St. Nicks across the country keep fighting for control of America's premier Santa organization
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
I saw the best minds of my generations getting the hell out of Orange County the moment they turned 18 or realized that Yorba Linda is still among us. Colonies of talented OCers exist across the U.S., with Austin, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Portland being the ones most of the people I ... More >>
Llewyn Davis turns out to be a Carey Mulligan-terrifying punk
The Coens triumph in old Greenwich Village
Laguna Art Museum's 'ex•pose' series looks at the British artist
That Orange County Great Park that would rival Golden Gate Park in San Francisco or Central Park in Manhattan? You know, the nature and multi-use park ringed by housing that Irvine and South County forces convinced a majority of county voters in 2002 was preferable to a new 24-hour, international a ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And should Mexicans feel obliged to hang out with family members who hate them?
The Marine won the Navy Cross for bravery in Iraq. But it was his job with the Orange County Sheriff's Department that gave him PTSD
Over a decade ago, I wrote an op-ed piece for what was called Pacific News Service but is now New American Media bemoaning how pathetic the Latin Grammys were due to their lack of Mexican music. "The definers of Latin culture," I wrote then, "have decided that the most popular Latin music genre in t ... More >>
Multiple reports are flooding in from the field that Assi Natural Market, which took over the space from Stein Mart in the Woodbridge neighborhood of Irvine, seems like it's on life support. Among the e-mails we've received: "Seems like they're closing down, no fresh fruits/vegetables, only canned ... More >>
Meet the masters of the functional glassblowing trade—by which we mean bongs
A rough and inevitably incomplete guide to the taxonomy of spoilers
The Costa Mesa Police Department played a key role in taking down a multimillion dollar cyber fraud scheme headed by an international fugitive who, after being taken into custody in his native Romania in April 2010, "released himself" from lockup. Nicolae Popescu remains at large with six other Roma ... More >>
Growing up in New York, the Velvet Underground was always prevalent. It could be in the music of young bands or seen in people's fashion choices as you walk down the street. It could have been as simple as seeing a banana and thinking of Andy Warhol's iconic album cover or walking through Chelsea hu ... More >>
James Howard Kunstler, a New York-based author and social critic known for his 1994 book The Geography of Nowhere, articles in The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times and elsewhere, as well as TED lectures on suburbia, urban development and "the global oil predicament," has lowered the boom on Oran ... More >>
It's one thing to have a passion for something, and another to pursue it. Kyle Owens took a risk when he chose to start his own service, cooking and delivering Paleo-friendly meals to clients in CrossFit gyms. Creating flavorful meals that are healthy isn't an easy task. Yet Kyle takes on this chall ... More >>
Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Friday, October 25 Tav Falco's Panther Burns Alex's Bar Something wild and even a little spooky is coming to Alex's Bar, and he comes bearing gifts of lo-fi blues-infused rockabilly. Tav Falco's Panther Burns is one the of origi ... More >>
Gentle readers: Behold the debut of our latest column: "The Poorman's OC 4 Under $6, written by our own King of All Media, Jim "The Poorman" Trenton! Every week, he'll regale us with cheap eats and things to do in this great county of ours. Now, here's the Poorman! "You Can Enjoy The Good Life With ... More >>
Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!
[Moxley Confidential] Newport Beach mystery man pitched CIA-backed 10,000 percent annual investment return. Plus, toupee!
*See the end of the post for an update on Hager's new plan to create a Pot Illuminati. *Original Post, Oct. 11, 12:15 p.m.: Do you like weed? Do you have $250,000? If you answered yes to both those questions, then you are a candidate for the opportunity of a lifetime, according to Steven Hager, ... More >>
Is this any way to get custody of the twin sons Tito Ortiz is raising in Huntington Beach. Jenna Jameson ended a week of bad personal news by appearing on Good Day New York Monday morning to promote her new novel Sugar, but the interview was apparently cut short because producers thought the ex-por ... More >>
Another week, another edition of the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830. As usual, we turn the mic over to producer/co-host Andy Harris to guide is through the fun. Enjoy!
The South Coast Rep production puts an Asian-American spin on an age-old story
When it comes to Cleveland native Ricky Smith, this comedian, writer and editor for Adult Swim's Black Dynamite is as funny and as modest as they come. Also a do-gooder, Smith founded "Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere" (or R.A.K.E) because he just wanted to get out there and be kind. What a concep ... More >>
The former chief financial officer of an Irvine-company that helped tech giants move products between countries was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in federal prison for embezzling $15 million from his employer. U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford in Santa Ana also ordered a $15 million ... More >>
Sandra Lilia Velasquez has blazed through Santa Ana many times before as frontwoman for the irresistibly danceable Latin Alternative band Pistolera. When she comes through this time around tonight at the Cooper Door, SLV steps into the spotlight with the release of Dig Deeper her first solo album. T ... More >>
Today, famed iconic early hip-hop film Wild Style returns with a dazzling new 30th anniversary digital remaster on an incredibly detailed and loaded-with-extras double-DVD! We spoke to director Charles Ahearn, who also recently launched the brand new hyper-detailed and multi-faceted Wild Style websi ... More >>
From the moment you step inside Casa, your eye naturally scans the new dimly lit surroundings searching for any hint of Avalon Bar--the legendary punk rock dive that inhabited the space up until last June. But 20 bucks says no matter how many years you spent ordering brown bag specials at the bar or ... More >>
"Porning Mom" has been dissed by "Tanning Mom." A month after her baby daddy of Huntington Harbour said his life is better without Jenna Jameson in it, the former porn queen was dissed by that walking piece of beef jerky Patricia Krentcil, who called Ms. Club Vivid a "whore."
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 >>
Howdy ladies and germs; welcome to October! Let's take a look at this week in food... Edwin visited the intriguing Blind Pig in RSM and said it's definitely worth the trek out there. Then he announced that Bruxie may be opening even more locations and that the Starbucks shops in the UK have begun m ... More >>
Dear New York City: I love you. No, really: I do. I try to get there at least once a year when business takes me back East. So whenever it comes to the inevitable conversation people have with me about your supposed lack of Mexican food, I gladly defend your honor. When people from Southern Califor ... More >>
Orange County, your musicians have a bone to pick with you. Well, more than one bone actually. You see, for being the second-most populous county in the Greater L.A. area-- behind L.A. of course-- the only figure that beats our count of approximately 3 million citizens is the number of times we're r ... More >>
Monday, September 30 Toro Y Moi The Observatory Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick makes pure vibe music--actually, he kind of makes pure vibes, with every song a snapshot of its own moment and its own world. On most recent album Anything In Return, he glides through a post-chillwave--we can say that now, r ... More >>
Producers of the indie Wedding Palace, which opens tonight at Edwards University in Irvine as well as select cinemas in LA, New York and Hawaii, claim it is "the first Asian American romantic comedy and family movie to open in U.S. theaters." Can that possibly be correct?