The opening nights of the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2010-2011 Jazz Series will feature Sara Gazarek and Sachal Vasandani, two of today's brightest young jazz artists. Tickets are $49 and are available online at http://www.ocpac.org or at the Center's Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 556-2787.
SAT/ACT Practice Test
The Newport Beach Public Library, in collaboration with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, hosts a free SAT/ACT practice test at 10 a.m. in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. The free practice test includes questions from all subjects tested on the SAT and ACT and will last around four hours. Students can register for the free exam at http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org. For more information, call (949) 717-3808.
EYETORRENT opens an exhibition featuring the work Daisuke Okamoto and Geoffrey Doolittle. The showcase is at 8 p.m. at the gallery, 1630 Superior Ave, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit http://www.eyetorrent.com.
Jon Kimura Parker
Pacific Symphony's 2010-2011 classical season opens at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, featuring one of the most exquisite piano concertos of all — "Tchaikovsky's First"— performed by internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker. The concert starts at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (714) 755-5799 or visit http://www.pacificsymphony.org.
Lido Yacht Expo
The 32nd annual Lido Yacht Expo returns to Lido Marina, showcasing luxurious yachts and new 2011 models, including powerboats and sailboats from U.S. and international builders. Admission is $12 for adults; free for children 12 and younger accompanied by a paid adult. Free parking and continuous shuttle service to the show will be available weekdays at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, 798 Dover Drive, and on the weekend at Hoag Health Center, 500 Superior Ave. For show hours and more information, visit http://www.lidoyachtexpo.com or call (949) 757-5959.
The new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein comes to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive. Tickets to see Young Frankenstein start at $15 and are available at http://www.ocpac.org or by calling (714) 556-2787.
TILL OCT. 3
The Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts presents a musical rendition of Lewis Caroll's classic storybook characters from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." All shows are presented at the Lyceum Theater, located on the Vanguard University campus off Newport Boulevard. Tickets start at $14 and can be purchased by calling Vanguard University Theatre Department box office at (714) 668-6145.
TILL OCT. 10
The South Coast Repertory presents "Misalliance," by George Bernard Shaw and directed by Martin Benson. For tickets and showtimes, visit http://www.scr.org.
TILL OCT. 20
"Photo-Environment," an exhibit of 100 photos from 17 photographers, will be on display at the Orange Coast College's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. For gallery times and more information, visit http://www.occartspavilion.blogspot.com.
Newport Harbor High
A reunion for all Newport Harbor High graduates from 1950 through 2010 will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Balboa Pier.
CdM Republican Assembly
The Corona del Mar Republican Assembly meets at 5:15 p.m. at Coco's, 3446 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar. Assemblyman Van Tran, the candidate for the 47th Congressional District, will be the guest speaker. For more information, call (949) 378-8944.
Friends of Orange County Homeless Pets (FOCHP) is hosting its 5K Fundraiser to raise funds for homeless animals. The run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the William R. Mason Regional Park in Irvine, 18712 University Drive, Area No. 5. Registration is $25 and can be done by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Punk rock band Nations Afire, featuring members from Rise Against, Ignite and Death By Stereo, performs its final Monday residency show at the Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. The show is free and are 21 and older only. For more information, visit http://www.detroitbar.com.
Local band Pacific Hurt wraps up its Tuesday residency at La Cave, 1695 Irvine Ave., Costa Mesa. The free show starts at 10 p.m. and is 21 and older only. For more information, visit http://www.lacaverestaurant.com.
Orange Coast College hosts the Banff Radical Reels Film Tour at 7 p.m. at 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. All proceeds benefit the OCC Friends of the Library. For film line-up and more information, call (714) 432-5880.