A local nonprofit radio station, KOCI raises awareness for other community issues and nonprofits with "A Taste of Rock," an afternoon of free giveaways, food, wine, and live music. Navigate the Taste's assembly of sponsors and vendors such as Kika Paprika, a socially responsible fashion company dedicated to reducing environmental footprints, and Hush Hush Bang Bang Salon, with stylists on hand to anoint scalp-fuzz with feather extensions for especially emphatic demands to hear "Freebird." Pleasure palates with food and drink, including bacchanalia-fueling wine tastings, before recklessly abandoning eardrums to performances by ZepShow, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, The Who Revue, a The Who tribute band, and Todash, a dynamic funk and hard-rock ensemble. VIP admission includes five raffle tickets and a meet and greet session with the bands for inquiries into the music and recommendations of hair salons that perform decent Robert Plant styling services.
Comedians Bob Perkell and Jeff Capri met through an act of deceit. When Perkell was gearing up for one of his first productions on the other side of the curtain, Capri called him to get a booking for one of the comedians he said he managed: Jeff Capri. But the charade didn't last long: the show was a success, Capri revealed his real identity, and, eventually, the two channeled their teamwork into a comedy club of their own. During Surf City’s shows, guests can order from a list of sweet, wine-centric cocktails and two dozen beers, including taps of Fat Tire and Shock Top.
OEX Sunset Beach's Paddle Into Fitness program gives seafaring students full-body workouts on stand-up paddleboards during 90-minute classes. A new trend in aquamotion, stand-up paddleboarding has water jockeys stand atop a surfboard-like plank with a long paddle, used for propulsion and swatting away bellicose mermen. Nautical novices can opt for the beginner lesson, during which they'll learn all the boarding basics, from proper paddle techniques to ocean safety. OEX's Nautical Flow yoga course ditches the mat for a board and brings classic routines out to sea, letting students bask in the sun while building better balance, coordination, and human sandcastles. The cardio-heavy Surfer's Sculpt fitness course, led by a registered personal trainer, helps paddling pupils build a stronger core to terrify soft-in-the-middle apples.
Pours from extensive wine and beer lists mingle with sea air and classic Italian flavors at Luggatti's Italian Grill. Pinot grigios such as fruity Corte Giara pair with scallop-and-clam-smothered pastas, and an Antigual Uno malbec pairs well with a 12-ounce new-york strip. Other featured wines include Educated Guess cabernet, Plungerhead zinfandel, and Zaccignini montepulciano. Taps froth with craft brews such as Allagash Curieux, Flying Dog Doggie Style IPA, Chimay, and Shipyard Brewery Monkey Fist IPA. On weekend nights, guests can sip to the sounds of live musical performances in the indoor space decorated with snappy art, or carry glasses outside to enjoy the breeze off the nearby beach and the warmth of an outdoor fireplace.
It would be easy to spend an entire evening simply staring at the walls of the 2nd Floor dining room, as they are covered in striking portraits and vivid design work from local tattoo artists. Cocktails in hand, guests leave the comfort of their cushy black booths for a closer look at haunting Day of the Dead skeletons, macabre circus figures, and intricate abstracts. Every Wednesday, their art-viewing experience is enriched by strains from live musicians playing classical covers of rock music from the likes of Journey and Jimi Hendrix.
As visitors take in the music and art of the dining room, chef Wendie Huffman is hard at work in the kitchen, whipping up the innovative contemporary American dishes lauded by reporters from OC Weekly. Pulling from her years of classic culinary training and experience in high-end restaurants, the expert chef folds tangy sauces and imaginative ingredients into steak and seafood specialties, such as the blackened mahi-mahi with fresh mango salsa and the grilled filet mignon kebabs with garlic chipotle pepper. She piles natural-beef patties with mountains of decadent toppings—from teriyaki pork to chili—to craft her signature Colossal burgers. Her culinary creations take on playful names like Confused salmon and Pearl Jammin bread pudding, rather than solemn names such as Sad Jim’s Tear-Stained Spaghetti.
Huntington Photo Workshops instructor Tim Mathiesen has collected four decades' worth of panoramic landscapes on trips across the United States, Europe, and Asia. His partner in image stalking, Paul Thompson, has filled the 35 years of his career with countless faces of families and newlyweds. In detailed workshops, the two tackle topics such as sports photography, posing, and harnessing natural light, and aim to get all students comfortable with their own digital camera and inimitable eye.