Top Things to Do in O.C.: Jan. 18-24

Jane Lynch, BalletX, and more memorable appearances in Orange County this week.

JAN. 19 THROUGH 21

JANE LYNCH AND KATE FLANNERY
Lynch, best known as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on “Glee,” and Flannery, who played Meredith for nine seasons on “The Office,” join forces in a cabaret act. Flannery was a guest on Lynch’s previous concert tour, “See Jane Sing,” and the pair released a holiday album with Tim Davis, “A Swinging Little Christmas,” that reached Billboard’s Top 10 Adult Contemporary chart in 2016. Samueli Theater, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

 

JAN. 20

A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN LITHGOW
Lithgow—nominated for six Tony Awards (with two wins), 12 Emmys (with six wins), two Oscars, and four Grammys—is one of the most decorated actors in the world. He’ll discuss his career and iconic roles, including Winston Churchill on “The Crown,” Arthur Mitchell on “Dexter,” and Dick Solomon on “3rd Rock from the Sun.” Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

 

JAN. 21

AARON DIEHL TRIO: BACH TO BEBOP
Diehl, a classically trained pianist and composer, has collaborated with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and classical composer Philip Glass. He was the youngest-ever Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist and has released two well-received albums. He’ll play Bach compositions interspersed with works by jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Chick Corea, alongside the other members of his trio, bassist David Wong and drummer Aaron Kimmel. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

 

THROUGH JAN. 22

“HOUDINI UNCHAINED: THE LEGACY OF HARRY HOUDINI”
The world premiere exhibit focuses on the life of one of the most famous illusionists of all time. Known for being able to escape from almost any restraint, he once freed himself from a sealed milk can filled with water. The exhibit will include that milk can, along with handcuffs, stage props, locks, first-edition books, and personal letters. Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714-956-8936, muzeo.org

 

JAN. 23

AMY TAN
Tan, whose best-known novel, “The Joy Luck Club,” became a film starring Rosalind Chao and Ming-Na Wen, was born to parents who left China to escape the Chinese Civil War. Her family’s experiences wind through her novels, which often focus on the relationship between Chinese mothers and daughters. She’ll discuss her writing, her family, and the trauma and resilience that informs her work. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org 

 

Photograph Courtesy of Irvine Barclay Theatre

JAN. 24

BALLETX
The contemporary ballet company from Philadelphia, known for its innovative choreography, wide-ranging repertoire, and diverse dancers, will perform three West Coast premieres in this show. Since 2005, when the troupe was founded, it has produced more than 100 ballets by 60 choreographers from around the world. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org