Posts Tagged ‘December 2016’

Ska-Xing Day
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/202349380175093/

Time to skank! Get all ska’d out with Starpool, The Aggrolites, and more at this all-ages show at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $15.

OFF! Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 27, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/themelvins122716
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 28, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1376736-off-san-diego/
http://offofficial.com/

Cap off your 2016 with some punk rock this week with OFF! and these two shows that they will headline. The age limit and ticket prices vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

MDB Holiday Benefit Show
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 28
4th Street Vine, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/219046045210870/

Enjoy a complimentary music benefit show this Wednesday night in Long Beach.

The Final Ska Show of the Year
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 30
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2885

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

7th Annual Crash In the New Year
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 31
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/
http://form.jotform.com/62856716171158

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Registration costs $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Anyone may participate, but should bring their own clothing and gear.

Various New Year’s Eve Dinners/Parties
Nighttime, December 31

Anywhere you go on New Year’s Eve, you will find a dinner or party of some sort. Please party responsibly and commute safely. Minimize your time on the road if possible. Some examples of events taking place on this night:

Punk Rock New Year’s Eve
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 31
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/423577911363295/

Spend New Year’s Eve with local punk rock bands at this low-cost gig in Los Angeles featuring The Gears and more. Entry to this show costs only $10. No one under 21 may enter.

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This past Saturday, Burger Boss officially opened the doors to their fourth (unconfirmed?) location in Cypress right next to Cypress High School. This location used to hold an old strip mall with small shops, which included the former Furnace Skate Shop location. This center has since then undergone reconstruction into new shops, possibly gentrifying the area to better attract locals to the area, especially teenagers of the nearby Cypress High School. Residing alongside popular businesses such as 85°C Bakery and Pieology, Burger Boss has come to deliver good food and good-for-you food with their local and sustainable ingredients. Burger Boss allows customers to build their own burger from the base up by selecting all of the ingredients that go into their sandwich. Starting with the bun and protein, customers then choose the cheese(s), sauce(s), and toppings. This concept also applies to the fries at Burger Boss, where customers can select the sauce(s) and toppings that go with the fries. As far as the full menu goes, it ends there for Burger Boss, as they do not offer much else aside from fountain drinks. While a lot of other burger joints provide milkshakes, Burger Boss foregoes that to opt for a healthier approach to dining, since milkshakes go against healthy dining. The presentation of the food in those steel baskets greatly resembles other well-known burger joints, such as Smashburger and The Habit Burger Grill.

Burger Boss has other locations in Riverside/Moreno Valley, Lake Forest, and Mission Viejo, with more locations planned for Tustin and Newport Beach (which may have already opened by the time you read this post). All locations boast the same menu, so stop on in and experience the all-natural flavor that food should taste like. Check out what Burger Boss has going on, including updates for their upcoming locations, by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

6th Annual Tovarish Release
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, December 22
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood Brewing will release the sixth edition of their Tovarish stout this Thursday at their Seal Beach and Long Beach locations. In addition, they will have all of the previous years’ versions on tap for you to try. This event requires no reservations or admission fee – simply show up, enjoy a tasting on the spot, and/or pay for bottles to go.

Ugly Sweater Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 22
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1164141377013800/

Instead of their monthly pint nite this Thursday night, Placentia’s Meat Up BBQ will have a Christmas party with food and drink specials. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and pay as you go.

The Vandals 21st Annual Christmas Formal
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 23
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim
http://vandals.com/
http://www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com/events/detail/the-vandals

The Vandals headline their annual all-ages Christmas show at The Grove in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets cost $20. Remember to bring cash for parking.

Harry Potter Burlesque, Chamber of the Dirty Little Secrets
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 23
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a themed burlesque show this Friday night in Downtown Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Christmas
December 25
Worldwide

Spend the holidays with your friends & family, and remember to have fun and stay safe.

The Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market returned to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles for its seventh year in a row this past weekend. This FREE two-day event features over a hundred different vendors and exhibitors selling various arts & crafts goods, ranging from apparel to accessories to miscellaneous home goods and more. The exhibitors, which consisted of artists, designers, bakers, crafters, and more, brought plenty of merchandise for the thousands of guests to browse and buy, just in time for the holidays. The Renegade Craft Fair typically sees a consistent crowd throughout the day at all of their events. Navigating the numerous aisles proved somewhat of a challenge with so many people around. This year’s holiday fair featured a mix of returning vendors and new vendors. Some of the returning vendors included Bad Pickle Tees, Pop Candy, Yarnover Truck, Hepp’s Salt, The Poster List, and more.

No one can truly go wrong at an event like this because it supports the local community. Not only can you acquire some really neat clothes or accessories that many other people may not own, but you support locals, meaning your money helps to stimulate the local economy instead of sending money to a corporation outside of the state, or even outside of the country. Of course, one does not need a fair like this to support independents. Anyone can find mom & pop shops everywhere, and purchasing from them helps more than just the business staff and owners. Supporting local businesses also supports the people, workers and customers, linked to that business. An occasion like Small Business Saturday does not exist simply for the purpose of spending even more money on holiday shopping – it promotes the awareness of small businesses and their effect on the local community. Take some time to appreciate the local wonders in your community, and you may find the outcome rewarding at best. Keep up with updates about local craft fairs by liking Renegade Craft Fair on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade made its annual return this past Saturday night. At this free all-ages event, dozens of businesses and organizations hosted floats or marching groups in a parade for the holidays. This parade allows locals to recognize the prominent figures of the region, including the Grand Marshal, Larry Wilmore, perhaps known best for The Nightly Show. Originally scheduled to run from 6pm to 8pm, the parade began at the origin at 6pm, while the last group of the parade reached the end at 9pm; thus, the parade technically lasted two hours for those remaining in one location during the entire parade. Although chilly for most of the night, it never got to the point that the weather felt freezing cold, so this made spectating the parade more bearable than expected for a cold December night. This parade marks one of the many Christmas parades across the country, with many more in the approaching week or two. Until then, plenty of other Christmas parades will take place for your enjoyment. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures I took at the Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade last Saturday night.

The semi-annual AdultCon returns for its 27th run at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. Taking place twice a year here, visitors to this expo will find all forms of adult entertainment here, from professional stars to amateurs to aspiring models to strippers to webcam models and much more. This expo allows guests to purchase adult entertainment paraphernalia, meet & take photos with porn stars, browse accessories, and more. For those less interested in the adult entertainment industry, AdultCon also features vendors and speakers geared towards couples and sexuality, as to not make this an event that only men would attend. New for this weekend, AdultCon will start on Friday evening, meaning that this weekend’s event will last three days instead of two like in the past. Contrary to common belief, live nudity does not occur at these types of expos – in fact, besides the merchandise, I would rate these expos as PG. No model or star ever reveals anything in person, so attendees wanting to see anything explicit can only look at merchandise or monitors/screens around the expo hall showing videos.

Having attended similar expos in the past, such as the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) that took place earlier this year in Las Vegas, I can provide some comments about AdultCon. As far as simlar expos go, AdultCon exists as one of the smaller ones. The adult entertainment industry has all but left Southern California ever since the passing of Measure B in 2012 that required the use of condoms during the shooting of adult films, including amateur/home videos. The state of California almost dug itself a deeper hole this past November when it almost passed Prop 60 that would basically extend Measure B to the entire state. Each measure would also require posting a public health permit & notice to performers about to engage in such acts. Apparently, monthly testing of all performers does not satisfy politicians enough that they would need these propositions/measures passed. With California’s hostility towards the industry, other states have more than welcomed the larger expos, such as eXXXotica and the aforementioned AEE.

Anyways, I know why most of you guys visited this page: gratuitous photos! However, as I lack photos from AdultCon, enjoy these photos from AEE instead.

Matamoska: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 11:30 pm, December 13
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/346472825730287/

Get your skanking on at this FREE skacore show this Tuesday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

The Freeze: Live in Southern California
December 14, The Hood Bar & Pizza, Palm Desert
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 15, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1357907-freeze-long-beach/
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 16, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/336209220056027/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 18, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1334027-freeze-fang-special-guests-san-diego/
http://www.facebook.com/rabid.reaction/posts/10154280959718717

The Freeze will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Each show has its own price and age limit, so click on a show’s link for details.

AdultCon #27
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 16
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 17
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 18
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.adultcon.com/indexa.html

Adult entertainment fans will not want to miss AdultCon this weekend. This expo allows guests to purchase adult entertainment paraphernalia, meet & take photos with porn stars, browse accessories, and more. For an 18 & over event, these types of expos rarely contain live nudity, as all the talent cover up their private parts in some way. For those not totally into the porn industry, AdultCon also features vendors and speakers geared towards couples and sexuality, as to not make this an event that only men would attend. General admission costs $40 and includes a $5 token that guests can redeem at vendors or to take a photo with a model/star. For just $10 more, upgrade to VIP to gain admission to both days plus some extra perks, listed on the website. Parking costs $20 per vehicle, so find a way to carpool to alleviate that cost.

Holiday Luminaria Stroll
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 16-17
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Holiday-Luminaria-Stroll/

Stroll through the arboretum with pretty lights along the paths this weekend. Admission costs $15.

The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, December 16
The Music Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.musiccenter.org/events/special-events/holiday-sing-along/

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will get to sing holiday songs with many other people. The music center will provide lyrics sheets.

2016 Winter Solstice Ball
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 16
Whimsic Alley, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalleyla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/678618912304233/

Enjoy a formal evening of dinner, drinks, dancing, and more. Tickets to this upscale event cost $80. No one under 18 may attend.

Glow Sword Battle 2016
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 16, Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 17, Balboa Water Fountain, San Diego
http://www.glowbattletour.com/

To celebrate the new Star Wars movie coming out this week, Southern California will see two all-ages flash mobs involving lightsaber battles. Bring your own lightsaber, or order one from the organizers for $10 presale or $15 at the event. The event spaces will have food trucks, a temporary bar, and live DJ’s to take care of guests.

The Yoga Expo – Los Angeles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 17
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://theyogaexpo.org/event_los_angeles

This Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles, check out all things yoga with demos, vendors, seminars, products, activities, workshops, and more. This all-ages event costs $35 to attend, and provides full access to all workshops, programs, and the show floor.

Krampus Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 17
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1678482185724280/

This Saturday, Carson’s Phantom Carriage Brewery will have 25 different seasonal beers available for you to try. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

8th Annual Champagne Tasting
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, December 17
The Sky Room, Long Beach
http://www.theskyroom.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/701896863291959/

Taste ten exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines, along with specialty hors d’oeuvres pairings. Admission costs $85 presale or $95 at the door.

5th Annual Pugafest
1:30 pm – 12:00 am, December 17
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.hangar24brewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/899373200197494/

Like Santa Claus, Hangar 24’s bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra, makes its annual return this month. Starting this Saturday at their tasting room at the brewery in Redlands, beer lovers can obtain Pugachev’s Cobra on draft and/or in bottles to take home. In addition, Hangar 24 will serve plenty of other barrel-aged beers on this day to commemorate the release of this year’s Pugachev’s Cobra.

SLO Holiday Beer & Wine Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 17
San Luis Obispo Veterans Building, San Luis Obispo
http://www.santasbeer.com/

A beer & wine tasting event will take place in San Luis Obispo this Saturday evening. Admission costs $40 and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Timeless Pints Holiday Party
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 17
Timeless Pints, Lakewood
http://timelesspints.com/

Ring in the holidays with craft beer, ugly sweaters, live music, food, and more this Saturday at Timeless Pints in Lakewood, free to attend.

70th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 17
Naples Island Canals, Long Beach
http://www.naplesca.com/

This annual holiday boat parade returns to the canals in & around Naples Island this Saturday evening. Completely free to attend, immediate streets along the parade route begin closing to traffic at 5pm. Spectators get to see dozens of boats decorated with Christmas lights and props as they sail through the parade route. Large boats start at 6pm and sail entirely south of 2nd Street, while small boats start at 6:45pm and begin at Marine Stadium before following a route similar to the large boats.

Reel Big Fish @ The Yost Theater
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 17
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.reel-big-fish.com/

Reel Big Fish’s final show of 2016 will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Pulley: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 17
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.x-members.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1377947892234068/

Punk rock band Pulley will headline a show in Laguna Niguel  this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Toys For Tots Christmas Party & Toy Drive
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 17
Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1367629283248029/

A handful of great punk rock bands will perform this Saturday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $13 at the door. Bring an unwrapped toy for special prizes and drink specials. No one under 21 may enter.

Victory At Sea Day 2016
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 18
All Ballast Point locations, San Diego
http://www.ballastpoint.com/events/victory-at-sea/

Ballast Point releases their coveted porter, Victory At Sea, this Sunday to the public. At each of their locations throughout San Diego County, Ballast Point will have Victory At Sea for you to taste. Admission to each location will cost $30 and comes with five 4oz tasters, a souvenir glass, and a bomber of their limited edition coffee-only Victory At Sea. In addition, nearly every other beer bar and restaurant across the nation will have Victory At Sea specials, so check in with your favorite craft beer establishment if you cannot make it down to San Diego this Sunday.

O’Shea Brewing Company’s 25th Anniversary
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 18
O’Shea Brewing Company, Laguna Niguel
http://osheabrewing.com/

Laguna Niguel’s O’Shea Brewing Company turns 25 years old this week, and they will celebrate it this Sunday with special release beers, brewing, food, and more. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Muckenthaler Holiday Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 18
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2016/12/18/holiday-festival-2016

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays event this Sunday afternoon in Fullerton with live entertainment, dancing, arts & crafts, activities, games, food, drinks, and more.

45th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 18
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

Southern California has such a diverse culture that appreciates many different things. Nowhere else does this diversity appear more in than within the cuisine here. Southern California houses so many different types of food that keeping track of them all turns into a job rather than a chore. Luckily, Southern California has food events, such as Foodie Con, that allow visitors to experience what Southern California has to offer to your curious taste buds. Foodie Con’s first annual event took place this past weekend at The Reef in South Central Los Angeles, bringing along with it a slew of local designer goods for our eyes and mouths. At Foodie Con, this two-day all-ages event allows visitors to stroll through the couple of aisles filled with local food and wellness vendors, where visitors can sample products, purchase products, or receive information about services for future business. Although this past weekend’s event did not carry as many vendors as other similar food events that have taken place at this same venue, many visitors showed up eventually, making for a great customer to vendor ratio. Around every corner, most products sold consisted of snacks, especially jerky, or dessert, such as cookies, cupcakes, candy, and more. I would anticipate that anyone arriving without a sweet tooth may feel left out of the many vendors present. Regardless, Foodie Con did a great job of stocking a diverse lineup of vendors.

Will Foodie con return again next year? It operates similarly to other events that take place here, yet costs significantly more. The admission fee did not provide unlimited food samples, since most of the vendors sold products and did not sample as much. Perhaps if Foodie Con costs less to attend and they add more vendors, they could represent an event that people will want to come back to over and over. See what else Foodie Con has in store by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The Los Angeles International Tea Festival returned for its sixth year running this past weekend at the Japanese American National Museum in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown Los Angeles. At this all-ages event, attendees can sample teas from all over the world, and they can also sample Japanese cuisine and small bites. Outside of the museum, the tea vendors set up, where a handful of them carried a variety of tea and tea accessories for sale to not only the attendees of the festival, but to the general public as well. Inside the museum, attendees could participate in Japanese tea ceremonies, tea sommelier classes, book signings, tea origins tours, educational seminars with guest speakers, tea pairings, presentations, exhibitors, and lots more. Many of these programs did not allow photography, so I could not easily get any photos. However, anyone with passion for tea would surely find an afternoon full of interests to remain occupied. Check out the Los Angeles International Tea Festival online on Facebook and Twitter, and also keep up with the Japanese American National Museum online on their Facebook and Twitter pages for information regarding future events.

Southern California has such a diverse culture that appreciates many different things. Nowhere else does this diversity appear more in than within the cuisine here. Southern California houses so many different types of food that keeping track of them all turns into a job rather than a chore. Luckily, Southern California has food events, such as Artisanal LA, that allow visitors to experience what Southern California has to offer to your curious tastebuds. For something completely different this time, Artisanal LA teamed up with Arcadia to transform their trademark designer food expo into a one-of-a-kind street fair. At this free and all-ages event, visitors to this European market-inspired local shopping experience encountered the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more. Whereas the official Artisanal LA features dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world, this small event only had a few dozen set up what appeared to outsiders as a farmer’s market. Unlike a farmer’s market, this event did not have fresh produce, but it did have fresh goods!

Artisanal LA conducts a semiannual show at The Reef in South Central Los Angeles, bringing along with it a slew of local designer goods for our eyes and mouths. At Artisanal LA, this two-day all-ages event allows visitors to stroll through the numerous aisles filled with local artisanal vendors, where visitors can sample products, purchase products, or receive information about services for future business. At select times during the weekend, seminars would take place, where visitors can sit down to listen and watch demos or learn about things. Around every corner, most products sold consist of snacks, especially jerky, or dessert, such as cookies, cupcakes, candy, and more. I would anticipate that anyone arriving without a sweet tooth may feel left out of the many vendors present. Check out Artisanal LA semiannually around April and October, and keep up with their news on their Facebook and Twitter pages.