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ORANGE COUNTY CALENDAR: ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, LEISURE

Today's Calendar: Out And About In Orange County

May 26, 2000

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FIRST LOOK

The premiere of "The Education of Randy Newman," Newman's musical following an everyman musician from his childhood in Louisiana to his adult years in Los Angeles, begins previews on South Coast Repertory's Main Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 p.m. $23-$40. Through June 1. Opens June 2. $33-$52. Ends July 2. (714) 708-5555.

The Vanguard Theatre Ensemble production of "Lend Me a Tenor," a comedy by Ken Ludwig about an opera company whose star tenor turns out to be more trouble than they bargained for, opens at the Curtis Theatre, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea. 8 p.m. $17 today, includes reception. $5-$15 beginning Saturday. Ends June 11. (714) 990-7722.

SPRING CONCERT

The Men in Blaque singers, the UC Irvine Concert Choir and UC Irvine Brass Ensemble perform pieces by Gabrielli, Harbison, Ives, Dukas and others at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive. 8 p.m. $6-$12. (949) 854-4646.

UNDER THE BIG TOP

Circus Vargas is at the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace, Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue. 5 and 7:30 p.m. $5-$24. Also Saturday, 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30, 3 and 5:30 p.m. (714) 799-0771.

LIQUID GOLD

The United Scottish Society sponsors a single malt scotch tasting at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road. 4:30 p.m. $25 in advance. (310) 370-9887.

SPECIAL SCREENING

The UC Irvine Film Society continues its "New Wave: Inspiration & Repercussion" series with "La Discrete," Christian Vincent's 1992 drama about a writer who attempts to seduce and abandon a woman as revenge for being dropped by his lover, at the campus Student Center, West Peltason and Pereira drives. 7 and 9 p.m. $2.50-$4.50. (949) 824-5588.

BRAND X

X plays rock at the Galaxy Concert Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. At 7:30 p.m. with the Bleeders and 10:30 p.m. with Creeper. $22.50-$24.50. (714) 957-0600.

ISLAND CROONER

Hawaiian singer-songwriter Henry Kapono performs at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. Gail Swanson opens. 8 p.m. $19.50-$21.50. (949) 496-8930.

COMEDY & MAGIC

Magician Chris Blackmore performs at the Magic Laugh at the Rib Trader Restaurant, 2710 E. Chapman Ave., Orange. 7 p.m. $25.95, includes dinner. Also Saturday, 8 p.m. Reservations: (714) 639-6126.

Julie Kidd's Komedy Konnection with Bill Word, Martin Moreno, Sharon Barragan, Cindy Burns, Jay Hewlett and Julie Kidd, is at Vanilla's Caffe, 1948 N. Tustin Ave., Orange. 8:30 p.m. Free. (714) 921-8035.

John Pinette performs at the Irvine Improv, 71 Fortune Drive. 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. $17. Also Saturday, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. $17. Sunday, 7 p.m. $15. (949) 854-5455.

Comic hypnotist Flip Orley performs at the Brea Improv, 945 E. Birch St. 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. $12. Also Saturday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. $12; Sunday, 8 p.m. $10. (714) 529-7878.

MUSIC

The Lehigh University Choir sings at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2150 Bonita Canyon Road, Newport Beach. 7:30 p.m. Free. (949) 642-1123.

THEATER

"On Golden Pond," Ernest Thompson's drama about the relationship between an aging couple, their alienated daughter and her teenage son, continues at the Ensemble Theatre, 844 E. Lincoln Ave., Orange. 8:30 p.m. $18-$20. Through Saturday. (949) 263-4170.

"Echoes and Encores," a revue of 20th century American music, continues at the Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 8 p.m. $12. Through Sunday. (949) 489-8082.

"To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday," Michael Brady's tear-jerker about a man's obsessive mourning of his wife, continues at the Chance Theater, 5576 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Through Sunday. (714) 777-3033.

The Fullerton Civic Light Opera production of "Mirette," a musical by Elizabeth Diggs, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones set in 1890s Paris, about a young girl and her mother who runs a boarding house for music hall performers, continues at the Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton. 8 p.m. $15-$36. Ends Sunday. (714) 526-3832.

"The Beginning of August," Tom Donaghy's exploration of the American family in transition, in which a mother who abandons her husband and baby is replaced by a band of odd but earnest strangers who help the struggling father with the domestic duties, continues on South Coast Repertory's second stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 7:45 p.m. $26-$45. Through Sunday. (714) 708-5555.

"Rumors," Neil Simon's comedy in which a group of highbrow New Yorkers try to conceal from the police and one another what might--or might not--have been a prominent friend's suicide, continues at the Westminster Community Theatre, 7272 Maple St. 8:30 p.m. $10-$12. Through June 3. (714) 527-5546.

POP & ROCK

Square 1, Philliacs, Imbi-Souls, Revolver and others play at the Backalley, 139 W. Amerige Ave., Fullerton. 7 p.m. (714) 284-5587.

Sap, Engine 51, Creeping Death, A Wake and Prymary play at the Shack, 1160 N. Kraemer Blvd., Anaheim. 7 p.m. (714) 630-0121.

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