Can’t-Miss Events In Orange County This Month (March 2020)

Can’t-Miss Events In Orange County This Month (March 2020)
Photograph by Steve Lorentzen (Lakewood Photography)

Note: Please check with the hosts or venues before you go to an event as some may have been rescheduled or canceled. 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PRESENTS “VOLTA”
OPENS MARCH 18
CANCELED: Inspired by street sports culture, the latest show to hit O.C., above, from the Canadian acrobatic troupe takes on the ideas of transformation, self-acceptance, and the liberation that comes with being true to yourself. A complete BMX park dominates the stage, and multiple riders perform jumps and tricks across the ramps and obstacles in tandem. Performers wear costumes designed by Zaldy Goco, known for his work with Lady Gaga. OC Fair and Event Center, 33 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 877-924-7783, cirquedusoleil.com

DAVID WALLACE-WELLS
MARCH 6 AND 7
In this lecture, New York magazine deputy editor Wallace-Wells discusses some of the topics he raises in his New York Times bestseller, “The Uninhabitable Earth,” including how climate change is transforming the future, how global power will shift as coastlines change, and how responsible we are as individuals for slowing the speed of climate change. Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949-717-3892, nbplfoundation.org

“INSIDE THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES: 50 YEARS OF PRESERVING THE MAGIC”
OPENS MARCH 7
CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 31: This 10,000-square-foot exhibit, first seen in 2018 at D23 Expo Japan, provides a rare look at The Walt Disney Co.’s archives. More than 400 objects will be on display, including superhero costumes, props, original sketches for “Fantasia” and the Haunted Mansion attraction, and scale models from “Frozen.” Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

Photograph by Matt Beard

JAZZY ASH AND THE LEAPING LIZARDS
MARCH 8
Vocalist Ash, above, brings the sounds of New Orleans to this concert designed for families. With her band, she teaches kids about jazz, zydeco, swing, and blues, and even encourages them to get up and dance. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4278, soka.edu

“OBSESSED PHO MORE”
MARCH 8
Choreography from Carla Körbes, former associate director of the L.A. Dance Project, and Sarah Wroth, former Boston Ballet dancer, is set to the work of four Vietnamese American composers inspired by historic poetry, social conflicts, childhood memories, and food. The program was put together by the Vietnamese American Society for Creative Arts and Music, which aims to cultivate, nurture, and promote creative arts and music. Musco Center for the Arts, 1 University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

“A BRONX TALE”
MARCH 10 THROUGH 22
CANCELED: Actor Chazz Palminteri wrote this coming-of-age story based on his own childhood growing up in the Bronx in the 1960s. Featuring doo-wop songs written by Tony Award winner Alan Menken, it follows a young Italian American man torn between the local mob boss who has taken a liking to him and his hardworking, honest family. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“WHO WAS NELLIE GAIL MOULTON?”
OPENS MARCH 13
POSTPONED: One of the founders of the Laguna Beach Art Association, which later became the Laguna Art Museum, Moulton was one of the first female artists to join the Laguna Beach art colony in the early 1900s. From a family of pioneers who moved to El Toro (present-day Lake Forest) in 1902, she painted mostly plein-air landscapes of the rancho and farmers tending their livestock. This is the first exhibition of her art in more than 50 years. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

SONGS OF THE SOUL
MARCH 21
CANCELED: Pacific Chorale presents a program filled with profound songs about the human spirit in this concert, including Frank Martin’s “Mass for Double Choir” and Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva’s “On Leaving.” The show begins and ends with works by resident composer Tarik O’Regan: “Had I Not Seen the Sun” and “I Had No Time to Hate.” Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach, 714-662-2345, pacificchorale.org

“SHE KILLS MONSTERS”
THROUGH MARCH 21
CANCELED: In this play by Qui Nguyen, a young woman named Agnes finds herself adrift and searching for answers after the death of her younger sister, Tilly. Then she stumbles upon Tilly’s secret passion: Dungeons and Dragons. While she learns about the game and the people Tilly played with, Agnes makes new friends and rediscovers her joy—while uncovering some new questions. STAGESTheatre, 400 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714-525-4484, stagesoc.org

“THE NERD”
OPENS MARCH 27
POSTPONED: This comedy set in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1979 follows Willum, an architect who is about to turn 34 when a fellow soldier, Rick Steadman, pays him a surprise visit. While serving in Vietnam, Willum saved Rick’s life, and Willum is happy to host him—until Rick’s gaffes make things awkward. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949-489-8082, caminorealplayhouse.org

ORCHESTRA COLLECTIVE OF ORANGE COUNTY – SYMPHONIC RHAPSODIES
MARCH 29
CANCELED: The collectively run symphony stacked with veteran classical musicians from all over Southern California celebrates the start of spring in this concert. Pianist Wan-Chin Chang will be featured on works such as George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Edouard Lalo’s “Rapsodie norvégienne.” Curtis Theatre, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, 714-990-7722, curtistheatre.com

THERE’S MORE!
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