Spring is in full swing and there are film festivals, steam and STEAM events, live music and an Earth Day celebration. Not to mention the second weekend of Coachella. Here are our picks for the weekend.
COACHELLA WEEKEND 2: Going to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend? Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead are back for another weekend. Plus, there’s the art, the food, the Do Lab, the Coachella vibes and more. Get news, photos, set times, schedules and more at our Coachella 2017 page.
NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL: The Newport Beach Film Festival begins Thursday with 509 films from 58 countries being screened this year, nearly 60 more films than last year. The festival lasts eight days (April 20-27) in which the public has access to a wide variety of works from all over the world, as well as an opportunity to attend panel discussions, mingle with film industry professionals and attend after-parties and other events. Venues: Big Newport Theater, 300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach; Starlight Triangle 8 Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa; Regency Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach; Island Cinemas, Fashion Island, 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach; Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Show times and ticket prices vary. Information: 949-253-2880; newportbeachfilmfest.com. (Read more about the festival.)
“KING OF THE ROAD: THE ROGER MILLER STORY”: Riding a wave of success triggered by mega-hits, “Dang Me” and “King of the Road,” a string of gold records and 11 Grammy Awards, the wisecracking country star and Tony Award-winning Broadway composer is forced to face his demons, confront his self-destructive tendencies and to finally accept love in this world premiere musical at the Laguna Playhouse. April 19 to May 14. Performances are Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. Also, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. and May 4 & May 11 at 2 p.m. $60-$75.606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Information: 949-497-2787 or lagunaplayhouse.com.
AUTISM ON SCREEN: This international film festival celebrating autism awareness “from spectrum to screen” will screen more than nine feature-length films and six shorts – two which are created by filmmakers with autism. It’s family-friendly and will provide sensory-friendly screenings of films like “Inside Out” and shorts such as “The Adventures of Pelican Pete: A Bird is Born.” Ed Asner and his son Matt are heading up this event, which will honor Ben Affleck (“The Accountant”) and Pixar filmmakers Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out”), who will also do Q&As following screenings of their films. Through Sunday at AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets at Orange. 20 City Blvd. Information: autfestasa.com. (Read more about the festival.)
OPERA CHAPMAN: A full-scale production of a popular opera. This is your chance to hear the opera stars of tomorrow in one of the…