• Film

    December 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    BBC News Visits Little Arabia to Take the Pulse of Syrian-Americans on Possible Strikes

    President Barack Obama addressed the nation on Tuesday regarding the ongoing crisis in Syria, placing blame squarely on Bashar al-Assad's regime for deadly August 21 chemical weapons attacks in a Damascus suburb. The president stopped short of saying air strikes were imminent, opting for the time be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2013

    Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: Half-full, Completely Immortal David Rakoff

    I am getting more sentimental, more generally angry, quicker to find and cherish sadness, and celebrate goodness in my middle age. It's all good, as the young kids say. Sort of. At least I seem to have a middle age. The late and much-missed David Rakoff, whose sweet eyes and tender face haunts those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Federal Officials Want A Newport Beach Lamborghini Murcielago

    A federal prosecutor in Southern California is asking a judge to give the government title to a $175,000 Lamborghini Murcielago that police took from a man suspected of money laundering. The 2006 sports car, which is registered to Lamborghini Newport Beach, was confiscated in February 2012 by the I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Gustavo on The Tom Leykis Show THIS WEDNESDAY for Monthly ¡Ask a Mexican! Hour!

    If it's the last Wednesday of the month, it means that it's time for me to trek up to Burbank and spend the afternoon with Tom Leykis. Lemme explain how it goes, as it's now part of the show's tradition. The first hour (starting at 3 p.m. PST) is devoted to Tom and I shooting the shit, on conver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Gustavo on The Tom Leykis Show THIS WEDNESDAY for Monthly ¡Ask a Mexican! Hour!

    If it's the last Wednesday of the month, it means that it's time for me to trek up to Burbank and spend the afternoon with Tom Leykis. Lemme explain how it goes, as it's now part of the show's tradition. The first hour (starting at 3 p.m. PST) is devoted to Tom and I shooting the shit, on conversati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Matt Braunger Used to Type Subtitles For Softcore Porn, Now He Makes Us Laugh Out Loud

    Sure, Portland native former "MADtv" funnyman Matt Braunger's got some acting chops, but our favorite place to see him is on stage with a mic in his face. As a stand-up comic, Braunger's stockpile of real life scenarios (did you know he used to do the TV closed captioning for "Girls Gone Wild"?) del ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    ¡Ask a Mexican! on Radio Now to Occur Monthly, Exclusively on The Tom Leykis Show

    Last month, I appeared on The Tom Leykis Show for the first time in years, partly because he left terrestrial radio in 2009, and also because I didn't have time all last year to make the trek up to his bunker in Burbank to do his latest incarnation. But going on was a blast--unencumbered by FCC regu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Comedian Sean Green's Top Five Songs to Get Drunk To

    Hailing from the land of great things like cheesesteaks, Bill Cosby, and sports teams that may or may not be doing so wonderful this year (OK, they suck. We get it.), comedian Sean Green migrated from Pennsylvania to Cali to showcase his skills on a much higher level and that is exactly what he's be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Kickstarter Bands: Can Uncle Sam Touch Your Money?

    By: Tessa StuartBoy band Allstar Weekend are Poway's answer to One Direction. The San Diego county-bred group got its start on the Disney Channel music competition Next Big Thing back in 2009. They took second place on that show, but the exposure helped the band ink a four-album deal with Hollyw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Angus Brown and Arman Sharopetrosian Ran I.D. Theft Ring from Prison, Get to Stay Longer

    Federal Judge David O. Carter had a wild case in his Santa Ana courtroom this week, one involving Armenian Power gang members in prison, African-American gang members on the outside, bank insiders, uh, inside banks and one of the most sophisticated identity theft fraud schemes the veteran jurist has ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2012

    Frank Turner Wants Us to Continue to Believe In Him

    The English folk-rocker of Olympics fame readies a new album that's fresh, tight and heartfelt

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Anarchy, Amnesia, Desperation, Tragedy, Cannibalism: 5 Promising Indie Fest USA Clips

    Indie Fest USA, a presentation of domestic and international, short and feature films, comes to "historic" Main Street in Garden Grove Friday through Sunday.Besides screenings in the Colony of Performing Arts, 12962 Main St., the fest promises parties, live music and plenty of grub and drink.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Kottonmouth Kings' Pakelika Dies From Health Complications

    See Also:*No Use For a Name Frontman Tony Sly Dead at 41*Poop Bassist Jacob Bach Arrested After Beating Death of Steven Pratt*Wade Michael Page, Sikh Temple Mass Murderer, Was a Loner Who Used Racist Music Scene as a Means to TravelPatrick "Pakelika" Cochrun, the former masked member of Placentia-br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Long Beach Airport Ranked Second-Most Affordable in U.S., But John Wayne is No. 6?

    The surprising thing is not that Long Beach Airport wound up No. 2 on Cheapflights' 2012 Airport Affordability Index. Besides being easy to get in and out of, having plenty of parking and being the regional hub for JetBlue and its individual passenger teevees, LGB often proves to be a departure poin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Eclectic Roots Festival - Irvine Lake - 5/12/12

    Eclectic Roots FestivalIrvine LakeMay 12, 2012If we could ever dream up the ideal introduction to a local music scene, it would probably look something like the Eclectic Roots festival last Saturday at Irvine Lake. After all, it's not often we get to see a smorgasbord of young upstarts from Orange C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Eclectic Roots Festival - Irvine Lake - 5/12/12

    Eclectic Roots FestivalIrvine LakeMay 12, 2012It's rare to find a spanking-new local event with as much potential as the Eclectic Roots Festival that planted itself  at Irvine Lake last Saturday. After all, it's not often we get to see a smorgasbord of young upstarts from Orange County and L.A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    California Adventure's Golden Gate Bridge No More

    ​The concrete C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A letters are gone. The large sunburst that served as the backdrop for the fountain in Sunshine Plaza is scrap metal. And now the Golden Gate Bridge that greeted park-goers since California Adventure first opened its gates in February 2001 has officially been disman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Six Reasons I Don't Want To Open A Restaurant

    Flickr user kalyan3​I post pictures and descriptions of the food I cook on Twitter and Facebook, and I certainly have earned a reputation as someone who knows his way around a kitchen. I am honored to have received a lot of compliments, but the one I hear most often is, "You should open a restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Cyclists Race JetBlue's Carmageddon Flight, Win

    Flickr user waltarrrrrThe Wolfpack Hustle on the Tour de Carmageddon. ​The biggest Carmageddon victors weren't the road workers (though they did a fantastic job completing their bridge-demolishing project about 17 hours ahead of schedule), or the Southern California drivers who emerged unscathed b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    [UPDATED: Sold Out!] JetBlue Will Fly You Over Carmageddon For $4 Each Way

    JetBlue​UPDATE, JUNE 12, 5:50 P.M.: The deal is sold out! To those who nabbed a ticket: Have fun laughing at all of the suckas on land!  ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 13, 2:40 P.M.: Whether it's sheer marketing brilliance or proof that Southern Californians have completely lost it, JetBlue is offering& ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Joel Lee Craft Jr., Seller of Telemarketing Leads, Indicted in $25 Million Indie Movie Investment Scam

    ​David Mamet's independent movie (and play that preceded it) Glengarry Glen Ross is about slick salesmen using underhanded tactics to rope in would-be property investors culled from what is known as "lead lists."  The CEO of a San Clemente information company that sells such lists to telemark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    No. 86: Breakfast Burrito at Troy's Drive-In

    Dave Lieberman​Welcome to the 2011 edition of Stick A Fork In It's 100 Favorite Dishes. We've just kicked off our countdown to #1 (which will appear the same week as our compendium on all that's good and right about Orange County).

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    [UPDATED with Correction:] XR Brands, Surf City Bondage Gear Maker, Up for Fetish Company of Year

    ​CORRECTED, JUNE 10, 12:15 P.M.: The original version of this post reported that XR LLC of Huntington Beach makes adult novelty products for Pipedream Products. That is incorrect, according to Kevin Johnson, the Chatsworth-based company's PR manager. That's me being gagged at right as punishment. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Mickey and Minnie Mouse arrested at Walt Disney Studios

    ​Yes, I know that reads like a headline from The Onion, but this is the real deal, folks.According to police reports, two protesters were arrested at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank yesterday morning after chaining themselves to the front gate. Oh, and they were wearing Mickey and Minnie Mouse ... More >>

  • Film

    April 28, 2011

    Formal Disaster

    'Prom': As if experiencing your own wasn't bad enough

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    A Small Suggestion For the Canter's Truck--Come Down Here

    Flickr user calott23​Burbank's not exactly groaning with great restaurants, and they are one of the cities that has really benefited from the food truck craze; the areas around the studios are surprisingly bereft of good restaurants and surprisingly full of little pull-ins where food trucks can pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Disneyland Hotel Workers Urge Academy Award Members to Not Vote for Toy Story 3 as Best Picture

    ​I don't really go to movies anymore, but I don't think Toy Story 3 is on anyone's short list of nominees for the Academy Award for Best Picture, even with its expanded roster--it's a cartoon! [Editor's note: Actually, it is on several people's short list for the award, and Disney is actively camp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    We Need More Colombian Food in OC, Parte Dos

    Chuzos, papas, tomates verdes, and the ubiquitous arepa​Okay, we've waited long enough. Turns out the power of suggestion was not sufficient to correct our county's dearth of comida colombiana. (Though Dave Lieberman and I were helpful enough to suggest road trips to Burbank or Hollywood.) Looks l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Blok: "[My Friends] Would Go, 'When Does the Song Start?'"

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​The phrases "family act" and "hip-hop" seem incompatible--the combination conjures images of squeaky-clean congregants waving their hands gleefully while rapping about such subjects as being down with G-O-D. But just because Orange County rap trio Blok likes to keep it i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Ugo Allesina of Prego, Part One

    Kimberly Valenzuela​Of all the Los Angeles-area airports, John Wayne has the best food within easy striking distance. The traffic at LAX prevents people from eating nearby; Burbank's airport is in an absolute desert of food, and Ontario is even worse. Long Beach has some good options, but if you'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    A Night at the Food Auction

    We were two at dinner tonight. We ordered very different things; we don't look alike. Yet, the runner brought out our plates and started with, "Um, I have angel hair. Who had the angel hair?"Flickr user sea-turtle"Champagne? What am I offered for this bottle of Champagne? Who will give me 500 francs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Social D Moves To Epitaph Records, Announces New Record​After 11 years on Epic, we just got word that Fullerton natives Social Distortion have moved on to Epitaph Records. They're also planning to release their first studio album since 2004 late this year.

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Ryan Seacrest Stalker in Court Today

    Left photo courtesy of E! Entertainment; right photo courtesy of Orange Police DepartmentRyan Seacrest was allegedly stalked in Orange and Burbank by Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr.​A 25-year-old Lakewood resident, who previously pleaded guilty in an Orange County courtroom to assault and weapons charge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    "Art" Stands in the Way of Demolition at Irvine Hospital

    The fountain of disputeInternationally recognized Laguna Beach artist Marlo Bartels creates whimsical-but-functional sculptures that grace parks, museums and even the inside of people's homes. The city of Burbank commissioned him to make "Early Burbank," a 10x10 foot tile mural. Two undulating mosai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Welcome to the Poor Haunted Mansion

    If you go to Disneyland this spring or summer, you'll find great deals on Park Hopper tickets. The question is whether there will be anyone there to sell you your tickets, take your tickets and grope you. Disney is eliminating 1,900 jobs at its domestic theme parks, most in Orlando (1,400) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Disneyland Suits Offered Buyouts

    Things are tough all over--even the Happiest Place on Earth.Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is offering buyouts to 600 executives in its theme parks in Anaheim and Florida and the Walt Disney Co. in Burbank, reports the Business Journal's Orlando and Los Angeles outlets.More than half of the buyouts a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2007
  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    CD Review

    Patton Oswalt, Werewolves and Lollipops (Sub Pop CD/DVD)

  • Columns

    November 2, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    Oct. 25 - Oct. 31

  • Film

    March 23, 2006

    Oh, the Incongruities!

    A black Newport Beach filmmaker with a Nordic/Israeli/Italian-sounding name? Meet American Guns Aric Avelino

  • Film

    December 22, 2005

    Special Screenings

    Movie of the Week: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

  • Culture

    March 31, 2005

    Blasted in Burbank

    Theater director looks to LA for validation, gets screwed

  • Culture

    March 24, 2005

    And the winners are ...

    The Weekly falls all over itself singing the praises of local thespians

  • Columns

    January 6, 2005
  • News

    December 16, 2004
  • Columns

    August 9, 2001

    It Wasnt the Cheese!

    Health crisis hits Commie Central

  • Columns

    March 15, 2001
  • Music

    January 11, 2001

    Return to Sender

    The year in really, realy bad music publicity photos and press releases

  • Music

    February 3, 2000
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