By: Allan Katz You've probably heard this one before: Punk band accrues a cult following. As their chops outgrow the inherent simplicity of their chosen genre discord is sown amongst their fans. Some decry expansive efforts as selling out while others applaud the growth. When you first hear One Hig ... More >>
It's a mystery why anyone would want to line a pier or dine at the Ruby's at the end of it as hurricane-whipped surf pounds the wooden structure, but that's exactly what happened Wednesday at Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.
How do you use spooky lights in the sky of South County and a mysterious underwater formation discovered off Malibu the past couple weeks to promote your PG movie whose plot reads eerily similar to E.T.? Let's go to the desert with the promoters of Earth to Echo.
Remember Sizzler? Everyone does, but it seems that only a few of us really pays much attention these days to the chain that began in 1958 and peaked when Wham! was popular. But somehow it still shows up now and again in pop culture. Anthony Bourdain featured it in his CNN show Parts Unknown. So Si ... More >>
[Hey, You!] And you know the rest . . .
OC Weekly hereby calls bullshit on Estately.com (beats the hell out of us who that is also) for a glaring omission on its list of "The 18 Best U.S. Cities for Bros." Oxford, Mississippi? New Haven, Connecticut? Los The Fuck Angeles? For gosh sakes: Surf City INVENTED bros.Bro.
Some people have moaned that Ruby's--which has gone on to practically monopolize eating at the end of a pier from Oceanside to Malibu--has a habit of subjugating old beloved places for its empire. A Ruby's Crystal Cove Shake Shack post I wrote a few years ago on my personal blog spawned a lively deb ... More >>
Orange County beaches once again scored well on Heal the Bay's annual survey, with 95 of 102 testing spots being given an A or B during the summer. By the way, our county leads the state in number of testing spots.But it's not all sunshine and clean waves as two perennial dirty South County beaches ... More >>
We used to be addicted to their Malibu Dream Ice Blendeds. But lately, free is our beverage of choice. Wednesday is not only National Crossiant Day, but Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL for those texting) will toast their 50 year anniversary with one hot deal: FREE coffee or tea!In addition to the s ... More >>
OC Fair and Event Center
Two decades later, the world still burns
We'll probably never know why homicide investigators with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department acted oddly in the recovery of the skeletal remains of 24-year-old Cal State Fullerton student Mitrice Richardson in Malibu Canyon.The August 2010 decision by sheriff's investigators to move Richardson' ... More >>
A new report released by the University of Southern California ranks Orange County fourth among a five-county region when it comes to the number of racially balanced cities."Racially Balanced Cities in Southern California, 1990 to 2010" measured local representation of four major population group ... More >>
We can't get enough of Blue Ivy Carter here at Heard Mentality. In honor of her birth, we decided to do a little bit more research to find more fun baby names. After paying tribute to the oddest names in hip-hop and R&B yesterday, today we're going to take at their rock brethren, who named th ... More >>
Inspired by the chilly weather we've been experiencing this week here in California, I decided to find a drink with psychologically warming effects, as opposed to the hot toddy's instantaneous comfort. The mai tai is a classic California drink popularized during the post-World War II restaurateu ... More >>
The Bear's ButkusYou can blame Orange County for many things: Laguna Beach, The Hills, TBN, professional Holocaust deniers, Allan Mansoor, Public Enemy Number One Death Squad, Curt Pringle.But a Chicago newspaper is reporting this morning that OC might have actually made a positive contribut ... More >>
"Try to catch me, coppers!"Criminals aren't the sharpest bunch of individuals. History has shown us that. They forget video surveillance and fingerprints matter, obvious stuff like that. They also seem to believe, even after they're caught or within reach of the police, they can put pedal to ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI realize making up names for your business takes a good bit of effort. Witness the creativity or lack thereof from entrepreneurs during the frozen yogurt boom of 2008.
Edwin GoeiCalifornia Fish GrillThis week on Dueling Dishes: California Fish Grill versus Malibu Fish Grill. Both operate on the concept that fish dinners should not cost you a week's paycheck. Both are better options to get your Omega-3s than a Filet-O-Fish.
UPDATE: New details throughout . . . "It is to my sadness and disappointment I am reporting to you it is the confirmed remains of Mitrice Richardson," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca just said at a news conference this morning about the bones found Monday in the Malibu mountains.Extensive for ... More >>
Jessica FordIt's too obvious that the House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer sells . . . beer. When you read through the extensive beer list, don't overlook the cocktail menu. It contains a few treasures, and of course, it helps that many of the drinks are served in 21 oz. schooner glasses.
Considering Sunday's 7.2 earthquake just south of California's border with Mexico, the 4.1 shaker six miles southwest of Malibu and assorted aftershocks felt up and down the state as this is banged out with fingers crossed, it's obvious God is peeved at something. Before Pat Robertston, Wiley Dra ... More >>
Black Surfing AssociationWith the weekend of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday fast approaching, it seems fitting to give some attention to a serious weak spot in surfing's usually laid back, tolerant facade. Good waves and winter sunshine have been hitting Orange County's beaches for t ... More >>
Flickr user donnchaWe mentioned that some of the best films screened at the California Surf Festival in Oceanside this past weekend were viewed by only a few people. A couple of these less seen, less appreciated films are worth taking a look at. On Friday, at the old Brooks theater, a meag ... More >>
If the bartender tells you this drink is meant to be downed in one go, don't listen. Most regular patrons of the Beachfront 310 Bar & Grill on Huntington Beach's Main Street have wrestled with the Sexy Alligator and can tell you from first-hand experience that even though the drink is pushed ... More >>
Flickr user MikeBaird I've continued to ask local surfers to share their thoughts and experiences on surfing-related violence in Orange County. Here are some additional thoughts that have come in since yesterday: "Orange County is just as bad as anywhere else. Some 40 year old man tried t ... More >>
Edwin GoeiBack in May I chronicled the closing of a sushi joint on Bristol Street, a block or so away from South Coast Plaza. I entitled it "Blue Fish, We Hardly Knew Ye". Later in August, Lesley had the scoop: another fish-centric restaurant was going to take it's place. After a while it ... More >>
The surf was uneventful at best at last weekend's Surfrider Celebrity Expression Session in Malibu. But even with not-so-great conditions, a chance to ride First Point with nobody out is a rare treat, no matter how famous you are. Surfer celebs come in all shapes and styles, ranging from Jason Mr ... More >>
Friday, August 28th: Black Hole Surf Shop Opening Reception"I can remember your name if I just stop trying," he said, "don't tell me. I can get it if I just stop trying." He was a sixty-something man known locally as "The Dude." Sabre Vision makes a pair of sunglasses called The Dude, named after ... More >>
Future Keepers of the Coast awardees Pearl Jam.Surfrider Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary not in Orange County where it's been headquartered for years or in the Malibu of its roots, but upcoast and inland to the big city that rhymes with "Moss Fangeles."
Newport Harbor High School's surf team has a chance to be crowned the national champion as it competes in the Red Bull Riders Cup National Championship this weekend at Upper Trestles at San Onofre State Beach south of San Clemente. Harbor High's Sailors, who were the Orange County Reg ... More >>
Malibu Kennel Club Dog Show
Just got your W2? Wondering how long you can leave it this year before working out how much of your I-can-see-why-I'm-not-living-in-Malibu income you owe the Governator and the feds? Well, there's some bad news from Sacramento you need to be aware of before you have an even worse day than necessar ... More >>
Hellish fires now, Sahara Desert later, says UCI doom prophet Mike Davis
Goodbye, yummy fish: Malibu Fish Grill
If I were kiiiiing of the forrrrrest
Is It Hot in Here: A week among Republicans
June 29 - July 6: Handjobdrugscum
The wonders of elastic!
The sanctioned Miki Dora
Starring Courtney Love, Danny Bonaduce and a guy showing his wang!
And thanks for not hurling on the Indiana Jones Adventure!
Dukes goes back to the islands
Endangered trout may block toll road