Posts Tagged ‘Mustard Plug’

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 12-26
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.

12th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 15-28
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.

Mustard Plug – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 15, Slide Bar, Fullerton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Casbah, San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 17, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 20, The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.mustardplug.com/

Famous ska band Mustard Plug will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venues for details.

2nd Annual Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 20
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 21
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenahalf.com/

Pasadena gets their own half marathon this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, free to attend to the public. The half marathon and 5k will take place on Sunday morning at the Rose Bowl. Many streets around the area will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so check the website to see if any of the closures will affect your day.

Agent Orange @ The Whisky A Go Go
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 19
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/agent-orange-4/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Santee Active Lifestyle Expo
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 20
Santee Trolley Square, Santee
http://www.santeeactiveexpo.com/

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

4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 20-21
Frank & Son Collectible Show, City of Industry
http://www.socalretrogamingexpo.com/

Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in the City of Industry. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Presale admission costs $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or $30 for both days.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 20
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1896897423958463/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Oxnard Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 20
The Collection at RiverPark, Oxnard
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/320000541827735/

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.

Retro City Festival
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://retrocityfestival.com/

Surround yourself with arcades, pinball machines, and retro video games this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. $15 gets you in to enjoy unlimited play time for all the games on display.

Brews & Bros Craft Beer Festival 2018
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 20
Cable Airport, Upland
http://brewsandbrosfest.org/

Celebrate Last Name Brewery’s 15th anniversary with lots of beer this Saturday. This beer festival will have over 80 beers to sample, plus cider, wine, craft soda, gourmet food, live music, games, and more. General admission costs $50, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 12pm, and also includes a bottle opener, preferred parking, and access to rare beers.

14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 21-28
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.

3rd Annual Ladyface Ale Invitational
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, January 21
Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie, Agoura Hills
http://www.ladyfaceale.com/

Lady Alehouse celebrates their eighth anniversary this weekend with lots of beer, both in-house and from guest breweries. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and gets you a souvenir glass and 20 beer tasters. Ladyface Alehouse will serve food at an additional cost to attendees. No one under 21 may attend.

Advertisements

Mustard Plug 2017 West Coast Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 13, Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 14, Slide Bar, Fullerton
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, February 15, The Casbah, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 18, The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.mustardplug.com/

Famous ska band Mustard Plug currently tours across the west coast, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so refer to Mustard Plug’s website for show details.

Valentine’s Day
February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Many businesses may offer special meals for this occasion, so check with your favorite local establishment to see if they have anything special to offer. This includes non-food places, such as museums.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, February 14
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/wcc

Indulge in a cheese, chocolate, and wine pairing session this Tuesday night in Downtown LA. Admission costs $90 per person, and includes all foods and wines that attendees will enjoy. No one under 21 may attend.

Naughty Valentines Burlesque Show
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, February 14
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Come see some sultry dancing this Tuesday night in Long Beach. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on where you want to stand or sit, with a dinner package available as well, starting at $50.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 15
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 16-18
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. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Reel Big Fish: 2017 US Winter Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 16, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 17, House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.reel-big-fish.com/

Reel Big Fish currently tours across the country as part of their annual winter tour, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so check the venue’s link for details.

Fang: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 16, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 17, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 18, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19, Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.fangofficial.com/

Hardcore punk band Fang will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices will vary by the show’s location, so refer to Fang’s website for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

5th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 17
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 18-19
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 20
Four Points by Sheraton, Parkview, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Saturday or Sunday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Monday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. A 4-day weekend pass costs $50 for adults, $25 for children, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

Foam Wonderland – Climax Tour 2017
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 17
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://foamwonderland.com/

Want to get covered in foam without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out this foam party this Friday night in Anaheim. Take a nighttime EDM scene, throw in colors, lights, and foam, and you have one messy and wet dance party. Tickets start at $58. No one under 18 may attend.

Blanks 77 – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 17, The Observatory, Santa Ana
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 18, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19, Soda Bar, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/Blanks-77-256493316808/

Oi punk band Blanks 77 will headline a group of shows this weekend in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check on their Facebook page for prices for each show.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 17, Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 18, Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Friday night in Hermosa Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10 for Friday in Hermosa Beach, or $15 for Saturday in Riverside. No one under 21 may enter.

Rock The Boat: Love Stinks
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 17
Grand Romance Riverboat, Long Beach
http://www.rocktheboatla.com/

Take a boat ride out to sea this Friday night to enjoy an unregulated no-limits skacore show. Admission costs $25 presale. No one under 21 may attend.

Insane Inflatable 5K San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 18
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/san-diego-ca/

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $65 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

24th Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18-19
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/events/scotsfestival/

Exhibit and explore Scottish culture this weekend at the Queen Mary’s annual Scottish Festival. Open to all ages, this festival will allow guests to experience Scottish music, dancing, athletic competitions, food, apparel, merchandise, and more. Plenty of activities will keep guests of all ages occupied, such as a kids’ zone and petting zoo for little ones, and a darts tournament and whiskey tastings for adults. Saturday ticket-holders also receive a discount for the ensuing Scottish music concert at night (see event below). Single-day tickets cost $19 for adults, while other ticket packages will vary in prices. Parking will get hectic, so I highly recommend taking the FREE Passport bus from downtown to here. As the majority of the fest takes place outdoors, I suggest applying sunscreen and dressing for outdoor weather.

12th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 18-19
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://travelshows.com/losangeles

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

2017 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeachcomicexpo.com/

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Expo returns for its annual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $50 for both days, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 19
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, San Diego
http://www.petexposandiego.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

Santa Anita Winners’ Circle Chili Cook Off
10:30 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanitabbq.com/santa-anita-chili-2017/

Enjoy chili tastings from local cooks as they enter their prized chili recipes in hopes of taking home the grand prize. General admission costs $10 and provides entry to the event as well as access to the racetrack and betting. All food and drinks sold separately.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 18
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 19
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.lacookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $25, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

16th Annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 18
Venice Beach, Venice
http://www.visitveniceca.com/calendar/2017mardigras/

Get wild this Saturday afternoon in Venice Beach. Free to attend for all ages, expect to see of of wild and vibrant outfits in this parade. The public may jump in to the parade too!

Free Punk Rock Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/343804072685338/

Enjoy a FREE local punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 18-19
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://airandstyle.com/los-angeles-2/

Music and snowboarding collide at this extreme sports event this weekend in Los Angeles. Tickets to this concert start at $79 and go up depending on your mode of attendance.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 18
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale or $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Anti Social: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 18
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1694642954199516/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 19-25
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dineoutlongbeach.com/

The city of Long Beach has so many fine restaurants that they will have an entire week to celebrate the bounty. During this 7-day period, participating restaurants will have various food & drink specials. Check the website linked above for a list of participating restaurants and their specials.

Crave Expo
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 19
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.craveexpo.com/

Basically, a gourmet food truck or mobile food vendor fest. Preregister on their website to enter for free, or pay $10 at the gate to enter the event, and you gain access to a plethora of various food and beverage vendors. The admission only grants you entry, nothing else. Attendees will need to bring plenty of cash to pay for any food or drinks they intend to consume. Regular admission starts at 12pm, while a special VIP hour will take place starting at 11am. Dress appropriately for outdoor weather, including sunscreen for those intending to stay long. The venue provides free parking.

The Downton Abbey Tea
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 19
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/356173821431857/

Fans of Downton Abbey will not want to miss this formal tea supper this Sunday evening in Burbank. The $40 admission includes tea, sandwiches, dessert, entertainment, and themed activities.

10th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 18-31
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 18-31
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.

Mustard Plug: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 26, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/431978123674922/
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, January 27, Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5774
http://www.mustardplug.com/

Famous ska band Mustard Plug currently tours across the west coast, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Each of these shows have a different ticket price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

13th Annual STARS of Santa Barbara
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, January 27
The Peninsula, Beverly Hills
http://www.winela.com/starsofsantabarbara

Enjoy some wines and a silent auction in Beverly Hills this Wednesday night. General admission costs $125, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited wine and appetizer tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 6pm, and also includes a private dinner and wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

LA Art Show 2016
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 28-31
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.laartshow.com/

See thousands of different works of art this week at the LA Convention Center. One-day general admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. Four-day general admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door.

Animé Los Angeles 12
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 28
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 29-30
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 31
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
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 cost $35.

2016 Dark Scotch Ale Release
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 28
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/

Anaheim Brewery releases this year’s version of their Dark Scotch Ale this Thursday evening. Stop on by and give it a taste.

Stout Thing!
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 28
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1682747101974697/

Phantom Carriage will have a lot of different stouts available this Thursday evening, along with horror movies, metal music, and some desserts. This event has no admission fee.

Meat Up BBQ’s 1st Year Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1685775588344206/

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

Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 29
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/994443380628190/

Hangar 24 Brewery will take over the taps at Hollywood’s Blue Palms Brewhouse this Friday evening. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Golden State Tattoo Expo
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 29
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 30
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 31
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.goldenstatetattooexpo.com/

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.

Lunar New Year Tết Festival 2016
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 29
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 30-31
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://littlesaigonsandiego.org/

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.

The Dwarves: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1020861-guttermouth-pulley-dwarves-santa-ana/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30, The Garage, Ventura http://www.badsampresents.com/event/230072
http://www.thedwarves.com/

Famous punk band The Dwarves will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Each show has its own age limit and ticket price, so click on a show’s link for additional details.

Riot LA: Alternative Comedy Festival
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, January 29
1:00 pm – 12:30 am, January 30
3:00 pm – 10:30 pm, January 31
Various locations, Los Angeles
http://riotla.com/

A series of comedy shows will take place across Los Angeles this weekend. Each individual show has its own ticket prices, while a superfan pass costs $110 good for all Saturday and Sunday shows.

Viernes 13 @ The Vibe Riverside
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 29
The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside
http://viernes13.net/

Get your skanking on in Riverside this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Death By Stereo @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://deathbystereo.com/

Death By Stereo will headline a small show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Agression: Live in Tarzana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29
Petie’s Place, Tarzana
http://www.facebook.com/events/984867244926853/

Legendary nardcore band Agression will headline a show in Tarzana this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Tartar Control: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1678117142406622/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Alex’s Bar Sweet 16 Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29-30
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1047479-off-long-beach/
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1047487-off-long-beach/

Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar turns sixteen years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have two nights of punk rock this weekend. Tickets to each of these show cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Museums Free-For-All
January 30
Participating Museums, Southern California
http://www.socalmuseums.org/

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.

CoffeeCon LA 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 30
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.coffee-con.com/

This Saturday at CoffeeCon LA 2016 in Los Angeles, indulge in all things coffee, from the classic beverage to coffee candy to coffee desserts to coffee foods and more. Sessions last three and a half hours, starting at 9am or 12:30pm. General admission costs $23 for one session, or $30 for the entire day.

APCA Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 30
Mission Inn Courtyard, Downtown Riverside
http://lunarfestriverside.com/event-101/

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

Laughs By Volume: A Craft Beer & Comedy Show
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 30
LA Mother, Hollywood
http://laughsbyvolume.com/

A beer fest and comedy show merge into one this Saturday afternoon in Hollywood, featuring over 20 different beers and six comedians. Three three-hour sessions will take place: 1pm, 5pm, and 9pm. Admission per session costs $27.50 presale or $30 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Punktanza
1:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/728234213947677/

Over a dozen local punk rock bands will perform at this all-day show this Saturday at the Doll Hut in Anaheim, free of charge. No one under 21 may enter.

New Beer Release: Cerveza Hermosa
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 30
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://kingharborbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1512123185755659/

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing will release a new Mexican amber lager this Saturday. Stop on by and give it a try. They will also have free carne asada tacos for customers starting at 2pm while supplies last.

Night On Broadway
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 30
Globe Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
http://nightonbroadway.la/

An evening of arts, culture and, entertainment arrives in Downtown LA this Saturday night, featuring a wealth of activities including the Southern California return of Rebel Bingo. Check the website linked above for a full list of events, which details any admission fees or age limits.

Naked Aggression: Live in Bell Gardens
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
American Legion, Bell Gardens
http://www.facebook.com/events/1731631133732368/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Bell Gardens this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 18 may enter.

JFA @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.jfamusic.com/
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6332945&pl=alaviper2

Legendary punk rock band JFA will headline a show in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Slaughter & The Dogs: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.slaughterandthedogs.info/
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1010537-slaughter-dogs-laguna-niguel/

Enjoy a local punk rock show this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

2nd Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 31
Coastal Roots Farm, Encinitas
http://sandiegofermentationfestival.com/

For $20 admission, gain access to this all-ages festival showcasing Southern California’s bounty of artisanal foodmakers and brewers. This event will feature seminars, workshops, arts & crafts, activities, vendors, food & beverages, live music, and more.

The Downton Abbey Tea
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 31
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/924438757645547/

Fans of Downton Abbey will not want to miss this formal tea supper this Sunday evening in Burbank. The $40 admission includes tea, sandwiches, dessert, entertainment, and themed activities.

Flight of Darkness 3.0
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 3
The Iron Press, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/881211218565604/

If you like dark beers, then you need to head on over to The Iron Press in Costa Mesa this Tuesday night, when they will tap a plethora of dark beers, plus some other special brews including some sours made only for this occasion.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 3, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/The-Aggrolites
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5, M15 Concert Bar, Corona http://smarturl.it/Aggros_Tix_Feb5

Ska/reggae band The Aggrolites just ended a tour with the Mad Caddies, and will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different ticket price and age limit, so click on a show’s link above for more information.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, February 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/837434149650304/

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.

Bottle Logic Brewing Tap Takeover @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 5
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/781015875300497/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will have lots of Bottle Logic Brewing’s beers on tap this Thursday night as part of a tap takeover. Drop on in and enjoy a cold one.

Mustard Plug @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/357699774411476/

Ska-punk band Mustard Plug currently tours across the west coast and will perform at a bunch of Southern California shows, starting with this FREE show at the Slide Bar in Fullerton this Thursday night. No one under 21 may enter.

One Sweet Day Pop-up Shop
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 6
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 7
Community Socal, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1523110417967726/

Check out this Valentine’s Day-themed pop up shop, filled with handmade gifts for your friends, family, and yourself. Visitors will find a DIY photo booth and complementary sips & treats.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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).

Leftöver Crack: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6, Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/764383-leftoever-crack-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7, Observatory North Park, San Diego http://observatorynp.com/?event_id=5557525
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Leftover-Crack

Legendary punk band Leftöver Crack will embark on a California tour this week, starting with these all-ages shows in Southern California. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on a link to see the prices.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/194537

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Insane Inflatable 5K San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 7
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/san-diego-ca/

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $64 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

11th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 7
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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. This year, the organizers have added a pancake breakfast in the morning – see the website for details on how to attend that. 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.

11th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 7
Marine Stadium Park (north end), Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/bulldog.html

Surround yourself with cuteness this Sunday morning at the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests will see over 500 bulldogs in attendance, as many will strut their little legs on the red carpet runway. Each entry can win from any of 19 contests, some of which will cater to other dog breeds. Guests wanting seats at the runway will have to pay $5, while anyone wanting to enter their dog must pay $10 per entry.

2015 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 7
Del Mar Fairgrounds Wyland Center, Del Mar
http://gfafexpo.com/locations/san-diego-ca-2015/

Find all things gluten-free and allergen-friendly at this one-day expo in San Diego County this Saturday. Admission costs $20 with $10 parking, and grants access to the entire expo floor, full of vendors, seminars, free goodies, and more.

Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 7-8
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/la.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more. Print the coupon below to save $10 off admission.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, February 7
Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. Tickets cost $65, and sell out every year, so act fast if you want to go.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 7-8
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this weekend to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 2pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Los Angeles Ska Wars 2014
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 7
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/event/Los-Angeles-Skawars-2015-Fest/276689

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $24 presale and $30 at the door.

The Empire Strikes Back – Skacore Show
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 7
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/The-Empire-Strikes-Back

Release some aggression at this skacore show this Saturday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $5. Arrive early to snag free parking at the venue’s lot. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Cadillac Tramps @ Fuzion Huntington Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Fuzion, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/712017288914575/

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

Narcoleptic Youth and The Voids @ Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/857225747630944/

Legendary female-fronted punk band The Voids come out of their hiatus to perform at this epic show this Saturday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dollyrots @ Mission Tobacco Lounge
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/408676252620622/

Rock out with some local bands this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this show costs $8 if entering before 10pm or $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

The Generators 18th Anniversary Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 7
Old Towne Pub, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/801967396515811/

Locally famous punk band The Generators will perform in Pasadena this Saturday night to commemorate their 18-year career in the music industry. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Susan Silva Benefit Show
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 8
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/195624

Check out this benefit show featuring a lineup of local punk rock bands this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Mustard Plug @ The Casbah San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 8
The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5114

Mustard Plug will round out their Southern California shows with this one in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Mustard Plug performing Beer (Song) at Dipiazzas in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on February 28, 2013.

Mustard Plug performing Skank By Numbers at Dipiazzas in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on February 28, 2013.

Welcome to the start of Q2 – the quarter that throws things into place. Business builds up during this time, and with it, plenty of events and shows come up in preparation for the busy eventful summer. Southern Californians got a taste of that last week, as Mustard Plug traveled to the west coast for a brief tour, ending at Dipiazza’s in Long Beach. Mustard Plug rarely plays shows outside of their home state of Michigan, so whenever they travel, the locals make it a priority to travel to their show. This particular final show of the mini west coast tour featured a slew of other great local bands as well.

Opening the night, we catch a glimpse of The Last Gang, with rock star Brenna Red at the forefront. I have not seen Brenna in action in almost two years, so seeing her in this new band felt refreshing. Their bio claims that they play punk rock, but at this show, they sounded more like hardcore with a hint of pop, almost as if Civet met The Bombpops. They have an active show schedule around Southern California, so check them out when they play at a show near you.

Up next, we get to The Pocketeers. Making up for the show I missed them at two weeks ago, I finally get to see these kids perform up close. I call them kids not as an insult, but seriously: look how young they appear. Anyways, upon listening to their set, they bear a strong resemblance to Do It With Malice. The Pocketeers play a solid skacore sound with instrumentals and catchy lyrics that will stick in your head for weeks. They play so hard that their guitarist cut open his fingers during the middle of their set. If you want to dance while slamming into people, The Pocketeers will feed your ears with the right stuff.

Another Orange County skacore band, Not A Chance, came up next. Since the last show I saw them at last year, their sound has not altered much – they still sound like the early days of Against All Authority. Their set list now includes a few new songs, but for the most part, they played the same set list, which also includes a cover of Bad Touch. Regardless, a Not A Chance show also lends for a good time, as seen by the very little kids (looked under 10) dancing to the music, in lieu of a circle pit. Why make this an all-ages show if the very little ones cannot enjoy it?

Playing right in the middle of the night, we have Isolated Victims. Much like Not A Chance, I also have not seen these guys in almost a year. They opened up their set strong and fast, stirring up a pit within the first minute. They did not start with their trumpet player on stage – he jumped on for the few songs that required his presence. Isolated Victims played a solid set that kept the fans on their feet and moving the entire time.

The Los Angeles skacore bands continued with La Pobreska. For a band that started within the past decade, La Pobreska sure has a huge following. They performed a balance of English and Spanish songs during their set, all while juggling the few in the audience yelling out blurbs between songs. Something about their performance gives them a professional look about them, as if they have performed on bigger stages for a long time now. This makes me want to see more of them soon.

After a setup time lasting twice as long as the previous bands, Left Alone got started as the night’s sub-headliner. As one of the more well-known ska-punk bands from the South Bay, Left Alone drew a huge crowd of fans and troublemakers. Of course, what kind of punk show does not have troublemakers? This pit contained guys purposely seeking to tackle other people, and it even escalated to one guy getting thrown out of the venue. The nature of the music causes that, yet Left Alone simply plays their music fast and fun. In fact, they even utilize an organ and a slap bass to mix up genres. Their set contained a handful of classic songs, and they ended their set with the crowd favorite, Dead Red Roses.

It all came full circle, as Mustard Plug returned to play at Dipiazza’s, just like they did last year. Playing a rather packed set list, Mustard Plug ensured to play lots of fan favorites, playing nearly every recognizable song amongst all the fans present. The crowd must have spent all of their energy during Left Alone, as Mustard Plug did not get much of a pit during their set. With the exception of the first few songs, the crowd remained fairly docile the entire time. As for their set list, they made a few changes from what I saw: “Shakin” = Mendoza, and they did not play anything with Vodka in it, moving straight from Life Is Too Short to Thigh High Nylons. Where last year they covered Waiting Room, Mustard Plug covered Roots Radicals this time. The rest of the set list included tons of known songs, such as Skank By Numbers, Mr. Smiley, Brain On Ska, Lolita, and ending the set with Beer Song.

Miss out on Mustard Plug? They may return to the west coast by next year, so stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates. In fact, give a Like to the Facebook pages of all the bands that performed at this show. They all did a great job, and deserve a great turnout at their next shows.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 30 – April 5
Participating locations, Long Beach
http://www.eatlbc.com/

Long Beach finally gets their own restaurant week to celebrate the entire city, after decades of “Tastes” of just communities within Long Beach. Participating locations throughout Long Beach during this week will provide lunch and dinner specials, so refer to the website for a full list of locations and their specials.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/732408876798896/

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.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 3
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $10, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

MONKEY @ Dipiazzas
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, April 3
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/743017295728991/

Enjoy an all-ages ska show featuring local bands this Thursday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost only $5. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area.

Dead Anthem Records Hardcore Punk Night
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 3
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/532822710166703/

Hardcore punk takes over The Airliner northeast of Los Angeles this Thursday night. Get into this show for only $3. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

2014 Formula Drift
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 4
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 5
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/pro-championship/long-beach.php

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 4
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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).

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/166505

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

The Co-Dependents @ The Juke Joint
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 4
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/639456126123528/

Catch Orange County legends The Co-Dependents as they headline a FREE show this Friday night at The Juke Joint in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Hangar 24 Palmero Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, April 5
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/732303080147883/

Hangar 24 Brewery will release Palmero, the next of their yearly seasonal brews, this weekend. To celebrate, the tasting room will have Palmero available for pints, flights, and growler fills starting this Saturday. In addition, guests can enjoy live local music all day, and munch on some tacos later on.

2nd Annual Slater’s 50/50 Backyard Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 5
Slater’s 50/50, Lake Forest
http://slaters5050.com/backyard-brewfest/

Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited beer pours from over 25 local breweries and free samples of Slater’s 50/50’s epic eats. Tickets to this 21 & up only event cost $30, while designated driver tickets (food only) cost $10. Admission includes free parking, and typically little to no traffic thanks to this area’s geography.

2014 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 5
Worldwide
http://2014.pillowfightday.com/

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 6th, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

2nd Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, April 4
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 5
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns this year, bigger and better! On Friday, select small tastings and seminars will take place to allow guests to taste and learn about different wines. On Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station, enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $95 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $115 and allows entry at 3pm.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 5
Westfield UTC, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/uncasked-a-neighborhood-craft-beer-fest-tickets-10827737053

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 5
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/584206

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Saturday evening. For $30 presale or $35 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

Rodents of Unusual Size 10-Year Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/226545214199258/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at the Doll Hut this Saturday night with some fun local bands. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Psychobilly Night @ O’Hearn’s in Lomita
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 5
O’Hearn’s Pub, Lomita
http://www.facebook.com/events/592948677467676/

Catch some local psychobilly bands this Saturday night in the South Bay. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 5
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/164104

Punk rock icon Jello Biafra will headline a show with his band this Saturday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking.

8th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 6
Anaheim St, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Catch a free public parade this Sunday morning in Cambodia Town in Long Beach that celebrates the Cambodian New Year. Arrive early to find adequate parking.

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 6
Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Wilshire Blvd from Downtown LA to Miracle Mile will close to bikers this Sunday. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Mustard Plug, Left Alone, and More @ Dipiazzas
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 6
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.dipiazzas.com/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=2062&year=2014&month=4&day=6&Itemid=26

Ska-punk icons Mustard Plug and Left Alone will headline this packed show this Sunday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $8 presale and $10 at the door.

Last Thursday night, Long Beach experienced a night of ska, as Mustard Plug headlined a show at Dipiazzas as part of their west coast tour with Los Kung Fu Monkeys. Mustard Plug rarely travels out here to the west coast, so their trip pleased many of their fans out here. A major player in the ska revival era, Mustard Plug churns out ska-punk music mainly from their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Add to that all the the other amazing bands they rounded up for their tour, and you have the makings of a mobile wave of ska.

The Interrupters kicked off the night with their ska set. With a sound resembling Save Ferris, The Interrupters played much more mellow than the ska/punk music that followed them the rest of the night. They emphasized having fun and enjoying the night rather than getting rowdy. In the middle of their set, the band invited the father of the brothers (in white shirts) to play trombone for one of their Bob Marley covers. Especially for an all-ages show, Mustard Plug chose a perfect band to open the night. If you miss Save Ferris, you owe it to yourself to check out The Interrupters very soon.

Moving forward with the night, Operation No-one Knows (ONK) played their set of Mexican-influenced ska. Their set started mellow, but included some faster songs that got the crowd going hard. They also tended to cover a handful of popular songs, especially by Sublime. As one of the opening bands, their set did not last very long, which means they did not play as many original songs as they could have, as opposed to the cover songs they played.

Reuniting for one final show before throwing in the towel, Just Like Before took to the stage next. This skacore band from South Bay started small over a decade ago, but grew in popularity so fast that they found themselves already on the Warped Tour by 2004. Singing many of their songs in Spanish, JLB appeals to multiple audiences with their mix of songs, including a ska version of the Inspector Gadget theme, and the very vulgar Las Payasas. Close to the end of their set, another man carrying a guitar showed up on stage to do vocals for a song. I had a feeling he belonged to the following band, and I found out later that I guessed right. They closed their set with It’s A Circle, and when they noticed me singing along, they handed the mic to me so I could help sing the chorus. Totally rad! After discovering them back in 2004, I will miss these guys, as they show no signs of lost skill.

Another band I discovered in 2004, Matamoska played next, indicated by the vocalist entering the stage during the previous band. Another great skacore band from Los Angeles, Matamoska played a high-intensity set, complete with songs such as Night of 100 Frights, and an encore with De Verdad. The sound guy tried to get them to end early, but Matamoska held strong and kept playing all the way to the end of their set.

The sub-headliner, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, entered the stage after Matamoska. I discovered them back in 2006, when they played to a ghetto ska/punk style. Now they sound like they still represent that sound, but a lot more refined after years of touring and practice. The skacore band from Tijuana played many of their old hits, such as Short Fuse, as well as tracks from their latest album. A good portion of the crowd showed up only to see them, as many of them left after Los Kung Fu Monkeys had ended. All the better for me, as I knew that Mustard Plug would go next.

At long last, Mustard Plug entered the room and decked out the stage. As one of today’s most prominent ska-punk bands, anyone listening to ska and/or punk rock today has definitely heard of Mustard Plug. Conversely, playing at such a small venue surprised me, as I believe they deserve a grander stage. Their one-hour set consisted of twenty songs, which included hits like Lolita, You, Mr. Smiley, Brain on Ska, and finally closing the night with Beer. Their set even included a cover of Fugazi’s hit Waiting Room. A small venue does not allow much room for interactivity, yet during Mr. Smiley, vocalist Dave Kirchgessner reenacted the namesake character by “attacking” audience members with a foam knife.

Miss out on Mustard Plug? They rarely come out here to the west coast, so it may take some time before seeing them again live without flying out to Michigan. Plenty of other great punk rock and/or ska shows still take place in Southern California, so check my blog weekly for upcoming shows and events!

Orange County Restaurant Week
Now through March 2
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

2013 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Finals
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 26
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/491275007570240/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Five different local artists will perform and compete for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. Come see the best of the 7-week series duke it out one last time.

Mustard Plug, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, Matamoska, Just Like Before, and more @ DiPiazzas
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28
DiPiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.dipiazzas.com/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=1658&year=2013&month=02&day=28&Itemid=12

Ready for this ska show? Mustard Plug rarely plays on the west coast, so you do not want to miss out on this, plus the reunion of Just Like Before. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $13 at the door.

2013 Long Beach Health Freedom Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 1-3
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.healthfreedomexpo.com/hfe/page.php?id=4

Seek out information about fresh, natural, and healthy living at this expo this weekend in Long Beach. Whereas other expos focus on sales and pushing products onto guests, this expo deals more with information and seminars, educating guests about a natural and healthy lifestyle. Tickets cost $20 for one day or $35 for the entire weekend pass. Parking costs $10, so I suggest parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or taking public transportation.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 1
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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).

Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 1
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noche_de_estrellas/

This all-ages Latin-themed party celebrates the sea stars of the aquarium. Live bands, DJ’s, dancers, and more will keep the Latin music going all throughout the night. Entry into this party comes with the cost of admission into the aquarium.

Beer Savage Art Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 1
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/616659161684018/

Independent artists from across the country fly in for one night to exhibit their work at Noble Ale Works this Friday night. Free to attend, this event will also feature a live DJ, food trucks, and a special beer release.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/430639640351114/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Bake ‘N Buy Fundraiser + Bake Sale
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 2
Jones Coffee, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/227067910758518

Buy delicious treats from various chefs and bakers from around Los Angeles, or fill yourself up from the Grilled Cheese Truck at this fundraiser this Saturday in Pasadena.

Grand Park Downtown BookFest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 2
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/grand-parks-bookfest-2013/

Book lovers rejoice! Readers of all ages can enjoy this free gathering that brings together the joys of books and more. Live DJ’s will keep music on the entire time, and food trucks will keep hungry guests fed.

12th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 2
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.