Orange County

Weekend roundup

September 23-26


Laura Benanti headshot photo by Jenny Anderson/Segerstrom Center for the Arts

*Update: Performances have been moved to Nov. 11-13

Laura Benanti at Segerstrom Center

Sept. 23-25. One of today’s most celebrated singing actresses, Laura Benanti, makes her debut in the Cabaret Series in the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. A Tony Award winner and five-time nominee, her Broadway resume includes Lincoln Center’s acclaimed production of My Fair Lady, She Loves Me, Gypsy (2008 Tony Award for Outstanding Feature Actress in a Musical), and Into The Woods. Benanti also appears frequently in television and film roles. 7:30 p.m. $89+. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Ozomatli group shot photo courtesy Musco Center for the Arts/Ozomatli

Ozomatli with La Misa Negra

Sept. 25. Get ready to dance along to a fusion of Afro-Latin rhythms, reggae, hip hop, rock and cumbia with Ozomatli (pictured) and La Misa Negra at Musco Cener for the Arts. Attendees will hear groovy, beat-based dance music from L.A.-based Grammy-winning six-piece band Ozomatli and openers La Misa Negra, a seven-piece band from Oakland. Bring your face masks, blankets, beach chairs and picnics for this concert on Aitken Arts Plaza. Gates open at 2 p.m., show beings at 3 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 415 N. Glassell, Orange, 714.997.6812.

Mess Hall Market exterior photo courtesy Ajenda PR

Shop and Dine Pop-Up at Mess Hall Market

Sept. 25. Join Mess Hall Market and The Community Fair for a festive fall pop-up event to help support the small businesses in our community. Expect a lineup of 15 local artisan vendors from The Community Fair, specializing in jewelry, candles, body products, and more to the Tustin chef-driven food hall. With every purchase from one of The Community Fair’s vendors, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a gift card to one of Mess Hall’s dining concepts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1705 Flight Way, Tustin. More Info

Multi-Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant photo courtesy Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner

Sept. 26. Jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts (she first appeared here in 2014) along with jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner for two performances in one night inside the Samueli Theater. Cécile and Sullivan have each won numerous prestigious music awards, including Grammys in 2020 for their collaboration on their album, The Window. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. $59+. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Food + Drink

Fall cocktails with small pumpkins behind them at Selanne Steak Tavern photo courtesy Marguarite Clark Public Relations

New Autumn Cocktails at Selanne Steak Tavern

Now Available. The iconic Laguna Beach contemporary steakhouse unveils seven newly created cocktails in celebration of the fall season. Guests can look forward to new specialty cocktails such as the Charlatan, The Great Pumpkin, Harvest Moon, Sexy Eyes, Sunday Best and more. This seasonal lineup is available throughout Selanne Steak Tavern, which can be enjoyed before, during or after a dinner in the restaurant or, of course, on at the bar. Open for dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m. 1464 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9881.

Paradise Dynasty at South Coast Plaza photo credit Wonho Frank Lee

Paradise Dynasty at South Coast Plaza

Now Open. Come hungry to the first U.S. location of Singapore’s Paradise Dynasty, which resides in the new two-story collection of dining concepts, Collage Culinary Experience, at South Coast Plaza. First dish to order is a no-brainer: the signature 8-piece xiao long bao (soup dumplings) in flavors such as original, luffa gourd, foie gras, black truffle, crab roe, cheese, garlic and Szechuan—all in different colors! Other highlights include the spicy Szechuan crispy chicken, La Mian noodles and double boiled chicken soup. Highly recommend going early to put down a reservation. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 3333 Bristol St., Suite A, Costa Mesa, 714.617.4630.

Two ramen bowls from the new Ramen Shack in San Juan Capistrano photo courtesy FWD PR

Ramen Shack

Now Open. Calling all ramen fans! Get a taste of NYC’s cult-favorite ramen concept from Japanese-American chef Keizo Shimamoto, now in San Juan Capistrano. Diners can look forward to house specialties such as Signature Shoyu, Ganga-style Tsukemen, Dirty Shoyu, The Quiet Storm (featuring a 13-ingredient broth) and the Infamous Green Curry. M-Th 4-8 p.m. (closed Wednesdays), Sa-Su 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 31761 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano.

Arts + Culture

Julanne Chidi Hill and Dante Alexander in rehearsals for the OC Premiere of Dael Orlandersmith's "Yellowman," playing September 24-October 24 at Chance Theater in Anaheim photo courtesy Chance Theater

Yellowman at Chance Theater

Sept. 24-Oct. 24. Chance Theater presents the Orange County premiere of Dael Orlandersmith’s Pulitzer Prize Finalist Yellowman. This play is an exquisite and provocative exploration of the challenges of overcoming racism, class, biases, and prejudices inherited both from community and family. Note: This show contains mature language and themes. See website for showtimes. $39-$49. 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888.455.4212.

"View from Ann's Window," 1959; Dong Kingman (American, 1911 - 2000); New York City, New York; Watercolor on paper; 22 1/2 × 29 1/2 in. 2018.6.12; Ann and Bill Cullen Memorial Collection

Artistic Legacy: The Ann and Bill Cullen Collection

Through Dec. 19. Bowers Museum presents the premiere California watercolor collection of an iconic “it” couple of the 1960s in this new exhibition. The exhibit features more than 53 paintings and drawings from the estate of Ann Macomber Cullen, a famous actress and runway model and the wife of radio and gameshow host Bill Cullen. Curator Mr. Jean Stern, a nationally recognized authority on California Impressionism and past director of The Irvine Museum, will host an opening lecture at 1:30 p.m. See website for hours and tickets. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600.

Photo credits: Laura Benanti by Jenny Anderson/Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Mess Hall Market courtesy Ajenda PR. Paradise Dynasty by Wonho Frank Lee. Ramen Shack courtesy FWD PR. Selanne Steak Tavern courtesy Marguarite Clark Public Relations.  “View from Ann’s Window,” 1959; Dong Kingman (American, 1911 – 2000); New York City, New York; Watercolor on paper; 22 1/2 × 29 1/2 in. 2018.6.12; Ann and Bill Cullen Memorial Collection/courtesy Bowers Museum. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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