The Laguna Beach Bike Task Force tonight will ask the City Council that formed it in 2009 to consider its first recommendations. No. 1: Change our name.
Knockout for Laguna BeachIn a profile published today, the Chicago Tribune reports that Laila Ali--the second youngest daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali's nine children--loves Orange County's premier oceanfront community, Laguna Beach."I live in Los Angeles, and one of my favorite getaways i ... More >>
"Laguna Beach is Still Stacked" --Thursday's Coastline Pilot headline on reporter Matt Sabo's article about the well-respected Laguna Beach High School girls' water polo team.
D. Ball photo courtesy of Craig Lockwood Laguna Beach original George "Peanuts" Larson, on top of a Dana Point wave in 1939.Did George Saunders Zimmerman "Peanuts" Larson (1916-1986) catch the biggest wave ever ridden in California?
Mitch Gillan, who was, until recently, the chef at French 75 in Laguna Beach, has updated us on where he is now in a comment made on my review of the restaurant. The meal I reviewed, coincidentally, turned out to be one of the last meals he cooked there.
Usually this column focuses on folks who hate Mexicans, immigrants, poor people, non-white people and "Third World peasants" who come to this country to build "clown houses"--yes, we're still scratching our heads about what the hell that means, although apparently it has something to do with Mexican ... More >>
Dash Jacket are in there somewhere. Maybe.Checked out the Monday night acoustic shows at Blue Laguna in Laguna Beach last night. Well, they're supposed to be acoustic, at least, but like everything in life, things don't always work out the way you've planned.
Courtesy of Laguna Beach Historical Society Richard Nixon whips up the crowd in front of Laguna Beach City Hall.San Clemente, Yorba Linda and even San Juan Capistrano get mentioned most when discussing places Richard Nixon haunted while in Orange County, but at least Laguna Beach has ph ... More >>
Laguna Beach is in for one helluva show tonight as the Metal Shakespeare Company is bringing its blend of metal and (duh) Shakespeare to the Sandpiper. The group uses Willie's words and fake accents (they're from Portland) for a theatrical rock 'n' roll performance.I'd tell you more, but I'm sick ... More >>
Photo by HulagwayBoxed in.No Orange County cities cracked the top 10 Meanest Cities list included in a report released today by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and the National Coalition for the Homeless. But Laguna Beach, Santa Ana (by way of Dana Point) and just-beyond-our-re ... More >>
Laguna Beach agreed today to settle a lawsuit over the city's treatment of disabled homeless people, according to the ACLU of Southern California. "Under the agreement, the city's police officers will not cite, arrest or harass people under state law simply for sleeping in public places, ... More >>
El Moro Canyon
A "Taste For Charity" and Silent Art Auction, 5 p.m.Tastes by top restaurants, silent auction of art from local galleries and a live auction with raffle prizes! This charitable gathering has it all. Proceeds benefit the Community Clinic, 1st Thursdays Art Walk, Sally's Fund, CSP Youth Shelter, Woma ... More >>
Some lucky bastards at Esquire have been trawling the US for the country's best bars. Their criteria?"If it's a dive, it's Christ-this-place-is-a-dive dive. If it's an Irish pub, it's not an 'Irish' pub. If it's a cocktail lounge, it's got some Tanqueray Ten and a bottle of good rye somewhere."Surpr ... More >>
Art Walk Pre-event, 5-6 p.m.Need something to do before walking around Laguna Beach's first Thursday art walk, sipping wine and conversing with local hipsters? Lucky for you, the city of Laguna Beach is presenting: "Boy and Dog" by Ruth Peabody, a re-dedication of Laguna Beach's oldest piece of pub ... More >>
Laguna Beach Independent city editor Andrea Adelson reports today the company behind 18-month-old Laguna Beach Magazine has agreed in principle to acquire the publication "at a time of financial difficulty for the weekly newspaper." Firebrand Media LLC will consolidate the Indy's operations with o ... More >>
Critical Mass, the bicycle-awareness movement that has swept the world and at least one corner of Laguna Beach, holds its March ride Sunday, and they've sent along this photo to promote it. That's actually me on my bike after I wrote something snarky about a previous Critical Mass effort. I now know ... More >>
A couple noteworthy shows took place last night, and we had photogs at both of them. Fever Dragon checked out British metal vets Cradle of Filth at the Grove of Anaheim, take a look at pictures of lead singer Dani Filth (above) and more, including opening band Satyricon here. Keith May was down sout ... More >>
From Roger Butow, Laguna Beach's world renowned fighter of ca-ca (in all its forms):Where's the Relief Beef?Let's see, Congress is amenable to a $400 per year tax decrease for individual working slobs like me, about $1.10 per day. Meanwhile, this State is going to increase certain taxes so I'll be f ... More >>
It's been reported all over everywhere that Michael Otero's truck miraculously rolled itself out of a Laguna Beach convenience store parking space Sunday, gently turned into an adjacent lot and managed to land in an empty parking space without ever hitting another car. What hasn't been reported is ... More >>
Laguna Beach's masterfully mellow Donavon Frankenreiter is poised to chill folks out for two consecutive nights at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, tonight and tomorrow. Check out our review of his latest release here. Opening up is Gary Jules, known best for his totally depressing cover of " ... More >>
The Laguna Beach Independent reports that David Wilhelm -- who quit the Culinary Adventures empire he built from the success of his Laguna Beach restaurant, Sorrento Grille -- will be back at Sorrento's helm. This time, he'll be working for its new owners: his old landlords, Laguna Beach resi ... More >>
The Arab, the Jew and the Chicken
The man who fancies himself the savior of Costa Mesa had this concluding couplet in his rambling reasoning to support Proposition 8: "On the other hand, it could be argued that if it is true that, as many gays now assert, homosexuality is genetic, then allowing gay marriage (and the normalization o ... More >>
Movies get trailers, so why not books? The latest edition of Laguna Beach author Tim Leedom's The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You to Read, which the Weekly previewed here, is now being pimped via video. Leedom has advantage over most other authors when it comes to this kind of promotion. His d ... More >>
The Night Shift, Friday 11 p.m. Work it. Paradise 1800 E. Broadway Long Beach, CA 562-590-877 Ray Bush & the BBC Jazz Band, Friday 8 p.m. Jazz things up. THE OLDE SHIP PUB & RESTAURANT 1120 W. 17th St. Santa Ana, CA 714-550-6700 Team Tough Titties Breast Cancer Fundrasier, Saturday 9 p.m. Cocktail ... More >>
Air Supply, Friday 8:30 p.m. The Power of Love. The Grove of Anaheim 2200 E. Katella Ave. Anaheim, CA 92806 714-712-2750 '80s DJ, Saturday 10 p.m. Bust out the leg warmers The Royal Hawaiian 331 N. Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949-494-8001 Bernadette Peters with Orchestra, Saturday 8 p.m. ... More >>
Laguna Beach Renaissance Faire
FARMER’S MARKET, 4pm Why head to the grocery store when you can get fresh and locally grown products at this market? Brea Downtown on Birch St., Brea SURFCITY NIGHTS, 5pm Bring friends and family to take an evening stroll on Main Street and have a taste of local restaurants, sidewalk sales, farme ... More >>
City pays hookers: to leave. La Habra plans to buy itself a strip club, reports the LAT. After trying to shut down the Taboo Gentlemen's Club for almost a decade, they've decided to put $5.2 million down to get the guy in charge and his gals to 'git. Boom Boom Room Doom? The co-owners of the iconic ... More >>
Finally got around to visiting the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach this afternoon. And boy, was there sawdust. And some 200 local artists in close quarters with all that sawdust. Click the photo for naked people made of wire, birdhouses christened by real birds, hand-soiling pottery, colorful 'shro ... More >>
Here's a cheap Monday date idea: The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach is celebrating 75 years today, so admission (usually $7) is free. The event opens at 10 a.m. and closes its doors at 11:30 p.m. Over 140 local artists will have pieces on display. Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters 650 La ... More >>
It was purely an urge to reunite with my pal Gail Stahl that led me to the Art Walk in Laguna Beach on Thursday night. Although I was tired and hesitant, my friend-since-first-grade, Mike Michika and I piled into the car of my cousin and namesake, Billy Joe Agan - heading south along the 5 freeway ... More >>
Save our gay bar: Gay activists are reaching out to George Clooney and Brad Pitt, asking that the actors buy Laguna Beach's Boom Boom Room—which is on its way to becoming a boutique hotel. Darn it: The Daily Pilot just snagged itself a new managing editor. We're still turning over rocks for o ... More >>
Highly reliable law enforcement sources gave OC Weekly access to audio tape recordings from Sunday's police killing of two guests at the ritzy Laguna Beach Montage Resort & Spa. The audio reveals that the city's police officers repeatedly pleaded with Kevin and Joni Park to put down a gun they' ... More >>
Initial media reports about Sunday's improbable double killing at a ritzy Laguna Beach resort didn't mention who did the killing. Call me jaded, but that's odd. Always pause when journalists fail to provide answers to the basics: Who? What? When? Where? How? In this case, the Who? and the How? were ... More >>
Laughter Yoga coach
The Beauty of Boerewors at the African Hut
Mike Lohrman puts Underdog to sleep