Diversity claims the week in Orange County. From the thrill of high-energy-stunts at Monster Jam, heading into Anaheim this weekend, to the rural simplicity of an art exhibit on early California art movements, the week truly boasts something for everyone. Enjoy world-class musical theater, a relaxing wine cruise, or the fabulous prix-fixe fare at numerous restaurants taking part in Newport Beach’s Restaurant Week.
California Rural, 1930s and 1940s
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Through February 15, the Laguna Art Museum’s upper level galleries are featuring California Rural, 1930s and 1940s, a collection of watercolor works representing rural California history. From the collection of Diane and E. Gene Crain, the works include both Northern and Southern California artists including Standish Backus, Rex Brandt, Tom Craig, Phil Dike, John Haley, Dong Kingman, Emil J. Kosa, Jr., and Maurice Logan, among many more who were all members of the California Water Color Society, which received numerous accolades and appreciation during its time and to this day.
Are You Smarter Than a Drunkard?
891 Baker St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Take your trivia to the next level at Kitsch Bar’s weekly Tuesday trivia challenge, “Are you smarter than a drunkard?” Teams of up to four people can compete head-to-head with other attendees, but arrive early to ensure a seat as this trivia night, which starts at 9:30 pm, fills up quick! Prizes are awarded to the winning team.
Wine & Live Cooking Demonstrations
Williams-Sonoma Lincoln Park
3333 Bear St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Enjoy an evening of wine, tasty light bites, and a live cooking demonstration from acclaimed Chef Trey Foshee of George’s at the Cove in La Jolla at Williams-Sonoma in South Coast Plaza. Chef Foshee will demo his signature Albacore Crudo with charred jalapeno, cucumber, pear, and yuzu kosho; Chino Farms Carrots with mint salsa, chipotle, crema, and quinoa; and Farrotto with roasted baby turnips and mushrooms. The ticket sales ($75) benefits the 2015 Bocuse d’Ore Team USA, comprised of Chef Philip Tessier and Commis Skylar Stover of The French Laudnry. The duo will compete against 24 other countries on behalf of USA at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France.
Newport Beach Restaurant Week
FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
401 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Various Other Restaurants Participating
Celebrate Newport Beach’s Restaurant this week at various locations throughout the Orange County city. Over 60 restaurants are participating in this year’s event, the ninth since its inception, including FIG & OLIVE, featuring their value-driven lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus boasting the flavors of the South of France. Cucina Enoteca will feature a new cocktail, The Vaquero, made with Nolettes Gin, Dolin Blanc, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Aperol Foam, Blackberry Compote, in addition to dining options. For the complete restaurant list, visit the Dine Newport Beach website.
Sunset Wine Cruise
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Spend your Friday evening enjoying the sunset over the Pacific Ocean while on board a Wine and cruise from Dana Wharf. The ninety minute cruise onboard a luxury catamaran takes guests through Dana Point Harbor as the glimmering lights of evening come alive. Visitors can enjoy wine tastings from The Organic Cellar, cheese platters, and a cash bar while onboard. Join us for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard our luxury catamaran through the beautifully lit up Dana Point Harbor.
This cruise runs Fridays & Sundays Evenings.
2000 E Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
Don’t miss Monster Jam, rolling into Anaheim this weekend. The thrilling event, which features a variety of famous Monster Jam Trucks including Grave Digger, driven by Dennis Anderson, Metal Mulisha, driven by Brian Deegan, Mohawk Warrior, driven by BJ Johnson, and Team Hot Wheels Firestorm, driven by Scott Buetow. Don’t miss their thrilling stunts and heart-pounding feats by these massive vehicles. Meet the stars of the show in the pre-show Party in the Pits or take advantage of the post-show autograph sessions.
Billy Elliot the Musical
La Mirada Theater for Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
The winner of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical follows a young boy, played by the talented Mitchell Tobin, while he follows his dreams from a boxing ring to ballet class, where he finally finds his niche. With heart, humor, and passion, Billy Elliot inspires not only the community of his world within the musical, but also for fans. Playing now through February 8 at the La Mirada Theater for Performing Arts Center.