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Handcrafted Lanterns Create Beautiful Displays of Color and Light

Thursday, November 15, 2018 – Sunday, January 6, 2019, plus holidays

The Pomona Fairplex will host The Hanart Culture Chinese Lantern Festival, a fully immersive multicultural experience the entire family will love to be held every Thursday – Sunday for eight weeks. The evening skies become ablaze with the color and light of over 1,000 beautifully handcrafted lanterns at the Glade, Picnic Hill and Lagoon.


This year’s theme, “The Wild,” features five different locations – America, Oceania, Asia, Antarctica and Africa – and will showcase lanterns representing wild animals from each region including cheetahs, panda bears, jellyfish, majestic cranes, lions, and even dinosaurs. These impressive lanterns range in size from 12 – 23 feet tall. This visually stunning display combines art, tradition, and culture, creating opportunities for alluring photographs and wonderful memories.

Tickets can be purchased at the event, or online at for $13 - $21.

November 13 – 25, 2018
In Segerstrom Hall

“WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Now, Christine Dwyer will put on the apron and bake across the country as she steps into the role of Jenna in the national tour of WAITRESS - the Broadway musical from Grammy Award® nominee Sara Bareilles inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 motion picture. WAITRESS comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts November 13 – 25, 2018 in Segerstrom Hall. Dwyer has previously appeared in the national tours of Finding Neverland as Sylvia, RENT as Maureen and on Broadway and the 2nd National Tour of Wicked as Elphaba.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (Brave, Love Song), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Waiting for Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland).

Tickets to WAITRESS start at $29 at, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.

Our October 2018 Issue will begin arriving in mailboxes Sept.30!Our October 2018 Issue will begin arriving in mailboxes Sept.30!It’s impossible to say what we love most about our issue release parties, especially the most recent one at Villa Roma!

Situated in a shopping center just off La Paz at McIntyre (25254 La Paz Rd) in Laguna Hills, Villa Roma serves up amazing Italian and Argentine cuisine.

When it comes to deciding between hand battered and fried calamari, bufalo mozzarella appetizers, mini chicken, spinach and cheese empanadas, delicious meatballs and an amazing charcuterie boards of cured meats, cheeses and roasted peppers. Guests noshed on the aforementioned apps and raved about the flavor in every bite.

Villa Roma has an incredible selection of fine wines, great specials (on facebook), and the kind of attentive-yet-unobtrusive service you’re always hoping to get. Visit website: for their menu and catering options. For reservations, call (949) 454-8585 or visit

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Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Samueli Theater

Segerstrom Center for the Arts launches its 2018-2019 Chamber Series with the acclaimed Escher String Quartet on November 1, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in Samueli Theater. Since its founding in 2005, the quartet has quickly garnered the reputation as one of the finest young string ensembles performing today. Their instrumental interplay, which combines technical precision with warmth and vitality, has reaped accolades nationally and abroad, and elicited invitations from Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman to be the quartet-in-residence at their respective summer festivals. In a review, The Strad wrote, “…a level of individual technical precision and a collective musical purpose that is endlessly compelling … Sheer brilliance.” Quartet members include Adam Barnett-Hart and Danbi Um, violins; Pierre Lapointe, viola; and Brook Speltz, cello.

Single tickets start at $39 and are available 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 of 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

Sep 26, 2018

Pets of the Month


Found abandoned in a crate at the side of the road, five year old Thelma came to the shelter looking for a fresh start in life.  With her friendly and outgoing personality, Thelma isn’t letting her dubious past hold her back.  She brings a smile to everyone she meets.  Could this comeback kitty be the one for you?





Lucky is a sweet older gentleman who wants nothing more than to be by your side.  At eight years old, he is still energetic and enjoys going on walks.  Lucky is well-mannered and potty-trained.  He would do best in a quiet home with adults and perhaps older children.





This handsome guy is Max, an eight year old sweetheart who would love to make your acquaintance.  He was relinquished along with his mother Bea and both are now ready for adoption.  Max would do best in a quiet home and would love to be adopted with Bea if possible.






Eleven month old Dory is a happy little cutie with a mellow disposition.  Her favorite activities include birdwatching and sunbathing. Dory would make a great companion for just about anyone and would do well with another friendly cat.G








Throughout the month of October, get $50 off the price of adoption for all cats and kittens during our “At Cat-Pacity” Promotion!

If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.

November 2, 2018  in Segerstrom Hall

Following the demand of fans and rave reviews, actors and musicians LEA MICHELE and DARREN CRISS announced today that they will continue their wildly successful LM/DC Tour on the West Coast – including their Segerstrom Center debut on Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall.

Michele last hit the road in the spring of 2017 for a string of sold-out shows on her Intimate Evening With North America tour. Criss most recently released a five-track indie EP titled Homework, his first solo project in more than seven years. It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, while SiriusXM described it as a “nice hybrid of early Elton John and Ben Folds.”

Tickets to the LM/DC Tour start at $39 and are available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787.

October 9 - 14, 2018

Back by popular demand, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one week only October 9 – 14, 2018 in Segerstrom Hall.

Beautiful h 1From Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning musical tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Tickets to Beautiful—The Carole King Musical start at $26 and go on sale Sunday, August 26 at 10 a.m. and will be available online at, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.

Children are born curious about the world around them. One of the most important things a great educator can do is to foster this innate curiosity in their students, build upon it, and teach their students to ask questions. If nurtured and developed, this can result in a generation of students that not only knows a lot about the world around them, but also questions how to make the world a better place.

Inquiry-based learning, which can start as early as preschool and pre-kindergarten, is one way in which educators can provide the foundational skills necessary for students to question, investigate, reflect, and offer creative solutions to complicated problems.
What is inquiry-based learning?

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Inquiry-based learning and teaching is an educational practice that aims to activate students’ curiosity. Instead of relying on information delivery alone to explore a topic, teachers invite students to inquire about the world around them. The focus shifts away from rote memorization and triggers curiosity as students investigate and research a conceptual idea, problem, or interest.

There are four basic steps of inquiry-based learning:


As the name suggests, questioning, or inquiry, is the foundation of inquiry-based learning. In this stage, the teacher introduces a high level topic - a big idea - and begins asking broad, open-ended questions around that topic to provoke inquiry. As the classroom digs deeper into the topic together, the teacher dynamically builds a lesson based on the students’ foundation of knowledge around the topic, as well as their possible misconceptions. The teacher scaffolds the questions in a way that allows them to drill down to a specific concept, and eventually lands on a driving question. This driving question is crafted around student input and voice, and naturally invites them to the next stage.


Investigation follows the inquiring stage of the lesson. In this stage, the teacher provides learning opportunities as children become early researchers. Together, the children and teacher investigate through observation, literature, photographs, specimens or artifacts, and other hands-on experiences.


After researching, students present their findings to their classmates and teacher. Not only do presentations build confidence in young learners, but students are also taught to listen and give feedback to their peers in a constructive way.


As the lesson comes to a close, the classroom reconvenes after the presentations to reflect on findings, and perhaps plan for further research.

Benefits of inquiry-based learning

The benefits of inquiry-based learning extend far beyond a single lesson. In an inquiry-based learning environment, students are encouraged to take control of their own learning, which teaches them ownership and accountability. According to Edutopia, inquiry-based learning also promotes increased connectivity to the world and the development of essential 21st century skills.

Inquiry-based learning is also the basis of early childhood STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) learning and the foundation of project-based learning, which will help students with authentic problem solving in later years.

How Stratford School promotes inquiry-based learning

Stratford school integrates inquiry-based learning to foster the curiosity in our youngest learners in their academic curriculum. Learn more at today!

The Australian Pink Floyd Show
September 6, 2018
Segerstrom Hall

The 2018 Australian Pink Floyd Show Tour is a celebration of Pink Floyd's iconic musical heritage & stage shows. 30 years of dedication have gone into perfecting the craft of honoring Pink Floyd, the 2018 tour is the culmination of all those years & thousands of shows. The set list will represent the best of Pink Floyd’s music from every era of the band’s history in our most spectacular show featuring state of the art lighting, sound, lasers & inflatables.

Beckman Arts Science Family Festival Doktor Kaboom

Beckman Arts & Science Family Festival
September 15, 2018
George & Julianne
Argyros Plaza

Arts + Science = Family Fun at the first Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival coming to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. FREE entertainment, hands-on activities for the curious of all ages, fascinating and informative exhibits plus imagination-expanding workshops will fill the day from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guests will be enthralled by the incomparable Doktor Kaboom!, Aman Dance, Phantom Projects Theatre Group, Dino Encounters and The MoonRays. And the Center’s own over-sized creative building kits will inspire and challenge budding architects and engineers. All activities combine elements of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). This day of discovery, experimentation and fun is made possible through the Center’s partnership with the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

Beautiful Sarah Bockel as Carole King

Beautiful - the Carole King Musical
October 9 - 14, 2018
Segerstrom Hall

BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music – she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by and Tony® Award nominee and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince.

Ahmad Jamal Quartet and Shahin Novrasli Kenny Barron Quintet • Kurt Elling Christmas Branford Marsalis Quartet and Yuko Mabuchi Trio • Catherine Russell

Jazz has been part of the Center’s repertoire for more than 30 years, and has helped to establish Orange County’s thriving music scene. NEA Jazz Masters Ahmad Jamal, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Barron bring power to the Center’s 2018-2019 Jazz Series line-up. Making their Center debuts are the astonishing young Azerbaijani pianist Shahin Novrasil performing with Jamal, and the Yoko Mabuchi Trio with Marsalis. Vocalist Catherine Russell makes her Center debut and Kurt Elling entertains with a special holiday set.

Single tickets go on sale approximately eight weeks prior to individual engagements. Visit the Center’s website, for more information. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.