Orange County

Weekend roundup

March 25-28


ARMNHMR at Drive-In OC

March 26-27. Grab your tickets to watch electronic dance music production and DJ duo Joseph Abella and Joseph Chung perform their interstellar-themed showcase “Infinite Skies” at City National Grove of Anaheim. There will also be supporting acts before the shows such as Steven Wright, No Mana, Bluur, Amidy and William Black. Spaces are limited. Gates open at 5 p.m., shows begin at 7 p.m. See website for ticket prices. One ticket per vehicle with a maximum of five passengers per vehicle. 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700.

Movie Night at Julianne and George Argyros Plaza

March 26. Travel back in time to experience Audrey Hepburn’s first Hollywood feature film Roman Holiday at Julianne and George Argyros Plaza’s movie night event. Directed by the legendary William Wyler, Roman Holiday is noted as one of the most charming romantic comedies in screen history. Moviegoers should plan to bring their own folding chairs, blankets and refreshments as these will not be provided. Set-up begins at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 7:30 p.m. $20. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Reset and Energize Yoga Class

March 27. Start your Saturday morning off right with Caffe Yoga’s socially distanced outdoor class that will help you reset your body and energize your mind. Taking place in the AMC Fountain Courtyard at The District at Tustin Legacy, this hour-long class is open to all ages and experience level. Attendees should bring a yoga mat, towel, water and positive energy! Space is limited; reserve your spot now. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free with RVSP. | RSVP

Food + Drink

National Paella Day at Cafe Sevilla

March 27. Get a taste of the flamenco-inspired Spanish eatery’s paella special in celebration of this tasty holiday. Located at Triangle Square, Cafe Sevilla is serving authentic lobster-and-Ibérico-pork-belly paella exclusively on Saturday. In addition to a cold-water lobster tail and Ibérico pork belly, this dish also includes sausage, chorizo, clams, calamari and mussels—all served atop saffron-infused Bomba rice (or upgrade to black-squid-ink-infused rice for $5 more). Stay late to enjoy live music by DJ Reflection from 9 p.m. to close. Reservations recommended. $55 (serves 1-2). 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.688.1555.

Bites and Craft Cocktails at Blinking Owl

Now Available. In case you missed it, O.C.’s first craft distillery is now serving up good eats from chef Luis Perez and pie maestro Eddie Perez of Lola Gaspar, and cocktails made with its award-winning spirits on a new patio space. The menu includes food options such as the Blinky Baby burger, wasabi deviled eggs, pizzas created with handmade rye dough and more. Expect additional items in the coming weeks like caviar-topped mini hot dogs and high-tea style sandwiches. Our recs: The 20/21 Vision cocktail (pictured) and adding the honeycomb piccante drizzle over your pie choice. Make reservations online. 802 E. Washington Ave., Santa Ana, 714.760.4348.

Descanso’s New Spring Flavors and Live Music Lineup

Now Available. With Descanso Restaurant now reopen for indoor dining, the modern taqueria is welcoming spring with weekly live music and seasonal fare from executive chef Fonzy de Zuniga. Come listen to local artists perform acoustic Latin hits and modern favorites with a Latin twist on the patio during Wine Wednesday, Saturday Late Night or Sunday Brunch. Don’t forget to try its two new desserts—flan (pictured) and s’mores bread pudding—as well as four seasonal cocktails. 1555 Adams Ave., Suite 103, Costa Mesa, 714.486.3798.

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Reopened. Now that restrictions for indoor dining have lifted in O.C., The Winery’s Tustin and Newport Beach locations safely welcome guests back inside to upgraded dining rooms equipped with advanced ultraviolet air disinfection. The Winery Restaurant team partnered with SoCal-based Going Green NRG to utilize UV technology to eliminate airborne pathogens, bacteria and viruses so that diners can feel at ease while enjoy their meal. See website for hours. 3131 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.999.6622; The District at Tustin Legacy, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.7600.

Jinya Ramen Bar

Upcoming | Opens March 29. Calling all ramen lovers! Come hungry to Jinya Ramen Bar’s first O.C. location in Tustin. The 2,900-square-foot restaurant can seat 64 guests and features a bar with a drink menu highlighting craft beers, sake (hot and cold), and a variety of wines. From March 29 to April 12, Jinya will celebrate its grand opening by offering a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of any ramen bowl. 11 a.m. 1086 Irvine Blvd., Tustin, 714.714.0467.

Arts + Culture

Lazy Kinda Free

March 26. Chance Theater presents a new play reading from its On the Radar (OTR) New Works Program, Lazy Kinda Free. The storyline of this production follows Black graduate student Zora (played by Taj Young, pictured) who struggles with severe depression and anxiety due to her overwhelming past of losing her mother at a very young age and becoming the primary caregiver for her two younger sisters, Tillie and Davia. When Zora’s head becomes so heavy that she is unable to leave her room, Tillie and Davia must learn how to be responsible for Zora instead. 7 p.m. $10-$20.

Muzeo’s Saturday Sketch Club: Still Life

March 27. Explore your artistic side during Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center’s virtual Saturday Sketch Club where you’ll learn about still life, a work of art that depicts mostly inanimate objects. Participants will be instructed on how to create their own still life using a shoe box, fabric, ribbon and egg. Teaching artist and community art advocate Adriana Martinez (pictured) will demonstrate lighting, the value scale, and how to further develop drawing skills. This program is hosted on Muzeo’s Instagram Live.

Virtual Spring Equinox Festival

March 28. Bowers Museum is springing into the new season with a virtual festival to celebrate the spring equinox. Look forward to songs and dance celebrating a season of hope and renewal, featuring a special performance by Orange County Ballet Theater, Orange County School of the Arts’ School of Classical Voice and more. The festival will be viewable on Bower Museum’s Facebook Live. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. | RSVP

Photo credits: Blinking Owl Distillery by Ron De Angelis. The Winery Restaurant & Bar in Tustin by Rich Mora. Jinya Ramen Bar courtesy C-Squared PR. Taj Young courtesy Taj Young. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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