Show biz is my life. Or at least a big part of it lately. My talented and smart kid has introduced theater and, especially, classic American musical theater to Mom and Dad by way of his enthusiastic thespianic occupation, avocation, obsession, all of it. It's both perhaps typical of an eleven year ... More >>
To conquer his fear of guns, a British immigrant takes a road trip to gun lovers' mecca: the NRA Convention
This just in: Christopher Jordan Dorner is still dead.Or is he? Was he ever really in Big Bear? Did the Man take him out because he was about to deal out some truth, maaaaan? Or, hell, did he ever really exist at all? There does seem to be a piece of exposed green screen in that famous video of his ... More >>
Mr. Bib lives in a rich, and likely solipsistic world where themes, events, excitements and art conspire to help things make sense for him. This takes amazingly little effort if one pays attention, or gooses it a bit. Consider the following, and then decide whether to play along with me this weekend ... More >>
Dana Rohrabacher has been known to shock.I remember years ago when our tequila-guzzling Orange County congressman attended a Costa Mesa public forum wearing a food-product soiled, tattered, plaid sports coat and mismatched lime green shirt that accumulated in a visual wreck that may have caused eyeb ... More >>
By: Jessica Hopper [Editor'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 ... More >>
Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us ev ... More >>
Distilling Dinesh D'Souza's anti-anticolonialist jeremiads
Lowkey's approach to hip-hop was always professorial and politicized. His critically acclaimed independently released double-album Soundtrack to the Struggle last year was layered with lyrical lectures and skits sampling luminaries like Tariq Ali. It was, then, as surprising as it was fitting that t ... More >>
Rohrabacher: He wears a pearl necklace.Ten hours after New Year's Eve, the 110-proof booze must have still have been flowing at the Costa Mesa rental abode of Dana Rohrabacher, Orange County's senior career politician.On Sunday at about 11 a.m., Rohrabacher wrote a Twitter post that shamelessly s ... More >>
Narcissists facing major widespread scorn often compare themselves to historical firebrands. Libya's embattled Col. Moammar Gadhafi last month compared himself to Queen Elizabeth. Rod Blagojevich compared himself to Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. But no one can beat Glenn Beck, who has famously compa ... More >>
RoarbarkerToo often mainstream news reports of political meetings are boring, colorless recitations that quickly drive readers to the next story.But Jon Cassidy at The Orange County Register recently demonstrated that this sad state of affairs doesn't always have to be the case.On March 25, Cassi ... More >>
lupefiasco.com Lupe Fiasco's Lasers, one of the most embattled albums in recent hip-hop history, finally finds its way to shelves and digital downloads today. It took a fan organized protest deemed "Fiasco Friday" back in October to force Atlantic Records to preemptively announce a release date f ... More >>
Jared Loughner's high-school-yearbook photoThe media has portrayed alleged Arizona rampage shooter Jared Loughner as holding such politically jumbled views--his top three grievances center on government mind control, returning to the Gold Standard and political correctness--that it is impossibl ... More >>
Britney Spears' career has seen many shifts, from young Mouseketeer to pop diva to tabloid queen. But comic book character? It will soon be a reality. Spears will feature as the latest pop culture protagonist of the FAME series of comic books, to be released in March.
As Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's Republican general election opponent, Van Tran repeatedly portrayed the veteran Anaheim Democrat as an odorous floozy.And sure enough: Fineman PR, a San Francisco-based public relations firm, has included Sanchez in its 16th annual Top 10 PR Blunders List.The bl ... More >>
Went to write this week's collection of things written about and/or from Orange County on the Interwebs, and an episode of Entertainment Tonight broke out. The following batch includes celebrities and TV characters crossing our real estate before ending with La Habra's very own tabloid queen.
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[Moxley Confidential] More than $1,000 per day? What?
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported last week that Orly Taitz--the Laguna Niguel dentist who famously claims that Barack Obama isn't eligible for the office he holds--lost one of her Facebook friends recently. On Thursday, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal shed his social-networki ... More >>
Little Teeth perform at Acrobatics EverydayWhat's going on this weekend, you ask? There's jarocho rock courtesy of ¡Aparato!, '80s thrash metal care of Exodus (Kirk Hammett's old band), the Mildreds in Long Beach and the last Acrobatics Everyday set of the summer in Irvine, with Little Teet ... More >>
The Washington Post is reporting that in his speech tonight to announce the end of major combat operations in Iraq, President Barack Obama will say it is time to "turn the page." "Ending this war is not only in Iraq's interest-it is in our own. The United States has paid a huge price to put t ... More >>
As our man Kevin Short tells you here, Rick Warren, tweeted this week that his eyes "were severely burned by a toxic poison" during a gardening mishap that nearly blinded Saddleback Church's Purpose Driven® pastor.We not only ain't buying this explanation--and by "we" I mean "Spencer Kornhaber, ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] You might not be a pinche racist if . . .
Quick, how many Orange County progressives can you fit in a phone booth? OK, that's a totally unfair question. There are no such thing as phone booths anymore.But there are, apparently, people identifying themselves as those Glenn Beck bogeymen. And, these progressives managed to scrape up enough ... More >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyHunt in the hunt.Hunt, Hunter, Hutchens: Do you know who's who? The safe bet is that, even after a fairly testy campaign for the Sheriff's seat, voters are still pretty confused by that whole the-candidates-all-have-the-same-name thing. Tonight, though, we find out ... More >>
The county's GOP central committee is in hot water with the tea party movement
[¡Ask a Mexican!] On labor unions, bumper stickers, ATM cards and the Mexican N-word
Trevor Keen / OC WeeklyThe lawyer retained by Dr. Orly Taitz to fight against her $20,000 sanctions today issued a press release saying the Laguna Niguel dentist has appealed to the United Nations for protection from "persecution" in the United States.Quoth the release:
He likes him, he really likes him! FOX conservative genius-man/crazy person Glenn Beck brought State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore of Irvine onto his show yesterday to talk about DeVore's U.S. Senate run. In typical Beck fashion, the majority of the segment consisted of Beck talking and DeVore smiling an ... More >>
OC's most awesome music export, No Doubt, continues battling with Activision over the group's (mis)use in the game Band Hero.Sonic Youth, which performs at the Fox Theatre in Pomona Jan. 8, plan to record new album in 2010.Garage-punk badass Jay Reatard attacked by fans in Austin--fights back with ... More >>
I usually don't care for lolcats, but this one...For 16 years, the Orange County Register's annual Best of Orange County has mystified county eaters with this simple question: are the paper's readers really that stupid and tasteless to continue calling the Olive Garden the best place in Orange Co ... More >>
The AFL-CIO convention in Pittrburgh voted last night to endorse single-payer, universal healthcare for all Americans, and rU.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) just trotted out to reporters his bill to provide non-single-payer, non-universal healthcare for not-quite-all Americans. Coincidence? ... More >>