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Adios El Torito Grill


We are sorry to see El Torito Grill in Fashion Island closing after 26 years of great food and memories. Their last day of operation is Tuesday. So if you can get in today or Tuesday for one last warmer of fresh tortillas with sweet honey butter, salsa and smoky salsa, enchiladas topped with pickled tangy red onions and  signature green rice and black beans you should. Also, don’t forget a Grill Margarita or a glass of chilled Herradura Anejo.

At Fashion Island 951 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. 949.640.2875

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Come and Enjoy the Theatre


Enjoy dining, entertainment and comedy at the Encore Dinner Theatre & Club in Tustin. Formerly called the Curtain Call Dinner Theatre, the venue was the first movie theatre in Tustin that opened in 1959. The Encore Dinner Theatre & Club transformation has included a remodel, gourmet menu, fresh décor, a dining room with retractable chandeliers, a full bar, a lobby lounge, and more.

There really isn’t anything quite like it in Orange County, a dinner house with professionally-produced Broadway musicals, stand-up comedy acts, and live entertainment. (It’s also available for business meetings, gala dinners, and other private events.) The focus is on great food, entertainment and value. Showing through Aug. 19 is “Swing: A Big Band” musical revue complete with a 13-piece big band orchestra, swing dancers, tap dancers and more.

Performances are on Thursdays at 8 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $46 to $69. Just arrive 90 minutes prior to show starting for dinner service. Discounts available for children, seniors and groups.

Each Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. Encore Comedy Club brings in top stand-up comediennes. Tickets cost just $10. And on Saturday, Aug. 4 The Funniest Housewives of OC will be performing at 8 p.m. It’s guaranteed that this funny group of diverse ladies will make you laugh. Tickets cost $15 to $35. To purchase tickets to any Encore performance or for more information on upcoming events, call 657.210.3200 or visit

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Battle of the Bands!


Saturday marks the return of Orange County's greatest battle of the bands, Music for a Cure’s Rock it OC! at the District in Tustin. The competition for young musicians (ages 5 to 17 years) brings the five finalists together who have shared a home video of their band (solo artist) performing one song to to perform a free concert from 4 to 6 p.m. at The District Stage at the District in Tustin.

The winning artist will receive sponsored production of a music video and professional recording for one song. Murphy Karges, bass player for Sugar Ray, will coach the winning band through the video production and recording process. Rock it OC! benefits Music for a Cure’s mission to bring the healing power of music to critically ill children.

The District at Tustin Legacy is at 2437 Park Ave. in Tustin.

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The Who Come to Anaheim


The Who will be performing their iconic 1973 double album “Quadrophenia” in its entirety, along with other classics at the Honda Center on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Tickets to see the Who go on sale Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m.

Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals).  You can take the VIP route with exclusive experiences and packages like great seats, a special invitation to The Who’s VIP preshow sound check, limited edition autographed memorabilia, preshow parties and more.

Tickets will be available at, Ticketmaster stores, or by calling 800.745.3000, or at Honda Center Box Office beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. 2695 East Katella Ave. in Anaheim. 

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