January’s Don’t Miss Events

January’s Don’t Miss Events
“FUTURE PARK: ART + TECHNOLOGY”

BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO | Jan. 11 through 13
Pacific Symphony presents this performance of Beethoven’s only concerto for violin, known for its lively final movement. Guest conductor Michael Francis also leads the symphony in a rendition of Edward Elgar’s Symphony No. 1. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“K-EARTH’S TOTALLY ’80S LIVE” | Jan. 26
Boy George, Adam Ant, and The Bangles headline this event for 1980s music fans. Other acts include Salt ’N’ Pepa, A Flock of Seagulls, Sugarhill Gang, Dramarama, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

“FUTURE PARK: ART + TECHNOLOGY” | Through Jan. 15
This traveling exhibit, which uses digital technology to encourage kids to create art and collaborate, landed at Bowers Kidseum in the fall. In the Sketch Town section, visitors can draw cars or buildings that are then projected onto a bustling town on floor-to-ceiling touchscreen walls. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

“CALIFORNIA MEXICANA: MISSIONS TO MURALS, 1820-1930” | Through Jan. 14
Paintings, photographs, and some of the earliest films made in L.A. show how the world’s image of California was formed through visual arts just before and after statehood. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

JANE LYNCH IN “SEE JANE SING” | Photograph by Brian Bowen Smith

“JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK” | Jan. 26 through Feb. 11
South Coast Repertory’s Theatre for Young Audiences brings the heroine to life with a play based on the books. In this installment, Junie is convinced someone stole her black mittens. When she finds a pen she wants on the floor, she decides to keep it—until she realizes her dreams might be telling her to reconsider. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

SURF CITY SPLASH | Jan. 1
At the culmination of this annual event, hundreds of people don swimsuits and race into the ocean to salute the new year and support the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Participants indulge in a pancake breakfast, browse a craft fair, and compete in a costume contest before taking the plunge at noon. Huntington City Beach, 1 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714-969-3492

“I AM MY OWN WIFE” | Jan. 10 through 28
This one-man play tells of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transgender woman and antiques dealer who managed to survive the Nazi regime and Communist government in East Berlin. The show won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

“SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE” | Jan. 13 through Feb. 10
In his last season as artistic director of South Coast Repertory, Marc Masterson directs this stage version of the Academy Award-winning film written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. In the story, young Will Shakespeare owes his producers a new comedy and suffers from writer’s block—until he falls for Viola, who inspires him to write a masterpiece. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

JANE LYNCH IN “SEE JANE SING” | Jan. 12
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch, known to many as Sue Sylvester on “Glee,” blends her wit with her musical chops in this show. In between favorite Broadway tunes such as “Far From the Home I Love” from “Fiddler on the Roof” and standards such as Irving Berlin’s “Mr. Monotony,” she jokes with her band. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

ONE HAND ONE HEART: 100 YEARS OF BERNSTEIN | Jan. 18 through 20
To celebrate what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Tony Yazbeck and Mary Testa—Tony Award nominees from the revival of “On the Town”—join the Cal State Fullerton University Chorus in a tribute concert. They’ll perform beloved songs from “Wonderful Town,” “Candide,” “On the Town,” and “West Side Story.” Samueli Theater, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

VIVALDI’S “The FOUR SEASONS”  | Jan. 21
Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint leads a chamber orchestra in a performance of Vivaldi’s most famous work, a group of four concerti meant to evoke each of the four seasons. Quint, nominated for a Grammy Award for his classical recordings, is recognized as one of the top violinists performing today. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4278, soka.edu

CIRCA ENSEMBLE: “IL RITORNO” | Jan. 23
A live chamber ensemble performs selections from Monteverdi’s opera “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria” while seven acrobats from Australia’s Circa Ensemble lift and hold each other, rising and falling, against an all-black wall. The performance addresses the loss and longing that results from war. Musco Center for the Arts, 1 University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

ACALOVE | Jan. 26
At this inaugural festival for a cappella music, top groups from UC Irvine and other Southern California colleges share their latest arrangements with the a cappella-loving public. UCI A Cappella and UCI Chamber Singers host the event. Winifred Smith Hall, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Irvine, 949-824-2787, arts.uci.edu

DIAVOLO | Jan. 19
The unconventional dance group, known for its appearances on “America’s Got Talent,” presents “L.O.S.T. (Losing One’s Self Temporarily),” a work exploring what unites and divides us. Using enormous props and moving sets, the athletic dancers fly around the stage, creating surprising and stunning visuals. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

“CHITA & TUNE: JUST IN TIME” | Jan. 27
Broadway legends Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, who have won 12 Tony Awards between them, team for this concert featuring performances of some of their most iconic songs from “West Side Story,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Chicago,” “Grand Hotel,” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

STEVE LOPEZ | Jan. 25
Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez discusses the unlikely friendship he developed with a former Juilliard student he encountered while reporting on Skid Row in L.A. The relationship was the subject of Lopez’s book “The Soloist,” which was made into a movie starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949-717-3800, newportbeachlibrary.org

IRVINE FILM FESTIVAL  | Jan. 26 through 31
Independent filmmakers submit full-length documentaries; feature films; live action, animated, and documentary shorts; and even TV pilots and music videos to this festival, which screens about 70 films over the course of six days. It’s the seventh year for the event, which has grown in prominence each year. Locations throughout Irvine, 949-800-6163, irvinefilmfest.com

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