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The Hit List: Culture Vulture

Few things enrich one’s life and inspire creativity the way that art and music can, and our top five list of things to do in the coming week are sure to get your juices going.

The Killers

1. Unhinged
Through April 27, make your way to Laguna for Microscopic Hinges, the latest exhibit from O.C.’s hippest artists. You’ll see works from top talents, such as Russ Pope, Neil Blender, Hagop “Hago” Najarian, John Sollom and Mike Myers. Artists Republic for Tomorrow, 210 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 415.690.6180,

2. International Mashup
The Paris Combo has impressed audiences around the world with the group’s mixed approach to music. The combo combines the most unlikely genres—like French pop, gypsy rhythms, Latino beats, cabaret and Middle Eastern tunes—to create music that is downright fun and quite unique. See this culture clash in action April 28, and your ears will never hear the same. Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949.854.4646,

3. Abstract Art
Through April 29, artists Victoria Porcello and Howard Hitchcock bring their abstract painting collections together for one incredible exhibit. Porcello is showcasing Introspective Landscapes, while Hitchcock is presenting Violin Variations. Sandstone Gallery, 384-A N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6775,

4. Killing It
May 1 brings The Killers to our coast. They’re celebrating their newest album, Battle Born, and we’re looking forward to hearing live versions of hits like “Miss Atomic Bomb” and “The Rising Tide.” Their shows have a history of being epic, so prepare to make a Hot Fuss late into the night. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500,

5. New Beau
Playwright Beau Willimon nabbed a spot on the silver screen with his onstage-hit-turned-blockbuster Ides of March. His newest work, The Parisian Woman, continues through May 5, telling the tale of D.C. power players and the lengths they go for success. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555,