Sunday, October 29, 2017

David Sedaris at the Irvine Barclay - ONE NIGHT ONLY - Nov. 15th. Don't miss it!


Join Brown Club Orange County as we enjoy the “sardonic wit and incisive social critiques” of humorist David Sedaris.
Sedaris, “discovered” by This American Life host Ira Glass ’82 and author of such books as Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Denim and Corduroy, appears for one night only at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612, Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

BCOC has purchased a block of tickets for this event and has 15 seats remaining available on a first-come, first-served basis at $41.50 each.

If interested, contact Chiyo Rowe at for tickets.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

US News & World Report Top Colleges Mixer 2017 co-hosted by Brown Club OC

& OC IVY PLUS present

: Wed., 10/11/2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: AC Hotel Irvine, 3309 Michelson Drive, Irvine
Cost: FREE
Come celebrate with your fellow alumni and alumni from the Top 25 schools in US News &World Report’s 2018 National University Rankings.
  •  No cover. Cash Bar with Happy Hour Drink Specials.
  • Space is limited, so if you would like to attend, please RSVP by Friday, 10/6 to:
o   Victoria Wu ’15

A special thank you to the AC Hotel Irvine for hosting this event and providing special accommodations.

  • Limited parking is available in the hotel parking lot. 
  •  Additional parking in the adjacent parking structure (directly behind LA Fitness).
  • If you park in the structure the first 2 hours are free. The rate is $1.25 per 15 minutes after 2 hours.
Questions? Please contact Victoria C. Wu at

Friday, July 28, 2017

Enjoy Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew at the beautiful, outdoor New Swan Shakespeare Festival at UC Irvine Sunday, August 13th

Get your tickets while they last for Taming of the Shrew. Sunday, August 13th. 

Enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting at the UCI New Swan Shakespeare Festival. 

Complimentary pre-show lecture at 7:00 p.m. followed by presentation at 8:00.

Club members $32, Seniors $27, Non-members $35.

Contact for more information.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

BCOC Hosts An Evening (to remember) With Christina Paxson!

Brown Club Orange County achieved another milestone Friday, July 21st when we were honored to host An Evening With Christina Paxson at the beautiful Newport Coast Community Center.

Guests munched on hors d'oeuvres then listened while President Paxson shared the challenges, goals and aspirations of leading Brown University into the 21st Century, and inspired many questions from the audience.

The OC Brunonians in attendance ended the evening with a renewed sense of community and determination to do our part in ensuring the success of our beloved alma mater now and in the future.

If you want to be more involved in the Orange County Brown community, contact us to learn how!
See Past Events tab for more event photos.  Video excerpts to come!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Last Call for An Evening With Christina Paxson


For An Evening With
Brown President
Christina Paxson


Friday, July 21, 2017
Newport Coast Community Center
Newport Coast and Willinger Rooms
6401 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Coast, CA 92657
7:00 p.m.
Complimentary wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres
7:30 p.m.
Remarks by President Paxson

RSVP via email to Scott Westerfield '79

or phone at 949-636-1975

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Seats Are Almost Gone for An Evening With Christina Paxson - Reserve Yours Now

Join us for an evening with

President Christina Paxson

Friday, July 21, 2017
Newport Coast Community Center
Newport Coast and Willinger Rooms
6401 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Coast, CA 92657

7:00 p.m.
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

7:30 p.m.
Remarks by President Paxson

RSVP by July 17th to Scott Westerfield '79

or phone at 949-636-1975

Friday, June 23, 2017

Brown Club Orange County Invites You to an Evening with Christina Paxson!

Join us for an evening with
President Christina Paxson

Friday, July 21, 2017

Newport Coast Community Center
Newport Coast and Willinger Rooms
6401 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Coast, CA 92657

7:00 p.m.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

7:30 p.m.

Remarks by President Paxson

RSVP by July 17th to Scott Westerfield '79
or phone at 949-636-1975

Friday, June 2, 2017

LAST CALL - Jabberwocks Family Concert at Albakri Residence Saturday, June 3

Jabberwocks Family concert at the Albakri Residence Saturday June 3

Home of Amina and Hassan Albakri,
(rsvp for address)

: Free

The Jabberwocks played to a capacity crowd at the historic Blue Beet in Newport Wednesday night. Their last concert here was 2013 so don’t miss their final performance in OC on the first leg of their 2017 West Coast tour.

TIME: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
including a concert  from 3:00-3:45 followed by a kids' music workshop.

For more information contact: Hassan Albakri '00 at 917-608-7700 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Science in the Age of Trump with former NY Times Science Editor Cornelia Dean '69

Join us Wednesday, June 7th for a forum
“Talking About Science in the Age of Trump,”

featuring Cornelia Dean ’69, long time science writer and former Science Editor of the New York Times, affiliate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Brown, discussing her new book Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin(Harvard U. Press)

Ms. Dean will be joined by two UCI scientist/activists, Kevork Abazajian and Kathleen Treseder, to discuss the timely topic of how to help non-scientists deal with and evaluate scientific controversies and scientific "fake news.” 

Location: University Hills Community Center
on the UCI campus,
1083 California Ave., Irvine, CA 92617,
hosted by Judy Kaufman ’69.

Admission: FREE but please rsvp to ensure adequate seating.
Click Here to Register
 Questions? Call Scott at 949-636-1975 or
Judy at 949-929-5919

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Jabberwocks Are Coming to Orange County May 31st and June 3rd only

Come see the world-famous Jabberwocks, Brown's oldest a capella singing group, two dates only.

Wednesday, May 31st, at The Blue Beet, OC's oldest restaurant bar at 107 21st Place, Newport Beach, CA 92663; from 7:00-8:20 p.m. Free admission - no cover charge. Registration requested.


Saturday, June 3rd, at the beautiful residence of Amina and Hassan Albakri '00, 1789 Port Tiffin Circle, Newport Beach, CA 92660; for an afternoon, family party from 3:00-5:00 (concert ~3:00-3:45 with kids' music workshop following). Free admission, REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

To RSVP for The Blue Beet concert on Wednesday, May 31st, click here: Blue Beet registration
To RSVP for the Family Concert and kid's music workshop at the Albakri residence on Saturday, June 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 click here: Family Concert and workshop registration

Questions? Contact Hassan Albakri 917-608-7700 or Scott Westerfield 949-636-1975

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Alumni Career Panel at Corona del Mar High School

 Corona del Mar High School
 Present a Panel Discussion on:
 Choosing the Right College Curriculum 
to find the Perfect Job
Network with local Brown alumni and learn how their curricular choices impacted their professional lives.  Our panelists include Orange County-based Brown alumni from a wide cross-section of careers, from fresh graduates to seasoned professionals in the medical, legal, media and business fields.

Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Corona Del Mar High School - Student Resource Center
2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach

Members of this prestigious Brown Alumni panel include: 
o    Shane Criqui '00, partner, Stuart Kane law firm
o    Geof Garth '­­75, president, Aspen Medical Products
o    Karen Shapiro '­­80, independent media producer
o    Jamie Temko '15, medical student, UCI
o    Suzanne Waggoner '­­84, personal stylist, J. Hilburn Menswear

Admission and parking are free and pre-registration is requested.
For more information contact:

·         Scott Westerfield,  
949-636-1975 or

·         Hassan Albakri, 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Back Bay Kayak Cleanup Day Saturday May 6

Brown Club Orange County Day of Service 

Join us for some fresh air, exercise and good karma while you help keep the OC "Green"!

Back Bay Kayak Cleanup Day 2017

Kayaks/paddles/flotation vests will be provided free to participants. These kayaks are the very stable "sit on top" type used for rentals to novices - or you may use your own.
Bring a shade hat, drinking water, a trash collection bag and any sort of lightweight stick or pole for use in snagging things while sitting in the kayak.

Aquatic Center, 1 Whitecliffs Dr, Newport Beach
Date: Saturday, May 6th, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
RSVP to Marc McReynolds:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring Ahead with Brown Club Orange County!

Hold the Dates for these BCOC Spring Events

As we “spring forward” into Daylight Savings Time, Brown Club Orange County is gearing up for a busy spring 2017 calendar. You will want to “hold the date” for these upcoming events:

Thursday, April 27th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. BCOC hosts our 2nd Career Panel at Corona del Mar High School. Accomplished local Brown alumni from the worlds of healthcare, law, business and media production share their experiences about how Brown prepared them for their current careers. Alumni, students, parents and friends of Brown will all enjoy hearing their stories and networking with each other.

Wednesday, May 31 to Sunday, June 4th. The famous Brown Jabberwocks a capella singers return to Orange County for two command performances. We are working on an appearance at the Blue Beet in Newport Wednesday, May 31 and a private venue concert the following weekend. The Jabberwocks haven’t toured the west coast since 2013, so you won’t want to miss this rare appearance!

Wednesday, June 7th. 6:30-8:30 p.m. BCOC presents Cornelia Dean ’69, former Science Editor of the New York Times and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Brown, discussing her new book Making Sense of Science:  Separating Substance from Spin. says “Cornelia Dean draws on thirty years of experience as a science journalist with the New York Times to expose the flawed reasoning and knowledge gaps that handicap readers with little background in science." 
Publisher’s Weekly finds “Dean’s excellent primer will be welcomed by those who find themselves lost in the fog of rival claims about scientific issues that affect us all.”

Join us for a fascinating and timely discussion of the intersection between evidence-based science, public perception and government policy-making.

More details and registration links to follow…
Ever true,
-Scott Westerfield/Pres. BCOC
C: 949-636-1975

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Seven Things You Need to Know About Healthcare After Obama

Goodbye to Obamacare?

Brown Club OC hosts Health Reform After the 2016 Elections
presented by Professor Eric Patashnik
Director of the
Brown Public Policy Program

President-elect Trump plans to scrap the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) yet says everyone should have health coverage.  According to the January 6th LA Times, there are seven things you need to know about the future of Obamacare:

1. Insurance mandates. Americans now need to have insurance or pay a tax penalty. If this is abolished, how will healthcare funding be affected?
2. Guaranteed coverage. If coverage isn’t mandatory, what happens to people with pre-existing conditions?
3. Insurance markets. If subsidies and minimum coverage requirements disappear, who loses?
4. Medicaid expansion. Will more flexibility at the state level help or harm millions who have gained coverage?
5. Medicare Part B. Is this popular program, including expanded coverage of prescription drugs, at risk?
6. Taxes. Various taxes have been increased to subsidize expanded coverage. How will tax cuts impact funding?
7. Adult children. ACA allows coverage of children under parents’ plans up to age 26. Will this change?

Come join the discussion and learn what you need to know about the coming healthcare changes!

Patashnik is the editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
and the recipient of the Louis Brownlow Book Award for Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, January 10th 
Location: Argyros Family Lecture Hall, Sage Hill School, 20402 Newport Coast  Drive, Newport Beach
Map  Sage Hill School 
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.          
*Students and Club members: Free
*Non-current members and General Public: $5.00
Admission FREE if you renew your $25 annual dues now!
Dues Renewal Lin
6:30-7:00 Reception
7:00-7:45 Presentation
7:45-8:00 Q&A
8:00-8:15 Wrap up

Plus receive a special, complimentary gift including Sir Kensington condiments from the Brown ’08 alumni “Kings of Ketchup” Mark Ramadon and Scott Norton! 

For tickets and more information click
 Tickets and Information
or contact Scott at  or 949-636-1975