Calender September & October

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Performing Arts

“love makes the world go round”
Sept. 14 – 30, Lyceum Theater, Vanguard University
In this good old-fashioned roller coaster romance, boy meets girl. Boy wins girl over. Boy loses girl. Go along for the ride, meanwhile getting down to memorable Broadway tunes. (714-668-6145;

Sunset Jazz Series
Sept. 19, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
Judy Roberts/Greg Fishman Quartet plays in the last session of the jazz series amid the natural beauty of the Rose Garden. (949-759-5003;

“Festa di Firenze”
Sept. 20, The Westin South Coast Plaza
Join the Pacific Symphony for opening night with a cocktail reception, dinner, concert, intermission reception and post-concert party. (714-755-5799;

Sept. 23 – Oct. 14, South Coast Repertory
A fantastical retelling of a timeless love story reimagines Eurydice as a classical heroine torn between two worlds. (714-708-5555;

“Absurd Person Singular”
Through Oct. 7, South Coast Repertory
Ferociously funny scenes follow three couples on Christmas Eve. (714-708-5555;

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps”
Sept. 25 – Oct. 21, Laguna Playhouse
Follow an action-packed nationwide manhunt in Broadway’s longest-running comedy thriller, which features 150 unique characters played by a cast of four. (949-497-2787;

Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”
Oct. 2 – 7, Segerstrom Hall
The world’s beloved ballet will enchant once again through the classic tradition of the legendary Mariinsky Ballet. (714-556-2787;

Oct. 9 – 14, Segerstrom Hall
An international percussion sensation takes the stage with phenomenal rhythms and original percussion instruments.

Charity Events

Ocean Treasures
Sept. 22, The Resort at Pelican Hill
Celebrate the sea at Crystal Cove Alliance’s 10th annual benefit gala with a four-course dinner, live music and dancing. (949-376-0900;

Wooden Floor wine tasting benefit
Sept. 27, Newport Beach Venue Disclosed Upon Registration
More than 300 wine lovers come together at Keep the Promise to raise funds for The Wooden Floor, Santa Ana’s arts-based youth development nonprofit. (714-541-8314;

Visionary Women Awards Luncheon
Sept. 28, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
Visionary Women Circle of the Alzheimer’s Association honors compassionate caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. (949-955-9000;

Harvesters Fashion Show and Lunch
Oct. 11, Segerstrom Hall
Join the Harvesters for a luncheon, auctions and a presentation by luxury fashion retailers to support the Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission to end hunger in Orange County. (949-653-2900;

Beckstrand Cancer Foundation’s
“An Evening in Russia”
Oct. 13, “Top Secret” venue in OC Metro area
The ninth annual Diamond & Pearl Ball features a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing, lends a hand in improving the quality of life for local cancer patients and their families. (949-955-0099;

Share Our Selves Celebrity Chef Dinner
Nov. 9, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
Local chefs get together to prepare a five-course dinner and host a silent auction for dining packages to benefit the SOS Orange Aid Project, a nonprofit for low-income Orange County residents. (949-270-2137;


The 24th Annual Taste of Newport
Sept. 14 – 16, Fashion Island
A food, wine and music festival serves up culinary masterpieces from 35 local restaurants and world-class live entertainment for three nights to remember. (949-729-4400;

What’s Cooking at the Library
Sept. 18, Newport Beach Public Library
Food lovers can experience the cooking secrets of Sol Cocina chef Deborah Schneider, a Baja cuisine culinary master. (949-717-3800;

CdM Bridal Walk
Sept. 23, Corona del Mar Village
Get the scoop on 2013 wedding trends on a seaside stroll that concludes with a prize drawing, appetizers and a fashion show by The White Dress at Five Crowns restaurant. (949-760-0331;

“Exploring the Deepest Oceans – A Personal Odyssey”
Oct. 4, ExplorOcean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
Travel with Captain Don Walsh, the first explorer to reach Mariana Trench, on his ventures at the Waterman Lecture series. (949-675-8915;

Open House
Oct. 13, Sage Hill School
Sage Hill School invites parents and prospective students to attend Admission Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP is required: 949-219-1337. (

meet Designer David Meister
Oct. 17, South Coast Plaza
Imbibe in cocktails and delicious fall fashion by designer David Meister from 6 – 8 p.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue. RSVP at 714-540-3233, ext. 210.

Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 20, Segerstrom Hall
Meet symphony musicians and enjoy music from the Harry Potter films, Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” and more. (714-755-5799;

Family Fun Zone Fridays
Oct. 26, Balboa Fun Zone
Enjoy science experiments, arts and crafts, carnival games and contests, and live entertainment with family at this community waterfront festival. (949-675-8915;

Festa dell’Autunno
Nov. 2 – 4, The Resort at Pelican Hill
Revel in Italian traditions, from live entertainment to authentic fare and olive-inspired spa indulgences, for a celebration of the harvest season. (949-467-6800;


“OC Collects”
Oct. 7 – Dec. 30, Orange County Museum of Art
Celebrate the museum’s 50th Anniversary through selections from more than a dozen private collections in the community, including major paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos. (949-759-1122;

Cinema Orange Film Series
Oct. 25, OCMA
OCMA and Newport Beach Film Festival present  the last session of the series spotlighting independent films about art, architecture, innovators and culture shapers all over the world. (949-759-1122;

“Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island”
Oct. 25, OCMA
Gaze into the sunset at a patio film screening of a documentary exploring the work of Long Island’s best post-war architects. (949-759-1122; NBM

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