Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

14th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival
Apr. 25-May 2.
Check out more than 300 film screenings from 50 countries, nightly special events, Q & A’s with filmmakers, international spotlight events and seminars. Kicking off the event is opening night’s West Coast premiere of Green Day’s documentary “Broadway Idiot”, a behind the curtain glimpse how their punk rock album “American Idiot” became the acclaimed musical. Gala at Fashion Island follows the film with tastings from 35 of Orange County’s premiere restaurants and a special performance from American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. Tickets, screening locations and times available at

TasteofhbTaste of Huntington Beach
Apr. 28.
Eat and drink to your heart’s content at this all-inclusive event that includes endless delectable samples of culinary delights from local restaurants like Slaters 50/50, Sandy’s Beach Grill, RA Sushi, Lazy Dog and more. Pair these savory tastes with sips from premier California boutique wineries and craft breweries. Continue to graze the afternoon away listening to live entertainment from one of OC’s best bands, Tijuana Dogs, while visiting vendors and bidding on fabulous silent auction items. Benefits the Children’s Library of Huntington Beach. Noon-4 p.m. $60-$85, under three are free. Huntington Beach Sports Complex, 18100 Goldenwest, Huntington Beach. Visit website for more information.

harlemshakeHarlem Shake Video Taping
Apr. 27.
You’ve seen the videos from college campuses, the military and fire fighters to the Peanuts gang, Homer Simpson and the Miami Heat. The Harlem Shake is everywhere. If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a Harlem Shake viral video, now is your chance. Join the city of Anaheim as they create their version of the Harlem Shake. Filming will take about 1-2 hours, but allow extra time if your group would like to be featured in the “dance-off” filming which will consist of two groups “battling” it out in a dance-off. RSVP and registration required, see website for details. Call time and staging, 8 a.m., filming begins at 9 a.m. Anaheim GardenWalk, Gala Garden located on the main level, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714. 635.7400.

springgardenshow24th Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show
Apr. 25-28.
With “Garden as Art” as this show’s theme, see display gardens that represent a specific art piece, an artist or a period of art from landscape architects and university horticulture students. Also expect seminars, book signings, garden lifestyle vendors as well as craft activities, storytelling and exotic animal shows for children. Th-F 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. South Coast Plaza’s Crate and Barrel/Macy’s Home Store Wing, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888.


antiquemarketOrange County Antique Market
Apr. 27.
Peruse vintage décor, mid-century modern furniture and antiques for your home at Southern California’s newest antique show and flea market with over 75 antique vendors. Receive entry to the entire Orange County Market Place with nearly 1000 vendors. On-site appraisers available. Live music by Jim Rice. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. $2, under 12 free. Free parking. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Gems of the Medici
Through Sept. 15.
The Bowers Museum exhibit transports you to 15th century Italy and beyond by showcasing the captivating world of one of history’s most intriguing families. This acclaimed international exhibition highlights some of the oldest and most unique pieces of the Medici collections. Comprised of 100 objects on loan from distinguished institutions in Florence, Italy, see precious gems, carvings, sculptures and other works of fine art. $15-17. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600.

Richard JacksonRichard Jackson: Ain’t Painting a Pain
Through May 5. See the first retrospective devoted to one of the most radical artists of the last 40 years. Jackson’s wildly inventive, exuberant and irreverent take on “action” painting has dramatically extended its performative dimensions, merged it with sculpture and repositioned it as an art of everyday experience. Presented as a series of room-size installations, site-specific wall paintings, painted environments, monumental stacked canvases and anthropomorphic painting “machines”, this show presents major works never seen in the United States, including a sculpture that was conceived early in his career but never built and a major new work completed in 2012. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.1122.

savoryspiceshopFOOD + DRINK
Pierce Ranch Vineyards Spice and Wine Night
Apr. 25. Sample six wines from Pierce Ranch Vineyards in the San Antonio Valley while snacking on light bites paired especially for the wine. Sommelier Ken Spears of California Taste Fine chats about the wines during the tasting. $15. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Savory Spice Shop at The OC Mix in the South Coast Collection, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.284.0576.


chefdemoGolden Chef Series Demonstration with Chef Cathy Pavlos of LUCCA
Apr. 25. Chef Cathy Pavlos is the driving force behind one of Orange County’s most unique and dynamic eateries, LUCCA. The Irvine-based restaurant is known for its European bistro menu, wine bar, expansive selection of cheese and charcuterie and seasonal tasting menus. At the event, Pavlos demos how to prepare New Zealand baby lamb chops with smoked herbs and paprika, finished with black lava salt and served over baby spinach, with deconstructed gazpacho on the side. Nibble on fresh berries and bread and sip fine wines while watching the demonstrations. $15. 6-7:30 p.m. Sub-zero and Wolf Showroom, 151 Kalmus Drive, Suite L-3, Costa Mesa.

Saturday Style: Pop Up Fashion
Apr. 27.
For a fashion and fun-filled day, visit Fashion Island for an afternoon of shopping specials, light bites, live DJs, palm readers and more. Featured boutiques are Ella Moss, Joie and Trina Turk. 2-4 p.m. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000.


adamneeleyAdam Neeley Men’s Collection Debut Party
Apr. 27.
Contemporary art meets timeless elegance at Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry. At the new Laguna Beach location, view the new men’s collection, along with classic offerings that range from silver styles, to engagement rings and an award-winning couture line. Enjoy light appetizers and refreshments while learning about the designer’s inspiration for creating these beautiful works of art. 4-6 p.m. 352 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.0953.


DJ Shadow
Apr. 26.
His “All Basses Covered” set gets back to his roots of performing unheard material featuring mostly electronic tracks that stretch over into dubstep and hyphen. Widely credited as a key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo’ Wax label, DJ Shadow grew to absorb the heyday of crews like Eric B. Rakim, Ultramagnetic MCs and Public Enemy. His early singles for the label including “In/Flux” and “Lost and Found (S.F.L.),” were all over the map mini-masterpieces combining elements of funk, rock, hip-hop, ambient, jazz, soul and used-bin finds. 8 p.m. $15. 18 and over. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana,714.957.0600.

VondaSheppardVonda Shepard
Apr. 25.
Featuring just her heart, voice and piano, Vonda Shepard continues to delight audiences with her magnanimous live performances. She dedicates songs, tells stories, and at the same time, projects dynamic charisma and intimacy with her audience. 8 p.m. $20. The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930.


The Parisian Woman
Through May 5.
An intriguing new play by the writer-producer of House of Cards , and the Oscar-nominated film The Ides of March, Beau Willimon sets his new play in the Capitol Hill section of Washington D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having. And scandal is a way of life. Inspired by a scandalous French comedy about bad conduct in high places is swift, savvy and impossible to resist. Tom is a lawyer in the private sector, with his sights on a government job. Chloe is beautiful, bright and bored. But she has a passionate side and it has nothing to do with her love affairs. How far will they go to achieve political stardom? $20-$70. South Coast Repertory. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.