Thurs/April 29When are y'all going to listen to us about singer/songwriter/bassist Patty Booker? How many critics must wax rabid before you get off your ass and go see the real kind of country/rock you hipsters pee for when it's Lucinda Williams—but if it's homegrown, it ain't good enough? Just. Go. 8 p.m. Free. 21+. The Swallow's Inn, 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 493-3188; www.swallowsinn.com.
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FriHard-rocking (and two of OC's hottest, per this paper) husband and wife (plus, you know, the band) Wax Applesplay one of the very worst places to see a show. Oh, the stage is now where it should be, so the sightlines no longer make you want to stab someone. Now it's just the girls in pink tube tops and the mortgage bankers who love them who will bring out your inner homicidal maniac. Still, Wax Apples? Yeah, they're totally good. With Monster X. 10 p.m. $10. 21+. Hard Rock Caf, 451 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 640-8844; www.hardrock.com. SatOkay! I thought it was all odd that Goth godfathers Gene Loves Jezebelwere playing the Press Box in Anaheim! But then I thought, well, maybe it's one of those Lynyrd Skynyrd dealies where there's only one original guy? Turns out it's one better. Dude, they're twin brothers who hate each other! And each leads a different Gene Loves Jezebel! I wonder which one will be at Anaheim? "Jay's more pop-oriented Gene Loves Jezebel" or "Michael's more experimental work"? And how come they haven't solved this in a court of law?! I am on tenterhooks! A version of Gene Loves Jezebel plays with Moment of Truth, Idiom, On the Verge and Ball of Confusion. 7:30 p.m. 21+. Press Box, 480 N. Glassell St., Anaheim, (714) 666-1996. $8-$10. SunEnjoy a short three-mile hike with the Sierra Club to a tiny hidden waterfall in Holy Jim Canyon—for brunch! Bring brunch item to share, lugsoles, water, something to sit on and long pants for poison oak. Okay, so maybe I was underwhelmed by the Sierra Singles potluck, but this time there's a waterfall! And brunch! 9:30 a.m. (If it rains, it's canceled!) Meet on the north side of Stater Bros. Market, Redhill Ave. just southwest of 405 fwy., Tustin, (714) 773-1190; angeles.sierraclub.org. MonOooh! Oooh! If you are one of those American Idolkaraoke geeks with serious chops, you could win a trip to MIAMI! This is the last qualifying round before May 10's finals! So get to Tu Tu Tango, say, 7-ish! Karaoke begins at 8 p.m.! And most of the contestants pretty well blow! Tu Tu Tango, the Block at Orange, 20 The City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-2222. TuesWhen I used to live with my boyfriend in Hermosa Beach, I had to pass the Robbins Bros.every morning on the way to the freeway and know he was never, ever going to ask me to marry him. But enough about me. Skip and Stevefrom The World's Biggest Engagement Ring Storeare taking care of our nation's military wives with free manicures and gift bags at Military Men and Their Wives Appreciation Night. Just one question: I'm assuming military women can get their roughened hands pampered, too? Time to change the event's title, Skip and Steve. 5-8 p.m. Free. Robbins Bros. World's Biggest Engagement Ring Store, 26281 Avery Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 364-6639. WedIt's Cinco de Mayo, cabrones!And you know what that means: Manic Hispanic at the Galaxy. Sure, you could go somewhere with a patio and great margaritas (and if you know a good place, let me know), but this is the Official OC C-de-M Celebration. With Go Betty Go. 8 p.m. $17. All ages. Galaxy Concert Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; www.galaxytheatre.com. Thurs/May 6Scam on fags and socialites and eat yourself sick at Around the World: A Taste of Travel and Cuisine, benefiting the Laguna Art Museum. Chefs from all the fanciest places will force-feed your bulimic little self their masterpieces. Throwing up is a great way to lose weight, yo! 5:30-10:30 p.m. $125; museum members, $100. Yow! Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971, ext. 200.