By Ramon Gonzales
Now that the stress of tax season has drawn to a close, it’s time to get out and preemptively spent that return.
Of course with Easter Sunday landing on another unofficial pseudo-holiday in 4/20, there will be a litany of green-themed nonsense, but we have assembled a solid list of alternatives that give you good reason to get off the couch.
Smoke yourself stupid later, there is plenty to do right now.
MUSIC: CROSSES AT THE OBSERVATORY
The week between weekend one and two of Coachella guarantees that lots of the side stage acts invade Southern California clubs for headlining gigs of their own. Frontman for Deftones Chino Moreno teamed up with the guys from ISIS to explore some ominous pop tunes and Crosses was born. Since the band has had the occasional jaunt but as Chino is regularly on the road with his Sacto cohorts, this club show is somewhat of a rarity and not to be missed.
Apr. 17th | All Ages | $25 | Website
NERD: WONDERCON AT THE ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER
Now In it’s third year in Southern California, WonderCon spent two decades cultivating a reputation as an industry destination in San Francisco in much the same way ComicCon has made San Diego a nerd Mecca. Roundtables, Q & A’s, and loads of special appearances and signings make this a fantastic appetizer to the oncoming insanity of September for fans and collectors alike
Apr. 18th-20th | All Ages | $15-$25 | Website
MUSIC: THE CHAINSMOKERS AT THE YOST
Prior to creating this generation’s “Valley Girl” with their breakout hit “#Selfie”, the electro house production duo of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall had amassed a devout following in crafting some energetic house remixes of top 40 staples as well as their own electrifying originals. The team invades historic Santa Ana for a night at The Yost that guarantees to give the folks paying for bottle service their money’s worth.
Apr. 19th | 21+ | $15-$20 | Website
COMEDY: CARLOS MENCIA AT THE BREA IMPROV
Whether you love him or hate him, it’s hard to argue that Carlos Mencia still knows how to pack ‘em in when it comes to stand-up comedy. Performing three straight nights at the Brea Improv, the former host of the Comedy Central show Mind of Mencia, grabs the mic to barrel through his brand of angst-riddled humor.
Apr. 17th-19th | 21+ | $28 | Website
TRIPPY: PINK FLOYD LASER SPECTACULAR AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES ANAHEIM
The Paramount Laser Spectacular utilizes the music of legendary rock icons Pink Floyd set to a unique visual production that is two hours and twenty minutes that can best be described as mind-bending. Responsible for one of the most visually engaging films with The Wall, it only makes sense to use Pink Floyd as the soundtrack for a gnarly laser show.
Apr. 19th | ALL AGES | $27.50-$30 | Website
FILM: “HARVEY” AT THE BOWERS MUSEUM OF CULTURAL ART
Classic cinema is always a win and a James Stewart film is about as classic as it gets. The 1950 release Harvey is the story of a man that is suspected to be a bit loony as he claims his companion is a 6-foot invisible rabbit. A beautifully crafted tale of that challenges what it is to be normal, this is one of those movies that everyone needs to see at least once.
Apr. 20th | ALL AGES | $10 | Website
FOOD: THE ART OF SUSHI COOKING CLASS AT THE HOOD KITCHEN SPACE
Premier catering service The Prince & The Pantry host unique cooking classes and this one is crucial for anyone that enjoys sushi. Students get the chance to work at The Hood Kitchen Space, a commercial quality kitchen that is part party, and suitable for any top notch chef. Lean everything from miso to hand rolls in a way that will allow you to go hip and host a sushi party of your own.
Apr. 17th | 18+ | $75 | Website
FOOD: CURBSIDE BITES AT CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
A midday meal from a gourmet food truck is amped when you can cruise the Old Town charm of The Circle in Orange. Chapman University hosts a cavalcade tasty trucks serving up unique dishes for lunch every week via Curbside Bites. With a rotating schedule of trucks, variety makes this a no-brainer for lunch on Wednesdays.
Apr. 23rd | ALL AGES | FREE | Website
MUSIC: FULLY FULLWOODS LIVE REGGAE SUNDAY AT DON THE BEACHCOMBER
Legendary reggae bassist Fully Fullwoods has worked with everyone from Bob Marley to Peter Tosh to Gregory Issacs. The man himself curates an afternoon of reggae roots at the tiki paradise known as Don The Beachcomberhttps://www.facebook.com/sharkcluborangecounty. Live bands and a DJ crank traditional reggae soul while patrons sip on Mai-Tais and here’s the kicker – all proceeds from the door go to local charities.
Apr. 20th | ALL AGES | $5 | Website
MUSIC: IAMSU AT SHARK CLUB
Still a prospect in hip hop music, most might not readily recognize IamSu’s name, but they know the songs he’s contributed to. Responsible for quick hit wit on tracks like E-40’s “Function” and Sage The Gemini’s “Gas Pedel” to name a few. IamSU has recently made a name for himself with tracks of his own like “Only That Real”, the club collab with 2 Chainz that is now a DJ favorite. Sudan Williams makes a club stop at the Shark this week and the dancefloor is likely to be movin’.
Apr. 17th | 21+ | $10 | Website