Our big sistah paper in NYC, Village Voice, called Pump the Movie a "compelling and cogent documentary," so since it ends its one-week run at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana tonight, get on over and see it (at 7:30 or 9:15 p.m.).
The infamous movie monster plays a small part in this big-name flick
Follow-up meetings with chef subjects often start with sharing something we have in common. In the case of Mike Doctulero, it was his memory of washing the starch from a batch of rice for dinner-- a standard task most Asian kids were trusted with doing. Well-seasoned both in the kitchen and with lif ... More >>
To tourists, if Anaheim is New York, Buena Park is Chicago: Orange County's second city, the one they go to after they've exhausted all that Disney has to offer. But to locals, Buena Park is more than just the territory of Knott's and knights; it's also the home of a burgeoning Korean population and ... More >>
Carl Kemp is a well-known government affairs expert and lobbyist in Long Beach. He's been around city hall a long time, so it's no surprise that when councilwoman Gerrie Schipske (subject of a recent OC Weekly cover story) announced she was vacating her seat earlier this year, Kemp threw his name in ... More >>
UC Irvine and the neighborhood around it has recently lost Britta's Cafe, are about to lose Steelhead, and now it will see another departure: Asia Noodle Cafe, a fixture of that plaza when it was still called Market Place, will be calling it quits. It put a note on the door on college ruled paper wi ... More >>
Greta Gerwig plays a woman who's not quite a real person yet
Why should Orange and Huntington Beach have all the fun? Brea's brewing something special this weekend, as TAPS Fish House & Brewery launches its Craft Brew Festival tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m.
Charles Phoenix's slideshows of found photos from kitschy '50s and '60s always seem to sell out but there are still tickets out there for March 16-17 "Retro Disneyland Slide Shows" at the Curtis Theatre in Brea."Festive dress is encouraged but not expected," says your gentle host.
While we normally don't prefer interviewing our subjects at their place of business, the one exception may be our luxe loncheras. Watching their team work in such a confined space, acting as host, order taker, cook and server is a daily lesson in camaraderie. We meet up with the gang from Dogzilla a ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Fountain Valley restaurant is a Chinese-American classic
Ching He-Huang may be a self-taught chef but she was taught by some of the best, her very own family. With a long line of traditional heritage, Taiwanese-born Ching helped out with a lot of the cooking growing up and moves to South Africa and later to London helped mold her tastes and styles but luc ... More >>
Cop-turned-screenwriter Will Beall faces the thin-blue-line edit
The next generation of the city's Cambodian-American community steps up to help its elders—and itself
[Hole In the Wall] This Little Saigon classic specializes in scalding porridges and sizzling fish
FYF Fest 2012 just announced its lineup, including performances by Refused, M83 and Beirut. Not only does it look a hell of a lot like this year's Coachella lineup, it's also the first time in nine years that the indie-rock festival has cloned itself for a two-day event. In addition to other to ... More >>
A pho proliferation in South OC bodes well for the assimilation of Vietnamese food
Among the many jewels in OC's collection of body depositories, Anaheim Cemetery is perhaps the shiniest. Established in 1866, its soil is fertilized by the area's earliest pioneers. Home to the first public mausoleum on the west coast, (take that, Rose Hills), its garden of crooked headstone ... More >>
Whenever I read a best-of list in the national media, I wince internally. They're usually either cobbled together by looking at the Internet and seeing which ones are mentioned most often--which results in a kind of small-scale Zagat guide, prone to the hype machine--or they're put together by pe ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comTacos & Carnitas SahuayoIt's the time of year again when I select a short list of five favorite restaurants. I love places with a tiny menu, tightly focused on producing one thing or variations on the thing at which they excel. Often, that specialist is an ethnic hole-in-the ... More >>
[Year In Film] Powerful, introspective, big-theme cine-statements
Matt OliverNick WaterhouseNick Waterhouse & The TarotsDetroit BarDec. 3, 2011With his Costa Mesa debut, Nick Waterhouse rocked out to a full house with his vintage R&B. With songs like "Indian Love Call," "Say I Wanna Know" and "Don't You Forget," Waterhouse had the crowd in a daze. Everyone ... More >>
There is a dynamic duo adjacent to Santa Ana's courthouse. (It's a trio if you count pastry chef Vicki Schrimmer.) Superfriends Judy Fleenor and Iliana Chiarini win patrons over with charm and a cure for everyday lunches. Part one with the soup Nazi Judy clues us in on their greatness, as well as ... More >>
Matt & Kim are well-known for their high-energy shows and positive vibes, but their recordings and performances never preach or cloy. They're all smiles on stage, and even the most cynical of listeners can't help but feel propelled by their warmth and good feelings. Equipped with synthesizer ... More >>
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Seabirdstruck.comFor an hour-long show (has it always been an hour long?), last night's premiere of the second season of The Great Food Truck Race whizzed by like those sponsored VW pace cars. As you may already be aware, OC's born and bred luxe loncheras, Seabirds and The Lime Truck, are ... More >>
Ocean Star, in LA's new Chinatown in Monterey Park, now serves Shanghai-style soup dumplings, called 小籠包--xiao long bao. The problem with most services of soup dumplings is that they arrive four or eight to an order still in the steamer basket, and the act of transferring them to a spoon, d ... More >>
Headline: Campaign Ads Targeting Illegal ImmigrantsComment by RDEIGHT: If current population trends continue, the U.S. population will reach 1.1 billion in the next century. This is exactly what Ted Kennedy swore wouldn't happen when he rammed his Immigration Act of 1965 through Congress ... Now ... More >>
This Buena Park eatery just might be the county's first restaurant to specialize in Peruvian-Chinese food
This weekend marks the return of Renegade Craft Fair to Los Angeles--don't miss their brand new location at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Details about this massive outdoor craft spectacular after the jump.
A brand new weekly craft fair series is popping up in LA's Chinatown this August, and they're looking for indie craft vendors! Photo from the L.A. Craft Experience website Get all the details on the L.A. Craft Experience after the jump.
Cachanilla is also a plant...I've always enjoyed the shrimp and fish tacos at Baja Cachanilla in SanTana--each juicy, plump, on handmade tortillas and topped with one of the thicker, sweeter fish taco creams you'll find. It's better than Baja Fresh just a couple of blocks down Bristol, and Wahoo' ... More >>
Andrew YoussefLast Night: Vampire Weekend at the Art Theatre in Long Beach (11/02/09)Better Than: the last time I saw them at the Glass House in September of 2008.After a secret show in Chinatown and a last minute show in Boyle Heights, Vampire Weekend "officially" kicked off their mini tour of C ... More >>
It's been almost to the year since I last wrote about how the SanTana City Council would most likely award a light-rail contract to Cordoba Corporation, a company whose president George Pla sits on the SanTana Business Bank alongside councilmember Busty Bustamante. I theorized a scam of Chinatown-es ... More >>
(Lede) I don't care what kind of music you came to see, thirty four bands, in thirty two acres of space turned a hot weekend in Chinatown into a non stop sonic binge. Last saturday, thousands of fans from all over So Cal trucked into the dust bowl parking lot across from L.A. Historic Park for the ... More >>
People frequently assume I'm a SanTana native, but that's probably because I devote so many stories to the Banana Republic. Fact is (as I've said a billion times in this paper and blog), I'm a proud fourth-generation Anaheimer (pre-order my coming book on the subject) who will proclaim Anaheim's sup ... More >>
Back in January, I theorized out loud about a SanTana scandal of Chinatown-esque proportions: the introduction of a light-rail system most likely involving the Cordoba Corporation, whose CEO sits alongside SanTana conflict-of-influenza-afflicted councilmember Carlos Bustamante on the board of the Sa ... More >>
Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them
Our salacious savant seeks vintage erotica and miso-seared ahi in historic Fullerton
Tea bar brews superlative stuff
Getting to the heart of Irvines Chinese subculture