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Looking to take in some culture this week? Here’s our top five list of must-see events.

Cirque Éloize

1. Cirque Éloize in Cirkopolis
Experience the comic-book world in this phenomenal show Jan. 30-Feb. 1, which merges dreams with reality through a combination of eye-catching acrobatics, imagery and illusions. Tickets from $33. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646

2. Drawn In
Sean Cheetham, Jorg Dubin, Hollis Dunlap, Hannah Webb and Amy Yung are among the 50 talented artists participating in this new exhibit. On display through Jan. 31, the show features drawings that shed light on the modern world. Free. Q Art Salon, 205 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana, 714.835.8833

3. San Juan Capistrano Rotary-CARE Car Show and Poker Run
With 400 classic wheels and the latest top-tier models from 11 local dealerships, this car show set for Feb. 1 is a fave for auto aficionados. You’ll also enjoy snacks from Las Golondrinas and music from DJ Thumper MacDowell. Tickets $5. 25920 Camino del Avion, San Juan Capistrano

4. Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich
As part of the Pac Symph and Chapman University’s Decoding Shostakovich festival, musicologist Solomon Volkov on Feb. 2 presents a look at his book, which explores Stalin’s dictatorship and its impacts on the famed Russian composer. Free. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.755.5799

5. Laguna Beach Music Festival
Father-son pianist duo Jeffrey and Gabriel Kahane, the Linden String Quartet and the yMusic sextet come to O.C. Feb. 3-9 for a week of performances, parties and discussions that celebrate a range of genres and skilled singer-songwriters. Tickets from $25. Laguna Beach venues, 949.715.9713