By Ramon Gonzales
There is something weekend about the debauchery of Cinco De Mayo bookending the left with the wholesome family down time of Mother’s Day holding down the right all in the span of one week. We could’ve easily went the expected route and gathered a list of mom safe brunches, but what fun is that? If you have the kind of mom that occasionally uses a four lettered word (appropriately of course) we have a few places for you to check out below. Seriously though, give your mom a big smooch – she deserves at least that.
TWERK: IGGY AZALEA AT THE OBSERVATORY
The Australian model/rapper that has remained high atop critics’ and cynics’ lists for quite some time now has FINALLY dropped her T.I. backed debut, The New Classic. It is as good as everyone hoped it would be and the accompanying tour to support the release has been met with the same critical praise. On the strength of singles like, “Work” and “Fancy”, this is the rare gem that balances the fine line between unfiltered pop with all the bounce of a proper hip hop show.
May 14 | All Ages | $35 | Website
THEATRE: THE BOOK OF MORMON AT SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
It’s important to reiterate that since it’s 2011 opening, this Broadway satirical juggernaut has racked up some nine Tony Awards, one for Best Musical and earned a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. For those of you living under a rock, Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame are the genius madmen behind this brilliant comedy that continues to sell out with consistency. From Chicago to London’s West End Theatre, three plus years of packed houses can’t be wrong.
May 3rd (through May 25th) | All Ages | $49.75-$124.75 | Website
CIRCUS: CIRCUS VARGAS AT IRVINE SPECTRUM CENTER
Although the big top has taken a hit in popularity in recent years due to animals rights concerns, there is something about a show under the big top that tugs at the fabric of wholesome childhood nostalgia. A box of popcorn and a guy some 50 feet in the air on a spinning hoop that is set on fire – pretty hard not to be intrigued. Expanding more on the trapeze and comedic facets of the show, Circus Vargas aims to bring back the luster of the ringmaster.
Daily Through May 19rd | All Ages | $20-$65 | Website
ART: 47th SUNSET BEACH ART FESTIVAL
What has become a generational Mother’s Day tradition down on Sunset Beach now features over 150 artists on hand for weekend of art near 50 years in the making. With the backdrop of scenic Southern California coastline, stroll the street and peruse homegrown creativity with Mom after grabbing s bite of course. With live entertainment and loads of vendors, this is a fantastic destination that keeps it family friendly without being boring.
May 10th & 11th | All Ages | FREE | Website
MOZ: RETROSPECT – MORRISSEY SHOW AFTER PARTY AT ORIGINAL MIKE’S
So let’s say you are one of those irrational people that won’t spend $400 for a single scalped ticket online to see Morrissey perform an intimate show at The Observatory this week. However, you still want to get your fix of Brit pop malcontent. There is a sensible solution here folks. Original Mike’s in Santa Ana is hosting a pretty rad post show party with well-versed tune selectors in celebration of the Moz man himself. Join DJs like Steven Andrew (of the SoCal 80’s staple Club Addiction) as they burn through the Manchester native’s catalog for some anthems and the occasional rarity.
May 8th | 18+ | FREE | Website
VROOM: SPEEDWAY: 2014 SPRING CLASSIC & MILNE CUP AT OC FAIR EVENTS CENTER
Kicking off the 45th racing season at the OC Fair Events Center, spectators can catch hauling horsepower actions from motorcycle, junior racing, and event sidecar events as competitors jockey for position to earn the Jack Milne Cup. Some of these turn out to be real nail-biters – the kids in your life will love you for it.
May 10th | ALL AGES | $10-$20 | Website
MUSIC: BIG SANDY & HIS FLY RITE BOYS AT DON THE BEACHCOMBER
Orange County native, Big Sandy has spent decades as a liaison proper for the culture of modern rockabilly music. Delving into the roots of the 1950’s Western Swing, along with his Fly Rite Boys, the ensemble has churned out over a dozen studio records and continues to travel both domestically and internationally as ambassadors for the sound. A Don the Beachcomber appearance is a very unique experience – mai tai’s on roof and a bit of two-steppin’ is all but guaranteed.
May 10th | 21+ | $10-$15 | Website
CLUB: JUICY J AT TEN NIGHTCLUB
For those that may scoff at the often-scandalous subject matter of all things Juicy J, you might want to turn away. Since striking out on his own apart from his Three 6 Mafia brethren and finding an ally in fellow toker Wiz Khalifa, J has reinvented himself among a new crop of barely legal club goers hellbent on soaking in everything in excess. The club setting is will only give fans the chance to binge on belligerence – but for Juicy J experience to be anything but would be lame.
May 10th | 21+ | $30 | Website
FILM: GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL AT THE FRIDA CINEMA
While the blogs are abuzz with film geeks either loving or hating that Bryan Cranston is the lead in the latest take on the city crushing monster franchise, lucky you now has the chance to see the original that started this all. The 1954 Japanese film that first horrified theaters with the sight of Gojira, has been remastered and restored in a way that allows all the intricacies to only enhance the movie experience. Catch a piece of history.
May 8th | All Ages | $10 | Website
BOWL: HIPsters Only: Hospitality Industry Professionals AT LUCKY STRIKE
A service industry night isn’t particularly exciting. A couple of bucks off a drink you probably weren’t going to order anyway just doesn’t strike most service workers fancy. Lucky Strike however goes in with darn near $2 everything (Shoe rental, bowling games, etc) as they open their doors especially to those who work for tips. Not your average bowling joint, the place leans on the swanky side of things and boasts some late night grub that goes well with bargain priced cocktail. A great Sunday hang.
Every Sunday | 21+ | $2 | Website