Hark, consumers! The increasingly frenzied dance of credit cards gliding through digital readers signals the approach of Black Friday. And if, like the folks camped in front of Irvine City Hall, you're sick of playing the marionette to greedy corporate puppeteers, head to Alex's Bar instead of South Coast Plaza. The venerable rock & roll joint plays host to a vinyl record swap meet bringing locally-grown retail stores armed with rare platters and vintage clothing as well as musical gear. Best of all, Alex's is offering Bloody Mary and other drink specials perfect for blunting the misery wrought by the spirit of the holidays. God Bless us, everyone.
Sun., Nov. 27, 11 a.m., 2011