May 1-11. The 30th Asian Pacific Film Festival. As a part of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Visual Communications will be hosting its annual Film Festival, featuring rising short films and series. Tickets will be sold for $13 and reduced to $11 with student ID. The screenings take place at several venues, including the Directors Guild of America. For all the details, visit asianfilmfestla.org/.
May 4. Wings for Life World Run in Santa Clarita. Have you ever seen a race without a finish line? At the Wings for Life World Run, runners in Santa Clarita will begin racing at 3:00 am to be in sync with runners on six different continents! All proceeds will go towards funding spinal cord injury research through the Wings for Life Foundation.
May 8-11. Spacefest VI in Pasadena. Do you love space? Of course you do! So, Spacefest is for you. Come to the Pasadena Convention Center to listen to presentations by experts, watch documentaries about the cosmos, eat breakfast with astronauts, and more!
May 10. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” at the Electric Dusk Drive-In. You’ve heard of the good ol’ days, when teenagers watched movies in their cars under starlight. The Electric Dust, located at 1000 San Julian Street, gives modern teens the chance to revel in this retro pleasure. Come see the third Harry Potter film, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, which starts at 8:30pm.
May 10-11. Young Authors’ Faire in the OC. The Young Authors’ Faire is the perfect event for aspiring authors to showcase their works and meet professional writers. The event will span from 11 am to 3 pm at five different libraries: Irvine Katie Wheeler Library, Westminster Library, Tustin Library, La Habra Library, and San Juan Capistrano Library. All educators, students, and family members are invited to come.
May 16. Han Bin Yoon Cello Performance in Pasadena. Bring friends and family to the First Church of the Nazarene for a performance by the Pasadena Community Orchestra that will be the “most romantic of the season.” Award-winning Korean-American cellist Han Bin Yoon (pictured) will be performing the Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor.
May 17. YOUTHECA Expo at UCI. Youth Extracurricular Activities will host its first expo at UC Irvine’s Newkirk Alumni Center to promote both high school clubs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This expo functions to not only connect various student-run clubs across Orange County but to also establish greater awareness of community. Learn more at youthecausa.com.
May 17-19. Lightwire Theater in Costa Mesa. The cherished characters from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” and Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and The Hare” will light up to life at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Scenes and characters will be lined with electroluminescent wire to create a surreal visual experience.
May 24. March Against Monsanto in Van Nuys. Monsanto is a multinational food production corporation that has caused controversy because of its genetic modifications and the way that it treats smaller farmers. Activists are meeting at the County Court in Van Nuys at 1:00 pm to protest the company.