Don’t Miss Events this June: “The Color Purple,” Laguna Art-A-Fair, and more

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L.A. Dance Project


Comedy

MARLON WAYANS 
JUNE 1 THROUGH 3

The comedian, writer, and director is probably best known for his work with brother Shawn on “The Wayans Bros.,” “Scary Movie,” and “White Chicks.” He’ll perform these shows while working on season two of his sitcom, “Marlon.” Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-854-5455, irvine.improv.com

CAR SHOW
CONCOURS D’ELEGANCe june 2 and 3

First staged in 1986, this popular car show continues its tradition of displaying rare and lovingly restored domestic, British, European, and Asian automobiles and motorcycles, some vintage and some modern. Saturday is devoted to hot rods and custom cars, and Sunday includes a salute to a couple of anniversaries: Corvette, celebrating its 65th year, and Chevrolet trucks, marking a centennial. Huntington Central Park, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, hbconcours.org

DANCE
L.A. DANCE PROJECT june 16

Led by dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, known for performing as a New York City Ballet principal dancer and for choreographing “Black Swan,” this troupe brings its one-week residency at Chapman University to a close with this dance performance. Musco Center for the Arts, One University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

THEATER
“CLYBOURNE PARK” 
JUNE 6 THROUGH 24

This play, a spinoff of Lorraine Hansberry’s drama “A Raisin in the Sun,” won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. It takes place in one house in a fictional Chicago neighborhood in two time periods: 1959, when Hansberry’s stageplay takes place, as a black couple is buying the home; and 2009, when the area is gentrifying and a white couple is attempting to purchase the home to raze it. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

MUSIC
THE MUCKENTHALER JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018 
JUNE 7, 14, AND 21

The 13th annual event will feature concerts under the stars from saxophonist Glenn Cashman and his Quintet (June 7) and saxophonist Ernie Watts and Imagination with Bill Cunliffe (June 14). The final weekend will spotlight blues music. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. 714-738-6595, themuck.org

MUSIC
UCI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 
JUNE 8

One of the premier performance groups at the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts, this orchestra composed of students, faculty, and community members has been playing classical music since its founding in 1970. In this concert, maestro Stephen Tucker will lead the group in an exploration of music from around the world. He’ll also host a pre-concert conversation for ticketholders. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

MUSIC
“SOUNDS OF HOLLYWOOD” 
JUNE 14 THROUGH 16

Renowned film composer James Newton Howard, known for his work on the sound-tracks for “The Hunger Games” and “The Dark Knight,” joins the Pacific Symphony as a guest conductor in this concert featuring acclaimed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. They’ll perform two concert pieces Howard composed for violin, along with Leonard Bernstein’s symphonic dances from “West Side Story.” Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-755-5788, pacificsymphony.org

Photo by Matthew Murphy


MUSICAL

“THE COLOR PURPLE” 
JUNE 19 THROUGH 24

Based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel, this musical uses jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues to tell the story of Celie, a young African-American woman who fights through prejudice and abuse and emerges stronger. The production won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

EXHIBIT
“ART COLONY: THE LAGUNA BEACH ART ASSOCIATION, 1918-1935” 
OPENS JUNE 24

Celebrating the centennial of the Laguna Beach Art Association, this exhibit honors association members who promoted art throughout Southern California, took exhibits of the region’s artists outside the state, and championed arts education in schools. The show will feature more than 60 paintings, including works from Laguna Beach luminaries who have shown nationally and internationally. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

CONCERT
15TH ANNIVERSARY FREESTYLE EXPLOSION 
JUNE 16

Freestyle and old-school music stars Taylor Dayne (“Tell It to My Heart”), Exposé (“Point of No Return”), and Tag Team (“Whoomp! There It Is”) headline this lineup for a trip to the late ’80s and early ’90s. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500,
hondacenter.com

BIG BAND
MATT MAUSER & THE SINATRA BIG BAND 
JUNE 17

Mauser and his band present this tribute to Frank Sinatra in the first of this summer’s Newport Beach Concerts on the Green. While the band plays hits such as “That’s Life,” “Come Fly With Me,” and “New York, New York,” concertgoers can enjoy dinner and desserts from the food trucks at the park. Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949-717-3800, newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts

ART
“HARMONY OF LIGHT” 
THROUGH JUNE 21

This exhibit spotlights paintings by California Impressionists from 1910 to 1940. The work of artists such as Paul de Longpré, Millard Sheets, Maurice Braun, and John Frost depict spring in the Golden State and show gardens in bloom and fields of wildflowers. Irvine Museum, 18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949-476-0294, irvinemuseumcollection.uci.edu

THEATER
“A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” 
JUNE 28 AND 29

Puck will work his magic on Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius in this site-specific production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. The Southern California Shakespeare Festival Guild developed it to take place throughout the historic Casa Romantica estate and gardens. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

MUSICAL
“BIG FISH” 
JUNE 29

This musical tells the story of Edward Bloom, a man nearing the end of his life, by illustrating his out-of-this-world anecdotes. It then follows his son, Will, as he embarks on an adventure of his own in an attempt to discover the real story behind his dad’s tales. The show is adapted from the Daniel Wallace novel and Tim Burton film of the same name. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

FESTIVAL
LAGUNA ART-A-FAIR 
OPENS JUNE 29

Established and emerging fine artists and artisans from around the world display their artwork at this sprawling festival, which has been staged here for more than 50 years. Art lovers will find oils, watercolors, mixed-media pieces, and charcoal drawings, along with jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, and bronze sculpture. Aspiring artists can also sign up for weekly workshops. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-494-4514, art-a-fair.com

FESTIVAL
THE SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL 
OPENS JUNE 29

Set on a 3-acre eucalyptus grove, this annual festival features the work of Laguna Beach residents. Booths selling handmade jewelry and clothing, paintings, photography, and wood and metal sculpture are situated along sawdust-covered paths beside glassblowing demonstrations, stages for live music, and four outdoor cafes. Attendees can also sign up for hands-on art classes. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-494-3030, sawdustartfestival.org

CHOIR
MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA AT TEMPLE SQUARE 
JUNE 19

At this stop on its Classic Coast Tour, the famous 360-member chorus will perform songs from its repertoire, which includes everything from American folk songs and spirituals to choral masterworks. The singers will be accompanied by the 150-member orchestra that has played with them on recordings, broadcasts, and tours since 1999. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org 

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