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Dark Harbor

Queen Mary : 7:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 1

Absolutely our favorite fright-fest of the year, the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor is an epically fun and terrifying evening of creatures that only come out at night—they're bringing back the twisted Ring Master to lead the ghastly ceremonies, but new this year is a deliciously macabre Voodoo... More >>

Long Beach Halloween, Festivals

NTLive: A Streetcar Named Desire

Irvine Barclay Theatre : 7:15 p.m. October 22

"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers," states Blanche DuBois, the wilting Southern Belle at the center of Tennessee Williams' classic play A Streetcar Named Desire. This now-famous phrase underlines many of the tragic elements at the core of Streetcar, spoken this time around by... More >>

Irvine Theater

Wendy Liebman

Irvine Improv : 8:00 p.m. October 22

Stand-up comic Wendy Liebman had a great track record in the late '80s through '90s, fitting in perfectly with the Ladies of the Night Showtime specials that also included Ellen Degeneres, Rita Rudner, Paula Poundstone and Judy Tenuta—a solid up-and-comer at time when Joan Rivers was the... More >>

Irvine Comedy

The Lucky Lonely

The Wayfarer : 8:00 p.m. October 23

The Lucky Lonely seem as adept at crafting delicately layered, catchy songs as they are playing the music-industry game. The indie-pop-folk spirit is still there, perfectly polished and arranged just-so, but what makes this band a "one to watch" is their strategic evolution. As the group's bio... More >>

Costa Mesa Music

Space Waves

Alex's Bar : 9:00 p.m. October 23

Shoegaze trio Space Waves are back on their home planet now—after an extended tenure in Portland, where they melted minds and picked up some nice press, they’ve returned to Southern California to celebrate the vinyl release of their new album Sing My Song. And while the title (and... More >>

Long Beach Music

Street Dogs

Alex's Bar : 9:00 p.m. October 24

There’s plenty of inspiration from legendary bands like Stiff Little Fingers and Sham 69 in Boston’s formidable Street Dogs, who cover Menace (with updated lyrics examining how the GOP is full of shit, shit, shit shit shit!) and Steve Earle on a never-ending mission to speak up for... More >>

Long Beach Music

Jonathan Franzen

Newport Beach Central Library : 6:00 p.m. October 25

Author of the award-winning novels The Corrections and Freedom, as well as essays, commentaries and translations, all-around all-American author, thinker and agenda-setter Jonathan Franzen kicks off the Newport Beach Library Foundation’s annual Witte Lectures with the talk,... More >>

Newport Beach Literary Events

The Addams & Friends Halloween Show

The Yost Theater : 8:00 p.m. October 25

Perhaps the only thing more amusing than putting on a silly Halloween costume is watching a burlesque dancer take one off. To celebrate this witchy season, the Yost Theater and Yadi Presents are throwing a monster soiree with more than a dozen performers. Costumes will pay tribute to the Addams... More >>

Santa Ana Burlesque, Theater, Halloween

Leon Russell

The Coach House : 7:00 p.m. October 26

At this point in Leon Russell’s illustrious career, there are few things the man hasn’t seen or done. Between his work as a session musician and producer for the likes of Bob Dylan, Herb Alpert, George Harrison and, in 2010, a collaboration with Elton John, the 72-year-old has... More >>

San Juan Capistrano Music

Cooking with Kids: Halloween Baking & Costume Party

Surfas Culinary District : 3:30 p.m. October 28

Bring your little monsters for a fun, holiday-themed cooking class suitable for the whole family. Surfas presents Cooking with Kids: Halloween Baking & Costume Party, a spooktacular event full of sugary treats and Halloween delight (and be sure to dress up because there's going to be a costume... More >>

Costa Mesa Halloween, Food and Drink, Family Events, Classes and Seminars

The Rural Alberta Advantage

Constellation Room at the Observatory : 8:00 p.m. October 28

Twangy honky-tonk indie folk gets polished to a gorgeous sheen with The Rural Alberta Advantage, a Canadian three-piece that produces a sound twice their size. They sing songs about the rustic wilderness of their hometown Alberta, but with a fiery urgency that's pure big-city. Celebrating the... More >>

Santa Ana Music

Food Truck Fare Halloween Foodtacular

OC Fair & Event Center : 5:30 p.m. October 29

The OC Fairground's weekly food truck gathering gets in the Halloween spirit tonight with a spooky-themed foodie extravaganza. And just for the event, there's a cash bar for those of drinking age, offering up a selection of boozy libations. Bring the little ones for trick-or-treating from truck... More >>

Costa Mesa Halloween, Food and Drink

Marilyn Manson

The Observatory : 8:00 p.m. October 29

Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson scared the Dockers off mainstream America in 1995 with his goth cover of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and accompanying psychotic music video, and was subsequently blamed for the shooting deaths at Columbine High School a few years later, even though... More >>

Santa Ana Music

Truffle Month with Special Menu Benefitting Breast Cancer Nonprofit

Antonello Ristorante : Daily until November 1

October is many things—the start of the holiday season, Breast Cancer Awareness month, and truffle-harvesting time (us plebes usually don't pay much attention to that last one). But restauranteur Antonio Cagnolo had the foresight to combine these events and for this month, at all three of... More >>

Santa Ana Food and Drink, Benefits

The Year of Magical Thinking

Laguna Playhouse : 7:30 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until November 2

Everyone handles grief differently. For author Joan Didion, she wrote hers down. The Year of Magical Thinking is an intimate account of the year following Didion's husband's death, and the ongoing troubling health issues of her daughter. In the story, Didion's daughter is in the hospital,... More >>

Laguna Beach Theater, Performing Arts


Stages Theater : Every Fri., Sat., Sun. from October 24 until November 2

This comedy-thriller from playwright Rupert Holmes starts the I-did-not-see-that-coming twists from the very first scene. What begins as a devious plot by a wife and her lover to kill her uptight husband quickly unravels—it's not an actual murder plot but a scene from a play rehearsal,... More >>

Fullerton Theater, Halloween

Spooky Science

Discovery Cube Orange County : 10:00 a.m. daily until October 31

Halloween can be an exciting time for thrills and scares, but no one ever said it couldn't also be educational. That's what the folks at the Discovery Cube think with their annual Spooky Science exhibit, a limited-time adventure where kids and grown-ups discover some cool science facts about... More >>

Santa Ana Halloween, Family Events

Bloody Mary 80th Anniversary Brunch

St. Regis Resort : 9:00 a.m. every Sun. until October 26

October is the perfect month to celebrate this gruesomely-named beverage (which was originally called the "Red Snapper," if you'd like to know), so to honor our favorite breakfast cocktail, the St. Regis hosts a very fancy (and boozy) weekly Sunday brunch through the end of the month. Patrons... More >>

Dana Point Libations, Food and Drink

Long Beach Zombie Walk

Rainbow Lagoon : 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. October 24; 12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. October 25; 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. October 26

Playing dead used to be behavior reserved strictly for possums and well-trained dogs, but thanks to pop culture's zombie-obsession and, more specifically, the Long Beach Zombie Walk, humans can join in on the lifeless fun, too! So stop washing your hair! Splatter yourself with fake blood! Groan... More >>

Long Beach Festivals

Night of the Living Dead

Maverick Theater : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 1

'Tis zombie season, and Fullerton's Maverick Theater leads the festivities with its annual stage adaptation of Night of the Living Dead. Cult horror meets theater in a live show that's heralded as "genuinely frightening," and "terrifying." Taking on George Romero's 1968 low-budget flick is a... More >>

Fullerton Theater, Halloween

Pink Milk

The Garage Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 1

If you're planning to attend the Garage Theatre's latest production, Pink Milk, a surreal performance of dance and dreamlike narration about the life of Alan Turing, you should be, at the very least, somewhat familiar of the famous mathematician's story. Winston Churchill said Turing was the... More >>

Long Beach Theater

King Trivia

The Copper Door : 8:00 p.m. every Mon.

Most people have today off work—and if you're of that majority, keep the weekend going with the Copper Door's Industry Night and trivia party. Groups of all sizes are welcome to compete (even individuals if you're an exceptional smarty pants), and entry is free. Random questions about... More >>

Santa Ana Libations, Games, Food and Drink

Kirk Wilson

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen : 6:00 p.m. every Tue.; 6:00 p.m. every Wed.

Strolling through Downtown Disney this Christmas Eve sounds like the right combination of holiday cheer and magical wonder, made lovelier with the always eye-popping decor all around. Make sure to stop by Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen this evening to hear piano great and regular Kirk Wilson.... More >>

Anaheim Music

Wild Wednesdays

Hamburger Mary's : 9:00 p.m. every Wed.

With weekly drag shows (sometimes featuring the occasional gal from RuPaul's Drag Race), go-go dancers, two-dollar shots and "cheap ass" drinks, Wednesdays are starting to feel a lot more like Fridays thanks to Hamburger Mary's in Long Beach. The LGBT hot spot presents Wild Wednesdays, and it's... More >>

Long Beach Music, LGBT Events, Arts
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Club Cherry

VLVT Velvet Lounge : 9:00 p.m. every Wed.

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Santa Ana Music, LGBT Events
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