"LOVE STORY" SONGSTRESS: Taylor Swift, that talented, guitar-strumming, ballad-singing dynamo, has pluck and winsomeness to spare, not to mention serious songwriting chops. Plus major curls. If you haven't heard her, you should turn on the radio or the TV. She'll be on in a jiffy, we're betting. Show's sold out (as it is in many cities). Staples Center. 7:30PM
VINO, WITH A SIDE OF SEA AIR: The Newport Beach Food & Wine Festival, a three-day extravaganza devoted to dishes galore and tasty bevs, gets pouring. A South American Evening and a Tasting with the Masters are the Friday night centerpieces. Balboa Bay Club & Resort, May 22-24.
DON'T FEED THEM AFTER MIDNIGHT: We always wondered about that particular "Gremlins" rule. So, when can you start feeding them? Dawn? A question for director Joe Dante, who is appearing with his devilish, yuletide-fun 1984 romp at the Aero Theatre. The thought of that one cheeky gremlin dressed as a bride already has us laughing. 7:30PM