• Film

    October 2, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Boldo Bol: From the Earth to Your Lips

    "Is she really going to put all that stuff into one bowl?" I thought to myself, eyeing the food on the steam tables that was not yet part of my meal. There were still three kinds of beans that looked rather watery, at least six different vegetables, three sauces and two meats. Most of them, I realiz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    End of Federal Probe into Claims Muslims Created Anti-Semitic Climate at UCI Cheered

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) office in Anaheim, which covers Southern California, is cheering news that the Department of Education (DOE) is closing an investigation into whether Palestinian rights activism on three UC campuses, including Irvine's, created an anti-Semitic clim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Duffy's: Too Dumb for Berkeley, But Perfect for OCC!

    [Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our newest nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read as our bold web editor, Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby, stumbles into the dive bar scene every week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Local Cambodians Diss State Voter Guides

    Members of the sizable Cambodian population in Orange County and Long Beach have a problem with state voter guides printed in the language most are familiar with, Khmer:The guides are too complex.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Cold War Kids - Berkeley Studios - March 6, 2013

    Cold War Kids Berkeley StudiosMarch 6, 2013Over the past month or so, the Cold War Kids have been playing small shows in Southern California, highlighted by a local show at The Observatory late last month. They've been showcasing new material from their forthcoming album, Dear Miss Lonely Heart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Nick 13 Sparks Up Another Year of October Flame, This Time in Pomona

    Octoberflame is a tradition that Tiger Army has kept going since the late '00s. Now in its fifth year, this spooky, psychobilly tradition started because they wanted to give the SoCal psychobilly scene the same kind of Halloween spirit that they had in their Berkeley stomping grounds up north. "I li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2012

    We Get Mail: Summer (California) Reading from Heyday

    The Bibliofella provides full employment to the UPS guy, Fed Ex and the world's greatest mail carrier, Cherry out of Silverado P.O.  Among the boxes delivered to Shangri-Bib are dozens of catalogs, fun to browse through, from big commercial publishers, tiny little presses like Copper Canyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Celebrate Berkeley Dog's Anniversary With UC Irvine Deal: 99-Cent Franks

    Summertime blues means cravings for deep fried fair food and grilling essentials, like burgers and dogs. For a snappy Costco food court alternative, head down to Berkeley Dog this weekend for a promotion that would make any dollar store proud: 99-cent German Frankfurters for lunch!The mini chain nor ... More >>

  • Film

    April 19, 2012

    Newport Beach Film Festival's Social Network

    A curated sample of socially relevant offerings at the 2012 festival

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Ooh La La! A YouTube Video of The Anti-Santiago Creek Bike Trail Protest

    Courtesy of the Santiago Creek Greenway Alliance​It's been a while since we checked in on the tempest in a teapot known as the proposed Santiago Creek bicycle trail--you know, the last quarter mile connecting Villa Park and inland Orange with the newly-secured Santa Ana River Trail? It's the one t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Narcisco Romanes Blando: Ugly Police Mugshot Poser Accused of Touching Patients Sexually

    ​Prosecutors of today's ugly mug poser, Narcisco Romanes Blando, put it best: "There was no medical reason or necessity for the defendant to touch the victim's vagina." Not unless the physician's assistant at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Mission Viejo was practicing an alternative medici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    [UPDATED with UCI Chief "Appalled":] UC Protesters Get Help From Above to Stop Campus Cops' Baton Jabs and Pepper Spraying

    ​UPDATE, NOV. 23, 10:24 A.M.: UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake has issued a statement where he says that he is "appalled" by the police response to peaceful demonstrators on other campuses as witnessed in recent YouTube videos. The brutal actions violate UC policies, procedures and the sense of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Cooking: Chez Panisse--But What's a Panisse?

    Dave LiebermanPanisses and some dandelion--yes, dandelion--empanadas I made the other day.​You've all heard of Chez Panisse, Alice Waters' breakout restaurant in Berkeley. You can't have avoided mention of it--and it is, to be fair, an outstanding restaurant. But if you aren't French, specifically ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    All Female Hip-Hop Group earthStonez Offer 'Audio Therapy' for Free

    ​In need of some Audio Therapy? The earthStonez will see you now. The Los Angeles and Las Vegas-based underground collective of female hip-hop musicians, have finally released their anticipated full-length album. The multiracial group, which once rolled six deep but has since reconfigured to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    No. 20: Chicken Pie at La Palma Chicken Pie Shop

    ProfessorSalt.comChicken pie dinner at La Palma Chicken Pie Shop​This 100 Favorites Dishes feature is all about comfort foods for this writer. Granted, I  include tacos de tripas and fish pho in that category, but it also embraces American classics like chicken pie. In Orange County, old-scho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    No. 21: Mac and Cheese at Ecco

    ProfessorSalt.comFontina, gorgonzola and pancetta mac and cheese​You'd think a mac and cheese would be simple to pull off for a restaurant kitchen, but you'd be wrong. Never mind the technical difficulties of making a cheese sauce creamy-smooth,  balancing the flavor profiles and so on, we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Low Pay for Airline Pilots "Threatens" the Country

    ​A couple months ago, I almost blogged something that claimed regional airline pilots earn an average of $14,000 a year. Believing that to be a typo--pilots are rolling in it, right?--I moved on to something more important, like Octomom boxing an East Coast skank.However, the nonprofit investigati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    No. 56: Bacon Hash Dog at Berkeley Dog

    ProfessorSalt.comBacon. Hashbrown. Dog.​Some things sell themselves: sex and bacon, to name two. The most savvy marketers know you just need to whisper those words, or show a well-shot photo, and the mere mention will hook into your brain like a stainless steel gaff-hook.  The less you talk a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Berkeley Dog To Soft Open Across From UC Irvine This Saturday. Grand Opening May 12.

    Berkeley Dog​Berkeley Dog's third and newest outlet soft opens tomorrow at the University Center, across from UC Irvine. Finally, the hot dog stand that emulates (and is supplied by) Top Dog in Berkeley fulfills its purpose: to feed a collegiate body in need of sausage sandwich sustenance. It's ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Local Cassette Review: 'Last Exit in Berkeley' by Roman Candles

    Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Berkeley Dog to Open Third Sausage Kitchen Across From UCI

    Berkeley Dog on Facebook​As you read here about this time last year, Berkeley Dog was putting the finishing touches of its first store in Mission Viejo. Now, the wiener stand--which is supplied and endorsed by Top Dog in Berkeley, itself a local legend the way Pink's is here (but perhaps with less ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Battle: New School Gourmet Sausages

    ProfessorSalt.comBerkeley Dog's bratwurst with chili and cheese​Gourmet hot doggeries have opened in the Southland in recent years despite a shabby economy, because gussied-up sausage sandwiches give good value for your dining-out dollar. Faced with newish restaurants as varied as Wurstküche, S ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010

    Green Day

    Verison Wireless Amphitheatre

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    High-Speed Rail Plan Slammed by Berkeley; Curt Pringle in Senator's Cross Hairs

    ​California's planned high-speed rail system has been the target of varied criticism, including from Orange County state assemblywoman Diane Harkey who wants to kill the thing outright. Now, a study from UC Berekely--funded by the high-speed rail authority--says the entire project is based on ride ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Berkeley Dog To Open In Mission Viejo This Weekend With Free Frankfurters

    Berkeley Dog on Facebook​The Chowhounds have been discussing a new hot dog joint called Berkeley Dog which officially opens this Saturday, May 1st, in Mission Viejo. The new eatery, though not officially affliated with a popular Berkeley sausage house chain called Top Dog, has aligned itself ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Alice Waters Speaks At the LA Times Festival of Books

    Doyenne of the locavore movement, defender of the schoolyard organic garden and quintessential Berkeleyite Alice Waters spoke at the L.A. Times Festival of Books yesterday morning. A crowd of nearly a thousand gathered to watch her present, completely extemporaneously, a series of demonstrations on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    This Weekend: Many Good Bands at Detroit Bar... Plus Carson Daly People

    Timothy NorrisThe Morning Benders reinterpreting The Hangover​If you're not at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa for at least one of the next three nights then, well, we just don't know what.A bold claim, but here's the evidence...

  • Film

    January 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Life on the Veg: Au Lac Vegetarian Restaurant in Fountain Valley

    Humanese, if you please.​ It's unfortunate, but after a few years spent living up in Berkeley I can safely say that, here in SoCal, most restaurateurs treat veganism as more of a novelty than a lifestyle. From the premium pricing of upscale establishments such as Costa Mesa's 118 Degrees to being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Torture Memo Author Finds Friends and Foes at Chapman U

    Perhaps some of you have a conservative uncle who says stupid things. You know, like the U.S. is not in debt to China, or that Barack Obama is a socialist or that George W. Bush won his presidential elections. Mine recently repeated the Bill O'Reilly/Rush Limbaugh/Attila the Hun yarn about all the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Wildfires Just a Sneak Preview?

    Ted Soqui shot this in Yorba Linda the weekend past. See his amazing slideshow here. Now that the fires have been contained, heroes have been identified, firefighting techniques have been blasted, causes have been zeroed in on, and our Last Action Hero Governor has likened the disaster to one of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    First shocker of the night!

    ABC calls Utah for Romney! Which is like calling Berkeley for Kucinich...

  • Music

    June 14, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 15, 2006

    Congrats To KUCI And Cold War Kids...

    ..for honorable nominations in this year's Plug Awards. Wha Plug? Indie backpatters sez: PLUG is different from all of the institutional accolades for the music industry – the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, GRAMMY Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Music Award ... More >>

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    This Is the Voice

    The Gossip could follow a botched cockfight

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2006

    Bad Medicine

    Fullerton is certainly full of something these days. Last month the Fullerton Planning Commission approved a resolution to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in their city. In fact, all the resolution woul accomplish is a violation of California law; that and a major buzz-kill to Jay's Paradise, the ... More >>

  • Food

    October 13, 2005
  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    Keg Stand!

    The Spurgeon, a haven for meeting supernice people

  • Music

    April 3, 2003
  • Features

    July 4, 2002

    A Very PhilDickian Existence

    Minority Report author Philip K. Dick found Orange Countys truth stranger than science fiction

  • Columns

    June 13, 2002
  • Music

    November 22, 2001

    What Is It About the Gay Heroin Addicts?

    Monique Powell on boys, bands and bananas in the bathtub

  • News

    January 25, 2001

    Bring on the End Times

    Is for real?

  • Columns

    January 18, 2001
  • Food

    March 30, 2000

    Wavy Vegetarian Gravy

    Rutabegorz is still groovy

  • Food

    March 30, 2000

    Wavy Vegetarian Gravy

    Rutabegorz is still groovy

  • Features

    January 6, 2000


    Shit People Sent Us, 1999

  • Features

    July 29, 1999


    And other realities of life on the road

  • Columns

    October 15, 1998

    Sexual Heaving

    Old flames, penis sheaths and Apaches lifting my dress

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