Top Things To Do In O.C.: Jan. 25-31

A jazz festival, multiple comedies, and a Lunar New Year celebration take place this week.
Photograph by RR Jones, Courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts

JAN. 25

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR
The traveling version of the world’s longest-running jazz festival will feature legends such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Clarence Penn, and Kurt Elling alongside up-and-coming talent like Christian Sands and Lakecia Benjamin. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org 

 

OPENS JAN. 27

“RIDE THE CYCLONE”
The musical follows six teenagers who die in a rollercoaster accident, only to find themselves in front of a mechanical fortune teller who invites them to tell their stories, with the promise of another chance at life. The dark comedy’s score mixes cabaret, hip-hop, gospel, and traditional show tunes. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

 

JAN. 27 THROUGH 29 

UVSA Tet Festival
The UVSA Tet Festival presents “Road to Our Homeland” in honor of the Lunar New Year. Vibrant activities will be held throughout the weekend, including the Vietnamese cultural village, live entertainment, Miss Vietnam pageant, games, rides, diverse foods, and a firecracker show. Admission is $8 at the gate. Festival hours vary by day. 
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, tetfestival.org 

 

OPENING JAN. 28

“APPROPRIATE”
One of two plays set to run in repertory at South Coast Repertory this winter, this comedic drama won the Obie Award for Best American Play in 2014. It tells the story of the estranged siblings of the Lafayette family, who gather at their father’s plantation in Arkansas after his death to prepare for an estate sale. When they make a shocking discovery, they’re forced to deal with the issues that pushed them apart in the first place. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org 

 

Photograph Courtesy of The District at Tustin Legacy

JAN. 28

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AT THE DISTRICT
Bring the whole family to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at The District at Tustin Legacy’s Lunar New Year celebration from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The AMC Fountain Courtyard will hold lion dance performances, a martial arts show, Chinese fan dancers, stilt walkers, a contortionist, kids’ crafts, a live DJ, and an illuminated Year of the Rabbit backdrop. Plus, the first 500 guests will receive a Lucky Red Envelope with a crisp $2 bill and special promotions from select tenants. Red envelopes will be available on a first come, first-served basis, while supplies last. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2437 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 259-9090, thedistricttl.com

 

OPENING JAN. 29

“THE LITTLE FOXES”
Alternating nightly with “Appropriate,” this classic comedy tells the story of the Hubbard siblings. Brothers Ben and Oscar want to fund an industrialized cotton mill, but they need their sister, Regina, to convince her dying husband to provide the seed money. When he says no, the trio launches a scheme to secure the cash. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org