It's almost the one-year anniversary of the Orange County Register erecting a paywall on its website, a paywall that owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz swore was strict, swore would never go down, swore was impenetrable--indeed, Spitz told his own paper "there will be no way to 'game' the system." ... More >>
Santa Ana residents are helping to wage a secret war against one of Mexico's most ruthless drug cartels—and they're winning
Monday, October 14 Wavves The Observatory Wavves, the feral brain child of Nathan Williams, is a San Diego-based garage rock band that, despite being relatively young and surviving a full member re-do, have already hit some pretty massive rockstar milestones. In 2009, singer Williams took a bunch o ... More >>
Thanks in part to a Huntington Beach advertising agency, The Walking Dead fans can not only use an app to design their own vehicle to help survive the zombie apocalypse, but if the graphic novel's creator Robert Kirkman chooses your mock-up, a built-out version will be unveiled by him at October's N ... More >>
Friday, June 14 The Thermals The Constellation Room After 11 years, Portland trio The Thermals are starting to get some of the attention they deserve. Their latest release and Saddle Creek Records debut Desperate Ground came out in April with a positive reaction from music critics and almost eclips ... More >>
Will a jury signal to cops it's wrong to harass citizens videotaping their actions?
Even with the surprising, okay, VERY surprising news that Taylor Swift's latest album sold a whopping 1.2 million copies in its first week, almost everyone can agree that the music biz is in a heap of trouble. Labels and artists alike are scrambling to make a buck any way they can. Sometimes this co ... More >>
[Locals Only] Fooling around with this horror -rock band reminds us they're no joke
Most people don't respond to mass emails from political campaigns. But Sam Liu, campaign manager for candidate Jay Chen, sent the Weekly a message he received on Oct. 13 in response to a bulk email asking voters to support Chen's race for the 39th congressional district against i ... More >>
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Let's say you want to help build the case for Newport Beach resident, former Mater Dei High School and quarterback starter Matt Barkley of USC winning the Heisman Trophy.There's an app for that.
Last week we mentioned that the Irvine City Council brought up some collective beef over the Vans Warped Tour's Irvine stop at the Great Park on Thursday--and all the troublesome, traffic-making punks that will come with it. Well, even though the fest will certainly foil any dog walking, kite flying ... More >>
There are lot of chicken dishes out there and I have only ten slots on this list. So I picked out my faves using my own unscientific criteria of what constitutes a chicken dish, ruling out others because chicken wasn't the star. What remains are dishes where I felt America's favorite poultry got top ... More >>
But first, weather on the 1s in Abel Ferrara's apocalyptic film
The Naked and Famous March 19, 2012 The Observatory You know you're in for a treat when the headlining band blows an amp before they even hit the stage. There was a minor technical difficulty once the house lights dimmed and we were stuck in the darkness for a little bit, but the crowd didn ... More >>
Sitting down for lunch at Twisted Vine in downtown Fullerton, Dave Fernandez and I talked about family, restaurant reviews and great wines. It wasn't quite a business meeting, more like two friends sharing a bite to eat. Of course, he periodically checked his iPhone for incoming reservations, men ... More >>
When a friend requested assistance with a project, I offered to meet close to their Anaheim home. As luck would have it, someone suggested a sushi place near by that I would find interesting. Last seen rolling on the radar in downtown Fullerton, "Sushi Dave" resurfaced about a year ago inside the ... More >>
The latest class-envy rip-off thriller falls flat
Los Angeles band the Aggrolites (famous for popularizing "dirty reggae") rang Orange County into the New Year in 2011, and now they're back to celebrate the first moments of 2012 with fans in Long Beach. Singer Jesse Wagner spoke with us about what 2011 held for the band and what 2012 will bring. ... More >>
WRPICollege radio stations have long given a microphone to local musicians and DJs looking for an audience (and people who wanna talk about stuff), but like many awesome campus institutions, they're endangered by the swinging budget ax. Over the past few years, more than a dozen student-run stati ... More >>
Most of us have found ourselves embroiled in passionate arguments defending or blasting artists who "sell out." Those who rail against musicians who use their product to amass wealth will often cite Minor Threat as a shining example of a band who successfully avoided the monetary pitfalls of fame ... More >>
Beachwood BBQ's Facebook pageThey day after you've bungled your own Fourth of July BBQ, there will be hope for redemption: Beachwood BBQ has announced that their second restaurant will be open for business in downtown Long Beach, Tuesday, July 5th. But this, as we've reported before, is not just ... More >>
Yep, it's been a whole year: Ben & Jerry's free cone day is coming up on Tuesday, April 12. And as much as we love classics like Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia, why not try one of four new (or newish) flavors? There's even one that contains chocolate-covered potato chips. And it's tastier th ... More >>
I'm weeks late on my post about the Natural Products Expo that happened at the Anaheim Convention Center, but I did want to mention the following since I had it for breakfast: pancake mix endorsed by OC's own Paul Frank.The fashion maven announced his foray into the world of breakfast last year, ... More >>
Yesterday was my birthday. That means another year in my life has come and gone, and I'm another year closer to the inevitable grave.Although my life has taken many twists and turns within the span of a single year, one thing remains constant--I still play A LOT of video games.Since I'm a few yea ... More >>
Trying to stop the auction of your father's foreclosed home is a gut-wrenching experience, and a Weekly reader was kind enough to share his tale of trying to delay the inevitable--by doing a Steve Carrell bit.The scene-by-scene after the jump.
Looking back at 2010 on our news blog, one Top 10 List at a time
Flickr user peterjbaerI wanted a Voltron. A real Voltron with the die-cast pieces of the five individual colored Lions that made up Voltron. You could snap them together and then go around defending the galaxy. I wrote to Santa Claus and asked for it; I even forbore from torturing my little siste ... More >>
I rarely go to Morton's the Steakhouse--not because I detest its food but because its outside my pay scale. But apparently Orange County likes the Morton's in Anaheim and SanTana so much that the pricey chain will give you a free dessert TONIGHT if you buy dinner. Some caveats, of course, but of ... More >>
Mother and child reunion in Lena Dunham's 'Tiny Furniture'
DisneyQuorra Couture Platform Sandal designed by Jerome C. Rousseau retailing for $795Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that Disney was launching a high-end accessory and shoe line inspired by Tron: Legacy. While every ultra-hyped Disney movie release goes hand-in-hand with an ... More >>
Edwin GoeiYou'll have noticed we're changing who writes this feature on a day by day basis: this is how you know we're getting close to the end of our countdown. Make sure to pick up a copy of our Best of OC 2010 when it hits the newsstands October 14!
Edwin Goei You'll have noticed we're changing who writes this feature on a day by day basis: this is how you know we're getting close to the end of our countdown. Make sure to pick up a copy of our Best of OC 2010 when it hits the newsstands October 14!
Andrew YoussefThe Psychedelic Furs at the House of Blues Anaheim last yearIt's that time of the week again, where we give away tickets to awesome shows. And look what we have here! Five pairs of tickets to the Psychedelic Furs/She Wants Revenge show at the Grove of Anaheim, and a pair of tickets ... More >>
Three cheers to past Gettin' Made featured artist Stephanie Han Windham for posting a link to the new Square card reader on her Facebook page. This little gadget and the accompanying credit card processing app could very well revolutionize the way indie crafters operate at shows. (At the very l ... More >>
[Trendzilla] The OC-based website captures the true, bizarre essence of the people-watching-est place on Earth
Well-respected men about town open for and back Ray Davies, collectively pinch selves
American video game developers have it all: Multi-million dollar development budgets and the world's largest video game market are at their disposal to make some of modern day's best video games. However, they all lack one crucial thing--the rock star charisma of Japanese video game designers. When ... More >>
Photo by Steve OngAliso Viejo resident Steve Ong's winning shot.An amateur photo contest aimed at promoting Orange County's quasi-private toll roads gave new meaning to drive-by shooting.Folks who left comments on the Transportation Corridor Agencies--or The Toll Roads--Facebook page had other de ... More >>
If we were the iPhone app-acquiring sort -- actually, just if we had a coveted iPhone 3G -- we'd snap up this thingy from public-disclosure advocacy org Sunlight Labs. It's one of baced on Layar's "augmented reality" doohickeys, whereby you point your phone a certain direction and see, on the dis ... More >>
Convention floor. Rorschach started to turn around like I was trying to take a picture of him. I was not. Poor guy.We hit the first-ever Long Beach Comic Con at the Long Beach Convention Center this past weekend, and it was a busier-than-expected, promising start, full of roller derby gals, dudes ... More >>
It's not much, but consider this meager post the first preemptive stitch to our coverage of the Street Scene '09 festival happening in Sand Diego this weekend, Aug. 28-29. Before you say anything, we know that San Diego is not in Orange County. Though it could be argued that some cities at the as ... More >>
twenty_questions / Flickr / Creative CommonsAlright! Orange County journalist can move up in the newspaper world! Check it out: Veteran Register reporter Greg Hardesty is in the pages of the New York Times.I mean, ok, he's not writing for the Gray Lady. He's just a source in one of those horrible tr ... More >>
Friday's Grand Duchy show at Detroit Bar was a real treat. For some reason, I kind of forgot that the show was that day, and hadn't made the proper arrangements to attend, and was essentially turned away at the door when I got there. That was a bummer, for sure. I was able to check out Venus Infers ... More >>
'The Imaginary 20th Century' takes us forward into the past
Nicole Kidman had a pre-taped greeting to promote The Invasion, Joel Silver's latest remake of the Body-Snatcher story in which the aliens are microbes this time. The interview was full of jump-cuts -- had the feel of something that was creatively edited after the fact. Nic had nothing interesting t ... More >>
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