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2011 Stories by JESSICA FORD

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  • New Year's Eve Block Party

    published December 29, 2011

    Although the world may be ending in 2012, it’s time to ring in the New Year with a few thousands of your closest friends. The OC Fair is... More >>

  • Stuffed and Unstrung

    published December 22, 2011

    Hot on the release of The Muppets comes some puppets with real attitude in Stuffed and Unstrung. They may look like the family-friendly characters... More >>

  • 'Feast' Art Opening

    published November 3, 2011

    Explore the darker side of life during the month of October as PÄS Gallery features the work of Max Neutra, an LA-based artist with a talent... More >>

  • Steve-O's 'Entirely Too Much Information Tour'

    published September 15, 2011

    Swallowing a live goldfish; stapling his balls to his leg; getting a gigantic self-portrait tattoo—when you learn that Steve-O graduated from... More >>

  • WITNESS 9/11 Restrospective

    published September 8, 2011

    It's been 10 years since nearly 3,000 people died in the September 11 attacks. From 2004 to 2009, Iranian-American photographer Yasmin Etemadi... More >>

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

    published September 1, 2011

    Although never personally awarded for his work on the music and lyrics of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Stephen Sondheim’s... More >>

  • 'The Underpants'

    published August 18, 2011

    Any work coming from award-winning actor/writer/comedian Steve Martin is pretty much a hit upon conception, and The Underpants is no... More >>

  • Strawberry Festival

    published May 26, 2011

    More than 250,000 people attended last year’s Strawberry Festival in Garden Grove, which is expected to be just as popular this year. With... More >>

  • Harvey Milk Day

    published May 19, 2011

    Harvey Milk: politician, activist, icon. As California’s first openly gay elected official, he made strides for the LGBT equality movement... More >>

  • Mommie Dearest

    published May 5, 2011

    Faye Dunaway’s performance as movie-star-turned-crazed-mother Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest may have earned her the Razzie Award for... More >>

  • Jennifer Coolidge

    published April 28, 2011

    The 1999 movie American Pie brought about a new addition to everyone’s vocabulary—MILF. And the woman behind it all?... More >>

  • Silent Sky

    published April 21, 2011

    Few people know the name of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, but in the early 1900s—a time when females were not accepted as astronomers and... More >>

  • The Boy In the Bathroom

    published April 14, 2011

    The Boy In the Bathroom is about exactly that: a boy named David who is too afraid to take a chance on life and has spent the past year... More >>

  • Benefit Show for Japan

    published April 7, 2011

    In the wake of Japan’s recent tragedies, Long Beach’s Fourth Street community is coming together to throw a giant benefit show, with 100... More >>

  • OC Comedy Competition

    published March 24, 2011

    Plenty of famous standup comedians have headlined the Irvine Improv—but this time around, the comedy club is host to a competition among... More >>

  • A Tribute to Ray Charles

    published March 17, 2011

    Soul legend Ray Charles receives a well-deserved tribute from protégé Ellis Hall and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. Being the... More >>

  • OC Comedy Competition

    published March 10, 2011

    Plenty of famous standup comedians have headlined the Irvine Improv—but this time around, the comedy club is host to a competition among... More >>

  • Long Beach Mardi Gras

    published March 3, 2011

    For those serious about giving up a vice during Lent, Mardi Gras—which falls on March 8 this year—is their last chance to eat, drink and... More >>

  • The Wedding Singer

    published February 24, 2011

    Remember back in the ’90s when Adam Sandler was at the height of his career? Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding... More >>

  • Anthony Bourdain

    published February 17, 2011

    If you watch the Travel Channel, then you’re familiar with Anthony Bourdain. As host of the Emmy-winning television show No... More >>

  • The Who's Tommy

    published February 3, 2011

    Pete Townshend—a legend for his career as the guitarist and songwriter for the Who—took the iconic band’s 1969 double album,... More >>

  • Harland Williams

    published February 3, 2011

    Finally, a Valentine’s Day event with the right idea—laughter and alcohol. An event for couples and singles alike, comedian/actor... More >>

  • Sunday Salon

    published January 27, 2011

    Once a month, the Orange County Museum of Art holds its Sunday Salon, an informal gathering of artists participating in the 2010 California... More >>

  • Professional Bull Riders

    published January 20, 2011

    For one weekend each year, the Honda Center transforms into a bull-riding arena for the 40 best professional riders in the world. Watch as riders... More >>

  • Something was Wrong in Orange County...

    published January 13, 2011

    It’s usually only in our nightmares (or perhaps, dreams?) that we imagine Orange County being overrun by vampires, werewolves, zombies, and... More >>

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