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The Year of Magical Thinking

Laguna Playhouse : 7:30 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. from October 8 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

Ben Kweller

Constellation Room at the Observatory : 8:00 p.m. October 2

Though he released his last album, Go Fly a Kite, back in 2012, Ben Kweller has continued touring on and off—his current run features a date in Texas before a quick sprint through Southern California, which includes a stop at the Constellation Room tonight. Bursting onto the scene as a... More >>

Santa Ana Music

Black Mambas

Alex's Bar : 8:00 p.m. October 2

Let’s shine some light on reptile rockers the Black Mambas, who turn Bell Gardens circa 2014 into London or New York circa 1975—that year right before punk became a thing, and rock ‘n’ roll just kept getting harder, faster and louder. Their debut 45 on L.A.’s... More >>

Long Beach Music

First Annual Noche de Risas

City National Grove of Anaheim : 8:00 p.m. October 3

Of all the fundraisers we've featured, this cause is possibly one of the most heart-wrenching—so just get your wallets out already. A very small nonprofit organization called Haz La Diferencia (Make a Difference) is dedicated to the education of 80 children living in an orphanage in Baja... More >>

Anaheim Comedy, Benefits, Theater

Dana Point State BBQ Championship

Sea Terrace Park : 10:00 a.m. October 4

Ladies and gentlemen, start your smokers! The largest BBQ competition on the West Coast, the Dana Point State BBQ Championship features more than 100 meat-cookin' teams from all across California and our adjoining states, battling it out in an epic crusade to win best chicken, ribs, brisket or... More >>

Dana Point Food and Drink, Festivals

Acorn Day

O'Neill Regional Park : 10:00 a.m. October 4

Acorn Day returns to O’Neill Regional Park on Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event welcomes hikes, activities and exhibits planned to bring families back to nature. Acorn Day offers ranger-led hikes and interpretive programs as well as crafts, games and tree planting.... More >>

Trabuco Canyon Nature, Festivals, Family Events

Kingdom Club

House of Blues Anaheim : 9:00 p.m. October 4

Gay Days are here again, and for all you red-shirt-wearing revelers, the fun doesn't stop at the Disneyland Park. Come enjoy the spoils of the House of Blues' nighttime party Kingdom, often regarded as the centerpiece of the Gay Days event. Kingdom offers an exciting atmosphere of fun with... More >>

Anaheim LGBT Events, Club Events

The Cypher Effect Live

The Yost Theater : 5:00 p.m. October 5

The Cypher Effect continues to powerfully echo through the underground terrains of hip-hop. The YouTube series started out with a simple concept: Film up-and-coming rhymers spitting their best bars in black-and-white while promoting the hell out of their social media profiles. The Cypher Effect... More >>

Santa Ana Music

Kings of Leon

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre : 7:00 p.m. October 5

Before the release of their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, last year, Kings of Leon were suffering from some pitfalls that come with rock stardom. Shows were cancelled while lead singer Caleb Followill dealt with alcoholism, undercutting the band’s frenetic live performances that made them... More >>

Irvine Music

Battle for Knotfest Day 4

The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen : 8:00 p.m. October 6

Good god, we hope patrons aren't hungover from Sunday Funday shenanigans, 'cuz shit's about to get loud and crazy. Tonight is the fourth OC installment of Battle for Knotfest, where bands compete for a spot at the metal festival happening later this month. The third annual Knotfest features... More >>

Fullerton Music

Ghost Light Vocal Jam

The Chance Theater : 7:00 p.m. October 7

Sure, open mic nights can satisfy that burning desire to sing in front of a crowd—but let's face it, they're a dime a dozen and, sometimes, it's difficult for audiences to hear over the venue's espresso machine. Held at the Chance Theater, this is an open mic event on a more serious... More >>

Anaheim Open Mic

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Honda Center : 7:30 p.m. October 7

Remember that scene in Jerry Maguire when everything had just gone so right and Tom Cruise was in his car searching for a song on the radio to jam to, he spins the dial, lands on "Freefallin’" and it’s like the most perfect moment ever? That’s the kind of shit that Tom Petty... More >>

Anaheim Music

Drowners Dr. Martens #Standforsomething Tour

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

They're the kind of poppy punk that likes to lend itself to the tag "post-punk revival," but if you've still got the Strokes' Is This It on your iPod, then Drowners could be your new chilling-out music. Formed just three years ago in New York, Drowners released their self-titled full-length... More >>

Santa Ana Music

Surf City Nights

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

The recent 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 from... More >>

Huntington Beach Farmers' Markets

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

Margarita Mary's

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

Monday nights get an extra dose of heat this summer thanks to Hamburger Mary's weekly Latin dance party. Dubbed Margarita Mary's, the LGBT club kicks off at 9 p.m. with the Spicy Latin Divas drag show hosted by drag queen superstar Bella Farrow. Then at 10:30 p.m., the dance floor opens up with... More >>

Long Beach LGBT Events, Club Events

Sordid Lives

Theatre Out : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. from October 3 until October 25

Playwright Del Shores’ hilarious 1996 southern-fried comedy about a quirky Texas family digging up skeletons after their matriarch dies is billed as a “black comedy about white trash,” and has 14 Drama-Logue awards to its name. It was also turned into a cult classic film... More >>

Santa Ana Theater

Lido Village Artisan Market

Lido Marina Village : 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Sun.

When the Lido Village Artisan Market debuted last January, founder Kathy Shaw said she'd hold the event on a one-month trial run—and should the market be successful, it would continue. Well, that was nearly a year ago and the little collective of artists, jewelry designers, fashionistas,... More >>

Newport Beach Shopping, Community Events

Rock n Roll Suicide Karaoke

Alex's Bar : 10:00 p.m. every Wed.

Now that Brain Party, Alex's Bar's take-it-and-like-it brain-battering trivia night has moved to Mondays, our Wednesday nights were in danger of lacking serious entertainment. But fortunately, Rock n Roll Suicide Karaoke is now taking over Alex's Wednesday night slot. Billed as "always free,... More >>

Long Beach Music, Cheap Thrills

Karaoke

Perqs : 8:00 p.m. every Thu.

It's difficult, to say the least, to find those few musical souls with which to form your ultimate classic rock cover band. Or progressive, all-synthesizer math rock outfit. Whatever. Egos clash and schedules conflict—not to mention fights over the studio deposit. So screw all that and... More >>

Huntington Beach Music, Arts

The Secret Affair

Alex's Bar : 9:00 p.m. first Fri. of every month

Ah, the familiar monthly staple that is The Secret Affair- it's a quintessential event that is so familiar you might as well call it as American as apple pie. But whether you're a regular or new, you can figure out the right way to groove to the Northern Soul tracks served by these disc... More >>

Long Beach Music
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Club Cherry

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

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Santa Ana Music, LGBT Events

Karaoke Wednesdays

Nadine's Irish Mist : 7:00 p.m. every Wed.

Karaoke—that glorious bar sport where liquor actually improves your performance and even the most un-athletic types become champions with a well-timed high note. Nadine's Irish Mist in Sunset Beach offers the spotlight-hungry a chance to take center stage and revel in all those... More >>

Sunset Beach Music

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

Caliente

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

Don't let the winter weather keep you on the couch- go out and be grateful for colorful nights on the town. As the weather gets colder, the dance floor at Velvet Lounge gets warmer as resident DJs Kaboom and DJ Eric heat you up with their sultry beats. Every Thursday night is Caliente night at... More >>

Santa Ana Music
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