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Audiences will experience a symphony orchestra performing music to the entire film from one of the most beloved film franchises in history in Segerstrom Hall as part of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The film concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing to picture every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™.

CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a new global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films, earlier this year. The Harry Potter Film Concert that kicked off in June 2016 is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film concert series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”

Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Tickets for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series start at $49 and are available online at, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

Dec. 9 - 18, 2016

The Nutcracker, set to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, features choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, scenery and costumes by award-winning designer Richard Hudson and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. The Pacific Symphony performs the beloved holiday score. In the Los Angeles Times review from last year’s inaugural Center performance, it declared, “Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has made his own Christmas miracle: a joyful ‘Nutcracker’ ballet that is ravishing and clever enough to inspire multiple viewings.”

American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker - Misty Copeland  Photo by Doug GiffordAmerican Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker - Misty Copeland Photo by Doug GiffordMisty Copeland and Herman Cornejo will lead the opening night cast of The Nutcracker roles of Clara, the Princess and Nutcracker, the Prince, respectively. Subsequent casts include Hee Seo and Cory Stearns, Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside, Isabella Boylston and Jeffrey Cirio, Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi, and Sarah Lane and Joseph Gorak in the leading roles. The engagement of The Nutcracker continues an on-going relationship between Segerstrom Center and American Ballet Theatre. The Company has appeared at the Center since the beginning in 1987. At the Center, ABT gave the world premiere of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Swan Lake in 1988, the West Coast premiere of Kevin McKenzie’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2007 and the world premiere of a new production of Firebird by Alexei Ratmansky in 2012. In 2008, the Center and ABT cocommissioned Twyla Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue, receiving its world premiere in New York and West Coast premiere at the Center. In 1999, ABT’s production of Le Corsaire was taped in Segerstrom Hall for broadcast on PBS’ Dance In America, winning an Emmy Award. In 2003, The Dream was also taped at the Center for broadcast on Dance In America. In March 2015, Segerstrom Center presented the world premiere of ABT’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty as choreographed by Maurius Petipa with staging and additional choreography by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. In March of 2017, American Ballet Theatre will return to the Center with the world premiere of its new production, Whipped Cream, choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, with sets and costumes by pop-surrealist Mark Ryden.

Single tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker start at $29 are now available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Special Sweet Seats are available for every performance and include:

  • Premier seating location in Orchestra rows A - F
  • Exclusive pre-show selfie opportunity with ABT dancer
  • A special Nutcracker-themed gift
  • A special holiday sweet treat.

Emerson String Quartet

Saturday, October 15, 8PM

Nine-time Grammy Award winners, the Emerson String Quartet grace the Soka Performing Arts Center stage for the first time. Joining them for this program will be cellist Clive Greensmith, best known for the many years that he performed with the Tokyo String Quartet.

  • The program will include Bartok - 8 Duos for Two Violins
  • Beethoven - String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
  • Schubert - Cello Quintet in C Major, D. 956 (with Greensmith)

Tesoro photo by Jimi Giannatti Pop Narkotic smlTesoro

Saturday, October 22, 8PM

Tucson-based Tesoro beautifully and adeptly mixes the diverse styles of puro flamenco, rumba, cumbia, Latin pop and rock along with a perfect measure of funk and blues – all the while incorporating its signature powerful rhythms into infectiously heartfelt, unforgettably passionate, romantically catchy tunes.

HR2 04842Critical Conversations @ Soka presents Rana Fooroohar

Tuesday, October 25, 7PM

Time’s The Curious Capitalist

CNN global economics analyst and Time columnist Rana Foohoohar discusses reimagining education and economics, and offers insights on the impending presidential election. Foroohar’s column has a readership of fifty million, and she is the author of Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business. Free transportation & tickets for high school groups - More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc

Friday, October 28, 8 PM

The silent film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc was created without a musical score. However, most silent movies of that period were accompanied by Live music. Come join us as we screen this classic film to live accompaniment by composer George Sarah with his string quartet and vocalists.


Herb Ohta JrHerb Ohta, Jr. & Friends

Saturday, October 29, 8PM

Join ukulele master Herb Ohta, Jr. celebrating his 25th anniversary in the music business with special guests Jon Yamasato, David Kamakahi, Chris Kamaka, Baba Alimoot and dancer Ihilani Kamaka.  This is a celebration you won’t want to miss. Aloha!




Come early for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:30 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm.
Only $11.25 for an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Come early for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:30 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm.
Only $11.25 for an all-you-can-eat buffet.

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Box Office Hours Mon-Fri: 10am to 2pm



Sep 30, 2016

Pets of the Month

Tedi2323Tedi is a 4 year old German Shepherd looking to find her forever family.  Very friendly and quick to learn, Tedi likes to stay active by playing with other dogs in the yard and also learning dog puzzles.  She would shine in an energetic household with plenty of activities to keep her stimulated.





Micky22Sweet little Micky just loves to run and play.  Only 1 ½ years old, he has a great personality and plays well with the other dogs.  Micky would love a family who will give him all the love and snuggle time he desires!






galacio23Five year old Galacio is a handsome bunny with a truly winning personality!  He loves to snuggle and really enjoys pets and treats.  With tons of endearing quirks and adorable habits, Gallacio is sure to win your heart!






elmer123One year old Elmer has a real zest for life.  Whether he’s playing with toys in the yard or simply going out for a quick walk, he never fails to find the fun in it!  Elmer would be a great pup for someone ready to make some good memories!

The World’s Largest Touring Production Returns to OC on Nov. 16

Odysseo LogoDue to strong demand in SoCal, the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia will return to Orange County two weeks earlier than originally planned with its latest production of Odysseo that is wowing North American audiences and critics alike. After stunning 90,000 spectators from Orange County, LA and San Diego this past spring due to its critical acclaim, Odysseo will be back to call Irvine home for this year’s holiday season.

3 carosello danharper 0Attracting audiences of all ages, Odysseo definitely makes a popular family outing and gift idea. With the addition of 13 new performances to the Irvine show calendar, the 30-million-dollar theatrical extravaganza will again be presented under the White Big Top at the junction of the I-405 and the SR-133 in Irvine starting Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Odysseo is an immersive theatrical experience that marries the equestrian arts, stage arts, and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. A show unlike any other on the planet, Odysseo brings the audiences to a live Hollywood-style movie set, where the moving interactions between human and horse are at the heart of the action. On an enormous stage, layers of mesmerizing decor are combined with live music, gravity-defying acrobatics, mesmerizing aerial stunts and inspiring HD projections, all of which make Odysseo the first 6D show in the world. With a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens, as well as a three-story mountain for dazzling perspectives and a real lake - the last of which magically appears for a splashing finale - Odysseo truly pushes the limits of live entertainment.

TICKETS - Tickets are priced from $29.50 to $144.50 + applicable taxes and fees. For a memorable evening, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, exquisite buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit of the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous package prices range from $149.50 to $254.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+). Visit or  call (866) 999-8111.

IRS problems are a very personal issue and people facing them often do not know where to turn for help.

"IRS problems generally affect all aspects of your life,” says Edward Daoud, Ph.D., MBA., EA. "Many people just live with the problem for months and sometimes years, assuming that nothing can be done about it.”

For anyone facing IRS problems, imagine how relieved they'd feel in the hands of a competent expert who deals with the IRS on a daily basis - a professional who truly cares about helping people. An expert who would give them the peace of mind they and their family deserve so they can stop looking over their shoulder once and for all, knowing that they no longer need to meet or communicate with the IRS.

Too often, individuals attempt to handle their IRS situation themselves (or with their current CPA or the person who prepared their taxes), but don’t receive the relief they are seeking.

Because they know the ‘ins and outs’ of the tax system, Edward Daoud and his experienced team of enrolled agents at Capstone Tax Resolution are uniquely qualified to help individuals struggling with IRS issues to negotiate a personalized solution for the resolution of their tax problems.

"It’s easy for good, hard-working Americans to fall behind,” says Edward. "Providing IRS Tax help to Orange County residents was a natural evolution for us as a company to expand the scope of our financial services. We have helped settle over 100 cases for a small fraction of the amount owed. As your representative, we handle all IRS communications on your behalf.”

One client, James S. of Laguna Woods says that working with Edward was a “warm and personal as well as a professional experience. We would absolutely recommend the services provided by Capstone Financial” and encourages anyone facing IRS issues to “avail yourself to this experience. A personal touch is deeply appreciated."

Capstone Financial & Tax Services handles IRS representation services including the Preparation of Unfiled Income Tax Returns, Penalty Reduction, Offers in Compromise (OIC), Payment Plans, Financial Hardship Plans, Wage Garnishment/Bank Levy Releases, Audits and IRS Appeals.

"We’ll listen to your IRS difficulties in our office in complete confidence at NO CHARGE. We’ll answer your questions, explain your options and suggest solutions and provide you with a written estimate of our fees to permanently resolve your IRS difficulties.”

To connect with Edward and the team at Capstone Tax Resolution call (949) 310-3261 or  visit Capstone is located at 43 Marbella, Suite 102 in San Clemente.
Aug 30, 2016

Pets of the Month

Crockett2Handsome Crockett is every bit the distinguished looking gentleman.  With striking green eyes and an incredibly sweet disposition, this 9 year old American Bobtail mix is quite the kitty catch!  If you’re looking for a calm and loving feline friend, you can’t go wrong with Crockett!





OinkMeet Oink, a 4 year old kitty searching for her new family.  Much more likely to greet you with a “Meow,” Oink has a laid-back personality that makes her a great lap cat.  She gets along with most people and cats and would make a fabulous addition to almost any home!





EstebanThis brown eyed cutie is Esteban, a loving little canine who wants nothing more than to be at your side.  If his sweet face doesn’t get you, his friendly personality will definitely to win you over!  Esteban is sure to make an affectionate and devoted companion.





TuxThree year old Tux is a happy-go-lucky pup who is ready to start living the good life!  Equipped with a cheerful disposition and a readiness to play, this Boxer mix checks all the boxes.  Could you be the friend Tux has been waiting for?

Toddlers in Orange County are dancing away to the irresistible beats of WE ARE NOT HAMSTERS, perhaps the world’s first collection of songs released by a petting zoo.

Singer Songwriter JD Crawford, whose kids are regulars at ZOOMARS Petting Zoo, wrote and performed every number, with local musicians featuring guitar, fiddle and keyboard. Yes, guinea pigs did supply some sound effects, but it’s mostly Crawford’s rich voice. Some tunes are toddler-danceable, like the zoo hit “Guineapigville.”

There’s a birthday song and some mellow numbers too to calm kids down in a long Southern California car ride. Unlike much of kids’ music, WE ARE NOT HAMSTERS is saccharine-free, with a blues/pop vibe that adults can happily listen to over and over again.

ZOOMARS is the home of more than 200 friendly animals, including guinea pigs, llamas, emus, goats, sheep, pigs, and horses and ponies to ride. The under-5 set can go mining for gemstones, take a train ride, or have an old-fashioned birthday party in one of the zoo’s sellout picnic groves.

Crawford collaborated with ZOOMARS owner Carolyn Franks and Sound Engineer Mark Liddell to create the CD under their new label, Llamarama Records. A hefty portion of profits will be donated to local animal shelters. The CD sells for $10 and can be purchased at the zoo’s ticket counter.

ZOOMARS is located at 31791 Los Rios Street in San Juan Capistrano or visit

September 22-25, 2016

Multi-million dollar renovated marina will host new event celebrating the boating lifestyle, with interactive exhibits and education for all ages

249Marine enthusiasts from Southern California will experience the first boating lifestyle event in a reimagined harbor setting when the Southern California Boat Show navigates its way to Cabrillo Way Marina in Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro (2293 Miner St., San Pedro) Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25.

Produced by the Duncan McIntosh Company, the four-day boating event will feature more than 200 new and used boats of all types and price points, including trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, sailboats, catamarans, motoryachts, tenders and paddleboards, along with 80 booths offering the newest accessories and gadgets, educational seminars, as well as a food and craft beer garden celebrating local San Pedro restaurants and breweries. Families will be encouraged to participate in marine activities created especially for little boaters.

Admission is $15 for adults; youth 12 and younger accompanied by an adult are free. Military receive a $5 discount with military ID. Tickets can be purchased at the box office. Show hours: Thursday, 12pm-7:00pm; Friday-Sunday 12pm-5:00pm. For more information visit

September 29, 2016 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Renowned as “one of the greatest flamenco dancers of this new century” (The New York Times), Farruquito makes his Segerstrom Center debut on Thursday, September 29 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with his latest show, Improvisao, an intimate dance program that showcases his incomparable talent for daring improvisation. It is a celebration of flamenco performed in the most traditional manner where the dancer and the musicians return to flamenco’s visceral origins.

Photo by Sophie MühlenburgPhoto by Sophie MühlenburgHailing from a flamenco family dynasty, the Spanish-born Farruquito is known for his passionate and precise dancing, and in Improvisao, he reveals, “It is a return to my roots and a sample of what I’ve learned in this profession. Singing, guitar and dance fused with total freedom to create a different show every day.”

Tickets for Farruquito’s Improvisao start at $39 and are now available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.