The Orange County Ultimate Beerfest nearly became an Ultimate Fighting preview last Saturday due to poor logistical planning and the cancelation of the second half of the event. According to social posts by attendees, the event was mired by long lines, a lack of staff, missing vendors, ridiculousl ... More >>
See the update at the bottom of Page 2 about a Killuminati Soldier outing me as "a demonic bastard and high-ranking member of the occult" for reporting on their terror campaign via Facebook against Bats Day at the Fun Park patrons. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 26, 8 A.M.: We told you last month how the Kil ... More >>
A photo of an Orange County Sheriff's Department cruiser parked in a spot for handicapped motorists in front of a medical facility is raising eyebrows online.
Irvine Police are conducting a sobriety checkpoint from 8 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday at Culver Drive and Walnut Avenue, the department announced. The Orange County Sheriff's Department checkpoint in Dana Point ends at the same start but begins two hours earlier, at 6 tonight. Deputies aren't s ... More >>
It may have been dark in some parts of Rancho Las Lomas (Better for making out, right?), but the camera flashes were going off in Social Networkland. Instagram ruled the roost at Decadence. You'd think it was prom with all the couples and group shots. So here's a slice of what we came across online. ... More >>
President Obama's Justice Department issued a memorandum today that confirms what's been obvious for years: the administration's war on marijuana will continue regardless of state laws allowing it to be smoked for medicinal or recreational purposes. The memo appears the same day as the Weekly publis ... More >>
Methinks a genius grant is not in Luis Enrique Rodriguez's future. The Anaheim 18-year-old liked a photo of himself on the Huntington Beach Police Department's Facebook page of suspected vandals sought in the July 28 riots. Then he shared the image with friends. Then people left comments on the poli ... More >>
The Anaheim Police Department is seeking two men (well, two in this particular case): one who snatched a purse and another who returned the handbag to the wheelchair-bound, 39-year-old woman who owns it. This is the result of an incident that went down around 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, under the 9 ... More >>
According to the privacy notice on the Killuminati Soldiers' Facebook page, I am not allowed to use their profile information in any way. But it mentions nothing about not being permitted to let you know that Tupac Shakur coined the word Killuminati, that the Soldiers oppose the supposedly active in ... More >>
The Huntington Beach Police Department has announced the arrest of a 17-year-old in connection with the July 28 riots downtown and has posted through its greatest tool in apprehending suspects these days--social media--photos of more vandals they would like to pop. The latest is a 17-year-old Hunti ... More >>
Has the name and address of one of the most notorious Huntington Beach riot vandals been handed to police through Facebook? And could another alleged vandal, who isn't even facing the most serious criminal charges from the incident, be looking at three years in state prison?
Tustin Police are investigating a bizarre series of incidents since June where a man comes up behind a female or females, grabs their butts and in some cases pulls down their pants. And he also, according to cops, at times apologizes as he runs away. It is refreshing to find a polite groper these ... More >>
The Fullerton City Council lifted a ban on the evening operations of food trucks everywhere within its boundaries earlier this month...except the downtown bar and restaurant scene. The reasoning? "There is substantial evidence to show that the operation of food trucks in the Downtown area--when bars ... More >>
How OC's biggest backyard party went from mosh pit to money pit
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
So remember that whole Punk Rock Picnic Music Festival thing that a lot of people paid money for but never happened? Finally, after three months of ticket holders and vendors waiting for refunds from the cancelled fest, someone has finally launched a lawsuit in small claims court against the show's ... More >>
Dear Sweet Readers, It's about time that you know we love you. We couldn't do it without you (oh, and our many "colorful" ads) and that's why we plan events like this year's Summer Fest at Newport Dunes. We appreciate food and alcohol as much as you do and want to share the experience together.
It's been over two years since we first checked out Pieology Pizzeria by Cal State Fullerton. Since then, a half dozen other joints opened up, all peddling their crust and toppings as supreme. How do we judge success? Earnings, Facebook followers, or maybe the difficulty in finding parking. Although ... More >>
Have you been to Wild Goose Tavern yet? Here's the best excuse yet to go, like, now!
Mitsuwa is continually bringing us tastes of Japan in the form of limited-time special items, and this one caught my eye. It's the Ice Cornet, a swirl of soft-serve ice cream inside warm bread shaped like a cone. The picture above doesn't do the concoction justice--it's huge! The treat is popular ... More >>
[Editor's Note: 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. Her new column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theo ... More >>
You never know how these film festivals are going to play out. There have been years when it seems as if I've seen documentaries and action-sports films at the expense of feature-length dramas, comedies and other genres. This year, the opposite is true.Based on past Newport Beach festivals, I can re ... More >>
[Trendzilla] Blair Koenig's blog is now in book form to hilarious results
Sometime this past Thursday, some loser (frayed wires? Faulty code? Carona? Not sure yet) started fucking with the website of your favorite infernal rag and its sister papers, leading folks who tried to visit our digital kingdom to encounter a malware warning thanks to the folks at Google. Our websi ... More >>
Anaheim is one of eight California cities where Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18.Of course, the crowds may really show up to UltraStar's UtraLuxe theater in Anaheim's GardenWalk center on Saturday--4/20--at, when else, 4:20 p.m. For those stoners who forget (d ... More >>
"Gangnam Style" king Psy has been so busy with the sexy ladies that he apparently doesn't have time to cook. The viral-hit wonder (who released his newest single, "Gentleman," over the weekend) is on the search for a personal chef for the first month of his world tour in July.
I've never tried Mee So Hungry, but I cringed a little every time I passed by it on Belmont Shore's Second Street. I took a picture of it once on the way to another restaurant, never really deciding then whether I thought the 2 Live Crew allusion was stupid or clever, but I never gave it a second th ... More >>
By: Jessica HopperAre you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is ... More >>
Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the legal challenge to California's Proposition 8. But instead of taking the rallying, angry, and sign-pumping approach to fighting for gay marriage--although that's perfectly legit as well!--equality warriors in Orange County have decided to hold a candle ... More >>
The Newport Beach Police Department is holding a sobriety checkpoint tonight and--praise be--the cops are disclosing the location.It's at Newport Boulevard and Finley Avenue from 8:30 p.m. through 3 a.m. Saturday.That would put it near City Hall, councilman!
The Huntington Beach Police Department Facebook page is reporting that officers arrested 10 people on March 7 for solicitation of prostitution at local massage parlors. The department, which recently joined forces with the federally-funded Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, carried out ... More >>
Steve Parker hinted at (but didn't swear by) an opening date in early March. And now, Tulsa Rib is back! Having closed temporarily for the move into more spacious digs, they've been conducting a countdown on their Facebook page all week long.With a private party room and reservations available for s ... More >>
By: Jessica Hopper Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She i ... More >>
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that as of April 25 airline passengers will be able to carry on board previously forbidden items such as small knives, golf clubs, hockey sticks, souvenir baseball bats and other sports equipment that currently must be checked in. The ... More >>
Where smoothies and then froyo have failed before, now comes ice cream. Creamistry will take over the space left behind by Yogurt Passion at The Crossroads in Irvine. Yogurt Passion itself replaced Tropical Smoothie Cafe about three years ago. So what distinguishes Creamistry from the Baskin Robbi ... More >>
The young woman whose murder in Ladera Ranch apparently kicked off last Tuesday's Orange County freeway shooting spree that ended with a total of four dead (including the shooter) has a connection to the OC Weekly.A very loose connection, that is.
The Seal Beach Police Department is holding a DUI/driver's license checkpoint from 6 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday. Hey, anyone out there in Seal Beach who sees cones being set up want to let us know where? Because the department's not releasing the location.
Thanks to Facebook, fan sites and law enforcement alerts, it seems as if we have seen every known photo and video of Christopher Jordan Dorner created over the past decade or so.But that hasn't stopped lookiloos, his hunters and conspiracy theorists from confusing the 33-year-old with a whole bunch ... More >>
I know the name of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's-Coroner Department (SBCSCD) deputy whose life was tragically cut short today by Christopher Dorner, the ex-Los Angeles police officer who's been on a murderous rampage this past week. In fact, I knew almost from the moment he was confirmed dead ... More >>
Ever wonder what happened to David Valiante, the tequila-loving bartender at Fullerton's Matador Cantina? Well, for a while he was tending bar for Gabrielle Dion at Broadway by Amar Santana, but then left to pursue his own mysterious projects.Well, he's surfaced, and his project was the Surfin' Cowb ... More >>
We used to be addicted to their Malibu Dream Ice Blendeds. But lately, free is our beverage of choice. Wednesday is not only National Crossiant Day, but Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL for those texting) will toast their 50 year anniversary with one hot deal: FREE coffee or tea!In addition to the s ... More >>
Can you still call a dish that's half fried chicken a salad? Probably not. But who cares? This, ladies and gents, is the salad you want to eat when you want to say you ate a salad, but you were actually craving something fried and something chicken. I ordered it one night for take-out, opened it at ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about new revelations about the Orange County couple and apparently kinky Connecticut priest.ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 18, 8:08 A.M.: It's not difficult to find San Clemente's Chad McCluskey online. His Facebook, Twitter and online photo sharing pages--open to all, j ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about sheriff's department roving patrols tonight.ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 18, 9:22 A.M.: The Costa Mesa Police Department holds a DUI checkpoint from 8 tonight through 8 a.m. Saturday, which I believe is the longest such operation I've ever reported here.Guess Righ ... More >>
I don't yet know much about XA Sweet & Savory Cafe (it opened about a week ago in Orange), but I saw it when I was in the area. It was closed at the time, so I went back home and looked them up on Facebook. They had a page, of course, but still, their menu is a mystery. There's a lovely pic ... More >>
Being a city council member is a thankless job, although they do usually save you a nice parking spot at city hall.While we applaud public service, many, many holders of local office in Orange County use their positions of "power" to do some really fucked-up things.Here are but 10 supposed city lead ... More >>
By: Jessica HopperEditor's Note: Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for t ... More >>
The evils of social media dragged an OC Weekly contributor into the middle of Friday's mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.Portland, Oregon-based Matt Bors, whose cartoons you may recall from our Hey, You! column--and whose work has also graced the Los Angeles Times, The Nation and Village Voice, ... More >>
Why the fallen king of social media was actually pretty damn good
America, go at it. From 2 to 6 p.m. today, Taco Bell will be giving customers a free Doritos Locos Taco.The fast-food chain had promised fans that if any player stole a base during the World Series, it would declare today Free Taco Tuesday. On Thursday, Angel Pagan of the San Francisco Giants swiped ... More >>