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April 15-18


PCH Movies and Moonlight

April 16. 2nd & PCH in Long Beach welcomes the community back to enjoy its outdoor seasonal movie series, starting with a special feature of the DC Comics superhero film Aquaman. Before the movie, grab dinner from one of the center’s restaurants including Hungry Angelina, Noble Bird Rotisserie, Ola Mexican Kitchen, Otosan Sushi, Shake Shack, The Bungalow Kitchen by Michael Mina and more. We recommend bringing your own lawn chairs and blankets. Seating is limited; available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Movie begins at sunset. Free. E. 2nd St. and Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, 424.217.2337.

CloZee at Drive-In O.C.

April 17. Don’t miss beat during French producer Chloé Herr’s performance at City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In O.C. Known as CloZee, Chloé is a worldly and rhythmic figure in the electronic music atmosphere who will be joined by special guests LSDREAM and Rome in Silver. Spaces are limited. Gates open at 5 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. See website for ticket prices. One ticket per vehicle with a maximum of five passengers per vehicle. 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700.

OC Fair’s Imaginology

Upcoming | April 19-25. This year OC Fair & Event Center’s annual Imaginology is going virtual to bring science, technology, engineering, arts and math—plus agriculture—to students, parents and teachers of all ages. There will be all the S.T.E.A.M. fun such as an outdoor adventure hunt, virtual chess tournament, live discussion panels, computer coding lessons and more. Free.

Food + Drink

Sausage Fest at Rad Brat

April 17. Don your best lederhosen and come hungry to Sausage Fest at Visit Dana Point’s newly opened fast-casual, specialty eatery Rad Brat. Experience unique German sausage creations paired with an array of Bavarian brews on tap from Rad Brat’s lively indoor and open-air atmosphere. The Sausage Fest menu includes the Rad Brat signature bratwurst, a Currywurst and additional German sausages. There will also be beer stein holding competitions throughout the day! 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 34091 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.427.2238.

Little Sister

Now Open. The highly anticipated Southeast Asian fusion restaurant Little Sister is officially open at Irvine Spectrum Center. The menu showcases a rich collision of food and culture from Europe and Southeast Asia that is continually evolving. Indulge dishes such as chili salted baby octopus, grilled pork spring roll “nem nuong,” Vietnamese crepe, fried sea bass and more. Pair your meal with intriguing wines found domestically and around the world. Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 896 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.800.8798.

New Offerings at Sushi Ii

Now Available. With Sushi Ii in Newport Beach now reopen for indoor dining, diners can get a taste of master chef Susumu Ii’s all-new omakase options and upgrades to takeout offerings. Chef Ii offers three dine-in omakase experiences that are named after a distinct type of Japanese ceramic: Oribe, Bizen and Karatsu. Want to enjoy Sushi Ii from home? Preorder the limited takeout menu for pickup, which features elevated to-go offerings with premium additions to the Deluxe Chirashi. Reservations highly recommended. Tu-Su 5-8 p.m. 100 W. Coast Hwy., Suite 202, Newport Beach, 949.287.6268.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Upcoming | Begins April 19. Calling all foodies! Get ready for the return of Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which lasts from April 19 through May 2. The highly-anticipated celebration offers more ways to savor the flavor from dozens of Newport Beach eateries, including prix-fixe menus, specialty dishes, exclusive offers and takeout meals. Whether you prefer to dine onsite or at home, support your local restaurants this Restaurant Week! See website for list of participating eateries.

Arts + Culture

Symphony Thursdays with Claire Huangci

April 15-May 14. Tune in to Pacific Symphony’s weekly Symphony Thursdays series where newly recorded concert footage from the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall will be premiered. This week’s special guest is pianist Claire Huangci (pictured) who will perform Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor with Pacific Symphony. This performance will be available for free streaming through May 14. Free.

Sitting and Talking

April 16-May 2. Laguna Playhouse presents the premiere of Sitting and Talking starring Playhouse favorites Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick. Created and written specifically for the Zoom platform, this play follows a man and woman in their 60s as they navigate the vulnerable, awkward and sometimes hilarious path to companionship via online dating during quarantine. All ticket holders will be invited to join the cast and creative team for a special live talk on April 18 at 5:30 p.m. $20 per household.

Kinky Boots

Through April 20. Don’t miss your chance to virtually experience this award-winning musical, based on the book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein, live from London’s West End stage. Kinky Boots takes viewers from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan in a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit. Enjoy songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper. See website to select from more than two dozen choices of dates and times for viewing. $15.

Photo credits: Sushi Ii courtesy Outshine PR. Newport Beach Restaurant Week courtesy Dine Newport Beach/Max Milla. Claire Huangci by Hitomi Image (via “Kinky Boots” courtesy Irvine Barclay Theatre. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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