Don’t Miss Events this May: “Hamilton,” Doheny Blues Festival, and more

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Hamilton photograph by Joan Marcus

“THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG” | OPENS MAY 5
In this play by ​​​Wendy Wasserstein, three sisters from Brooklyn meet in London for one sister’s 54th birthday. Joined by friends and boyfriends, they discover things about themselves, their relationships, and their paths in life. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

FINE ARTS SENIORS EXHIBITION | MAY 3 THROUGH 31
The annual exhibit put on by the Laguna College of Art and Design spotlights work that top graduating students have created as part of their senior thesis projects, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures. LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949-376-6000, lcad.edu

“HAMILTON” | MAY 8 THROUGH 27
The Broadway sensation about the story of Alexander Hamilton, a founding father and the country’s first treasury secretary, lands in Orange County. The irresistible score blends hip-hop with R&B, blues, and jazz and features standouts “My Shot” and “The Schuyler Sisters.” Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“ELEVADA” | OPENS MAY 4
This romantic comedy takes on the story of Ramona and Khalil, a couple who have just gone on their first date but are seemingly already on borrowed time: Ramona has cancer, and Khalil is a social media superstar who’s about to sell his identity to a corporation. They’re both trying to escape their lives—but fate pulls them back down to earth. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL | THROUGH MAY 3
This weeklong event presents hundreds of films on 15 screens across Newport Beach. Offerings include feature films, shorts, action sports movies, and animation, along with Q&As with directors, screenwriters, and actors. 949-253-2880, newportbeachfilmfest.com

VOYAGE TO VIETNAM: CELEBRATING THE TET FESTIVAL

SOKA UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL | MAY 5
This 17th annual event celebrates the music, dance, traditions, and food of several cultures. Highlights include performances by more than 700 international musicians and dancers, art exhibits and demonstrations, international food, and a kids’ play area. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4278, soka.edu

“A LITTLE PRINCESS” | MAY 5 THROUGH 13
In this play for young audiences, a girl is sent to boarding school by her well-meaning father. To escape her loneliness, she spins imaginative stories to entertain her friends. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

“AMOS & BORIS” | OPENS MAY 18
Adapted from the children’s book by William Steig, this musical tells of Amos, who isn’t like the other mice in Mouse Town—he’d rather be left alone to dream than dance all night. But when he sets out to sail across the ocean, he runs into trouble and must rely on Boris, a whale who teaches him the importance of friendship. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

“VOYAGE TO VIETNAM: CELEBRATING THE TET FESTIVAL” | OPENS MAY 16
This national traveling exhibit aimed at children and families uses interactive displays to immerse visitors in the customs and cultural values surrounding the annual Tet Festival in Vietnam. Attendees can dress up in traditional Vietnamese clothing, try on a giant lion head mask, and play musical instruments. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

WILD WEST STEAM FEST | MAY 5
The Old West meets steampunk at this traveling event. Festivalgoers can make their own steampunk rocket packs, learn how to add Victorian touches to photographs, and take in a show about Calamity Jane. Heritage Museum of Orange County, 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana, 714-540-0404, wildweststeamfest.com

Photograph by Ryan Aylsworth

KEVIN NEALON | MAY 18 THROUGH 20
The actor and comedian, known for his nine years on “Saturday Night Live” and his role on the Showtime dramedy “Weeds,” brings his dry wit and unpredictable nature to this show. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-854-5455, irvine.improv.com

VOICES OF HAWAII WITH NATHAN AWEAU AND KAWIKA KAHIAPO | MAY 23
Aweau, an award-winning electric bassist and acoustic guitarist, teams with slack key guitarist Kawika Kahiapo to play traditional and modern Hawaiian music. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL | MAY 19 AND 20
The popular event will move from Doheny State Beach to Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point this year. Headliners include George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Blues Traveler, Buddy Guy, and Beth Hart. The Backporch, the smallest of the three stages, will offer craft-beer tastings. Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point, dohenybluesfestival.com

MUCKENTHALER MOTOR CAR FESTIVAL | MAY 19 AND 20
Now in its 24th year, this annual event puts classic and rare automobiles on display on the rolling green lawns at the Muckenthaler Mansion. The first day of the festival features custom cars and hot rods, and the second focuses on classic vehicles. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

PINK | MAY 25
The pop star known for her energetic and imaginative live performances makes a stop here on her Beautiful Trauma World Tour. She’ll perform hits from her latest album, such as “What About Us” and title track “Beautiful Trauma,” along with favorites “Get This Party Started” and “Just Give Me a Reason.” Honda Center, 2695 Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

STARS ON ICE | MAY 12
2018 U.S. national ice skating champion Nathan Chen—who became the first skater to land six quad jumps in a single program during the Pyeongchang Olympics in February—will headline this show, along with fellow Olympians and two-time ice dance national champions Maia and Alex Shibutani and 2014 ice dance gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Honda Center, 2695 Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

“TONY DELAP: A RETROSPECTIVE” | THROUGH MAY 28
Eighty paintings, sculptures, and drawings pay tribute to DeLap, one of Orange County’s most respected artists. The first art professor hired at UC Irvine, he was a leading voice in the Southern California minimalist movement. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

NATALIA LAFOURCADE | MAY 27
A major star in Mexico, the singer-songwriter blends folk and pop in her addictive, upbeat songs. Her concert follows a free daylong festival on the Bette and Wylie Aitken Arts Plaza featuring Mexican and Mexican-American music, dance, and folklorico groups. Musco Center for the Arts, One University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org 

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