The weekend after a holiday is always more recovery time than anything else. However, when there is such a wealth of cool things happening, it seems sacrilegious to retreat to the couch. While it takes some extra effort, visiting any one of the following spots will ensure zero regret about how you chose to spend your weekend. Here is what is happening in Orange County.
Friday, July 7

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See “The Wedding Singer”
The Gem Theatre
12852 Main St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 741-9550

In the lexicon of romantic comedies, few hold the same rank as the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore classic, “The Wedding Singer.” The story of love during the era of big hair and synth pop now has a live translation directed by Damien Lorton and based on a book by Tim Herlihy. The tale of Robbie and Julia combines music, comedy, and a little romance in a show that works for everyone watching. With just a few more weeks left during it’s run at the newly refurbished Gem Theatre, are encouraged to dress the part and immerse themselves in the 80s’ experience both onstage and in the seats.

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Saturday, July 8

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OC Parks: Sunset Cinema – The Goonies
Salt Creek Beach
33333 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 923-2283

As part of the ongoing Sunset Cinema series programmed by OC Parks, Salt Creek Beach will play host to a screening of one of film’s most essential flicks. Fans will get a chance to see The Goonies in a setting that will make visitors swoon. All summer, OC Parks have been selecting picturesque destinations for a movie at sunset and this week’s installment is one of the best. Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and get comfortable for an evening in front of the big screen and under the stars.

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Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior Exhibit
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600

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Widely regarded as one of the most important figures in architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright’s contribution to design was rooted in his attention to detail. A new exhibit at the Bowers further explores Wright’s meticulous eye with regards to his knack for interior design. Boasting some 19 reproduction drawings, 8 photographs, and 4 photographic murals of illustrate these interiors, experts have asserted that these are examples of Wright’s greatest architectural accomplishments. Exploring the art of architecture, this exhibit is yet another facet of what a visionary Wright continues to be decades after his death.

Sunday, July 9

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Newport Beach: Concerts on the Green
Newport Beach Civic Center
100 Civic Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Summer time is ripe for outdoor music. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is transforming the lawn of the Civic Center into the city’s open-air music venue. The Concerts on the Green series welcomes free music for guests of the area. Families are invited to bring their town chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy the music during sunset. Throughout the month of July, each Saturday will welcome a new artist for an evening of great tunes during the best time of the day. This Sunday guests will be able to transport to the 80’s as Flashback Heart Attack performs the essentials of the era.

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Visit Old Town Tustin
Main St. and El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780

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Few places in Southern California have the small town charm of Tustin. At the intersection of Main and El Camino Real, the small shops and cafes that line the streets are all operated by the owners; giving the area a quaint, welcoming atmosphere. Among the destinations that make for a quality stroll through the strip, stops like the Tustin Museum and Zama Tea Company are a must. Considering the current explosion in popularity of Kombucha, Zama Tea Company is one of the few places in the Southland that offer small batch kombucha on draft. They even offer kombucha floats because ice cream just makes everything better.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.