About 500 volunteers are gathering in San Clemente Saturday to pack 250,000 high protein meals that will be shipped to starving communities in Liberia, where the Ebola outbreak has killed nearly 5,000 people.
Your cheat sheet for the Newport Beach Film Festival, from the parties to the flicks about speed-dating geezers
I especially like the title of a 12:30 panel at next weekend's two-day annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for its helpful reminder and either existential celebration or complaint. "You are Here: Perspectives on Life in Southern California," featuring Times columnists suggests tha ... More >>
I seldom listen to my own radio show, either because I'm dining with the fambly or grading student essays, but I recalled from weeks earlier enjoying my taped talk with Junot Diaz, and made a point of listening to last Wednesday night's excellent Bibliocracy interview with the MacArthur genius and P ... More >>
I've attended nearly all of the previous 16 years of the annual Los Angeles Times books festivals, this one again on the campus of USC. There was that one year I missed, when the bibliochild was born and some friends, fellow writers and Santa Monica Review volunteers staffed the SMR booth, ... More >>
A doctor charged with submitting bills for up to $1 million worth of cancer medications--medications that were never provided to patients--will be suspended for a year after he gets out of jail, then placed on 10 years of probation, the California Medical Board has announced. Glen Justice r ... More >>
Last month, the Irvine Co. accused Leigh Steinberg of being a deadbeat. Wednesday, the super-sports agent made it official.The 62-year-old, who was touted as an inspiration for the titular character in the Tom Cruise flick Jerry Maguire, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection and fired off an ... More >>
Glee star Matthew Morrison revealed this week that he is recording a duet with Sting, an announcement that thrilled middle-aged virgins worldwide but confirmed to fans of The Police that Sting's transformation from a wiry and literate songwriting innovator into a squinting, washed-up blowhard w ... More >>
Masahiro Sakurai's TwitterA photo by Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai shows empty Tokyo streets after the earthquakeWith the death toll rising above 10,000 people, 88,000 people reported missing and the threat of numerous nuclear meltdowns, Japan is facing its worst national catastrophe since World ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
www.myspace.com/wyclefjean Today the Haitian elections board will decide whether Wyclef Jean is eligible to run for the country's presidency. There's a five consecutive year Haitian residency requirement for candidates, but Jean has said his roving ambassador stint by President Rene Preval in 200 ... More >>
Every summer has its Big Story This year, it's the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an ecological and financial disaster that is quickly reaching such staggering proportions that the human mind can't comprehend it. It's like trying to count grains of sand on a beach -- or in this case grains o ... More >>
The blurry end.12:56 Downstairs, in the lobby bar, there is still a decent sized crowd of very well dressed people clutching cold drinks. The general idea is that government as business is back, and it's riding on the backs of women. Though I don't hear much political banter and as far as I can t ... More >>
The man in the 'Mirror In the Bathroom' still marches to his own . . . rhythm
Dave LiebermanEdwin blogged earlier today about Buca di Beppo in Garden Grove attempting to make the world's largest bowl of pasta (the previous contender weighed in at 9,797 pounds). We called for more details and spoke to Mike Vallone, the on-site PR guy from BRAINtrust Marketing and Communicat ... More >>
Don't let the name fool you. Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob are far from angry. Hailing from Huntington Beach, Kollar leads the mob with a guitar as opposed to pitchfork and songs that are steeped in fun rather than terror. Their debut album, Farewell Adventure! has attracted both local and internat ... More >>
The Hype: Armed with their superb new EP, Behave Yourself, Long Beach-based Cold War Kids (featured in current OC Weekly) kicked off a short tour at the Wiltern with a highly anticipated sold out show. Hordes of fans wrapped around the LA venue, huddled together in the chilly temperatures in the ... More >>
UC Irvine researchers have discovered new ways to look at earthquakes and your front lawn. No, not how shakers rip up your green playground. We're talking one study that dispels notions about how experts estimate the potential for the next so-called "Big One," and a second that disproves the idea th ... More >>
Last night's OC Music Awards showcase at the Continental Room in Fullerton brought the crisp, Maroon 5-ish rhythms of Pawnshop Kings to the stage. It also brought a plea from the Kings to check out a project called "Be The Drum." It's an online-only compilation of songs from Southern California m ... More >>
Kind of like the editorial cartoon, except it was an old-school Donald, with a fatter bottom and bigger bill...One more storm to go, and Southern California has largely weathered what we'd consider monsoon weather but Floridians would laugh off as a sprinkle. Maybe we worry because of the history ... More >>
In his quest to free slaves around the world, Aaron Cohen thought hed seen it all. Then he went to Myanmar
OnDVD: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
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