I suppose if you're going to bring a loaded .22 caliber handgun to a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) line, it should be at an airport named after John Wayne. Pilgrim.
If you want to eat all you can at an all-you-can-eat in Orange County, there will be a lot of Indian, a lot of sushi, and a lot of Korean BBQs. This list has more than a few of each. But there are non-Indian, non-KBBQ, non-sushi options, too...just not that many. Share your favorite spots for glutt ... More >>
The story of the father of combat TV as told by female wrestlers, punk rockers and a furniture-throwing pacifist
Our local airports usually escape the monthly Transportation Security Administration (TSA) roundup of guns, knives and other prohibited items found at the nation's airports. But both registered in the most-recent TSA list, which includes a throwing star and Airsoft handgun found in carry-on baggage ... More >>
The rambunctious lineup includes nine Oscar nominees
Knott's Berry Farm has poured tens of millions of dollars over the years into new coasters guaranteed to deposit your just swallowed corn dog onto the pavement, a camp dedicated to a beagle who prances around in various hats and outfits while catching bubbles with his teeth and remaking the joint in ... More >>
[Locals Only] Despite their church-going ways, the band's country sound is soaked in sin
The great thing about the second annual West Coast Film Festival is it gives people of a certain age a chance to see classic films on the big screen that they have probably only taken in before on small screens.Running Sunday through Thursday, this year's run flashes 22 films in San Juan Capistrano' ... More >>
Glen Campbell Hollywood Bowl 6/24/12 When a band or solo artist announces they're going on a farewell tour, it's usually met with collective shrugs and eyerolls. Why? Because--as Kiss proved--by bilking customers into thinking that this is their last hurrah, they can charge a ridiculous amount of ... More >>
Every first and third Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender Dave Mau tends bar at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to free meals as the night progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us every Wednesday morning to a random OC food or drink musing of h ... More >>
Bomb threats Tuesday night grounded a Southwest plane at John Wayne Airport bound for Phoenix and another in Phoenix that connects Orange County and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Searches of both planes turned up nothing, and normal operations resumed. But the FBI isn't done with this case, as the question remai ... More >>
Ten years ago, so-called food "pundits" predicted the demise of bakeries at the hands of the Atkins and South Beach diets. We rolled our eyes then, and we were right, because there's never been a better time to get baked goods in Orange County. From Scandinavian to Vietnamese, from French to Mexi ... More >>
Survivors of a nuclear disaster scratch one another's eyes out in Xavier Gens' latest
This morning, American Airlines' parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but, for now at least, it won't impact passengers.AMR Corpororation, the company over American Airlines and American Eagle, voluntarily filed for Chapter 11, saying it was the next logical step in ensuring ... More >>
Before the premiere of a documentary about Renée Richards at the springtime Tribeca Film Festival, a reporter caught up with the 76-year-old transgender icon--and found that, like Greta Garbo, she wants to be left alone.But the eye surgeon and former tennis pro did share some stories about her ... More >>
Surfer Renzo Macchiavello creates Incan favorites in Irvine
Rob Krentz's Family Talks About the Life and Death of the Murdered Arizona Rancher
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Historical ignorance leads to hate, hate leads to anger . . .
With the upcoming release of Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption, gamers are reminded that it isn't too often that video games are set in the Wild West anymore--where have all the cowboys gone? Back in the 1980s and 1990s, cowboy games were all the rage. From educational video games to digital porno ... More >>
Victoria Patterson's excellent work of fiction Drift--which is composed of 13 intertwining stories about people struggling to eke out existences in Newport Beach and surrounding communities--is a finalist for The Story Prize.
Edwin GoeiSo here's how the conversation went between my friend and I when we drove past the Stater Bros.-anchored strip mall in Tustin on Redhill near the 5 FWY. Me: Did you see that? An Indian place called "Traditions" is going to take over Roderick's. Friend: What's Roderick's? Me: It's th ... More >>
Garbage As mentioned here, Santa Ana recycling equipment maker Enterprise Co. has given $4,000 to the campaign against Irvine's Measure R, which asks residents to give a vote of approval to the Irvine City Council's planning of the Great Park on the old El Toro Marine Corps base. Enterprise Co., w ... More >>
Dan Chmielewski over at The Liberal OC posted that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama will hold a $2,300-per-plate fundraiser at Newport Beach's Balboa Bay Club but doesn't mention how much of a wrench it is to the county's political cosmology. Read the above again. Barack Hussein Obama. ... More >>
Mexican food for the John Wayne crowd
When it's the opening day of the Orange County Fair, you have plenty of time in traffic — an hour, in fact, just to get from Santa Ana to the fairgrounds — to realize just how poorly the 55 is designed. Immediately after some major road feeds into it, forcing a mass slowing as a new torrent of c ... More >>
Movie of the week: Lost in La Mancha
The Bester Bestestness of This Years Best Of
Movie of the Week: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
'You are smart and funny. And have a very cute cooter'
Larry lays some cable across America
Grim news from beyond our shores. The bombing of the Askariyah shrine in Samarra has pushed Iraq closer to a full blown civil war. Grim news from our shores. Not the Bush administration's secret deal with Dubai Ports, but the public disgust with the Schwarzenegger administration's handling of coa ... More >>
OC life is not the life for D.I.
Mamie Van Doren remembers when Republicans stood for sex and peace
Guerrilla reintroduces Americas favorite gun-toting heiress
The peace movement failed to stop Bushs war, so now what?
Airport taxi system screws drivers, riders
Truth still grounded after El Toro approval
And other delightful scourges of modern life
Re-creating the Masters
El Toro Airport Watch No. 95