Jefferson VanBilliard, our best new bartender of 2012 and holder of innumerable Drink of the Week honors, is finally mixing some cocktails for the public again after mysteriously disappearing from the various Memphis Group restaurants last month. He's hosting a cocktail pop-up TONIGHT at Nesai Rest ... More >>
Two Laguna Beach art gallery owners are awaiting extradition to New York City for allegedly selling counterfeit art by Damien Hirst, reportedly England's wealthiest artist. Vincent Lopreto, 48, and Ronald Bell, 49, the owners of Jazzart studio at 1452 South Coast Hwy., are being held in Orange Coun ... More >>
At a three-day film festival kicking off tonight in Brea, everybody dies! That's because it's the third Everybody Dies Horror Film Festival, which not only recently added Fright Night 2 to the opening-night lineup but a Q&A with director Eduardo Rodriguez and editor Don Adams as well as free poster ... More >>
[Trendzilla] Donuttery, Pandor and Fusion Tea Bar: Who makes the best imitation Cronut?
Kids, here's what can happen if you dare to dream. By now, we all know that the Cronut is the "Gangnam Style" of 2013, a viral spectacle that had the world asking, "What is that and why can't I stop staring?" But for one man, it wasn't enough to simply get his hands on the mystical doughnut-croissan ... More >>
Irvine is among the most "saintly" cities in the U.S. but Long Beach is even more so, according to a real estate blog that famously put out a list of America's 10 most sinful cities last month--that had most of those named located in the supposedly Bible-thumping Midwest. Pollsters explain how urba ... More >>
Perhaps it was the first science discovery you made as a kid. If you let your sugary cereal sit and dissolve in milk, you end up with something magical: cereal milk. (An aside: My grandmother would always serve us Corn Flakes in milk, and then add sugar. Not sure if she thought this was healthier th ... More >>
Because there are multiple decades of jazz, it's almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time; the hip cats with their canes and cool shades will throw their used saxophone reeds in my direction and call me a young whippersnapper. The debate is so polemic that I might as well write ... More >>
Two culinary bad boys. One badass TV show. The Mind of A Chef is a new series premiering Nov. 9 on PBS. Produced by the Zero Point Zero of No Reservations, the show will be narrated by Anthony Bourdain and explore the "the kitchen, the world, and the mind" of hell-raising New York City chef Dav ... More >>
Any time we hear of a new restaurant's opening, we have a healthy fistful of salt on hand. Good intentions and strict timetables always seem to get waylaid by construction delays or permitting issues. So it is with A Slice of NY Pizza's second location, which opened this past weekend in Huntington H ... More >>
Le Pain Quotidien has been around since 1990, but took its own sweet time arriving in Orange County. They transplanted Jonathan Eng from New York's Bleeker Street bakery to helm the daily breadmaking last autumn. Hungry to explore his dining options beyond Fashion Island, we meet up to recharge over ... More >>
Ratso Rizzo was full of crap. The two basic items necessary to sustain life are not sunshine and friggin' coconut milk. We lived in South Florida and the mantra there is the same as anywhere--pizza and beer. San Juan Capistrano's groovy NYC Cafe has you covered splendidly in both areas: good ol' ... More >>
Van Halen finally announced their tour dates today, and it is massive. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced the dates at an intimate performance in New York's Café Wha?. The tour will begin on Feb. 18., with Kool & The Gang joining Van Halen for select tour dates. And as the ... More >>
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyDelta Spirit at BuskerFest in Long Beach in 2010South By Southwest revealed a whole slew of new acts confirmed to play at official showcases during the annual music and film conference in Austin. This is the third list of musicians to be released. The venues and dates they ... More >>
New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker—and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide
Photo by Meranda CarterWhen we first began our On The Line series over two years ago, Amar Santana was one of our first interviews. How times have changed. As Santana puts the finishing touches to his Broadway baby, we spend some time with his hand-picked successor, Chef Sea Kyeong Kim. Ori ... More >>
On the list of things you need less of, The Real Housewives probably hovers somewhere in the top five. Bravo disagrees: The corporation plans to renew The Real Housewives of Orange County for a seventh season.
TLCExtreme Couponing, TLC's new show on those manically obsessed with--you guessed it--coupons, premiered last night to so much buzz, it was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, with viewers calling the "couponers" either inspiring or insane. (One woman's nearly $2,000 grocery bill was reduced ... More >>
Tickets for A Perfect Circle's upcoming tour will be available on Friday, Apr. 8 at 10 a.m. everywhere! You can buy them at www.aperfectcircle.com then. They'll also be available at venue box offices, Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com.
Usually when a former OC Weekling makes news, it involves an abrupt mass exit out the building or an unscheduled solo guest spot on To Catch a Predator with Chris Hansen. That's not the case with former staff writer Alison Rosen, who began freelancing pieces to the Weekly in the late 1990s before ... More >>
Like my taste for big-haired blond women (thanks, Charlie's Angels!), my pizza opinions were formed during childhood in the 1970's. I grew up eating pizza in New York City, which indelibly marked me for my preference for a medium-thin, crisp crust with only a little breadiness. Why pay a lot for ... More >>
flickr user CappiT Patrón? Pa-lease. Four reasons why the tequila brand is an affront to Mexicans and more of what you missed this week in Stick a Fork In It after the jump!
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Those Paul Simon worshipping rockers Vampire Weekend will wrap a hectic U.S. tour with a pair of SoCal dates including an April 14 gig at Fox Theater in Pomona. The NYC band's new album Contra, due out January 12, is streaming on their MySpace page. Yeah, it's another iteration of Graceland--but a ... More >>
HarpersBazaar.comMary Lou Stockwell (second from the right), appears with other Fabulous at Every Age winners and fembot Elizabeth Hurley, who handled the introductions at a swanky party in New York City. The old money may be on the East Coast, but when it comes to the most, erm, mature of "Amer ... More >>
The kind of Orange County Republicans who would launch a recall of a Southern California politician from their own party tell you higher taxes are driving businesses out of California. They'll compare Cali's various tax rates with a backwater state like Nevada, or send their pupp ... More >>
Though Fullerton's Audacity called Orange County's music scene "a joke" in a recent interview with the District, we still heart them and their sloppy poppy ways. So it's cool to see them about to embark on a 15-date national tour, starting this Thursday in Tucson, AZ, and joined by a variety of o ... More >>
Disclaimer: I've outright nicked this from our sister pub, SF Weekly. CLICK HERE for the slideshow of gruesomeness. But there must be some better examples out there (the Sausage McGriddles look like pure junk food heaven to me, and the carrot and raisin salad is hardly outlandish).Admittedly, there ... More >>
Sweden's Lykke Li, whose 2008 debut record Youth Novels attracted seemingly endless praise from critics and bloggers, is in concert tonight at the Glass House. Check out Doug Wallen's interview with the singer, from last week's Weekly, here. My friend Nick saw her in NYC a couple weeks ago, and came ... More >>
BY RYAN RITCHIEI'm standing in the bread aisle at the grocery store when these three punker kids coming near me. Two of them looked like they were just getting into punk. Or maybe they just weren't as interested as their friend when it came to transforming themselves into a walking, talking billboar ... More >>
Mod, mod, mod. Are you sick of the word yet? No? Good. It’s no secret theme dance parties are rampant through the club scene but if I come across one more ‘80s club I’m going to throw up a scruncie. Secret Affair is held the first Friday of every month and recalls that explosive era now gone ... More >>
It's the musical equivalent of J.D. Salinger emerging from seclusion. A mere 16 years since their last visit to this continent, shoegazer-rock masters of the omniverse My Bloody Valentine return to feed us with their bliss. Among the eight dates [see below; ht- Pitchfork], there'll be two at the San ... More >>
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