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20 Ways to Spend Your Summer Nights

Whether you’re on the lookout for a star-studded party or a concert hot spot, here’s how to heat things up when the sun goes down in O.C.

Broadway hit Catch Me If You Can takes the stage at Segerstrom Center June 25-30.

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Center Stage
Fans of O.C.’s performing arts scene are all abuzz over the upcoming arrival of the Broadway stage adaptation of Catch Me If You Can, which lands at Segerstrom Center June 25-30. Based on the real life of con man Frank Abagnale Jr.—and the 2002 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio—the play is set in the 1960s and takes theatergoers on a wild ride of musical comedy. Pre-performance, there’s no better place to dine than at Leatherby’s Café Rouge, in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Here, whimsical culinary artistry becomes an integral part of the cultural experience as acclaimed chef Ross Pangilinan creates a special menu inspired by the production. Postshow, head to nearby Mesa at The Camp in Costa Mesa for a sexy late-night drink in a swank hot-spot setting., and

Master of Arts
Spend a dreamy midsummer night at the 80th anniversary of Laguna’s beloved tableaux vivant event, the Pageant of the Masters. This year’s theme: The Big Picture, and the production will recreate the masterpieces that inspired the art of filmmaking. Before heading to the outdoor amphitheater to feast your eyes on the actors and sets that combine to create still-life artworks, treat your palate to some delicious food and drink onsite at Tivoli Terrace or just across the street at Tivoli Too. The show runs July 7 through Aug. 31.

All That Jazz
Like jazz? We do, especially when it’s paired with a noteworthy late-night supper menu, as it is at Bayside Restaurant in Newport. You’ll find us there on Friday evenings from 10:30pm to 12:30am, indulging in a little music and nibbles ranging from an Angus beef burger to lobster salad bruschetta. And, of course, we’ll toast the band with a selection from Bayside’s award-winning wine list.

SoCal Sounds
Weezer fans will be “undone” by the band’s show at the Pacific Amphitheatre on July 26. Part of the Summer Concert Series, which also includes visits by the likes of the Counting Crows and The Wallflowers, the open-air concert is the perfect start to an evening of fun. Afterward, hit the O.C. Fair (your concert ticket comes with free admission), and get your rollercoaster on. ocfair.‌com

Thanks to Oceana, O.C.’s society season doesn’t take a hiatus when the weather heats up. If all you wanna do is have some fun (a nod to Sheryl Crow, who will perform at the event) mark your social calendar for Aug. 18 to attend the SeaChange Summer Party. Not only will you raise funds that help Oceana protect waters worldwide, you’ll also enjoy
a gourmet dinner, world-class silent and live auctions, and dance the night away under the stars. Speaking of stars, this gala is known for drawing an A-List Hollywood crowd (think Ted Danson, Morgan Freeman, Jeff Bridges and more).

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