The country star explores his motorcycle love affair in PENTON: The John Penton Story
Burritos have been on my mind as of recent, and not just because of the whole pendejada involving Chipotle putting short stories by authors on its cups and bags...none of whom are Latinos. I'm doing something with burritos that will come out...soon, and I think I'm going to have one tonight at 2 a.m ... More >>
With hot drinks and even hotter girls, Natalie Nguyen is trying to uncloak the area's most enduring mystery: Vietnamese coffee shops
Fans of rap genius Tyler the Creator must've scratched their head in confusion when he released a music video this month for his equally head-scratching song "Tamale." What exactly could a hip-hop head possibly know about this quintessential Latin American meal, and why would he craft a song based o ... More >>
All Henry Bouldin wanted to do was watch an Angel game with a paper bag over his head, is that so wrong?It is at the Big A."Security just showed up out of nowhere," Bouldin reportedly said after Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. "They said you can't wear anything over your head."
Orange Coast College is not the only institution of higher learning celebrating 10 years at the 14-year-old Newport Beach Film Festival.This also marks the 10th anniversary of the "Yale in Cinema" celebration organized by 1983 graduate Jim Gonzales. The New Haven, CT, university that educated Willia ... More >>
While there's plenty to be happy about with this year's Ink-n-Iron lineup at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, the Weekly recently learned that another one of the ship's major festivals slated for spring has been sunk. Last Thursday, Punk Rock Picnic was cancelled until further notice. The two-day fest ... More >>
The San Francisco duo achieve sonic balance on their new album, 'The Blight and the Bloom'
A Santa Ana artist who has created an institute dedicated to the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci has joined visions with a former Huntington Beach museum director opening a new exhibit on citizen space exploration "to dream, conceptualize and build the world of tomorrow." You can't see the fruits ... More >>
While we at the Weekly are certain that you're making the most of this first week of January, every new calendar comes with a reminder of what a cultural dead zone this month truly is. Often the time where major studios and record labels release the media they have little faith in as an early tax wr ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on Disney canceling a 2013 Suzy Favor Hamilton appearance in Anaheim.ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 20, 1:08 P.M.: Suzy Favor Hamilton, a three-time U.S. Olympic runner who appeared in a Nike commercial, reportedly spent the last year doubling as a $600-an-hour escort for ... More >>
You've read enough of these intros from the rest of the gang, so let's just get to my list of five favorite drinks, shall we?
With the release this week of rapper Big Boi's sophomore album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, we're reminded of how truly great his 2010 solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty truly was. It's rare that a rapper hits a home-run when making their first effort as a solo artist fol ... More >>
For all our obsession with Mexican food in Southern California, I gotta hand it to Texans--they're even more obsessed. They're the people, after all, who historically have contributed more to the combo plate of Mexican food in this country than any other region--including the combo plate. In San Ant ... More >>
If Dish Network officials were wondering how much patience U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna can show to an accused Little Saigon satellite access code pirate, they got a better glimpse of the answer today: tons.For nearly five months, Tan Nguyen--the onetime owner of a 170,000 member website ... More >>
The Little Saigon website owner accused of running an international satellite piracy operation now faces accusations that he destroyed thousands of records after a federal judge in Orange County ordered him to comply with Dish Network subpoenas.For a recent Moxley Confidential, Vietnamese immigrant& ... More >>
Gearheads flock to the Long Beach guitar shop for hard-to-find accessories
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is it the Rio Bravo or Rio Grande?
Joe Corrales didn't have imaginary friends when he was little, he had imaginary songs. In fact Corrales, who performs under the stage name Yppah (pronounced "Yip-pah"), was comforted by one song in particular. "When I was younger, I would always make up songs in my head -- and this was before I ... More >>
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An excerpt from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'
Interviewing David Clyde for today's "The Lost Boys of Summer" feature, it's as if the onetime pitching phenom suffers from baseball Tourette's. That's because, in between March thunderstorms, the former Texas Ranger is speaking with me on the phone while schooling a young pitcher at a North Hous ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>
Extron owner Andrew Edwards has invested major coin into his restaurant and saloon
Now they've done it. Jay-Z and Kanye West have formed a hip-hop supergroup called The Throne. And yes, there will be an album, and yes, there will be a tour called (wait for it) Watch the Throne. It will be available digitally on August 8, exclusively on iTunes. On the same day, tickets will be ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Plus why the American Immigration Council is great!
One Lou CorreaThe many, many, many laws cranked out of Sacramento every year usually come from constituents (one hopes), lobbyists (more likely) and the winds of change blowing off the Delta (likeliest of all).However, there are instances where a legislator's own experiences shape legislation. Ta ... More >>
What Terrence Malick has to offer is worth working for
Entrepreneur, the Irvine-based magazine, is threatening to sue a real-life entrepreneur.Paul M. Barrett writes for Bloomberg that lawyers for Entrepreneur Media Inc. (EMI) sent a cease-and-desist letter to a veteran Austin, Texas, entrepreneur who started a law firm, a mortgage company and a real ... More >>
Happy Star Wars day to you too! Here are some musicians who've geeked out to the greatest movie of all time. 1. Freddie Mercury In this photo, he sits on Darth Vader's shoulders during Queen's tour to promote their album The Game. In his 1978 Queen song, 'Bicycle Race,' he sang, "I don' ... More >>
Cosmica RecordsMexico City's Gina "Madame" Récamier's artistic endeavors are as diverse as her life experiences. Growing up, the singer immersed herself in theater, dance, and, of course, music. She also learned to call many places "home" throughout her upbringing having lived in Milan, Ita ... More >>
Don't get me wrong--if someone gets hurt to to a restaurant's negligence, they deserve restitution. But slipping and falling at a Taco Bell and wanting $74,000 for it because the Bell didn't have a "Slippery When Wet" sign? Sounds like a bit much.
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big heart. But not this big
www.lilithfair.comNorah Jones was supposed to play five Lilith dates in August; her management says the shows have been cancelledReports all over the Interwebz say that Sarah McLachlan's all-female music festival Lilith Fair, now simply called Lilith, is quietly cutting more dates from the tour ... More >>
Chad CheverierLocal Natives, originally from Orange County, rock SXSWLocal Natives crushed at South by Southwest, returning home to LA with massive momentum leading up to their April 18 Coachella date. The other OC/LBC acts that made appearances in Austin surely turned heads but nothing like Lo ... More >>
For the third straight year, the Vans Warped Tour--46 dates in 2009-will be kicking off at the Pomona Fairplex, this time on June 26. Pre-sales for tickets start April 1 (not a prank), with the "regular" on-sale date being April 18. They've also announced the list of bands performing, though we don' ... More >>
This month's meeting of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform promises to be a blast, and not just because it's always a funhouse whenever CCIR head Barbara Coe (recently described by frequent commentator Baxter as "a spent cigarette butt with arms"--HILARIOUS) opens her gnarled mouth. Mus ... More >>
A certain music festival and conference held annually in the sleepy hamburg of Austin, Texas announced their initial slate of performers this year, and there's not an Orange County or Long Beach band among them. We had several acts in last fall's CMJ Music Marathon, so this is kind of a bummer. Keep ... More >>
The country is abuzz with President-elect Barack Obama's choice of Saddleback Church's Rick "Purpose-Driven Life" Warren to offer the invocation at next month's presidential inauguration. Let others debate the merits of the choice--I personally think Warren's beginning to wade into the political wat ... More >>
Indian Jewelry @ the Phoenix Grille, UC Irvine on August 9, 2008 Better Than: Losing $100 playing Hold ‘Em at the Indian Casino. Download: “Swans” from Indian Jewelry’s Myspace page When the lights go down and the strobe starts flashing, it’s easy to forget that the Phoenix Grille is es ... More >>
Set aside your negative bias toward Yes—and while you're at it, lose your knee-jerk hatred of prog rock. Yes fuckin' rock—albeit in a long-winded, redonkulously complex manner. And Chris Squire's bass playing? Completely slaughters Les Claypool's. Ask Squarepusher. He'll vouch for me. As thos ... More >>
'Rude to sing along? Never'
Noted evangelical windbag Jerry Falwell was raptured today, and we're sure God strained his back from carrying that hefty sack into the sky. In honor of his death, we submit some of Falwell's brushes with our sordid county: • Back in the early 1990s, Orange County-based Citizens for Honest gov ... More >>
Last year Omar Chatriwala moved from Austin, Texas to Orange County to help get Squeeze OC off the ground. Recently he decided to move again, this time from Orange County to Qatar to help get Al Jazeera's English-language channel off the ground. Chatriwala's blog, OC in OC, is among the most popular ... More >>
The Big Easy marches into Tustin at Crescent City
Press consolidation, foreign correspondence and the Venezuelan coup
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