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Nine Inch Nails

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater : 7:00 p.m. August 22

One way to get an epic showdown of two '90s rock powerhouses is to put them on a co-headlining tour. Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden are currently touring the country, playing a neck-breakingly constant stream of shows through the end of August. Interestingly, twenty years ago, both groups... More >>

Irvine Music

Rock N Blues Fest: ATribute to Johnny Winter

City National Grove of Anaheim : 8:00 p.m. August 22

Named No. 63 on Rolling Stone's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," Johnny Winter was preparing to set out on an American tour last month. But his untimely and unexpected passing just weeks before his first tour date made the blues world to stop to a grinding halt. Still mourning the... More >>

Anaheim Music

15th Annual Elvis Festival

Orange County Market Place : 10:00 a.m. August 24

Elvis Presley wasn’t very complicated. Even though he read books of philosophy and poetry, for the most part, he was a simple, down-home boy with a gift for finding the truth in a song, and letting that truth flow through his body and out of his extraordinary windpipes. That simplicity,... More >>

Costa Mesa Music, Festivals, Cheap Thrills


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


Segerstrom Center for the Arts : 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until August 31; 7:30 p.m. every Sat. from August 23 until August 31; 6:30 p.m. every Sun. from August 24 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

The Blank Tapes

The Wayfarer : 8:00 p.m. August 23

Chinese Wax Job are a relatively new local band, but their music should quickly build them an audience for its familiar strains of rock and roll and surf rock. The trio, who come from Newport Beach and are named after a surfing term, play upbeat surf rock informed by a '60s garage rock... More >>

Costa Mesa Music

WWE Monday Night RAW

Honda Center : August 25

The testosterone-fueled reality show that is WWE Monday Night Raw pummels its way back to the Honda Center for the first time in more than a year (that long already?). Indulge your low-brow entertainment desires and come see overbuffed wrestlers such as John Cena, Kane, Randy Orton, The Shield... More >>

Anaheim Theater, Sports - Spectator

Dustin Lovelis Residency Night 4

The Wayfarer : 9:00 p.m. August 25

These Long Beach luminaries of sound are helping to change the LBC music scene in no small form; the seven-member group go big in every one of their releases, bringing a variety of eclectic rock influences from psychedelic rock to prog rock to pop punk. But you can't say the group's tuneage... More >>

Costa Mesa Music

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Constellation Room at the Observatory : 8:00 p.m. August 26

Some producers use the recording studio as an instrument—Lee “Scratch” Perry used his as a spaceship or maybe a time machine, warping through the fourth dimension to make songs that sounded like they came from a place humans had yet to discover. Of course, Perry’s whole... More >>

Santa Ana Music

Britain's Finest

The Wayfarer : 9:00 p.m. August 27

Well, this is fun—Costa Mesa's Wayfarer takes a mini-break from its lineup of hipster music for an evening of pure cheesy awesomeness. Britain's Finest calls themselves "The Complete Beatles Experience," and this tribute group thoroughly throws themselves into the act. They've got the... More >>

Costa Mesa Music

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

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

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

Ralphie May

Irvine Improv : 8:00 p.m. August 22; 7:00 p.m. August 23; 7:00 p.m. August 24

It is a rare thing in this world to find people who are living their childhood dream and truly excelling at it. Ralphie May is one of those people. At just 17-years-old, May won a contest to open for his idol, Sam Kinison. Today, 25 years later, May continues the dream by headlining comedy... More >>

Irvine Comedy

'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

No Exit

Long Beach Playhouse : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until August 23

The Long Beach Playhouse's Studio Theatre gets all existential on us this month with their rendition of Jean-Paul Sartre's 1944 famous French mind-bender. In No Exit, three people are trapped in a room in the afterlife—why they are stuck there and unable to leave is something they must... More >>

Long Beach Theater

4th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival

Rainbow Lagoon : 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. August 22; 12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. August 23; 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. August 24

The first thing you need to know about the three-day-long Long Beach BBQ Festival is they have a whole section called “Rib Village,” and there’s no better destination out there for the ravenous carnivore, is there? (Except maybe Brisket City, if that actually exists... More >>

Long Beach Food and Drink, Festivals

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

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

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

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
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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

La Femme Dinner Show

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

Count on OC's premiere LGBT lounge to give us something completely fabulous to do on a dreary ol' Monday night. Velvet Lounge presents the La Femme Dinner Show, a spectacular cabaret and gourmet dinner, featuring some of the most celebrated female and celebrity impersonators from around the... More >>

Santa Ana LGBT Events, Food and Drink, Cabaret, Arts

Monkey Finger Duo

Auld Dubliner : 10:00 p.m. fourth Mon. of every month

There's a whole lotta sound coming from the spirited dudes of Monkey Finger Duo—and that isn't just the Irish whiskey talking. Long Beach natives Jason Magdaleno and Kyle Jones cover rock hits (mostly classic rock and '90s grunge), including every great band from Led Zeppelin and Rolling... More >>

Long Beach Music
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