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Lunar New Year at Fashion Island @ Fashion Island Tickets
Jan 25 all-day
Lunar New Year at Fashion Island @ Fashion Island | Newport Beach | California | United States

Join Fashion Island in celebrating Lunar New Year from January 25 – February 9 with a unique one-of-a-kind Year of the Rat interactive installation along with special promotions from retailers and restaurants. Be sure to check out the installation located at the Atrium Lawn by Hyde Park Jewelers and Vince for Instagram-worthy moments.

NBPLF’s Witte Lecture Series Featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin @ Newport Beach Central Library Tickets
Jan 25 @ 9:09 pm – 10:09 pm
NBPLF’s Witte Lecture Series Featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin @ Newport Beach Central Library

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leadership in Turbulent Times

World renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin returns to Newport Beach to reflect on more than 150 years of US History, putting into context our most recent unprecedented presidency. Goodwin draws upon research from her most recent book Leadership in Turbulent Times (2018) which is a culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade long career studying American presidents. By sharing her deep understanding of the ambition, resolution, and resilience of some of our nation’s most revered presidents, Goodwin explains how past setbacks and triumphs shed light on the cultural, economic, and political transformations that define today’s turbulent times. The NBPLF is honored this Pulitzer Prize winning author will, once again, share her wisdom on this important topic.


Lecture Details and Ticket Information

Attend the lectures and chat with the speakers at a tasty post-lecture supper on Friday night or tea and cookies on Saturday afternoon. All lectures are at the Central Library. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 1, 2019. Questions? or call 949-717-3818.

Friday, January 24, 2020 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Lecture, Book Sale & Signing, Light Supper with Wine

General $65 // NBPLF Member: $60

Saturday, January 25, 2020 |2:00pm – 4:00pm

Lecture, Book Sale & Signing, Refreshments

General $45 // NBPLF Member: $40

About The Witte Lecture Series

WITTE is for the curious, engaged and motivated. It presents serious topics for serious times. Join in for dynamic, informative, call-to-action conversations about the US Presidency, the impacts of income inequality, what to anticipate with rapid environmental change, and learn the societal price of addiction. Participate and be fortified. Understand the complexities of globally relevant issues.

Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach @ Newport Beach Tennis Club Tickets
Jan 27 – Feb 2 all-day
Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach @ Newport Beach Tennis Club | Newport Beach | California | United States

Mark Your Calendars!

The Oracle Challenger Series is returning to Newport Beach! This professional tennis tournament is the third stop of the 2019-2020 Oracle Challenger Series, designed to promote American tennis and help up-and-coming players secure both ranking points and prize money. Come out and see some of the sport’s future stars in this free event taking place at the Newport Beach Tennis Club on January 27 – February 2, 2020.

The race is heating up on the Road to Indian Wells, as the top two American women’s and men’s points-getters over the course of the Series receive wildcards into their respective singles main draws at the 2020 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA, one of the most prestigious events in professional tennis.

You won’t want to miss this exciting week of tennis action! The event is FREE and open to the public.

Get your free ticket here:

For additional information about the event, please visit the tournament website.

Distinguished Speaker Series of Orange County at Segerstrom Center for the Arts @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts Tickets
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Distinguished Speaker Series of Orange County at Segerstrom Center for the Arts @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Powerful evenings guaranteed to inspire, enlighten, entertain and inform! Offering audiences the opportunity to experience and learn from remarkable individuals who have changed the world and shaped our lives.

Enjoy candid and relaxed evenings with world leaders, Pulitzer Prize winners, best-selling authors, explorers and celebrated personalities offering profound insights and lively discussion.

Visit the website for tickets and additional information. Series subscriptions packages are sold by theater location only.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire’s Big Night @ Left Coast Brewing Tickets
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire’s Big Night @ Left Coast Brewing | Irvine | California | United States

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire as they celebrate Orange County’s 2020 Big of the Year Finalists! Big Night brings together our supporters to help recruit new volunteers. Bring a friend or a colleague and learn how you can help grow our community of mentors who will help change the lives of local underserved youth.

Complimentary drink and food provided. This is a 21+ event.

“I need a new brain. Can stem cells help?” with Sally Temple, PhD @ Beckman Center Tickets
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"I need a new brain. Can stem cells help?" with Sally Temple, PhD @ Beckman Center | Irvine | California | United States

The UCI Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center is proud to present Sally Temple PhD as the featured speaker of our 2019-20 Community Lecture Series. Dr. Temple is the Co-Founder and Scientific Director of the Neural Stem Cell Institute (NSCI) located in Rensselaer NY, USA. The mission of NSCI is to use stem cell research to create therapies for currently incurable disorders of the central nervous system – the brain, retina and spinal cord.

Using patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), Sally’s research group is building models to study neurodegenerative diseases, with the goal of identifying therapies. Sally helps lead the iPSC effort of the Tau Consortium, an international, collaborative group focused on understanding and developing therapies for dementias. Her group also models retinal degeneration using iPSC technology and collaborates with Dr. Jeff Stern and a team developing a cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration using an adult stem cell they discovered in the human retina.

Sally is past president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), the largest global organization for scientists working in the stem cell field. Her work has been recognized with several awards, including the Jacob Javits and R35 awards from the National Institutes of Health, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the Ellison investigator award. Sally is the scientific cofounder of two biotech companies, StemCultures, which makes bioengineered growth factors for cell manufacture and Luxa Biotech, which is advancing the clinical trial for stem cell therapy patients with age-related macular degeneration.

Reed Family Concert: Beethoven Interpolations @ Conrad Prebys Concert Hall Tickets
Feb 1 all-day
Reed Family Concert: Beethoven Interpolations @ Conrad Prebys Concert Hall | San Diego | California | United States

Beethoven turns 250 this year. He was a great composer, as everybody already knows. But in the midst of what will certainly be a mind-numbing hagiography, I can’t help but think that he would feel misunderstood by us. After all, he was much more in spiritual league with the flame-throwing radicals of the Jacobin rather than the cultural mainstream. What would the person who turned his back on princes and emperors say about today’s cultural worship of his music in the form of a well-heeled gala crowd at a symphony orchestra concert?

We propose another kind of birthday present. Building on the classical notion of interpolation to shed light on Beethoven’s impact on 20th and 21st music, we will nest among the movements of Beethoven’s mercurial First Symphony (1800) newer work that contains 20th and 21st century echoes of Beethoven’s mind. Webern’s Symphony, Dallapiccola’s Una Piccola Musica Notturna, and new music by PamelaZ and Anna Thorvaldsdottir help reveal the often unseen Beethoven: his formalism, his penchant for lyricism, and his wicked sense of humor. We hope to afford insight into parallel moments of cultural and political peril. From the turn of the 19th century in post-revolutionary Europe to the volatile time between world wars in the 20th century to our early 21st century michigas, these works, taken together, demonstrate the necessity for an artist to react to her or his time.

Pamela Z – Heiligenstadt Lamentation
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony #1, First Movement
Anton Webern – Symphony
Beethoven – Symphony #1, Second Movement
Luigi Dallapiccola – Una Piccola Musica Notturna
Beethoven – Symphony #1, Third Movement
Beethoven – Symphony #1, Fourth Movement
Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Aequilibria

The concert will be preceded by a conversation with Steven Schick and a distinguished panel including: Pamela Z, Lilian Faderman, and Henry Torres Blanco, entitled: “How do we as artists working in different genres use (or abuse) classic works?”

Lunar New Year at the Irvine Spectrum Center @ Irvine Spectrum Center Tickets
Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunar New Year at the Irvine Spectrum Center @ Irvine Spectrum Center | Irvine | California | United States

Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat at Irvine Spectrum Center on Saturday, February 1 from 12pm – 2pm.

Activities to take place in the Giant Wheel courtyard include:
• Chinese dragon dance
• Lion Dance
• Greeters distributing fortune cookies*
• Lucky envelopes*
• Arts & Crafts*
• Entertainment

Visit the website for additional information.

*while supplies last / weather permitting

California Cool Art Auction @ Laguna Art Museum Tickets
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
California Cool Art Auction @ Laguna Art Museum | Laguna Beach | California | United States

The California Cool Art Auction is an evening not to be missed. With works by over 100 of California’s most coveted artists, the 38th annual Art Auction will include great art, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails. The evening includes a silent auction as well as an exciting live auction.

Proceeds from the event support Laguna Art Museum’s mission of collecting and preserving California art, providing critically acclaimed exhibitions, and enhancing art education.

Auction powered by Artsy.
Advance tickets recommended.

Let’s Learn about GroundHog Day @ Pretend City Children's Museum Tickets
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Let's Learn about GroundHog Day @ Pretend City Children's Museum | Irvine | California | United States

Celebrate with Punxsutawney Phil and learn about Groundhog Day at Pretend City! Together we will find out if we have a long winter or an early spring. We will also be learning why Americans celebrate this unique holiday.