May O.C. Events: Comedy, Concerts, Art Exhibits, and More

“Opera Through The Seasons” photograph courtesy of Casa Romantica

In-Person Events

MAY 13 AND 14
“OPERA THROUGH THE SEASONS”
Sopranos Liv Redpath and Andrea Zomorodian headline this concept opera. The audience will move from stage to stage during the performance, representing the change in seasons. Redpath, Zomorodian, and other soloists from LA Opera, will perform a piece inspired by one of the seasons. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

MAY 1 THROUGH 29
“COLLABORATE, CREATE AND HEAL”
Large-scale works by Andrea Moni and Yuri Boyko focus on healing. Moni’s multimedia paintings were created in collaboration with survivors of trauma, and Boyko’s black-and-white photographs depict nude figures leaping and jumping. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana, 714-667-1517, occca.org

MAY 4, 11, 18, 25
“TUESDAY NIGHT DANCE: BOLLYWOOD”
Learn Bollywood dance from Apra Bhandari, the director-owner of Adaa Dance. Bhandari will lead dancers of all levels through upbeat moves for a great cardio workout. No experience is required, but masks are. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, scfta.org

MAY 19
MARIA BAMFORD
Many people know Bamford for her voice-over work: She has created characters on “Big Mouth,” “BoJack Horseman,” “Adventure Time,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and many more animated series. She also has a loyal following for her stand-up comedy and her Netflix series, “Lady Dynamite.” Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-854-5455, irvine.improv.com

MAY 28
OUTDOOR SCREENING: “FANTASIA”
Walt Disney’s 1940 masterpiece featuring animated scenes set to classical music will screen in the Bowers Museum courtyard at sunset. The “Inside the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit and Bowers Gallery Store will be open for ticket holders an hour before the screening. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

MAY 28
JAMES TAYLOR WITH JACKSON BROWNE
Singer-songwriter Taylor brings his signature mix of folk, rock, and pop to Anaheim, where he’ll be joined by fellow singer-songwriter Browne. In March, Taylor became the third artist to have won Grammy Awards for both Pop Vocal Album and Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

THROUGHOUT MAY
“HYMNS TO THE SILENCE”
Photographer Jacques Garnier’s 25 black-and-white photographs explore the concept of negative space. Some of the pieces received honorable mention recognition at The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in October 2020. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org


Virtual Events

THROUGHOUT MAY
PACIFIC PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
South Coast Repertory’s annual event spotlighting up-and-coming playwrights will be online. Five new plays will be available to stream on demand. “Covenant” by York Walker will be online through May 2; “Coleman ’72” by Charlie Oh, available from May 10 to 16; and “Park-e Laleh” by Shayan Lotfi, from May 24 to 30. South Coast Repertory, 714-708-5555, scr.org

MAY 8
NEWPORT BEACH VIRTUAL GARDEN TOUR & SUMMER GARDEN PARTY
The 25th annual event will be online, taking garden lovers onto the grounds of some of Newport Beach’s most beautiful homes via videos. Tickets are also available for the Summer Garden Party at the Sherman Library and Gardens on Aug. 28, which will include live music, a silent auction and raffle, food, and artists. Sherman Library and Gardens, 949-673-2261, thesherman.org

MAY 12 THROUGH 18
“42ND STREET”
This classic musical follows young actress Peggy Sawyer, who gets cast in the chorus of a new show and is thrust into the spotlight when the lead is injured. Ticket holders can watch livestreamed performances of the London revival at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

MAY 12
BLACK VIOLIN: LIVE Q&A, performance
The Grammy-nominated duo of Wil B on viola and Kev Marcus on violin will perform in a livestreamed concert followed by a Q&A session. Both classically trained, they merge traditional string arrangements with hip-hop and have collaborated with Kanye West, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, and Alicia Keys. DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes will join them. Musco Center for the Arts, 714-997-6812, muscocenter.org

MAY 14
LIBRARY LIVE: STEVEN ROWLEY
Rowley hit the bestseller lists with his novel “Lily and the Octopus” in 2016 and released his follow-up, “The Editor,” in 2019. In this online talk, he’ll discuss his second novel, which follows a writer who sells his book to a publishing house in New York City and learns that his editor is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Newport Beach Public Library, 949-717-3892, nbplf.foundation

MAY 14 THROUGH 16
LAGUNA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Pianist and composer Conrad Tao will serve as artistic director for this online festival. The New York Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra have commissioned Tao’s work. He has created a composition for dancer-choreographer Caleb Teicher, who will join him on the first night. On the second night, Tao will perform with the JACK Quartet; on the third night, with violinist Stefan Jackiw and The Westerlies. Philharmonic Society of Orange County, 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org

MAY 16
“ANNA & SERGEI: LIVE FROM FLORENCE”
Hershey Felder plays Sergei Rachmaninoff meeting Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Princess Anastasia, the only surviving member of the Romanov family. Laguna Playhouse, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

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