Don’t Miss These February O.C. Events

Outdoor and online happenings in February
Don’t Miss These February O.C. Events
Photograph courtesy of Bowers Museum

Note: The events listed here were scheduled as of press time in early January. Restrictions for gatherings can change suddenly, so please check before making plans to ensure your in-person event is happening.

IN-PERSON EVENTS

Feb. 25
TIMELESS MELODIES: FRANK SINATRA PART 2
Historian Larry Maurer delves into Sinatra’s 1950s comeback in this outdoor lecture. The event will be held in the Bowers Museum’s Key Courtyard, with seats spaced 6 feet apart. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

FEB. 5 THROUGH 14
JURASSIC QUEST
Formerly an indoor exhibit, this educational experience has been converted into a drive-through interactive presentation with an audio tour you can play on your phone as you cruise through scenes featuring more than 70 animatronic dinosaurs, including some of the largest to ever exist. The exhibit also includes marine creatures from the Jurassic period. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, jurassicquest.com

FEB. 13
MEGAN HILTY
The Broadway actress went straight from college to starring as Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked.” Since then, she has played Doralee Rhodes in “9 to 5 the Musical” and Brooke Ashton in “Noises Off,” a performance that earned her a Tony Award nomination. In this outdoor concert, she’ll sing Broadway standards and romantic classics with pianist and music director Michael Orland, as well as her husband, guitarist Brian Gallagher. Ticketholders will be seated in private, socially distanced pods for one to six people. Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

OPENS FEB. 28
“HYMNS TO THE SILENCE”
Photographer Jacques Garnier’s works on display in this exhibit focus on the fine details of structures around Southern California. The 25 black-and-white photographs explore the concept of negative space and invite the viewer to contemplate the gaps that create a feeling of silence or a pause. Some of the works received honorable mention at the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in October 2020. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

VIRTUAL EVENTS

THROUGH FEB. 7
VIRTUAL EXHIBITION: CHRISTINE NGUYEN, INSTALLATION ARTIST
Christine Nguyen’s work draws upon the imagery of nature, the sciences, and the cosmos but it is not limited to a conventional reading of these realms. It imagines that the depths of the ocean reach into outer space, that through an organic prism, vision can fluctuate between the micro- and macroscopic. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org/art-exhibition/

Feb. 7
“BEFORE FIDDLER – LIVE FROM FLORENCE”
Hershey Felder continues his series of livestreamed performances staged in Florence, Italy, with this tribute to Sholem Aleichem, the Yiddish author and playwright who created the character Tevye the Milkman, whose stories formed the basis for the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” With the Klezmerata Fiorentina musicians accompanying him, Felder will play a variety of characters and perform music from the Old World. Laguna Playhouse, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

FEB. 12
ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY COCKTAILS CLASS: TAKE HOME + VIRTUAL EVENT
Create a romantic cocktail to celebrate Valentine’s day! You will receive instructions on how to mix two different cocktails with all the ingredients, as well as an instructional video led by horticulturist Stephanie Knight. Pick up will be available from 10 AM-6 PM on Friday, February 12. $30 (Members $25). Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

FEB. 20
MY PRIDE: MASTERING LIFE’S DAILY PERFORMANCE
Alton Fitzgerald White, best known for his portrayal of King Mufasa in “The Lion King” on Broadway, has starred in multiple Broadway musicals, including “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” “Ragtime,” and “The Color Purple.” In this online lecture, he’ll describe his keys to achieving and maintaining success in whatever pursuit you choose. Bowers Museum, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

FEB. 28
CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
This celebration livestreamed on the Bowers Museum Facebook page marks the year of the Ox with music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and cooking demonstrations. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

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