Set Your Boners to Hyperdrive: Star Wars-Inspired Burlesque Show Coming to Santa Ana!

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Photo of Audrey Deluxe by Maarten Deboer
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, comic book geeks and science fiction nerds were among the least likely social groups to be associated with sexuality. However, anyone who has attended a comic book or sci-fi convention in the past 10 years, give or take, has observed that flesh, cosplay, and nerd chic have become as part and parcel of the cons as getting autographs from artists & celebrities, buying campy memorabilia, and geeking out over trailers to upcoming superhero movies. That being said, on Saturday, July 12, the girls of Devil's Playground Burlesque, in association with Yadi, will be taking all Orange County comers -- nerdly fetishists as well as civilians -- to the next level of galactic experience with their Star Wars-inspired show, "Star Girls."

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Santa Ana Celebrates the Latin American Harp

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De la Rosa with Tlen-Huicani
From the coastal port of Veracruz, Mexico to landlocked Paraguay, the harp in Latin America has accentuated traditional music with its sonorous melodies for centuries. The grown out fingernails of musicians pluck the instrument's numerous nylon strings that vibrate its sophisticated sounds. Four such master harpists from Latin America are lending their superb talents for days of events culminating in a concert performance this weekend in Santa Ana.

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Rap Shirts for White People is Hip-Hop Hilarity!

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Whole-Foods Clan ain't nothin' to fuck with!
What do you get when you mix Stuff White People Like sensibilities with hip-hop? The answer comes in the form of a hilarious new clothing line! Rap Shirts for White People puts a twist on famous lyrics while having fun at the expense of the world of whiteness. Can we all really picture Method Man's raspy voice declaring "Cats Rule Everything Around Me?" or Biggie saying "It was all a dream, I used to read Highlights magazine?" (Although we'd say the Kelis spoof 'My Self-Respect Brings All the Boys to the Yard," is a rap shirt for all women, not just whites).

Proceeds from satirical shirts started by Tim Blount go to related charities. They've caught the eye of The Source and HipHopDX. The Whole-Foods Clan shirts are already out of order! But the sampling below are just a few that are still game.

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La Santa Cecilia Return to Santa Ana for Delhi Center Zocalo Fundraiser!

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Humberto Howard
Traviesos!
La Santa Cecilia has popped up in some very unexpected places recently. La Marisoul, frontwoman of the alt-Latin act, performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for a duet with Elvis Costello backed by The Roots. Then they hit the airwaves of NPR for its Tiny Desk Concert. The band just played the Lincoln Center and dates await in Mexico next month. But when La Santa Cecilia returns to Santa Ana for the Delhi Center's annual Zócalo Fiesta fundraiser, it will be on familiar ground.

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First Ever 'Ladies Rock Camp' in OC Happens This Weekend!

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Mayra Rodriguez
The push for an inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Orange County continues! This Saturday in SanTana, young women ages 18 and up will be taking on an extensive weekend of songwriting workshops, drum circles, self-defense classes, and instrument instruction. Hosted by El Centro Cultural de Mexico, the first ever Ladies Rock Camp will conclude in a Sunday night showcase at Original Mike's.

"The women are going to learn how to write a song in two days," says Mayra Cortez, Board Member for OC Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. "It's a safe place and safe environment for them to express themselves."

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Insomniac Donates $115,000 From EDC Sales

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Courtesy of Tom Donoghue
Insomniac CEO and Founder Pasquale Rotella Addresses the Crowd

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For all the crowds, freakish costumes and profits that Electric Daisy Carnival attracted during its second round in Las Vegas, we've also learned that the event's promoters at Insomniac Events did some solid good outside the EDM community when we weren't looking.

For every one of the dance music fans who attended throughout the three-day festival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 8-10,  Insomniac's charitable donations gave $1 per ticket transaction and $10 per guest list attendee to charitable organizations in the Las Vegas communities for a second time in a row.

The Clark County School - Community Partnership Program, Emergency Medicine Resident Research Fund, Speedway Children's Charity - Las Vegas Chapter and Injured Police Officers Fund all benefited from the $115,000 donation including an additional initiative with Rock the Vote called Spin the Vote. Representatives from all of these organizations as well as Insomniac's CEO and Founder Pasquale Rotella were in attendance at the official check presentation held yesterday at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.


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Punk Legends the Adolescents Set to Headline Kelly Thomas Memorial Concert

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John Gilhooley
With the one-year anniversary of the fatal beating of Kelly Thomas on July 5, 2011 at the hands of Fullerton police approaching, the Adolescents will headline a free outdoor concert in his memory. The legendary local band that got its start more than three decades ago in the city will be joined by other local musical acts on July 7 at the Downtown Plaza in front of the Fullerton Museum Center.

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Rapper Omar Offendum to Perform at UCI's 'Sounds for Syria' Fundraiser

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David Zentz
Friday's massacre of 108 people, including dozens of children, in the Syrian town of Houla, has been roundly condemned by world powers as fears of a protracted civil war take hold. This weekend's horrific violence is the latest episode since a 14-month long uprising openly challenged the regime of Bashar al-Assad. In that time, the death toll has topped over 9,000 according to United Nations estimates as many more have been displaced from their homes.

In response to the ongoing crisis, UC Irvine's Society of Arab Students, Middle East Studies Student Initiative, Muslim Student Union, and Students for Justice in Palestine have organized a 'Sounds for Syria' humanitarian fundraiser taking place this evening starting at 7 p.m. featuring LA-based Syrian hip-hop artist Omar Offendum.

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Mare Is a Rapper Hell-Bent on Equality for Women in Mexico

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Gloria Isabel Rivera
"I believe music is universal, and it responds to the context in which it was created," says Mare Advertencia Lirika--or Mare, as she's known professionally. "In my case, coming from indigenous roots, my music is the voice that speaks to this context."

In Oaxaca, Mexico, where Mare makes her home, responding to her surroundings takes on an urgent meaning, as, in the past decade, the southern Mexican state has become an epicenter for indigenous and popular struggle against economic injustice--and hip-hop has evolved to become a soundtrack to that struggle.

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Syrian Musicians Asala Nasri and Malek Jandali Criticize the Government, Get Death Threats

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Asala Nasri
As violence continues to plague Syria, superstar singer Asala Nasri is joining forces with award-winning composer and pianist Malek Jandali. The two will take to the stage Sunday at the City National Grove of Anaheim, generously lending their time and support for a benefit concert. Proceeds from "For You Syria" will go to the humanitarian efforts of the Syrian Sunrise Foundation, which is dedicated to helping families, orphans and widows left behind in the conflict.

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