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January 2020

“Terra Flamma: Wildfires at Night”

January 17 - March 1
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

Stuart Palley first encountered wildfires while working as a photojournalist in Orange County in 2007. Now, as a photographer covering fires for the federal government and as a freelancer for publications such as National Geographic and The New York Times, he has taken photos of more than 10 Southern California wildfires. This exhibit spotlights his photographic art series featuring long-exposure images taken at night. Opens Jan. 17 at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139,…

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“She Loves Me”

January 25 - February 22
south coast repertory

This musical comedy follows Georg and Amalia, clerks at Maraczek’s Parfumerie who constantly bicker while they’re at work. In their personal lives, however, they’re falling madly and unwittingly in love—unaware that the anonymous pen pals they’re swooning over are each other. The show, which is based on the same 1937 play that inspired the movie “You’ve Got Mail,” premiered on Broadway in 1963 and was revived in 2016. Through Feb. 22 at South Coast Repertory. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa…

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“Right Place, Right Time: A Survey of John Upton’s Photographs”

January 29 - April 4
Orange Coast College

Upton studied with Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, and Dorothea Lange at the California School of Fine Arts in the 1950s and went on to become the chairman of the department of photography at Orange Coast College in the 1960s. This exhibit represents the first survey of Upton’s fine art photography. Opens Jan. 29 at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, 714-432-5738, orangecoastcollege.edu

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“Fun Home”

January 31 - March 1

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, this musical follows a young woman who finds herself reflecting on her unusual childhood after her father’s unexpected death. Growing up in a funeral home, she struggled to understand her brilliant but volatile father; as an adult, she starts to unlock the secrets he kept from his family. Throughout February at the Chance Theater. 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

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February 2020

Paul Rodriguez Headlines the Brea Improv

February 7 - March 9
Brea Improv
$25

"Longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh all over the world (in Spanish and English) for nearly three decades with his unique brand of humor that is a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream and his undeniable universal appeal. As an actor and comedian, Paul Rodriguezs multi-faceted career includes starring roles and featured appearances in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. Rodriguez's film credits include Without Men with Eva Longoria and…

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“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon”

February 7 - February 23
south coast repertory

In this play for young audiences, a girl named Minli sets out to change her poor village’s fortunes by finding the Old Man in the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions. During her quest, Minli rescues a dragon, comes face to face with the Green Tiger, and eventually discovers that there are riches greater than gold. The show is based on Grace Lin’s bestselling novel, which draws from Chinese folklore. Feb. 7 through 23 at South…

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“All Shook Up”

February 7 - February 23
Curtis Theatre

A young man just out of prison saunters into a Midwestern town in 1955 and stirs up everything and everyone with his music and his attitude in this romantic-comedy musical. Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, the soundtrack includes more 0than a dozen Elvis tunes, with favorites such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” Feb. 7 through 23 at the Curtis Theatre. 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, 714-990-7722, curtistheatre.com

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The Mac King Comedy Magic Show

February 8 - March 11
Musco Center for the Arts, 1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866 United States
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Mac King’s long-running show at Harrah’s has been called one of the best acts in Las Vegas. His family-friendly comedy mixed with magic has earned him “Magician of the Year” honors at Hollywood’s Magic Castle, along with appearances on seven NBC specials. Feb. 8 at the Musco Center for the Arts. 1 University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

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Russell Peters Headlines the Brea Improv

February 20
Brea Improv
$50

"Russell Peters started doing stand-up at the age of nineteen at open mics in his native Toronto in 1989. He spent the next fifteen years honing his craft at clubs across Canada and the UK. In 2004, Peters gained critical and global recognition for his CTV Comedy Now! special which wound up on YouTube. Peters says: I never put the special on YouTube. I still don't know how to upload anything on the web to this day. That upload launched…

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Helen Zia

February 20
Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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The activist, author, and former journalist released her first book, “Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People,” in 2000. In this lecture, she’ll discuss her latest book, “Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution,” and how that period in history reflects the difficult situations facing migrants today. Feb. 20 at the Newport Beach Public Library. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949-717-3892, nbplfoundation.org

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