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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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“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

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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“Travels in Mexico: Watercolors from the Gene and Diane Crain Collection”

February 23 - May 25
Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States
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Continuing the Laguna Art Museum’s series highlighting the Crain collection of 20thcentury California watercolors, this exhibit focuses on paintings made in Mexico between the 1930s and 1980s by artists in the California School, including Rex Brandt, Phil Dike, Emil J. Kosa Jr., and Millard Sheets. Opens Feb. 23 at the Laguna Art Museum. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

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David Leonhardt: The American Dream, at Risk — Income Inequality and Us

February 28 - February 29
Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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The New York Times op-ed columnist Leonhardt joined the newspaper in 1999 and has served as Washington bureau chief, a business section columnist, and founding editor of The Upshot, an analytical take on the day’s news. He writes the morning e-newsletter, which provides commentary and context to the day’s news. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for commentary. Feb. 28 and 29 at the Newport Beach Public Library. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949-717-3818, nbplfoundation.org

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“Peter and the Wolf”

February 29
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 United States
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Designed for children ages 5 to 11, this 45-minute performance, a collaboration between the Pacific Symphony and the Magic Circle Mime Company, brings Prokofiev’s famous work to life. Activities in the lobby before the show include arts and crafts inspired by the music, an instrument “petting zoo,” and opportunities to meet musicians. Feb. 29 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-755-5799, pacificsymphony.org

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