Your cheat sheet for the Newport Beach Film Festival, from the parties to the flicks about speed-dating geezers
I met the ladies of Hapa Cupcakes at the counter of Green Bliss in downtown Fullerton, around the corner from their storefront. Best friends and entrepreneurs, the duo of Akemi and Hanayo is a united front, having accomplished an episode of Cupcake Wars and launching their line of alcohol-infused de ... More >>
As you know, Orange County has experienced a swarm of earthquakes since Friday night's 5.1 magnitude shaker in La Habra. But did you know the ground is not the only place where local swarmin' has been going on recently?
To promote its upcoming 15th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival today unveiled a trailer titled Bedtime Story that may not leave you with a sore jaw like last year's Mandible did, but it is just as twisted. Which is how we like it, dammit! See nods to Fargo, Memento, Pulp Fiction and more on th ... More >>
To do it or not to do it? I thought about this for weeks. Should I attempt to hit 48 Bars during Super Bowl 48? Why? I have no idea why! Sometimes you just come up with ridiculous ideas. As recently as Saturday, the day before the Super Bowl, I was ready to bail thinking 'this is really stupid'!!!!! ... More >>
See the update at the end about how the guy responsible wasn't an intern but is now also not an employee. ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 1, 2013, 1:06 P.M.:Three hours isn't too soon to use a tragedy as a PR point, right? That's apparently the question the people behind the official Newport Beach Twitter acc ... More >>
We get our fair share of Octoberfest event announcements here at the Weekly, ranging from small bar/pub deals to giant, horribly planned "festivals." Of all these, my favorite hey-look-it's-October-let's-do-something-involving-beer concept has got to be Porktoberfest, which is happening tomorrow at ... More >>
There's something in the water. I see dead people. No, these were not plucked from old movie posers but the cities of Irvine and Newport Beach, where two people killed themselves in or near bodies of water this week and a third tried to do the same recently.
[Hey, You!] Thanks for keeping Balboa safe from longhairs
A man who died after losing control of his vehicle and colliding with a palm tree and light pole in Newport Beach Sunday afternoon has been identified. He was Gex Bennett Coons, 96, of Newport Beach. If he had a valid license, how on earth did he pass his last drivers test?
The Newport Beach City Council agreed to pay more than $1 million to the parents of a successful businesswoman crushed by a falling tree in September 2011. The council actually approved the payments to the family of Haeyoon Miller in April, but they were not disclosed until Monday's meeting because ... More >>
The Newport Beach sober living home that became famous when Lindsay Lohan ditched her planned check-in--and, even before that, infamous for piling up complaints from neighbors and city officials--is reportedly closing. Morningside Recovery is set to abandon its Lido Village locale in October.
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have listed one of their Newport Coast estates for $8.6 million. Don't know if that means they'll be leaving Orange County as they've been reported in recent years to have built/purchased other pads up there. But if you'd like to gander at the 20,000-square-foot house that i ... More >>
Pandor, the Newport Beach bakery I reviewed around this time last year and said this: "[Pandor's] Tropézienne and kouign-amann are just some of many eclectic regional French specialties that will inspire the kind of where-have-you-been-all-my-life epiphanies as the first time you tore into the Tai ... More >>
At a benefit screening for the Newport Beach Film Festival Wednesday night, you not only get to see a digitally restored version of The Last Unicorn (1982), hear the voice work of Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges and, as the unicorn, Mia Farrow, and get a chance to dress in fantasy costumes and possibly win ... More >>
Lark Creek, a restaurant empire that began in 1989 at a place called Larkspur, CA (near San Francisco) and grew to become a dozen-strong restaurant conglomerate in NoCal is now ready to open its first venture in SoCal--at Newport Beach's Fashion Island, to be exact. It will be located in what I bel ... More >>
Not to be outdone by the Pieologies and Mozzas of the world, Sapori Ristorante which has been a fixture at Bayside Center in Newport Beach since 1989 is going to expand into a pizzeria spin-off.
I found out about a new afternoon tea venue called The Tea Room in Newport Beach not by stumbling into them while on the road or through tips. To announce their arrival, they've practically plastered the social coupon websites like Groupon and Amazon Local with discounted tea time meals. They open ... More >>
The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast is the No. 1 resort in North America for cougars. That's not cougars as in mountain lions who come down from the hills to feed, but cougars as in women of a certain age who come down from the hills to lunch. On man meat.
BREAKING, JULY 12, 1 P.M.: The South Coast AQMD Governing Board just voted 7-6 to impose new restrictions on beach bonfires. Check back for more details...ORIGINAL POST, JULY 11, 3:05 P.M.: Proponents (professional and otherwise) of beach fire rings are lighting a fire under the public to attend Fri ... More >>
Orange County Film Society's summer series continues tonight with Stuck in Love at the historic Regency Lido Theatre in Newport Beach at 7:30 p.m. A Spotlight Film at last spring's Newport Beach Film Festival, Stuck in Love from first-time writer/director Josh Boone stars Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Con ... More >>
The City of Newport Beach, which in March 2012 lit what has become a burning statewide issue to save or permanently douse beach bonfires, is now withdrawing its application to remove 60 smoky cement holes. In a letter to the California Coastal Commission, whose staff recently (and for the second tim ... More >>
Someone who claims to have sustained a bleeding finger from an anti-theft device on a pair of pants has filed a "Ripoff Report" against the Bloomindale's at Fashion Island in Newport Beach that indicates legal representation is being sought.But online commenters say they want to stick it to the comp ... More >>
From the Department of Self-Survival comes this: a faithful reader alerted us that Newport Beach is trying to remove OC Weekly racks from Pacific Coast Highway, specifically the section that passes through Corona del Mar. Wonder what the hell would spark that? We've had the location for ages, and w ... More >>
It's not a holiday weekend nor days of non-holiday celebrating like the ones for ol' St. Patrick, but cops will nonetheless be out in force with DUI checkpoints and other enforcement operations aimed at removing boozy and druggy drivers from roads.These kick off tonight with sobriety stops in Santa ... More >>
For the past 37 years, Paul Salata, who is known to literally wear his love for USC football on his sleeve, has thrown a big ol' party in Newport Beach known as "Irrelevant Week," a bunch of events "honoring" the final pick in the NFL draft. The 38th annual run kicks off today with the arrival of Ju ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about a proposal from the mayors of Santa Ana and Newport Beach to reduce the number of fire rings in the beach city and convert some remaining into cleaner-burning pits. Update No. 1 on the next page is about air-quality regulators softening their hardline stance before t ... More >>
A partial list of the show locations and their real-life equivalents
It's a good thing Lindsay Lohan blew off Morningside Recovery for the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage because the Newport Beach rehab may have closed with her in it!Following an Orange County Superior Court judge's preliminary ruling that the Lido Village location violates city law, Newport Beach ... More >>
Lemonade, a gourmet cafeteria serving seasonal Southern California comfort food, is expected to open at Fashion Island come mid-July. Headed by chef Alan Jackson and partner Ian Olsen, it will be the chain's twelfth location and first one outside of Los Angeles. With nearly 4,000 square feet, the ... More >>
As a guest food blogger brilliantly reported on the Weekly's Stick a Fork In It, NetFlix is promoting new Arrested Development episodes by taking Bluth's Original Frozen Banana stand to London, New York and Los Angeles. That's sparked a petition drive to bring the stand to the wacky family's "hometo ... More >>
Is Taco Bell trying to slide onto Bruxië's turf? A Waffle Taco was spotted on the breakfast menu at locations in Newport Beach and Santa Ana. It's a folded round waffle filled with a sausage patty and scrambled eggs, served with a packet of syrup. Instagrammer Sarah Chavez, whose photo was picked ... More >>
The state EPA's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has an online mapping tool that allows Californians to see a detailed report card for the places they frequent. A "pollution burden score," which is based on 11 environmental-quality measurements, is combined with demographic indicator ... More >>
Drew Colston Stelp is one bad mofo. The 51-year-old already had a felony strike on his record when he launched into what authorities describe as a drug- and drink-fueled, cross-county crime spree that included a home-invasion robbery of his sister's place in Garden Grove, a police chase in Newport B ... More >>
See the update on page 2 with stats from Costa Mesa's DUI checkpoint.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 26, 2:29 P.M.: While they may not pack as extreme a nightmare as, say, playing an Angel game at the Big A at the same time Rihanna is singing in the Honda Center and the last remnants of the evening rush hour a ... More >>
For the first time in its fourteen-year long history, the Newport Beach Film Festival kicked off the year's season with a documentary film that packs as much wallop and frenetic energy as a mosh pit circle. Director Doug Hamilton's Broadway Idiot follows world-famous punk band Green Day as their al ... More >>
A comedy about a narcissist who meets his match, an actioner about a high school student out for revenge, dramas about an abused girl caring for her cancer-striken father and a lonely, self-harming girl with an imaginary friend, as well as documentaries about an adult female surfing club, the craft ... More >>
Are you an "enthusiastic film lover?" If so, the Newport Beach Film Festival wants you. With the 14th annual festival just nine days away, organizers are putting out a call for volunteers.
Mozza, Ortica, Il Dolce, meet your newest competitor. A new pizzeria by the name of Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana is planned for Crystal Cove Promenade in Newport Beach, and they're pretty much offering what every new pizza joint that isn't Pielogy and 800 Degrees is offering these days: pizz ... More >>
The last time I hung out at Newport Beach's fire pits was in 2002, when I was trying to date some Vietnamese chick who had a problem with me because her parents hated Mexicans. Haven't been down there at nighttime since, mostly because my preferred beaches are Laguna and Seal, but I've always loved ... More >>
Deciding it wants to await a state Air Quality Management District decision on Newport Beach's fire rings, the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday postponed its own ruling on the controversial pits.Meeting at a San Diego resort--commission meeting sites rotate up and down the Golden State's v ... More >>
Compared to other months, February seemed slow on restaurant openings, or at least that's what it felt like. Here's our monthly roundup of eateries that we noticed were new; and one restaurant we noticed closed. Do you see any we neglected to list on either front? Share them in the comments.
Who knew the California Coastal Commission was lord of the rings?Fire rings, that is.Specifically, the 60 fire pits the City of Newport Beach wants removed from the Balboa Pier area and Corona del Mar State beaches because they are proving to be a liability in these sue-happy times.
It's not often you read a police report about a criminal you remember standing on your driveway (unless you are Carlos Bustamante out there, holding a mirror), but I experienced it reading about a fellow who is apparently trying to a pull a con with on-the-spot auto body work in Newport Beach reside ... More >>
Newport Beach retiree Robert Pimentel, who is fighting charges he touched at least 12 little girls sexually during his Los Angeles Unified School District teaching career, committed lewd acts on one of the victims in Orange County, according to authorities. Already facing criminal counts tied to tha ... More >>
See the end of this post for an update...ORIGINAL POST, JAN 25, 8 A.M.: Coker brought you the story of Robert Pimental, a former Los Angeles elementary school teacher and current Newport Beach resident accused of molesting multiple students and one that district officials canned after the heat becam ... More >>