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Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

Regency South Coast Village : 7:30 p.m. July 23

Considered one of the treasures of cult moviedom, this Paul Reubens-Tim Burton-Danny Elfman schlock-and-awe campfest served as the launching pad for Burton into feature films, Elfman into movie soundtracks, and, with 22 Emmys already under his spandex belt, Pee-Wee Herman as the modern Charlie... More >>

Santa Ana Comedy, Film

Movie Mondays: Cabaret

Segerstrom Center for the Arts : 7:30 p.m. July 28

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and appetites tonight to the Segerstrom Center's outdoor Arts Plaza. For a series of Mondays through the summer, Segerstrom presents free screenings of classic films under the night sky. Tonight they revive their Audience Favorite Fan Poll winner, the 1972... More >>

Costa Mesa Film, Family Events, Theater

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Honda Center : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. from July 25 until August 3

Holy hell, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have a real live unicorn. And a pegasus. And apparently a stinky ol' Wooly Mammoth, too. This is Legends, their latest show, coming around to the Honda Center for an annual circus extravaganza. It's going to be a night of magic, wonder,... More >>

Anaheim Circus, Arts

Motley Crue - The Final Tour

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater : 7:00 p.m. July 22

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” Mötley Crüe held out longer than anyone expected—but the time has come: the wild men take one last trip around the country on their final tour. This Tuesday night, Vince Neil,... More >>

Irvine Music

Nina Diaz

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

Nina Diaz, the lead singer (and youngest member by eight years) of the esteemed Girl in a Coma, is stretching her wings and flying off for a quick solo tour, stopping by Alex's Bar this week. An eclectic mini-Bjork one moment, a howling '90s alt-rock goddess the next, Diaz is capable of... More >>

Long Beach Music

DJ Zomboy

The Yost Theater : 10:00 p.m. July 24

This week's installment of Havoc Thursdays, the Yost's weekly electro, house and dubstup party, welcomes a very special headliner from across the pond. DJ Zomboy, known as Joshua Jenkin in the living realm, stops by to infect Orange County with his deadly mix of gritty EDM—and a few... More >>

Santa Ana Music

The Go-Gos

Pacific Amphitheatre : 8:15 p.m. July 25

What kind of introduction does one need for The Go-Gos? Their peppy, California-tinged songs made them '80s New Wave hitmakers back in the day, giving them the distinction of being the first all-female group who wrote their own songs and make a dent in the Billboard music charts with their... More >>

Costa Mesa Music

Foreverland: A 14-Piece Tribute To Michael Jackson

House of Blues Anaheim : 9:00 p.m. July 25

Now you can enjoy the timeless and groundbreaking Michael Jackson tracks in a format other than overplayed radio-blasting with Foreverland’s unique covers of classics like, “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Smooth Criminal,” and everyone’s favorite,... More >>

Anaheim Music

Santana- The Corazon Tour

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater : 7:00 p.m. July 26

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Carlos Santana released Supernatural, his best-selling album that went platinum a whopping 15 times over and spawned multiple top-10 hits—many of which remain fixtures on mainstream radio today. For his latest release,... More >>

Irvine Music

Sunflower Dead

The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen : 10:00 p.m. July 26

Sunflower Dead are a metal-infused hard rock band that’s hard to overlook. The quintet hits the stage in full makeup, with front man Michael Del Pizzo unleashing powerful vocals—and occasionally rocking an accordion. Their self-titled debut album consists of eleven high-impact... More >>

Fullerton Music


The Observatory : 8:00 p.m. July 27

The band Wolfmother came from nowhere—well, Australia, which is in the time zone next to nowhere—and after a 13-year-run doing revved-up heavy rock, they broke up. But now they’ve suddenly come back outta nowhere again, with a new line-up based around founder/singer/guitarist... More >>

Santa Ana Music

The Family Doom

The Copper Door : 9:00 p.m. July 29

Originating from Riverside, this group's music proudly boasts a sea of synthesizer sounds resonating side by side with drum machine beats and occasional vocals that effectively transfer a psychedelic energy from musicians to listener. This four piece, ominously called The Family Doom, openly... More >>

Santa Ana Music


Constellation Room at the Observatory : 8:00 p.m. July 30

LA rapper Blu is a polymath, a visionary, a documentarian and an iconoclast all at once, doing what he needs to do exactly how and when he needs to do it. His 2007 full-length Below the Heavens (with the infinitely adept Exile) is a local classic, and there’s plenty of future classics in... More >>

Santa Ana Music

The Don Kubec Big Band

Steamers Cafe & Jazz Club : 8:00 p.m. fourth Mon. of every month

There's a lot to be said about the Orange County Jazz Scene, specifically around Fullerton. Every night at Steamers Jazz Cafe, there's a new group to check out—but Monday nights are when to visit for monthly residencies. Tonight's group: the extraordinary Don Kubec Band. Just like any... More >>

Fullerton Music

Surf City Nights

Downtown Huntington Beach : 5:00 p.m. every Tue.

Last month's Night Market weekend at the OC Fair and Events Center was, well, really freaking crowded. And if you were unable to make it, or unable to even get in, we have another option for you: Surf City Nights. It's Huntington Beach's answer to the nighttime shopping-and-eating craze, and... More >>

Huntington Beach Farmers' Markets


Bravo Night Club : 9:00 p.m. every Wed.

Most of the population has to get up early for work on Thursday morning, but if you're one of the lucky ones who don't (or if you're unemployed, that's OK, too), there is a place for you to get wasted and dance all night. It's called Bravo and every Wednesday, the otherwise Salsa/Cumbia club... More >>

Anaheim Music, Club Events

Purple Mountains Majesties

The Wayfarer : 9:00 p.m. every Mon. until July 28

Honored with the very first Monday night residency at the Wayfarer, Detroit Bar's new incarnation after a pretty substantial facelift, is OC-native band Purple Mountains Majesties. A six-piece group, they favor folk in its primary form—sing-a-longs and story-telling make up much of their... More >>

Costa Mesa Music

Don't Dress for Dinner

STAGEStheatre : 7:30 p.m. every Fri., Sat. from July 25 until August 3; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. from July 27 until August 3

Wrecked homes, broken hearts and general ill will aside, infidelity can be pretty funny. Why do you think we all love Mad Men? As long as the cheating isn't happening to us, it's satisfying to watch people try to cover their tracks only to be found out. In Italian playwright Marc Camoletti's... More >>

Fullerton Theater


Long Beach Convention Center : 9:00 a.m. daily until July 27

While many in the dance community consider this to be the "Coachella for the dance world," there's one thing Dancerpalooza has over any desert music festival, no matter how globally trendy: air-conditioning. Held at the Long Beach Convention Center, Dancerpalooza is a six-day extravaganza of... More >>

Long Beach Dance, Expos, Conventions, Arts

In the Heights

The Chance Theater : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until August 3

Even though critics panned the book (meaning the script, for ya non-theatrical types), a rousing dose of love was showered on the score of this celebration of Dominican-American characters who live in Washington Heights, New York City. In fact, it even won a Tony for Best Musical thanks to an... More >>

Anaheim Theater

Ghost the Musical

Segerstrom Center for the Arts : 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from July 29 until August 9; 6:30 p.m. every Sun. from August 3 until August 10

Everyone can finally agree that the things that made Ghost the film a hit were the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” Whoopi Goldberg’s Oscar-winning, ad-libbed shtick, Patrick Swayze’s bod, and Demi Moore’s hair. Pennies and tears and pottery helped, of... More >>

Costa Mesa Theater

Sunday Beer Bust

Club Ripples : 3:00 p.m. every Sun.

Nothing like getting totally sauced on a fine Sunday afternoon with a couple hundred of the hottest boys in Long Beach. Starting at 3 p.m., Ripples pours the ever-flowing beer, provides tasty little tacos on the patio and pumps up the music. You're sure to make (several) friends. More >>

Long Beach Music, LGBT Events, Club Events

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition

Discovery Science Center : Daily until September 7

Pry the kids away from the computer and haul them over to the Discovery Science Center for the latest science-disguised-as-fun offering, “MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition.” Along with a display of MythBusters show props and remnants from stuff Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman blew... More >>

Santa Ana Museum Exhibits and Events, Family Events

Live Sinatra Tribute

La Cave : 6:00 p.m. every Mon.; 6:00 p.m. July 22; 6:00 p.m. July 29

In the mood for a throwback this Monday night? Head to La Cave, the underground swanky steakhouse joint, where every Monday and Tuesday night, they host a Frank Sinata tribute show. Grab a seat in the low-lit bar and travel back to a time when three-martini business lunches were perfectly... More >>

Costa Mesa Music

Them Bearded Men

Auld Dubliner : 10:00 p.m. every Wed.

There are few things in life more enjoyable than a cold pint paired with some great live music. Them Bearded Men, a local trio hailing from Long Beach and Santa Monica, have the bar circuit down—they play at the Auld Dubliner every Wednesday, and throw in the occasional show at other... More >>

Long Beach Music
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