Posts Tagged ‘January 2015’

When you consider the people behind a beer fest, what type of people come to mind? Do you picture tough men drinking nonstop? Do you envision Irishmen drinking all day at the pub? Perhaps you think of Germans celebrating Oktoberfest. Contrary to what many believe, certain nationalities do not need a holiday or occasion to drink. Who said the Irish clamor over St. Patrick’s Day? Who believes Germans only drink prior to Oktoberfest? Each nation delivers more than the stereotypical beer that people know them for. Take the Germans for example – what else do they drink other than Oktoberfest beers? Have you heard of Bocks? This winter equivalent of the Oktoberfest brew deserves more attention than they currently do not receive. Luckily, Southern California holds an annual beer fest celebrating the wonderful world of Bock beers, and holding true to its location, Bock Fest brings more than just the beer – it also brings more booze including lots of spirits.

Taking place at its new location of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, the 2015 Bock Fest holds true to its roots as the beer fest that celebrates the lesser-known of German beers. Similar in style to Oktoberfest brews, Bocks appear darker and taste bolder, but can range from the paleness of a pilsner to the darkness of a stout. Although this fest focuses on Bocks and other German beers, many other microbreweries served their amazing craft beers as well. Popular breweries such as Figueroa Mountain, Fireman’s Brew, Spaten, and Lagunitas made an appearance, while rotating live music, food vendors, wines & spirits, cigar rolling, and more kept all guests occupied as they guzzled their brews.

Missed Bock Fest? Want to go to another beer fest just like it? I heard they plan to host a St. Patrick’s Fest. I currently have no details about such a fest, but perhaps I shall soon. For the latest in beer fests in Southern California, follow my blog for my weekly events post!

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Downtown Pomona has really turned into a popular place for young adults in the past few years. Many stores now appear more alternative, almost giving off a hipster vibe without feeling so pretentious. Traditional restaurants and bars aplenty, new restaurants have slowly moved in over the past few years, such as The Rookery right there on the corner. This gastropub that opened two years ago celebrated their 2nd anniversary with a beer festival this past Saturday afternoon.At this celebration, guests paid $40 to enjoy up to five hours of unlimited beer tastings (while supplies lasted), plus the souvenir snifter glass to take home. The folks at The Rookery hold nothing back when it comes to their craft beer selection. They utilize a rotating taps system, changing up their beers whenever a keg blows to keep things fresh and spontaneous. The Rookery kept things fresh here by tapping mostly strong beers, both from the guest breweries and on tap in the restaurant. Of the visiting breweries, maybe only three of them brought a beer under 9% abv.

On a day with multiple beer festivals going on in Southern California, craft beer fans had a tough choice deciding how to enjoy their beers on this lovely California day. The Rookery has a rock-solid core of fans that devoted themselves to celebrating with their favorite local gastropub. This beer festival had just the right amount of visitors so that no person had to wait in a line for beer, and a great selection that allowed anyone to drink what they prefer. Everyone who attended The Rookery’s 2nd Anniversary Beer Fest will agree – they had a fantastic time hanging out at The Rookery.

Craft beer fans will want to visit The Rookery often to check what new beers they have on tap. Also consider visiting at night every third Wednesday of each month, when The Rookery hosts their monthly Bottle Share event. Not only does The Rookery have a great location on the corner of the main intersection of Downtown Pomona, but guests can find free parking just a block away (the lot adjacent to The Rookery costs a minimal fee). For a great space, The Rookery has great potential to turn into a thriving business, which may include a larger menu, more beer taps, and more beer events, especially tap takeovers.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

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.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

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.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 29-31
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Stone Brewing Tap Takeover @ Alpine Village
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 30
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/626928454103678/

Check out Stone Brewing’s Green Tea IPA and more of their brews at Alpine Village this Friday night.

Ska Vs. Punk
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 30
Elks Lodge, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/1592684134301610/

Enjoy an all-ages ska and punk show this Friday night in San Bernardino for just $5.

Meet The Brewer: Double Mountain Brewery
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 30
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/639165162896682/

Visit 38 Degrees in Alhambra this Friday night to drink some brews and meet the brewer from this Oregon brewery.

The Bombpops: Record Release Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
The Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/904891532868407/

The Bombpops have just released a new 7″ record, and they will celebrate the release of it with this show in Downtown LA this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may attend.

Alex’s Bar 15th Anniversary Party
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 30 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/190092
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 31 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/189269
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Alex’s Bar in Long Beach celebrates their 15th anniversary this week with some mixed back-to-back shows, featuring bands such as Rocket From The Crypt and more between Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets to either night costs $28 presale or $30 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 31
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/anaheim.html

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 31
Downtown Riverside
http://lunarfestriverside.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year with this FREE family-friendly festival this Saturday in Riverside. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more.

5th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 31
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/index.aspx

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.

Bottle Share #18
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 31
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1517332285208694/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

X-Members @ Fuzion Huntington Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 31
Fuzion, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/678015008983064/

Rock out to some great local bands this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Darlington and The Maxies – FREE Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/892413530817745/

Check out this FREE punk show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Asian Lunar New Year Family Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 1
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/programs/calendar/event/2082-target-free-first-sunday-asian-lunar-new-year-family-festival

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year with this FREE family-friendly festival this Sunday in Santa Ana. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more.

This Sunday, the 2015 Bock Fest returns to Southern California at its new location of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where they love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers.

For $45 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks. Street parking meters do not go into effect on Sundays, so commuters can possibly find free parking on the streets around the venue; otherwise, the venue has a paid private parking garage. Absolutely no person under the age of 21 may attend, and do not forget to bring a valid ID!

Thousands of adults got to relive their childhood this past weekend at the annual Arcade Expo that returned in Banning. This three-day expo contained hundreds of different arcade machines, games, and pinball machines that visitors of all ages could come to play to their heart’s content for the duration of their visit. In addition to all the free games available, various movies, seminars, vendors, live music, tournaments, and more kept visitors occupied.

The building that housed the Arcade Expo had various rooms all with different types of arcades in them. The two main rooms represented the main halves of the expo: one half held all the pinball machines, while the other half held all the arcade games. The arcade half had hundreds of nostalgic video games, most of which resembled 8-bit games such as those found on the original Nintendo system. While most of the arcade games fell under the category of 8-bit to 16-bit, visitors could find a few modern games, such as Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Beyond the arcade room, visitors could walk outside to find the main stage, where live bands, DJ’s, and speakers set up.

The bulk of the expo’s action took place in the pinball half of the building. This side contained hundreds of pinball machines, ranging from the traditional classic 2D machines to the modern machines with ramps and lighting effects. A pinball machines exists for virtually any theme in the world, and this expo had a pinball machine for it all. They even had some adult-themed pinball machines, one of which had actual nudity in it.

Anyone who grew up with these sorts of traditional games would not want to miss the Arcade Expo. Adults especially would get a kick out of replaying some of these classic games that they may not have seen in decades. My eyes gleamed with delight when I discovered some classic games I grew up with, such as the Simpsons arcade game and the Surfer pinball machine. The Arcade Expo will return to Banning again next year, so make a note to look out for this in January next year. Having already attended and experienced this, I do not believe that I may return. However, I urge everyone to attend this annual event at least once in their life.

11th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 18-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

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.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

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.

Cheese Week @ The Factory
January 19-25
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/648232371966407/

Two years ago, Downtown Long Beach had a Cheese Week. Last year, they had a Pepper Week. This year, we have not heard anything from the Downtown Long Beach camp. Until then, The Factory will host their own Cheese Week this week with different cheese specials each day.

Saosin with Anthony Green
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 19
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Saosin

Post-hardcore band Saosin will headline a show at The Observatory tonight. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30. Arrive early to get free parking at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Cosplay Photoshoot @ CSULB Zen Garden
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 21
CSULB Zen Garden, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1559612120924673/

Got a cosplay costume that you want to show off? Come to this photo shoot this Wednesday in the Zen Garden located at the northwest end of Cal State Long Beach. As this takes place on a college campus, visitors may not freely park here. Visitors can find street parking on Atherton or the neighborhood north of it.

Dory Deli – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 21
Dory Deli, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/583687015096996/

Dory Deli in Newport Beach will have their official grand opening next Monday. Until then, they will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the chamber of commerce this Wednesday evening at 5:30.

Madball – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 21, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2276
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 22, Chain Reaction, Anaheim http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/738277
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23, White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/738869
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 24, Jerry’s Pizza & Pub, Bakersfield http://www.ticketfly.com/event/738875-madball-bakersfield/

Legendary New York hardcore band Madball will play a string of shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different price and age limit, so click on the show’s link for more information.

Mobile Deathcamp – Live in Long Beach
6:00 pm – 1:00 am,  January 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/705405139556615/

Release some aggression at this show in Long Beach this Wednesday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Mad Caddies & The Aggrolites @ The Troubadour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 21
The Troubadour, West Hollywood
http://www.troubadour.com/event/727085-mad-caddies-los-angeles/

The Mad Caddies and The Aggrolites will embark on a west coast tour this week, starting with a show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17 presale or $20 at the door.

Keg For A Cause – Pink Boots Society
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 22
Bottlecraft, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/330008397204713/

On Thursday evening, stop by Bottlecraft in North Park to buy Pizza Port’s Tres Tuercas Nut Brown Ale. 100% of the proceeds will go to Pink Boots Society – San Diego.

Dogfish Head Flight Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 22
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537796286502035/

Sip on some Dogfish Head beers this Thursday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra.

San Diego Caffeine Crawl
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, January 23
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 24
Various locations, San Diego County
http://www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego.html

Coffee lovers meet up this week at various locations in San Diego County. Like a pub crawl, attendees will select one of four routes, and explore a handful of coffee shops in select neighborhoods based on the route. Some routes may even include coffee beer!

Nuke the Fridge Con (Special Edition)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 24-25
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

While it normally occurs in November each year, Nuke the Fridge Con returns to Rowland Heights this weekend for a special event featuring Stan Lee of Marvel fame. This FREE event features dozens of pop culture vendors all selling various goods of video games, sports memorabilia, comics, and other collectibles. Anyone will surely find something here to satisfy their inner collector.

4th Annual Kites Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 24
Claremont Sands Beach (Horny Corner), Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/605903379532016/

Bring out the kids to this kite-flying event this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach. Admission to this event costs $10.

Beer Geek Speedway Release Party
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 24
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1380631615576435/

AleSmith and Mikkeller have collaborated to brew up an imperial oatmeal stout with Kopi Luwak coffee, which goes on sale TODAY. This Saturday, the AleSmith tasting room in San Diego will have multiple variations of Speedway Stout available for the public to try.

Phat Con 2015
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, January 24
Dave & Buster’s, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/713657188681347/

Release your inner nerd at this FREE event this Saturday at Dave & Buster’s at The Outlets At Orange. Meet dozens of artists, writers, vendors, and more, as you gaze upon all of the wondrous works of art and collectibles. Bring some cash if you intend to purchase any toys, comic books, or other collectibles.

The Rookery 2nd Anniversary Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 24
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1075775

The Rookery in Downtown Pomona turns two this weekend, and to celebrate, they will hold an in-house beer fest for you to come get sloshed. Admission costs $40, and comes with unlimited beer pours plus a souvenir glass to take home. Expect mostly heavy and strong beers at this one – The Rookery does not slouch when it comes to beer selection. The Rookery has a full-service kitchen with their full menu available all day. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in metered lots.

2015 North County Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 24
Moonlight Amphitheater, Vista
http://www.northcountybeerfestival.com/

North San Diego County has a beer festival this Saturday afternoon featuring over 25 breweries. Admission to this beer festival costs $42.50 for unlimited tastings while supplies last.

8Kalacas – Live in Van Nuys
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 24
White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys
http://www.facebook.com/events/489235587886250/

Go crazy at this skacore show this Saturday night in Van Nuys. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Eagle Rock Brewery 5th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 25
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/eagle-rock-brewery-5-year-anniversary

Eagle Rock Brewery turns five this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $20 to receive three drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses.

Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lacookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this one-day event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $21, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

2015 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 25
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.bockfest.net/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $45 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks.

The 6th Annual Official OC Throwdown (OCT) wrapped up this past weekend at the Orange County Fairgrounds. This three-day fitness expo & competition attracted hundreds of athletes from across the world to compete physically for cash prizes, titles, bragging rights, and more. Spectators of all ages could enter for $40 for the entire weekend, or $20 presale or $30 on the day of the event for individual days. All of the actual competitions took place within The Hangar of the OC Fair, while the health & fitness expo, which featured over a dozen different related vendors, took place in the outdoor space outside of The Hangar. Eight different competitive events took place over the course of the three days, each with a solo run and a team run.

Outside at the health & fitness expo, dozens of vendors set up to display their products for sale, sample their products, or hold demo stations for visitors to try. Visitors could easily pick up a handful of samples that valued over $20. From protein bars to protein drink mixes to workout accessories, visitors could probably make their money back with all the swag they could take away.

All of the competitive events took place inside The Hangar. Events here largely follow the workouts of the CrossFit world, and utilized movements from CrossFit gyms. For example, the first competitive event involved handstand walking, single-leg squats, single-arm kettlebell work, and more. Moving on to something completely different, the second event involved ascending hurdles. Each lane contained eight hurdles that each increased in height by two inches. Men started with 42″ and ended at 56″, while women started at 32″ and ended at 46″.

The third competitive event, named “Jetfuel,” involved rowing, deadlifts, and burpees with a jump over a wall.

The 2015 CrossFit Open takes place in March, so competitive athletes such as the many that competed at the Official OCT would take any opportunity they can to compete and prepare for the main event coming up in under two months from now. Going to a CrossFit competition strongly resembles attending any other local competitive sporting event as well, such as swim meets or baseball games – it just depends how much you enjoy the particular activity, and if you do, the crowd goes wild for it. Heck, people even go crazy for competitive eating, which goes to show you that human nature desires seeing others compete for something that they seek. Stay on the lookout for competitive events in your area, especially in the upcoming months. You may find that you appreciate something more than you would expect. (Have you seen how crazy people get for CURLING?!)

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 9-15
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.

4th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 11-16
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.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
January 15-18
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/star-wars-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Star Wars universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from Jedi Knights to Rebels and more. Throughout the weekend, Star Wars festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel.

Deschutes Black Butte XXIV-XXVI Vertical Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/830355983688446/

38 Degrees will tap three variations of Black Butte Porter from Deschutes this Thursday night. Fans of strong beers will not want to miss out on this.

Dead Kennedys: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, San Diego http://bellyup.com/dead-kennedys
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Dead-Kennedys
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 17, The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills http://www.facebook.com/events/804767876229102/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 28, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/719459-dead-kennedys-west-hollywood/

Legendary punk band Dead Kennedys will headline FOUR shows in Southern California this week. Click on the show’s link for information about the lineup, ticket cost, and age limit.

Arcade Expo 2015
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16
10:00 am – 2:00 am, January 17
10:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 18
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.

Agent Orange @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16-17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1500716263522211/

Legendary surf-punk band Agent Orange will headline TWO shows at the World Famous Doll Hut this Friday and Saturday night. The cover for each show costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.

The Dictators NYC – West Coast Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/684847-dictators-nyc-west-hollywood/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/The-Dictators-NYC

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

The Wheel of Anderson
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 16
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/308018066054467/

Come watch a random Wes Anderson film this Friday night with other Wes Anderson fans. No one will know what film the cinema will show until they spin the wheel to select a film. All attendees receive complimentary snacks and drinks during the film.

34th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 12:00 am, January 17
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 18
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $10 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Vinaceous Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 17
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1536861909930951/

Celebrate the release of Hangar 24’s first Local Fields release of 2014, Vinaceous, at their tasting room this Saturday. Pouring begins at 11am, while guests can enjoy food (sold separately) and live music throughout the day.

Swamp Zombie 2.0 Hop Wars Beer Release & Bottle Share
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 17
Phantom Ales, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/907389442604968/

Phantom Ales will release a special brew this Saturday evening, and you can come in to try it. In addition, they will host a bottle share, so feel free to bring in a bottle or two of any craft beer to share.

Lagwagon & Swingin’ Utters @ The Fonda
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/256227

Famous punk bands Lagwagon and Swingin’ Utters will headline a show at the Fonda this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22 presale or $25 at the door.

The English Beat @ The Roxy
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.theroxy.com/event/728793-english-beat-west-hollywood/

Skank to The Beat at this all-ages ska show this Saturday night at The Roxy in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $30.

The American Wake @ Silky Sullivan’s
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 17
Silky Sullivan’s, Fountain Valley
http://www.facebook.com/events/351750078362617/

Come see local Irish rock band The American Wake perform for free this Saturday night, ages 21 and up only.

11th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 18-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Eat Drink Chill
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 18
The Unique Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chill.kintera.org/eatdrinkchill

Hang out with a bunch of hip rich people at this fundraiser in the Arts District of Downtown LA. Enjoy food, drinks, art, live music, and more as you mix and mingle the night away. Admission costs $25 per person, or $40 for two people.

The 2015 Los Angeles Reptile Super Show returns this weekend to the Fairplex in Pomona. As one of the nation’s largest expo for reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, feed, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more, this show attracts reptile fans from across the nation to gaze at new potential pets and to stock up on supplies, feed, and other goods for their beloved pets. Open to all ages, visitors can browse through the countless booths and vendors around the expo hall, and potentially pick up some of the animals. None of the animals pose any serious threats to any of the visitors here – any animal that has venom do not have enough of it to injure a human. From the smallest of lizards to heavy snakes to the largest of tortoises and dragons, this expo has an animal to fit anyone’s lifestyle.

The show runs 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday, and costs $14 for adults or $9 for children. Get $1 off with a printed coupon available from their website, linked above. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy. Check it out, and discover the joy of the company of these alternative pets.

The Dictators NYC – West Coast Tour
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, January 7, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/189599
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 8, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://www.ticketfly.com/event/688177-dictators-nyc-special-guests-san-diego/
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 11, Billy O’s, Ventura http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/872414

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/556598727807541/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/766279633464856/

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
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.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 9-15
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.

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
http://www.animelosangeles.org/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/795529787187169/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/325069347694492/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/1482045948723379/

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 http://www.facebook.com/events/1436110449944677/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 10, Auld Dubliner, Long Beach http://www.facebook.com/events/1541316849487978/

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
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!

2015 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 11
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

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
http://easyridersevents.com/bikeshow-2015-long-beach.php

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/1557598511138867/

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
http://www.misscausapageant.com/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/753699124710770/

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
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Dickies-%26-Swingin-Utters

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/321828208019871/

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
http://www.troubadour.com/event/730773-viernes-13-los-angeles/

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
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.

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

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.