• News

    June 12, 2014


    Dig that damn marina already

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2014


    Fox Theater

  • Calendar

    October 31, 2013

    Buddy Guy

    Coach House

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Top Five Blues Songs According to Jim Belushi

    Jim Belushi is a man of many trades. He's entertained us through movies, TV, in theatre, and with his incredible improvisation skills. Not to be outdone by his late great older brother John, his knack for the blues is sensational as well (see: his band the Sacred Hearts) leaving us to wonder, what ... More >>

  • Food

    August 29, 2013

    Sausage Party In Orange County!

    Mattern Deli, LinX and all the other places to get a banger (and a green chorizo and longanisa and bratwurst) in your mouth

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    On The Line: Tom Hope Of The Catch, Part Two

    "All my memories of cooking are through restaurant experiences as a kid. When I was really young, my dad belonged to a club. It wasn't like a supper club, but it was a really cool club in downtown Chicago on the 60th floor. We would go in, and it was mostly tableside service with things like Caesar ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 4, 2013
  • Culture

    June 13, 2013

    The Sting Entertains

    Maverick Theater's stage version stays close to the legendary film, but nevertheless pleases

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Richard Vanecko, Richard Daley's Nephew and Costa Mesa Resident, Faces Manslaughter Rap

    A Costa Mesa man who is the nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley faces trial in the Windy City for manslaughter. Richard Vanecko, 38, allegedly punched a Mount Prospect man in the face outside a Chicago bar during the early morning hours of April 25, 2004. The man fell backward, hit his h ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 16, 2013

    Moulin Rouge!

    Regency South Coast Village

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    What's the Best Way to Spend Your Band's Nest Egg?

    By: Jessica Hopper Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    [Exene Says...] The Way Celebrities Portray Rural White Men With Guns is Really Mature

    Have you viewed Jim Carrey's recent video Cold Dead Hand? Clocking in just under six minutes, the video is a satire with a bull's eye painted on gun advocacy, Charleton Heston and Hee-Haw. Basically everything a rural white guy from the '70s is supposed to hold dear. Released four months after a cel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2013

    To Kill a Mockingbird and Save Mr. Lincoln: Gayle Brandeis and the Political Young Adult

    Our little lit family's sojourns find us back from a week in Baja California Norte, Mexico by way of, yes, Chicago, Illinois and Maycomb, Alabama. Audio books are the absolute best travel companions (can pause, never need to go pee), and listening together to the first four cassettes (yes, old-schoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    [VIDEO:] Footage of TSA Test Flight Allowing Bats, Clubs and Small Knives Aboard Jetliner

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that as of April 25 airline passengers will be able to carry on board previously forbidden items such as small knives, golf clubs, hockey sticks, souvenir baseball bats and other sports equipment that currently must be checked in. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    On the Line: Frederic Castan of Motif Restaurant, Part Two

    "There's always a great love behind a great man.", per Chef Castan. His wife, Maria, is equally talented in the fine arts as a painter. She attends workshops, and has hundreds of works completed. Maria often travels with Frederic, but admittedly prefers the climate close to home. Good thing he didn' ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2012

    Maps & Atlases

    Constellation Room

  • Calendar

    May 24, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Haven Gastropub Chef Fights For Foie

    The clock ticks ever closer toward the July 1 ban on foie gras to take effect in the state of California, and a council of chefs is not going quietly into that good night. Yesterday, a group calling itself C.H.E.F.S, the Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards, took the fight for foie to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Free Ticket Tuesday: Kaskade at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

    Looking for an excuse to escape to Vegas? Here's your chance -- we're giving away a pair of tickets to see DJ extraordinaire Kaskade May 26 at The Cosmopolitan's venue The Chelsea.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    No. 76: Wet Burrito at 301 Cafe

    ​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry. . . I just did an interview with KPCC-FM 89.3's Multi-American blog about my coming book on the history of Mexican food in the United States and, of course ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    No. 79: Pork Curry at Miyabi-Tei

    ​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry. . . .Supposedly, Portuguese missionaries introduced curry to Japan after they picked up the meal in Goa, India--I say "supposedly," because almost all food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    No. 78: Bánh Tieu at Bánh Mì So 1

    ​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry. . . .I'm still of the opinion that Vietnamese pastries don't get enough respect, get lost in the world of bánh mì, pho, and even bún. Bánh Mì So 1, of ... 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 15, 2011

    #87. Mandoo at L&M Liquor and Deli

    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

    December 22, 2010

    AnQi Going the Molecular Gastronomy Route for New Year's Eve

    ​I've had molecular gastronomy dinners a couple of times--was floored by it at Moto in Chicago (along with a dinner bill that nearly equaled my weekly paycheck), was underwhelmed by it at Bazaar in Los Angeles. Isn't molecular gastronomy a 2007 trend? Not to the folks at AnQi.

  • Calendar

    May 27, 2010

    The Wild Party

    Claire Trevor Theatre, UC Irvine Arts Plaza

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    No Teeny Wiener Menu At Mustard's

    Mustard's, for those of you who don't know, is a down-to-earth sports-themed (in a good way) café at 3630 Katella Ave. in Los Alamitos. Its claim to fame is authentic Chicago-style dogs, which it does very well, but, really, what's with the ridiculously long repertoire? From pork chops to chicken s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Renegade Craft Fair

    Hey Folks! The Gettin' Made Feature is moving to the Heard Mentality section of the OC Weekly site, make a note of it! Heard Mentality is transforming like your fave yellow Camero into an all-emcompassing culture section.   Renegade Craft Fair is finally coming to southern California - thi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 5, 2009

    All That Jazz

    Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    We're Doomed

    I just read this from Editor and Publisher: "'[M]ore newspapers and newspaper groups will default, be shut down and be liquidated in 2009, and several cities could go without a daily print newspaper by 2010,' the Chicago-based credit ratings firm Fitch Ratings said in a report on the outlook ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 25, 2008

    Weird, Fun Gig at UC Irvine Tonight

    Bird Names: Straight-up winging it... Acrobatics Everyday has another big show tonight for the cognoscenti and curious over at the UC Irvine campus' Phoenix Grille, 8 p.m., $5. Here's your lineup, darlings: BIRD NAMES Ramshackle, eerie Fall-like indie rock from Chicago. WUMMIN Psychedelic avant ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    Hot to Trot

    Harlem Globetrotters

  • Features

    November 22, 2007

    Just a Random Female

    Robbin Brandley’s confessed killer sits on death row. So why don’t her parents consider the case closed?

  • Food

    March 15, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Pizza for Pesos: Chicago Pizza

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Flying Blind

    A birds-eye view of 9/11

  • News

    September 7, 2006

    Ending War 101

    UCI profs book could be the real roadmap to peace

  • Music

    January 26, 2006

    Get Out!

    Those Aren't Words ... Nightlife and More: Jan. 26 - Feb. 2

  • Food

    December 22, 2005

    Grub Guide

    This Week in the Year

  • Food

    October 27, 2005


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

  • Columns

    April 28, 2005
  • Food

    August 28, 2003

    Love Your CountryEat American

    A Guide to Orange Countys Best U.S. City Meals

  • Food

    July 3, 2003

    Checklist, Please!

    Five summer school spots

  • Food

    September 20, 2001

    Badass Roller Coaster

    Lukes Chicago Pizza delivers the Italian beef

  • Features

    July 27, 2000

    Coleen Rider

    Singer/Songwriter, Waitress

  • Culture

    July 6, 2000
  • Music

    June 8, 2000
  • Columns

    November 4, 1999
  • News

    June 17, 1999

    Iambic Pentathalon

    The poetry of the game of poetry

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