Norma Desmond

  • Calendar

    March 6, 2014

    Sunset Blvd.

    Regency South Coast Village

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On Santa Ana's New City Manager!

    THE big story in SanTana this summer has been the hiring of a new city manager: David Cavazos, who's coming from Phoenix, where he has done a bang-up job of helping to make the city cool. There's burgeoning arts districts, light rail, good restaurants, and a community that has largely accepted such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Will One Broadway Plaza, Santa Ana Freudian Project for City Council, Finally Get Built?

    ​Wow, I gotta hop on the wayback machine to remember what was the first time I wrote about One Broadway Plaza, the proposed 37-story office tower in a residential SanTana neighborhood that would be the tallest building in Orange County history AND the biggest Freudian monument yet erected for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Interview: Billy Gil of Doña Nicha

    Doña Nick Gil (from left), Doña Billy Gil and Doña Jason Hanakeawe ​ Meet Doña Nicha. This shoegaze-y, alt-rock band with a Latin twist was formerly based in Long Beach. Made up of two brothers and a family friend (they've recently added another family member on bass), the band writes noise po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    The Habit Burger Grill Probably Won't Become One

    ​The chica's parents bought me a Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas, so this cheapskate finally splurged on Mark Kurlansky's The Food of a Younger Land, which collected excerpts from a long-forgotten WPA program that sought to capture America's regional food traditions. It's a great read, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Santa Ana "Resurrected"? When Did it Ever Die?

    Fourth Street, SanTana: mid 1950s. What was so great about these segregated days?​ Orange County is a place where booster myths have masqueraded as fact and history since the days of Serra, but an article in this month's Orange Coast by former Los Angeles Times writer Agustín Gurza on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    From Newport Beach Film Festival to Tribeca for Harbor High Theater Freak-Turned-Filmmaker

    Courtesy of Plug Ugly FilmsStraight from the horse's mouth with Michael Slàdek.Though Norma Desmond only lived at the cineplex (and now Netflix), she famously said, "I am big. It's the pictures that got small." Filmmaker and one-time Newport Beach resident Michael Slàdek is not yet big, but he is ... More >>

  • Film

    January 17, 2008

    Chick Flick, Two Ways

    In Keaton v. Heigl, girl power (Mad Money) trumps bridesmaid fashion (27 Dresses)

  • News

    September 13, 2007


    "Beautiful Mutants"

  • Film

    May 25, 2006

    Special Screenings

    Movie of the Week: Sunset Boulevard

  • Columns

    November 25, 2004
  • Culture

    July 25, 2002

    Totally Groesbeck

    The artist whose vision unchained DeMille