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The Hit List: Affair of the Arts

Show your art appreciation this summer and take in one of these fine shows.

Catch Me If You Can

1. Catch It!
In just a few days, the Broadway stage adaptation of Catch Me If You Can will be jetting out of Orange County. 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. The show closes on June 30, so you better catch it while you can! Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787,

2. World Champ
Judah Friedlander knows his way around a comedy club. The veteran performer has been touring for 20-plus years and has filmed some 30 movies, including American Splendor and Meet the Parents, and hundreds of TV shows. (Does 30 Rock ring a bell?) Let the goofy guy take you to laugh heaven June 28-30. Irvine Improv, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455,

3. Surf Rock
Donavon Frankenreiter has two sets of fans: rockers and surfers. So, he’ll feel right at home when he performs in O.C. June 29-30. Aside from his successful surf career and Billabong sponsorship, he’s released more than a dozen albums. For his upcoming performance, he teams up with Makua Rothman and Zach Churchill to perform songs from his latest album, Start Livin’. Surf’s up! The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

4. Emerald City
Self-taught artist James Verbicky is a creative master whose works mesmerize and enchant. So, it’s no wonder gallery owner Joanne Artman sees a connection to the recent blockbuster film, Oz the Great and Powerful, and the artist, whose newest collection displays his amazing talent. On exhibit July 1 through Aug. 31, The Great & Powerful will make you say, “We’re not in Kansas anymore.” Joanne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Highway, 949.510.5481,

5. Block Party
Artists Anne Moore and Lynn Welker come together for a dual exhibit July 3-29. Moore presents Pressing Matters, her collection of mixed-media block prints, while Welker shows off her contemporary landscapes in Works on Paper. To round it out, a selection of other local talents will display their latest creations. Sandstone Gallery, 384 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6775,