Dark, dirty, offensive...yeah some might consider comedian Eddie Ifft all of the above, but guess what? He doesn't want to be "tame" and we personally couldn't be more pleased about it. It is after all what makes this man tick and if you are a fan of keeping it real, then you'd love Eddie just as mu ... More >>
Are You My Mother? is a classic picture story for kids, but also an adult story of asking questions about identity, origins, the storyteller her/himself. It is like the story of the troubled and delightful bastard child America itself, as can be seen all too easily in the birth of a perfectly nice l ... More >>
Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen
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We literally had six minutes to converse with visiting chef Marcus Samuelsson before he went downstairs to commence his cooking demonstration. Instead of discussing his memoir or line of cookware, we kept digging. Were we able to learn more about him than his Facebook, website and Twitter feed? Yes. ... More >>
Gorge on this year's Oscar-nominated short films
PB&J. We always thought it was a neutral--albeit boring--lunch option. Seemed like the type of food that would stay out of trouble.We were so wrong.
Rarely do you hear us talking about drunken mischief at Chapman that doesn't involve students running around in their underwear. But last Saturday's packed GLOWbal event sponsored by a university charity and Chapman Radio inside the Harold Hutton Sports Center grabbed plenty of attention when the ma ... More >>
We are now more than halfway through our march toward our favorite dishes in Orange County. It's run the gamut from Japanese to Mexican, from American comfort food to post-Ramadan fast food. When we get to the end, you'll know it's time to go pick up your free copy of this year's Best Of issue i ... More >>
Anaheim is not only the scene of protests surrounding officer-involved shootings, but in recent years, it has become the site of a mass influx of refugees, mostly from Iraq. California receives the largest number of refugees after Texas, and while it's not clear how many settle in Orange County, a ... More >>
The scene that set the stage for Anaheim Latinos' eternal mistrust of police
Orange County, for all its Republican, meat-and-potatoes reputation, has a fantastic array of vegetarian restaurants; not just vegetarian, but vegan, and from a wide variety of ethnic traditions. We have little patience with hippy-dippy vegetarian places that skimp on flavor in order to emphasize ... More >>
Dave LiebermanAnaheim is continuing its reputation as the most multicultural city in Orange County; it's hard to think of another city that is home to so many ethnic enclaves, from Middle Eastern to Samoan, from Korean to Mexican.One of the growing communities in West Anaheim is what I'll call Ho ... More >>
Hero of villain?The death by roadside bomb of Santa Ana native and Army Ranger Kristoffer B. Domeij has drawn two very different reactions. Controversial conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart's Big Peace site wonders if Domeij's death proves the U.S. military is spread too thin as he was on ... More >>
This year's San Diego Music Thing, held last weekend, was again an impressive gathering of trade music folks, industry experts and up-and-coming musicians. Held again at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park, there were some changes from last year's event (then called the North Park Music Thing) that we ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] In this classic list of reader responses, you tell a Mexican!
Man, SanTana cracks me up sometimes--okay, ALL THE TIME. The Orange County Register's Andrew Galvin wrote a good piece yesterday ostensibly about efforts by Latino activists to try and persuade the SanTana City Council at this past Monday's meeting to ask its police department to stop impounding ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] Orange County's first Somali restaurant impresses with its fried bread and other specialties
The AdamsUPDATE, FEB. 22, 6:51 A.M.: The Pentagon reports all four passengers aboard a yacht that was hijacked by Somali pirates are dead, including the former Newport Beach couple that owned the S/V Quest.A Navy warship was following the S/V Quest and U.S. officials were negotiating with t ... More >>
He's ill.What's the most dangerous place for Christians to practice their faith?No, it's not San Francisco.Or Miami's South Beach.
The AquabatsThis week's edition of news we didn't write involves our mainstays (who else?) the Local Natives, No Doubt's Adrian Young and Bayside...read on after the jump.
This week, Heard Mentality is giving away a pair of tickets each to K'naan at the House of Blues, Johnny Vato's Tribute to Halloween show and Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros at the Grove.Find out how after the jump.
Headline: Muslim Employee Accused Disney of DiscriminationComment by caseclosed: She needs to get off her camel and wipe the sand out of her eyes she's in America now.Comment by bg: If I saw someone dressed in Islamic garb working anywhere (and that includes Disneyland), I'd run and duck for cove ... More >>
Action all-stars cast get nostalgic for their legacy of brutality in 'The Expendables'
The ExpandersEven though most local venues don't host too many old school rock steady or dub groups, we've been shown time and time again that when clubs like Commonwealth slam our ears with island sound, it's usually in the biggest way possible. Or, at least with the biggest groups possible. Ent ... More >>
John GilhooleyYesterday, we called Jeff Duggan a coffee geek. This, it turns out, was not 100% accurate; he is really more of a coffee mad scientist, the Dr. Emmett Brown of java, except, you know, with better hair. On the Line usually features a recipe from the featured chef on the third day; si ... More >>
John GilhooleyJeff Duggan is a coffee geek, and the county is better for his efforts. Those efforts will soon be redoubled; Portola will be opening later this year in Costa Mesa's ersatz Ferry Building-type gourmet marketplace, the MIX (currently called "South Coast Collection", over west of IKEA ... More >>
The multicultural mummies of 'Secrets of the Silk Road' don't disappoint
The Great Skate, Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. through March 15Irvine's Great Park (you know, home to that dollar-sucking Great Balloon) brings the simple, youthful joy of ice skating to the park in an attempt to well, just do something fun and care-free for the community in these bleak times.Great Park, Sa ... More >>
Ragga Muffin Festival
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 >>
We've already documented how California Coalition for Immigration Reform head Barbara Coe is anti-Muslim in addition to anti-Mexican. But while Babs always tries to differentiate between legal Mexicans and ILLEGALS, she doesn't bother with such subtleties when it comes to the sons and daughters of I ... More >>
Movie of the week: The Sophisticated Misfit
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