Things To Do In O.C. This Week: Sept. 28-Oct.4

Say goodbye to September and hello to October by checking out these O.C. happenings.

OPENS SEPT. 28

“HAMILTON”
The smash Broadway hit spotlighting the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers and the country’s first treasury secretary, returns to Orange County. The winning score, which blends hip-hop with R&B, blues, and jazz, features standouts such as “My Shot” and “The Schuyler Sisters.” Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

 

OPENS SEPT. 29

“ENDLESS SUMMER”
Surf culture and the ocean served as the main influences for pieces in this exhibit. The gallery will feature the work of Wade Koniakowsky and Kristianne Koch Riddle, and the gardens will serve as backdrop for Olga Lah’s work. The artists will be on hand for the opening reception on Sept. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

 

SEPT. 30

“COCO” IN CONCERT
An orchestra of professional musicians and Chapman University students will play Michael Giacchino’s score live while the Oscar-winning film “Coco” plays on the big screen. The family-friendly movie includes hit songs “Remember Me” and “Un Poco Loco.” Musco Center for the Arts, One University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

 

OPENS OCT. 1

“PHOTOGRAPHY AND SEDUCTION: WILLIAM MORTENSEN’S LAGUNA BEACH”
Photographer William Mortensen, who ran the Mortensen School of Photography in Laguna Beach starting in the 1930s, was known for manipulating his images with pens, paint, pumice, and razor blades. Largely ostracized in his day and for decades after, Mortensen has recently come back into favor. This exhibit is one of the only museum shows of his work. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

Photograph Courtesy of Irvine Regional Park

OCT. 1 

IRVINE REGIONAL PARK’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY

California’s first regional park is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a free, family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The celebration will offer a self-guided historical tour, interactive booths, activities and demonstrations such as candle-making, and more. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, (714) 973-6835, ocparks.com/irvinepark

 

Photograph Courtesy of Pacific Wine and Food Classic

OCT. 1

PACIFIC WINE & FOOD CLASSIC
More than 30 restaurants and food vendors will be on hand, including Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Descanso, LSXO, and Lido Bottle Works. Along with small bites, foodies can sample local wines, craft beers, and cocktails while wandering the grounds and listening to live music. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, pacificwineandfood.com

 

OCT. 1

SAMARA JOY
The youthful Joy sings with a sophistication that’s garnered her critical acclaim throughout the music industry. Born in New York, she grew up around gospel and R&B singers and didn’t truly discover jazz until she got to college, but soon after, she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and released her well-received debut album. Her second album, “Linger Awhile,” came out in September. Samueli Theater, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

Photograph by Zachary Crespin

THROUGH OCT. 2

PACIFIC AIRSHOW
The largest airshow in the U.S. runs over three days and features flight demonstrations from teams from across the globe. This year, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, celebrating the military branch’s 75th anniversary, take top billing, along with the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team. Watch from the beach, from a reserved seat on the pier, or from the Premier Club, which offers ticketholders free food and drinks. Huntington City Beach, pacificairshow.com

OCT. 2

ORANGE COUNTY CHILDRENS BOOK FESTIVAL
The popular free family festival celebrating a love of reading returns to Orange Coast College this year. Special guests include O.C.’s own Paul Frank, filmmaker and author Justin Baldoni, and designer and author Kheris Rogers. Check out the six stages including an entertainment stage, storyteller stage, and animals and nature stage. Food trucks will be on site. 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, kidsbookfestival.com

OCT. 2 THROUGH 23

“NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN”
This play with music follows the trajectory of Nina Simone’s life as she transformed from chanteuse to activist after the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The show includes some of Simone’s most powerful Civil Rights anthems, including “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” “Go Limp,” and “Mississippi Goddam.” South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

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