By Ramon Gonzales
Not that Southern California ever had a winter, but as the temperature is starting to climb, we still have a few more weeks worth of spring. The weather is too damned good to waste a day watching reruns of Breaking Bad (oh how we miss Sunday nights with Walt). Here is a quick rundown of ten things you can go, do, and see in the OC over the next week.
FILM: NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL
Showcasing some of the industry’s most sought after independent filmmakers, The Edwards Cinema Big 6 along picturesque Newport Beach will host the city’s annual film festival. International recognized films will be shown in a schedule of screenings that has indeed put Newport Beach on the film festival map.
Apr. 24th – May 1st | All Ages | Various Ticket Prices | Website
SCENE: WEST COAST ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN
Pack on the pomade as the 5th annual West Coast Rockabilly Showdown pits 8 of the state’s most promising rockabilly and Americana bands against each other for a chance to open for James Intveld and The Desperados plus their share of cash and prizes. Complete with vendor village, folks showcasing their vintage rides, and a Pabst Blue Ribbon-themed art show, The OC Marketplace in Costa Mesa will be shakin’ this weekend.
Apr. 26th-27th | All Ages | $2 | Website
BEER: BOOTLEGGER’S BREWERY 6th ANNIVERSARY AT THE MUCK
The occasional fit of daytime drinking is never a bad thing. Celebrating their 6th year in operation, Orange County craft beer afficiandos Bootlegger’s Brewery take over the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton with a host of guest breweries and all the 4 ounce tastings you can handle. Live entertainment and grub on hand from gourmet food trucks like Dos Chinos and The Porko Rico Truck, the festivities get underway at Noon.
Apr. 26th | 21+ | $40 | Website
CLUB: YELAWOLF At TEN NIGHTCLUB
Catfish Billy himself, Yelawolf makes a special nightclub appearance this week at Ten Nightclub in Newport Beach. Likely performing some select cuts from his upcoming sophomore release on Eminem’s Shady Records titled, Love Story, catch a an intimate set from the Alabama native.
Apr. 24th | 21+ | $24 | Website
MUSIC: THE FIXX AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES ANAHEIM
Still touring relentlessly decades after making their first contributions to New Wave music, The Fixx makes a stop at Downtown Disney with a headlining appearance at The House of Blues Anaheim. Don’t miss your chance to see live renditions of classics like “One Thing Leads to Another”, “Saved By Zero”, and “Red Skies” a score a slice of nostalgia proper.
Apr. 25th | 18+ | $25 – $27.50 | Website
NATURE: BUTTERFLY WALK AT THE RESERVE AT RANCHO MISSION VIEJO
Looking to maybe not go have a drink and or be around loud music? Explore some pretty spectacular terrain and learn to identity different kinds of butterflies at with a guided tour from the experts. Hold hands with that special someone on a unqiue morning date or grab the kids and get some fresh air while having to spend nothing to enjoy a morning with some butterflies.
Apr. 26th | ALL AGES | FREE | Website
CARS: THE 27TH ANNUAL SEAL BEACH CLASSIC CAR SHOW
The small beachside charm of Main St. in Seal Beach has been lined with some of the finest automobiles in Southern California for the last 26 years. This year the show celebrates number 27 and has live music, dozens of vendors and the same 600 classics parked and primed for some great photo ops. As if you needed a cherry on top, the Seal Beach Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfest – PANCAKES!
Apr. 26th | All Ages | FREE | Website
COMEDY: DAVE ATTELL AT BREA IMPROV
Named as one of the “25 Funniest People In America” by Entertainment Weekly, the boozy Long Island-native does back-to-back nights on the Improv stage this weekend in a set that promises to be very adult. The former host of the Comedy Central staple, “Insomniac with Dave Attell” performs four sets all aimed at making his fans belly laugh and maybe give the occasional cringe.
Apr. 25th & 26th | 18+ | $30| Website
MUSIC: STEP BROTHERS AT THE OBSERVATORY
What happens when you combine one of hip hop music’s most prolific lyricists and a production pioneers responsible for some of the rap music’s most enduring beats – Evidence and Alchemist are known as Step Brothers. The potent combination of fluid rhymes and tasteful, intoxicating instrumentation make this a cannot miss live experience.
Apr. 25th | ALL AGES | $18 | Website
ART: CHUCK JONES “DOODLES OF A GENIUS” AT THE BOWERS MUSEUM
A three time Oscar-winner and the man responsible for bringing timeless Warner Bros. characters Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig to life, Chuck Jones’ work will be on display at The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. In addition to some of his classics, a exhibition of some never before display worked along with 50 “doodles” from Jones’ dark side will be available to explore.
Apr. 25th (through August) | All Ages | Donation | Website