Top 10 things to in Irvine in February
Balance exhibit at Great Park Gallery
The art show features installation art and sculptural work by artists from across the U.S. The theme of “balance” looks at the evolving relationship between nature and people.
Along Camino Real at Irvine Museum explores the history of the California’s 21 missions connected by El Camino Real, with many of the paintings depicting OC’s own Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Backhausdance at the Barclay
Orange County-based contemporary dance company Backhausdance brings four world premiere dance productions to the Irvine Barclay that are athletic, dramatic and whimsical.
‘Coriolanus’ at UCI
One of Shakespeare’s final tragedies is about a heroic Roman strongman who is manipulated by those around him and eventually betrays his homeland. Go to Claire Trevor Theater to experience one of the less well-known works by the Bard.
Live music at the Spectrum
Weekends at Irvine Spectrum include live entertainment, with singers and bands playing on Saturdays from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. at Big Wheel Court, Edwards Court or Myrtles Fountain.
African American Art Song Conference
Spirituals, operas and other performances, plus lectures, speeches and academic presentations, will be part of the 20th anniversary conference presented at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts and Irvine’s Christ Our Redeemer AME Church.
Wilderness Access Day at Bommer Canyon
Irvine’s Open Space Preserve will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., including the single-track trails generally available only for scheduled events.
Patton Oswalt at Irvine Improv
The actor, writer and stand-up comedian known for roles in “King of Queens,” “The Goldbergs” and as the voice of Remy the rat chef in “Ratatouille” comes to Irvine for one of his hilarious and thought-provoking appearances.
Piano concert at Irvine Valley College
For those who haven’t been to a performance at the IVC Performing Arts Center, this show by dynamic keyboard duo Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe is a great reason to check the venue out.
The Irvine Barclay is one of the best places in Orange County to see a one-person performance, as fans of David Sedaris know. Add cultural satirist and writer Fran Lebowitz to the list of engaging and opinionated thinkers to appear on the Barclay stage.