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November 11-14


Anaheim GardenWalk photo courtesy Anaheim GardenWalk

Taste of GardenWalk: Music and Arts Festival

Nov. 13. Calling all anime fans! Take a stroll through STC Anaheim GardenWalk’s music and arts festival this Saturday that will be showcasing more than 100 anime and arts & crafts vendors, games, live DJ sets, and performances. Look forward to performances by guest artists such as Latin Sounds, Irie Steel, Pop Vision, Rumba Room Live, DJ ALI, DJ Justin M., UniStar Kids, Akaoni Daiko and Monkeyshine. There will also be a cosplay contest and raffles. The first 500 people to RSVP will receive a goodie bag! 3-10 p.m. Free with RSVP. 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.215.4300.

Orangetheory Fitness outdoor class at Marriott Irvine Spectrum photo courtesy Marriott Irvine Spectrum

Marriott Irvine Spectrum x Orangetheory Fitness

Nov. 14. Break a sweat at Marriott Irvine Spectrum and Orangetheory Fitness’ outdoor workout event to support diabetes awareness. Locals and guests alike can attend this special boot camp-style outdoor class on the event lawn at Marriott Irvine Spectrum, followed by light bites, giveaways and more. All proceeds will go towards JDRF, the leading researcher for Type 1 diabetes. 10 a.m.-noon. $30 per person, $6 three-hour parking validation. 7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.759.0200. Tickets

Food + Drink

Bottomless mimosa brunch at Gracias Madre photo courtesy JS2 PR

Bottomless Mimosa Brunch at Gracias Madre

Every Sunday. Cafe Gratitude’s sister restaurant Gracias Madre is bringing back its bottomless mimosa brunch with live music every Sunday! For $25, brunch goers can order bottomless mimosas in refreshing flavors such as hibiscus, rosemary, lavender and more. Pair that morning pick-me-up with vegan brunch favorites including the chilaquiles, pancakes or breakfast burrito. To make reservations, call or visit the website. Su 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.386.8100.

New fall dishes at Mix Mix Kitchen Bar photo credit Ron De Angelis

Fall Flavors at Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

Now Available. On the heels of the Santa Ana restaurant’s five-year anniversary, chef Ross Pangilinan and his team has expanded Mix Mix’s menu of shareable plates for fall. Come hungry to delight in new seasonal offerings such as a beet salad with yuzu kosho vinaigrette; PEI mussels with Southern spices and hush puppy; duck confit crepes; and more. W-Th 5-9 p.m., F-Sa 5-10 p.m. 300 Main St., Santa Ana, 714.836.5158.

Mix of tacos at Taqueria De Anda photo credit Max Milla

Taqueria De Anda Grill

Now Open. Indulge in savory street tacos and other authentic Mexican fare at family-owned restaurant chain Taqueria De Anda’s newest location in Huntington Beach. This particular location will be a Taqueria De Anda Grill—akin to the Mission Viejo and Lake Forest locations—which provides an elevated dining experience with the addition of high-quality angus beef, mouthwatering chorizo and bacon breakfast burritos, shrimp tacos, and ice-cold beer. Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 17969 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.369.2366.

Arts + Culture

Blue13 Dance Company photo courtesy Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

Blue13 Dance Company at Casa Romantica

Nov. 12. Grab your tickets to watch Los Angeles-based Blue13 Dance Company perform at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. Taking place indoors in Casa Romantica’s Main Salon, Blue13 will deliver a high-energy performance in a modern dance style that is inspired by the classical and cultural art forms of India. This event is a part of “Casa Kinetic” series that allows guests to view dance in a unique setting with a wide variety of cultural, classical and contemporary genres. 7 p.m. $40 GA, $30 Casa members. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.

Modigliani Quartet photo credit Luc Braquet

Modigliani Quartet at Irvine Barclay Theatre

Nov. 12. Known for their energy, passion and conviction of its interpretations, the Paris-based Modigliani Quartet is bringing their talent to Irvine Barclay Theatre. Presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, guests can watch the quartet perform scores by Mozart, Bartók and Schubert in person or at home through the theatre’s livestream (see website for info). The Modigliani Quartet performs regularly at the world’s top chamber music venues, touring America, Japan, Korea, China and European countries. 8 p.m. $38-$48. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Yolanda Johnson photo credit Cy Rathbun

Veterans Month Concert Series: Yolanda Johnson

Nov. 14. Segerstrom Center for the Arts continues its special outdoor concert series for National Veterans and Military Families Month with a performance by SoCal-based vocalist, songwriter and entertainer Yolanda Johnson (aka Creole Woman). Performing alongside Johnson will be her All Star Band, a group of heavy hitters who have each played with top name acts around the world. 1 p.m. Free with RSVP required. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Photo credits: Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano courtesy J Public Relations. Gracias Madre courtesy JS2 PR. Mix Mix Kitchen Bar by Ron De Angelis. Taqueria De Anda by Max Milla. Modigliani Quartet by Luc Braquet. Yolanda Johnson by Cy Rathbun. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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