Don’t Miss These O.C. Events Happening this April

Corgi Beach Day, Literary Orange, and more
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La Santa Cecilia- Photograph by Humberto Howard

“PERSPECTIVES OF ENLIGHTENMENT”, THROUGH APRIL 1
The Miju Sanjin Club, a group of amateur photographers, displays its best shots in this exhibit. Subjects run the gamut, from nature photographs of desert and mountain landscapes to surfing action shots and portraits of friends and family. Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714-956-8936, muzeo.org

“H2OMG! WATERCOLOR GONE WILD”, THROUGH APRIL 8
Organized in collaboration with the National Watercolor Society, this exhibit features nontraditional watercolor paintings, including abstract works and unconventional portraits. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET WITH JOYCE YANG, PIANO, APRIL 5
Accompanied by acclaimed pianist Joyce Yang, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents the world premiere of a new piece by renowned choreographer Jorma Elo. The program also includes works by innovative choreographers Jirí Kylián and Nicolo Fonte. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

ORANGE COUNTY IMPROV FESTIVAL, APRIL 4 THROUGH 7
This annual fest spotlights improvisational comedy groups, professional and amateur, from across Southern California. Each night is scheduled into blocks featuring various improv styles and formats. Attendees can get tickets for a block, the entire night, or the whole festival. stagestheatre, 400 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, ocimprovfest.com

SOCALCORGI BEACH DAY, APRIL 7
The first of two local corgi beach gatherings this year, this event includes dog limbo contests, food trucks, giveaways, costumes, talent contests, and plenty of opportunities for corgi photos and socializing. A portion of the proceeds goes to local corgi and corgi-mix rescue groups. Huntington Dog Beach, socalcorgibeachday.com

“LITTLE BLACK SHADOWS”, APRIL 8 THROUGH 29
​Playwright Kemp Powers presents a tale about two children in pre-Civil War Georgia who silently serve a pair of adolescent twins by day but tell each other stories all night through a vent in the wall. When the plantation master announces a move to Louisiana, they’re forced to grapple with an uncertain future. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet-Photograph by Sharen Bradford

“FIRST AMERICANS: TRIBAL ART FROM NORTH AMERICA”, OPENS APRIL 7
Several important works from the Bowers Museum’s Native American collection, which have been on view in Colombia and China since 2011, return with this exhibit. It looks at art made by the native people of the Arctic North, the Northwest Coast, California, the Southwest, and the Great Plains. Highlights include an early Navajo First Phase Chief’s blanket, a Hopi katsina doll, and a rare Seri feathered kilt. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

MASHA GESSEN, APRIL 27 THROUGH 28
Gessen, a Russian journalist known for her reporting on the rise of Vladimir Putin, discusses her latest work, “The Future Is History,” in this lecture. The book, which won the 2017 National Book Award for nonfiction, tells the stories of four people born at a time when democracy in Russia seemed likely and follows their lives as the old Soviet order reemerges. Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949-548-2411, nbplfoundation.org

LITERARY ORANGE, APRIL 7
Anna Quindlen, Chris Bohjalian, and Elizabeth Smart headline this annual festival of books. Authors in several genres—from mystery to historical fiction to humor—will participate in panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and book signings. Newport Beach Marriott, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949-640-4000, literaryorange.org

IMAGINOLOGY, APRIL 13 THROUGH 15
Kids of all ages and their parents delve into science, technology, engineering, art, and math with hands-on activities at this festival celebrating invention and experimentation. Individual and group project competitions are on display for inspiration. Free. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1718, ocfair.com

“GOOD PEOPLE”, OPENS APRIL 20
This Tony-nominated dramedy, written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, follows Margie Walsh, a single mother facing eviction from her South Boston home. When she reaches out to an old boyfriend for help, she ends up in the suburbs, where she struggles to fit in. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

TASTE OF HUNTINGTON BEACH, APRIL 29
More than 50 restaurants and dozens of California wineries and breweries serve samples of their food and drink at this annual event that benefits the children’s department of the Huntington Beach Public Library. There’s also a silent auction featuring gift cards to local restaurants and tickets to sporting events and theme parks. HB Sports Complex, 18100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, tastehb.com

LA SANTA CECILIA, APRIL 28
Composed of a bassist, percussionist, accordion player, and singer, this Grammy-winning band plays a colorful mix of modern and traditional Latin American music, borrowing from cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, and klezmer styles. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4278, soka.edu

BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET, APRIL 14
Marsalis, a renowned bandleader and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, has played as a soloist with classical jazz ensembles and as part of rock bands. In this concert, he leads his quartet in performances from their latest album, “Four MFs Playin’ Tunes.” Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER, APRIL 19 THROUGH 22
Long known as one of the most accomplished dance troupes in the U.S., this group continues to push the boundaries between classical and modern dance under the tutelage of artistic director Robert Battle. For these performances, the company will present premieres and old favorites, such as “Revelations.” Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

CASA KINETIC: CELEBRATING TAP DANCE LEGENDS, APRIL 20
Jason Rogers of “Dancing With the Stars” and Dante Lara of “World of Dance” lead a group of the West Coast’s top tap dancers as they perform modern versions of legendary choreography from the early 20th century, including a restaging of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers classic “Swing Time.” Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org 

ORANGE COUNTY BREWERS GUILD INVITATIONAL 2018, APRIL 28
The 3rd Annual OC Brewers Guild Invitational is happening this year at the sunny Newport Dunes! This unique and intimate event will feature unlimited tastings of many core and limited release beers from award winning OC Breweries. Come celebrate with our OC Brewers and their friends culminating in over 50 breweries bayside! Get your tickets here: ocbg2018.eventbrite.com

 

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