Greer's OC: Free shows with local music

January 05, 2011|By Greer Wylder

Local music fans will love that the OC music scene is in the spotlight in a big way now through March 5. Musicians will be performing each Tuesday night at free shows throughout OC for the 10th anniversary OC Music Awards Showcase Series.

The next show starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the District at Tustin Legacy in Tustin with live acoustic performances for all ages. The lineup includes Skee from Sunset Beach, Honeypie and Headshine from Huntington Beach, Canvas from Santa Ana and Stacy Clark from Costa Mesa. The series will continue with live bands performing at different venues in Costa Mesa, Tustin, Lake Forest, Santa Ana and Fullerton.

Thirty-five local artists will be competing for the titles of Best Live Band or Best Live Acoustic and a performance slot at the 2011 OC Music Awards on March 5 at the Grove of Anaheim.


Kat Corbett of 106.7 KROQ's "Locals Only" show will host the awards show, with Wahoo's Fish Taco offering 50 free tacos to the first group of hungry fans.

For a complete list of shows and venues, visit


Paula Hanson pops up

You probably will never know about the incredible and hidden Paula Hanson Pop Up Shop unless you read this, or an up-on-fashion friend tells you about it.

Paula Hanson, a longtime Orange County seeker of designer talent, has opened a fabulous boutique behind Gardenology at Westcliff Court in Newport Beach. She fills her boutique with avant-garde and deconstructed fashions in sizes XS to XL that you will not find anywhere else.

And right now she's having a sale — select shoes, apparel, jewelry and handbags reduced 50%. Paula has a rare talent for exposing unique artists from Iceland, Sweden, Australia, Israel, the United States and all over the world. Key designers include Ivan Grundahl, Lilith, Elemente Clemente, Skif, Ray Harris, Cynthia Ashby, Kedem Sasson, Transparente, Krista Larson, Aimee g, Elm, Barbara de Jounge, Cydwoq, Trippen and Giraudon.

Find other treasures like snow globes from the oldest globe maker in Austria (sorry, only Eiffel Towers are left), clear and black UV rays protected umbrellas, blankets made in Norway, great eyewear from France and Italy, durable paper bags made from paper that you can even travel with, and jewelry designed by a chic New York City woman who launched her line in her 80s.

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