Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before "graduating" to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper's first calendar editor. He has contributed as a freelance editor and writer to several publications and been the subject of or featured in several reports online, in print and on the radio and television. One of countless times he returned to his Costa Mesa, CA, home with a bounty of awards from a journalism competition, his wife told him to take out the trash.
2 hours ago | Court
An Orange County sheriff's deputy was convicted of insurance fraud on Tuesday, just as a Costa Mesa cop had been five days earlier. Nicholas "Nick" Zappas, 36, of Laguna Niguel, was convicted and sentenced to six months in Orange County jail ...
3 hours ago | Film and TV
The most popular film in the history of the Newport Beach Film Festival, which begins its 18th run in April, has found a home on the small screen. Dirty Old Wedge, director Tim Burnham's action-sports documentary about Newport Beach's world famous...
1 day ago | Film and TV
Orange County and adjacent theaters are screening many of the Academy Award-nominated movies in the days leading up to Sunday's opening of envelopes inside Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. The Oscars Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel coverage begins at 4 p.m. Sund...
2 days ago | Film and TV
To celebrate the third anniversary of The Frida Cinema, the downtown Santa Ana indie/arthouse/all-things cinema space is presenting a rare (and free!) chance to see Michael Curtiz's 1942 masterpiece Casablanca on the big screen. But Logan Cro...
2 days ago | Politics
Anyone else long for the good ol' Cold War days when it was the Republicans having conniptions over Russia and the Democrats being accused of being too cozy with Commies? Dig this: Donald Trump's possibly compromised protestations aside, Russia st...
2 days ago | Crime-iny
Luis Fernando Alarcon pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot and a felony count of throwing an object that damaged a California Highway Patrol vehicle during Donald Trump's presidential campai...