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What You're Doing This Week: November 14

(credit: Jeff Divine/California Heritage Museum)

With Turkey Day a week away, the time is now to go out and play. After all, getting out of the house will help you forget about all of the fun of cooking for a whole bunch of people on November 24th, including your annoying brother-in-law that wants to do nothing but talk to you about his fantasy football team for two hours. Thankfully, we were able to scrounge up a list of activities to make gearing up for Thanksgiving a little less stressful.


Monday, November 14

The Beatles LOVE: A Fifth Anniversary Cirque du Soleil Showcase

The Grammy Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1300
(213) 765-6800
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If you haven't had the chance to make your way to Las Vegas to see the uber-popular show that merges the sonic splendor of The Fab Four with the visual vibrancy of Cirque de Soleil, this exhibit occupying the third floor of the Grammy Museum is a must-see. Boasting several up-close looks at elaborate costumes, breathtaking show pieces, and authentic production instruments, the showcase will blow away anyone who has ever tapped their toe to any Beatles song. Well, maybe except Revolution 9.

Hours: 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Admission: $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for students and seniors, $10.95 for youth and military, Free for children under 5


Tuesday, November 15

Blue Man Group

Segerstrom Hall
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2121
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Music, technology, and humor – not to mention a trio of dudes with blue faces – blend in a fun, energetic slightly irreverent theatrical experience. From world-class percussion performed on random objects to trippy, elaborate multimedia exercises, the show is sure to push your senses to their absolute limit.

Time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25.00 - $87.50


Wednesday, November 16

Modern Art in Los Angeles: Assemblage and Politics

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300
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The 1960s were all about social change, free speech, and a push for peace. To be sure, these causes were the inspiration for the local art movement back in the day, particularly within the medium of assemblage art, where found objects and random junk was transformed into provocative sculptures that reflected the mood of society. This special forum brings several leading players from this important era of artistic expression together for an enlightening discussion on what their work serves as an analogy for the past as well as a voice for the present day. It should be quite the scene, man.

Time: 7:00
Admission: Free


Thursday, November 17

Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination

241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 956-8936
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If you're not familiar with the term "steampunk," think 19th century industrial revolution meets 20th century science fiction and technology. We would say it's a bit like the old TV show "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.," but you probably never watched one episode. Anyway, the result of this fusion is pure, 100% awesomeness. So it's only fitting that OC's hippest museum would be the setting for this exhibition that fuses the innovation of the past with the whimsy of the future.

Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Admission: $13.00 for adults, $9.00 for children

(credit: Jeff Divine/California Heritage Museum)

Friday, November 18

Shortboard Revolution: Surf Design 1967-1984

California Heritage Museum
2612 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-8537
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What would Southern California be without the surfing scene and surf culture? We're guessing a little less colorful. One of the ways that oceanic activity has captured the SoCal spirit is through the streamlined beauty of the surfboard, as witnessed by this cool exhibit cobbled together by legendary wave rider Nathan Pratt. Come and see the evolution of the surfboard through the eyes of the artists and fearless souls that created and rode these magical rides.

Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tickets: $8.00, Seniors and Students $5.00


Saturday, November 19

Evening by the Rhine

California Theatre of the Performing Arts
562 W. Fourth St.
San Bernadino, CA 92402
(909) 663-2293
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For those of us who fell asleep in World Geography class, the Rhine references the river that weaves its way through the center of Europe. Now that you know where it is, prepare to take a metaphorical seat by its slowly rushing waters, as the San Bernadino Symphony Orchestra performs pieces by classical music masters whose works seem to rise up from its banks. We're talking composers like Rossini, Schuman, and Chopin. It is the perfect way to get your classical music fix in before the mad holiday rush.

Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $20.00 - $55.00


Sunday, November 20

L.A. Auto Show 2011

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 741-1151
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Whether you are a gearhead or know just enough to pump your own gas, there's nothing quite as cool as checking out a bunch of snazzy looking vehicles. And this celebration of the car world will certainly provide you with plenty of ogling opportunities. From eco-friendly green cars to forward-thinking concept rides, there will be plenty of sweet automobiles on hand for you to leave wanting to trade in whatever you drove to get to the event.

Time: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Admission: $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, Free for children under 12

Rich Manning is an Orange County writer who blogs at Foodie a Go Go.

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