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April 2021

Shaham Plays Mozart

April 8 - May 7
Pacific Symphony

In this previously recorded concert, classical pianist Orli Shaham performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 with the Pacific Symphony. Known for her mastery of Mozart, Shaham has played with most of the top orchestras in the U.S. and has been featured at many summer festivals. This virtual show will be available to stream for free for a month. Opens April 8 on the Pacific Symphony's website. 714-755-5788, pacificsymphony.org

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Shane Guffogg: “40 Years of Self-Portraits”

April 12 - April 24
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N. Sycamore St.
Santa Ana,CA92701United States
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This exhibit surveys the self-portraits Guffogg has been creating over the past 40 years, since he was a teenager. The drawings, pastels, watercolors, oil paintings and sculptures reflects the artist’s perspectives on his life as he became a painter known for abstract works that have been shown around the world, from Italy to Russia. Viewing is available by appointment only. Through April 24 at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. 117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana, 714-667-1517, occca.org

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“Kinky Boots”

April 14 - May 21
Irvine Barclay Theatre

This hit musical, which tells the story of shoe maker's unlikely partnership with a drag queen, won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, for the music and lyrics written by Cyndi Lauper. Ticketholders will be able to watch a livestream of the production currently playing on London's West End. April 14 through 20 via the Irvine Barclay Theatre's website. 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

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Imaginology

April 19 - April 25
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa,CA92626United States
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The popular S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) festival goes virtual this year, with a scavenger hunt, educational games, videos, and an e-sports tournament, and expert panel. Top student work from the festival’s annual competitions in collage, cosplay, digital art, drawing, painting, photography, poetry, and 3D art will also be available for viewing. April 19 through 25 via the OC Fair and Event Center website. 714-708-1500, ocfair.com/imaginology

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15th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week

April 19 - May 2

For two weeks, restaurants throughout Newport Beach will offer special fixed-price menus at lunch and dinner, allowing diners to sample some of the best food in town for a fraction of the price they’d normally pay. This year's event, postponed from January, will also provide diners with takeout options. Menus and special offers for participating restaurants are available through the NBRW Pass on the event website. April 19 through May 2. visitnewportbeach.com/restaurant-week

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Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth, and Shai Wosner

April 21 - April 28
Irvine Barclay Theatre

Pinchas Zukerman, a violinist, teams up with cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Shai Wosner for this concert of Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart favorites. The show will be livestreamed from the Irvine Barclay Theatre and will be available for viewing for seven days after the performance. April 21 via the Irvine Barclay Theatre website. 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

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Tango Romantica

April 22 - April 23
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

Renowned Argentinian tango dancers Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo will dance in Casa Romantica’s courtyard, accompanied by live music, in this performance. The pair are known in the dance community as one of the top tango couples in the world and work regularly as choreographers, including stints on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars.”  April 22 and 23 at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet

April 23 - April 30
Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Thibaudet, a two-time Grammy Award nominee, will perform Debussy’s Préludes, Books 1 and 2, in this virtual concert. The celebrated pianist has played as a soloist across the globe, has recorded more than 50 albums, and joined the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2010. Known for branching out from classical music into jazz and opera, Thibaudet’s recordings have been included on soundtracks for movies such as “Atonement” and “Pride and Prejudice.”  April 23 through 30 via the Philharmonic Society of Orange County website. 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org

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Jason Mraz

April 23 - April 24
City National Grove of Anaheim

In three drive-in concerts over two days, Mraz and his band will perform for the first time since the pandemic began, playing songs from the reggae album they released in June, "Look for the Good." The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is best known for his songs "I'm Yours," "Make It Mine," and "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)." April 23 and 24 at City National Grove of Anaheim. 2200 E. Katella Ave., 714-712-2700, driveinoc.com

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Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana,CA92706United States
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To celebrate the annual blooming of the Japanese cherry trees, this livestreamed festival will feature art, music, and dance. Family-friendly presentations will include instructions on how to create a Bonsai tree, create origami shapes, and design an Ikebana floral arrangement.  April 25 via the Bowers Museum website. 714-567-3600, bowers.org

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