By Ramon Gonzales
So, one of two things happened here. Either you waited way too long to score tickets to Coachella, or you are the bitter soul that uses the dance in the desert to explain how hipsters have ruined everything.
In any event, you will not be uploading photos from Indio to your Instagram this weekend.
Fear not – we’ve managed to wrangle a list of rad things to do, see, and possibly drink so you can assert your position and go against the festival grain. (However, no one saw that last minute Pixies addition. Dangit!)
FILM: DAN SAVAGE HUMP TOUR At THE ART THEATER
In this case, it’s not as much porn as it is art. Back in 2005, the first Hump Film Festival challenged amateur filmmakers to craft creative five-minute shorts that leaned on the more adult end of the spectrum. The result nine years later is an independent traveling film festival that celebrates sex with a sincere sense of humor. Curated by prolific author and media pundit, Dan Savage, the Southern California stop hits Long Beach this weekend and aims to shake up the prudes.
Apr. 12th | 18+ | $20 | Website
MUSIC: KROQ LOCALS ONLY AT THE SLIDEBAR
Showcasing some of Southern California’s top prospects and unsigned hype, Kat Corbett’s Locals Only goes live Thursday April 17th at the Slidebar in Fullerton. Featuring performances from indie rock purveyors NO, Dear Boy, Night Riots, and Sole Tribe, these concerts are not only free, but a breeding ground for some very real talent. Join tastemakers and fans alike for night of killer tunes.
Apr. 17th | 21+ | FREE | Website
ART: ART OC AT THE MIX
Skipping the stuffy museum vibe, The OC Mix located within the SOCO (South Coast Collection) has devised a pop-up gallery with an impressive roster of contributing artists all featuring their work among the carefully curated shops, restaurants, and showrooms. Live art activations, a healthy mix of mediums, and a series of interactive events will anchor the nearly two month long series with a portion of the proceeds going to local charities including the Project Hope Alliance – helping the homeless in Orange County – A great hang, an even better cause.
Apr. 5th-May 31st | All Ages | FREE | Website
MUSICAL: ROCK OF AGES AT THE CITY NATIONAL GROVE OF ANAHEIM
The Tony Award-nominated musical that recreates the decadence and debauchery of the Golden-era, big-haired arena rock of the 1980’s runs live for back-to-back nights in Anaheim. The love story set to 28 of the biggest rock music anthems of the decade features institutions like Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, and Whitesnake. With successful runs in Stockholm, London, Las Vegas, and still going strong on Broadway, this is a rare West Coast production that is sure to bring out the stonewashed denim and Aquanet hairspray.
Apr. 11th & 12th | All Ages | $45-$75 | Website
SPORTS: LOS ANGELES KISS VS. CLEVELAND GLADIATORS AT THE HONDA CENTER
Well, professional football is back in Southern California, kinda. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS have managed envelope arena football into their catalog of branded goods and have officially began their inaugural season. Complete with flamed-up endzones and a field that has a massive guitar pick at the fifty-yard line, there is an element of spectacle that makes this a chin scratcher. Although we cannot vouch for the caliber of athletic prowess, the assumption is that there will be plenty of beer, scantily clad women, and “Shout It Out Loud” blaring on repeat.
Apr. 12th | All Ages | $15-$250 | Website
COMEDY: JOEL MCHALE AT BREA IMPROV
As host of the E! Network’s The Soup, McHale delivers weekly laughs at the expensive of pop culture and reality television sensations. If you don’t have cable TV (and apparently still use a flip phone) you might know McHale from his Jeff Winger character on NBC’s Community. Either way, the dude is funny and delivers some of his quick wit in person this weekend within the intimate confines of the Brea Improv.
Apr. 13th | 18+ | $25 | Website
SILVER SCREEN: LIVE PORTLANDIA VIEWING WITH FRED ARMISEN AT THE OBSERVATORY
As the lead on the IFC Network’s Portlandia series, former SNL cohort Fred Armisen both propagates and pummels hipster culture with the kind of tongue-in-cheek humor that has been dominating social media feeds for the last couple of years. The man himself is cruising through Southern California and has made official plans to sit and watch an episode of his own show with the fans. Hilarity is likely to ensue.
Apr. 12th | All Ages | $20 | Website
MUSIC: SLICK RICK AT THE OBSERVATORY
Ladies and gentleman here is your chance to bear witness to rap music royalty. Well before dudes championed the trap or were sippin’ on that lean, Rick the Ruler was dropping some of the most timeless rhymes in hip-hop history. No doubt performing anthems like “Children’s Story” and “Mona Lisa” travel in time and enjoy the roots of rap music live and direct.
Apr. 16th | All Ages | $20 | Website