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New beachside music venue to open on July Fourth in Huntington Beach

A new seaside concert venue will open in Huntington Beach on the Fourth of July with a show from rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot. Concert-goers will be able to stand on the sand at SeaLegs Live, which will be part of SeaLegs at the Beach, a restaurant and bar at 17851 Pacific Coast Highway. The venue will...

What to eat now in O.C.: Sarah Bennett's favorites

  • Anepalco’s huitlacoche ice cream is homestyle magic

    Anepalco’s huitlacoche ice cream is homestyle magic

    When most of us dream of huitlacoche — that earthy purple corn fungus found seasonally in Mexican cooking — it’s smashed among ribbons of gooey Oaxacan cheese between the folds of a hand-patted, bruise-blue corn tortilla. When Danny Godinez dreams of those same huitlacoche quesadillas — a staple...

  • Alta Baja Market’s botana blends crunchy-cool with local sourcing

    Alta Baja Market’s botana blends crunchy-cool with local sourcing

    Delilah Snell helped start the first farmers’ market in Santa Ana more than a decade ago and has since been one of the city’s biggest advocates for local, sustainable food. Last year, she opened Alta Baja Market — a community-minded boutique grocer that stocks goods from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico...

  • The Wharf’s crawfish macaroni and cheese brings luxury to new-wave Asian Cajun

    The Wharf’s crawfish macaroni and cheese brings luxury to new-wave Asian Cajun

    Crayfish, crawfish or crawdaddies — no matter what you call the juice-filled freshwater lobsters — they’re a popular by-the-pound order at the dozens of Vietnamese-owned seafood boil spots across Orange County. Problem is, who wants to go through all the trouble of cracking them open just to redeem...

  • Bagels & Brew’s rainbow bagel makes mornings fun again

    Bagels & Brew’s rainbow bagel makes mornings fun again

    From grilled cheese to muffins to Frappuccinos, 2016 was the year that food went full unicorn — that is, becoming a hyper-color psychedelic swirl of its former self. But only a few of these fantastically-colored items were actually edible, much less turned out to be better than their bland-looking...

  • Corner Jip’s Korean-style fried chicken is a flavorful find

    Corner Jip’s Korean-style fried chicken is a flavorful find

    Korean fried chicken is not your average bucket of Popeyes slop. And Buena Park is not your average Koreatown. Over the past five years or so, the Beach Boulevard stretch of old-school Korean restaurants near Knott’s has spilled over the 5 Freeway and into several shopping centers, now entirely...

  • SeaSalt Woodfire Grill’s tri-tip is an authentic experience

    SeaSalt Woodfire Grill’s tri-tip is an authentic experience

    Eating a perfectly cooked piece of meat is one of the holiest eating experiences there is. But eating a tender piece of salt-and-peppered tri-tip perfectly cooked for hours over an open fire pit fueled by temperamental California red oak in the grand tradition of the state’s only native barbecue...

  • ’80s never end for O.C. band Flashback Heart Attack

    ’80s never end for O.C. band Flashback Heart Attack

    Throughout a nearly eight-year run as a sought-after ’80s cover band, Flashback Heart Attack has had some great gigs and some run-of-the-mill shows at bars with a tiny dance floor. But June 11 was a big moment for the Orange County-based band when it backed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper...

  • On Theater: Vanguard’s ‘Beat’ still goes on

    On Theater: Vanguard’s ‘Beat’ still goes on

    The curriculum for the summer session at Costa Mesa's Vanguard University is history — specifically the history of popular music in the last half of the 20th century — as the school's home-grown production of “The Beat Goes On” returns for an encore, this time as a feature of Vanguard's professional...

  • At 87, artist Fay Colmar has an exhibit at Cal State Fullerton and can't wait to get back to work

    At 87, artist Fay Colmar has an exhibit at Cal State Fullerton and can't wait to get back to work

    As Fay Colmar moved around the Leo Freedman Gallery at Cal State Fullerton, there was a certain bounce in her step. Colmar, a CSUF alumna, showed the highlights of her life as a prominent Orange County artist in her exhibit, “Full Circle: The Art of Fay Colmar” at the one of the college’s galleries....

  • At South Coast Repertory, Matthew Arkin teaches, coaches and acts

    At South Coast Repertory, Matthew Arkin teaches, coaches and acts

    Matthew Arkin has less than an hour before he is to appear in character on South Coast Repertory’s stage, and he needs caffeine. It just can’t make him burp. “Help me,” he says straight-faced to a Starbucks barista at South Coast Plaza. “I’m performing tonight.” The barista suggests a Nitro Cold...

  • Newport Beach Art Exhibition comes together for its 53rd year on Saturday

    Newport Beach Art Exhibition comes together for its 53rd year on Saturday

    The 53rd annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition will bring together 135 artists who will display 245 works of paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center on 100 Civic Center Drive. The variety of works, which will be for sale, come from...

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