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

Can’t-Miss Events in Orange County This Month (March 2019)
Photo credit: Deen van Meer

DISNEY’S “ALADDIN”
MARCH 6 THROUGH 23
This show incorporates several Tony Award winners, including Casey Nicholaw, who directed and choreographed “The Book of Mormon.” All the songs from the beloved 1992 movie combine with new music from Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

OC RESTAURANT WEEK
MARCH 3 THROUGH 9
The 11th annual dining celebration features 125 O.C. restaurants offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus to tempt your palate. The seven-day event is the perfect chance to try new spots or taste your favorite chef’s creations. ocrestaurantweek.com

TOMATOMANIA
MARCH 1 THROUGH 10
Gardening classes and demonstrations, advice from pros, and more than 300 varieties of tomatoes and other seedlings attract novice gardeners and seasoned green thumbs. Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949-640-5800, tomatomania.com

DANA POINT FESTIVAL OF WHALES
MARCH 2, 3, 9, AND 10
One of the area’s largest and longest-running festivals begins with a parade and continues with whale-watching excursions, a sand-sculpture contest, beach concerts, an arts and crafts show, and a chowder cook-off, among other activities. Dana Point Harbor, 714-915-1652, festivalofwhales.com

Photo credit: Rose Studios, Guo Pei

GUO PEI: COUTURE BEYOND
OPENS MARCH 9
For the past two decades, world-renowned couturière designer Pei has dressed celebrities, royals, and politicians and put on stunning runway shows. This West Coast premiere features more than 40 pieces from her collections to commemorate her influence on fashion. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

“LIZZIE, THE MUSICAL”
THROUGH MARCH 3
What really happened on the night Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother were killed in 1892? Though she was accused of the murders, Borden was acquitted, and the crime has never been solved. This punk-rock opera interpretation was inspired by revolutionary female rockers such as Patti Smith and Joan Jett. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888-455-4212, chancetheater.com

“PHOTOGRAPH 51”
​MARCH 2 THROUGH 24
This play examines the life of Rosalind Franklin, a pioneering British scientist from the 1950s. Struggling to make her mark in a male-dominated field, she played a crucial role in the discovery of DNA’s double-helix structure. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

HILAREE NELSON: POINT OF NO RETURN
MARCH 3
As still photos by Cory Richard and clips from Renan Ozturk’s documentary “Down to Nothing” play in the background, Nelson tells the story of her National Geographic team’s harrowing trek to the top of Hkakabo Razi in Burma in 2014. Along the way, the group faced difficult conditions in the jungle, dwindling rations, and hypothermia, as well as serious conflicts between members that threatened the journey. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

“CENTENNIAL GIFTS: RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE PERMANENT COLLECTION”
OPENS MARCH 3
The Laguna Art Museum celebrated the centennial of its founding organization, the Laguna Beach Art Association, last year and received significant art donations. These gifts—including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and original prints by acclaimed California artists such as Tony DeLap, Dan McCleary, R. Kenton Nelson, Edgar Payne, Ruth Peabody, and Agnes Pelton—will be on display in the museum. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

WITTE LECTURES: AMY WALTER
MARCH 8 AND 9
The national editor of The Cook Political Report and former political director of ABC News, Walter is known for her insightful analysis. Recognized as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, D.C., she is a regular panelist on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” and CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949-548-2411, nbplfoundation.org

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER WITH THE MEMPHIS SOULPHONY
MARCH 14
Soulful and bold, Bridgewater has performed with the best in the jazz world, from Max Roach to Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie. She has won three Grammy Awards and a Tony Award. She’ll sing selections from her new album, “Memphis … Yes, I’m Ready.” Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

LESLIE ODOM JR.
MARCH 15 AND 16
Known for his Grammy and Tony Award-winning performance as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” Odom will team with Pacific Symphony on hits such as Jerome Kern’s “Look for the Silver Lining” and Nat King Cole’s “I Know That You Know.” Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

LIBRARY LIVE: SUSAN ORLEAN
MARCH 21
The acclaimed author of “The Library Book,” a detailed recounting of the April 1986 fire that decimated the collections at the L.A. Public Library, will share stories from the book. Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949-548-2411, nbplfoundation.org

ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BAND
MARCH 22
Los Angeles octet Dustbowl Revival and Austin’s Hot Club of Cowtown join forces to commemorate the 50th anniversary of influential roots-rock group The Band. The two bands take different approaches—Dustbowl Revival puts a modern spin on traditional American music, while Hot Club of Cowtown combines jazz with Western swing. Musco Center for the Arts, 1 University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

SEAN OLIU AND THE COASTLINE COWBOYS
MARCH 22
Anaheim native and singer-songwriter Oliu—a Disney Mousketeer who has played with Rachel Platten on the “VH1 Save The Music Holiday Concert,” performed alongside Anthony Gonzalez from the movie “Coco,” and opened for LeAnn Rimes on her You, Me and Christmas Tour—brings his deep, soulful voice to the stage in this concert. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

“THE SLEEPING BEAUTY”
MARCH 23 AND 24
Festival Ballet Theatre presents this production, choreographed by the company’s artistic director, Salwa Rizkalla. Performed to the Tchaikovsky composition, it brings fairy-tale characters to life, including Princess Aurora, Puss’n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Big Bad Wolf. Guest dancers from top professional companies will dance the lead roles. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

NCAA WEST REGIONAL
MARCH 28 AND 30
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament West Regional, the round known as the Sweet 16, takes place this year in Anaheim. Over the course of the weekend here, four teams will vie for a spot in the Final Four. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

PACIFIC CHORALE PRESENTS “UNSUNG HEROES”
MARCH 30
Pacific Chorale will present music written by women, including works by medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen, 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and Seattle composer and conductor Karen P. Thomas, who will serve as guest curator for the show. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-662-2345, pacificchorale.org

“UPON A PAINTED OCEAN”
THROUGH MARCH 30
Taking its title from a line in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” this exhibit focuses on the beauty of the California coastline. Historical artwork and contemporary paintings depict scenes from San Francisco Bay, Big Sur, Santa Catalina Island, and Crystal Cove. Irvine Museum, 18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949-476-0294, irvinemuseumcollection.uci.edu

“POOR YELLA REDNECKS”
​​OPENS MARCH 30
This new play by ​Qui Nguyen continues the story he started in “Vietgone,” a comedy about his parents’ courtship in a Vietnamese refugee camp. Six years later, his parents are in Arkansas, attempting to build a life together. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

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