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    November 12, 2014

    Quiz: Are You a Geriatric Gen-Xer?

    By: Alex Rendon It just seems to creep up on you, doesn't it? Suddenly one morning, you notice a few gray hairs have commandeered space on your scalp. This is precious real estate, considering how far that hairline has receded in the past year. Most of your old high school pals are popping out bab ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014
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    October 31, 2013

    The 1975

    The Observatory

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    July 17, 2013

    On The Line: Kerri Cacciata Minton Of The Yost Theater, Part Two

    If you haven't noticed, male chefs outnumber females. It's the exact opposite of a boy band concert. So call us a little biased when we get to strike up a conversation with another lady. Figuratively, Kerri has a great deal on her plate-- especially her plans to start up a farmers market in Santa An ... More >>

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    May 12, 2013

    Deadpan or Dead: Jim Gavin's Middle Men is the Real So Cal Existential Dread Deal

    Good morning. Are you sure you've found the real deal when you see it? I mean the Real Deal, in caps, or in quotes, or whatever punctuation is required to separate if from the rest? Friends, home-grown So Cal short story writer Jim Gavin is the R.D., though most everybody already knew that except, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, May 10 Lil' B The Observatory Lil B, the heavily tattooed Berkeley, California rapper with a gleaming grill and oversized earrings, entered the hip-hop game in 2006 as part of Bay Area rap group The Pack. Over the last three years he's garnered a tremendous Internet following, popularizing ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Monday, May 6This Time With FEELINGDetroit BarFor being a "four-piece fridge rock band" This Time With Feeling sure know how to heat up a dance floor at an indie rock show. Embracing sharp pop structures,  full bodied rhythm, and Ali Coyle's vocals seething with attitude, the punchy four-piece ... More >>

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    March 31, 2013

    Nobody Wakes Up Literary: Writers & Activists & Teachers Saturday's Lit O

    As promised, Mr. Bib is back this Sunday morning with Part II of a charming if rambling post about Literary Orange, next Saturday, April 6 at the Irvine Marriott. There's something for everybody here - and there - but since I am not everybody, I'll gasbag today mostly about my own panel and the terr ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013
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    December 19, 2012

    On The Line: Travis Flood of Landmark, Part Two

    Immediately after our interview, Travis would start a tasting with a potential sous chef. Their staff holiday party was the other day, and his wife and twin daughters were sick at home. Oh, and they just changed the menu. To say it was a hectic time would be an understatement. We're simply pleased h ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Paula Poundstone is Pretty Much the Funniest Animal Hoarder Alive.

    Paula Poundstone is one witty broad but she hasn't just made a livelihood based solely on stand-up. She's an author, a regular panelist on NPR's weekly news quiz show, "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me," and her best role of all, she's a mom to three kids and a slew of animals. Frankly speaking, the latter ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 20, 2012


    [Trendzilla] Alarm clocks that roll, purses that charge iPhones and more!

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    September 16, 2012

    Baseball in Orange County: History Bats Last!

    You've seen them, the "Images of America" series books from Arcadia Publishing, a terrific outfit whose sepia-toned book covers and the jam-packed photos inside pick up the slack where big-time houses often fall down as regards local history. I own a half-dozen of these, including books on Silv ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Oh, You Fancy, Huh? Boxed Wine Now Comes In A High-Fashion Handbag

    Classy gals would never get caught lugging a Costco-sized cardboard box of wine to a party. But what if it was pretty? In an attempt to estrogen up a universal product (booze), a Swedish company has created the Vernissage "bag-in-bag" wine. It's your typical boxed wine with "a woman's touch." M ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    [UPDATED First Official to Defect:] Hazem Chehabi, Syria's Honorary Consul General/UC Irvine Foundation Board Member, Resigns Consul Post

    UPDATE: May 30, 1:13 P.M.: Hazem Chehabi, longtime Syrian honorary consul general, is the first diplomat to defect from President Bashar Al-Assad's government, according to the Syrian American Council. The national pro-revolutionary group lauded Chehabi's resignation from his 18-year-long post as c ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Taco USA Gets Featured on NPR's All Things Considered!

    I've known about this for a while, but didn't want to say a peep until it occurred: NPR's All Things Considered did a story about my book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. It aired this afternoon. HELL YA!!!

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    April 15, 2012

    Mi Taco es su Taco: How Mexican Food Conquered America

    I finally visited the snazzy corporate offices of the OC Weekly last week, to interview my editor, Gustavo "¡Ask a Mexican!" Arellano. Despite writing for years for the county's favorite alt-weekly, I'd conducted only an email relationship with the staff and editors. I arrived in person to tape my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    On the Line: Ryan O'Melveny Wilson of Five Crowns and SideDoor, Part Two

    Before this chef hopped on a plane to Chi-town for business (to work on a burger blend and attend a quarterly financial meeting), Ryan O'Melveny Wilson had enough time to answer those burning questions, such as what he thought of his Chiquita-banana costume. Maybe his answer belonged in part one, bu ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Beverly Hills Macaron Maker To Open In Fashion Island

    ​I think it was about 2005 that the Chowhound boards went mad for macarons, those colorful, chewy, crispy, filled cookies of Parisian persuasion. I remember it well because there was a particularly lively debate over whose macarons were better, Boule's or Jin Patisserie. Boule's long gone now, but ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    This Week in Terrifying Food News: Red Meat Kills, Fatty Food Zaps Sperm, Imported Seafood Causes Outbreaks

    ​Hate to be a buzzkill right before St. Patrick's de Drinko, but man, this week sucked in food news.   Let's recap, shall we? (Spoiler alert: We're all gonna die.)  

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    March 5, 2012

    Burger King Introduces Two More $5 "Chef's Choice" Burgers

    ​Would you pay $5 for a burger at Burger King? How about if they called it "Chef's Choice"? And used a 1/3 pound patty instead of the usual quarter pound they use for the Whopper? And topped it with bacon? And bleu cheese?

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    February 16, 2012

    Jake Shimabukuro

    Coach House

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    January 31, 2012

    Use Small Dishes, Add Red Food Coloring And Other Ways To Trick Yourself into Eating Less

    The Delboeuf illusion.​As you've probably figured out, this ol' blog of ours isn't intended to help you look like this guy  (case in point). Still, we appreciate good eating tips, and this NPR piece is packed with them. The basis is that--surprise--we humans aren't as brilliant as we thi ... More >>

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    January 29, 2012
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    January 4, 2012

    Azealia Banks to Perform at Coachella?

    ​The official Facebook account for the much anticipated fest doesn't update too often, but when it does, one should pay attention.A little over a half-hour ago, a YouTube video for Azealia Banks' oral sex anthem "212" was posted--along with zero comments, sure, but still an ominous clue indeed.

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    December 8, 2011

    Matt Iwanusa of Cavemen on In N Out, Cali Weed, and Being Ignored by Blue Oyster Cult

    Jim Wright​When Matt Iwanusa and Jimmy Carbonett first met at The Churchill and Center in New York City, they were only teens. Though the private school was in Manhattan, it was nothing like Gossip Girl. Their sound has been described as equal parts chamber pop, dreamscape, and horror film sco ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Instant Ramen is Sending Kids to the ER

    Cup Noodles Facebook pageDoctors HATE these. ​Our post-college selves know that eating oodles of cheap instant noodles can wreak havoc on our insides, but an NPR report reveals that those 69 cent Styrofoam cups pose other dangers, too.   Each day, kids are sent to the hospital with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    It's College Radio Day! KUCI And Titan Radio Join The Fight To Save Campus Stations

    WRPI​College radio stations have long given a microphone to local musicians and DJs looking for an audience (and people who wanna talk about stuff), but like many awesome campus institutions, they're endangered by the swinging budget ax. Over the past few years, more than a dozen student-run stati ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    In Japan, It's 'Herbivore Boys' Vs. 'Carnivore Girls,' Desserts vs. Raw Meat Sushi

    Flickr user thornypup​Do you know what an "herbivore boy" is? It's a term to describe Japanese males who eschew the macho for the mild. These are men who have abandoned the aggressive tendencies of their salary-men fathers, like drinking heavily and eating spicy food, opting for desserts, being ge ... More >>

  • Food

    June 23, 2011

    Nuoc Mia Mania: Catch It This Summer!

    [Hole In the Wall] Where to find the best Vietnamese sugarcane juice in Little Saigon

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    April 11, 2011

    Is Groupon Good For Restaurants?

    ​There's been a lot of recent talk and articles written about Groupon and its competitors, specifically on whether they really do any favors for the restaurants that sign up for its services. Groupon, for one, charges a 50% commission. And though the restaurants do get seats filled, their marg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Evan Kleiman, Gustavo to Host Discussion on Street Food--With Street Food!

    Piaggio on Wheels: bad-ass choripán...​Ustedes know about my skepticism to the luxe-lonchera craze, especially the attempt of some to claim they sell honest-to-goodness street food, then charge you Ritz-Carlton prices for a pinche slider. Is it legit, or just Marie Antoinette dressing as a milkma ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    [BREAKING] House Cuts NPR Funding

    ​UPDATE, MARCH 17, 12:41 P.M.: The U.S. House of Representatives just voted to defund National Public Radio (NPR). The matter now goes to the Senate.Start buying those tote bags.

  • Calendar

    February 3, 2011

    Garrison Keillor

    Cerritos Center

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    December 20, 2010

    La Santa Cecilia Make Some Night Moves With 'Noche y Citas'

    ​La Santa CeciliaNoche y CitasRebeleon EntertainmentWith their new EP Noche y Citas, Los Angeles Latin music makers La Santa Cecilia are signed, sealed and delivered. Released by the ambitious new label Rebeleon Entertainment, the band gifts us with four brand-new songs and a remake of an old stan ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Flavia de la Fuente, Irvine DREAM Act Advocate, on NPR's Talk of the Nation

    ​My news story this week highlighted how Orange Countians have helped push the DREAM Act--which would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented college students--to national prominence. One of them was Flavia de la Fuente, an Irvine native, UCLA's most-recent valedictorian, and currently in ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Loretta Sanchez Makes PR Blunder List in Sex Escort Case

    ​As Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's Republican general election opponent, Van Tran repeatedly portrayed the veteran Anaheim Democrat as an odorous floozy.And sure enough: Fineman PR, a San Francisco-based public relations firm, has included Sanchez in its 16th annual Top 10 PR Blunders List.The bl ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Art Whore: The Old In and Out

    ​ART WHORE likes the sexy.So this week's blog--an assemblage of links with brief commentary--is dedicated to the sexy in recent Arts & Culture.*****

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    November 1, 2010

    'Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear': Photos From Across the Country

    See Denver rally photos.​If you were outside enjoying the fall weather this weekend, and not holed up in your home watching Comedy Central, you might have missed the airing of the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear," hosted by the cable channel's fake newscasters/real pundits Jon Stewart ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    NPR on Kook: Making Orange County An Adventure

    ​NPR's All Things Considered has featured Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave by travel writer Peter Heller.According to the report, Heller "has sailed the Antarctic Sea with eco-pirates in pursuit of an illegal Japanese whaling fleet, and traversed the dee ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Irvine's 85°C Bakery on NPR

    85 Degrees Celsius (pardon me if I don't use the ° from here on out), local Asian bakery and unstoppable juggernaut was featured in an NPR story a few weeks ago (yes, this post is a bit late on reporting on the report), but the piece by Neda Ulaby for Morning Edition is still worth a listen if you ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Hold Steady, LCD Soundsystem, Caribou: There Is So Much Free, New, Amazing Music Right Now

    ​This past week has been like Hanukkah for anyone in love with good, modern music. Seemingly each new day recently has seen a different and excellent band putting up their new albums for free streaming. Better than gelt!Right now, the Hold Steady is getting my day off to a good start in ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    What Do Pot Dispensaries, Cannabis Cowboys and "Glee" Have in Common?

    ​Fox's high school musical-twisted comedy Glee and segments on KCET/Channel 28's SoCal Connected on medical marijuana dispensaries and pot farm-busting law enforcement officers known as "cannabis cowboys" are among the latest winners of prestigious Peabody Awards honoring the best in electronic ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    She & Him 'Vol. 2' Streaming, Lady Gaga Collapses, Hold Steady Album Art, Allmans Still rock

    She & Him Volume Two streaming on NPR!Too much for Lady Gaga? Singer/spectacle collapses on stage in New Zealand. Check out the artsy, raised-hand album cover for the Hold Steady release Heaven is Whenever due out May 3.The Allman Brothers remain only "jam band" worth a damn. 

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    March 20, 2009

    Fewer Naive Aspiring Journos Flocking To The Register

    Confession time. A certain person posting on this here OC Weekly blog may have, at one point, worked as an intern at the Orange County Register. Hint: A family-friendly publication like the Register would never hire someone with a history of "ALCOHOL and BREAKING THE LAW." Rules out a lot of people, ... More >>

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    July 8, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises

    “Luckiest Day of the Century!”: Jumped out of bed this morning, rushed to the online Vegas papers and expected to read all about our nation's newest millionaires who cashed in on 7-7-07. There was not one big winner story in either local daily. Instead, I read about likely casinos profits from ... More >>

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    December 22, 2006

    The Snowballing Don't Stop

    More from the gift that keeps on giving. This time, it's an e-mail Michael Scott "Wanted in Arizona on a Child Support Arrest Warrant" Kerr sent yesterday to participants of the Snowball Success: From: Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2006 12:54 PM Subject: Help! Hi everyone, There are three reporter ... More >>

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    May 26, 2005

    Facts and Feces

    Rewrite history with the Register! Its fun!

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    A Yin-Yang Push-and-Pull Party

    Slowrider cruise into the ever-mutating future

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