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Jeff Bridges and The Abiders

The Coach House : 8:00 p.m. April 24

For the past decade or so, Jeff Bridges has been living a boyhood dream. After learning to play guitar from his brother Beau, the actor spent his teenage years jamming with friends in garage sessions in Venice—a joy he hasn't given up. And while winning an Oscar for Best Actor in Crazy... More >>

San Juan Capistrano Music

The Cold and Lovely

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

The Cold and Lovely are Grammy-nominated session player/song-in-the-best-part-of-the-TV-show maker Meghan Toohey and veteran bassist (Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, back to Radio Vago even) Nicole Fiorentino, and that means if you’ve ever heard music you like come out of a speaker in the... More >>

Long Beach Music

Western Mini Festival

Alex's Bar : 5:00 p.m. April 26

It’s back to the roots this Saturday at Alex’s Bar as Hillgrass Bluebilly and tons of their twangy friends take over for a mini-fest—that means lots of bands, but no three-hour drive or parking hassle—featuring aggressively idiosyncratic strains of country music.... More >>

Long Beach Music

West Coast Rockabilly Showdown Day 2

Orange County Market Place : 10:00 a.m. April 27

Get those curls set just right and your boots shined up real nice—it's time for the 5th Annual West Coast Rockabilly Showdown. Saturday at the OC Fair and Event Center features a battle royale of the of the baddest rockabilly acts in the state, all duking it out for the win: a spot... More >>

Costa Mesa Music

Tokyo Police Club

Constellation Room at the Observatory : 8:00 p.m. April 29

Canada’s Tokyo Police Club is a super easy-feeling band. Generating melodic and hooky songs that are unthreatening in every way possible, it’s that band you like enough to turn up the tune, but you probably still won’t buy the T-shirt—and this makes them cacophonic... More >>

Santa Ana Music

17th Annual Pacific Playwrights Festival

South Coast Repertory : 6:00 p.m. daily from April 25 until April 27

Every year, South Coast Repertory invites playwrights (both up-and-coming and established veterans) to come together and, for one weekend, present sneak-peak readings (and even some full full-fledged stage shows) of their newest works. It's like fashion week for the theater world—and... More >>

Costa Mesa Theater

Gale LaJoye: Snowflake

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall : 1:00 p.m. April 26; 1:00 p.m. April 27; 3:30 p.m. April 27

This reads like one of those tear-jerker films that sweep the Oscars—back in 1973, former law student Gale LaJoye ran off and did what some of us dream of after a long work week: he joined the circus. And after a few years of touring, he mastered his natural performance abilities and... More >>

Costa Mesa Performing Arts, Theater, Family Events, Arts

Vagina Monologues

The Frida Cinema : 8:00 p.m. April 25; 8:00 p.m. April 26

Eve Ensler's seminal play has faced so much controversy and criticism since debuting in 1996 for its open discussion about taboo topics like rape, sexual violence, and of course, the nature of vaginas, but nearly twenty years later it's been produced in more than 48 languages and performed in... More >>

Santa Ana Theater, Performing Arts, Benefits

Tony Hoagland

UC Irvine School of Humanities : 6:00 p.m. April 23

A handful of artists trespass across the silly lines constructed for readers—long lines and short, genre borders or other flimsy fences and walls. These jolly mavericks laugh (and make us laugh) at the authority of taste-makers, critics and, well, authority. Of that small group of... More >>

Irvine Literary Events, Lectures, Arts, Poetry

King Lear or Survivor—Tragedy in The Age of Oprah

Richard Goad Theatre : 2:00 p.m. April 27

With William Shakespeare theoretically turning 450 this week, the Long Beach Shakespeare Company is girding its loins for celebration. Declaring April as "Shakespeare Month" in Long Beach, the LBSC put together a series of shows to mark the immortal bard’s birthday. This Sunday is the... More >>

Carson Theater

Eric Hutchinson- Tell The World Tour

House of Blues Anaheim : 8:00 p.m. April 28

The problem with trying to hang with Madonna is that the bitch flakes on everything. Just ask Eric Hutchinson. The American folk rock singer-songwriter of such hits as “Rock and Roll” and “Ok, It’s Alright With Me” signed on with Madonna’s Maverick Records in... More >>

Anaheim Music

Curren$y

The Observatory : 8:00 p.m. April 30

Curren$y is one of the hardest working rappers in the game. He releases multiple mixtapes per year—the most recent, The Drive In Theatre, dropped on Valentine's Day. In between the long hours spent in the studio, the New Orleans-based rapper finds time to play as many shows across the... More >>

Santa Ana 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

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

Bear Kamp

Hamburger Mary's : 9:00 p.m. fourth Sat. of every month

Aside from the familiar furry animals roaming the streets of Russia and wreaking havoc on pic-a-nic baskets, a "bear" can also be defined as "a term used by gay men to describe a husky, large man with a lot of body hair." See also: "leather daddy" if you want your bear to boss you around. And... More >>

Long Beach LGBT Events

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

Rest by Samuel D. Hunter

South Coast Repertory : 8:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until April 27

There's a new powerhouse emerging onto the theater scene, and his name is Samuel D. Hunter. In addition to obtaining playwriting degrees from Julliard and NYU, he's won nearly four times as many awards as plays he's released to the world—so his newest production at the South Coast... More >>

Costa Mesa Theater

Sans Merci by Johnna Adams

The Garage Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until April 26

Johnna Adams’ play about the meeting between a young lesbian and the homophobic mother of her deceased girlfriend not only ushers in the second combined season of the Garage Theatre in Collision with Alive Theatre, but it’s also one of the few (if only) modern plays with an all... More >>

Long Beach Theater, Performing Arts

Frida Kahlo, Her Photos

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until June 8; 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. until June 6

Despite a bounty of self-portraits and a Salma Hayek biopic, much of Frida Kahlo’s life still remains a mystery. But the celebrated surrealist artist lives on through the collective admiration of millions of fans. And with MOLAA’s new exhibit, “Frida Kahlo, Her Photos,”... More >>

Long Beach Photography, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts, Art - Museums

Spank! Harder

City National Grove of Anaheim : 8:00 p.m. April 23; 8:00 p.m. April 24

If your three volumes of 50 Shades is rather, um, worn, and you check gossip sites daily for sneak peak production shots, release some of that pent-up yearning and head to the City National Grove for Spank! Harder, the sequel to last year's hit 50 Shades parody. Sure, this campy stage... More >>

Anaheim Theater, Comedy

Loot

STAGES theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until April 27

The blackest of black comedies, when Loot first premiered to London audiences in the '60s, people were outraged. Why? Perhaps it was the presence of a dead elderly woman's body being moved around a house. perhaps it was the distasteful decision of the story's two main characters, Dennis and... More >>

Fullerton Theater

La Cage Aux Folles

Maverick Theater : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until April 26

The film adaptation of La Cage Aux Folles, the multiple award-winning musical and this month's presentation at the Maverick, was translated to The Birdcage ,starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane and contained some of the funniest comedy scenes of the mid-'90s (Lane's drag queen character... More >>

Fullerton Theater

Ravenscroft

Long Beach Playhouse : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until May 10; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until May 3

Considering the annoying lack of interesting female characters on TV and in movies, we're delighted to check out Mitchell Nunn's Ravenscroft, the newest production to hit the Long Beach Playhouse stage, opening this weekend. In it, we follow Inspector Ruffing (a male), who finds himself at a... More >>

Long Beach Theater

San Juan Capistrano Farmers Market

Downtown SJC : 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Wed.

If you can't wait for the scores of weekend farmers markets around the county, then head down south for the Wednesday San Juan Capistrano Farmers Market. Nestled along a small plot by SJC's Veteran's Park are more than 30 vendors selling fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, colorful flowers,... More >>

San Juan Capistrano Food and Drink, Farmers' Markets

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
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