Come learn about popular music groups and artists who got their start in Orange County, and the clubs and venues (like the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, pictured above, and the Prison of Socrates in Balboa, pictured below) that helped launch them. The Orange County Historical Society will present “Orange County: Cooler Than It Knew How To Be,” with longtime O.C. journalist and cub historian Jim Washburn on Thurs., Mar. 14, 7:30pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange.
Jim will look at O.C.’s musical past to explain how, “despite prevailing
perceptions, culture wasn’t hurtin’ behind the Orange Curtain.” For over
30 years, Jim has written about music and popular culture in the O.C.
Register, the L.A. Times, the OC Weekly and other publications, as well
as curating several exhibits about same at the Fullerton Museum Center.
The photo below shows a modern view of the favorite beatnik hangout, The Prison of Socrates. Today it's a BJ's Pizza. Note the wonderful deco facade.
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