DINING IN THE DARK, 6 p.m. Ever wondered what it would be like to be blind? The Foundation Fighting Blindness will help you experience the latter for $250 over dinner. (Or you could just stay home and eat ice cream in the dark.) Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach
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BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL, 10 p.m. DJs Mark Moreno and Slyce spin with an authentic samba band. Carnaval attire suggested. Sutra, Triangle Square, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Ste. 200, Costa Mesa
JAZZ IN JANUARY, 6:30 p.m. Gerald Albright & Rick Braun will get you jazzed. (P.S. It's actually Feb., folks.) Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point
MEET RYAN VILLOPOTO, 6:30 p.m. For the motocross fans in the house. Get an autograph by the stage just outside of Borders. The District at Tustin Legacy, Jamboree Road & Barranca Parkway, Tustin
FRIDAY DANCE PARTY, 8:30 p.m. Put on your red shoes, mama, and mix it up with ballroom, salsa, swing and Middle Eastern moves. Global Rhythms Dance Studio, 10184 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach