Orange County

Weekend roundup

November 12-15


Coast Film Festival

Begins Nov. 12. Watch a showcase of documentary films, speakers and stories from the mountains to the sea during this year’s in person and virtual Coast Film Festival. From November 12 to 14, expect live in-person small group events at The Ranch at Laguna Beach such as feature film showcases, short film blocks and after-screening presentations. From November 15 to 22, fans can enjoy the programs on the website from home, including livestream and recorded Q&A’s, feature films and short film blocks. See schedule and tickets on website. 31106 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.

Holiday Succulent Wreath Workshop

Nov. 12. Need new holiday decor to spruce up the house with? Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens welcomes guests to learn how to create a living wreath using succulents during this popular workshop—just in time for the holidays! Materials included with purchase of a ticket. 7 p.m. $45 GA, $40 members. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.

Drive-In and Dine-In Movie Nights

Nov. 13-14. Make your way to Tustin this weekend for Mess Hall Market’s popular drive-in and dine-in movie nights! Moviegoers can buy tickets to watch Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives on Friday and a James Bond double feature on Saturday of From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. Arrive as early as 6 p.m. to secure a spot and grab bites at Mess Hall ahead of the film. Participating eateries include Big Parm, The Drink Bar, Fonda Moderna,Fowl Play, The Little Greek, Saigon Kitchen, The Sandwich Society, Slapfish and VaKa Burger. Screenings start at 8 p.m. 1705 Flight Way, Tustin, 714.285.9422.

Laura Benanti Virtual Concert

Nov. 14. Tune in to Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Live From The West Side: Women of Broadway series for a special livestream event featuring Tony Award winner Laura Benanti. Streaming live from New York’s Shubert Virtual Studios, Benanti will perform a number of Broadway showtunes, pop songs and share personal stories from her illustrious career. The next Women of Broadway event is December 5 with acclaimed actress-singer Vanessa Williams. Only one ticket is required per household; suitable for all ages. 5 p.m. $30 per household.

Dana Point Harbor Lights

On View. Dana Point Harbor Partners is spreading seasonal cheer with the annual holiday light display set to illuminate the harbor. Each night through January 3, the magnificent light display will illuminate the evening sky for guests of all ages to enjoy. Themed light exhibits throughout the harbor include Candy Cane Lane and the popular “Merry Kiss Me” arch. New this year, Dana Point Harbor Partners added light displays to the island to encourage visitors to explore all areas of the harbor and avoid large crowds. 34555 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point.

Perspire Sauna Studio in Dana Point

Upcoming | Opens Nov. 16. The nation’s original infrared sauna franchise is bringing the natural health and wellness benefits to Dana Point at the Monarch Bay Plaza. The 1,500-square-foot clinic consists of 10 all-private, top-of-the-line infrared saunas, each having the capability to hold either single, double or triple person capacity. Benefits of infrared sauna can include detoxification, weight loss, alleviating pain, enhanced immunity, clearer skin, improved sleep, relaxation and more. M-F 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sa-Su 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 32932 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 11, Dana Point, 949.427.7660.

Food + Drink

Chef’s Pick-Up Dinner at Fork and Knife

Through Nov. 14. Treat your family to this week’s chef’s menu highlighting the simple, yet drool-worthy comforts of Southern cuisine. Featured dishes on the menu include Anson Mills cornbread with sweet butter, Rancho Gordo yellow eye bean salad, sweet potato cheesecake and your choice of entrees. The entree selections are hatch chile bucatini, Mary’s organic fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and 1885 filet mignon. See website for full menu and to order online. 401 E. 17th St., Suite A-2, Costa Mesa, 949.877.0330.

Broken Yolk Cafe

Reopened. After months of renovations, Broken Yolk Cafe in Orange welcomes the public back for breakfast, brunch and lunch in its updated space with an industrial farmhouse design aesthetic. In addition to the design updates, the eatery has implemented health and safety practices to ensure a safe space, while still upholding the friendly service it is known for. Open daily 7 a.m.-1 p.m. 2810 E Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.289.9655.

Selanne Steak Tavern’s New Dining Experience

Now Available. Take your date nights to new heights at Selanne Steak Tavern with a customized multi-course gourmet experience paired with exquisite wines in a posh, ultra-private dining room. Executive chef Vince Terusa and his team craft distinct tasting menus featuring courses not found on the customary menu, including duck rillette, 40-day dry-aged steak tartare and barramundi. The menus also include delectable canapés and a lavish dessert service. Call to make reservations. $400 per person. 1464 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9881.

Arts + Culture

Dwight Rhoden and Ido Tadmor in Conversation

Nov. 12. Join an in-depth conversation between dance-makers and educators Dwight Rhoden (Complexions Contemporary Ballet) and Ido Tadmor (Chapman University Presidential Fellow in Dance). Both artists will discuss Complexions, professional partnerships and creating new work, as well as excerpts of repertory and answer questions from the virtual audience. 7 p.m. Free, RSVP online.

Holiday Faire

Nov. 14. The Irvine Fine Arts Center is bringing the holiday cheer to the community with its 38th annual Holiday Faire at the O.C. Great Park. This year’s event features 50 local artists displaying and selling their unique handmade gifts for purchase including holiday decorations, hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, clothing, and more. Advance tickets required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $2 per person, free for kids 12 and under. 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine, 949.724.6247. | Tickets

Test of Medal: Charles J. Shaw and the Montford Point Marines

On View. Bowers Museum presents a temporary display to honor local hero Charles J. Shaw—now through January 10. Included in this display are a variety of Shaw’s personal possessions from his time in the Marines, various medals and patches, and most remarkably, his Congressional Gold Medal and Certificate. Mr. Shaw was the first Black drill instructor to train an integrated platoon of Marines and an important member of the African American community in Santa Ana. Tu-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600.

Photo credits: Dana Point Harbor Holiday Lights courtesy Dana Point Harbor Partners. Mess Hall Market courtesy Ajenda PR. S.Sgt. Charles J. Shaw II with Platoon 44, Parris Island, South Carolina, 1949 (courtesy of Shaw family). All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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