Events | The Best Orange County Things To Do In August 2013

The best Orange County things to do in August 2013


“Synthesis of Advertising II” by Andriy Halashyn at Salt Fine Art

Find the best Orange County things to do in August 2013, in our events roundup.

Summer Colectiva at Salt Fine Art
Opening Aug. 1. Stroll the Artwalk in Laguna Beach and check out new work at Salt Fine Art. Of particular note is Ukrainian born artist Andriy Halashyn who was been living and working in Costa Rica for the past 10 years and brings a cosmopolitan touch to his lushly dystopian paintings. Sample refreshing summer flavors of popsicles from Modern Pop. 6-9 p.m. 1492 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.5554.

BODIES…The Exhibition
Opens Aug. 1. Come face to face with real full-body specimens and organs that provide an incredibly detailed, three-dimensional vision of the human form rarely seen outside of an anatomy lab. Multiple galleries provide an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body…including a smoker’s lung and a healthy lung. Many of the specimens are arranged in vivid athletic poses, allowing the visitors to relate to their own bodies in everyday activities. $12.75-$16.75. Premier Exhibitions, 7711 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 888.647.2789.

Titanic The Experience
Opens Aug. 1. Relive the epic story of the “Ship of Dreams” at an exhibition designed to highlight the legendary RMS Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through conserved artifacts and extensive staterooms, dining and recreational area re-creations. Become a passenger and time travel back to a prior century to witness the authentic artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic. Interact with storytellers in period costumes portraying Titanic notables, such as Captain Smith and the “unsinkable” Molly Brown, allowing you to visit the unforgettable sights, sounds and emotions of the most famous ship that ever sailed. $12.75-$16.75. Premier Exhibitions, 7711 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 888.647.2789.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait
Opens Aug. 3. Gain an intimate look at the friendship between artists Nicholas Taylor and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a camaraderie that was born under the pulsating lights of New York’s famed Mudd Club in 1979. Although countless essays and reviews have been written about Basquiat and his work, these photographs by Taylor are the portrait of a man, an artist, and most importantly, a friend. Enjoy live jazz, refreshments, food and more at the opening reception Aug. 3, 6-9 p.m. $10. Fullerton Museum, 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6545. 

Art of Cooking Series: Sara Forte
Aug. 4. Join cookbook author and food blogger Sara Forte as she demonstrates step-by-step recipes from her cookbook, Sprouted Kitchen, including lemon herb hummus and a kale pesto for tomato and mozzarella skewers. Enjoy samples of her culinary creations after the demonstration. 1-2 p.m. Festival of Arts, 650 Laugna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145.

Sutra’s 10 Year Anniversary
Aug. 5-12. See the hottest EDM DJs in the industry while Sutra celebrates all week long. Above & Beyond kicks off the week on Aug. 5; Krewella celebrates the start of the weekend on Aug. 8; EC Twins on Aug. 9; Bart B More continues the weekend on Aug. 10; Hardwell closes out the party on Aug. 12. Sutra, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103.

Lark Creek Newport Beach
Opens Aug. 5. Dine at the long awaited restaurant arriving at Fashion Island. Highlighting seasonal, sustainable, farm-fresh cuisine, the restaurant will be serving up dishes such as heirloom tomato gazpacho with cucumber sorbet and fennel pollen and wild King Salmon with saffron and yellow bell pepper broth, poached baby fennel and olive tapenade. Complementing the menu is a sophisticated bar program offering artisanal, hand-crafted cocktails like the Bye & Bye, made with Hayman gin, Cocchi Americano, Dolin Blanc, Aperol and grapefruit bitters and Snake & Sizzle, with Zaya rum, green Chartreuse, St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram, lime and maple syrup, as well as craft beers and a curated wine list featuring an impressive choice of labels. Dinner M-Th, 5-9:30 p.m.; F-Sa, 5-10:30 p.m.; Su, 5-9 p.m. Beginning Aug. 13, lunch will be served M-F, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Happy hour M-F, 3-6:30 p.m. Brunch service begins Aug. 17, Sa-Su, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fashion Island, 957 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.6700.

Sister Act
Aug. 6-18. Watch Deloris—a wannabe diva—as her life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the police hide her in a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. $20-$99. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

The Wanted
Aug. 7.  See the English-Irish boy band who gained fame with their single “Glad You Came.” The Wanted reinvents the traditional boy band sound by mingling slick radio hits with a dose of indie spirit and a bit of electro. 8:15 p.m. $19.50-$69.50. Pacific Amphitheater at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.

Train with The Script and Gavin DeGraw
Aug. 9. Watch the San Francisco based band Train perform songs from their numerous albums including “50 Ways To Say Goodbye,” “Bruises,” and “Calling All Angels.” The Script and Gavin DeGraw open the show. 7 p.m. $23.50-$69. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 800.745.3000.

5th Annual Lobsterfest
Aug. 10. Enjoy a lobster feast and all the accouterments, as well as a buffet of shrimp, mussels, tri-tip, corn on the cob, salads and desserts. Live entertainment from 5-8 p.m. will be provided by Instant Replay, a high-evergy tock and pop band playing favorites from more than 7 decades. Also enjoy dancing, fun on the beach, opportunity drawings, prizes and more. Special activities for youngsters will be on site with Camp James. 3-8 p.m. $55 in advance, $75 at the door. A special box meal for children under 12 is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. VIP tickets, which include all you can eat lobster, complimentary wine, valet parking and reserved seating are $150 in advance. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.3863.

Summer Concerts at Angel Stadium
Aug. 16-17. Its flashback weekend as the Angels host the Houston Astros. Angels will be wearing their throwback uniforms from the 1972-1988 seasons and spectators will enjoy post-game fireworks as well as a concert featuring hit Queen tribute band “Queen Nation” on Friday. For Saturday’s game, Angels will don their old-school uniforms from the 1966-1970 seasons and the hit Beatles tribute bad “RAIN” will perform. 7:05 p.m. game time on Friday ($14-$200) and 6:05 p.m. game time on Saturday ($13-$200). 800 Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.464.2901.

Elephant Parade: Welcome to America
Aug. 23. View dozens of life-size, colorfully decorated elephant sculptures as they make their U.S. debut. After opening day, the sculptures will be displayed through Nov. 16 at locations in Dana Point, including the harbor, beaches, parks and resort properties. Works are by art elite including international street-muralist Chor Boogie, Mumbai jewelry designer Mira Gulati and pinup artist Olivia DeBerardinis; half-sized designs by past contributors such as Tommy Hilfiger, Katy Perry and Diane von Furstenberg will also be exhibited. Doheny State Beach, Dana Point Harbor, along Del Obispo and Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.454.2091.

Queen Mary Shoreline Jam
Aug. 31. See Hawaiian reggae rock sensation Pepper perform as they headline the 3rd annual Shoreline Jam festival at the beautiful waterfront park in front of the historic ship. Other artists taking the stage are Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Fishbone, Clear Conscience and Ethan Tucker, plus two surprise guests. KROQ on air personality Nicole Alvarez emcees. Enjoy yard-games, beer, cocktails and food to keep you going all day and night. $25. 2-11:30 p.m. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511.

Pacific Symphony’s Tchaikovsky Spectacular With Fireworks Finale
Aug. 31. End the summer with a bang at Pacific Symphony’s annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Begin your evening with a picnic (you can opt to bring your own or purchase at the venue) before enjoying the show featuring works from the Russian composer. This year’s concert spotlights teen violinist Chad Hopes, who solos on the composer’s famed Violin Concerto. The program also includes Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni and several more works before the grand finale which will include a dazzling display of cannons and fireworks with Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture. 8 p.m. $25-$104. 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.855.8095.