Around Town: Drive-in comedy events in Irvine to host roster of comics

Levity Live will host improv at the Irvine Spectrum Center starting Saturday.
Levity Live will host the Improv Live Comedy Drive-In Series at the Irvine Spectrum Center starting Saturday.
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Comedy fans looking for laughter to ease the tensions of life during a pandemic will have that chance starting Saturday, as Levity Live will host the Improv Live Comedy Drive-In Series at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

The Improv invites comedy lovers to enjoy live shows from the safety of their socially distanced vehicles at the top of the Regal Parking Deck, where they can kick back, relax and share some laughs. Saturday’s lineup, “Hot Nights, Cool Comics” ( features comics Erik Griffin, Ian Edwards, Jesus Trejo, Ian Bagg and Chris Porter.

Shows will run every Saturday through Sept. 5, when Maz Jobrani headlines the final event. Other performers for the final show include Omid Singh, Tehran Von Ghasri and Monty Franklin.

Tickets start at $125 per vehicle and must be ordered online in advance. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

Pacific Symphony is replaying concerts online

The Orange County Pacific Symphony has introduced Summer Replay, an ongoing four-part virtual concert series, with biweekly performances.

Eileen Jeanette, the senior vice president of artistic planning for the Pacific Symphony, interviews special guests to begin each program.

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony was the opening performance in July, but each part of the series will be available for online viewing for 45 days after the date of the performance. Beethoven’s Fifth can be viewed through Sept. 12.

In the second installment of the series on Thursday night, Orli Shaham, an internationally celebrated pianist, is scheduled to play Mozart’s “Concerto No. 17.” The show, which will include an interview with Shaham, will be available for viewing through Sept. 26.

The other scheduled performances are Symphonie Fantastique (Aug. 27) and a Virtual Tchaikovsky Spectacular (Sept. 10). Interviews for those shows will feature principal bassoon Rose Corrigan and principal trumpet Barry Perkins, respectively.

The shows are free and are originally aired at 7 p.m. on the date of the performance. The performances can be viewed by signing in with an email address at

Paséa goes to the dogs

Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach has been named as the top winner of the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards list of “The Best Pet Friendly Hotels” for 2020.

The seaside resort’s pooch-friendly amenities include a private 1,100-square-foot dog park, in-room pet beds and other swag, and pet-sitting and walking services arranged by the concierge. It’s also less than 2 miles from Huntington’s off-leash dog beach.

The honor follows up on a spot on Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2019 list of Best Dog-friendly Hotels in the U.S.

To see the complete list, visit

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