2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 1
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 7
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1393150754259143/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 9
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Modern Times Beer – Los Angeles Launch
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 9
38 Degrees, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/273552516133735/

New brewery Modern Times from San Diego debuts in Los Angeles this Thursday night starting at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. Come meet the owner/founder, and try some of their beers. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 10-16
Participating restaurants in Irvine
http://www.destinationirvine.com/restaurantweek/

Numerous restaurants in Irvine will serve special prix-fixe menu offerings during Irvine Restaurant Week. Prices vary between restaurants, but some lunches start as low as $6.95 per person. No reservations required – simply show up and request the specials.

Beachwood Brewing’s 1/2 Birthday Party
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 10
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/645810292124913/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s half birthday this Friday night with a selection of rare beers only available on this night. Guests can park free for up to three hours (with validation from the restaurant) in the parking garage behind the restaurant, accessed via the alley from Broadway or 3rd St.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 11
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Orange County. The half marathon currently costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

1st Annual Slider Eating Competition
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 11
Dog Haus Biergarten, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/691282004245919/

Entry to participate in this eating competition has already closed. However, you may still come to witness the final rounds of this eating competition this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena.

FEAR @ Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 11
Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/whiskys-50th-anniversary-fear/

Legendary punk band FEAR will headline a show at the Whisky A Go Go this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $25. Age limit: unknown.

Ill Repute – Live in Anaheim
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, January 11
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/248977578593457/

Nardcore legends Ill Repute will headline a show this Saturday night at Mirror Image Studios. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10. Guests can find plenty of free street parking nearby. The venue does not allow reentries, but will serve food & drinks in the back.

False Confession – Live in La Habra
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 11
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/690358344329086/

Check out False Confession along with some more local bands at this show in La Habra this Saturday night. Entry to this all-ages show costs just $5. Food, drinks, and bowling come at a separate cost.

The American Wake @ Auld Dubliner
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 11
Auld Dubliner, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/190747757791091/

Local Irish rock band The American Wake will perform three sets at Auld Dubliner this Saturday night, free of charge! No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 12-17
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

The Murder Junkies – Live in Thousand Oaks
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 12
Lava Lounge, Thousand Oaks
http://www.facebook.com/events/575062262558357/

Enjoy an all-ages punk rock show in Thousand Oaks this Sunday night.

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