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The Tempest

South Coast Repertory : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 28; 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Sun. from August 31 until September 28

Forever a fountain of inspiration, another Shakespearian masterpiece gets a stylistic makeover for today's audiences. In this version of The Tempest, we're sent not to a mysterious island but to a traveling tent show in the 1930s. With the help of the show's co-producer, the otherwise silent... More >>

Costa Mesa Theater

Shoreline Jam Day 1

Queen Mary Events Park : 12:00 p.m. August 30

Celebrate the long weekend and the final days of summer at this two-day jam fest down by the ocean at the historic Queen Mary. On Saturday, the festivities begin at high noon with Long Beach locals Brewfish, then continue with an endless stream of reggae, dub and hip-hop from Krooked Treez, The... More >>

Long Beach Music

Annual Black Party

Sutra Lounge : 9:00 p.m. August 31

Giving party people an excuse to dress up (or down) has never been a problem for Sutra, Costa Mesa's popular dance club. This Sunday, they host their annual Black Party—so break out your skimpiest, tightest ink-colored attire and head over for a night of booze-fueled debauchery. Music is... More >>

Costa Mesa Music

Long Beach Funk Fest

Queen Mary Events Park : 12:00 p.m. September 1

Oh funk yeah, the Long Beach Funk Fest is finally here this Labor Day holiday, and what better way to kiss the summer goodbye with an electric concert filled with new and old favorite funk artists. Now in its fifth year, LBFF aims to build the audience of pure funk music by exposing the public... More >>

Long Beach Music

SoCo Movie Night: Chocolat

SOCO: South Coast Collection : 5:00 p.m. September 2

All summer long, the SOCO shopping center hosts alfresco movie nights for only 10 bucks. Kids gets in for free, but the screenings bring out a beer garden, food trucks and live jazz, making it a family-friendly event that's actually enjoyable for parents, too. Tonight, SOCO screens Chocolat,... More >>

Costa Mesa Film

To Kill a Mockingbird

Regency South Coast Village : 7:30 p.m. September 3

Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this 1962 tear-jerker about a young girl coming of age in a southern town hot with racial injustice is considered one of the greatest films ever made. Directed by Robert Mulligan, written by Horton Foote, and starring Gregory Peck (who... More >>

Santa Ana Film

Shiny Toy Guns

The Observatory : 8:00 p.m. September 3

L.A.-via-Oklahoma electro-pop outfit Shiny Toy Guns own a very specific slice of electro-pop-induced euphoria—they even got a Grammy nomination for writing the kind of songs specifically designed to make you feel like you’re about to overcome something in your own personal feel-good... More >>

Santa Ana 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

Monday Night Karaoke

Proof Bar : 9:00 p.m. every Mon.

Every Monday night, Santa Ana's Proof Bar turns the music selection over to its patrons and hosts free karaoke. Sign up for your three-to-five minutes of fame and relish every second in the spotlight while singing anything your little heart desires from a selection of hundreds of tunes. Hosted... More >>

Santa Ana Music, Cheap Thrills

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

The Threepenny Opera

The Garage Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 30

The Garage Theatre continues its 2014 season of esoteric oddball gems with this month's production of Bertolt Brecht’s 1928 subversive comedy jazz musical. Considered a socialist commentary of a capitalist life, The Threepenny Opera follows antihero Macheath, who has just married his... More >>

Long Beach Theater

The Great Labor Day Cruise XXXII

Orange County Market Place : 8:00 a.m. daily until August 31

Now in its 32nd year, the Great Labor Day Cruise has grown to be one of the largest vintage auto events in the country. For three straight days, this festival celebrates all things classic cars—more than 1400 pre-1978 retro rides are expected to attend, and show off their fancy wheels... More >>

Costa Mesa Labor Day, Auto

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 Food and Drink, Libations, Games

WTF Fridays

Shark Club : 9:00 p.m. every Fri.

In our opinion, all weekends should be three days long, and if you're having a hard time letting go of the holiday mentality of last week, head over to the Shark Club for WTF Friday and let that freak flag fly one more time. Open to gay and straight party people alike, WTF Friday starts off... More >>

Costa Mesa 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

The Elvis Show

The Continental Room : 9:30 p.m. first Wed. of every month

The self-proclaimed “greatest Elvis impersonator in Fullerton, Brea and Whittier,” Kirk Wall knows how to rock a white, sequined jumpsuit like nobody’s business (notice how no one ever mimics the sexy, surfing Elvis of the ’50s? It’s always the Elvis with the cape). His... More >>

Fullerton Theater, Music, Cheap Thrills
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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

10th Annual Art Deco Festival

Queen Mary : 10:00 a.m. daily until September 1

There comes a certain night at the Observation Bar at the Queen Mary when suddenly all the guys are dressed like Humphrey Bogart (or Indiana Jones) and all the women look like young Gloria Swanson, and that’s how you know the Art Deco festival is in town. (Last time we were there, it... More >>

Long Beach Festivals, Arts

Beirut

Theatre Out : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until September 13

Accurately described as "a terrifying and disturbing drama," Alan Bowne's Beirut takes a grim look into the United State's not-too-distant future. An unnamed plague has ravaged the country, especially New York, where this story takes place. Those who are infected are quarantined—and... More >>

Santa Ana Theater

Once

Segerstrom Center for the Arts : 2:00 p.m. every Sat. until August 31; 1:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 31

Complicated courtship and creative solidarity arrives on the stage after the hit movie, soundtrack and international folk-love-in sensation about the meeting of minds and song and heart between the Dublin busker and the Czech lady flower seller. The Guy from the film Once meets The Girl once... More >>

Costa Mesa Theater, Music

'Reverie in Daily Life'

Muzeo : 10:00 a.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until August 31

What we love most about Muzeo's latest art exhibit is the complete lack of pretentiousness. It's even described as the "unsophisticated answer" to the age-old question, "what is art?" Nine artists came together for this exhibition, each offering their own unique take on the artistic musing... More >>

Anaheim Arts

West Coast Film Festival

Regency San Juan Capistrano : 12:00 p.m. daily until August 31

The West Coast Film Festival is back for its fourth year, offering a slew of vintage and modern classics, only one of which stars a person of color and only three of which (out of 12) have a female lead. Nonetheless, you can once again enjoy on the big screen masterpieces such as Goodfellas,... More >>

San Juan Capistrano Festivals, Arts, Film

'Transcending Trash: The Art of Upcycling'

Muzeo : 10:00 a.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until August 31

Upcycling was first discussed by Reiner Pilz in 1994, and is considered a much more effective conservation effort than recycling (or “downcycling”), where materials are destroyed to make lesser-quality products. In upcycling, your discarded waste is improved upon and moved higher up... More >>

Anaheim Environmental, Arts

Pageant of the Masters “The Art Detective”

Pageant of the Masters : 8:30 p.m. daily until August 30

Get ready to be completely blown away at this year's Pageant of the Masters, a Laguna Beach institution that began more than 80 years ago. If you've never been, any local artophile can tell you it's a series of "living pictures," huge-scale reproductions of classic artworks using real people,... More >>

Laguna Beach Theater, Arts
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