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When I saw that an Orange County city had been named among the 10 best places in the country for families, I figured it must be Irvine. It's constantly ranked America's safest city after all. When I discovered the rankings were based on public-school districts, I KNEW it had to be Irvine. Just sh ... More >>
A transient in his 50s who apparently committed suicide by train Saturday "was nearly cut in two," according to a Navel Gazing "Top Commenter" who "could not have been more than 15 feet away" from the gruesome spectacle. The man was the second of two people believed to have taken their own lives wit ... More >>
Orange County Republicans brought Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in town for their 2013 party fundraiser, but local Democrats think they're getting the better deal by scheduling Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) to their big soiree in October. Castro, who represents a large portion of San Antonio in Congress, isn' ... More >>
Tuesday, July 16th Ted Nugent The Grove Going to see a Ted Nugent concert is like nothing you've ever experienced. Whether you're witnessing some of the most insane acrobatics on Earth to the shredding to "Cat Scratch Fever," the heat of some of the biggest concert pyrotechnics ever done, or some ... More >>
Orange County Republican Party boss Scott Baugh is apparently taking diversity in politics seriously after all. Baugh--often under fire from liberal critics for running a political party of cranky, rich, caucasian businessmen--has lured a Cuban/Irish American to be the keynote speaker at the group' ... More >>
This post that published Friday morning has been moved up for Earth Day and in case you missed it while our site was down.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 19, 8:16 A.M.: Earth Day is Monday for you and I, but every day is Earth Day for Arman Sadeghi.He founded and runs Tustin's All Green Electronic Recycling, w ... More >>
Steel yourself for a watery knockout
Since the founding of Harvard back in the 1600, college students have always frequented the open-til-two or the 24-hour restaurants, whether it was grog they were seeking or ramen, either as a study break or after a long night of partying at the generic frat house. Six hours of sleep and under ha ... More >>
South Coast Repertory
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 >>
FoxBehold! The Simpsons' 500th episode is upon us! The show, titled "At Long Last Leave," entails the Simpson family being evicted from Springfield. When Marge and Homer try to sneak back into town, they're shunned by former neighbors and friends. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stars as himself ... More >>
UCI School of Law
It's a long way from the Gulf of Mexico to UC Irvine, but the institution is close enough for Harvard Professor Richard Lazarus, who delivers the inaugural lecture for UCI's Law Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources this afternoon.Lazarus discusses his experiences leading a presiden ... More >>
[Trendzilla] The pros and cons of getting your fix via a puff
Futurist/transhumanist writer Hank Pellissier has lectured at the H Summit in Harvard, been dubbed "San Francisco's performance art bad boy," and written books and columns for the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Salon.com. In his latest piece for the Institute for Ethics & Emergi ... More >>
What do Dan Aykroyd, Daniel Libeskind (architect of the new World Trade Center) and actress Ellen Barkin (star of The Big Easy and Sea of Love) have in common? They all have immediate family members who appear in a video for a song called "Pussy Breath." (Watch it after the jump.)
Do undocumented migrants steal jobs from American workers?
Blonde RedheadFriday is when Pilar Diaz, one of our featured acts in this week's music section, takes a bow at the Orange County Center of Contemporary Art in Santa Ana. With some years of solo work under her belt after she broke from LA's shoulda-been-really-famous Los Abandoned, the Chilean-bo ... More >>
A swinging new musical, made on the cheap, reminds us how good the genre can be
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyWTF?Let's just start by saying there's probably any number of aspects in Rivers Cuomo's life that would make good fodder for this weekly blog post: His one extended self-imposed celibacy, his choice to live for a stretch in an unfurnished apartment, his decision to put roc ... More >>
Long Beach Playhouse
David Fincher commented on Mark Zuckerberg's status with 'The Social Network'
foxrc.comRemember True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island? I wrote about it back in January. Well, the projected Spring 2010 opening date has come and gone, but this week, there was a press release that the restaurant--which touts itself as "celebrating high quality, locally-sourced ingredients ... More >>
In his new book, the Weekly's Nick Schou tells the tale of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, OC's notorious 'Hippie Mafia'
[Mental Notes] Also, two decidedly different takes on ALO's visit to Long Beach
Johnny BuzzerioTom Morello, wielding an acoustic guitar and harmonica, performed for free Sat. Feb. 13, near the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim to show his support for the hospitality workers who have been fasting since Feb. 9 in an effort to receive better healthcare. Morello dipped into the Rage ... More >>
Courtesy of Slate.com Now you see Washingtonpost.com's Dana Milbank, now you don't. A couple Washingtonpost.com comedi-hacks caught heck for their video that suggested the proper beverage to serve Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the recent White House beer summit would ... More >>
Movie Madness Edition!Casablanca, 8 p.m.In my humble opinion, Casablanca the best movie ever made and it's playing at my favorite local theater, which makes tonight's showing it a perfect storm of awesomeness. Bay Theater - Seal Beach, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, CA; 562-431-9988The Windmill Movie, 7 ... More >>
Edwards University Town Center
To paraphrase a paraphrase of Mark Twain, reports of my deportation have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, I know I announced last Thursday that I was ending my ¡Ask a Mexican! column, but few people seemingly bothered to read the line where I stated my self-deportation was "effective the feast day o ... More >>
Chili cheese fries eating competition
USA Today has the story of Jade Jurdi's three-day ordeal to leave bombed-out Lebanon. The 21-year-old Harvard senior grew up in Orange County.
OnDVD: The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series
Denis Hayes organized the first Earth Day, and all he got was this lousy planet
The Court affirms racial preferences in universities, so long as they work for white people
Welcome to the summer of love at a theater near you
UCI research linking Mozart and IQ under attack
'And I am running around in a state of euphoria'
Panther power fueled by great eats