The Dictators NYC – West Coast Tour
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, January 7, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 8, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 11, Billy O’s, Ventura

East coast punk rock band The Dictators will tour along the west coast starting this week in Southern California. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on the link for more information.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, January 7
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Business & Beer @ Smog City Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 8
Smog City Brewing, Torrance

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Smog City Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 8
Downtown Los Angeles

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.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 9-15
Participating restaurants in Irvine

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.

Animé Los Angeles 11
11:00 am – 2:00 am, January 9
9:00 am – 2:00 am, January 10
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 11
LAX Marriott, Los Angeles

Anime & manga fans will not want to miss Animé LA this weekend, an expo with almost everything imaginable related to anime. From workshops to panels to demos to contests to live music to dances to adult content and more, Animé LA will surely contain something to sate your anime needs. A full weekend pass costs $60, while single-day passes have already run out by now.

Oskar Blues IceyPA Keg Release Party & Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 9
Alpine Village, Torrance

Oskar Blues has allocated only four kegs of IceyPA to the entire South Bay and Alpine Village has it. Visitors will find a full lineup of Oskar Blues’ best brews along with glassware and tasting flights.

Pulley, The Generators, The Awful Normals, Simply Kung Fu @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 9
Slide Bar, Fullerton

Enjoy a FREE punk rock show this Friday night at the Slide Bar in Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

8Kalacas – Live in San Bernardino
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, January 9
Arrowhead Elks Lodge, San Bernardino

Go crazy at this skacore show this Friday night in San Bernardino. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

The American Wake – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 9, Gallagher’s, Long Beach
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 10, Auld Dubliner, Long Beach

Local Irish rock band The American Wake will perform twice in Long Beach this weekend, free of charge! No one under 21 may enter either show.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 10
Woodbridge Park, Irvine

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!

2015 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 11
Fairplex, Pomona

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

Easyriders 2015 Bike Show Tour
10:00 am – 7:00 am, January 10
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

See all things motorcycles at this one-day expo in Long Beach this Saturday. See hundreds of models bikes, meet celebrities, take photos with models, browse various vendors, and more at this show. General admission costs $20, while kids cost $10. The convention center parking lots charge $10 for parking, while other parking lots in the area have varying rates.

Green Jellÿ @ The World Famous Doll Hut
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Come to this punk rock show in Anaheim this Saturday to see Green Jellÿ and more local bands. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

2015 Miss California USA Pageant
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 10
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 11
Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

On Saturday night, catch the Miss California USA & Miss California Teen USA Preliminary Competition. On Sunday at 11am, see the Final Show Dress Rehearsal. At 4pm, catch the Final Coronation Show. Ticket prices range from $60 to $80 for the competitions, while tickets to the dress rehearsal cost about $30.

Out Of The Park Pizza 4th Anniversary Party
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 10
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim

Out Of The Park Pizza will celebrate their fourth year in business this weekend and they want you to join in on the festivities. For $40 general admission, gain access to unlimited food and beer while supplies last. Pay $10 extra for VIP admission to gain access to ten VIP exclusive beers.

The Dickies & Swingin’ Utters @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 10
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Two big names in punk rock will co-headline a show at The Observatory this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost only $5. Arrive early enough to secure a parking spot at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

Narcoleptic Youth, The Voids, and more – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 10
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Some big local names in punk rock will perform in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this epic show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Viernes 13 @ The Troubadour
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 10
The Troubadour, West Hollywood

Get your skanking on at this all-ages ska show this Saturday night at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

4th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 11-16
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena

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.

Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 11
Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, University Park, Los Angeles

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this one-day expo taking place in Los Angeles this Sunday. This event will feature the original cast of Star Trek, many other celebrities, hundreds of merchandise vendors, and lots more.

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