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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

The Observatory : 8:00 p.m. August 5

Since the dawn of this century, these hard rockin’ San Franciscans have carved out quite a nice niche with their blend of garage-rock-meets-shoegaze. And for the past year, the Robert Levon Been-fronted outfit have toured behind Specter at the Feast, their first album in three years and... More >>

Santa Ana Music

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


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

Peter Brandon

Muckenthaler Cultural Center : 7:30 p.m. July 31

Imagine that—from the depths of college party town Fullerton sprouted a bonafide country music recording artist. But it took OC-native Peter Brandon a trip to Nashville with a bag full of demo CDs before he realized that he could make his all-American dream come true. "There is nothing... More >>

Fullerton Music

Queensryche Farewell Tour Starring Geoff Tate

The Coach House : 8:00 p.m. July 31

It's the end of an era for old school metal fans—this is the final tour of Queensryche with Geoff Tate. The lead singer and founding member of the heavy metal band, Tate fronted the act for more than 30 years, and enjoyed major success in the late '80s and early '90s for their rock and... More >>

San Juan Capistrano Music

The Secret Affair 10 Year Anniversary

Alex's Bar : 9:00 p.m. August 1

It started as a strictly-vinyl strictly-'60s night in a room that soon ran out of space for dancers, and now Long Beach’s soul-and-more night Secret Affair is celebrating the big 1-0―that’s ten non-stop years of hip-shaking soul-controlling record selecting, which is very... More >>

Long Beach Club Events, Music

Big Bite Bacon Fest

Queen Mary : 12:00 p.m. August 2

The mass of adorable teacup pig videos seems to have no affect on Americans' love of bacon. It goes like this: “Look at that little piglet! His nose is so cute! And he's getting a bath!? And oh my God, listen to him softly son—did you say bacon-wrapped hot dog?” We've... More >>

Long Beach Food and Drink, Festivals

Journey & Steve Miller Band

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater : 6:45 p.m. August 2

It's a classic rock double scoop this Saturday night as the Steve Miller Band shares a headline with Journey at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of iconic album The Joker, the Steve Miller Band released a new live album of the record in its entirety, recorded... More >>

Irvine Music

Tijuana No!

The Yost Theater : 7:00 p.m. August 3

Some people like ska for its silliness. Orange County has, at times, been so rife with ska bands of the silly variety, it's easy to forget that underneath the frantic reggae rhythms and trombone slides, the music can pack a serious message. Tijuana No! is a ska band that doesn’t turn a... More >>

Santa Ana Music

Deep Purple

Pacific Amphitheatre : 7:45 p.m. August 6

Heavy rock innovators Deep Purple, once heralded as part of the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal" along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, refuse to give up on a good thing, as evidenced by their tireless touring and tonight's concert at the Pacific Amphitheater,... More >>

Costa Mesa Music

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Constellation Room at the Observatory : 8:00 p.m. August 6

The indie rock world fell for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah back in 2005 when the Philly band released their self-titled debut album, a series of light and bouncy tracked anchored by Alec Ounsworth's slurred lyrics. Fast forward nearly a decade and CYHSY's latest project, Only Run, achieved a... More >>

Santa Ana Music


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

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


Maverick Theater : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until August 9

It’s hard to imagine anyone improving on the 1975 comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but somehow adding showgirls and musical numbers had just that effect. Head down to Fullerton to catch the Maverick Theater’s rendition of Spamalot, the Tony-award winning musical... More >>

Fullerton Theater

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

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

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

Teatime for Murder

Maverick Theater : Every Sun. until August 3

Feeling mysterious? How about thirsty? At Teatime for Murder at the Maverick Theater, you can quench both satiations with ease. This interactive audience-participation tribute to Agatha Christie will have you laughing your arse off between fits of pearl clinching as a shocking murder occurs... More >>

Fullerton Comedy, Theater

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Honda Center : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. 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

Ghost the Musical

Segerstrom Center for the Arts : 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 9; 1:00 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

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, and I'm in Therapy!

Huntington Beach Library : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until August 17

Writer and star of this one-man comedy show, Steve Solomon grew up in Brooklyn, with (yep, you guessed it) an Italian mother and Jewish father. That combination lead to a lifetime of crazy quotes, jokes and stories—and to an award-winning play that spawned four sequels. The stage is set... More >>

Huntington Beach Theater, Comedy

Broadway Underground

Harvelle's Long Beach : 8:00 p.m. every Mon.

We love us a good variety act—whether it's live music, comedy, burlesque, some smack-talking puppets, or anything inbetween. Thank to Harvelle's in Long Beach, we get a "cultural revival" spectacle every week (and on a Monday, no less!) called Broadway Underground. Come to downtown for an... More >>

Long Beach Music, Cabaret, Arts

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
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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
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