Eight Days

Thurs/Sept 15
Did you know my brother's brother is the bassist for Flogging Molly? Yeah, it's a family affair, sort of, and now they're pretty much the world's most famous Irish band, if you only count the Irish bands with teeth. How does that happen? I used to go see them at Molly Malone's all the time, up on Fairfax, and now everyone wants a piece of them. I blame the Warped Tour. With Danko Jones and the Policey Maxeen. 8 p.m. $21. 21+. Mouse House of Blues,1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 778-2583.

Yes, I know I usually recommend each and every iota of '70s crap that comes our way, and yes, I know the Eagles are playing, but I just don't love them like I used to in junior high, and it's for one reason and one reason only: Don Henley is a lechy old sow, and I find him ill. Instead, I think you should take your kids on a Harvest Full Moon Walk. How sweet and lovely is that? Reservations required. 6-7:30 p.m. $3. Recommended for families with children ages 8 and older. Environmental Nature Center, 1601 16th St., Newport Beach, (949) 645-8489.

Lost weekend.

When's the last time you went to Stanton?

Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggersand Hero) directs the National Ballet of Chinain Raise the Red Lantern. Do you think you could get more cultured and stuff than that? Me either. You should go, and tell me all about it. 8 p.m. $25-$80.Orange County Performing Arts Center,Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2787; www.ocpac.org.

Long Beach scenestress Chase Frank hosts the Songwriters Supper Club with performances by Colored Shadows, Protostarr, Senior Recreation and Mary Reilly's boy toy, DJ Eyad. Come early and have dinner, and do let the DiPiazzas buy you a shot of Fernet Branco. 8 p.m. $4.21+. DiPiazza's Restaurant and Lounge, 5205 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 498-2461; www.dipiazzas.com.

Thurs/Sept 22
The Orange County Museum of Art goes off with like 20 different events, including the Short Film Showcase (8:30 p.m.); a special screening of the PBS series Art: 21-Art in the Twenty-First Century, followed by a discussion with Jessica Hamlin, director of education and outreach for Art: 21(5-7 p.m.); and a discussion with Jason Dodge in the installation gallery (6:30 p.m.). Okay. Maybe it's just three events. It seemed like a lot more in the press release. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122; www.ocma.net.

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