Orange County

Weekend roundup

February 18-21


USA Surfing West Coast Toyota Prime Series

Feb. 20-21. Hang loose this weekend in Huntington Beach at the USA Surfing’s West Coast competition. Taking place on the south side of the pier, this year’s event draws more than 100 of the best under 18 junior surfers. The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series is the highest level of junior surfing in the nation, and is now an official part of the Olympic Development Program as recognized by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Virtual Garden Workshop

Feb. 20. Learn everything you need to know about sustainable home gardening practices during this workshop on edible home landscape and food garden planning, conducted online by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County. Explore what is possible to grow around your own home, such as fresh food, herbal remedies, teas and treats. 10-11:30 a.m. Free with registration; space is limited. Ages 12+.

Wellness Workshop: African Dance

Feb. 20. Join African Soul International on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza in Costa Mesa for this high-energy, African dance class led by Dr. Jewel Jackson. Each class invites movers of all abilities and ages to find the rhythm and experience the cultural significance of each movement. Note: Masks must be worn by all participants upon check-in and until they arrive to their assigned spots. 11 a.m.-noon. $10.

Food + Drink

Simmzy’s x Smog City: Taco and Beer Pairings

Through Feb. 21. Come hungry to Pacific City’s beachy gastropub and restaurant Simmzy’s to try its new taco and beer pairing collab with SoCal-based Smog City Brewing Co. featuring three flavorful, new tacos. Guests can indulge these pairings: the crispy Baja rock cod taco with Smog City’s IPA; tacos al pastor with Smog City’s From LA Wit Love; and cumin and chili-spiced roasted vegetable taco with Smog City’s Sabretooth Squirrel. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.831.1240.

Half-Off Margarita Combos at Descanso

Upcoming | Feb. 22. Cheers to National Margarita Day at Costa Mesa’s modern taqueria with half-off on all specialty margaritas with the purchase of an alambre (pictured). Choose a refreshing margarita from the restaurant’s specially curated beverage menu, ranging from a classic lime and orange El Descanso margarita to a Cucumber + Sal margarita. These half-off drinks are paired with your choice of any alambre served with warm flour tortillas from the food menu. Available for patio dine-in and takeout from 3-9 p.m. 1555 Adams Ave., Suite 103, Costa Mesa, 714.486.3798.

Mian in Artesia

Now Open. Have your chopsticks at the ready! James Beard Award nominated chef Tony Xu and his partner Sean Xie welcome diners to the third location of their Chongqing noodle house in Artesia, which is also in partnership with renowned L.A. restaurateur Bill Chait. Highlights exclusive to this location are eight new dishes—like Chengdu beef jerky and thousand-year-old egg with torched chili sauce—and libations such as beer, wine and a soju-based mung bean horchata cocktail. Open daily for lunch and dinner through delivery, takeout and outdoor dining. 11632 South St., Suite 140, Artesia, 562.860.6880. Instagram

New Cocktails at Selanne Steak Tavern

Now Available. Wet your whistle at iconic contemporary steakhouse Selanne Steak Tavern with newly created signature quaffs crafted by the restaurant’s bar team. Honoring Teemu Selanne’s Anaheim Ducks retired jersey number, these ‘eight’ cocktails are hued pinks and oranges with straight-forward ingredients; to name a few, there’s a spin on an Old Fashioned “Midnight Morning,” the Manhattan-like “Wink and a Smile,” the dressy “Black Tie Affair,” and the smooth “Velvet Alley.” All the cocktails are $15 each. Open daily for outdoor dining with reservations or to-go orders. 1464 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9881.

Arts + Culture

The Outsiders

Opens Feb. 19. Laguna Playhouse presents S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, a gritty coming-of-age story that follows the “Greasers,”  narrator Ponyboy Curtis, and his friends as they navigate teenage angst and class warfare in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Available for streaming from home through Feb. 28, this play is recommended for ages 12+ and includes fighting, underage drinking, delinquent behavior, a rumble, a fatal stabbing, and a shooting. $20 per household.

Online Presentation with Alton Fitzgerald White

Feb. 20. Join Bowers Museum for a special program featuring Alton Fitzgerald White, who starred in six smash-hit Broadway shows including his record-breaking run as King Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King. Ticketholders will receive private access to view the online presentation at 11 a.m. on the day of the program. If you reserve a ticket after 11 a.m. on Feb. 20, the program link will be included in your email confirmation from ACME Technologies. $5 members, $10 general.

Dixie’s Happy Hour

Through Feb. 21. On the heels of international smash hit Dixie’s Tupperware Party, Dixie is back at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with this brand-new virtual show filled with her Alabama wisdom and hilarious stories. It’s an uproariously raucous joyride where she’ll inspire you to find your personal happy hours while serving up the four basic food groups: gin, rum, vodka and tequila. 7 p.m. $35 per household.

Photo credits: Potted plants by Markus Spiske via Unsplash. USA Surfing: Sawyer Lindblad by Sean Evans (@waterworkmedia). Descanso courtesy The ACE Agency. Selanne Steak Tavern courtesy Marguarite Clark Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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