August 29, 2014
10th Annual Art Deco Festival (Queen Mary): For this Gatsby-themed 10th festival, there's vintage shopping, state-of-the-art-deco lectures and many Prohibition-themed tastings, plus a double-decker bus tour of Long Beach and lots of live entertainment right out of Boardwalk Empire.
Beirut (Santa Ana, CA): Accurately described as "a terrifying and disturbing drama," Alan Bowne's Beirut takes a grim look into the United State's not-too-distant future. Fridays & Saturdays until September 13th.
August 30, 2014
The Tempest (Costa Mesa, CA): In this version of The Tempest, we're sent not to a mysterious island, but to a traveling tent show in the 1930s. With the help of the show's co-producer, the otherwise silent Vegas magician Teller, The Tempest gets a fantastical dose of magic tricks - all the better to portray the almighty powers of sorcerer Prospero, played by Tom Nelis. Multiple weekly showings until September 28th.
Shoreline Jam Day 1 (Queen Mary Events Park): Celebrate the long weekend and the final days of summer at this two-day jam fest down by the ocean at the historic Queen Mary. On Saturday, the festivities begin at high noon with Long Beach locals Brewfish, then continue with an endless stream of reggae, dub and hip-hop from Krooked Treez, The Originalites, C Money and The Players, The Aggrolites, The Grouch & Eligh, Stick Figure, and finally a headlining set from OC's own The Dirty Heads. And if you can manage to get out of the bed the next morning, head back for another full day of music from Pepper, Collie Buddz, J Boog, and many more. The sun will be shining, the ocean will be glistening and that grass will be oh-so green.
August 31, 2014
Annual Black Party (Costa Mesa, CA): Giving party people an excuse to dress up (or down) has never been a problem for Sutra, Costa Mesa's popular dance club. Music is provided by Los Angeles-based DJ Vice, whose heart-thumping mixes (we can't help but kinda love his version of "Black Widow") have garnered him nationwide nightlife-fame.
The Great Labor Day Cruise XXXII (OC Fairgrounds): Now in its 32nd year, the Great Labor Day Cruise has grown to be one of the largest vintage auto events in the country. For three straight days, this festival celebrates all things classic cars - more than 1400 pre-1978 retro rides are expected to attend, and show off their fancy wheels along a nonstop 1.25 mile cruise track. Geared toward the entire family, the Cruise also features a model car contest, a wild wagons exhibit, and a selection of more than 100 vendors selling everything from kitschy clothing to flashy auto accessories. The highlight of the event, however, is the 1965 Ford Mustang that will be built by event volunteers, with 90 percent of parts donated. The car will be raffled off at the end of the fest - and all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior project.
MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition (Santa Ana, CA): Pry the kids away from the computer and haul them over to the Discovery Science Center for the latest science-disguised-as-fun offering, "MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition." Along with a display of MythBusters show props and remnants from stuff Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman blew up, the exhibit features an assortment of superstition-bashing activities.
September 1, 2014
Long Beach Funk Fest (Long Beach, CA): Now in its fifth year, LBFF aims to build the audience of pure funk music by exposing the public to bold funk groups: Brasil Baile Funk, Sea Funk Brass Band and The Meters Experience will groove Long Beach in its usual outdoor street environment, while headline George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will be on hand to bring us closer together with the Mothership Connection.