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Constellation Room at the Observatory : 8:00 p.m. October 20

Formed in Oxford, England, in 2004, TTNG originally named their band This Town Needs Guns, a cleverly ironic nod to the fact that no one in England really owns firearms. Then, as the group started to tour and gain popularity, especially in the United States—well, what was once a... More >>

Santa Ana Music


The Prospector : 9:00 p.m. October 21

Santa Ana’s Bellhaunts come and go as they please across a series of punky-indie-pop EPs, but they’ve been working on a full-length album for a while now—and they put out two teaser tracks just weeks ago, which somehow offer both evolution and refinement at the same time.... More >>

Long Beach Music

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

Country Dancin' with DJ Patrick

The Swallow's Inn : 6:30 p.m. every Mon.

Get your honky tonk, boot-scootin', two-steppin', country-loving ass down to Swallow's Inn this Monday night for the best cowboy hoedown in South County. They've got happy hours pricing all night featuring cheap-as-dirt beers and cocktails (not to mention a pretty great deal on steak dinners,... More >>

San Juan Capistrano Music, Club Events

Live Sinatra Tribute

La Cave : 6:00 p.m. every Mon.

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

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

Trivia Tuesdays

Kitsch Bar : 9:00 p.m. every Tue.

Just like burlesque shows were lighting up every club calendar last year, trivia nights are the hot new mid-week to-do. Kitsch Bar, with it's intimate, red-lit setting and cozy lounge-style seating, is riding the trivia wagon, too, and we're pretty excited about it. So gather your best... More >>

Costa Mesa Libations, Games

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

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

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 Festivals, Halloween

Sexy Saturdays

The Butterfly Lounge : 9:00 p.m. every Sat.

Where the big girls and guys come to party with the people who love them! More >>

Costa Mesa Music

Live Band Karaoke

House of Blues Anaheim : 10:00 p.m. every Wed.

If you have dreams of rockstardom that culminate in playing to hoards of screaming fans at iconic music venues, then, honestly, Live Band Karaoke at the House of Blues is probably as close as your gonna get. Every Wednesday, the House of Blues gives up its spotlight to the likes of... More >>

Anaheim Cheap Thrills, Music

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

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

Sordid Lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Prospector : 8:00 p.m. every Wed., Fri.

Have you seen that cell-phone commercial in which the guy wants to rent a hotel room, but the clerk is all, “You don’t want that room. It’s a dead zone”? Well, the restaurant at the Prospector is sort of like that. Rumor has it the menu includes steaks, chicken and... More >>

Long Beach Performing Arts, Music, Food and Drink, Cheap Thrills
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