By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Thurs/May 28 I'd like to send y'all to Pioneertown to see the beauteous and sad country stylings of the incomparable Miss Shelby Lynne at Pappy and Harriet's. But since as near as I can figure, Pioneertown is somewhere near to Indio, I really can't insist on it. So instead, go ahead to Pomona—just off the 10!—for the No Talent Blues Jamat Yesteryears. They've got a $7 dinner, so it must be good! 7 p.m. 21+. 235 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 629-5164; www.2ndstreetlive.com.
(And if you want to go see Shelby Lynne at Pappy and Harriet's: $20. 53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown, (760) 365-5956; pappyandharriets.com.)Fri Got $170 you want to do good with? Already sent your check to John Kerry? Have you? Okay. Then by all means, join Tom Hatten, Dick Gautier and comedian Maryellen Hooper for the Hollywood in Fullerton Fund-Raiser for the Fox Theatre to save the theater and restore it as a center for alternative film, concerts, plays and special events. You get dinner, no-host cocktails, dancing, and silent and live auctions—but you also get 00 Soul. Sure as hell beats that awful medley-singing 20-piece band that does most of these galas. You know who you are. 6:30 p.m. $150-$170. Spring Field Conference and Banquet Center, 501 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 607-0884; www.savethefox.org.Sat Now that you've saved the Fox—they only need to raise like a hundred and eight million more dollars; no problem!—you can get your underground groove on with the Eclectic Cabaret, featuring the Hop-Frog Kollectiv, an LA-based bunch of commies focused on experimental arts, political dissent and "fever-dream realization." Hot! They're also creators of the Dung Mummy experimental art gatherings. But wait! There's more! See perturbing and morbid art from artists such as XO5U3, R.H. Phisterand Gomez, founders of Darks Art Parlour Gallery, as well as the hellish artwork of Jose Lopez, 6 p.m. Free. Cultural Stage of Art, 410-B W. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 543-1370; www.espacioalternativo.com/news/. Sun Fucking Scots. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $14-$22. Scottish Festival, OC Fair & Expo Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, (310) 377-9887; www.unitedscottishsociety.com.Mon So far this week, you've done good for John Kerry, the Fox Theatre and a bunch of LA-based weird "art" people. But what about the children?Why don't you take your damn kids to the Discovery Science Center? Let them learn something for once that doesn't have to do with whether Jigglypuff can kick Snuffgooggle's ass. Plus, it's got all those hands-on-y kind of exhibits that will make you forget this is supposed to be a trip for the brats, as you bogart the fun.
Don't bogart the fun! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8.50-$11. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 542-CUBE; www.discoverycube.org.Tues Open Poetry Reading and Live Music hosted by Little Bob is open to all of mankind and features the sounds of Ryan Strassburg. That sounds nice. And do try the tuna melt. It is also nice. 8 p.m. Gypsy Den Café & Reading Room, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 549-7012. Wed When all else fails and you long to be something better than you are today, I know a place where you can get away: it's called a dance floor, and here's what it's for. So come on, vogue. Let your body move to the music. Hey, hey, hey, come on: vogue! Let your body go with the flow. You know you can do it.
It makes no difference if you're black or white, if you're a boy or a girl. If the music's pumping, it will give you new life: you're a superstar! Yes! That's what you are! You know it!
Ladies with an attitude, fellows that were in the mood: don't just stand there. Let's get to it. Strike a pose; there's nothing to it. Vogue! Beauty's where you find it, Madonna. 8 p.m. $45-$300. All ages. Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 704-2400; www.arrowheadpond.com.Thurs/June 3 Dude, Dave Chapelle is so sold-out. Go forth, and mug somebody. Also? My buttercup turns 10. 10! 7 & 9 p.m. $35. Brea Improv, 120 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, (714) 482-0700; www.improv.com.