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Travel Costa Mesa Blog

Archive for November, 2013

Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday in Costa Mesa

Posted on November 26, 2013 | 3:11pm

This weekend marks the biggest shopping days of the year.  Black Friday, a day synonymous with big discounts and even bigger crowds when retailers open their doors before sunrise, is generally regarded as the official beginning of the holiday “shopping season.”  More recent trends, like Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday, offer shoppers an early opportunity to check-off a good portion of their gift list.

“Black Friday” may sound like a daunting, negative term, but its meaning refers to a positive time for retailers.  It is typically the day that stores go from the “red” to the “black” and begin to turn a profit for the year.  Shop Small Saturday started in 2010, and unlike Cyber Monday and Black Friday which are both prominent with large retail chains, Shop Small Saturday focuses on unique, local businesses.  Whether you’re more inclined to brave swarming crowds on Black Friday or browse local retailers on Shop Small Saturday, (or maybe both) Costa Mesa has the perfect shopping destination for you.

South Coast Plaza Holiday Shopping

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Holiday Shows at SCR and SCFTA in Costa Mesa

Posted on November 20, 2013 | 1:41pm

The holidays at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Repertory are synonymous with festive holiday performances.  This year features some legendary acts, programs for kids, a classical twist on holiday music, a long-standing Costa Mesa tradition and much more.  The month-long holiday celebration begins on December 1. Tis the season for holiday performances in Costa Mesa!

The cast in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory. Photo by Henry DiRocco SCR

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MythBusters & Martin Short at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted on November 13, 2013 | 4:40pm

With performances by comedy legend Martin Short and Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the duo behind the hit TV series MythBusters, next week is going to be an unforgettable one at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

As the leader in the performing arts in Orange County, SCFTA is the premier venue in OC to see the world’s top talent on stage.  From dance companies to Broadway musical productions, and everything in between – if it’s a staged performance in OC, SCFTA is the place to see it.

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of MythBusters. Photography by Robert Fujioka Studios Inc

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Intergalactic Nemesis Book Two: Robot Planet Rising

Posted on November 6, 2013 | 3:36pm

The Intergalactic Nemesis returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with Book Two: Robot Planet Rising in the Samueli Theater.  The sequel to last season’s hit show picks up two weeks after the end of book one with the adventures of Molly Sloan and Timmy Mendez.

The star of the show is the storytelling method in this visually striking performance.  Intergalactic Nemesis combines radio-style storytelling drama with over 1,000 comic book visuals.  The show takes the original artwork from the comic book and projects the images onto a two-story high video screen.  Three actors provide the voices for all of the characters; one performer creates all of the sound effects while a keyboardist provides the score.

The Intergalactic Nemesis - Book 2 Robot Planet Rising Poster

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Fluff Ice in Costa Mesa

Posted on November 5, 2013 | 11:37am

Fluff Ice, which opened in the Marquee Costa Mesa center over the weekend, is a unique ice treat that has a soft texture, light taste and big flavor.  Don’t confuse Fluff Ice with frozen yogurt, and it certainly isn’t your typical shaved ice.  It’s light, airy and bursting with flavor.   The specialty Fluff Ice offers familiar flavors in a fusion of Asian and non-Asian elements that create the one-of-a-kind dessert.

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