Behind the Lens
With Rock Photographer Henry Diltz
The Ranch at Laguna Beach
31106 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
As a musician and founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet, it’s only natural that a troubadour would have a penchant for capturing such compelling photos of rock icons. Throughout his 50-year career, Henry Dlitz has snapped some of the most important images in rock n roll history. Name a pivotal artist from the golden era or rock and Dlitz is sure to have photographed them. From The Doors to Hendrix, The Beatles, The Stones, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, Jerry Garcia, the list of names reads like a hall of fame roster. For the Behind the Lens exhibit, Dlitz himself will be on-hand to help celebrate the opening festivities. Hosting a Q & A on his legendary career and even offering fans a chance to score signed prints, this is a chance to hear intimate stories and first hand accounts of music’s elite.
2nd Annual Pacific City
Ping Pong Challenge
21022 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
While anything for charity is a good thing, the folks at Pacific City have taken philanthropy to creatively cool levels. Hosting their second annual Ping Pong Challenge, contestants will not only have the chance to score bragging rights, but also there’s piece of mind in knowing that all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. For $20 bucks participants will land a Cornilleau paddle and could potentially take some a Cornilleau Ping Pong table, valued at $1,500.00 bucks. In addition to the tournament bracket, there will be open tables for free play, a Robo Pong challenge and even some celebrities on hand to show their support.
See Brian Wilson
Pet Sounds: The Final Performances
100 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Marking some 50 years since the release of the Beach Boys’ album “Pet Sounds,” Brian Wilson has been touring extensively in what are being called the final live performances of the seminal album. For Southern California fans, the Pacific Amphitheater marks one of the final area shows and likely, the last time anyone can see Mr. Wilson himself perform the essential compositions he created. Universally praised as one of the most important records in all of rock n roll, it’s tough to pass up an opportunity to watch history recreated live.
Anaheim Ducks Vs. Buffalo Sabres
2695 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Through the team has started out the season lukewarm, there’s no denying that fans are excited to have hockey back in their lives. With stars like Ryan Getzlaff and scoring machine Rickard Rickell on the ice, a visit to the Honda Center for a Ducks game is sure to produce action, regardless of the outcome. This weekend, Randy Carlyle and his squad take on the Buffalo Sabres in what should be an interesting match up considering both teams have something to prove. Considering the reasonable ticket prices and the kind of energy that comes with any live hockey setting, a Ducks game is a cinch as part of your weekend plan.
See “The Exorcist” – The Director’s Cut
The Frida Cinema
305 E. Fourth St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Not that there is ever a bad time to watch a classic horror flick like “The Exorcist,” but during the Halloween season the film seems especially appropriate. Of course The Frida wouldn’t just host a screening without some kind of caveat. The movie fanatics at the Santa Ana film house had to bring out the director’s cut of the 1973 classic to really scare the heck out of you. Few movies conjure the kind of tension of this William Friedkin landmark and that is why a screening nearly 45-years alter is still a relevant story. Grab your popcorn and brace yourself.