Downtown Disney

  • News

    February 27, 2014

    The Very Merry Un-Gangs of Disneyland

    Droves of tattoo-sporting, vest-wearing nerds roam the Happiest Place On Earth. They don't make war, they say­—they make magic

  • News

    April 25, 2013

    Free Syrian Army: How to Not Help

    An OC refugee thought he had found a way to end his country's civil war. Then the FBI found his laptop computer

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Hanging Out With Aaron Sanchez

    House of Blues menu revamping. Bud Light spokesman. Chopped judge. Aaron Sanchez keeps a hectic schedule, but that didn't stop him from sitting down with us at Downtown Disney's House of Blues patio to chat about guacamole, his TV obsession and rock 'n roll.So what brought you to House of Blues?The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Ramón Ayala - House of Blues - February 15, 2013

    It came as no surprise that on Friday night, a plebeian crowd congregated at the House of Blues of Anaheim to unwind, get inebriated, and sing-along to the tunes of Ramón Ayala, the King of the Accordion. Historically, musica norteña/ conjunto norteño- a sound composed of strings, percussion ... More >>

  • Music

    May 24, 2012

    Concerts Sprawling With Sound

    [Summer Guide 2012] The perfect aural schedule for your OC summer

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    "Can U Feel It" Director Charly Friedrichs Talks About his EDM Documentary: "When parents see this, they will understand why their kids love EDM so much"

    The Ultra Music Festival Miami has been considered the "Best Music Event" by the International Dance Music Awards for years (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, to be exact). The Ibiza DJ Awards called it the "Best International Dance Music Festival" in 2008. But what really happens at the Ultra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Rancid at the House of Blues in Anaheim Last Night

    Ian Joulain/OC Weekly​Rancid September 7, 2011 House of Blues, Anaheim So, when was the last time you showed up to a concert at 9:15 P.M. and the headliners were two to three songs into their set? It almost never happens. You have your typical doors open at 7 P.M. with the show starting at 8 P.M. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Disney Reporter Set To Go To Disneyland With Child For First Time

    ​ A little over three decades ago, I had my very first Disney theme park experience. Throughout our childhood, my parents would treat my sister and me to trips to Disney theme parks many more times.Unfortunately, childhood ends. I became an adult (sort of) and moved off to college in Ohio. Almost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    House of Blues Lawsuit: Pot, Booze & Ticket Cheating

    Fire marshall: Don't read this story​A former high-ranking employee at the House of Blues (HOB) Downtown Disney is suing the Anaheim establishment for California Labor Code violations including wrongful termination and defamation, and he's spilling what he's says are dirty secrets.In a lawsuit fil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Gang of Four at the House of Blues in Anaheim Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​Gang of FourFebruary 20, 2011House of Blues, AnaheimGang of Four's Entertainment! is one of the most important records in my life, and I'd sell my soul to have seen them in 1980. Seeing Gang of Four in 2011 at the House of Blues is kind of like seeing them in a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Anaheim Residents Blast Disney Apparel Depicting Mickey and Goofy as Taggers

    ​Goofy and Mickey found a new hobby. Tagging. And Anaheim leaders and residents were pissed about it. They complained to Disney officials about merchandise being sold at theme-park shops that depicted the beloved characters next to a spray can, The Orange County Register reports. One T-shirt shows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    OC Can Still Play . . . Until Sunday

    Art GuevaraSan Juan Capistrano Piano​Those 20 artfully painted pianos that have been donated and spread across our county for the past couple of weeks as part of Pacific Symphony's "OC Can You Play?" project are still around, but not for much longer. Having started on Jan. 16, the series comes to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    What You Missed: Gay Days Anaheim, Sandcastles, Kite Festival, Blessing of the Animals, Chihuahua Beauty Contest

    Mary Bell/OC Weekly​So what'd you miss? This weekend we helped celebrate Gay Days Anaheim, both at their Friday night kick-off "Wonderland" and also at Disneyland Resort. We also checked out the Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest, Seal Beach Japanese Kite Festival... and the cutest of all, the Inter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    San Diego Convention Center Gets Bigger, Chances of Comic-Con Coming to Anaheim Get Smaller

    Flickr user KoadMunkeeThe big gets bigger. (Probably.)​ Just a couple of weeks ago, news that Comic-Con International--the massive comic book/movie/TV/video game/pop culture extravaganza that occupies every speck of the San Diego Convention Center each July--would move a couple hours north to Anah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Dishney: Jonas Brother to Stage Secret Shows... Next Stop: Disneyland

    Born in 1992... seriously.​The LA Times is reporting that the middle Jonas brother will indeed be staging a guerrilla-style, impromptu concert at the Happiest Place on Earth... like, right now. In fact, Twitter is saying Nick, who just released a solo album under the name Nick Jonas and the Admini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Five Places at Disneyland Resort to Get Your Booze On

    Flickr user ExpressMonorail...And a bottle of rum.​So between the $368 it takes just to get your family of four in the park and the screaming kids, teenagers awkwardly making out on rides and the $3 churros, sometimes--just sometimes--one just needs to relax while at Disneyland Resort. And sometim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Road Sores: More From Thrice's Ed Breckenridge

    Welcome to Road Sores, Heard Mentality's newest feature, where bands on tour will guest blog about life on the road, photos, videos, what that smell is coming from the corner of the van, what they're listening to, or whatever the hell it is they feel like talking about that day. Thrice's Ed Breckenr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 5, 2009

    Tom Jones

    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Last Night: Bad Brains, Death By Stereo and Kevin Seconds at House of Blues

    Better Than: Pretty much any other concert you could have gone to last night.In the canon of legendary punk bands, it is pretty much impossible to fuck with the furious, dred-wielding four piece that is Bad Brains. And for hoards of die-hard O.C. punks young and old, a chance to see them in action ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Last Night: The Kooks, The Whigs at the House of Blues

    Last Night: The Kooks and The Whigs at the House of Blues in Anaheim, Oct. 27, 2008. Better Than: Joining the fledgling Modern Whig Party. William Henry Harrison, they ain't! Download: This Kooks cover of "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn and John from early this year. I'm not an eavesdropper in gener ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    On-Sale Saturday: Coldplay, Los Lobos and More

    Sure, you're probably still reeling from yesterday's news that Chinese Democracy actually has a - gasp! - release date (insert joke about unlikelihood of that date being met, Best Buy exclusivity or free Dr. Pepper here), but there's plenty of shows with on-sale dates tomorrow if you manage to compo ... More >>

  • Film

    August 7, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    Last Night: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at HOB

    Last Night: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at House of Blues, Anaheim on 6/4 It may have been Wednesday night, but as fans, freaks and funkateers piled into the House of Blues for last night’s Parliament Funkadelic show, the phrase “hump day” took on a whole new meaning. At the Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2008

    Father Chris Heath Says Adios, Maligns Sex-Abuse Victim

    It is with much regret that OC's favorite idiot bloggin' Catholic priest, Christopher Heath of St. Edward the Confessor in Dana Point, announced last week that he will no longer post, and it really is a tragedy. Now, who will be so openly cavalier in his attitude toward clerical sex-abuse victims? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    Bad Religion, Death by Stereo, The Darlings @ HOB Anaheim 4/3

    Last night marked the final weekend for Bad Religion's relentless assault on the Anaheim House of Blues. Since February 29, the elder statesmen of Los Angeles punk have embarked on a blistering "World Tour of Southern California" packing in sweaty, fanatical fans night after night. Los Angeles, Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2008

    To Do Tonight - 01/14

    “LOCAL ANESTHESIA”: AN EXHIBITION OF EMERGING ARTISTS, until 9pm On display at OC’s “anti-mall” The ARTery at The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa “JUNGLE BOOK” AUDITIONS, 6:30pm Know any 7-17 year olds who have that acting bug? Liberty Theater at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Traini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    To Do Tonight - 11/20

    FARMER’S MARKET, 4-8pm Find fresh and local produce every Tuesday. Birch Street, Downtown Brea JERSEY BOYS, 7:30pm This one’s for the musical fans. OC Performing Artscenter HELLOGOODBYE & SAY ANYTHING, 7:30pm These bands co-headline the first ever Myspace (and we know you have one) Music Tour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2007


    To say that Indiefest/FAIF suffered from a few opening day jitters might be understating it a bit. The main Downtown Disney parking lot was barricaded off, the theater personal didn’t let anything start on time until Disney brass showed up and laid down some laws, and there were just a few project ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2007

    Aural Reports

    Mic of Dreamz: DJ Alex Rules the Airwaves—and the Clubs

  • Film

    February 8, 2007

    New Reviews

    Hannibal Rising; The Last Sin Eater; Norbit; Puccini for Beginners; Traffic Signal

  • Film

    February 1, 2007

    Now Playing

    Alpha Dog, Borat, Casino Royale

  • Food

    May 25, 2006

    Grub Guide

    The best damn dining guide in Orange County

  • Columns

    September 1, 2005
  • News

    June 2, 2005

    The Pringle-Spanos Tango

    Close ties between Anaheim mayor, Chargers owner might land OC a football team

  • Food

    October 7, 2004
  • Culture

    January 29, 2004
  • Music

    October 9, 2003
  • Culture

    April 10, 2003

    Going Down

    Queens in the Kingdom is just too damn gay

  • Features

    June 7, 2001

    Last Call

    Lindas Doll Hut, 1989-2001

  • Columns

    June 7, 2001

    Queer Things Done in the Midnight Sun

    G. Love is the funkiest, bluesiest white boy ever

  • Columns

    April 12, 2001

    Cinderella Stories

    Amd then we have sex with Simon LeBon

  • Features

    January 4, 2001
  • Columns

    January 4, 2001
  • News

    June 15, 2000

    California Misadventure

    When it opens early next year, Disneys California Adventure is likely to be a lot like the crowded, strip-malled state for which it is named

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Cupboards Bare Jamboree

    Mustaches wont help underpaid Mouseketeers

  • Columns

    March 18, 1999