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March 11-14


Social Friday at Copper on 3rd

March 12. In need of a night out? Come eat, drink and play at the Copper on 3rd’s outdoor neon patio in Downtown Santa Ana! Bring your closest friends to enjoy a night of delicious food, never-ending drinks and music while being safely socially distant from other attendees. Ages 21+ and face masks are required. 7 p.m.- 1:30 a.m.; must arrive before 9 p.m. Free; text 714.696.1479 for table reservation or VIP table package. 225 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. Tickets

Witches Brew: The Night Market

March 13. Downtown Santa Ana is creepin’ it real with L.A.-based Witches Brew to host The Night Market! Spooky fans can look forward to outdoor shopping, dining, beer gardens, music, art, creepy wares and more. Strict safety rules will be enforced such as face masks, social distancing and limited capacities. Available entry slots left are for 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Free with pre-registration required. 222 W. 2nd St., Santa Ana. witchesbrewla.comTickets

Virtual Painting & Vino Class

March 14. Make your own dreamy work of art during Painting & Vino’s virtual class with master artist Jessica Muylle. At-home artists will be instructed and guided by Muylle in a step-by-step process of re-creating this tropical painting Island Dreams (pictured) while using acrylic paints on a 11×14 canvas. This event is recommended for ages 10+. Note: Materials are not included and must be purchased ahead of time to have them available for this event. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $20.

Cruises with Hornblower

Now Available. Ahoy! Hornblower Cruises and Events in Newport Beach is officially back on the waters. Guests can start reserving tickets for specialized world-class brunch, dinner and holiday cruises aboard Hornblower’s yachts, all while taking in the views of the harbor. To provide reassurance in the current pandemic climate, Hornblower expanded its industry defining SafeCruise program to incorporate further health-driven measures to guard against the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. Cruise prices start from $82 for brunch or $109.90 for dinner. 800.656.7752.

Food + Drink

Pi Day at Pop Pie Co.

March 14. Celebrate the mathematical constant “pi” with a slice of the real deal from Pot Pie Co. in Costa Mesa. The first 25 people in line (and adhering to social distanced guidelines) will receive a free hand pie of their choice, and there will be $3.14 draught beers available all day long. Pop Pie Co. also partnered with three local artists of Asian descent to create t-shirts that will be available for purchase at the pie shop on Pi Day. A portion of the proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go to Stop AAPI Hate. 9 a.m.-7 p.m 270 E. 17th St., Suite 17, Costa Mesa, 949.524.3015.

The Bungalow Kitchen

Now Open. Award-winning chef Michael Mina and hospitality veteran Brent Bolthouse welcome diners to experience their brand-new restaurant concept, The Bungalow Kitchen, at 2nd & PCH in Long Beach. While the new social dining experience and community clubhouse emanates a chic and bohemian atmosphere, diners can look forward to indulging in menu highlights such as ice-cold or hot charcoal-grilled pristine shellfish, a short rib ‘Pop-Tart,’ signature housemade pizzas and chef Michael Mina’s signature lobster pot pie. W-Sa 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Su 5-10 p.m. 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 200, Long Beach, 562.719.9400.

Arts + Culture

Taj Mahal and Phantom Blues Band with Special Guest Jon Cleary

March 13. Soka Performing Arts Center is partnering once again with the legendary blues musician Taj Mahal (pictured) for a livestream performance from UC Theatre in Berkeley, featuring Phantom Blues Band with British-born American funk and R&B musician Jon Cleary. 6 p.m. $25 for livestream, $32 for group viewing within one household (also includes entry into the livestream concert).

Hershey Felder: Puccini – Live from Florence

March 14. Actor/musician extraordinaire Hershey Felder stars in Laguna Playhouse’s streaming production of Puccini. This story centers on a young musician who is smitten with the world of opera—namely legendary composer Giacomo Puccini’s Madama ButterflyLa bohème and Tosca—and finally gets to meet his idol. Filmed and performed in the city of Lucca, Italy (Puccini’s birth place), the show features several opera luminaries including tenor Charles Castronovo, soprano Gianna Corbisiero and baritone Nathan Gunn (all pictured); plus soprano Ekaterina Siurina. 5 p.m. $55 per household.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Sur La Table’s Corned Beef & Mash Class

March 14, 17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by learning how to create an Irish-inspired feast for four. During the in-person, socially distant class of eight students, chef Gary will guide attendees on how to make traditional soda bread with Irish cheddar cheese (pictured), mustard and honey-glazed corned beef, and potato mash with braised cabbage. At the end of the class, take-home a feast with reheating instructions. 4 p.m. $79 per person. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Suite 110, Costa Mesa, 714.241.0118.

Center Hub Bar at Trade Marketplace

Upcoming | March 17. Center Hub Bar is adding extra spirit to your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with its $12 holiday special, which includes a bottle of Guinness and a shot of Jameson whiskey. This lucky deal will be offered along with Center Hub’s signature selection of creative hand-crafted cocktails, boutique wines and draft beers. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 2222 Michelson Drive, Suite 220, Irvine, 949.536.5652.

Photo credits: The Night Market by Shani Drake/@lilmissoddities. Gracias Madre courtesy JS2 PR. Taj Mahal courtesy Taj Mahal. “Puccini” courtesy Hershey Felder Presents. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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