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    NBFF: Concrete translations, Indian burns

    Okay, filmgoers, it's time for a linguistics lesson. CEMENTO ARMATO is the title of an Italian film. In English, would you call that movie... (a) ARMORED CEMENT (b) CONCRETE ROMANCE (c) both of the above NBFF has opted for (c). But which is it r...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on April 28, 2008 @ 12:58 pm
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    Fullerton Chicano Murals Still Not Safe

    Sancho over at The Latin Blogger scored a statement from Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk regarding her city's endangered Chicano murals on a Lemon Street overpass near Valencia Drive. "The history of the murals tells a story of Fullerton's neighborhoods...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on April 28, 2008 @ 9:21 am
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    What You Missed Over the Weekend Part XVIII

    This weekend had so many festivals going on that both Navel Gazing and Heard Mentality were working through the weekend. First, we had Luke Y. Thompson pulling double duty blogging his little heart out at the Newport Beach Film Festival AND attendin...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on April 28, 2008 @ 8:30 am
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    To Do Tonight 4/28

    Beautiful Noise: A Benefit for the Family of Mike Conley, 7 p.m. Join Mike's friends, family and fans for a night of remembrance at the House of Blues with performances by M.I.A., Jello Biafra, Kevin Seconds (of 7 Seconds), a special acoustic set by ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on April 28, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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    NBFF: The Long and the Short of It

    You hear all the time that men never stop and ask directions. Women use it as proof that we're all stubborn and pointlessly macho. But there's another reason. Men don't ask for directions because they know that 98% of the time, the response from who...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on April 28, 2008 @ 2:14 am
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    BiblicalThought.com A'Deletin'

    *Updated, with new information on the bottom... For the past couple of days, it's been quite the battle royale at Navel Gazing regarding Robert Morey, pastor of Faith Community Church in Irvine, and a guy whose flock is the most aggressively arrogan...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on April 27, 2008 @ 5:43 am
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    The Reg-O-Meter -- Week Ending April 26

    MONDAY, APRIL 21: ?What's the big news today from the Reggie's crack team of community reporters? In Yorba Linda, "A 4- to 6-month old black puppy was found on Arroyo Street the afternoon of April 15." Ummm . . . any sleazy goings-on out in Rancho ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Rich Kane on April 26, 2008 @ 11:46 pm
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    NBFF: Whaddya Know?

    I do not understand you festival audiences. You have standing before you John Ratzenberger, comedic genius from CHEERS and every Pixar feature ever. He's improvising hilarious off-the-cuff remarks, and undoubtedly has great stories to tell. And what...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on April 26, 2008 @ 2:11 am
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    Because You're Ugly: Fewa Black Magic

    American clothing detergent companies have only just recently caught onto the fact that we like our dark clothing to stay dark--with household names like Tide and Woolite releasing special formula color safe detergent made especially for items like d...

    @ Navel Gazing by Vickie Chang on April 25, 2008 @ 3:38 pm
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    NBFF: Opening Night

    Rumor had it that the Newport Beach Film Festival was looking for a high-profile opening night movie that failed to finally come through, so instead the festival kicked off with SHERMAN'S WAY, which is not to be confused with the Ross McElwee documen...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on April 25, 2008 @ 11:53 am
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    To Do This Weekend 4/25 - 4/27

    BabyLon Blues, 4/25 @ 8 p.m. Bumpin' and grindin'. It's A Grind 4245 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 562-981-0028 Eon Burcham Trio, 4/25 @ 8 p.m. Caffeine high. Portfolio Coffeehouse 2300 Fourth St. Long Beach, CA 90814 562-434-2486 On Switch; Kil...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on April 25, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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    Arrogance, Thy Name is Robert Morey

    Our post earlier today about the turmoil at Irvine's Faith Community Church has already sparked discussion on its friend's blog (more below) and a comment from the church's leader, Robert Morey. And it's not just any comment--it's one so pompous and ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on April 24, 2008 @ 11:40 pm
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    Letters from OC Weekly Readers

    "What more could be expected of a slime rag that's part of the Village Voice corral of ber-left weeklies?" Serial Sequels Every breath that Rodney Alcala takes is another tax dollar put to waste [Christine Pelisek's "The Fine Art of Killing," Ja...

    by STAFF on January 28, 2010
  • An Artist Unhappy With New Management Causes a Sawdust Dust-Up

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    An Artist Unhappy With New Management Causes a Sawdust Dust-Up

    Sawdust-Up Controversy over the famed Laguna Beach art festival's management boils over in the form of a mass e-mail to Sawdust artists Few cities have changed as much since the late 1960s as has Laguna Beach. Back then, before the millionaires bu...

    by Nick Schou on January 28, 2010
  • [Hey, You!] Lame Change

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    [Hey, You!] Lame Change

    Lame Change So Long Beach just recently changed a former driving lane into a bike lane, and I admit that I was mistakenly driving my Volvo station wagon in this brand-new (and hardly marked) bike lane when I was on my way to Kitchen Outfitters in N...

    by ANONYMOUS on January 28, 2010
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    [Ask a Mexican!] Special Taco Bell Edition

    Dear Mexican: Why do so many Mexicans work for Taco Bell and El Pollo Loco? Don't they know they only add a false credence to the belief that this is Mexican cuisine? The bastardizing of the truly great and diverse food of Mexico by the money-hungry...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 28, 2010
  • Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido Voted To Aid a Vending-truck Business In Which His Father Was Involved

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    Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido Voted To Aid a Vending-truck Business In Which His Father Was Involved

    Shell Game Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido voted several times to aid a controversial vending-truck business in which his father was involved Minutes before six on a late December morning, the first rays of sunlight break over the horizon to cas...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 28, 2010
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    Luke Y. Thompson: Movie Star

    A few months back OC Weekly staffer Luke Y. Thompson went off to Texas to shoot a horror movie titled Wicked Lake. That's right, folks! A real-life motion picture. And that picture is having a big Hollywood premiere this Saturday at the Egyptian Th...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on April 24, 2008 @ 6:02 pm
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    Schism Occurring At Faith Community Church?

    Orange County Christianity has more than its share of charlatans, but few are more offensive than the Reverand Robert Morey, the resume-stretching head of Faith Community Church in Irvine. Every time we discuss him, we get email from former or curren...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on April 24, 2008 @ 10:30 am
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    To Do Tonight 4/24

    KIIS FM College Night, 9:30 p.m. I miss college. Tia Juana's 14988 Sand Canyon Rd. Irvine, CA 92618 949-551-2998 Inverse; The Knives; The Feelings Mutual, 9 p.m. Drunktastic. Alex's Bar 2913 E. Anaheim Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90804 562-434-8292 D...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on April 24, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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