Orange County

Weekend roundup

February 17-20


The Harlem Globetrotters come to Anaheim

Feb. 19. The World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their newly reimagined Spread Game tour to the Honda Center. Ankle-breaking moves, jaw-dropping swag, and rim-rattling dunks are only some of the thrill you can expect from this fully modernized show. Part streetball from the players who defined it, part interactive family entertainment, the new tour will show off the best of the Globetrotters in a dazzling exhibition of talent and game. 2 & 7 p.m. $27 – $154. Tickets and more information can be purchased here. 2695 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, 714.704.2400.

Laser Land Opens at the Kaleidoscope

Open Now. With more than 10 custom game modes, including “search and destroy” and “zombies,” come experience the thrills for yourself. The venue also has an interactive VR area and will open an Escape Room soon. Adding to the fun at Laser Land are two interactive trampolines, which provide safer types of jumps and the ability to compete against friends who are in separate areas. Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m., Friday 4-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy, Mission Viejo, 949.386.6371.

Food + Drink

Dave’s Hot Chicken Opening in Fullerton

Feb. 18. Warm your tastebuds up, as the fast-casual concept specializes in Halal-certified Hot Chicken Tenders and Sliders, along with sides of house-made Kale Slaw, creamy Mac n’ Cheese, and crispy French Fries. Offered at seven various spice levels ranging from No Spice to Reaper (which requires a signed waiver for those who dare), each piece of juicy, hand-breaded chicken utilizes a proprietary spice blend crafted specifically for its heat level. The brand began a few years ago as a parking lot pop-up and drew lines around the block, with rave reviews by its fanatic Instagram followers. 7 days a week, 10:30 a.m. – Midnight. 154 E. Orangethorpe Ave, Fullerton, 562.314.3660.

Descanos Celebrates National Margarita Day

Feb. 22. National Margarita Day meets Taquero Tuesday for a full lineup of drink specials from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and food specials from 5-9 p.m. Sit grill side and savor made-to-order tacos and quesadillas, perfect for pairing with refreshing $6 specialty margaritas. Concoctions like the refreshing Cucumber + Sal and Mango43 margaritas or the spicy Bad Hombre and Olvera Street margaritas are perfect ways to enjoy the occasion. 1555 Adams Ave. Ste. 103, Costa Mesa, 714.486.3798.

Winemaker Dinner with Peter Neptune

Tickets Available Now. Master Sommelier Peter Neptune collaborated with Italian-born chef Sandro Nardone to create a 5-course food and wine pairing. The theme will be Grenache, one of the most important Rhone varietals. When most people think of Grenache, red wines like Chateauneuf du Pape or California “Rhone Rangers” come to mind. But Grenache is grown in Spain, Australia and there are even white and dessert wines made from Grenache. Neptune will be presenting and guiding guests through each glass during the experience. Feb 24. Tickets can be found here. 6-9 p.m. $100. 1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.520.7191.

Mad Tacos Returns to Harley

Feb. 22. Settle in for a night of fun and flavors as the Mad Taco pop-up returns to Harley Laguna Beach. Guests will be able to settle in for specialty tacos curated by the chefs, such as Blackened Rockfish, Crispy Duck Confit, and more. There will also be specialty cocktails all night, including tequila specials featuring Orange County-based OTACA Tequila with their award-winning tequila. Don’t miss this one-night event. The full menu, list of specials, drinks, and more, can be found on their website listed below. Reservations can be made via OpenTable. 370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1530.

Arts + Culture

Sunset Jazz Kickoff at Bayside

Feb. 22. The first of 6 stellar Sunset Jazz concerts kicks off with a never-before pairing of vibes great Chuck Redd with guitarist/vocalist Brian Nova. Joining Chuck and Brian for this swingin’ evening celebrating the Great American Songbook, instrumentally & vocally, will be former Gene Harris bassist & record producer Luther Hughes, together with veteran drummer for both Ray Charles and Gene Harris, Paul Kreibich. This is the perfect way to start the Sunset Jazz series in style. Additional information, as well as ticketing information, can be found here. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222.

Calidore String Quartet at Segerstrom Center

Feb. 17. Before becoming one of today’s most acclaimed ensembles, the musicians in the Calidore String Quartet were students together at LA’s famed Colburn School. Their name even pays tribute to their roots with “Cali” plus “d’or” for golden. For their triumphant return, this quartet will be performing Mozart, Beethoven, and Lash. 8 p.m.  600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Four-Time Grammy Nominee Joey DeFrancesco Takes the Stage

Feb. 24. A four-time Grammy Award nominee with more than 30 recordings as a leader under his belt, Joey DeFrancesco is the master of the mighty B-3. Credited as single-handedly reinvigorating organ jazz in the mid-eighties with his vintage Hammond, DeFrancesco has collaborated with hundreds of jazz’s greatest names including Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Miles Davis, and George Benson. After more than a year of pandemic lockdown – with stages dark and nightclubs shuttered, friends and families kept at a social distance, and political and social tensions raging – the one thing we could all use right now is More Music. 8 p.m. Information and more tickets can be found here. 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Photo credits: All images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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