[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our weekly nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read as our bold web editor, Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby, stumbles into the dive bar scene every week ... More >>
It's hard to plan a perfect date. Relying on stale routines does little to stimulate conversation, let alone romantic chemistry. Mind Food at The Crosby in Santa Ana, however, is a change of pace from the cliché dinner and a movie, as it's designed to tap into sensory stimulation. Damien Blaise, be ... More >>
The Coachella campgrounds are the Wild West of the festival. They are the sort of place you can imagine Hunter S. Thompson running around with his pants around his ankles. Drugs are more plentiful than food and going to bed before 4 a.m. is considered an early night. Campers built incredible structu ... More >>
Prior to parking my car on Day 2 of the NAMM convention (which incidentally was my first time ever), I'd already pumped myself up for a day full of musical exploration in this temporary gearhead paradise. But after scanning the parking lot on a rainy afternoon on my way into the Anaheim Convention ... More >>
A San Clemente woman, aided by a consumer watchdog, is suing the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) for allegedly concocting an auto insurance scheme that discriminates against potential customers.Jill Rogers should know of what she speaks; she's a former AAA insurance agent.
If the image at extreme right makes you laugh, your mental health is better than mine, and perhaps being so darn well-adjusted means you don't need the constant reality check required by Mr. Bib in the form of journalism, essays, memoir, fiction and nonfiction, cartoons and jokes and commentaries, r ... More >>
Johnny Depp stars in this oddly tame adaptation
Is Martin Wisckol one of the liberal media meddlers a right-sided journalism watchdog warned us about?Let us seek the clues in a recent write-up by the Orange County Register political reporter on one Michele Bachmann.
Flickr user D2 PhotographyYour local band doesn't like you. For a society which readily bends over at the altar of hero worship, this is a bitter pill to swallow. Though it's painful, the truth will set you free. Here's a quick list of the reasons your local band hates you and why you shoul ... More >>
Emily ShurColin Frangicetto, far leftCirca Survive is co-headlining at tattoo and music festival MusINK, at the OC Fairgrounds this Saturday (along with Thrice, interviewed in this week's print edition). In keeping with the theme, guitarist Colin Frangicetto sent over a couple of photos of ... More >>
A hallucinogen called ibogaine has helped addicts kick heroin, meth and everything in between. Is it the trip that does the trick?
An Automobile Club of Southern California sampling of 4,000 vehicles in Orange County found 2.7 percent of the drivers were texting--which is twice the rate that was observed in January 2009, when the state texting-while-driving ban went into effect.Of course, it's common knowledge that we cont ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Plus Weenie Roast highs and lows
Reporter Conor Friedersdorf got quite a bit of media play last month for his roundup of the best journalism stories he heard, watched or read in 2009. Really interesting list, but what none of write-ups mentioned is that Friedersdorf is an OC native, raised in Newport Beach (if I remember correct ... More >>
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"I see dead celebrities."Twitter has many uses: spreading important information and breaking news. Seeing super-awesome iPhone pictures from concerts that we're attending. Letting us know when Ashley Tisdale is getting her hair done. But now the limits of Twitter's power will truly be tested, as ... More >>
Film Screening: Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, 7:30 p.m.Hunter S. Thompson was the pioneer of a style he called "Gonzo" journalism, a style where he would emerse himself into the story so much that he, himself would become a character in it--gun in hand, cigarette holder dangli ... More >>
The last time the Weekly pimped a book by Anthony Pignataro, it was El Toro Airport Watch: A No-Nonsense Guide to the Controversy Surrounding Orange County's Proposed El Toro International Airport. The title alone is nearly as long as the 54-page book, a staggering work of genius that is not really ... More >>
By Alex Brant-Zawadzki The TCA's new number for the cost of construction for the 241 extension is $1.14 billion. However, they've tacked on additional costs not associated with the previous $875 million figure, hence the $1.3 billion figure cited in a recent LA Times article. What follows are a li ... More >>
Free Radicals: Tea Shades open your mind to more possible realities
Its the end of the world as they know it, and the pirates feel fine
'Will Swaim and his paper have been one giant pain in the ass to a county that was in desperate need of one. Godspeed, my friend.'
M B Gallery's GONZO show closes tomorrow. Says them: GONZO began as a personal collaboration with Thompson prior to his untimely death, and has since come to completion with the support of his family and estate. The show will feature many never before seen photographs from Thompson's personal ... More >>
Two films that played in Orange County in March and April to wide critical acclaim--if by "wide critical acclaim" you mean "received positive reviews from OC Weekly"--will screen up the road in that little berg that natives call Los Angeles in the days ahead. Of Quality of Life, a drama about the l ... More >>
Manners, shock value, traditional values and freedom of speech all collide in Fuck: A Fuckumentary
Winter non-recommendation edition
You know who else had lots of supporters? Ted Bundy
Academics descend into the black hole with Better to Reign in Hell: Inside the Raiders Fan Empire
In the first place, I am a pimply-faced septuagenarian male, aging ungracefully, with an unquenchable thirst for comic books about hell on earth.
Remembering Hunter S. Thompson and Arthur Miller
Hunter S. Thompson goes back to gonzo
Jesse James and the gradual degreasing of the West Coast Chopper
Compiled by Greg Stacy
Already a creative-writing machine, Irvine turns to literary journalism
Warren Zevon figures his gloominess is really pretty positive
How to keep poetrys wild frontier wild