Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Dine Newport Beach
Through Feb. 1. Newport Beach Restaurant Week returns with deals on prix fixe menus at some of Newport’s best restaurants including Fig & Olive, 21 Oceanfront, Bayside Restaurant, Amelia’s, Bluefin, Fleming’s, Provenance, Royal Thai, Sol Cocina, The Beachcomber and more. This year, you have two full weeks of delectable dining offerings ranging from $10-$25 lunches and $20-$50 dinners. This is an excellent time to try out restaurants you have been wanting to dine at as well as return to old favorites. See website for participating restaurants.


Kristina-WongOff Center Festival
Through Jan. 31. Join Segerstrom Center for the Arts for their fourth annual Off Center Festival featuring eight exciting artists and companies performing at the Center for the first time including Kristina Wong in a preview of her newest show, The Wong Street Journal where she fearlessly delves into intense social issues in accessible, moving and surprisingly hilarious ways. Check website for schedule. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


Tristan & Yseult
Opens Jan. 23. British company Kneehigh’s production plays out with wild exuberance–and a touch of Tarantino. A cabaret band plays high above the stage as the classic myth about star-crossed lovers–a love triangle between warrior Tristan; his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall; and the beautiful Yseult–unfolds. Through Feb. 22. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.


Irving-BerlinHershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Through Feb. 8. Called “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived” by George Gershwin, Berlin penned songs such as “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “White Christmas.” Catch a glimpse into Berlin’s life as Hershey Felder captures the essence of the composer in this one-man show. $46-$61. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.


Ruby’s Diner
Jan. 28. Celebrate the diner’s 32nd anniversary by enjoying the Classic RubyBurger at the original price of just $2.35 at each of its locations. The family-owned restaurant is extending this offer for one-day only so take advantage of this steal of a deal. Fries with your RubyBurger are an additional $1. As a special thank you, police officers, fire fighters and active duty military as well as all service members in uniform will receive the classic RubyBurger free. Dine-in only. 11:30 a.m.-close. See website for locations.


AndreisAndrei’s Conscious Cuisine
Jan. 23-30. Kick off those 2015 healthy habits by trying the new Healthy Resolutions menu, featuring low calorie and low carb dishes that are still high in flavor such as their poached shrimp salad with avocado, papaya, corn, watermelon radish, blood orange, pumpkin seeds and blood orange vinaigrette; roasted monkfish wrapped in pancetta and basil with tomato and coriander seafood broth, quinoa, fennel, artichoke hearts and zucchini or Andrei’s vegan burger made of black, cannellini and garbanzo beans, mushrooms, bell pepper, carrot, celery, red onion, garlic, basil and parsley served with iceberg lettuce, vegan bun and a choice of root vegetable chips or mixed greens. 2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887.


Try new Paleo and protein packed options for lunch and dinner for flavorful healthy dishes without the bore or guilt. Look for weekly specials like no fry sweet potato fries with smoked salmon sauce;  shrimp and avocado taco with a spinach hummus spread served over a toasted whole wheat wrap or the Paleo antioxidant shake with raspberry, blueberry and chia seeds. 19696 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.963.3900; 211 Broadway St., Laguna Beach, 949.715.0464.


Bacchus-KalesaladdrinkBacchus Bar & Bistro
The wine bar and bistro has launched a new lunch menu and expanded their happy hour offerings. For lunch, try the kale and farro salad with broccoli, dried cranberries, pistachio, sunflower seeds, balsamic glaze and orange sherry vinaigrette; grilled bacon and brie sandwich with apricot jam and honey bread or rioja braised lamb quesadilla with manchego cheese, white bean puree, red pepper yogurt sauce and radish pickles. For happy hour, indulge in spicy gorgonzola tater tots or the deviled eggs. 6735 Quail Hill Pkwy., Irvine, 949.502.4600.


Jan. 26. Chipotle has a new vegan menu item, Sofritas, made with organic, non-GMO tofu braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblano peppers and a blend of aromatic spices. Purchase a Sofritas entrée item on January 26 and receive a bounce-back for a free entrée of your choice upon a return visit between January 27 and February 28. Original receipt required. Check website for locations.


Glow Cave Discoveries at Kidseum
Jan. 24. Kids will love to virtually explore the French caves of Lascaux on a smartboard and then visit the Glow Cave before creating their own glow-in-the-dark cave painting to take home. 1:30-3 p.m. $6 admission plus $6 per participating child. Kidseum, 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.480.1520.


Wyland-with-Kids-Dana-WharfWyland’s Art Lessons in the Wild
Jan. 24. Learn how marine wildlife continues to inspire Wyland to create some of the most well-known art pieces of our time, while children will receive an art lesson from Wyland himself via video feed. Participating kids ages 3-12 may enter the art contest and will receive a free same day whale watching ticket at the end of the session. 9-9:45 a.m. $5 per child. Dana Wharf Whale Watching, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 888.224.0603.


Salt-Fine-Art-1Inflorescence at Salt Fine Art
Through Feb. 28. See new works by artists Cecilia Paredes, Olga Sinclair and Victoria Herrera. Padres camouflages by way of painting her body into textile backgrounds, leaving a small part of herself unpainted as a way of saying, “I am always in a small way standing apart from my environment” (as pictured) while Sinclair creates lush non-representational paintings that rival nature in their chaotic perfection. Herrera’s hyper realistic, large-scale blooms reveal themselves to the viewer with such grace that one gets the sense that they are moving slowly. 1492 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.5554.


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