Spring into Spring with These Great Events

Illustration and Design by Nikki Nelsen/ el Don

April 7

Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring is here and so are the cherry blossoms! Come over to the Bowers Museum to the annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival and enjoy some sweets from the world-renown candy sculptor Shan Ichiyanagi, art from Fudan Daiko, folk and classical dances, koto and lute music from Japan, fish printmaking, and sumi-e (Japanese brush painting). Tickets are free for Bowers members and Santa Ana residents. The festival will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Don’t miss out and dip your toes in the Japanese culture. The event is scheduled Sunday, April 7. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.bowers.org Bowers Museum, Norma Kershaw Auditorium

—Lesly Guzman

April 9

The Santa Ana Book Club-“The Myths of Happiness”

Calling out to all bookworms in Santa Ana! Santa Ana Book Club with be hosting a meeting discussing Sonja Lyubomirsky’s The Myths of Happiness at the Gypsy Den, Santa Ana’s “alt” restaurant on Tuesday, April 9. The Myth of Happiness expels the norms of what is expected to achieve lifelong happiness, and shows readers what really brings happiness to people’s lives and to disbelieve the expectations that will bring one true happiness The quote “What should make you happy but doesn’t, what shouldn’t make you happy but does” is inscribed on the front cover of the book and is a very inspiring novel that was chosen by the book club to discuss. For more information, visit the Santa Ana Book Clubs Eventbrite page. The Santa Ana Book Club is a book group that discusses and reads books that inspire people and this social club is a great place to make new friends and to discuss your favorite books or what might be your new favorite book. The gypsy Den is also a wonderful place to have a book discussion or to visit on your free time offering vegan and vegetarian snacks and is a destination to get away from the hustle and bustle of Santa Ana to have some “quiet time” surrounded by books.
125 N Broadway D, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA Gypsy Den
Tuesday, April 9⋅6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

—Lesly Guzman

April 10 and 11

Cat Video Fest

Cat lovers this is your purr-fect opportunity to watch cute cat videos! The Frida cinema a non-profit art house in downtown Santa Ana will feature the Cat Video Fest on April 10 and 11 and is the cat’s meow for entertaining cat-themed videos. The theatre will premier 70 minutes of cute cat videos on the big screen. While being a fun and adorable experience for the guests, the Cat Video Fest raises money for cats who are in need. The Moon Cat Cafe a mobile cat cafe, will also be serving guests at 5 p.m. and will receive 20% of the proceeds. The event is scheduled for April 10 and April 11. Just don’t bring your cat! To watch the movie trailer and to purchase tickets for the event go online to http://thefridacinema.org/event/cat-video-fest-2019/. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.
305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA

—Nikki Nelsen

April 12

The Cure: Tribute Night

A live musical tribute to The Cure, a famous rock band that began in 1976. Popular songs such as “Love Song”, “Just Like Heaven”, and “Boys Don’t Cry”. Get your red lipstick ready and head to DTSA’s newest event bar and concert venue, La Santa. This 21+ late night event is free. The event is schedules for April 12 and Doors open at 10:30 p.m. La Santa offers a variety of events that sometimes happen nightly such as Girlpool and Jasper Bones, which will also be scheduled In April. 220 E 3rd St, Santa Ana, CA 92701 https://www.ticketweb.com/event/the-cure-tribute-night-late-la-santa-tickets/9272425
220 E 3rd St, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA

—Hector Renteria

April 13

National Record Store Day

On and on and on, what side of the record are you on? Left of the Dial Records in Downtown Santa Ana will participate in Record Store Day on April 13, an annual event featuring exclusive record releases, first leases, limited runs and regional releases by artists including Mumford & Sons, Queen and XXXTentacion. The event draws long lines of avid record collectors, and there is a limited quantity of records, so be prepared for the adrenaline when the doors of Left of the Dial Records open at 6:30 a.m. until their closure at 6:00 p.m. The opening time is not yet confirmed, but check for updates closer to the event on Facebook and Instagram @leftofthedialrecords or email recordsleftofthedial@gmail.comhttps://recordstoreday.com
320 French St. Unit B Santa Ana, CA 92701

—Ashley Ramnyke

April 20

Reefer Madness

Moviegoers can get lit to this cannabis-themed film from 1936 at the Frida Cinema. The movie focuses on A trio of drug dealers who convince innocent teens to get addicted to smoking reefers. This hilarious satire is a great movie to go out and see if you need plans for 420 and love stoner flicks. Just leave your “reefer” at home. For more stoner-themed flicks on 420 and to purchase tickets for Reefer Madness visit the Frida Cinema website.
305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA

—Nikki Nelsen

April 25


Come over to the 4th annual Drag-U-Cation event at Santa Ana College Phillips Hall to learn about the history of drag queens around the world, including a Q&A with local worldwide famous queens and a full hour extravaganza from the artistic queens themselves. Started in C-207 as just a classroom show for Lance Lockwood’s Gender Communication Course, the event has grown in size making its way to Phillips Hall Theatre and has added more queens that sold out Phillips Hall last year. the show begins at 7 pm and general admission is just $10. Let these drag moms give you life and teach you how to slay. For more information, visit: www.drag-u-cation.com
Thursday, April 25⋅7:00 – 10:00pm Phillips Hall Theatre
1454-1592 N Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92706, USA

—Lesly Guzman

April 28

Tech N9ne

Tech N9ne an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur will be making his way to the Observatory stage. Tech N9ne is one of the founders of the Strange Music Label in 1999. Since then has released 17 albums, three-gold selling records. With hits such as, Fragile Ft. Kendrick Lamar, Hood Go Crazy, and Caribou Lou. This show will be one you can’t miss. General admission starts at $35 and show starts at 8 p.m. and Doors open at 7 p.m. Don’t forget your 151 rum and Malibu juice, caribou! https://www.ticketweb.com/event/tech-n9ne-the-observatory-tickets/9302075
pril 28, 2019, 7:00pm – April 29, 2019, 12:30am
3503 S Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704

—Hector Renteria

Nikki Nelsen

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