Things to do in Irvine in February 2019
WPA Design Exhibit at Great Park
During the Great Depression, agencies like the Works Progress Administration (WPA) were established to fund programs that commissioned thousands of artists and designers to create work across mediums. Federal Art Project: American Design surveys the posters and other graphic illustrations to celebrate this critical era of American history.
Contemporary circus at the Barclay
With a unique and riveting mix of theater, circus, music and acrobatics, The 7 Fingers is known for its vibrant creativity and amazing physical prowess. The group has appeared on Broadway in the smash hit “Pippin” and at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as well as throughout the world, putting a human face on contemporary circus.
Your Ocean, My Ocean at UCI
An ambitious experimental art and design project concerned with oceans and coastlines, YOMO brings together a diverse group of artists and designers for five live performances of music, dance, drama and visual design, accompanied by a multi-channel video installation.
Norm Macdonald at the Improv
Perhaps best known for his years on “Saturday Night Live” anchoring Weekend Update, Norm is a Canadian comedian and actor who was included as one of the 100 best stand-up acts of all time by Comedy Central. Hurry, the Irvine Improv shows are selling out fast.
Fine arts in Irvine
Two new exhibits debut this month at the Irvine Fine Arts Center featuring the work of artists Joseph Paul Gerges and Gary Brewer. It’s a 10-year retrospective for Brewer, whose paintings are meditations on the mysteries of life. Georges is a professor at IVC, and his work includes animal tableaus that “remind us of the sorrowful and the inevitable” and thus may not be for everyone.
Steep Canyon Rangers at the Barclay
The Grammy Award-winning, North Carolina-based sextet has spent nearly two decades mixing bluegrass to elements of pop, country, and folk rock. Including collaborations with Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers offer a spirited, eclectic approach to string-based American music.
Presidents Day Tourney at Great Park ICE
Watch kids in four divisions from 8 and under and up play hockey at the amazing new Great Park ICE facility. Finals will be on Feb. 18, with all championship games played in the 2,500-seat, state-of-the-art FivePoint Arena.
A night for Valentines
An evening at Concordia University featuring heart-warming love songs presented by Concordia Donne di Canto and Men’s chorus with festive decor and refreshments.
Dance Visions at the Barclay
Artistic Directors Molly Lynch and Tong Wang present distinctive choreography by UCI Dance faculty featuring undergraduate and graduate dancers. The performances at Irvine Barclay Theater are presented by UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts.
Martha Graham Dance Company
Performing The EVE Project at the Barclay, the company’s celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, affording women the right to vote. The evening of dance will feature new works by female choreographers and composers, and classic Graham repertory focused on heroines and anti-heroines.