• Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    15 Signs You Grew Up Eating (New) Mexican Food in New Mexico

    While everything New Mexican is in right now because of Breaking Bad and the emerging hipster paradise that is Albuquerque, longtimers of the Land of Enchantment know better than to let hype ruin their culture. After all, this vast, epic state has been on-and-off trendy since the days of Charles Fle ... More >>

  • Film

    July 11, 2013
  • Film

    July 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 16, 2013

    The Half-Life of Half-Truths: San Onofre, Memento Mori!

    I would not presume to review the science or even explain the specifics of the regulatory tar baby that, thankfully, seems to have caught up So Cal Edison in its lies and obfuscations, stubborn insistence on the viability of SONGS. Read Nick Schou and other OC Weekly reporters for that. Mine is a po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Taco Maria Hits the Bricks With a Kickstarter

    If you've been in the OC Mix lately, you can't help but notice the billowing plastic sheeting next to the Cheese Shop, where Taco Maria is turning a normal retail shop into a full-scale restaurant. The restaurant is moving toward a summer opening (said to be July 15, but it might be more like Aug. 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2013

    Locals Only: Alisa Slaughter's Bad Habitats and the Reluctant Evolution of Shared Consciousness

    Another Sunday morning, another chance to celebrate the winner of a local writing competition and invite readers to a local publication celebration, on May Day, at UC Irvine. Gold Line Press seems to be a project of another area school, USC, and the judge of its 2012 Competition in Fiction was Dana ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Greg Long, OC Weekly People Issue Star, Wins Big Wave World Tour Crown

    Greg Long, the San Clemente big wave rider who recently starred in OC Weekly's inaugural People Issue, has been crowned the winner in this year's Big Wave World Tour contest. The event, now in its fourth year, was cancelled after just three of five rounds (in Todos Santos, Baja California and P ... More >>

  • Film

    February 14, 2013

    The Popaganda of 'No'

    In Pablo Larrain's film, it's the ad men vs. the dictator

  • Film

    February 7, 2013

    'Night Across the Street': An Epitaph of Dreams

    Raúl Ruiz's last film is an arresting puzzle

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    'Siempre es Hoy' Photo Exhibit Captures the World of Rock en Español From Behind the Lens

    It's hard to believe, but when the Rock en Español  and Latin Alternative-themed "Siempre es Hoy" photography exhibition opens this Saturday in SanTana, it will be the first ever event of its kind in Southern California. Presented by the locals of SolArt Radio and La Banda Elastica, the exhibi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    On the Line: Arthur Gonzalez of Roe Restaurant & Fish Market, Part One

    A couple of chairs flipped right side up in the middle of a gutted dining space. That is how we roll with Chef Gonzalez in his unfinished room, also known as Phase Two in the grand scheme of things at Roe in Belmont Shore. Thanks to some dedicated parking spots, we start our session on time and with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Zombie Dawn, Praised Low-Budget Flick, Terrorizes Orange Audiences Starting Today

    Zombies have replaced vampires as the go-to horror movie monster in the U.S., and the march of the undead has continued onto the small screen with AMC's most-excellent The Walking Dead.It's been an international phenomenon as well. Think back to 2004 and Shaun of the Dead from the U.K., or last year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Eat This Now: Chivito at Puerto Madero

    Balance defines a great sandwich. In the ratio of meat to bread, of cheese to meat and condiments to everything else, if you're heavy-handed in any one way, it's going to ruin the final product. Balance is where the Chivito at Puerto Madero Market excels. The sandwich, popular in Uruguay, Argentina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Ana Tijoux Spotlights Chile's Student Protests in 'Shock' Music Video

    ​Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux debuted her video "Shock" yesterday to audiences across the globe. The song is the lead single off of Tijoux's forthcoming sophomore album La Bala, which features collaborations with Jorge Drexler and Cuban rappers Los Aldeanos and is due for release on January 31. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    The Ten Most Disappointing Albums of 2011: #5 - #1

    Stop grinning. Your album sucks. ​See also: The Ten Most Disappointing Albums of 2011: #10 - #6 5. Jane's Addiction The Great Escape Artist There was no way Perry Farrell and company were going to shock the world with another Ritual lo Habitual. That much we knew -- if for no other reason t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Five Homemade Holiday Gifts You Can Make Now

    Flickr user 29638108@N06​So you want to occupy Wall Street? If you really want to stick it to the corporations this year, give homemade gifts. Buy the things you need to make them from independent businesses and give presents that have your unmistakable stamp on them.Yes, it's just barely past Hal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Five Reasons to Check Out Ana Tijoux at the House of Blues Tomorrow​ Chile, the longest and thinnest country in our hemisphere, has culturally gifted the world in literature, poetry and music. After all, it is the land of Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda and Violeta Parra. For the past couple of decades in Chile, the legacy of artful language and music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Pilar Díaz Checks in from Chile (and Talks About the Los Abandoned Reunion Show)!

    On site in Santiago filming a new music video for 'La Vitrola'​ While Southern California has been slugging through an often humid summer full of music events and festivals, singer-songwriter Pilar Díaz has been chillin' in Chile as inverted seasons make the country a winter wonderland. Hard at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    On the Line: Joe Youkhan of Chef Joe Youkhan's Tasting Spoon, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​South County is represented this week, as we sit down with Joe Youkhan and discuss his Italian-inspired, Rancho Santa Margarita-based luxe lonchera, Chef Joe Youkhan's Tasting Spoon. An East Coast transplant, he loves his butter, salt and vino. Learn how this father of two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Duff Beer--It Exists! (But Only in Latin America)

    It's real! ​"Duff Beer for me, Duff Beer for you . . ." The Miami Herald has discovered the famous fictional lager at real-life bars in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Chile. The bottles, sold for about $5.50 each, bear the same logo as the ice cold brew chugged nightly by Homer and friends a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Los Abandoned to Reunite for One Night Only!

    ​Call them Los Disbanded no more! Lady P, Don Verde, Vira Lata, and Dulce will reunite as Los Abandoned for a special one-time only concert at the Echoplex. It will mark the first time the Los Angeles-based Latin Alternative band has taken the stage since their farewell performance at the Tar Fest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    A Latin Alternative Music Guide to Coachella​ Although the Latin Alternative offerings of this year's Coachella Music & Arts Festival are few and far between, the acts that did make it onto the roster of performing artists are diverse and definitely worthy of attention. Of course, the biggest draw is the highly touted Caifa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    On the Line: Arturo Briones of Wildfish, Part Three

    Photo by Kevin Lara​For our final part of On The Line with Arturo Briones of Wildfish, our interview subject shares a recipe. Since our chef is a seafood specialist, care to guess what it is?  Hmm, if only there were a hint... If you missed the first or second part of our Q&A, click her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Ana Tijoux: Chile's Grammy Nominated Rapera

    Courtesy of Nacional Records​ Chile, the longest and thinnest country in our hemisphere, has culturally gifted the world in literature, poetry and music. After all, it is the land of Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda and Violeta Parra. For the past couple of decades in Chile, the legacy of artful lan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Latin Alternative Music Guide: LA Edición!​Our lovely, monstrous, sprawling metropolis to the North otherwise known as Los Angeles has seen new talent fuse with established artists to create a revival of sorts in the broad Latin Alternative music scene. Supportive venues like La Cita in downtown Los Angeles, and Eastside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Lollapalooza Goes to Chile

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyPerry Farrell​Say you were going to be in Santiago, Chile on April 2 and 3 next year. That would mean you'd be able to go to the first ever Lollapalooza held abroad!Throughout its history Lollapalooza has toured the country many times, but this is a first. Mastermind Perr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Halloween Happenings At OC Restaurants

    Flickr User L.Richarz​Not looking forward to the impenetrable traffic jumble and the lines at Knott's Scary Farm? Not keen on getting your kid strung out on HFCS? Here's a round-up of Halloween happenings from a few OC restaurants that are doing something special this week and beyoooooond! Cue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Best of the Fest: Mandrill at AIFF

    ​Video store schlock-influenced Quentin Tarantino has gone on to influence countless young American filmmakers, but who knew his reach extended to Chile? Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, all of 32, minds his P's and Q with Mandrill, a Spanish-language, revenge-exploitation flick presented tonight at the in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Five Authentic Mexican Dishes That Would Make Rick Bayless Scream, Or: For an Aztlanista Approach to the Question of "Authenticity" in Mexican Cuisine

    Chico's Tacos in El Paso: The Most Mexican Restaurant in America​Rick Bayless came to and left Orange County last week, and none of Weeklings were able to attend, busy as we are with our normal lives (Dave, Edwin, and Shuji, their 9-to-5s; me, skinheads and pedo-priests). Sucks, because the battle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! How Can I Get Hatch Chiles in OC?

    ​Got this one from an amiga on Facebook:Where can I get Hatch chiles in Orange County? Not the canned stuff, but fresh from this year's harvest?The best option is to make the 12-hour trek to Hatch this weekend, when the Hatch Chile Festival will bring thousands to the tiny town and the scent of fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    At the Farmers' Market: Peaches

    Movin' to the countryGonna eat me a lot of peaches.- The Presidents of the United States of America, "Peaches"Flickr user weaselmcfee​No fruit says summer like peaches. While strawberries are at least nominally available most of the year, and plums and whatnot are shipped in from Chile or Israel o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    True Food Kitchen in Fashion Island Sets Opening Date​Remember True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island? I wrote about it back in January. Well, the projected Spring 2010 opening date has come and gone, but this week, there was a press release that the restaurant--which touts itself as "celebrating high quality, locally-sourced ingredients ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010


    Dave Lieberman​Three years ago, if you saw a cherimoya, it had almost certainly been flown in from Chile or Peru and had been languishing in the "exotic" produce bin at the supermarket, waiting for someone to recognize it and pay $5 for a tiny, withered fruit.Commercial production of cherimoyas ha ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2010

    En La Noche

    Museum of Latin American Art

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Recipe of The Week: Celery Root and Sweet Potato Cakes

    Cooking locally and in-season can be difficult at times. At the mercy of the sometimes work-conflicting schedules of area farmers' markets or faced with lots of label-reading at the grocery store in order to discern between what was grown in California versus some far away place--C ... More >>

  • Food

    July 16, 2009
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    July 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 10, 2008

    Sea Monsters Off San Diego!

    What’s 105 miles off San Diego and 17 miles long, lurks just three feet below the surface at its highest point, earned San Clemente’s Mike Parsons a nifty $60,000 for about two minutes’ adrenalin-stoked work in January ’01, and generates waves so freakin’ huge they show up on radar? It ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    Remember Books?

    David Unger

  • Columns

    November 1, 2007

    !Ask a Mexican!(r)

    Special Dia de los Muertos edicion

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Hurrah for Jara

    Los Abandonded's Pilar Diaz pays tribute to a revolutionary Chilean icon

  • Columns

    June 22, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    Muy Caliente Summer Edition

  • Culture

    January 5, 2006

    The Children of Imperialismo

    Glenn Stern captures Latin American political graffiti

  • Columns

    September 9, 2004
  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Secret War Hero

    Mr. President, we have an alibi

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Singing Frogs on the Mic

    El Sapo Cancionero brings peace and love to Santa Ana

  • Culture

    June 20, 2002

    Your Soul in a Thimble

    Sledgehammers Valparaiso

  • News

    March 14, 2002
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    November 15, 2001
  • Food

    August 10, 2000

    History and Tomato Sauce

    Little Joe negotiates deal between Chileans, Italians

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