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 >>
Katherine Ann Heinzel--a former Newport Beach policewoman who successfully sued the city for discrimination, won an $150,000 court award and was allowed to take disability retirement--is headed to state prison for nine years. The 51-year-old, who retired to the Riverside County town of Winchester ne ... More >>
Spooner, the first feature film from Santa Ana and Newport Beach born and raised filmmaker Drake Doremus (Douchebag, Like Crazy), played at the Lido Theatre during the April 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival.The director cut his incisors as a youth making original children's plays that he staged at h ... More >>
Police and prosecutors believe a wealthy Newport Coast resident being arraigned this morning is the dirty diaper dumper of North Coast Highway.Tomoo Kawai, 68, faces a misdemeanor count of disposing of prohibited material--which in this case would be soiled adult diapers that have polluted the thoro ... More >>
A year ago, jewelry store owner Safieh Fard did something her sister and two of her sons did the year before: plead guilty in Santa Ana federal court to charges related to mortgage scams the family pulled with Newport Beach oceanfront properties for years. But heading into sentencing, the then-50-ye ... More >>
Time was, OC Weekly world headquarters was the coolest, most-Earth-friendly place in our neighborhood, which is in the area of Kalmus, Pullman and Red Hill in Costa Mesa.Then came the Mother's Market distribution facility, now the second coolest, most-Earth-friendly place at Kalmus and Pullman. Now ... More >>
High Ground follows 11 wounded warriors and one Gold Star Mom who heal from the ravages of war by climbing 20,000-foot Mt. Lobouche in the Himalayas."Along with recounting their wartime experiences, they find friendship, and healing on the journey," says Kanani Fong, the military and veteran outrea ... More >>
It should surprise no one that four of the five most expensive zip codes in Orange County are in Newport Beach, but the fact none in Newps took the top spot may cause some to pause.The location of the most expensive zip code, based on median sales prices, is after the jump . . .
See the update at the end of this post identifying the deceased as Terry A. Newhouse.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 2, 11:36 A.M.: One does not normally associate the tony Balboa Coves gated community--where current real estate listings show homes going for $1 million to $3 million each--with the kind of vio ... More >>
Vanessa Bryant is reportedly selling one of three Newport Coast properties she received in her divorce settlement with off-again/on-again husband? Kobe Bryant. No one had been living in the five-bedroom, Mediterranean-style home that was built in 1999, sits on a quarter of an acre in a gated ... More >>
Don't know if you saw this last month, but it mentions how a Ferrari and Maserati dealership moved out in my 'hood (to across the street from OC Weekly World HQ) and was promptly replaced by a Lamborghini dealer.Jenna Jameson Drives Stolen Maserati: SuitThough most cars on the lot at 1425 W. Baker S ... More >>
This Friday, OC Weekly will be hosting our annual Decadence party at the Fairmont in Newport Beach. Free food! Hot chicks! Hot guys! Booze! And more!Tickets go for quite some moolah, but I got TWO tickets for the person who can identify the name of the business that makes these bacon-wrapped hot dog ... More >>
So, the purple-and-gold carpool is complete: Kobe Bryant will drive from whichever Newport Coast estate his wife Vanessa is allowing him to stay in over to Dwight Howard's supposed Newport Coast estate, pick up the Lakers new superstar center and then cruise over to John Wayne Airport.They'll then b ... More >>
That's the question Orange County Register readers are asking themselves, thanks to an Aug. 1 story in the paper headlined "Marijuana found in body of Newport-Ensenada sailor," a reference to the crash of the Aegean, which set sail from Newport Beach along with dozens of other boats on April 27 but ... More >>
The new old Port Theatre of Corona del Mar is ready to have the butts of locals fill its seats again.Opened in 1950 along Pacific Coast Highway and closed for the past 14 years, the Port opens to the public Friday with a slate of films including Bernie, First Position and Safety Not Guaranteed, acco ... More >>
Our monthly roll call is a little late, but here it is: what we observed on this thing called a food blog. There were several openings this month, with a lot of them in Newport Beach. Our short roster of German restaurants became even shorter when Barth's shuttered, replaced by a Thai joint.The full ... More >>
A human resources department would normally rejoice if one of its recruitment videos went viral.But in the case of the latest online tool from the Newport Beach Police Department, "rejoice" isn't quite the right word.Recruitment videos for Navy SEALs are less, as one horrified clip viewer put it, "f ... More >>
As I hinted back in April, a new beer pub called TapShack (a sister of a bigger restaurant called TapHouse planned for Huntington Beach) has now opened in the space left behind by The Arches in Newport Beach.
Though we have lots of great ethnic food in Orange County, great French food is hard to come by. Spurred by the dirth of worthwhile French breads in these Orange Acres, Raffi and Tiffany Sepetjian decided to open a bakery and make their own. Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Café opened Monday in Ne ... More >>
Random notes, observations and stuff plucked off the cutting room floor from the Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs through Thursday night.The hierarchy of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion is the main antagonist in Macky Alston's excellent documentary Love Free or Die, which is a ... More >>
The Daily Pilot has revealed what will replace the space left behind by The Arches in Newport Beach. It will be a new beer pub called the Tapshack that operates on a novel self-serve system. "Tapshack, at 1617 Westcliff Drive, will feature 26 draft beers, including self-pour taps on an outdoor ... More >>
The 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival opening night: very Jewy.Not that there's anything wrong with that.The 13th annual festival opened at Big Newport Thursday night with the world premiere of director/co-writer/co-producer Bryan Fogel's Jewtopia, which had an overflow audience next door to the larg ... More >>
The week-long 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival opens tonight with a Big Newport presentation of Jewtopia, one of 16 world premieres at the 13th annual event, followed by the boozy, schmoozy opening night gala at Fashion Island.However, to be in the busy festival offices across from John Wayne Airpor ... More >>
Its music series makes more noise
A lot of films--more than 400, in fact--will be screened at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival. And a lot of volunteers will be needed to present those films April 26-May 3 at various Newps and Costa Mesa locations.Which is where you may come in.
Every spring, the Newport Beach Film Festival exposes hidden cinematic gems to local audiences, and the 13th run coming up April 26-May 3 will no doubt provide many more of the same. But, let's face it, clunkers do somehow make it into the lineup, something that is bound to happen when you are sh ... More >>
I guess the biggest surprise is it took this long: six months after a Blue Gum Eucalyptus crushed to death 29-year-old Haeyoon Miller in her car, her parents filed separate claims against the City of Newport Beach.Lawyers representing Miller's father, Kang Nam-Ku of Seoul, South Korea, do not spe ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Wealthy mother Anna D. Steiner, who complained about the poisoning of her children, finds herself in a police-state nightmare
For her 18th birthday, Brittani Niccole got not just one but two gifts from her dad. New boobs. It's just one of the, um, perks, of being the daughter of Newport Beach plastic surgeon Michael Niccole. Yes, Michael performed the procedure, and then went on ABC's 20/20 to reinforce every sad ... More >>
The jobless couple who brazenly took over an empty multimillion-dollar, oceanview Newport Coast home, pretended it was theirs and mocked the Newport Beach Police Department have acknowledged criminal conduct in exchange for a sweetheart deal from Orange County's most notorious judge: Robert R. Fi ... More >>
We told you in November about Final Destination 3 star and Pretty Little Liars cad Ryan Merriman getting popped for DUI in Newport Beach.Now, the Chocktaw, Oklahoma-born 28-year-old has learned the charges against him: two counts of driving under the influence with a sentencing enhancement for bl ... More >>
We had fun in August with the venerable Balboa Bay Club & Resort and Newport Beach County Club reportedly being snatched up by Chinese investor Winston Chung.Alas, it seems that deal is off.And in what may be a recent first, it was not grubby Americans with patches over their trouser knees th ... More >>
If Thursday is the new Friday, Wednesday is hump day, and Tuesdays are for tacos, what do we call Monday....sandwich night? We're thinking either meatless, or, as Raya Belna would like you to refer to it, PALMO. That's right. There's a new pop-up in town, and it's found in a different, non-car de ... More >>
The Irvine Co.'s revamped Island Cinema at Fashion Island in Newport Beach won't open to the public until Friday, but charity screening events tonight and Wednesday night give sneak peaks to guests who pony up $50 each.
PabelloTwo Garden Grove roommates are accused of stealing a check from a Newport Beach law firm and changing the value to more than $285,000 that they spent on a lavish trip to New York that included private jet travel, multiple hotel rooms, and a shopping spree at Tiffany & Co. and Montbla ... More >>
Thanksgiving is dunzo -- at last, it's socially acceptable to bring out the Christmas decor! Yahoo! Travel has named Newport Beach the No. 2 destination for holiday lights. (The top spot predictably went to New York City.) Writer Elissa Richard hails the city's boat parade:&n ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 17, 11:12 A.M.: Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff claims the tree that killed motorist Haeyoon Miller in September showed no sign of disease.Kiff was reacting to a report that shows many of the 140 blue-gum eucalyptus trees that were removed along city-maintained medians in the wa ... More >>
The Progressive Democrats of America, who consider themselves comrades with the Occupy Wall Street movement, is now linking their "Brown Bag Vigils" of local congressional offices with the phenomenon.In fact, they have one scheduled at noon today in front of the Newport Beach district office of R ... More >>
Actor Ryan Merriman pulled his car too far into the intersection at a red light Sunday night and, upon further inspection by patrol officers, had been driving under the influence, according to Newport Beach police.The Chocktaw, Oklahoma-born 28-year-old failed a field sobriety test after the 11:3 ... More >>