This weekend is the Orange County and Long Beach Pacific Standard Time Focus Weekend. For many Angelenos reading, Orange County and Long Beach sound like a foreign country that take hours and hours to get to. There’s lots of great things happening down there, yes, but it just can be a bit much to handle. That is why you should go this weekend for the Pacific Standard Time Orange County and Long Beach Focus Weekend!
If you are familiar with the Focus Weekends, this may not be news to you. However, what may be news to you are some restaurants and other cool places we think you should schedule around your trekking down South. We’ve broken them down by the OC day, the night in between the two days (in case you will just be camping out down there), and the Long Beach day. Be sure to check them out while you are down there!
The Orange County day is Saturday, which will be a full day of art. Starting at 10:30AM and spanning from Chapman University to the Orange County Museum of Art to Laguna Art Museum, there are five (well, six) participating shows, which you can travel by bus to (thank you South Coast Plaza for donating them!!). The first stop is Chapman University Guggenheim Gallery’s Everyman’s Infinite Art, which is a restaging of a 1966 project that took place at Chapman University. The show is free all day, with a tour at 10:30AM. The second stop is Laguna Art Museum’s Best Kept Secret. This show has curator tours at 12PM, 2PM, and 4PM, where she’ll speak about the group of artists the exhibition is about (which includes Bruce Nauman, Craig Kaufman, and Chris Burden, to name a few). Orange County Museum of Art’s State Of Mind is the third stop, with half priced tickets, performances, tours, and other additional programing for the exhibition on Californian conceptual art. UC Irvine’s University Art Gallery has the fourth (and free!) show, which we spoke about last week: The Radicalization of a ’50s Housewife. The last stop is the reception for On Display In Orange County at South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse Gallery. This exhibit shows the process of creating 12 sculptures, that will be on display between South Coast Plaza and Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
If you aren’t able to make it to grab the a bus on time or prefer riding in your car or, after all the bus riding, you are looking for something to do, there are plenty of places to keep you occupied. First off, if you enjoyed Everyman’s Infinite Art, head over to the Orange Circle area, where you could go antique shopping at Antique Depot, grab a bite at Watson’s Drugs, get a drink at The District Lounge, and–on Sunday–attend their Christmas tree lighting ceremony. If that area is backtracking too much for you, try these: 2nd Floor in Huntington has great burgers, entrees, and art if you want to swing by on your way up the PCH; Chapter One in Santa Ana is a nice dinner spot (and reminds us of Ford’s Filling Station); Haven Gastropub is an authentic British eatery in Orange; and–for those who need Los Angeles bites ASAP–there is a 25 Degrees in Huntington Beach and a Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach.
For more ideas of what to do while down in the OC and Long Beach for the Focus Weekend, check out Pacific Standard Time’s blog. There’s plenty more to do and, really, you should make a weekend of going down South!