FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Dr. George Friedman, founder and chairman of STRATFOR, will speak on forecasting and analyzing geopolitics as part of the Newport Beach Public Library's Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the Central Library branch, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $55 per person for Friday and $35 per person Saturday. For more information, call (949) 548-2411 or visit www.nbplfoundation.org. (February 9, 2012)

FRIDAY

'Way to Play Day: A Package of Learning!'

Pretend City Children's Museum offers a host of activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for small children to prepare them for play groups, preschool and kindergarten. Developmental checkups will be available on site from 10 a.m. to assess speech, motor, cognitive and other functions for small children. Pretend City is at 29 Hubble, Irvine. For more information, go to pretendcity.org.

'Physics Phun'

The Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach, presents "Physics Phun," a class in its Science Nerd Series for children ages 7 to 12. The after-school class is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Parents will remain with their children during class. Cost to sign up is $10 per student. For more information, call (949) 645-8489 or email to lori@encenter.org.

Open Studio-Salon

Newport Beach artist Michaell Magrutsche will host an open studio-salon with guest artist Melinda Lester Brown from 6 to 9 p.m. at his studio, 245 Marsala, Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 630-3625 or go to michaellart.com.

Newport Beat

The Newport Beat band plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Celtic Bar at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

FRIDAY TILL FEB. 26

'The Borrowers'

South Coast Repertory Co.'s Theatre for Young Audiences presents "The Borrowers," an adaptation by Charles Way of Mary Norton's book series by the same name. The production features a blend of puppets and actors. Tickets go from $20 to $32. For showtimes and more information, go to http://www.scr.org or call (714) 708-5555.

FRIDAY TILL SUNDAY

'V-Day Monologues'

The Orange Coast College Repertory Theatre will stage feminist monologues in observance of V-Day, a movement to fight violence against women and girls. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For showtimes and more information, go to http://www.occtickets.com or call (714) 432-5880.

TILL SATURDAY

Roberta Flack

Grammy Award-winner Roberta Flack performs with the Pacific Symphony at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25 and the show is at 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.pacificsymphony.org.

TILL SUNDAY

African American Art Song Alliance Conference