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Orange County Weekend Events Roundup Feb. 9-12

Find the best things to do for the weekend of Feb. 9-12

Edited by Laura Okey

One Love Cali Reggae Fest

Feb. 10-12. See performances from some of the biggest names in reggae like headliners Slightly Stoopid (Friday), Rebelution (Saturday) and Dirty Heads and 311 (Sunday). Over 50 other artists also perform, including Iration, SOJA, Chronixx, Stick Figure, Steel Pulse, J Boog and Fortunate Youth. Recently added to Sunday’s lineup are The Wailers (iconic reggae band formed from the remaining members of Bob Marley and The Wailers following Bob Marley’s death); they will perform their album “Legend” in its entirety. In addition to weekend and single-day passes, you can also find VIP Lounge, Legend VIP, Rage On The Stage and VIP Cabana packages. See website for full line up and VIP packages. Tickets start at $65. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.



Art-Crawl-ExperienceheART Crawl Experience
Feb. 11. Revel in artsy attractions ranging from demonstrations, showcases of handcrafted works, fire dancers, local musicians and more. This special pre-Valentine’s Day event will have participating artists and indie crafters building their works around the theme of “love.” Perfect for date-night, enjoy Euro-style twinkling market lights, shop for one-of-a-kind gifts, dine at downtown eateries and sip on beverages along the way. Show off your artistic skills by painting with artist, Jack Knight of GOALS. To add to the love-themed festivities, the first 50 single ladies who visit the Center Street Anaheim booth will receive a single stem rose. The crawl stretches from Clementine to Anaheim Boulevard along neo-vintage Center Street Promenade with activities featured at MUZEO, Center Gallery and the Anaheim Packing District. 6-10 p.m. For GPS, use following address: 201 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim. 714.956.3586.



OC Ghosts and LegendsGhosts & Legends of San Juan Capistrano
Feb. 10. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the strange phenomena that takes place in San Juan Capistrano at the infamous Camino Real Playhouse. The team will unveil some of their most compelling audio and video evidence from their investigations as well as demonstrate various pieces of investigation equipment. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation. Purchase raffle tickets to enter for an opportunity to investigate the haunted playhouse later that night! 7:30 p.m. $13. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano.



Cafe GratitudeGratitude Cocktail Class
Feb. 10. Love is in the air, and in the libations this Valentine’s Day. Gratitude, known for offering 100 percent organic, plant-based fare and cocktails, invites you to craft your very own love potion at its Love & Libations cocktail class. Led by renowned beverage director Jason Eisner, learn some of his favorite cocktails just in time for date night. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Gratitude, 1617 Westcliff Dr., Suite 112, Newport Beach, 949.386.8100.




Cruisers-Black-Light-KeggerBlack Light Kegger: A Full Moon Party
Feb. 10. The full moon is out and the black lights are on at Cruiser’s Bar and Grill Black Light Kegger Party. Dress in as much white clothing as you can and get ready for face painting madness and glow-in-the-dark fun. The best part? One-cent beer! Bring $5 for your red solo cup and a penny for every refill after. 10 p.m. 801 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.220.9414.




honda centerThe Wave’s Love Affair Concert
Feb. 11. Listen to live performances from The Delfonics, GQ, The Fuzz, Atlantic Starr, The Moments, The Heatwave, Color Me Badd and many more at the concert, presented by 94.7 The Wave. Expect more artists that fit into the genres of new adult contemporary music, smooth jazz and soft rock. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $34. The Theatre at Honda Center, 2695 East Katella, Anaheim, 800.745.3000.




Monster Jam Grave DiggerMonster Jam
Feb. 11. Get ready for mayhem and destruction with the biggest, baddest monster trucks in the business. Monster Jam, one of the country’s premier live motorsport events, features drag racing and freestyle contests in which trucks face death-defying jumps and other obstacles. This year’s lineup features appearances by Monster Jam powerhouses and multiple world finals champions Join the Pit Party before the show where fans get the chance to score autographs and memorabilia from the drivers. Pit party 2:30-5:30 p.m., showtime 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim.



life-time-athletic-laguna-niguel_exterior_pressLife Time Athletic Laguna Niguel 60-Day Challenge
Feb. 11-Apr. 8. It’s almost time for weigh-in weekend at Life Time Athletic Laguna Niguel. After registering for the 60-Day Challenge, weigh-in weekend will consist of a personal consultation with a Life Time certified personal trainer, selection of which challenge category you’d like to participate in (weight loss or transformation) and completing your first weekly weigh-in for the program. Each week you will work with Life Time personal trainers and nutrition coaches to achieve your weight loss or transformation goals. All participants will receive complimentary access to weekly Try-It Tuesday events, designed to help you hit all your goals from grocery shopping and fitness classes to nutrition, exercise and technology seminars. A grand prize winner from each category will receive $10,000 at the end of the challenge. Eight runners-up will receive $500. Registration $40. 25600 Rancho Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel.



Harlem GlobetrottersHarlem Globetrotters
Feb. 12. See ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, comedy and unequaled fan interaction from the Harlem Globetrotters. The Globetrotters feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. The star-studded roster includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm–plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson. New this season, the Globetrotters will debut basketball’s first 4-point line. The 4-point line will be located 30 feet from the basket—6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. 2 p.m. Tickets start at $18. Honda Center, 2695 East Katella, Anaheim, 714.940.2900.



Valentini at Chuck JonesValentini: Paint Your Partner
Feb. 12. Gaze into the eyes of your loved one (or best friend) this Valentine’s Day… and paint his or her portrait. Join Chuck Jones Center for Creativity where you and your guest will enjoy delicious appetizers, two martinis and classical music as you fill a canvas with all the colors of your heart. Once you’ve finished painting to your heart’s content, step into SOCO to enjoy discounted dining options available to participants the night of the event. Receive a complimentary queso fundido with your order of dinner at Pueblo and 10 percent off your final tab at Iron Press. 5-8 p.m. $75 if purchased in advance, $90 at the door. 3321-A Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.660.7791.



Baker-&-OliveBaker & Olive Grand Opening Party
Feb. 10. Celebrate Baker & Olive’s grand opening in Corona del Mar. The chef-inspired specialty shop and tasting pantry brings you a collection of world class aged balsamic vinegars, ultra-premium, freshly harvested olive oils from around the globe, artisan cheese, charcuterie, salts, seasonings and other specialty food ingredients. The grand opening event will feature craft mocktails, a special parmesan wheel cracking, sampling of cheese and charcuterie and more. For every $250 spent, receive a free private class/event in-store with Baker & Olive’s chef and fromager. The first 50 party goers will recieve a free goodie bag. 5-7 p.m. Free. 928 Avocado Ave., Suite 928, Corona del Mar.



John-Cena-WWE-SmackdownWWE Smackdown
Feb. 14. Don’t miss your chance to see your favorite WWE Smackdown Superstars live in action. The lineup for the evening includes John Cena, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Alexa Bliss, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Becky Lynch, Natalya, and many more of your favorites. Lineup subject to change, check website for details. 4:45 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Honda Center, 2695 East Katella, Anaheim, 714.940.2900.




Dancing-with-the-Stars-LiveDancing with the Stars: Live!—We Came to Dance
Feb. 14. See an all-new production that showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on hit show Dancing with the Stars. The show features group performances, romantic duets, contemporary numbers and original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. See the hottest cast in dance including Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Jenna Johnson, Emma Slater and many more. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



cinepolisCinépolis USA
Feb. 9-16. Take your movie experience to the next level this Valentine’s Day. Cuddle up with a blanket and your Valentine in spacious and comfortable seating for a screening of Fifty Shades Darker. Enjoy a bottle of Cinépolis Private Label Cabernet or Sauvignon Blanc (or beer and other spirits) and full service in-theater dining. Seating is limited, reservations required. See website for all movies and showtimes. 32401 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, 949.373.7900; 30632 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.835.1888.




Valentine’s Dinner Cruise & Cupid’s Champagne Brunch
Feb. 10-14. Sail away in the name of love this Valentine’s Day. Spend a romantic night on the water with a Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise (or cruise the weekend before Valentine’s Day) complete with a candlelit table, champagne, a five-course meal, a live DJ and sweeping views of the water. For a relaxing daytime cruise, try Cupid’s Champagne Brunch featuring a lavish brunch buffet, relaxing music and romantic views. See website for schedule. $67.95-$149/pp. 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Suite #101, Newport Beach, 949.631.2469.



Dana-WharfValentine’s Day Sunset Cruises
Feb. 10-14. Sail with the sunset on a whale-watching cruise aboard the Dana Pride featuring with complimentary chocolate treats and bottomless champagne. Other cruises include a sparkling wine tasting cruise on a luxurious catamaran—complete with four organic sparkling wine tastes and a chocolate bar. See website for schedule. $29-52. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 888.224.0603.



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Back Bay BistroFOOD + DRINK
Wine & Dine Your Valentine at Back Bay Bistro
Feb. 10-14. Enjoy a romantic five-course dinner on the waterfront at Back Bay Bistro. Menu highlights include an amuse bouche— a beet tower with goat cheese, micro greens and basil sauce—and red pepper bisque with mascarpone cream; and for the main entree, a choice of cabernet filet of beef with Point Reyes sauce, gratin potatoes and haricot vert, roasted rack of lamb, basil crusted with lamb jus and polenta cake, or cider glazed cornish game hen with sauce au miel and apple risotto. $85/pp. Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport beach, 949.729.1144.


Feb. 11-12.
Make it a girls weekend with Bluegold’s Galentine’s Brunch. In preparation for Valentine’s Day, round up your favorite females and sip on bottomless mimosas and/or the featured craft cocktail red slippers. Call for reservations. Top level of Pacific City, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.0038.





Chapter OneChapter One: Valentine’s Dinner & Bubbles for 2
Feb. 11-14. Show your valentine some love at Chapter One with dinner and bubbles. Choose between main entrees of sausage and mushroom pasta, lobster risotto or grilled flat iron steak. The happy ending dessert is a dark chocolate molten cake with whipped cream, raspberry coulis and cocoa nibs. For bubbles, choose between Opera Prima brut cava or J.P. Chenet sparkling rosé. Call for reservations. $70 per couple. 227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714.352.2225.



True-FoodValentine’s Day Cocktails at True Food Kitchen
Feb. 10-14. Celebrate love with Valentine’s Day-themed libations at True Food Kitchen. The limited time drink menu features the following: Hot in the Dark (lime, ixá organic tequila, jalapeño, pomegranate), Bow & Eros (ginger honey, lime, pineapple, spiced rum), war of the roses (rose petal, lime, pomegranate infused vodka, prosecco), Love-A-Pear (lemon, honey, pear and vanilla infused bourbon) and a mocktail ($4), red moon (grapefruit, yuzu, honey). $11. M-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m., F 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fashion Island, 451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.2400.



Feb. 10-14. We’re taco’n about true love when it comes to Puesto’s signature tacos made with crispy melted cheese, housemade corn tortillas and from-scratch salsas. Beyond featured menu items like the filet Mignon taco with crispy melted cheese, avocado and spicy pistachio serrano salsa, they will offer pastry chef Jessica Scott’s handmade chocolate bonbons during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Inspired by her recent trip to Mexico City, where she attended the annual Chocolate Expo, the assortment will include white chocolate passionfruit, guava Jamaica, dulce de leche café, dark chocolate guajillo ganache and the limited edition Valentine’s Day rose horchata bonbon. Boxes of five chocolates $10. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 8577 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.



Through Feb. Hopdoddy Burger Bar is mixing it up this February with a lineup of new specials. Highlights include the triple B burger available through Feb. 21. The burger features a medium-rare Akaushi patty atop a bed of peppery arugula and topped with melted blue jack cheese, warm bourbon bacon onion jam and fired tobacco onions. Also try the s’mores shake, available through Feb. 14, this handspun shake blends chocolate sauce, crushed Girl Scout S’mores cookies and marshmallow fluff, topped with whipped cream and extra s’mores cookie bits. Lastly, the rosemary paloma, available through Feb. 28, is made with fresh squeezed grapefruit and lime juices, housemade rosemary simple syrup, silver tequila and garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary. Fashion Island, 311 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.2337; 3030 El Camino Real, Tustin, 714.505.2337.




Rita-Wilson-Photo-by-Nathan-Chapman-EBLASTARTS + CULTURE
Rita Wilson and Friends
Feb. 10. Actress, film producer and Broadway star Rita Wilson will bring her vocal and songwriting talents to Segerstrom’s Samueli Theater with new production Liner Notes: Songwriters, Stories and Music. Special guests and notable songwriters Billy Steinberg, Holly Knight and Desmond Child will join in performing songs and sharing stories behind their most memorable music. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $59. (Photo by Nathan Chapman.) Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Dressing-DowntonMuzeo: Dressing Downton
Beginning Feb. 12. One of the most widely watched dramas in the world is touring its wardrobe in an exhibition showcasing 39 period costumes from Downton Abbey. For the only West Coast appearance, Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center will host Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times. 241 South Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.956.8936.





twenty-one-pilotsUPCOMING EVENTS
Twenty One Pilots
Feb. 15-16. Catch Twenty One Pilots as they stop at Honda Center for two nights during their Emotional Roadshow tour. You’ll recognize hit songs “Stressed Out” and “Ride” from their latest album Blurryface; and “Heathens” from the soundtrack of film Suicide Squad. 7 p.m. $39-$49. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.940.2900.

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