Arts & Leisure

The “Doctor” is in, magic fans

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH stars in "Doctor Strange."

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH stars in “Doctor Strange.”

This being the week leading up to Election Day, you’d think we could all use a lot of diversion, but, alas, there’s not a lot of new stuff to entertain in the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area. Here’s what we found:


Opening this weekend in local cinemas.

  • “Doctor Strange.” Another Marvel hero, this time a magical one. Benedict Cumberbatch plays a neurosurgeon turned sorcerer in this special effects-action extravaganza. Rated PG-13.
  • “Hacksaw Ridge.” This is another Mel Gibson bloodfest, this one – perhaps ironically – based on the true story of a soldier in World War II (played by Andrew Garfield) who refuses to carry a rifle but serves as an heroic medic at Okinawa. Rated R for realistic blood and gore.
  • “Trolls.” Animated tale of how candy-colored trolls are about to become dessert. Voices by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake. Rated PG-13 for high caloric content.


Opening this week at the Huntington Beach Playhouse is a live action version of “Gem Smart,” the Sixties TV spy spoof. Shows are Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. Runs through Nov. 19. The HBP s located in the Central Library building at Talbert Street and Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach.


Some regularly scheduled fun in the area includes:

  • Friday Night Car Show on Main Street in Garden Grove from 4-8 p.m.
  • Art-A-Faire continues Fridays and Saturdays at the Pier Plaza (Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway) in Huntington Beach. Arts and crafts for sale starting at 11 a.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Farmers’ Market on Main Street in Garden Grove from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Leave a Reply