Thurs/March 3 I can't imagine a more enjoyable way to spend an afternoon than LawnBowling.I mean, I've never actually beenlawn bowling or even seen it, but it seems like it would have all the afternoon breezes of croquet and none of the hissyfitsand violence.Show up, watch for a few minutes and bring flat-soled shoes, and the fine folks at Santa Ana Lawn Bowling will give you a free lesson. Sweet! 1 p.m. SantaAnaLawnBowling,510E.MemoryLane,SantaAna,(714)639-3577.
Fri I don't think I've been to the DollHutin the three months since I moved around the corner from it, but maybe—maybe, I say—I will walk over and bop to Doo-WopNightwith TheRedondos(with EddieNicholsof RoyalCrownRevue)and LonelyBlueBoys(with BigSandy).Any show with the man who introduced the younger set to the legend that is PhilShaneis always a party. 9 p.m. $10. 21+. Doll Hut, 107 S. Adams St., Anaheim, (714) 533-1286; www.dollhut.com.
Sat Manic Hispanicplays a benefit show for the family of the late PaulJaimeat Alex'sBar.With ShatteredFaithand TheGrabbers.9 p.m. $10. 21+. Alex'sBar,2913E.AnaheimBlvd.,LongBeach,(562)434-8292.
Sun People at The Apolloare mean! Really mean! And they pretty much have terrible taste, whoopin' and a-clappin' for totally suckypower ballads and bad teen dance troupes, and then viciously eating alive some poor sap who thought he was about to get his break. But then there was the time that waiter on The Restaurant did his comedy routine there, and they were mean to him, too, and that was because he really, really sucked, but he blew it off as the coloreds just not appreciating him because he was all white and such, but really? Yowch, he was bad. You know who else could perform at the Apollo? You.Head over to the CerritosCenterand try out your act. Finalists will perform again at the center on April 30, and the winner receives $1,000, a pair of roundtrip tickets to anywhere in the continental United States and a chance to compete at the Apollo Theatre in New York. Bring your boogie shoes! And Mace.Noon-5p.m.;lineupat8a.m.CerritosCenterforthePerformingArts,12700CenterCourtDr.,Cerritos,(562)916-8501.
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Mon I will be bringing my boogie shoes to the opening of Ansel Adams—Inspiration and Influence,with more than 80 photographs by Adams, plus more from AlfredStieglitz,DorotheaLange,EadweardMuybridgeand EdwardWeston.And you should, too. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through May 2. OldCourthouseMuseum,211W.SantaAnaBlvd.,SantaAna,(714)973-6605.
Tues Now the peoples of the Orange County Ad Clubhave plumblost their minds, as they host a mixer in honor of ChankDiesel.Diesel's company has designed custom fonts for the CartoonNetwork,PizzaHutand Target—andCartoon Network's font especially is rocking. But is that any reason to call him The"ElvisofFonts"?No! It isn't! Still, I stand with AniDiFrancowhen she says mysteriously, "I know the font for teriyaki" because you know what? We do! And one bad font really can ruin your whole day. Reservations suggested. 6 p.m. HyattNewporterHotel,1107JamboreeRd.,NewportBeach,(949)729-7234.
WedBy all means, go see my friend Patton Oswaltat the BreaImprovthis evening. He's very funny. But whatever you do, please Jesus,don't try to act like you know him. He knows 17 ways to kill a man slowly. 8:30 p.m. $15. BreaImprov,120S.BreaBlvd.,Brea,(714)482-0700.
Thurs/March 10 Do you love the Talking Heads?Did you used to go to RhodeIslandSchoolofDesignand leave flowers outside DavidByrne'sformer dorm room there, as if it were a shrine? Yes, you did because my friend Skeithused to live in the dorm room that had once been David Byrne's, and y'all were always acting like big Morrisseyflower boys, so don't deny it! Now's your chance to stalk away as Byrne delivers a FiresideChatat UCIrvinetitled "I (love) PowerPoint"! I bet that (love) stands for "heart." Get with it, UCI press people! 7:30-9 p.m. UCIrvine,HumanitiesInstructionalBldg.,Room100,Campus&W.Peltasondrs.,Irvine,(949)824-3638.