• Blogs

    February 5, 2012

    OC Bookly: Polish (No) Joke: Starring Madame Modjeska (and Me)

    ​Fourth grade. Early 1970s. Encouraged by his Polish-German mother, the young Bibliofella made the serious mistake of announcing his proud heritage at elementary school, just as so-called "Polack jokes" arrived to poison the zeitgeist, no doubt some sick temporary psycho-social transference move b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    75th Anniversary of Citrus War this Week as Orange County Yawns

    ​75 years ago this week, the Citrus War--Orange County's most notorious and bloody labor conflict--began in earnest in an orange grove that still stands today, on Santa Ana Street between Helena and Clementine streets in Anacrime. Of course, no one bothered to mark this momentous moment--which for ... More >>

  • Film

    September 23, 2010

    Life According to Woody Allen

    'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger' feels routine

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Can't Pay Your State Tax by April 15?

    ​If there's no way in Helena you can pay what you owe in state income tax by April 15, fear not: you don't have to.That is, you will have to pay your taxes eventually, but the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today advised those who need extra time to contact the agency immediately for assista ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 26, 2009

    Latinos in Lotusland

    Libreria Martinez

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    A People's History Tour of Anaheim

    I've known Cynthia Ward, president of the Anaheim Historical Society, for a couple of years now, and have always found her to be someone with an open mind and a passion for what's ultimately right. Ever an Anaheim booster, she's the lady who escorted Huell Howser 'round our hometown for his Anaheim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    Grove Where Citrus War Started Now Dying

    Ate at El Pollo Fino over the weekend with Cynthia Ward, head of the Anaheim Historical Society and a longtime reader. Over bites of the best charbroiled chicken in Orange County not cooked at The Surfin' Chicken, Ward informed me of a terrible development: the orange grove on Santa Ana and Helena s ... More >>

  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    County Life

    People, places, politicos, lawmen, muckrakers, card sharps, & other assorted scalawags & neer-do-wells, plus tall tales & ghost stories.

  • Features

    July 19, 2007

    Soil to Soul

    Orange County’s freshest farmers, farmers markets, food purveyors—and the chefs who love them

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Gunkist Oranges

    Wonder why Orange County trembles whenever its Mexicans protest? Welcome to the Citrus War of 1936, the most important event in Orange County history youve never heard of

  • Film

    May 12, 2005

    When Worlds Collide

    Lucrecia Martels The Holy Girl

  • Film

    September 16, 2004

    Romance and Resistance

    Head in the Clouds sexes up war, Zelary brings it back to real life

  • Culture

    May 29, 2003

    Love Makes Us Freaks

    Chance Theaters Midsummer Night

  • Columns

    May 30, 2002

    Summery Judgment

    Jim already spent his summer vacation. Now he wants yours

  • Columns

    August 23, 2001

    Death Match!

    We get out-hoochied at the Chris Isaak show!

  • Culture

    July 5, 2001

    Southern-Fried Shakespeare

    Loud*R*Mouths Midsummer Night sizzles

  • Culture

    February 17, 2000
  • Film

    July 22, 1999

    Peep Show

    Is Stanley Kubricks Eyes Wide Shut the work of a genius?

  • Features

    February 8, 1996

    Kill A Gay Man And Go Free

    Homosexuality and justice in Orange County