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Culture vultures, mark your calendars. Here are five productions you don’t want to miss.

“Priscilla Queen of the Desert”

1. Priscilla Queen of the Desert
You have until Oct. 27 to hop on for the ride in this Tony Award-winning Broadway hit about three friends who embark on a road trip through the Australian Outback. Tickets from $25. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, scfta.org

2. Italian Opera Festival: A Night in Venice
Violinist Maria Solozobova and famed conductor Stefano Vignati are among the talents who hit a high note—quite literally—during this Oct. 25 showcase of the country’s beloved musical style. Tickets from $30. Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949.480.4000, soka.edu

3. AnDa Union
A 10-person ensemble of Mongolian throat singers dressed in traditional garments takes the stage Oct. 26 to give this nearly extinct musical style a new voice alongside string, percussion, wind and plucked instruments. Tickets from $15. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646, thebarclay.org

4. Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Salzburg Marionette Theatre
The troupe of puppet masters showcases well-known scenes from German composer Richard Wagner’s opera, The Ring, as part of its 100th anniversary showcase on Oct. 27. Applause, please! Tickets from $30. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646, thebarclay.org

5. Danza Floricanto: Día de los Muertos
The Mexican folk dance troupe explores life and death in its series of performance vignettes, which will be performed through Oct. 29 and are inspired by the culture’s Day of the Dead celebration. Tickets from $10. Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949.480.4000, soka.edu