Holiday treats from South Coast Repertory, STAGEStheatre, the Maverick Theater and more!
About this time, every year, someone out there like me writes an article about how the Japanese have made eating KFC a Christmas tradition as we have made eating roast turkey and stuffing. I know this because I tried to write one last year only to be informed by our web editor that she already wrote ... More >>
Back in October, when we told you about the World Famous Doll Hut closing it's doors for good after the new year, we left you with a final thought:Get your ass out there as often as you can. Count every piece of chewed up gum you step on, every bit of stage feedback and decaying band sticker on th ... More >>
La Plaza Park
The grand jury today indicted William Wallace for the murder of his wife Zazell Preston, who was whacked in the head with blunt force last Christmas in their Anaheim apartment while their 7-week-old baby and her two young children from a previous relationship were present.Wallace, 30, is charged wi ... More >>
David Kesler spent almost a decade inside The Cellar in Fullerton as its executive chef. Now he's on his own and on the verge of opening Bistro Bleu, a French restaurant he says will be "without the high prices, sub-par food, and pompous attitudes."The space he took over is from the recently shu ... More >>
Meranda CarterYou still got a few bucks left over after spending it all on Christmas gifts nobody really liked? Some restaurateurs are betting you probably don't, which is why four cities in our humble county are using January, usually the slowest time in the restaurant biz, to offer discounts to ... More >>
Channel4.com via Riverfront TimesA very merry Christmas to you and yours from us here at OC Weekly! Enjoy all of the highlights from Stick A Fork In It this week in this blog entry and we'll see you after the holidays!
If you suffer from autism, migraines, hyperactivity or epileptic seizures, you should probably avoid a certain Fountain Valley house this holiday season. Installed by Devers Dream Works, the display features 54,020 flashing LED lights.
On several Fridays this year, we've presented the Ugliest Police Mugshot of the Week.But what about the Ugliest Police Mugshots of the Year?Glad you asked.After the jump are the 10 ugliest of the ugliest, which were mostly culled from our semi-weekly selection, although we also tossed in some oth ... More >>
KarlingChristmas with KarlingWhite Trash RecordsKarling, aka Karling Abbeygate, is the subject of our Locals Only column this week, so it's only right to talk about the album itself that she's just released. Frankly, if more Christmas albums had kicking originals like "Christmas Party" and ... More >>
Discovery Science Center
Halloween Time may officially be over at Disneyland (other than the Haunted Mansion's The Nightmare Before Christmas makeover that runs through the rest of the year), but all of the pumpkins will soon be replaced by tinsel when the park's holiday season officially bows on November 14.Learn what p ... More >>
South Coast Repertory
[Hey, You!] The holiday spirit misses the bus
ProfessorSalt.com Out of the Park Pizza is an odd platypus of a place hidden in the back corner of an Anaheim Hills strip mall. It reminds me of the Shimmer floor-wax skit from the original Saturday Night Live."It's a beer geek's hangout!""It's a family pizza parlor with video arcade!" "No, it's ... More >>
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyIt's Mau vs. Claus.What'd you miss this weekend? It was a quiet one in Orange County, but we've got a few photos for you: First up is the Growlers' hometown show at Detroit Bar, then came Dinner With Dave (super special Christmas edition!) and then we checked out a neighborhood ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyClick here to see the slideshow!The VandalsDecember 18th, 2010House of Blues AnaheimOnly a band as beloved and stellar as The Vandals can throw an annual Christmas formal in support of their 1996 album Oi to the World!. The pouring rain didn't keep the punks away; the House o ... More >>
I'm a monthly contributor to the public radio show Marketplace, and last week they got a couple of us regulars to share our favorite business books of 2010. While the other folks plugged great-yet-more-conventional business books, I went with what we care about here: food. Specifically, The Tex-M ... More >>
Tom MaxsonIn this week's addition of news we didn't write, you can purchase Pithy Sweet's new EP, or listen to Andrea Babinski of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band's new holiday tune.Check it out after the jump.
Update, November 18, 5:20 p.m.: A media industry watcher suggests Freedom Communications may have a strategy behind what would seem to be a counter-intuitive move to sell the modern-day equivalent of buggy whips, daily newspapers."Might the strategy be to sell some of the properties, keep othe ... More >>
Happy Election Day! Could you even sleep last night? Do you view your local polling place like a 5-year-old views a Christmas tree on Christmas morning? Can you not wait one more minute to vote the bastards out?Well, before you go get your teabag on, take a gander at bad initiatives that have gon ... More >>
No holiday album moves me like the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas. Vince Guaraldi's rich, playful piano playing welcomes a warm rush of nostalgia every time I hear it. No matter how hectic the holiday season gets, it will ease you back to a place of youthful cheer. A few cocktails always he ... More >>
It's 1985 and I'm in second grade living in Hershey, Pa. Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. came out the the summer before but continues to produce hit singles like "Glory Days," "I'm Going Down," "I'm on Fire" and "My Hometown." My dad bought the vinyl LP--I still have it, plus a CD version ... More >>
Christmas Vacation easily ranks as one of my all-time favorite films. My family lives in Florida and this year will mark the first year in more than a decade I haven't watched the 1989 classic with my younger siblings and parents. Here's my favorite scene. Chevy Chase's character watching old home ... More >>
Had dinner earlier this week at Bangkok Taste in SanTana, my current fave Thai restaurant, with the mysterious Ben Dayhoe (contrary to popular rumor, he's not Mr. X). We enjoyed soups, fried tofu, their famous roti dessert, and the peanut-butter soup called khao soy. After our dinner (we ate with ou ... More >>
Oh Sufjan, is there anything you can't do? Write albums about all 50 states (eventually), get mentioned by Snow Patrol and release lots and lots of Christmas music. This is from 2003's Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christimas, Vol. III. Yes, he's wearing wings. What of it?
The District Lounge
Santa Ana Zoo in Lights
Death Row Records--co-founded by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight in 1991--was, of course, incredibly influential in the world of west coast rap in the early '90s. And incredibly controversial.But not everything released on the label was quite as provocative as say, "Deep Cover." There was also 1996's Christ ... More >>
Malibu Kennel Club Dog Show
Coats for Cubs, until April 22 Bring in your real fur clothing, including trims, accessories and shearling to any Buffalo Exchange and let them know it's a donation for Coats for Cubs. Condition is unimportant. Donations will be given to the Humane Society to provide bedding and comfort to orphaned ... More >>
Want to send a message to dad that you think he's a steroid-abusing drunk? Got twenty-five bucks? Boy, do we have the gift for you. In the embarrassing tradition of John Cena valentine T-shirts for women, and "Get Lit for the Holidays" tees featuring the company logo in Christmas lights (yes, I'm t ... More >>
Santa Claus conquers martians, tramples Christmas spirit. Yay!
Kimera chef Chris Grodach crisscrosses the continents
So I'm a little late on this, but I went to go check out Cold War Kids at Detroit after the Weekly's Christmas party (on a stationary riverboat?) this past Saturday night. It was the third time I've seen CWK at Detroit—and probably the last (I mean, really, at this rate, you kids can sell ... More >>
Going on hour eight of my hangover. Nice job, Griley! Way to double fist Jack-and-Cokes until you're plastered and slobbering! (But man, the Fielding demos sure sounded awesome cranked up to eleven on the way home. Don't worry ma, I wasn't driving.) Anyway: woke up with a giant hangover this mornin ... More >>
How to stay hammered until 2007
Our rootstacular music contributor, Buddy Seigal (who in another life is rootstacular musician extraordinaire Buddy Blue) sent this in to us a couple days ago, at which time we muttered into the curb, "If ever that Clockwork blog is up and ruining again, we'll share this with our vast reader." But w ... More >>