Armando is my third interviewee of the night, the one I want to write about. Unlike some of the other deportees, he doesn't seem beaten down by his fate. He smiles a lot and exudes confidence. His black hair is pulled into a tight ponytail. He brings a lightness to our conversations that the others ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are black beans of a higher class than Mexican beans?
Horton Foote's masterpiece on the universal desire for one's roots
South Coast Repertory
This week's collection of stuff posted from or about Orange County on the Interwebs includes a Duck call for Paul Kariya, an amazing Surf City aerial shot, the great Palm Springs vs. San Clemente debate, a slice of the 714 transformed into the 909, and what to expect from the rich white girl fro ... More >>
Joe LemkeSomething CorporateIt's going to be a packed weekend, with a ton of shows happening this Saturday. If you need help picking out what you're going to do, we're here to help! From Something Corporate at the Grove tonight, to the myriad of shows you can ruin your eardrums at (Shrinky D ... More >>
Jim Ladd (KLOS radio), Grace Slick and Michelle Mangione at the Grammy MuseumRock-and-roll icon Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) and OC singer-songwriter Michelle Mangione wrote a song called "The Edge of Madness" to raise money for aid to Louisiana. The song ... More >>
Just last week, we were wondering where the musical benefit shows for the oil spill were. Well, someone's finally come up with something, and it's pretty big. On July 1, music venues all over the country will hold concerts and donate all their ticket sales to benefit those directly impacted by th ... More >>
Face it, folks. The BP oil debacle in the Gulf Coast is depressing as hell. And the fact that there's not a whole lot any of us can do about it doesn't help things. Kate from Etsy shop Flapperdoodle has stepped up to try and give us a way to do something, though, by starting up a collective sho ... More >>
I get two kinds of reactions whenever I state Orange County is the Mexican-hating capital of America: knowing nods or protestations saying another domain is worse. Never any debate, though, about the Mexican-hating essence of us. I make the case for this dishonor in my book, and I keep digging up mo ... More >>
'Thoughtful, argumentative, loyal and kind'
Usually when a regular columnist for one of the major news magazines begins to chew through the restraints of received ideas and government press releases, it is, to borrow a phrase from Samuel Johnson, "like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well, but you are surprised to find it don ... More >>