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Weekend roundup

December 3-6


Iration Drive-In Concert

Dec. 3. Jam out with reggae-influenced alternative rock band Iration during their live drive-in show at City National Grove of Anaheim. This socially distanced live shows marks the first in-person concerts the Hawaiian-bred, California-based quintet has performed since the release of their latest album Coastin’. Space is limited. Gates open at 5 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. $200+ per car. 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700. Tickets

Batman Returns Drive-In and Dine-In

Dec. 4. Calling all Batman fans! Mess Hall Market’s popular Drive-In & Dine-In Movie Nights, in partnership with The Frida Cinema, continues with a screening of Tim Burton’s 1992 blockbuster sequel Batman Returns (1992). Secure your space as early as an hour before the movie on the 4th floor of Mess Hall’s adjacent parking structure and then head down to Mess Hall to grab some grub before showtime. 7-9 p.m. $30 per car. 1705 Flight Way, Tustin, 714.285.9422. | Tickets

Sing-a-Long with Mrs. Claus at SOCO

Dec. 5. SOCO and the OC Mix is bringing the North Pole to Costa Mesa! Every Saturday through December 19, children and families are invited to join the holiday fun by taking part in a variety of festive activities, including music, shopping and story time with the one-and-only Mrs. Claus. See website to reserve a story time session. 11 a.m. Free with RSVP. 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150.

Vanessa Williams Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway

Dec. 5. Don’t miss the final livestream concert event of Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Live From the West Side: Women of Broadway series! This event features acclaimed actress-singer Vanessa Williams live from New York’s Shubert Virtual Studios with a special performance of Broadway showtunes, pop songs and personal stories from her celebrated career—you’ll even have the chance to text questions in real time. As this is a livestreamed, virtual event, only one ticket is required per household. This event is suitable for all ages. 5 p.m. $30 per household.

Food + Drink

Virtual Holiday Cooking Extravaganza

Dec. 3. Spice up your cooking skills during Samueli Academy’s virtual holiday cooking extravaganza featuring renowned chef Zov Karamardian of the legendary Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin. Participants will watch and learn from chef Zov as she creates one of her most popular dishes as she livestreams from her own kitchen. All proceeds will benefit essential student programming at Samueli Academy. 5-6 p.m. $60 per person.

Curfew Cocktail Hour

Now Available. Cheers to Old Vine Kitchen & Bar’s new Curfew Cocktail Hour, along with a special drink discount! From Tuesday to Sunday each week, head over to Old Vine for $3 off its selection of hand-crafted cocktails, draft beer and glasses of wine. All alcoholic beverages must be consumed with food, in accordance with local and state guidelines—luckily Old Vine’s bar menu features delectable eats such as the artisan cheese board, fresh caprese, porcini mushroom mac and cheese, and house-baked puff pastry pockets. 4-5 p.m. 2937 Bristol St., Suite A103, Costa Mesa, 714.545.1411.

Alfresco Waterfront Dining at Billy’s at the Beach

Reopened. Looking for a dining spot with a view? The iconic Hawaiian-inspired restaurant and bar in Newport Beach invites fans back to dine on the waterfront patio. Upon reopening, the ultimate aloha dining destination unveils an updated interior with fresh decor, a renovated patio with extended outdoor seating areas and welcomes new executive chef Robert Luna, elevating Billy’s signature Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Su, Tu-W 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Th-Sa 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 2751 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.722.1100.

Arts + Culture

Laguna Dance Festival

Dec. 4, 9. Get your dancing shoes on for the Laguna Dance Festival! This season’s fest features a series of virtual interactive events designed to get supporters on their feet and dance like no one’s watching while keeping the organization strong through donations. This Friday, watch the world premiere of Towards Your Shore featuring renowned flamenco virtuosa Irene Rodríguez (pictured), followed by a virtual “Meet the Artist” panel with Laguna Dance Festival’s artistic director and former Joffrey ballerina Jodie Gates on December 9. 6-7 p.m.

Casa Lumina Holiday Garden Walk

Begins Dec. 5. Experience the wonder of the holiday season during Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens’ annual Christmas light display on select evenings through December 23. Locals and visitors alike can delight in the holiday decorations and more than 1,000 twinkling lights illuminating Casa Romantica’s gardens with festive themes. Every night will include letters to Santa, live holiday music, and hot chocolate and wine. Capacity is limited; reserve your tickets now. Open nightly 5-7 p.m. $7 general admission, $5 members, free for children 12 and under.

Simply ARTrageous Virtual Gala

Dec. 5. Things are about to get ‘art’rageous this Saturday! The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach presents the non-profit’s first-ever virtual gala event, “Simply ARTrageous: Live the Legacy.” The star-studded virtual spectacular will be hosted by musician, composer and producer Tony Guerrero and actor, comedian and writer Dave Foley. Proceeds will help support the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters and, in turn, local artists and the arts community. 6:30 p.m. Free with RSVP, donations accepted.

Photo credits: Vanessa-Williams by Rod Spicer. Chef Zov courtesy Kitchen Table Marketing + PR. Irene Rodríguez by Nelson Ramírez de Arellanos. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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