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October 7-10


Movies on the Promenade at The District photo by Rich Mora

The District’s “Haunted Trivia & Film Festival”

Every Friday. Get in the Halloween spirit with a family-fun “Haunted Trivia & Film Festival” on Friday nights at The District. This week’s featured film is the 1995 supernatural comedy-drama Casper, followed by Goosebumps (Oct. 15), Frankenweenie (Oct. 22) and Nightmare Before Christmas (Oct. 29). Arrive early to grab a spot in the AMC Courtyard and purchase takeout from The District’s many restaurants, while enjoying lively music and drinks from the beer and wine garden. Reservations not required; space is limited. See website for more info. 5-9 p.m. 2437 Park Ave, Tustin, 714.259.9090.

HD Buttercup at SOCO and the OC Mix photo courtesy Kitchen Table Marketing + PR

Shopping, Tacos and Music at HD Buttercup

Oct. 9. Join California-based furniture and rugs retailer HD Buttercup for a special shopping event at its Costa Mesa showroom at SOCO and the OC Mix. Shop the latest styles in furnishings and home decor, while browsing the showroom’s favorite fall picks. During the event, chef Chris Tzorin (seen on Food Network shows Cutthroat Kitchen, Guy’s Grocery Games and Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown) will be serving up some tasty tacos, and the first 100 tacos will be free! There will also be a DJ spinning tunes, and a team of design experts ready to answer any questions. For more info, email Noon-4 p.m. Free. 3305 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.

Laguna Art Museum's Wayne Thiebaud-Inspired Circus Day photo courtesy The ACE Agency

Wayne Thiebaud-Inspired Circus Day

Oct. 10. Have a laugh during Laguna Art Museum’s fun-filled, circus-themed day with art-making and a special performance from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Enjoy an afternoon of family fun with circus-themed activities inspired by the museum’s exhibition Wayne Thiebuaud: Clowns, as well as a performance of Bob Baker’s The Circus and an interactive session with the world-renowned troupe followed by hands-on art-making in the museum. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $20 museum members, $25 non-members. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971.

Food + Drink

Cha Cha Matcha x Tiffany & Co. pop up at Tiffany & Co.'s Blue Box Cafe in South Coast Plaza photo courtesy South Coast Plaza

Cha Cha Matcha x Tiffany & Co. Pop-Up

Through Oct. 31. Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with a perfect cup of matcha in hand all month long at the Cha Cha Matcha x Tiffany & Co. pop-up. Taking place at Tiffany’s Blue Box Cafe in South Coast Plaza, the pop-up is offering specialty beverages such as matcha latte, matcha lemonade, matcha chai, a Tiffany blue drink (made with collagen, blue algae, lavender honey and milk), and more. There’s also small bites include avocado toast, soft-serve ice cream and assorted pastries. Open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, 714.540.5330 (ext. 7).

Chef Ross Pangilinan and his Mix Mix Kitchen Bar team photo courtesy FWD PR

Mix Mix’s 5-Year Anniversary Prix-Fixe Dinner

Through Oct. 31. With October being Filipino American History Month as well as Mix Mix Kitchen Bar’s 5-year anniversary, chef Ross Pangilinan whipped up a special prix-fixe menu to honor both his heritage and restaurant milestone. The dinner starts with a seared hamachi followed by crispy pork cheeks and maitake mushrooms with jalapeño lime aioli. The third course is branzino and clam sinigang (soup) followed by a hangar steak dish. Rounding out the dinner is a tropical verrine for dessert. W-Th 5-9 p.m., F-Sa 5-10 p.m. $55. 300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.836.5158.

O Sea's National Seafood Month dishes photo courtesy Moxxe PR

O Sea Hosts Fundraiser to Support Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts

Through Oct. 31. In response to the current oil spill cleanup efforts along the Orange County coast, O Sea will donate a portion of the proceeds from its National Seafood Month limited menu to Surfrider Foundation. For the month of October, 10% of O Sea’s recently launched specials will be donated to support and enhance the cleanup efforts underway. The featured menu items are grilled Morro Bay Grassy Bar oysters, wild local opah in Mandarin aguachile and grilled Santa Barbara spot prawns. Su-M 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Tu-Sa 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 109 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.363.3309.

The Blind Pig's Boysenberry Pancakes on the fall menu photo courtesy Ajenda PR

New Fall Menu at The Blind Pig

Now Available. Get a taste of The Blind Pig’s new fall menu at both its Yorba Linda and Rancho Santa Margarita locations. Seasonal offerings to try include the roasted cauliflower “elote” made with Kewpie Yuzu-Kosho Mayo, cotija cheese, mushroom togarashi powder and cilantro; and the Jack and the Cornstalk cocktail made with grilled corn syrup. In addition, brunch fans can stop by the Yorba Linda location on Sundays for the newly debuted boysenberry pancakes (pictured) and spam loco moco. 31431 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.888.0072; 4975 Lakeview Ave., Yorba Linda, 714.485.2593.

Arts + Culture

Michael Feinstein sings Sinatra’s Songbook photo courtesy Pasadena Symphony & POPS

An Evening with Michael Feinstein at Irvine Barclay Theatre

Oct. 9. Principal Pasadena Pops conductor Michael Feinstein puts down the conducting baton and picks up the microphone to perform an intimate showcase of songs written by legendary composers such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer and Duke Ellington. Feinstein’s recordings have earned him five Grammy nominations, along with an Emmy-nominated PBS-TV special and an acclaimed NPR series. 8 p.m. $30-$150. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Auryn String Quartett photo courtesy Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Auryn String Quartet at Segerstrom Center

Oct. 10. After a career spanning four decades as one of classical music’s most sought-after and respected ensembles, the Auryn String Quartet has decided to retire at the end of 2021—but is making a stop at Segerstrom Center for the Arts as part of their North American “Farewell Tour.” Performing inside the Samueli Theater, the Quartet will be joined by pianist Armen Guzelimian and baritone Benjamin Howard for this special all-Haydn program—Ein Kleines Haydnfest. 3 p.m $29. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

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Photo credits: HD Buttercup courtesy Kitchen Table Marketing + PR. Laguna Art Museum’s Wayne Thiebaud-Inspired Circus Day courtesy The ACE Agency. Mix Mix Kitchen Bar courtesy FWD PR. O Sea courtesy Moxxe PR. The Blind Pig courtesy Ajenda PR. Michael Feinstein courtesy Pasadena Symphony & POPS. Still from “Clemency” (2019) courtesy Academy Museum. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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