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The Hit List: Curtain Call!

From a legendary entertainer to an award-winning lecturer, an impressive lineup of talent will take the spotlight in Orange County during the week ahead. Here’s our top-five list of can’t-miss performances.

Frankie Valli

1. An Evening in Buenos Aires
On Aug. 14, award-winning lecturer Jacqueline Hahn takes attendees on a trip to the Paris of South America as part of the Bowers Summer Nights program. Guests can learn about the city’s history, geography, European architecture and culture—in fact, the evening also features works from creatives like writer Jorge Luis Borges. 7PM. Tickets from $7. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600

2. Gala of the Stars
Dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, the New York City Ballet, the Czech National Ballet and Staatsballett Berlin are among the internationally praised talents who go en pointe alongside Festival Ballet Theatre’s resident company during the annual production on Aug. 15. 7PM. Tickets from $45, VIP tickets $125. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646 

3. Googoosh & Ebi
Go on a cultural journey during this Aug. 15 performance featuring two of today’s most influential and well-known Iranian singers. 9PM. Tickets from $69, executive suite rentals from $3,500. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500

4. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
The original Jersey Boys return to O.C. on Aug. 16 for a concert that is just “Too Good to Be True.” Longtime fans are certain to sing along to “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry” and “Oh What a Night.” Classic! 7:30PM. Tickets from $49. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787

5. The New Swan String Quartet: Mozart Monday
As part of the summer New Swan Shakespeare Festival, the L.A. Philharmonic is making a trip south on Aug. 18 to perform a selection of Mozart’s most aurally inspiring works. 8PM. Tickets from $45. New Swan Theater at UCI, Gateway Commons (next to Aldrich 
Park), Pereira and W. Peltason drives, 949.824.2787