Eight Days

Thurs/Oct 14 The shaggy, longhaired Jerry Garcia hippie had taken to the outside stage by the fire pit—"'Ripple!'" people shouted. "'Uncle John's Band!'"–and then broke into the finest Johnny Cash sound-alike since Cash himself played the late, lamented Foothill. His name was White Buffalo. He came in peace. 9 p.m. Call for cover. 21+. Memphis at the Santora, 201 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 564-1063.

FriDust off your monocle and that ratty old stole, and you, Lovey, can be a Billionaire for Bush. Verily and huzzah! Don't forget a sign. May we suggest (from their most decadent website, billionairesforbush.com) "Free the Enron 7" or "Blood for Oil"? 6 p.m. South Coast Plaza, Bristol & Anton, Costa Mesa, (949) 675-5208.

Then hop over and join our friendly neighborhood Unitarians for a showing of Bush's Brain, the freaky documentary about Karl Rove. 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of South Orange County, 25801 Obrero Dr., Mission Viejo, (949) 588-9367.

SatWell. The Billionaires would not approve. Habitat for Humanity? What for whom? Reprehensible!

But join a celebration anyway of the .org founded by the best prez in recent history—yeah, you heard me—Jimmy Carter, with Building on a Dream, Habitat for Humanity's 1940s-inspired evening. You'll pay tribute to the accomplishments of volunteers and donors from corporations, businesses of all sizes, churches, foundations and other organizations, as well as benefiting Habitat's mission to end substandard housing and provide hard-working, low-income families an opportunity to stop paying The Man. Festivities include live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing, and live music performed by Sharon Cline & the Bad Boys of Jazz. I love the '40s. That's when my Grandma Jeani lived on Oahu and went dancing every Friday at the Royal Hawaiian with her husband, the handsome lieutenant. She died this year, and I am sad, but Jimmy Carter's still alive. Don't you adore him? Me, too! 6 p.m. Call for time and tickets. Irvine Marriott Hotel, 18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, (714) 434-6200, ext. 250.

Sun Hey! It's the Queen of Sheba! Feel free to bring the kids for special art projects and activities, tales from One Thousand and One Nights by Cynthia Callard, belly-dancing lessons, and Mediterranean sweets and tea. Still, this thing—Who Do You Think You Are, the Queen of Sheba?—has a lousy title. Or maybe I'm just not enough of an 80-year-old Jew because it totally sounds like something my Grandma Ceile (the mean one) would have said when she wasn't busy calling me Monkey Face. 12:30 p.m. $8. The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art Kidseum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3642; www.bowers.org. MonSpend the day getting your original film—anything from a no-budget conceptual-art video to a mid-budget flick—ready to submit to Under Tha Couch Film and Video Arts Festival. You've only got till Oct. 30 to send it in and perhaps participate in the festival and competition scheduled for Nov. 17 and 19! Fo reals! $10 entry fee. Amor Productions, P.O. Box 54772, Irvine, CA 92619, (310) 351-9688; www.amorproductions.com. Tues Mean Times . . . Back at Home. So what's transpiring behind the curtain of war with regards to the critical concerns of civil liberties, social programs, and economic and environmental issues? Well BC Space Galleryis so glad you asked! Come join Laguna's most devoted hippies and speak power to truth. No, wait. That's the Billionaires for Bush. Back up, flip it and reverse it. Open 1-5:30 p.m. Free. BC Space Gallery, 235 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, (949) 497-1880. Wed Will Stem Cells Bring Us Regenerative Medicine? You know, I have no idea! Perhaps Dr. Peter Bryant,whose website drops terms like drosophila growth regulators and their human homologs, does!

Join him at the Inside Edge breakfast forum, which offers a full buffet breakfast, interactive table discussions and informal networking. Mmmm, networking! 6:30 a.m. $35-$40. UC Irvine, W. Peltason Dr. & Mesa Rd., Irvine.

Thurs/Oct 21Oooooh, isn't the Barclay spooky? Hasn't it been transformed into an eerie setting that celebrates Halloween? Doesn't it remind you of the graveyard in Thriller? Take the eight- to 10-minute walking tour and let us know! Not recommended for children or the faint of heart. 6-9 p.m. $7. The Haunted Crypt, Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646; www.thebarclay.org. —Rebecca Schoenkopf
 
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