OCWeekly — February 18, 2016
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fri/02/19

[CONCERT]

Say Cheese

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine

Raging against anything of a mechanical nature is so 2008—this is the time to lounge. Forget about student debts and bank foreclosures and the presidential circus, and instead head over to the House of Blues for an evening of absolute cheese— Richard Cheese. And he’s bringing along his band, Lounge Against the Machine, to serenade your angst away. Think Dead Kennedys and Fatboy Slim as Sinatra would do it. Or “Down With the Sickness” as crooned by a velvetvoiced Vegas loungefly. Take a break from your current reality—it’ll be waiting for you in the morning.

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine with the Lampshades at the House of Blues, 1530 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 778-2583; www.houseofblues.com/ anaheim. 7 p.m. $22.50-$65. —ERIN DEWITT

TRUE VISIONARY

Jessica Lang Dance Sometimes, there’s more to dance than just dance. Visual elements such as set design, costumes, lighting and color come into play and are just as essential to the overall performance as the dancers’ movements. Critically acclaimed choreographer Jessica Lang knows this, and in her body of work, she has played with audiences’ eyeballs with stunning theatrical sequences that push the art past its boundaries. The new show is an achievement in contemporary dance that aesthetically keeps up with Lang’s brand of sophistication while mystifying viewers with her imaginative, nonnarrative choreography. Be an early witness of Lang’s genius, as she only ascends higher in prestige in the years to come.

Jessica Lang Dance performs at Irvine Barclay, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646; www.thebarclay.org. 8 p.m. $20-$45. —AIMEE MURILLO

sat/02/20

[ART]

Snoopin’ On Snoop

‘SNOOP: The Early Years of Snoop Dogg’

Cruising past V.I.P. Records in eastside Long Beach, one can’t help but summon Snoop Dogg nostalgia. The image of the rapper on the rooftop during his “What’s My Name” video is iconic. Documentarian Duke Givens snapped that scene and more, and now he’s opening up his private collection for the exhibit “SNOOP: The Early Years of Snoop Dogg.” Givens’ first project, 1995’s Stop Gang Violence calendar, featured the rapper alongside fellow West Coast legends Warren G and Nate Dogg. But his friendship with Snoop Dogg dates back to 1983, 10 years before Doggystyle exploded on the rap scene. Catch rare images of Calvin Broadus as a young pup; the exhibit runs through March.

“SNOOP: The Early Years of Snoop Dogg” at MADE In Long Beach, 240 Pine Ave., Long Beach, (877) 752-1550; www.facebook. com/madeinlongbeach. 6 p.m. Through March 31. Free. —GABRIEL SAN ROMÁN

[KARAOKE]

Shut Up and Sing

Punk Rock Karaoke

There comes a time in every young person’s life when they learn that the answer to all their problems are three simple words: punk rock karaoke. Well, okay—maybe not every one of life’s problems, but when the going gets rough, doesn’t it feel good to just belt out a couple of jams by the Damned, the Ramones or the Adolescents? This one-night event at Alex’s Bar brings singer Johnny Madcap & the Distractions and Des and the Cendents to play while you sing—none of that cheesy lounge music accompanying your vocals. Feel free to sing as offkey as you like because chances are that’s exactly what the original vocals sound like. Don your best studded vest, safety-pin earrings and black eyeliner, and let your frustrations out on stage at Alex’s Bar.

Punk Rock Karaoke at Alex’s Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, (562) 434- 8292; www.alexsbar.com. 9 p.m. $10-$12. 21+. —AIMEE MURILLO

[COMEDY]

That’s Entertainment!

Neil Hamburger

First that gig at Madison Square Garden, and now the starring role in a major motion picture? Maybe America’s funny man Neil Hamburger is finally about to break—and not in the way everyone figured (you know, like a psychotic break). Instead, the recent film Entertainment puts him on the same kind of now heres ville tour circuit the Sex Pistols were on in 1978—you know, when uncomprehending backwater cowboys chucked bottles at Sid and Johnny—for basically the same reasons . . . Because that’s comedy gold, baby! And it’s also what Hamburger delivers, generally in the form of dirty, misshapen nuggets pried from the walls of some steep psychic hole . It’s not just the stuff of legends— it’s the stuff of life.

Neil Hamburger with Major Entertainer at Continental Room, 115 W. Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton, (714) 526-4529; continentalroomoc. Com. 9 p.m. Free. 21+. —CHRIS ZIEGLER

[CONVENTIONS]

Wham! Bam! Pow!

Long Beach Comic Expo

It’s amazing to see how far the Long Beach Comic Expo has come these past couple of years, starting as a con focusing on the worlds of horror and comics, to being more inclusive of broader genres. Now, it’s a staple in the Southern California comics scene in which one can find local comic retailers (we see you in the exhibitor lineup, Big Red Comics!) As well as global ones and meet with industry legends Bob Layton, Aaron Lopresti, Stephan Franck, Tim Bradstreet, June Chung and more. There are also celebrity photo ops, panels, vendors and—oh, yes—cosplayers in wild, inventive, hilarious costumes! So take a day off from the real world and indulge in your abiding love for everything comics and pop culture. As any fan will tell you, this place is not only heaven, but it’s also home.

Long Beach Comic Expo at Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 436-3636; long beach comic expo.

Mon/02/22

[TOURS]

Ghost Hunt

Haunted Fullerton Full Moon Walking Tour

Fullerton Museum Center has the lowdown on the stories, locations and people that have laid claim to paranormal activity. For tonight’s Haunted Full Moon Walking Tour, you’ll be lead through 1.5 miles of urban legends, starting at the center and traveling up to Villa Del Sol . Guided by a rep from the North Orange County Paranormal Society, expect a spooky good time under the pale moonlight.

Haunted Fullerton Full Moon Walking Tour at Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6545; www.ci.fullerton.ca.us/museums. 5:30 p.m. $18; reservations required. 13+. —AIMEE MURILLO

tue/02/23

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST

‘Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective’

Local art lovers can find a lot to love about the work of Helen Lundeberg. Although born in Chicago, Lundeberg came of age and studied art in Southern California, where she developed the surreal, colorful style that would be known as post-surrealism. Laguna Art Museum hosts the first retrospective of her work, featuring nearly 70 paintings from the storied artist’s career.

“Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective” at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971; lagunaartmuseum. Org. 11 a.m. Through May 30. $5-$7. —AIMEE MURILLO

wed/02/24

HEY, KID!

Kid Cudi

Since first bursting onto the scene in 2009, Kid Cudi has become a favorite of backpack rap types. His laidback rhymes and accessible lyrics, along with the endorsement of the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z and Snoop Dogg, have cemented Cudi’s status as a rapper. Outside of the music world, he has appeared on the silver and small screens, showcasing that his aspirations go far beyond the stage. Even so, Cudi’s passion remains music, and he has managed to become a popular draw on tour, thanks to his energetic shows and tireless work ethic. That’s what releasing six albums in seven years will do for a musician, and as someone who isn’t afraid to be honest about his faults, it’s no surprise why Kid Cudi’s words have resonated with so many fans.

Kid Cudi at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; www.observatoryoc.com. 8 p.m.; also Thurs. $60. —DANIEL KOHN

[DRAG]

King for a Day

’Staches Not Lashes

VLVT Lounge hosts multiple drag-queen shows a week, featuring many a wisecracking, lip-syncing, sashaying queen performing onstage. But for one night per month, VLVT hosts drag kings, women dressed in male drag. ’Staches Not Lashes brings “Southern California’s leading drag kings,” including Ivory Onyx, Havok Von Doom, Ryder Knightly and Travis Foxx—all renowned, award-winning kings in their own right who have performed uncanny versions of Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Axl Rose and more famous celebrities. Hosted by seasoned talent Landon Cider, this revue will be packing plenty of heat, so to speak; check out the show and stay for the post-show dance floor.

’Staches Not Lashes at VLVT Lounge, 416 W. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 664-0663; velvetoc.com. 8 p.m. $5. 18+. —AIMEE MURILLO

Thu/02/25

[THEATER]

It Stinks!

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

When it comes to the accuracy of fairy tales, few withstand the smell test, which explains why The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales has been such a success with audiences of all ages. The beautifully illustrated storybook retells classic fables with an outrageous absurdity that tickles the funny bone and reminds us all that fairy tales are truly fiction. These raucous retellings have been re-imagined yet again for the stage, and Chance Theater will be the host. Bring your own version of Prince Charming— a stinking mound of flesh that farts too much—and laugh out loud together at how unhappily ever after things truly turn out. Isn’t life grand?

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales at Chance Theater, 5522 La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 777-3033; chancetheater.com. 7 p.m. Through March 6. $20. —AMANDA PARSONS

[CONCERT]

Wyno Forever!

Wynonna and the Big Noise

Country-music belter Wynonna Judd dusts off the crimping iron and takes to the road this month with her new band, the Big Noise, featuring husband Cactus Moser (formerly of Highway 101) on drums. While Judd’s career has been lackluster since the ’90s and her reality series with mama Naomi on Oprah’s network only seemed to cast more shadows over the Judds’ once-iconic legacy, Wynonna always yanks up her bootstraps with a sneer. Aiming to prove that time hasn’t worn her down, Judd tears into country blues/rock territory once again on her new album, delivering the soulful earthquaking that keeps die-hard fans hootin’ for more. No one else on Earth knows how to rock you like Wy.

Wynonna and the Big Noise at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-9366; thecoachhouse.com. 8 p.m. $79. —SR DAVIES
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