The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Shooter Jennings--See Saturday
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Friday, April 4

Cameron Carpenter
Segerstrom Center
As the only organist ever nominated for a solo album Grammy, Cameron Carpenter is the poster child for smashing-preconceived-notions-to-bits. Often referred to as the "rockstar of the organ" (sounds saucy!), Carpenter takes an ancient behemoth of an instrument and transforms it into a wild, rollicking, contemporary musical device. He plays everything from Bach to Patsy Cline--the 32-year-old takes music and blasts it, completely revamped, from his one-of-a-kind William J. Gillespie Concert Organ (built over three years from maple, poplar, oak, steel, tin and lead). This is organ music like you've never heard, and never even dreamed existed. If you think classical music doesn't have any new tricks left, come to the Segerstrom Center tonight and be blown away. (Erin DeWitt)

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Quick Questions With Chris Porter

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Bob Segar knows what's up in your brain.
[Editor's Note: Quick Questions is our semi-regular feature where we ask comedians a ton of random questions without giving them time to think of anything funny to say. Surprisingly, they still do.]

One could say that when it comes to providing laughs all over the country, Chris Porter really knows his shit. For over 15 years, this Kansas native has been delivering his awkwardly awesome high energy comedy and this April 3rd through 6th, you'll get the chance to witness his hilarity first hand when he headlines at the Irvine Improv. Since we love our comedian's over here at the Weekly and we love digging into their brains oh so much, we hit Porter up before this weekend's gig to play a quick game of "Quick Questions" with us.

Michael Jackson or Prince? Oh wow that's a tough one. They're both the most talented gay dudes ever! It's like, sometimes you want to make love and sometimes you just like to fuck. That's the difference between Michael Jackson and Prince! Jackson is all about making sweet love and Prince is about putting her arms behind her back and stuff. Grabbing her hair a bit. If that's the case, I have to go Prince. They're like the most talented guys ever though and they're the kings of the closet!

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Go Ahead And Be Offended Because Keith Robinson Isn't Apologizing

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It's like I can't even say "black" and I'm black!
If there is one thing that can be said about comedian Keith Robinson it is that he always speaks his mind. OK, let's say two things about him because the other thing is, he's fucking hysterical. If you aren't familiar with this Philly native (and now that you know two things about this incredibly talented comic), it's time to get acquainted. We've personally been a fan of his since Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, he's had his own half hour special, he often chimes in on Opie and Anthony, and to be perfectly honest with you all, if you don't see him when he headlines the Ontario Improv this April 3rd through 6th, you'll seriously be missing out. Now that we've laid down the way we feel about Keith (and we hope you picked it up), we're going to get you in tune with the way he feels about the "PC police," what his thoughts are on how comedy varies from the east to the west, and also, what the scoop is on his upcoming hour long special.

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The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Ice Cube--See Saturday
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Friday, March 28

Release the Bats!
Que Sera
Our favorite "hard-drinkin', foul-mouthed, in-yer-face American gothic dance club" swings back 'round the Que Sera for the Near Dark Tour 2014. It's always Bats Day inside these black and booze-splattered walls--come for live performances from The Last Cry (UK's cult-rock veterans/legends), Strap On Halo (a recently resurrected goth-rock band hailing from Nebraska), plus honored guest DJ Martin OldGoth (also from the UK and also a genre veteran/legend) along with Dave Bats, DingBat, Reanimator and Dave Grave. This is a prime party for all the wonderful freaks in the area, so get to Long Beach early because (in addition to an early-bat cover charge) this intimate venue can only accommodate so many gothic beauties. (Erin DeWitt)

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John Pinette's Incentive to Keep Touring: Staying Away From Family

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I just want to make people laugh.
John Pinette is making a successful, long term career in stand-up look like a cakewalk. Add in that fact that Pinette has also been fruitful in television, film, and on the Broadway stage and now we're talking about a man who is completely living a dream job. This job is also taking him to the Brea Improv this weekend (March 27th through 30th) and before his headlining gig kicks off, we talked to John about his family, his recent health issues, and quickly found out that he loves the good ol' OC just as much as we do.

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The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

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The Growlers at Burgerama--See Saturday
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Friday, March 21

MusInk Tattoo and Music Festival
OC Fairgrounds
The Southern California tattoo culture celebrates its High Holy Day with the annual MusInk festival, a weekend-long celebration of some of the best things in life: tattoos and music. Starting off the festivities on Friday is a tattoo competition (happening daily throughout Sunday), dozens of vendors and live music from Love Canal, The Vandals and Descendents. The balls-out awesomeness continues on Saturday with The Transplants, a Miss MusInk competition and performance by Tech N9ne. Finally, if you're still standing, Sunday rolls out with sets from Strife, H2O, Judge and Gorilla Biscuits. There's also more than 300 tattoo artists from around the world (and quite a few piercing professionals) on hand available to set you up with a souvenir to keep for life. (Erin DeWitt)


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Diana Gameros Yearns For an "Eternal Return"

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Diana Gameros didn't leave anything in San Francisco. The Mexican songstress found her musical heart, instead, when she relocated to the Bay Area city. Since that time, Gameros has grown into her versatile artistic identity. With relaxed vocals that recall Brazilian singer Cibelle's tone, she blends folk sensibilities and jazzy horns together with the sounds of traditional Latin American music.

"I am pretty eclectic in my taste," Gameros tells the Weekly. "I like music from all over the world from Spain, from Brazil, from France." The multilingual singer is bringing her guitar and unique style from Frisco to Viento y Agua Coffeehouse in Long Beach Friday night for another installment of the Mujer(es) Cantando showcase.

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Artopia: Celebrating the OC People Issue This Weekend

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Eric Hood
In case you didn't know, The Weekly's second annual People Issue just hit the streets (and coffee tables, record stores, restroom stalls, etc.). That can mean only one thing: Artopia!--our special night of art, music, complimentary food and drink and flashy bartending skills all in honor of the new mag. Since this People Issue is all about highlighting our most interesting hell raisers, weirdos, and cultural mavens, we figured it's our duty to bring you an event with a similar spirit.

The event, held this Saturday, March 22, is happening at Muzeo, a sprawling indoor/outdoor museum and cultural exhibit center in Anaheim from 7-10 p.m. The event should make for a perfect Saturday night, featuring live performance artists (did you catch the aerialist we had at the Yost Theater last year? Crazy!), local music from soulful ukelele songstress Brit Rodriquez and electro-pop rock outfit Tapioca and the Flea. And there's probably going to be even more stuff that'll have your culture meter raging off the charts. Wanna check it out? More event and ticket info after the jump.

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Quick Questions With Brad Williams

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Never go against Dirk Diggler.
Fullerton native Brad Williams is a favorite around Southern California and when he's not busy touring the country and has the chance to grace us with a stop in town, we jump at the chance to talk to this powerhouse. We keep up with this guy as much as we can and since we know that his newest CD "Hi Ho" came out last November and his podcast "About Last Night" is as successful as ever, we thought we'd hit him with a little rapid fire this time around. (Sorry about the "little" part.) Before he headlines the Brea Improv March 21st through 23rd, we dug a bit deeper with Williams to get to the bottom of a few random inquiries we had in mind by playing a game we like to call, "Quick Questions."

Beer or Liquor- Liquor, my drink is Jack and Ginger Ale. It makes me feel manly and childlike at the same time.

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The Five Must See Shows in OC This Weekend

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Warren G--See Saturday
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Friday, March 14

Wild Records $5 Show
The Observatory
The savage rockabilly bands of Los Angeles' Wild Records don't make the rounds in local OC haunts as much as we'd like them to, but tonight they'll be more than making up for that with the Observatory's $5 show. Featuring two female-fronted bands The Rhythm Shakers and Gizzelle, and reckless quartet The Desperados, there's probably no better way for music lovers to spend their Friday night than bopping madly to these groups. With a nod of respect to older generations of rockabilly bands of yore, Wild Records has always boasted a more contemporary, alternative approach to the genre, with bands combining other styles like punk, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and soul, illuminating your ears with a more inspired and exhilarating blend of music. And for these groups, you can always count on their talent and electrifying performances to show you a real good time. (Aimee Murillo)

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