June O.C. Events: Concerts, Theater, and More

June 2021 Events in OC
Image courtesy of Muckenthaler Cultural Center

THROUGHOUT JUNE
“SHADES OF US”
The portraits by painter Eloy Torrez in this exhibit, which was guest-curated by artist Jimmy Centeno, aim to illuminate the personalities of the subjects. Torrez is best known for the murals he has painted all over Los Angeles, including “Pope of Broadway” in downtown L.A., “Portrait of Hollywood” at Hollywood High School, and “Water, Essence of Life” in the Metropolitan Water District Building. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

JUNE 4 AND 5
DRIVE-IN OC: SUBTRONICS
DJ/producer Subtronics brings his dubstep sound to an outdoor stage in this concert. Known for high-energy live performances, he has collaborated with fellow DJs GriZ, Excision, Slander, and Kayzo and produced bass music hits of his own. Calcium, Level Up, and Guppi will open the show on June 4; Dirt Monkey, Level Up, and Space Wizard will open on June 5. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-712-2700, citynationalgroveofanaheim.com

JUNE 10 THROUGH 13
“HEARTS LIKE PLANETS”
Part of the On the Radar New Works Program, this live reading of Adam Szymkowicz’s newest play follows a group of oddball characters making big decisions as a bright, fast object hurtles toward Earth. One leads a prison break, and others try to save the world as reporter Harry Hardnose records it all. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

THROUGH JUNE 17
SPRING JAZZ FEST
The annual summer festival features all types of jazz, from blues to big band. On June 3, Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe teams up with Kye Palmer, Brian Scanlon, Jeff Ellwood, Mark Ferber, and Francisco Torres to play Oliver Nelson’s classic album “Blues and the Abstract Truth, Take 2.” Josh Johnson and Holophonor, a seven-piece group that plays progressive jazz, take the stage June 10. And on June 17, the Don Most Orchestra performs. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

JUNE 17
WILD UP
Combining classical music with pop culture and performance art, this unconventional group has been nominated for a Grammy Award and lauded by critics since the band’s founding in 2010. In this outdoor concert, the musicians will perform music by composer and concert pianist Julius Eastman as part of the launch for their latest recording, “Julius Eastman Vol. 1 Femenine.” Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

JUNE 17 AND 18
“THE TEMPEST”
The classic Shakespeare play set on an enchanted island after a shipwreck will be performed in promenade style, in the Casa Romantica gardens, by members of the Southern California Shakespeare Festival Guild. Reduced-price student tickets are available. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

JUNE 19 AND 20
CARNIVOROUS PLANT SHOW
Visitors can view a judged show of unusual carnivorous plants and browse booths selling plants and supplies at this weekend-long show. Lectures at 11:30 a.m. on both days focus on the different types of carnivorous plants and the basic care that they need. Sherman Library and Gardens, 2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949-673-2261, thesherman.org

OPENS JUNE 25
“MAGIC IN THE AIR”
Artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella’s installation aims to educate viewers about plants and insects and celebrate the work that pollinators do to create beautiful gardens. The art will be created in collaboration with community members, who will make insects and flowers with repurposed materials in workshops June 18 through 22. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

JUNE 25 THROUGH 27
NICOLE BYER
Known for hosting the Netflix baking show “Nailed It,” comedian Nicole Byer also hosts a podcast, “Why Won’t You Date Me,” and has appeared on “30 Rock,” “Chelsea Lately,” and “Lady Dynamite.” She has toured the country doing stand-up comedy, and in April, she started co-hosting the reality competition “Wipeout” with John Cena. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-854-5455, irvine.improv.com

OPENS JUNE 27
“MATTHEW ROLSTON, ART PEOPLE: THE PAGEANT PORTRAITS”
Photographer Matthew Rolston’s intimate portraits of the participants in the Pageant of the Masters are the focus of this exhibit. Rolston, who gained prominence as a photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, has also done portraits of celebrities for Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

Image courtesy of Hilbert Museum

THROUGH JUNE 26
“LOS ANGELES AREA SCENE PAINTINGS”
More than 70 paintings made between the early 1900s and today feature everyday life in Los Angeles in this exhibit curated by California Scene painting expert Gordon T. McClelland and his son, Austin D. McClelland. The show includes works by celebrated artists such as Millard Sheets, Rex Brandt, Emil Kosa Jr., and Dorothy Sklar. Hilbert Museum, 167 N. Atchison St., Orange, 714-516-5880, hilbertmuseum.com

THROUGH JUNE 27
“TEST OF MEDAL: CHARLES J. SHAW AND THE MONTFORD POINT MARINES”
Shaw, the first Black drill instructor to train an integrated Marine platoon, was a Santa Ana resident. This exhibit pays tribute to him through displays of his medals and patches, his personal possessions from his time in the Marines, and a bronze cast of the Congressional Gold Medal collectively awarded to his platoon, the Montford Point Marines. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

JUNE 30
THE HOT SARDINES
This eight-member band includes a horn section, pianist, vocalist, and a tap dancer and is known for its energetic, upbeat performances of classic jazz music. In this outdoor concert, the group will play swing, ragtime, Dixieland, and New Orleans jazz standards. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

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