John Gilhooley

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    August 15, 2014

    Skate Legend, San Clemente Resident Jay Adams Passes Away in Mexico

    Skateboarding legend and San Clemente resident Jay Adams passed away today from an apparent heart attack while surfing in Mexico, according to this manager. He was 53. Adams grew up in Venice and Santa Monica, where he began surfing at an early age and was eventually introduced to skateboarding by ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Mötley Crüe - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - July 22, 2014

    Mötley Crüe Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 7/22/14 In the crowd for Mötley Crüe's last tour ever, it appeared that a huge slice of Orange County showed up for one last taste of the Sunset Strip circa 1985. Near the front of the stage, we waded through a sea of infatuated couples, pyro smoke and g ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    The 50 Best Things About the OC Music Scene

    Hey, Orange County--I know you don't hear this a lot, but we're sorry. Our musicians came down pretty hard on you a couple weeks ago, telling you how bad you suck and all that. It was harsh, nay, uncalled for--and it's kind of our fault for egging them on. The truth is, well, you're pretty great. N ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Ten OC Guys You've Probably Dated

    Last week, we brought you a list detailing the 10 types of girls OC men have probably dated in their life, classic archetypes ranging from the Christian to the Mexican to--of course--the MILF. Of course, sensitive types got on our case, castigating us for stereotyping our gals as such and deeming us ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    More Arrests Pending in U.S. Open of Surfing Riots as Police Identify Those Facing Charges

    See Update No. 5 on Page 4 with the police chief saying more vandals have been identified and will soon be arrested as his department releases the names and charges against those already arrested. Update No. 4 at the bottom of Page 3 is on the U.S. Open of Surfing organizer being "saddened" by the r ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Ink N Iron - Queen Mary - June 9, 2013

    By: Alex Distefano Ink N Iron Queen Mary Jun 9 , 2013 Sunday marked the third and final day of this year's Ink N Iron festival, a weekend event full of classic cars/ hot rods, tattoo artists, models and tons of punk and rockabilly bands. This year, closing the tenth annual event, were headliners ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Snoop Dogg - Heat Ultra Lounge - May 29, 2013

    Snoop Dogg Heat Ultra Lounge 5/29/13 SEE PHOTOS FROM SNOOP DOGG'S PERFORMANCE HEREWas I supposed to know Snoop Dogg's show last night at Heat Ultra Lounge was a DJ set and not a traditional performance or did I miss the memo? I mean, I sure as hell thought Tha Doggfather would be getting on the ... More >>

  • News

    March 7, 2013

    Up With OC People!

    OC Weekly's first People Issue!

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    October 2, 2012

    Our Photos of PBR Drinkers Wildn' Out

    We're pretty shameless with out drinking habits here at the Weekly. It's something we tend to have in common with out readers and the people we party with. One thing we can all agree on is the significance of what it means to pop open an icy tall boy of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Whether you're an old schoo ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    The Hives - The Observatory - September 11, 2012 [w/ VIDEO]

    The Hives The Observatory September 11, 2012 See Also: *FIDLAR On What It's Like To Party With The Hives *The Best Of Coachella: Sunday, April 22, 2012 *Ceasefire - House of Blues Anaheim - 6/16/12 When we first learned the The Hives were stepping out of their American touring hiatus and coming t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2012

    And the Other Newport Beach Film Fest Awards Go To ...

    As you can read here . . .Apartment in Athens, Nazi Drama from Italy, is Big Winner of Newport Beach Film Fest Awards. . . NBFF awards have been dished out for the weeklong cinextravaganza that ended Thursday night. But, like American television producers, I feel even more awards need to be bestowed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Kenj Gallo, Profiled in OC Weekly, Subject of Upcoming Fox Gangster Series?

    Photograph by John Gilhooley​You may remember Kenji Gallo, co-author with Matthew Randazzo V of the 2009 book Breakshot: A Life in the 21st Century American Mafia, from my Sept. 2009 cover story in OC Weekly,"Blown Away." That particular story dealt with a slew of mafia murders in Orange County du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Restaurant Roll Call for May 2011

    John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyJeff Duggan of Portola Coffee Lab​Is it June already? Time to do our monthly restaurant roll call of who's new and who's gone. Notable openings this month include the resurrection of Disneyland's Tahitian Terrace in Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel, and Jeff Dugan ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Portola Coffee Lab to Open Tomorrow

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​We interviewed Jeff Duggan, the mad scientist of third-wave coffee, almost a year ago (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3). We found him crammed into an alcove of Layer Cake Bakery, roasting coffee to order, designing his dream coffee shop at the SoCo collection (you know, Saturd ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Orly Taitz Seeks Help From Cyberstalking Florist

    ​Is a crazed former Orly Taitz patient who may be violent, used to be a lawyer, is now a florist, may need boner pills, may or may not be from the Valley, more than likely resides in Lake Forest or Coto de Caza, and goes by the nickname "Foggy" when he is not going by the nickname "Captain Cock" s ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Acrobatics Everyday's 'Open Melody': A 20-Band Fest Born Out of Previous Disappointment

    John GilhooleySam Farzin, Acrobatics Everyday founder​This Friday and Saturday, the Acrobatics Everyday promotion group which has once again made UC Irvine a key spot for both touring and local bands with an independent and underground bent makes one of its biggest splashes yet with Open Melody, ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Burger Records' Sean Bohrman Knows He Will Put Out a Lady Gaga Tape Someday

    John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyBohrman, right​Researching this week's cover story brought us into conversation with Sean Bohrman, the Thee Make Out Party member who co-founded Fullerton-based Burger Records nearly one year ago. When we called him on September 3, we caught him in the middle of a veritab ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Orange Bits: Ozzy Osbourne, Barrett Johnson, Rye Douglas

    John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyOzzy at Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach, back in February '09.​Sorry to leave you hanging for two Fridays, but Orange Bits--our weekly round up of all the OC-related music news that wasn't in the Weekly--is back. Rejoice:

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    August 19, 2010

    White House Video Causes Orly Taitz to Try for Leniency at Supreme Court Once More

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​Laguna Niguel birther/dentist/lawyer Orly Taitz's newest filing at the Supreme Court of the United States is a "MOTION FOR RECONSIFERATION." (Yes, [sic]) At least, that's how the title starts. Then you get this... "OF THE APPLICATION FOR EMERGENCY STAY AND/OR INJU ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Sublime With Rome Tops Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Shows

    ​The Orange County Fair broke attendance records with 1.5 million visitors for the run that ended Sunday.Orange County Fair Breaks Attendance RecordThe concurrent concert series in Pacific Amphitheatre also broke a record, selling out nine of its shows.Find out the top 5 shows based on ticket sale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Blackmarket Bakery To Host Four Food Trucks For Lunch Tomorrow (Friday the 13th)

    Photo by John Gilhooley​Rachel Klemek has always been a friend to OC's new brand of food trucks. Her Blackmarket Bakery in the Skypark Circle section of Irvine plays host to different ones just about every week. But tomorrow is special. Tomorrow, Friday the 13th, she will welcome four food truc ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Sublime with Rome Over the Weekend at Pacific Amphitheater

    John Gilhooley​Check out a slideshow of the Sublime with Rome concert here!Sublime with RomeJuly 30, 2010Orange County Fair - Pacific AmphitheaterThe Show: Orange County and the rest of the world was robbed when Sublime singer Bradley Nowell overdosed in 1996 just two months shy of the b ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Tony Hawk Reverse Pelvic Thrust 900 Skating Trick at Downtown Disney Doesn't Pan Out

    ​Musing about Tony Hawk 11 years ago, an OC Weekly cover snidely stated, "Dude, You're Old."It's also been opined here--or maybe it was elsewhere--that skateboards should have an expiration date.Hawk, who is 62 (check that: 42), gave credence to both notions Saturday afternoon at Downtown Disney.

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    July 15, 2010

    Chuck DeVore Reverts to the Geek We Knew He Was

    John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyChuck DeVore waits while downloading the lightsaber app.​When Irvine state assemblyman Chuck DeVore started running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate more than a year ago, our first impression was that he was an affable nerd running something of a jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee, Part Two

    John Gilhooley​Jeff Duggan is a coffee geek, and the county is better for his efforts. Those efforts will soon be redoubled; Portola will be opening later this year in Costa Mesa's ersatz Ferry Building-type gourmet marketplace, the MIX (currently called "South Coast Collection", over west of IKEA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee, Part One

    John Gilhooley​Head into Irvine's Layer Cake Bakery on a Saturday and your senses will be assaulted as soon as you enter. The man responsible for this attack on your nasal passages is Jeff Duggan, proprietor of Portola Coffee. While "On The Line" usually features restaurant chefs, it's not e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    LA Times Nails Mike Carona Pension Story--9 Days After the OC Register Did

    ​When Clockwork was but a wee wind-up at a local daily, we used to bemoan a certain tactic the Los Angeles "By God" Times employed when we beat them. The Times would sit on the story a couple weeks and then publish their own version without acknowledging who originally broke the news--as if the pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Chuck DeVore's New Career: Blogger

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​We should have seen this coming from the California Republican party's greatest geek politician, the man who posed with an iPhone on the cover of the Weekly and who, as we long ago predicted he would, ran the most Snakes On a Plane-like campaign (plenty of hype, laughed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Orly Taitz Featured in MSNBC Documentary Premiering Tonight

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​One of the sharpest birther-watchers around, David Weigel of the Washington Post, recently swore off any further coverage for Laguna Niguel's Orly Taitz. "As far as I'm concerned, the Taitz trainwreck ended on Tuesday when she rode a wave of publicity to 26% in Cali ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    What You Missed: KROQ Weenie Roast, the Buzzcocks, Kitchen Ink

    Andrew YoussefA surprisingly sober Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots.​It was KROQ's annual summer kick-off concert with a line-up that didn't totally suck: Weenie Roast! The 2010 roster included Sublime with Rome, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, Devo, Paramore, Silversun Pickups, Spoon, Cage ... More >>

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    May 31, 2010

    What You Missed: Lightning in a Bottle, Skate For a Cause, Dengue Fever

    Christopher VictorioLucent Dossier Experience, day two of Lightning in a Bottle​Lightning in a Bottle took place on Friday though Sunday in Irvine. The free-spirited festival featured fire/dance/circus performances, speakers, live entertainment from the Glitch Mob, Nosaj Thing, Lucent Dossier, pro ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Douchebag Comes Home

    Photo by John GilhooleyThe "Douchebag" gang at its Newport Beach Film Festival screening Tuesday night (from left): Chris Robertson, director of photography; Scott Uhlfelder, director of photography; Sean Vatwer, co-producer; Ben York Jones, actor and associate producer; Drake Doremus, director and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    New Poll: Bill Hunt Erased Gap with Sheriff Sandra Hutchens

    John GilhooleySandy with a sheriff's best friend​A new poll conducted by Lewis Consulting Group shows that Bill Hunt's campaign has enjoyed a "surprising surge" in recent weeks and now the race for Orange County sheriff is "essentially a dead heat."

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    April 8, 2010

    Judge Spikes Orly Taitz's Attempt to Get In on Multi-State Anti-Healthcare Suit

    John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyThere's a joke about white coats somewhere in this...​Laguna Niguel's Dr. Orly Taitz was planning to pull another Forrest Gump moment next week by showing up in a Florida courtroom to participate in the headline-grabbing lawsuit of 13 attorneys general against the new hea ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Orly Taitz Attempts to Take Over Attorneys' General Challenge to Health-Care Reform

    John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyDentists are doctors, right?​Apparently encouraged by all the attention she received after amending her Taitz v. Obama complaint earlier this week to whack the health-care reform bill (before it was even signed into law!), Orly Taitz, the Queen of the Birth ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Teabagging Chuck DeVore

    Photo by John GilhooleyDoes Chuck DeVore have an app for teabagging?​Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), who's in the middle of a longshot bid to become your U.S. senator, is cooing about his impending endorsement Sunday from the Tea Party Express, the national conservative movement that helped s ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    OC's Five Least Reprehensible Elected Officials!

    Photo by John GilhooleyDevore: OC's second-least reprehensible GOPer?​I was having lunch over the weekend with a pal, a Republican who will never vote for an OC Reep due to their rank hypocrisy. I, as a lefty nut, shared with him my frustrations with the Democratic Party of Orange County, the grou ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Supposedly Broke Orly Taitz Appeals Santa Ana Case

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​When she's not posting copies of the President's late mother's social security card and asking newly elected Republican senator Scott Brown to sign on her lawsuit against Barack Obama, Laguna Niguel's Orly Taitz has lately taken to peppering her blog with statements like ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: "Surf Story" Release Party in Costa Mesa

    All photos by John GilhooleyFriday, Dec. 18 at the Hurley International headquarters in Costa Mesa, Robb Havassy and company held a party, complete with art show and concert, to commemorate the release of Havassy's book Surf Story, the culmination of years of thinking and work by the man whose creat ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Confused Fox Lady Asks Chuck DeVore to Speak for All Politicians

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​Irvine State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Twitter), who's hoping to be California's next senator, went into not-so-hostile territory today by appearing on Fox News. He taped an online-only interview with Fox's Dr. Cynara Coomer, a member of the prestigious "Fox Medical A- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Share Your Farrell's Memories

    John Gilhooley​Ah, Farrell's. If there's anything that is more entwined into the American experience, it would have to be McDonald's. It seems that if you were alive during its heyday in the '70s and '80s, chances are good you had a birthday or other significant life event celebrated here with ... More >>

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    September 21, 2009

    It Takes a Goddess to Love, Honor, Heal a Soldier

    Photo by John GilhooleyThe Rev. Ava Park of the Goddess Temple in Irvine.When the Goddess Temple of Orange County founder the Rev. Ava Park spoke with the Weekly in 2006, she tied man's violent, warring ways with a patriarchal society and the Old Testament view of a strong, male God who ruled his we ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Birther Smackdown: Orly Taitz Faces Judgment In Georgia

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​As we blogged yesterday, OC dentist and lawyer Orly Taitz was heard in court on Monday in Georgia, arguing that an army surgeon should not have to deploy to Iraq because Barack Obama isn't actually eligible to be president. Today, federal district judge Clay Lands ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Slideshow: Saturday's No Doubt, Paramore, the Sounds Concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    Andrew Youssef​It's No Doubt Central around here. Amanda Parsons threw up the setlist from Friday's show, and here are Andrew Youssef's pictures Gwen, Tony, Tom and Adrian-filled from Saturday's way beyond sold-out gig (he couldn't even stay past three songs, poor guy). Coming up: John Gilhooley's ... More >>

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    April 28, 2009

    More Slideshows? We Can't Be Stopped! (The Ringers, Matt Costa)

    Just yesterday, we showed you some pretty pictures from the Faint and Ladytron at the Grove of Anaheim and Protest the Hero at Chain Reaction. For some folks, that would be enough. But we are not men. We are Devo OC Weekly. So here are a couple more slideshows for your viewing pleasure--Huntington B ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Belardes, Mission San Juan Capistrano Settle Lawsuit

    Photo by Matt Coker The fountain gets to stay.Capistrano Dispatch reports the lawsuit pitting the Orange Diocese against Native Americans over a memorial garden installed above burial grounds at Mission San Juan Capistrano has been settled.The dispute produced a Weekly news story on the legal spat a ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Thoughts/Slideshow: OC Music Awards Showcase Night Five at Chain Reaction

    We were at night five at the OC Music Awards showcases last night, the first (of two) at Chain Reaction. John Gilhooley took some fab pics, check them out here. My thoughts? They're after the jump!

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    May 15, 2008
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