Archive for January, 2017

This Saturday afternoon, the 13th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival returns to Long Beach from 12pm to 4pm along 2nd Street, rain or shine. Set up similarly to Stroll & Savor, this all-ages festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. Chase Bank will host the central hub, where guests can purchase ticket booklets and find more information regarding the fest, as well as locate the dessert contest entries and pie-eating contests, which start around 3pm. Anyone wanting to enter the dessert contest should fill out a form found on the aforementioned website link. This year, the organizers have removed the extra activities such as the Cake Walk and Valentine Heart Walk, and will focus solely on the tastings and contests.

As far as the general public goes, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest at participating businesses along 2nd Street.Guests will use these tickets to redeem food items from participating businesses up and down 2nd Street. Food items will range in ticket cost, with most items costing one ticket and larger food items costing four or more. Sadly, the public may not try any of the desserts from the homemade dessert contest due to the health code. However, the food from the businesses should more than sate your appetite. For most people, one $10 booklet should suffice. For those with a larger appetite, I suggest arriving early and acquiring two booklets in order to have time to eat everything before the participating businesses run out of food for the event.

A handful of events will take place in or near Belmont Shore this month, ranging from food to shopping to pets to art and more. Get the latest news on Belmont Shore events by checking them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Down By Law: 2017 West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 2, The Garage, Ventura,
February 3, The Viper Room, West Hollywood
February 4, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
February 5, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego

Legendary punk rock band Down By Law will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age minimums vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Pliny The Younger Day
February 3
Select beer locations in California

The most overhyped beer in brewing history makes its way to Southern California this weekend to many locations. Check with your local craft beer establishment to see if they have Pliny The Younger available.

The Halal Guys Cerritos Grand Opening
11:00 am – 2:00 am, February 3
The Halal Guys, Cerritos

A new The Halal Guys will open their doors to the public this Friday in Cerritos. The first 1,000 people in line will have a chance to win free stuff. As for the food, they did not mention any giveaways, so make sure you can pay for your food if you order any!

2017 Surf City USA Marathon
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 3
9:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 4
6:00 am – 1:00 pm, February 5
Jack’s Beach Concessions, Huntington Beach

Running fever hits Huntington Beach this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place all weekend, while the actual running events will take place Sunday morning. Registration starts at $149 and goes up depending on which course you intend to run. Many streets around this area will close to vehicular traffic, so plan your Sunday commute accordingly.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 3
Various locations
Long Beach:

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

Lunar New Year Tết Festival 2017
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 3
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 4-5
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Celebrate Lunar New Year at this festival at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this weekend. Visitors of all ages will find cultural food, vendors, rides, games, arts & crafts, music, entertainment, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Gamer Bowl, a GamerCon event
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 3
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Downtown San Diego

This weekend, check out an all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities. Admission costs $17 for adults or $13.50 for children, and provides entry to the event for all three days.

SoCal Retro Gaming Expo 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 4-5
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario

Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in Ontario. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $40 for both days. Bring cash for parking, which will range from $10 to $20.

3rd Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 4
Waterfront Park, Downtown San Diego

This annual all-ages festival showcasing Southern California’s bounty of artisanal foodmakers returns this weekend to a new, bigger location. This event will feature seminars, workshops, arts & crafts, activities, vendors, food & beverages, live music, and more. Regular admission costs $25 and provides access to food and non-alcoholic beverages, while a $39 admission will include ten tasters of craft beers and wines.

So Cal Winter Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Phoenix Club in Anaheim, complete with over 30 breweries and local food trucks. Admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 4
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies.m Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.

118th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 4
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this Saturday in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

Boomtown Brewery’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 4
Boomtown Brewery, Arts District, Los Angeles

One of Downtown LA’s breweries will officially open their doors to the public this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, this grand opening party will have live music throughout the day, mobile food vendors, and lots of new beers for you to try.

T.S.O.L. and The Dwarves – Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 4
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Some big names in punk rock will perform in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4, The Garage, Ventura
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5, Aurea Vista, Riverside

The Aggrolites have a bunch of shows in Southern California coming up in the next few months, including these two this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

9th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 5
Union Nightclub, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles

Ska fans get their day this Sunday in Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages, headlined by the Mad Caddies. Tickets to this concert cost $20 presale or $30 at the door.

The Sounds (FB / TW) performing Song With A Mission at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on October 23, 2013.

Technology constantly changes and evolves, bringing about new products that seek to either invent or reinvent ways to utilize hardware. Companies can reinvent by releasing new and improved versions of existing items, such as new keyboards or new mice. On the other hand, companies can invent by introducing brand new products that can solve a task in a more efficient manner than existing items can, such as a touchpad to replace a computer mouse. Regardless of the purpose of a particular computer peripheral, thanks to the limitless ways to interact with computers, any user will have a completely customized experience when using a PC. One user can simply use a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Some users may also have speakers, a microphone, and a camera. Other users may use a wireless headset and more input methods, like a gamepad. In general, something good a year ago may remain just as good today, but many companies release peripherals annually, so read on to check out five new computer peripherals worth checking out.

Logitech‘s G533 Wireless Gaming Headset

A huge market for PC gaming exists, and with that huge market comes a slew of gaming-related peripherals. A basic setup simply involves a monitor or two along with standalone speakers (as opposed to speakers in the monitor). For those who desire a more immersive gaming experience, gaming headsets exist to provide better audio while shutting out external noise, and Logitech has just the solution. Logitech carries a vast lineup or computer peripherals, and they always release something new to add to their already favorable catalog, such as the new G533 Wireless Gaming Headset. This headset delivers exquisite audio quality previously found only in high-end speakers with 7.1 surround-sound technology. Logitech has improved the battery life on this headset compared to previous headsets, allowing for extended play and minimal interruptions due to power loss. For a true immersive gaming experience, pick up the G533 Wireless Gaming Headset from Logitech.

Corsair‘s MM800 Polaris RGB Mouse Pad

Never underestimate a good mouse pad. While you certainly can use a mouse without a mouse pad, a mouse pad brings about multiple benefits to both the mouse and the user. On a bare surface, a mouse will likely get dirty faster than without a mouse pad. Some laser or optical mice also may not track on a bare surface, and needs a mouse pad’s surface to track properly. Even still, cheap mouse pads may not provide adequate tracking due to its poor design. Luckily, Corsair does not skimp on quality in their products. Corsair has released almost every imaginable computer part, from computer cases to USB sticks to internal components to peripherals, and more. If it has to do with computers, Corsair surely has made it, and that includes mouse pads, such as the MM800 Polaris RGB Mouse Pad. Extremely durable, this mouse pad not only provides excellent tracking, but allows for customization of the LED lights that line the mouse pad. The mouse pad also comes with a USB port for your mouse, so the mouse pad will not consume an additional USB slot on your PC. If you want to use a mouse with style, pick up this mouse pad from Corsair.

SteelSeries‘ Rival 500 Gaming Mouse

The term “sports” does not only refer to feats of physical prowess. Sports has grown to encompass forms of competition beyond that of having muscles and/or agility. Racing never required one to remain in tip-top shape to compete. Poker has also seen itself featured on sports media. In recent years, eSports has come into the spotlight to highlight competitive video gaming, with huge cash prizes going to the winners of big competitions. While eSports can involve multiple gaming genres, the most popular eSports competitions revolve around the MOBA genre, and SteelSeries has embraced that genre. SteelSeries specializes in gaming peripherals, paving the way for such products as their Rival 500 Gaming Mouse. SteelSeries designed the Rival 500 with the MOBA player in mind, leading to the creation of this multi-button mouse. The ergonomic design contours well to the player’s thumb and hand movements to bolster mouse efficiency, accuracy, and performance. Competitive MOBA players will want to get their hand on this mouse – for a more general gaming mouse, check out the next product.

Mionix‘s Naos QG Mouse

As one of the most important parts of a computer, one cannot overlook the quality of the mouse. Nearly every computer requires either a mouse or a touchpad of some sort to control the cursor or to interact with objects on the screen far more efficiently than a keyboard only. As such, many cheap mice exist for sale that get the basic job done. However, as a peripheral that will have the most contact with your body, you will want a mouse that feels right (as everyone holds a mouse differently), and Mionix makes plenty of mice that feel right at home in your hand. While Mionix makes plenty of peripherals, consumers recognize Mionix best for their mice, such as the new Naos QG. Designed for right-handed users, this comfortable mouse boasts excellent mouse precision with a near-flawless sensor and very high DPI. The Naos QG also contains a unique feature: a heart rate sensor. The Naos QG can track your heart rate and display it on your monitor using an overlay that can appear even during fullscreen gaming. While not everyone may find this feature useful, it always helps to practice good health behaviors, and monitoring your heart rate can lead to better everyday life.

ZOWIE‘s XL2540 Monitor

When it comes to computer peripherals, nothing matters more than the monitor. Like a windshield to a car, one cannot properly operate a computer without a monitor. Like mice, many monitors exist for sale of varying prices and qualities. Since users often spend a long time looking at a monitor, it helps to have a monitor easy on the eyes to preserve eye health and prevent gradual eye damage. With today’s technology, you can have a fantastic monitor with great specs that will not cause eye strain, especially if you consider monitors from ZOWIE. The ZOWIE brand from BenQ has always focused on the gaming community, and now plays a huge role in the competitive eSports scene. ZOWIE product prices typically reside on the higher end as far as peripherals go because they do not skimp on quality. If you look at their XL2540 Monitor, you will see the fruits of their effort. The XL2540 brings increased smoothness and responsiveness to games with its native 240Hz refresh rate. The monitor comes with built-in side shield “wings” to help you focus on the game and prevent external light from tampering with the display. Other features include a darkness equalizer to brighten dark areas without affecting other colors, color vibrance adjustment, a display settings switch, and plenty more features to optimize your gaming experience.

We live in an age of technology, the internet, social media, and smartphones. The days of face-to-face interaction have died with the past, as most people spend their time in public with their faces buried in their smartphones. People use this as their means of interacting with others, and social media provides an outlet for that. Social media has also paved the way for one-upmanship, or posting something to gain more attention than the previous person – basically, “Oh yeah? Well check this out!” Especially today, we have Instagram food – basic foods made to look pretty so that customers will share it online. With the premise of one-upmanship, Instagram food keeps getting weirder and wackier, from rainbow grilled cheese to donut ice cream sandwiches to rolled ice cream and more. You take an existing food item and make it look different while tasting the same, and you have Instagram food. If you want the perfect example of Instagram food, endure some traffic to reach The Loop: Handcrafted Churros.

Oddly located in a heavy Vietnamese area of Westminster, The Loop: Handcrafted Churros takes the basic churro and fancies it up for customers to snap away at it. Sure you could go to, say, a Costco and get a simple churro for a dollar, or you could spring $3 or more for a curled churro! What makes The Loop’s churros better than any other churro you can get anywhere else? Why, the fact that you get your churro bent to form a loop that you can hold with a paper holder! For just $4.50, you can sample one of The Loop’s Glazed Churro. The Loop takes one of their ready-made churros, dips about half of it in a glaze of your choice, and coats that part with a topping of your choice. It just looks so cute and fancy that you will want to share this with the digital world before you actually bite into it! Check out The Loop on Facebook and Twitter to see tons of posts of people tweeting their churros instead of eating it! Perhaps if you tweet your churro enough, you will get featured!

Legos – we all grew up with it, and while it has largely remained a toy for children, it has captivated our hearts so much that we can still enjoy it as adults. Thankfully, the world has Lego expos and conventions for those still young at heart, such as at Bricks LA 2017, a Lego exhibit. Taking place at the Pasadena Conference Center this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm on both days, this exhibit for all things Legos contains multiple aisles of carefully curated works of art constructed with Lego pieces. Visitors pay a simple admission of $10 to gain access to a floor full of Lego sculptures, landscapes, artwork, Lego machines, and more. While visitors may interact with the master builders behind some of these works, most of the tables generally have the Lego artworks with no one else around to inquire about the work. The center of the floor primarily contains Lego art on display, while the outer areas have other things. Bricks LA generally places all of the vendors, most of which sell Lego sets and other paraphernalia, on one side of the floor. The front area usually has some of the interactive demos, such as train tracks and a conveyor system that resembles a Rube Goldberg machine.

If you love Legos and/or art in general, you owe it to yourself to check out Bricks LA some time this weekend. Give Bricks LA a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter. For an event centered on toys, Bricks LA does not always have a bunch of crazy children running amok, as visitors consist mostly of young adults rather than children. Sure you could see everything in less than an hour, but at that low admission price, Bricks LA makes for a fun activity that anyone can enjoy, and it also makes for an awesome photo collection.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 13-27
Various locations

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

11th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 16-29
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Puesto Irvine Grand Opening
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 24
Puesto, Irvine

Popular San Diego Mexican restaurant Puesto will open their first Orange County location this week. The $10 admission gets you in one free margarita (for those 21 or over) and free small eats while supplies last.

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, January 25
The Rinks, Huntington Beach

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.

Animé Los Angeles 13
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 26
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 27-28
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 29
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario

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 $70, while single-day passes cost $35.

Meat Up BBQ’s 2nd Year Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia

Meat Up BBQ turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have special beers on tap, food specials, as well as an anniversary glass available to patrons this Thursday night. This event has no admission fee.

NHL Fan Fair – Los Angeles 2017
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 26-27
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 28
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

Hockey fans will not want to miss this event for all things NHL this weekend in Downtown LA. Visitors will find vendors, demos, autograph signings mini hockey rinks, and more. Tickets cost $20 for adults, with a $5 discount available for seniors, children, students, and active military. Parking at the convention center costs $20 per vehicle.

Happy Hour Benefit: Big Brothers Big Sisters Mixer
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 26
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa

This Thursday night, Costa Mesa’s Wild Goose Tavern will have a charity fundraiser event. 100% of sales during this time will go to charity. They will also have complimentary appetizers during this time.

1st Annual The Classic Auto Show
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 27
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 28
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

A new car expo debuts at the LA Convention Center this weekend. Come see all things automotive, from model cars to accessories and more. Tickets to this expo cost $25 presale or $30 at the door. Children may enter for $10. Parking at the convention center costs $20 per vehicle.

SoCal Etsy Guild Market – Riverside
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 27-28
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 29
Galleria at Tyler, Riverside

Free to attend for all ages, the SoCal Etsy Guild will hold its monthly vendor market this weekend, filled with dozens of vendors selling apparel, accessories, and more.

2017 Orange County Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 27
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 29
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Bring cash for parking, which costs between $5 to $10.

36th Annual Tet Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 27
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 28
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $5 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $8 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

2017 Golden State Tattoo Expo
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 27
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 28
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 29
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

Check out hundreds of tattoo artists from around the globe at this tattoo convention this weekend in Pasadena. Admission costs $25 per day or $60 for the entire weekend.

12th Annual San Diego Tet Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 27
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 28
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 29
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Mira Mesa Park in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, this fest will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks.

Flavors: Historic California
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, January 27
The Autry Museum, Griffith Park

Immerse yourself in the wonders of California’s “Farm To Table” culinary phenomenon this Friday night at The Autry Museum. Admission costs $50 and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 27
Fifty Seven Degrees, San Diego

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. No one under 21 may enter.

Alex’s Bar 17th Anniversary Shows
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 27-28
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar turns seventeen years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have two nights of punk rock this weekend. Tickets to each of these show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter.

SoCal Spartan Race Super & Sprint 2017
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 28
Lake Elsinore Diamond, Lake Elsinore

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Lake Elsinore. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $159 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices.

Santee Active Lifestyle Expo
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 28
Santee Trolley Square, Santee

Free to attend for all ages, this event in Santee will with athletic demostrations, free breakfast (while supplies last), vendors, activities, live entertainment, workshops, and more.

Bricks LA 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 28-29
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

The ultimate all-ages Lego convention comes to the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend. For just $10 admission, gain access to dozens of Lego vendors, artists, displays, interactive demos, and more.

APCA Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 28
Mission Inn Courtyard, Downtown Riverside

At this free and all-ages festival this Saturday in Downtown Riverside, celebrate Lunar Yew Year with food, entertainment, vendors, merchandise, entertainment, arts & crafts, games, music, exhibits, fireworks, and more.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Torrance Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 28
Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Lunar New Year Festival 2017 in Monterey Park
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 28-29
Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park

Celebrate Chinese New Year on the streets of Monterey Park this weekend. At this free and all-ages street fair, visitors can expect to find food, treats, vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment, games, and more. Consult with the website to see where to park.

2nd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 28
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel

Celebrate the upcoming lunar new year with this FREE and all-ages festival in San Gabriel this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find music, dance, art, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, tea garden, live calligraphy, fortune telling, and more.

Skyland Ale Works Grand Re-Opening
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 28
Skyland Ale Works, Corona

Skyland Ale Works has expanded their tasting room and will finally reopen their doors to the public this Saturday afternoon. Stop on by and check out their new space.

1st Annual Los Angeles Beer & Food Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 28
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake

The LA Brewers Guild will put on their first beer festival this Saturday afternoon in Silverlake. General admission costs $60 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass and unlimited food & beer while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Night On Broadway
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 28
Globe Theater, Downtown Los Angeles

An evening of arts, culture and, entertainment arrives in Downtown LA this Saturday night. Check the website linked above for a full list of events, which details any admission fees or age limits.

Out Of The Park Pizza 6th Anniversary Party
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 28
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim

Out Of The Park Pizza will celebrate their sixth year in business this weekend and they want you to join in on the festivities with lots of strong beers. They have not posted any information yet, but in previous years, it acted as a beer festival, costing about $40 general admission for access to unlimited food and beer while supplies last. Previous years also had VIP admission for $10 more to gain access to VIP-exclusive beers.

Smut Peddlers @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 pm, January 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night in Santa Ana with the Smut Peddlers and more. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

Museums Free-For-All
January 29
Participating Museums, Southern California

This Saturday, participating Southern Californian museums will allows visitors in free of charge. Check the website linked above for a full list of participating locations.

CalComicCon 2017
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, January 29
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda

A small comic expo will come to Yorba Linda this Sunday. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10, and will contain dozens of comic artists and vendors. I do not expect a heavy cosplay population, but the event still will have some.

5th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 29
Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia

Enjoy a free and all-ages Lunar New Year celebration this Saturday in Arcadia with live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, specials, and more.

Viejos Tiempos Ska Fest
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29
Union Nightclub, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Sunday night in Los Angeles. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Punk Rock Revolution IV
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 29
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Release some inner aggression at this FREE local punk rock show in Long Beach this Sunday night. No one under 21 may enter.

The Mad Caddies (FB / TW) performing Silence at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on October 24, 2013.

In today’s generation, those growing up aim to set their own trends instead of following in their parents’ footsteps. For the most part, parents raised their children with what they (the parents) learned growing up, passing on their behaviors and lifestyles on to their children. However, as the children grow up, they start to desire independence from their parents, and as such they will want to develop their own wants and desires, usually opposite from their parents. For example, while parents will likely want to eat something familiar such as pizza and burgers, the children may want something special, usually something different or fusion. Today, fusion food exists in many restaurants, which combines two different foods into one concept imagined by the chef. Instead of trying to divide parents from children, why not make a place friendly to both, such as Pizza Port?

Bearing no relation to the pizza place in Disneyland with the same name, Pizza Port resembles a true Southern California staple. Not only do they craft their own family-friendly food, but they also brew their own huge lineup of craft beers. This makes Pizza Port a great place for the entire family – the children can enjoy the fun food as well as the games inside the restaurant, and the parents can enjoy the fantastic food as well as a cold one or two. While Pizza Port revels in the awards they win for the beers they brew, their food ought to win awards as well. When you see their BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, you will understand why both parents and children love this dish. This pizza pie comes with tangy barbecue sauce, beef meatballs, diced bacon, chopped red onions, and mozzarella & cheddar cheese with red onions. All of their pizzas can come on traditional pizza dough or their beer-infused whole grain dough.

You can enjoy this savory pizza pie at any of Pizza Port’s locations for $9.50 for a small, $18.25 for a medium, or $22 for a large. Check out what else Pizza Port has serving up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Orange County surely has their true fair share of craft beer fanatics that pledge allegiance to the top few local breweries. While craft beer in general encourages people to try new things, the highly conservative Orange County prefers to stick to their guns, opting only to give their loyalty to the best. Orange County has no room to try new things – they only want familiar things, especially in their beers. Perhaps this leads to the reason for high barriers to entry for a microbrewery to grow in Orange County. When people only want the most popular breweries, then the separation grows, much like the division between the poor and the wealthy. On the other hand, the number of popular breweries rises steadily, expanding from the original elite few to a handful of great breweries, which now includes Chapman Crafted Beer.

With Old Orange Brewing going through some strange unknown times (allegedly a bigger brewery bought them out), Old Towne Orange has returned to the craft beer spotlight with Chapman Crafted Beer. Chapman Crafted has existed for over a year by now, but took some time to get the ball rolling; however, do not call them beginners by any stretch. You see, the folks behind Chapman Crafted have a huge history in Orange because they derived from the Haven Collective. They started as just a gastropub in Orange, then expanded to a brewpub in Pasadena, and then acquired the Provisions Market down the street in Orange from The Bruery. They eventually closed down their operations in Pasadena, opting to focus on their home scene, which led to the founding of Chapman Crafted. In other words, these guys already know how to operate a brewery – think of it as them moving operations from Pasadena to Orange. As such, one can expect the same great quality of local beers as before from the variety of beer styles offered.

Check out Chapman Crafted Beer in Old Towne Orange and enjoy a brew or two there, or take some beer to-go. Check out what else Chapman Crafted Beer has coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.