October 2021 O.C. Events: Halloween Happenings and More

October 2021 O.C. Events: Halloween Happenings and More
Photograph courtesy of the Philharmonic Society

OCT. 8
ZLATOMIR FUNG, CELLO
Fung, who started playing the cello at age 3 and studies at the Juilliard School, was the youngest musician and first American in 40 years to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition’s cello division. He’ll play selections from Mendelssohn and Bartók, among other composers. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org

OCT. 1
PAT METHENY SIDE-EYE WITH JAMES FRANCIES & JOE DYSON
The jazz guitarist with 20 Grammy Awards has played with everyone from Herbie Hancock to David Bowie. He’ll perform with two rising stars—keyboardist Francies and drummer Dyson. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

OPENS OCT. 2
“A SHOT RANG OUT”
The world premiere of this one-man show by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg was written for South Coast Repertory’s artistic director, David Ivers. In it, an actor returns to the stage alone after a long period of isolation and reflects on his mistakes and moments of joy. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

OCT. 9
AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL FEINSTEIN
Singer and pianist Feinstein is known for his interpretations of the Great American Songbook. He has been nominated for five Grammys and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House, and for world leaders at the White House and Buckingham Palace. Expect to hear the music of composers such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, and Duke Ellington. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

OCT. 10
AURYN STRING QUARTET
The musicians who founded the Auryn Quartet—Matthias Lingenfelder, Jens Oppermann, Stewart Eaton, and Andreas Arndt—have been together for 40 years. Before they retire at the end of 2021, they’re touring one last time. With pianist Armen Guzelimian and baritone Benjamin Howard, they’ll perform several compositions from Joseph Haydn. Samueli Theater, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

OCT. 13 THROUGH 31
“SH-BOOM! LIFE COULD BE A DREAM”
In this jukebox musical, a group of boys form a doo-wop quartet to audition for the Dream of a Lifetime Talent Search, but a love triangle threatens to tear them apart. It features several hits of the 1960s, including “Unchained Melody,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “Tears on My Pillow,” and “Duke of Earl.” Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

OCT. 14 THROUGH 16
BEETHOVEN’S “EROICA”
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, known as “Eroica,” was said to be so influential that it changed classical music. Pacific Symphony will play the piece, along with the world premiere of L.A. composer Frank Ticheli’s “All the World’s a Stage” and Tchaikovsky’s cello concerto “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” with cellist Gabriel Martins, winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild/Young Classical Artists Trust Grand Prize. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-755-5788, pacificsymphony.org

OCT. 16
BALLETX
The innovative ballet company from Philadelphia celebrates its 15th anniversary. Known for commissioning new works that showcase inventive and creative young choreographers, the troupe has performed in venues across the country, including the Kennedy Center, the Joyce Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

OCT. 16
GEORGE LOPEZ
The comedian and actor makes a stop in Orange County on his OMG Hi! Comedy Tour. In addition to his eponymous sitcom, Lopez has also appeared in several films and has three Grammy Award nominations for Best Comedy Album. His Netflix comedy special, “We’ll Do It for Half,” premiered in June 2020.  Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

OCT. 16
BACKHAUSDANCE: “GARDEN FLOW”
Sherman Library & Gardens commissioned the contemporary dance troupe to create this site-specific piece, which was inspired by a residency at the gardens. Visitors can watch dancers rehearse in the week before the two Saturday performances. Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949-673-2261, thesherman.org

OCT. 21 through 28
Newport Beach Film Festival
The event marks its 22nd anniversary with a collection of studio and independent movies this year after a virtual event last year. Check the website for program updates or to buy tickets, which go on sale starting Oct. 1. Newport Beach Film Festival, Newport Beach, 949-253-2880, newportbeachfilmfest.com

OCT. 21
AKI KUMAR: BOLLYWOOD BLUES
Kumar, who originally moved to the U.S. from Mumbai to work as a software engineer, shifted his focus to music soon after he discovered the blues. He writes and performs songs that blend the soulful genre with Indian music. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

OCT. 21 THROUGH 23
MEGAN HILTY
Hilty, a Broadway superstar, originated the role of Doralee in the musical “9 to 5” and played Glinda in “Wicked” on Broadway and in the touring company. She also starred in the NBC musical drama “Smash” and was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performance in “Noises Off.” She’ll sing an array of show tunes and standards. Samueli Theater, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

OCT. 22
DUETS: DIANNE REEVES, CHUCHO VALDÉS, AND JOE LOVANO
Three jazz legends join forces. Reeves, winner of five Grammy Awards, provides the vocals, while Cuban pianist, composer, and arranger Valdés—a six-time Grammy and three-time Latin Grammy winner—accompanies her, along with groundbreaking saxophonist Lovano. Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

OCT. 23
NATE BARGATZE: THE RAINCHECK TOUR
Bargatze rose to fame with his first stand-up comedy special on Netflix, “The Tennessee Kid.” Since then, he has released a second special, “The Greatest Average American,” as well as a weekly podcast, “Nateland.” He’ll do two shows in this engagement: one at 7 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-712-2700, citynationalgroveofanaheim.com

THROUGH OCT. 24
“YELLOWMAN”
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in drama in 2002, this play follows Alma, a dark-skinned African American woman, and Eugene, a light-skinned African American man, as their lifelong friendship turns into a romantic relationship. They fight to overcome the challenges brought on between them and within their families due to colorism in their communities. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

OPENS OCT. 28
“LAND AS KIN”
In collaboration with Cal State Fullerton’s Department of Visual Arts, this exhibit features photos, paintings, maps, flags, beadwork, and ceramics created by multi-generational Native California families. The show was guest-curated by Amy Redfeather, and artists include Gerald Clarke, Katie Dorame, Mercedes Dorame, River Garza, and Tracy Nelson. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

OCT. 28
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
Two of Southern California’s best-known troupes—Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles—will perform together to commemorate the Day of the Dead at this annual festival. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

OCT. 29 AND 30
BOO HA HA: A HAUNTED OKTOBERFEST
Organized by Brew Ha Ha Productions, this Halloween-themed beer tasting will feature several Oktoberfest and German-style lagers, along with brews from some of the most popular West Coast breweries. Food and live music will also be available, and costumes are encouraged. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, theboohaha.com

OCT. 30
JAMES TAYLOR WITH JACKSON BROWNE
Folk singer-songwriter Taylor, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, has sold more than 100 million albums since 1968, has won multiple Grammy Awards, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. Fellow singer-songwriter and bestselling artist Browne will join him. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

THROUGH OCT. 31
57TH ANNUAL OPEN JURIED ART COMPETITION
Artists across Southern California submit their work for this annual contest held by the Anaheim Art Association. The winners in acrylic painting, drawing and pastel artwork, mixed-media art, watercolor, oil painting, and photography will be shown. Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714-956-8936, muzeo.org

THROUGH OCT. 31
“LEGEND: 200 YEARS OF SLEEPY HOLLOW”
Curated by Cal State Fullerton graduate student Clark Silva, this exhibit puts the spotlight on the classic short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Artifacts from the publishing and film industries, collectibles, and artwork created specifically for this exhibition will explore the origins and influence of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714-956-8936, muzeo.org

OCT. 29 AND 30
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
This family-friendly event marks the spooky season by celebrating the nocturnal birds and bugs that visit the gardens after dark, including owls, hawks, and scorpions. Entertainment and educational activities will be available for all ages. Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949-673-2261, thesherman.org

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