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Greer's OC: A mix of food, sound and shopping

April 13, 2011|By Greer Wylder

Looking for a youthful and vibrant night out in Huntington Beach?

Shorebreak Hotel is spicing up Orange County's evenings with the "Culinary Sound" event series booked every other Wednesday from 6:30 to 11 p.m., with the next one April 20 at Zimzala Restaurant & Bar.

Pairing food and music, "Culinary Sound" mixes the best in cuisine, sound and shopping. The after-dark series will feature DJ Wally Callerio's playlists, specialized menus from Executive Chef Roy Hendrickson and Uth, a pop-up shop of boutique items. "Culinary Sound" starts with hosted wine tastings from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. with an option of a sit-down dinner at Zimzala. To attend, RSVP at (714) 960-5050.

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If you attend "Culinary Sound," consider staying the night. You'll receive a discounted rate at Shorebreak Hotel. Just book online at http://www.shorebreakhotel.com and enter promo code CLNRYSND. Shorebreak Hotel is at 500 Pacific Coast Hwy. in Huntington Beach. For more information, call (714) 960-5050.

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Stars come out for film festival

Never mind Sundance! The highly anticipated 12th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will return April 28 to May 5 with eight days of films from all over the globe.

Don't miss the opening-night screening and world premier of "East Fifth Bliss" at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at Edwards Big Newport Cinemas. Michael C. Hall, Peter Fonda and writer-director Michael Knowles, along with other cast members, will be at the red-carpet arrival and post-film Q&A.

Following the screening, the festival will host an opening night gala at Fashion Island with more than 25 premier restaurants, a spectacular fashion show presented by Fashion Island and a hosted bar.

Tickets to the opening-night screening and gala cost $125 each and are available now at http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com. Or you can attend the opening night gala only for $80.

The festival will showcase more than 350 films, an ambitious and inspiring selection of full-length features, shorts, documentaries and animation along with nightly special events, red-carpet galas, post-screening receptions, conversations with filmmakers, international spotlights, industry seminars and retrospectives.

Tickets for screenings and galas are on sale now. To purchase tickets and for more information about the Newport Beach Film Festival, visit http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com.

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