Top Things to Do in O.C.: Jan. 4-10

To start off the new year, put these events on your calendar.

JAN. 4 THROUGH 15

“HERSHEY FELDER: CHOPIN IN PARIS”
Laguna Playhouse regulars who have enjoyed Felder’s one-man shows online for the past couple of years will be thrilled to see him live in this production, an examination of Polish pianist-composer Fryderyk Chopin’s life. Set in the musician’s salon in March 1848, the show features several of his most beloved compositions. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

 

JAN. 8 

NATIONAL THEATER LIVE: “PRIMA FACIE”
Jodie Comer, best known for playing Villanelle on “Killing Eve,” stars in this West End production of the award-winning one-woman play by Suzie Miller. Filmed live at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London, it tells the story of Tessa, a criminal defense attorney who must confront the issues in the legal system when she is the victim of a crime herself. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org 

 

JAN. 8 

HISTORIAN’S TALK: ANAHEIM CEMETERY
This lecture about the Anaheim Cemetery, the oldest public burial ground in Orange County, and some of the notable people buried there, ties in with the exhibit currently on view, “Houdini Unchained: The Legacy of Harry Houdini.” Cynthia Ward, a local historian who consults with owners of historic homes and works as a docent at the 1857 Mother Colony House in Anaheim, will give the talk. Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. 714-956-8936, muzeo.org 

 

JAN. 8 

LIVE! AT THE MUSEUM: TRIO MIZMOR
A classical music trio will perform among the exhibits at the Laguna Art Museum in this concert. Matt Nabours, principal viola for the Mozart Classical Orchestra and graduate of the Colburn School of Music and UCLA, joins cellist Garik Terzian and violinist Limor Toren, the current concertmaster of the Mozart Classical Orchestra. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org 

Photograph Courtesy of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

OPENS JAN. 10

“VIETNAMESE AMERICAN STORIES: HÙNG VIET NGUYEN”
Part of Casa Romantica’s year-long celebration of Vietnamese American artists, this solo exhibit features the work of Hùng Viet Nguyen, an illustrator, graphic artist, and designer who was born in Vietnam and moved to the U.S. in 1982. His oil paintings are influenced by traditional Eastern and Western art forms, including woodblock prints, scroll paintings, ceramic art, mosaic art, and stained glass. An opening reception with the artist will be held Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org