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The Hit List: Tastes, Sights and Sounds

Make the most of these last days of summer. Here’s our top five list of foodie frenzies, art affairs and one saxy musical performance.

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1. Art Talks: Déjà Vu
On Aug. 21, Festival of Arts fans will love hearing the event’s longest exhibiting artist, Jacquie Moffett, and other veteran participants reflect on their experiences over the years. While you’re at the venue, check out works from this year’s talents, such as Lindsay Buchman, Baldemar Fierro and Eric Gerdau. Noon. Tickets from $4; talks are free with festival admission. Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6582

2. Kenny G
The Grammy Award-winning saxophonist on Aug. 23 fills the summer sky with the silky sounds of smooth jazz—it’s perfect for a night out with your honey. 8PM. Tickets from $25. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.855.8095,

3. Tomato and Pepper Tasting
Love these red orbs from the garden? Then you won’t want to miss the 14th annual event on Aug. 23. Tomato expert Steve Goto has a lineup of heirlooms and hybrids for you to taste; you’ll learn about new varieties and explore your faves. April Goto also serves up a salsa crafted from these homegrown beauties. 9AM. Free. Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949.640.5800

4. Flavors of O.C.
Joshua Severson, Justin Miller, Marcel St. Pierre—they’re among the culinary talents who will cook up cuisine tableside at the American Liver Foundation’s event on Aug. 24. Gourmands will also enjoy an auction and cocktails while raising funds for the nonprofit. Tasty! 5PM. Tickets $325. Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, 310.670.4624 

5. Carlos Donjuan: The Day You Arrived
This drawing and painting professor’s works have been showcased globally and on U.S. soil—the Cheech Marin Collection, which houses the largest private lineup of Chicano art in America, recently acquired several of his pieces. Now, he’s showing off his poignant, striking graffiti art murals to local audiences through Aug. 31. Free. Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow, 1175 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.988.0603