IRVINE BARCLAY CELEBRATES 25 AT JWA
Irvine Barclay Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special exhibition at John Wayne Airport (JWA). Located pre-security along the pedestrian walkway connecting Terminal B and C, the exhibition, entitled “Wit, Style, Power, Grace,” explores the artistic and cultural diversity of Orange County through the lens of events presented at the Barclay over its history. The Barclay has developed a national reputation as a leader in developing culturally relevant programs that are unique to Southern California. Curated by Henry Korn, the exhibit can be viewed through November 27, 2015. Ocair.com
BUNNIES & BOOKS
The Newport Beach Public Library is presenting its second annual “Bunnies & Books for Kids Festival,” as part of its Making Memories for Children series. Held at the Central Library on May 9, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., the indoor-outdoor event will include bunny-themed storytelling, kids’ activities, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Actors playing Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck will be on the scene, and special Bistro 24 Cafe box lunches for the kids will be available for purchase. The event starts in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library and continues out into the Civic Green behind the library. Sponsored by the Library Foundation, admission is free. NBPLFoundation.org
Thanks to the generosity of Janet and Mark Hilbert, Chapman University will have a new museum housed with a collection of works by the most celebrated “California Scene” painters of the past century. Through the Hilbert’s generous funding, Chapman will open The Hilbert Museum of California Art this fall. In the meantime, a selection of watercolors from the collection is now on public view at the university’s Leatherby Libraries in the Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room through August 10. For exhibit hours, visit Chapman.edu/Library/Info/Hours.htm|
OLIVE TREE INITIATIVE’S FOURTH ANNUAL GALA
The Olive Tree Initiative, a UC Irvine-based organization that promotes conflict analysis and resolution among students, faculty and community participants, is hosting its fourth annual gala on Sunday, May 31, at The Center Club in Costa Mesa. Pulitzer prize-winning author Lawrence Wright will be the speaker. The celebrated author, screenwriter, playwright and staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, is speaking on “The Rise of Religious Extremism and its Impact on Middle East Peace.” Dinner, discussion and booksigning are a part of the mix from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. $150 per person. OliveTreeInitiative.org
SMOOTH JAZZ WINS THE DAY
Celebrate the beginning of summer with a star-studded festival of food, fun and electrifying music at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival from May 29–31. Held at the resort’s Back Bay Golf Course, there will be two jam-packed days of smooth jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll and adult contemporary music. Look for artists, such as Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Patti Austin, Larry Graham & Graham Central Stations, and many more. For ticket prices, visit Festivals.HyattConcerts.com.
MAKE MOTHER HAPPY
The Island Hotel is offering several opportunities to honor mothers on Sunday, May 10. There is Mother’s Day three-course dining at Oak Grill, where Chef Marc Johnson is preparing an elegant three-course repast, with a bottomless champagne service option. There is also a Mother’s Day Brunch in the Cabana Room, where interactive dining stations will offer a wide array of breakfast favorites, salads, raw seafood, carved and other entrees, desserts and bottomless champagne. Acoustic music, a special gift for mother and a raffle for an Island Hotel Spa Package completes the brunch. For prices and times, call 949.760.4920.