• Calendar

    August 14, 2014

    Mason Movie Nights Under the Stars

    William R. Mason Regional Park

  • News

    June 26, 2014

    Aaron Kushner's Wrecking Ball

    The Boston millionaire claimed he'd save The Orange County Register and transform journalism. He didn't

  • Calendar

    January 30, 2014

    San Clemente Village Art Faire

    Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente

  • Calendar

    November 7, 2013
  • Calendar

    July 25, 2013

    Weekend at Bernie’s

    Regency South Coast Village

  • Columns

    July 11, 2013

    Christian Giving

    [Hey, You!] I've had enough now, thanks

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Capital Cities Almost Signed a Deal With Rick Ross, Worked With Andre 3000

    In our print feature this week, we caught up with Los Angeles' Capital Cities who have been flying up the pop charts on the strength of their hit single "Safe and Sound." Ahead of tonight's sold out show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, we decided to share a few interesting tidbits that didn't make ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 28, 2013

    Gilbert Gottfried

    Irvine Improv

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2013

    Shatner's World: We Just Live In It

    Segerstrom Center for the Arts

  • Calendar

    January 3, 2013

    Chapter Two

    Laguna Playhouse

  • Calendar

    June 28, 2012

    Adventure Club

    The Observatory

  • Calendar

    February 16, 2012

    Fantasy Comedy

    Brea Improv

  • Calendar

    January 26, 2012

    Elemeno Pea

    South Coast Repertory

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    UK Dating Website Gets Dinged By Guv'ment: Claimed It's for Vegetarians, Yet Featured Mostly Meat Eaters

    ​Look at the page above. A quick glance would lead readers to believe this is a dating website for vegetarians, and that's how Veggie Dates UK initially advertised itself as. But now notice the tagline: "If you are someone looking to meet single people who lead a healthy lifestyle why not join.... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    San Clemente-Based California Milk Processor Board Pulls Its Ad Campaign Touting Milk As A Cure To PMS

    ​Got milk? Yeah, we know, that marketing slogan stopped being effective, and started being annoying, about a decade ago. The milk industry needed its next big ad campaign and it looks like they just might have found it. The San Clemente-based California Milk Processor Board rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Taco Bell's 'Fake Beef' Lawsuit Dropped

    In response to the lawsuit, Taco Bell ran full-page newspaper ads headlined, "Thank you for suing us."​Four months and $4 million in counter-advertising later, the lawsuit against Taco Bell's beef has been voluntarily withdrawn.  High five? Anyone?  As you may remember, an Alabama law fi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 17, 2011

    Jon Huck

    Brea Improv

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2011


    Detroit Bar

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Cal State Long Beach Students Scissor Each Other in Protest Over Censorship of Play

    ​California State University Long Beach students were so worked up over the school refusing to promote the play Night of the Tribades that they held a special kind of protest in front of Brotman Hall last Wednesday.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Taco Bell Brings Back the Dirty Mexican to Sell their Horrible "Cantina" Tacos

    Above is the first commercial for the Frito Bandito, the ad campaign that launched a thousand PC pendejos. The campaign was totally offensive--but let's save those arguments for the publication of my book. What I want to concentrate on is the voice, that gravelly, slow-witted, mispronouncing tone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Schrodinger's Restaurant: Is Chimayo Open or Closed?

    ​UPDATED with the official status of the restaurant."Didn't you say Chimayo closed?" asked my wife."Yeah, Edwin blogged about it. They closed right before Christmas.""So why would they buy a print ad for New Year's Eve?"Sure enough, on page 19 of the New Year's Eve guide in this week's print editi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 19, 2009

    The Science of Gingerbread

    Discovery Science Center

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Is Comfort Wipe Wiping Away T.P. History?

    I thought I'd seen every infomercial on the airwaves until Slate's Seth Stevenson set me straight with his Brow Beat blog post "Don't Believe the Wipe." His reportage concerns Comfort Wipe, "an 18-inch plastic stick to which you may attach a clump of toilet paper, thus easing the arduous task o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Argyros, Arnel Management and Those Infernal Signs

    Over the years, John Jaeger has kept an eye on the signs posted around central Orange County for units available at Arnel Management Co. properties as well as OC Weekly's voluminous coverage of Arnel's owner, Newport Beach self-made businessman, developer, GOP power broker and former ambassador to S ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Do OC Weekly Food Critics Practice Payola?

    Last month, I took issue with The Filling Station in Orange because I felt they overcharged for merely good food. Over the weekend, owner John Hughes (not the same genius behind all those Brat Pack films) left this humdinger of a comment:I always found it funny that OCweekly [sic] gives great review ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2008

    More From Jingle Ball!

    This guy next to me is eating a baked potato. That's like the weirdest thing you can eat at a concert. Well, in the realm of possibility, at least. I guess like, elf meat would be weirder. Because elves are fictional, natch.They're playing all sorts of goofy videos between sets, like thinly veiled c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Kalesa Grill Now Pinoy Fiesta

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Kalesa Grill in Anaheim, misspelling the Filipino restaurant's name as Kasela but not misrepresenting its great take on the archipelago's turo-turo buffet tradition. I visited again last weekend, only to find the dive is now named Pinoy Fiesta. Everything remains ... More >>

  • Music

    June 12, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Upcoming in LA Times Obits: The Sunday Magazine

    Remember those Sunday mornings when the LA Times magazine was something to look forward to? Terrific profiles/color pieces/semi-newsy features—in-depth stuff you went back and read a second time (and, admit it, clipped and filed in your battered ol’ copy of Websters, under the appropriate word)? ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 22, 2007



  • News

    December 21, 2006

    The Bong Arm of the Law

    OC Pot Crusader May Face Trial as Drug Dealer

  • Music

    October 26, 2006

    Full House

    Dennis Argenzia, director of marketing, the Grove of Anaheim

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2006

    TV is Stupid

    "More bars in more places. That's what people have come to expect from Cingular." Bullshit. That's what my parents have come to expect from ME. Shame on Cingular for appealing to alcoholics. Sorry, but I just hate commercials these days. If it's not ambiguous word usage, it's terrifying paranoia- ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 31, 2006


    'Those rare weeks that I do pick it up and hope for something other than cheeky, too-cool-for-school, were so clever and youre not writing are few and far between'

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2006

    Anti-Carona Commercial to Air

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's commander Ralph Martin, who is trying to unseat third-term-seeking Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, has apparently made a huge cable television advertising buy so he can broadcast the following campaign commerical (Windows Media) into local homes. The beauty of the ad ... More >>

  • Film

    March 16, 2006

    Sometimes Dead Is Better

    The life after death of once-beloved characters

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2006

    Best LA Times Page EVER!!!

    Today. Friday, March 10, 2006. Los Angeles Times. Page A8. Along the thinnest of news holes, with just enough room all six columns to tuck in an inch of type per column and this headline in, eyeballing it, what appears to be 30-point type across four of those columns: "United Nations Report Says 1.1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2006

    Of Swallows, Schwarzenegger, and Swift Boats

    The faithful of Orange County have traditionally been willing to pretend to believe in miracles, even when they know better. Consider the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. Anyone in San Juan Cap with eyes to see, or a freshly washed car to be shat on, knows the birds return March-ishly each year, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2006

    Lights! Cola! Action!

    We don't know whether to be proud, repulsed, jealous--all three? Chapman University grad stud Rosemary Lambert's short film The Reel Monkey won the Grand Prize in a film competition. So far, so good--until you discover it's the 2006 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Competition. You see, student filmma ... More >>

  • Food

    October 27, 2005


    The soggy/succulent Italian beef and Chicago hot dogs of Portillo's arrive in Buena Park

  • About Us

    September 29, 2005
  • Film

    August 4, 2005

    Attack of the 50-ft. Commercials!

    Abandon all hope: there's no escape from movie product placements

  • News

    June 24, 2004

    Burning Bush

    The presidents conservative critics

  • Music

    May 15, 2003

    Sold On Selling Out

    Or: How I learned to stop bitching and love a TV commercial

  • Unknown

    June 7, 2001

    A Naked Chick, Please!

    Patient: The Dish

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Edisons Con Game

    Ratepayers will pay for new anti-ratepayer advertising campaign

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    Back up to Speed

    Recent votes suggest HB Councilman Garofalo is up to his old tricks

  • News

    January 25, 2001

    Electric Doomsday!

    How Edison convinced you that deregulation reform was a bad idea

  • News

    November 30, 2000

    Pete Weelson! Eeeeek!

    Former Gov. still strikes fear in Latinos

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