Big news for craft beer in Downtown Santa Ana the past few weeks: Native Son Alehouse has finally opened its doors for crowds and craft beer lovers alike. Currently serving beer from various Orange County breweries, the joint also aims to incorporate beer, wine and mead from around the world into it ... More >>
Have you heard? Coding is the future. Learning how to code is the key to your children's success. Don't know computer science? It's going to be a tough life. I'm exaggerating a little, of course, but learning how to code is a pretty useful skill (even journos pick it up!) and Irvine native Raj Sidh ... More >>
The UC Irvine professor sees his 1976 play, The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, produced on campus
Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for ... More >>
Tyler Jacobs is no stranger to show biz (aside from acting on TV as a child, he and his brothers work on the Aquabats! Super Show! and Yo Gabba Gabba!). But his latest project, CinemAttack, is all about being part of the audience. CinemAttack's goal is to essentially make people fall in love with ... More >>
A partial list of the show locations and their real-life equivalents
After playing five shows last year in London and the greater New York area, the Rolling Stones announced this morning that they'll be embarking on a nine show run of North America as part of their 50 & Counting Tour including a date in Anaheim. The show will take place at Honda Center on May 15, wi ... More >>
The American blues sound overtook England in the 1960s like no other. Limey guitar slingers like John Mayall, Peter Green and Jimmy Page worked up their tolerance to whiskey, mastered the blues scale and made more money than every American blues musician that came before them. In the early 1970s, tw ... More >>
[Trendzilla] Deborah Cooper-Ramos teaches you how to touch up antique furniture at her new Costa Mesa shop
Bill Murray gets manhandled as FDR
[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week]1) Our lead feature this week shines a spotlight on the pop culture parody enigma "Weird Al" Yankovic. Y ... More >>
Chapman University today and tomorrow hosts what is billed as "a major international conference" on religion, economics and culture. Participants include Chapman's Nobel laureate in economics Vernon L. Smith and academics not only from the Orange campus and UC Irvine but Yale, Harvard, Notre D ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!!] And why do some Mexicans identify with them?
Although Black Friday is known for shopping, it is also known as the beginning of the leftover parade. If you want to make room for non-gravy doused foods in your fridge, you'll need all the help you can get. Here are five golden oldies that can help lessen the blow of a week's worth of leftovers ... More >>
Edwin GoeiChaparosa Grill at The District in Tustin has closed. When it was open, the place was noted for its Caribbean totems, color-splashed walls, and numerous ceiling fans that swoop the air as if the place was in the tropics. A large framed photo of their bald chef, Tony Corke, a native of E ... More >>
Thirteen years after their last North American tour, pioneering British trio Portishead are back to finally make the rounds in support of their latest album, Third, released in 2008. It's been a while, but for good reason; between having babies and working on new musical projects, they've been qu ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do matanzas only happen in New Mexico?
South Coast Repertory
A restaurant in Gloucestershire, England surveyed 2,000 people what person they'd most like to have breakfast with. The answer came back resoundingly: Pippa Middleton, the most famous sister-in-law in the world. So what did the restaurant do with this information? Well, it did what you nor I nor ... More >>
South Coast Repertory's annual showcase for new works gears up
Aled ThomasWTF:Perhaps this week's post is a more pathetic cautionary tale than a bonafied WTF. In any event, it demonstrates that iconic stars everywhere might benefit from the stern benefactoring of MASH's own Mike Farrell, who once consulted fallen stars on how to manage their fortunes.
Friday finds DJ Ron Sleezy holding court at the Commonwealth Lounge and Grill in Newport Beach--which is an understandable thing, given that he works there. Even more understandable is that he's out to help continue what has been a thriving--and not always appreciated--continuum of DJs and venues ... More >>
La Mirada Theatre
Flickr user handyandy88On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to meThree small desserts, two tiny spoons and a minuscule cup of coffee.Orange County, the time has come for you to embrace the Gallic wonder known as the café gourmand, or as we say in American, the dessert sampler.
It won't get the press or audience of Christmassy shows such as SCR's A Christmas Carol. or the Maverick's Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, but the Hunger Artist Theatre's production of Peter Barnes' The Spirit of Man, might actually come closer to capturing some sense of genuine humanity t ... More >>
How therapy saved the monarchy in 'The King's Speech'
You could say that the 88 is the ultimate indie pop act, a shining example of a band making a living playing shiny, happy pop music (read: no day jobs needed) without skyrocketing to fame, pandering to crowds or being a household name. They release their own albums, tour at their leisure, are ful ... More >>
By now, everyone's heard that dear old Moz called the entire population of China a subspecies in a recent interview with the Guardian. "Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific. You can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecie ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Heinz Spotted Dick Origin: England Found at: Fresh & Easy, Fountain Valley Cost: $3.99 Ingredients: Wheat, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Raisins, Partially Hydrogenated Canola and Palm Oils, Nonfat Dry Milk, Partially Inverted Sugar Cane Syrup, Leaveners (Sodium Diphosphates, S ... More >>
From the 2010 World Cup Facebook pageThe FIFA World Cup--you know, that massive sporting event that only comes around every four years, the one that the United States practically makes a sport out of ignoring--starts today in South Africa.Lots of Americans think soccer is boring. Well . . . it is ... More >>
The Arab, the Jew and the Chicken
Melamine-tainted baby formula: tragic and scary. Melamine-tainted pet food: sad. Now a New York Times story reports that melamine has also been detected in edible adult sex accessories sold in England. It's still disturbing, of course, but somehow, this time, you can't help but chuckle a litt ... More >>
Sometimes I wonder about the power of coincidence. Both times I've covered the Newport Beach Film Festival, I have been unable to attend every day because some or other duty at the office ends up taking a lot more of my time than expected. So I was called home on Tuesday, thereby missing both THE RE ... More >>
The BBC reports that British and Dutch police today have shut down the popular and flagrantly illegal music-downloading site OiNK and arrested its overlord, a 24-year-old man from Middlesbrough, England. That sound you hear is the celebratory high-5ing of major-label employees worldwide and Metallic ... More >>
Japanese psychedelic samurais Boredoms have arranged an amazing spectacle for what some amateur numerologists think will the luckiest day of the century, July 7, 2007. The concert happens at 5 p.m. in the Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, and is free, but you need to RSVP; it's probably a moot point n ... More >>
News flash: Persian food now American
or expensive. or somewhere in between
or expensive. or somewhere in between