• Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    The Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Monday, October 20 TTNG The Constellation Room Formed in Oxford, England, in 2004, TTNG originally named their band This Town Needs Guns, a cleverly ironic nod to the fact that no one in England really owns firearms. Then, as the ... More >>

  • Film

    July 31, 2014

    The Hundred-Foot Journey Curries Favor

    Lasse Hallström's culinary mash-up is tasty enough

  • Culture

    July 3, 2014

    How Europe Beats SoCal

    [Trendzilla] From toilets to McDonald's, we've got nothing on the European Union

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Stoner Metal Bands

    No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Bleached to Van Thief: 'Give Us Our Stuff Back or We'll Break Your Neck!'

    Sisters Jen and Jessie Clavin have been making music for years. Whether it was in Mika Miko or on their own, the self-described rock-n-roll/post-punk rockers always had the desire to form a band on their own terms. That's what they did with their current project, Bleached. After releasing three earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    The 10 Geekiest Metal Bands of All Time

    By: Adam Steininger Geeks love metal more than the computers on which they listen to it. They yearn for heavy metal that was forged by Orcs in the mountains of Mordor, smuggled halfway across the universe on Serenity and then discovered by Silver Surfer while scouting for delicious planets. These b ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 6, 2013

    Is There Any Good Mexican Food in England?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's the difference between Tex-Mex and New Mexican food?

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    [Exene Says . . .] DIY Till I Die

    Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk-rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Contact her via In 1976, Nancy Kaufman lent a friend money to rent a 125-square-foot store on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Monday, April 29 The Originalites Gallagher's Pub & Grill Since coming together as teenagers (and later recruiting saxophonist Mike Belk after an impromptu jam session at a local gig), The Originalites have risen high in the ranks of Orange County's local music scene in the span of only five year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    The Five Worst British Import Bands

    ​ By: Gavin Cleaver While we might have done some wonderful things for y'all with Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Radiohead, we have also sent you some terrible crimes against music. And while none of this really compares to Canada foisting Avril Lavigne and Nickleback on you, it's st ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 28, 2013

    Outfit Hive's the Bee's Knees

    [Trendzilla] Meet the latest, greatest social networking site, this one for fashionistas

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

    Friday, February 22Angry SamoansThe Observatory First wave punk rockers everywhere are alive and kicking. Just look at the Angry Samoans, hailing from Los Angeles, they've been doing their thing since the late 70s. And since their inception, they've made a career out of being offensive. Rumor has it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    McDonald's Employee Fired For Adding Too Many Sprinkles on a McFlurry

    McDonald's has been getting slammed by the media lately for insisting that some of their stores remain open on Christmas Day. This next story isn't going to change recent headlines that have condemned them as Scrooges.In England, McDonald's has just settled a lawsuit filed by an employee who sued th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Five Awesome Murals Honoring Dead Musicians

    By: Rae AlexandraThe Los Angeles mural that has served as a site for Elliot Smith fans to pay tribute to the much beloved singer-songwriter has just been given a recent revamp, by Punk Rock Marthas -- an art-minded group of charitable folk -- who felt the mural needed a pick-me-up in honor of the ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    On The Line: Roy Hendrickson Of Zimzala, Part Two

    "I just like to see the locals come in, try new things and just come back, and back and back. Most hotel guests you never even see again. I know this community pretty well, so it's a lot of fun to be out shopping somewhere and see someone who just dined here."Read our interview with Roy Hendrickson ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    On The Line: Roy Hendrickson Of Zimzala, Part One

    Calm. That's the vibe we get from chef Roy Hendrickson. Perched in the Shorebreak Hotel, Zimzala's bustling exhibition kitchen is between both lounge and dining room. But for our interview, we converse at a quiet table in the back before lunch service. With experience that includes stints at Sam's S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Adam Ant Isn't a Goody Two Shoes Anymore

    By: Shelley LeopoldAdam Ant, the charismatic post-punk British pop star responsible for a generation of pirate shirts, returns to the U.S. after a long absence. Now 57, he's picked up more tattoos and a smoking habit since we saw him last; despite being battle scarred from years in the music busines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Diatribe With Dave: Pop Up Restaurants Are The Flavor Of The Month In The OC Food Scene

    Dave MauBy Dave Mau As the culinary world turns, so do the fads and foibles that inhabit restaurant culture. Food truck mania (except for some standouts) is slowly fading into the past, joining others like taco Tuesday, gastro pubs and overly-gourmand street tacos in realm of passé food OC concepts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    MxPx's 20th Anniversary: Mike Herrera Explains The Secret to Band Longevity

    For fans of pop punk, it may be hard to believe, but Bremerton, Wash., natives MxPx are in the middle of their 20th anniversary tour, which came together in part  after learning that drummer Yuri Ruley was going to retire, until the band's fans begged him not to. The band ended up releasing a n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Burger King Introduces Black Truffle Angus Burger In Hong Kong

    While Taco Bell foists another Frankenstein's monster food item on us made from the interchangeable parts of its existing menu, the other parts of the world get actual innovation from their fast food restaurants. We heard about the Pizza Hut in England's hot-dog-stuffed pizza crusts and the gri ... More >>

  • Food

    January 12, 2012

    Tamarind of London Offers Curry for the Cultured

    This Newport Coast eatery introduces great Indian cuisine to the rich folks

  • News

    November 17, 2011

    The Huntington Beach Surf Riot: A New Perspective

    An English photographer unearths his shots of burning cop cars and surfboards from 1986, then brings them back to SoCal

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Calle 13 Bring Their Latin Grammy Nominated Music to the House of Blues Anaheim

    ​ Calle 13, the alternative rap duo from Puerto Rico, dominated Latin Grammy nominations announced last month. With a number of Grammy and Latin Grammy awards already held between them, René "Residente" Pérez and Eduardo "Visitante" Cabra racked up a record in 2011 for nominations in ten cat ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2011

    The Day Green Day Came to Costa Mesa

    [Mental Notes] They played for 300 people, and we got in to see them!

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Ten Songs That Foreshadowed the 2011 UK Riots

    Beacon Radio (Creative Commons NC)​Watching footage of the UK riots has been shocking, scary and difficult, but the British have a history of taking to the streets in times of social upheaval as an act of defiance. The proof is in songs by its musicians: everyone from the Clash to Morrissey to Mot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Black Eyed Peas go on Hiatus; Four Other Groups That Should Take a Break Too

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​This week the Black Eyed Peas announced at their Staffordshire show that it was the "last time we're going to be in England for a long time." So yes, the group is taking a break, but they're not breaking up--at least, not according to Fergie and, there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish Goes on Tour After Near-Death Experience with Ruptured Appendix

    Reel Big Fish ​ Reel Big Fish, one of OC's stawarts from the mid-'90s ska phenomenon, have been touring hard lately. They just came back from Europe, are headed to South America in October this year and just kicked off their US summer tour with Streetlight Manifesto in Texas! The band have two mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Toast The Royal Wedding With...Viagra Beer?

    Celebrate Big Willy style....​While all eyes will be on William and Kate next week in a wedding of epic proportions, Brits will toast the newlyweds with all sorts of bubbly, including one named Royal Virility Performance. This isn't the only commemorative beverage made for the special day, but it' ... More >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    Boris Smile Are Amped Up

    [Locals Only] A. Wesley Chung's chamber-pop combo plugs their new, 23-song album.

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    James Fletcher Takes the Stage at Detroit Bar's Monday-Night Residency​Luckily for OC, James Fletcher is not too sexy for Detroit Bar--or just about anywhere else, he insists. The jet-setting drummer last fall self-released his first solo CD, The Booze & Clocks, after 10 years of constant touring and gigging in support of others' lyrical prowess.&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    On the Line: Renieri Caceres of Rustica in Fashion Island, Part One

    Photo Courtesy of Moxxe PR​There has been a changing of the guard at Rustica in Fashion Island. Grant MacPherson left the kitchen sometime last November, leaving it to the very capable hands of his chef de cuisine, Renieri Caceres, who, like his predecessor, came from Sin City. Executive chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    OC Music Awards Nominees Are Out Now!

    Dagha Bloom nominated for Best New Album​​Finally, the nomination ballots are in, and the 2011 nominees have been announced. Some artists are past winners, while other nominees are fresh faces to the OC scene. The OC Music Awards added two new categories for this year: Best Youth Artist and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Distinguished UC Irvine Professor Treated Like a Terrorist by French

    Ngugi wa Thiong'o and wife, stranded​After attending a Nairobi literary festival, UC Irvine professor and author Ngugi wa Thiong'o and his wife needed to catch a Virgin Atlantic flight to London in route to LAX, but a snow storm in England forced the flight to land in Lyon, France.The airline arra ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2010

    Pato Banton

    The Coach House

  • Film

    October 21, 2010

    The Comedy of Going Plastic

    Stephen Frears' cosmetically altered heroine, Tamara Drewe, bounds through his self-consciously rustic, broadly played flick

  • Calendar

    May 27, 2010

    Edward II

    Empire Theatre

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Nestlé Aero

    Edwin Goei​Name: Nestlé Aero Origin: South Africa Found at: Garden Patch Market, Irvine Cost: $3.79 Ingredients: Cane sugar, full cream milk solids, cocoa mass, non-hydrogenated vegetable fat, whey powder (milk), cocoa butter, emulsifiers (soy lecithin E322, e476), flavourants.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Getting Over Bitter in Little Phnom Penh

    Bitter is not a flavor generally loved by the American palate. Bitter is a flavor we cover up--with cream and sugar in our coffee, with sweeter, baby bitter greens in our salads. Elsewhere around the globe--and in many an ethnic restaurant in Orange County--bitter is a flavored loved and enjoyed alo ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 18, 2010

    Special San Diego Edition

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] Smells like more Know Nothing myths!

  • Music

    March 11, 2010

    Little Boots, Big Electro-Pop Sound

    Born Victoria Hesketh, the 25-year-old is already a star in her native U.K.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2010

    Snoop Dogg Wins Case Against British Government

    John GilhooleySnoop Dogg at the Galaxy Concert Theatre, Santa Ana , Jan. 21​Remember back in 2006 when Long Beach native Snoop Dogg and his entourage allegedly brawled at a British Airways VIP Lounge? And how the British Government went apeshit and banned the rapper from ever entering their boring ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 29, 2009
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    April 30, 2009

    Beyond the Beanstalk

    Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    You're Going to Hurley

    Hurley Entertainment is hosting a day-long music/fashion/sports event Wed. June 18 at its Costa Mesa headquarters (1945 Placentia Ave.). Action starts at 2 p.m., with bands playing at 4 p.m. Vans Warped Tour 2008 acts Beat Union (Clash/Jam/Joe Jackson-style new wave/punk from Birmingham, England), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    A rugby fan with real balls - though not lately

    Super Bowl weekend ... no better time to acknowledge the ultimate, all-time, over-the-top act of devotion to one's team. Oakland Raider hardcore sociopaths with their frothing-at-the-mouth, kick-the-crap-out-of-the-visiting-fans rabidity? Not even close. Green Bay/Minnesota/any cold-weather-team s ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 13, 2007

    ¡Ask a Mexican!®

    'Where's the love?' Maybe with the fairies?

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2007

    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises: Pampering Predators

    To Catch--and Pamper!--a Predator: Where the hell is Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC? Why do I ask? Well, in Orange County, authority figures--particularly cops--nabbed for outrageous sexual conduct either get re-elected, promoted or pampered. The latest example is Jason David Rosewarne. The marri ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 31, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    Special Mother Edicion

  • Food

    June 27, 2002

    Vamos, Vamos a Reginas

    Food, soccer and more of each

  • Food

    March 29, 2001

    Andean Heater

    Inka Grill keeps things spicy, Peruvian-style

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