Can’t-Miss Events in Orange County This Month (June 2019)

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Photo credit: Gareth Jones

“PEPPERLAND”
JUNE 14 AND 15
Originally created for the Sgt. Pepper at 50 Festival in Liverpool, this work choreographed by Mark Morris features several songs from The Beatles, including “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Penny Lane,” within an original score by composer Ethan Iverson. Colorful costumes accent the choreography, which combines modern dance and ballet in a joyful, exuberant way. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“THE VELVETEEN RABBIT”
THROUGH JUNE 9
This Theatre for Young Audiences production intended for children in grades K through 6 tells the classic story of the stuffed rabbit who longs to be real. By the end of the play, the bunny finds himself transformed by the love of a little boy. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

“HARVEY”
THROUGH JUNE 16
When Elwood P. Dowd introduces his imaginary friend, Harvey, a 6½-foot-tall rabbit, at his sister Veta’s society luncheon, Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium—but Veta mistakenly gets taken away instead. French Stewart, known for his roles in “3rd Rock From the Sun” and “Mom,” stars in this production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy with his wife, Vanessa Stewart. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

“MOMENTS OF REFLECTION”
THROUGH JUNE 30
The Mukrim Brush Painting Club presents more than 100 works in this exhibit, including landscape paintings, traditional folk art, fans, and folding screens. All 35 members of the club collaborated on the centerpiece, a painting of Mount Geum Gang in North Korea. Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. 714-956-8936, muzeo.org

Carol Bach-y-Rita. Photo credit: Asa Mathat

THE MUCKENTHALER JAZZ FESTIVAL 2019
JUNE 6, 13, AND 20
Latin jazz takes center stage over three dates in June. The event features outdoor concerts from Bill Cunliffe and Imaginacion, with trumpeter Chuck Findley (June 6), and Carol Bach-y-Rita and her band (June 13). On June 20, a group of Ray Charles’ former bandmates performs in a tribute to him. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

“THE PAJAMA GAME”
JUNE 1 THROUGH 8
In this classic musical, workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are demanding a 7½-cent raise, but management won’t comply. While the labor dispute heats up, new factory superintendent Sid Sorokin and union representative Babe Williams fall in love, even though they’re on opposite sides of the negotiating table. The original run of the show won a Tony for Best Musical. Claire Trevor Theater, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine, 949-824-2787, www.arts.uci.edu/boxoffice

“THE ODD-ESSY”
JUNE 6
L.A.-based Troubadour Theater Company presents its comedic take on the Greek drama “The Odyssey” in Casa Romantica’s Amphitheater by the Sea. The troupe is known for its family-friendly productions filled with slapstick humor. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

MAHLER’S “TITAN”
JUNE 6 THROUGH 8
A quartet of Pacific Symphony’s principal musicians—Ben Smolen on flute, Jessica Pearlman on oboe, Rose Corrigan on bassoon, and Keith Popejoy on horn—start this concert with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds. The entire orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 to wrap up the group’s 40th season. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-755-5788, pacificsymphony.org

SUMMER JAZZ ON THE ARGYROS PLAZA
JUNE 7, 14, 21, AND 28
This year’s free series begins with The Phil Norman Tentet, followed by the Jackie Rush Band & OCSA Ambassador Jazz Orchestra on June 14. The third week features the Bryan Cabrera Trio and An Evening with Calabria Foti and Bob McChesny. On the last Friday of June, The Paul Kreibich Quartet and The Cheryl Barnes Band will perform. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2121, scfta.org

“CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY”
THROUGH JUNE 9
The Broadway show based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book follows Charlie Bucket and four other golden-ticket winners into Willy Wonka’s amazing chocolate factory, complete with Oompa-Loompas, the great glass elevator, and crazy candy inventions. The show includes songs such as “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.” Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“FIELD NOTES: WHEN TAXONOMY BECOMES ICONOGRAPHY”
OPENS JUNE 9
Printmaker Linda Lyke created the art in this exhibit by drawing on her observations of birds and large animals she studied in her hometown of L.A. and on excursions to Amboseli National Park and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

“INTO THE WOODS”
OPENS JUNE 15
The beloved musical, with music and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, follows storybook characters such as Cinderella, Jack, and the Baker and his wife as they seek to have their wishes granted. All have their desires fulfilled but with consequences that return to haunt them. STAGESTheatre, 400 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714-525-4484, stagesoc.org

THE SIDE DEAL
JUNE 16
Charlie Colin of Train, Stan Frazier of Sugar Ray, and Joel and Scott Owen of PawnShop kings joined forces to start this band, which will kick off Newport Beach’s Concerts on the Green summer series. They’ll perform their hits, including Train’s “Calling All Angels” and Sugar Ray’s “Fly,” along with new music. Civic Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949-717-3802, newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts

“I WILL NOT MAKE ANY MORE BORING ART”
OPENS JUNE 16
More than 70 of Santa Monica-based printmaker John Baldessari’s works will be on display. Known for combining and altering his own photographs and appropriated images (such as movie stills) into playful, funny, and thought-provoking images, he has collaborated with print studios and publishers worldwide. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

CASA COASTAL: LEVI PONCE, MURALIST
JUNE 20
Artist Levi Ponce will create an immersive mural maze inspired by the Pacific Ocean at Casa Romantica. Ponce is known for the large-scale murals and ads he has painted on walls for companies such as Toyota, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Disney XD. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

THE CRANJIS MCBASKETBALL WORLD COMEDY TOUR
JUNE 22
The Tenderloins perform their signature blend of improv and sketch comedy in this stop. The New York-based comedy troupe of Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn, and Sal Vulcano is known for its truTV show, “Impractical Jokers,” which was just renewed for an eighth season. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER
JUNE 25
Four-time Grammy-winner Mutter has performed as a solo violinist around the globe for more than 40 years. She’ll play Mozart’s Violin Concertos with the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin, composed of the best musicians from the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org

NATE BARGATZE
JUNE 27 through 30
Stand-up comic Bargatze’s special “The Tennesee Kid” debuted on Netflix in March as a follow-up to his critically acclaimed Netflix special “The Standups.” Known for his relatable comedy, he has appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” multiple times and regularly performed at festivals such as Bonaroo, SXSW, and the JFL Montreal Comedy Festival. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-854-5455, irvine.improv.com

LAGUNA ART-A-FAIR
OPENS JUNE 28
This annual event features traditional oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, and charcoal drawings along with mixed-media pieces, fiber art, ceramics, and jewelry made by established and emerging artisans from around the world. The festival will feature live music most weekend days, along with adult art workshops and various events. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-494-4514, art-a-fair.com

THE SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL
OPENS JUNE 28
Visitors stroll along sawdust-covered paths and dip in and out of booths selling paintings, prints, sculpture, and handmade jewelry. Hands-on activities, glassblowing demonstrations, live music, and outdoor cafes round out the tradition. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-494-3030, sawdustartfestival.org

IVAN AMODEI’S “SECRETS AND ILLUSIONS”
JUNE 30
Master illusionist Amodei takes the audience on a virtual trip through the Louvre Museum after dark. Moving through deserted galleries, Amodei creates illusions with famous art while telling thought-provoking stories and pulling audience members to the stage to participate in illusions. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org 

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