meets two soldiers who change her life. Jeanine Tesori, who scored “Fun Home,” wrote the gospel, rock, country, and R&B music in this show. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

“THE KING AND I”
Feb. 27 through March 11
This revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical set in 1860s Bangkok won four Tony Awards. Featuring songs such as “Getting to Know You” and “Shall We Dance,” the story centers on the relationship between the King of Siam and Anna, the British school
teacher he hires to tutor his children and wives. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“THE GRADUATE”
Feb. 21 through March 18
This Broadway version of the Oscar-winning film features Academy Award nominee Melanie Griffith as Mrs. Robinson, one half of a May-December romance that falls apart when her paramour, Benjamin Braddock, falls in love with her daughter. Set in 1960s California, the dark comedy explores family dysfunction, alienation, and disillusion with suburban life. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

KENNY BARRON’S QUINTET
Feb. 9
Recognized as a jazz master by the National Endowment for the Arts, Barron has been called one of the top jazz pianists in the world and is a member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame. He brings his band and his lyrical, melodic style to Orange County. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4278, soka.edu

“JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH”
Feb. 16 through March 4
The musical version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book about a lonely boy on a grand adventure features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting team behind “La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

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