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/Feb 17 Do join OCMA—andmaybe rope yourself a raunchy, grody sk8r boi of your very own—at OrangeCrushNights,featuring a performance by Fielding,skate demos, and a screening of DogtownandZ-Boyswith a Q&A with Stacy Peralta(mmmm!) and others. Bring a helmet, and you can skate the very small ramp. 6-10 p.m. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122; www.ocma.net.
Fri I've never much cared for NoDoubtor LinkinPark.Or CampFreddy,OzzyOsbourneor TheCrystalMethod.I do like Blink-182,though, who when pelted with lemons at the WeenieRoastone year announced happily that now they could make lemonade. You probably like them, though. And with Jay-Z,Jurassic5and StoryoftheYear,they're throwing themselves a big ol' tsunami benefit. Go and spend (a lot!). 7 p.m. $85-$125. Proceeds go through the Music for Relief organization to UNICEF and Habitat for Humanity programs in the region. Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 704-2400; www.ticketmaster.com.
Sat Okay, now you'll never, ever trust my taste again, if you ever did, but damn I love TheManhattanTransfer:our family went on a weeklong road trip when I was a little girl with only MT and TheDoorsGreatestHits(on cassette) for entertainment, and I can still sing you every word of "Body&Soul"(and "The End").8 p.m. $25-$57. All ages. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Sierra Room, 12700 Center Court Dr., Cerritos, (562) 916-8500 or (800) 300-4345; www.cerritoscenter.com.
Sun Star of Insomniacand my personal friend (sort of—okay, well, I've met him) DaveAttellcomes to Brea. Go and beg to take him out on the town afterward. I'm sure he never hears that, and if you're hot, he just might let you. Also? Do your best frat boy and whoop in his face. 7 & 9 p.m. $25. 21+. Brea Improv, 120 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, (714) 482-0700; www.improv.com.
Mon If you really have nothing else to do today and would like to take a break from scrapbooking, you should work on a painting of a butterfly to donate to the Casa Romantica Cultural Center's Butterfly Art Exhibition,which opens March 1. May I suggest a butterfly with a funny Mexican moustache? Those are hilarious! Deadline Feb. 27. Call for details. Casa Romantica, 415 Ave. Granada, San Clemente, (714) 973-7900.
Tues Learn to make grilled sirloin with garlic-herb butter, roasted skirt steak roulade, sautťed fillet with green peppercorn sauce, the perfect baked potato, and a twice-baked potato at BlackMarketBakery'sSteakandPotatoesnight. 6:30 p.m. $45. 17941 Sky Park Circle, Ste. E, Irvine, (949) 852-4609.
Or for roughly the same amount of money, you can have LaCavecook that steak for you, minus the baked potato, while you watch our ultimate favorite, PhilShane!9 p.m. Free. 21+. 1695 Irvine Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-7944.
Wed We've yet to head to Hermosa Beach's GalleryC(we used to live in Hermosa, long past its storied '70s boho heyday, and it pretty much blew with mortgage brokers and girls named Stacy),but the gallery is getting all kinds of art-love buzz. CaliforniaNewOldMastersfeatures contemporary paintings and sculptures that reflect the detail and skill of the great Renaissance artists, including work by SandowBirk,JamesDoolin,F.ScottHessand RonPastucha.Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through March 26. 1225 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, (310) 798-0039.
Thurs/Feb 24 Opera Pacificperforms CamilleSaint-SaŽn'sSamsonandDelilah.I won't be there because I'll be celebrating my birthday (it's Friday) by getting shot down by JohnDoeat Largo!But! I'll have already been there (Samson and Delilah) on Tuesday! Because opera is the best! (I know, you don't believe me because of the whole Manhattan Transfer thing. But in this case, it's true!) Oh, my birthday? I'll be 32, thanks, and getting better by the second. Now send me a present. 7:30 p.m. $35-$250. Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2122; www.ocpac.org.