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Weekend roundup

April 8-11


The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Mess Hall Market

April 9. Pull up to Mess Hall Market’s parking structure on the fourth floor for a drive-in movie night featuring Jim Sharman’s 1975 horror comedy musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Before the screening, presented by Frida Cinema, moviegoers can grab a bite to eat between 6 to 8 p.m. from one of Mess Hall Market’s restaurants such as Big Parm, Fowl Play, The Little Greek, The Lost Bean, The Sandwich Society, Slapfish and Vaka Burger. Gates open at 6 p.m., showtime at 8 p.m. $30 per car. 1705 Flight Way, Tustin, 714.285.9422.

Charles Phoenix’s Catalinaland

April 10. Tune in to watch the return of retro pop culture humorist, author and “ambassador of Americana” Charles Phoenix and his Catalinaland performance. Presented by Catalina Island Museum and live online through Phoenix’s YouTube channel, the performance will explore Catalina Island’s classic landmarks, legends and lore. The presentation will be available online for 48 hours after the live performance for ticket buyers. 6 p.m. $25-$40.

Flying Miz Daisy Outdoor Market

April 10. Get your wallets ready because the premier outdoor vintage market is back at the O.C. Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa! Peruse through more than 150 participating vendors—including a vintage trailer row—offering antique, re-purposed and hand-crafted artisan goods. Enter through Gate 3 and find the market in Lot D of the fairgrounds. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission, $10 parking (no cash). 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Food + Drink

Heritage Barbecue x Off The Menu

Through April 9. Calling all foodies! Heritage Barbecue, known for its popular Texas-style smoked meats, has teamed up with food discovery app Off The Menu to create an exclusive meaty burrito for a limited time. The “Hush Hush” burrito includes brisket, sausage, pulled pork and brisket beans, salsa, and mac ‘n’ cheese—paired with a cold can of Estrella Jalisco. Off The Menu members get the burrito for free when it usually costs around $30-$35. 11 a.m.-sellout. 31721 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. More Info

Bird Talk at SteelCraft Garden Grove

Now Open. Come hungry to the outdoor urban food hall SteelCraft in Garden Grove to dine at its newcomer vendor, Bird Talk. The menu highlights fried chicken along with other enticing options including buttermilk waffles, loaded tots and seasoned sandwiches. This is Bird Talk’s second location in addition to its flagship in Rancho Palos Verdes. Open daily from noon-8 p.m. 12900 S. Euclid St., Suite 125, Garden Grove, ​657.296.6063.

Blu SkyBar

Reopened. Experience rooftop dining back at Radisson Blu Anaheim’s reopened 12th story rooftop restaurant and bar, Blu SkyBar. The restaurant features a menu of Spanish favorites from the region’s Basque Country created by executive chef Edgar Beas, complemented by a robust wine and craft cocktail list. Reservations highly recommended and can be made online or by calling. Dinner service: W-Th 5-9 p.m., F-Sa 5-10 p.m.; cocktail service F-Sa 10-11 p.m. 1601 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 657.439.3289.

National Grilled Cheese Day at Grater Grilled Cheese

Upcoming | April 12. Where better to celebrate this cheesy holiday than at Grater Grilled Cheese? This National Grilled Cheese Day, make sure to stop by the Irvine or Huntington Beach locations on Monday to be one of the first 50 customers, who will receive a “grate” coupon. There will also be one lucky winner will score one free grilled cheese per month for a year. 120 Fifth St., Huntington Beach, 714.536.3162; 6628 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.387.6455.

Arts + Culture

El Jale: Photographs by Alkaid Ramirez

April 8-28. Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center presents a new exhibition by Anaheim documentary photographer Alkaid Ramirez featuring a collection of 30 Polaroid Instax photographs that have been enlarged, reprinted on vinyl and installed on the ground in Carnegie Plaza. The photos depict the Anaheim swap meet during the COVID-19 pandemic in summer of 2020, and Ramirez hopes to bring attention to the ways the pandemic is affecting Latinx workers, especially those who undocumented, and the richness of swap meet culture. Free. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.765.6450.

Ocean Institute

Reopens April 10. Dana Point’s family friendly ocean education organization welcomes the public back to its campus and learning spaces. After a year of virtual and outdoor activities, the institute will open fully—including two new exhibits that enable visitors to explore local marine life in a hands-on and interactive way. In addition to the indoor experiences, Ocean Institute will continue to offer the many outdoor activities, such as tidepool hikes, geology walks, and kayak tours. Open to the public on weekends and non-school days from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274.

Spring at Roger’s Gardens

Now Open. Discover the world of nature, gardening, orchids and indoor plants at Roger’s Gardens during its “Experience Spring in the Garden.” Come view the artistic garden displays for inspiration to use in your own home and learn how to rejuvenate your garden by creating a flowering and bountiful edible garden. This experience is available now through May 9. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949.640.5800.

Photo credits: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” courtesy Frida Cinema. “Catalinaland” courtesy The ACE Agency. Heritage Barbecue x Off The Menu by Off The Menu. Bird Talk courtesy Kitchen Table Marketing + PR. Grater Grilled Cheese courtesy Alternative Strategies. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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