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  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    On the Line: Shirley Chung of TWENTY EIGHT, Part Two

    Shirley tweeted yesterday that, "This was a long interview! I really enjoyed answering the questions." My response: Damn straight! We love learning more about our subjects, and I suspect most readers/fans would want it that way. She uses her noodle a little longer to power through the rest of our in ... More >>

  • Film

    August 21, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    The Best and Worst of Outside Lands 2014

    Now in its seventh edition, San Francisco's Outside Lands festival has become a reliable, regular staple on the summer festival calendar. Though it's not quite in the same stratosphere of Coachella, Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza, OSL has its own distinct quirks that reflect its Northern California home. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Boomers! in Irvine Blasted for Two Incidents Involving Muslim Kids at Go-Karts: Update

    See the update at the end of this post on two of the incidents involving Irvine's Boomers! and the company's response. ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 29, 7:03 A.M.: The refusal of Boomers! amusement parks to allow religious head coverings on attendees who want to ride go-karts is spurring multiple complain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Stoner Metal Bands

    No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    The 10 Goriest Album Covers

    One of the best parts about buying a physical album (if you still do that sort of thing) is always going to be the album cover art. And if you're a metalhead or crusty punker the more brutal and bloody it is, the better.After all, metal and punk have never been about bowing down to political correct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Bryce Laspisa, College Student Missing Since Aug. 30, Possibly Sighted in Oregon

    Bryce Laspisa, who has been missing since Aug. 30 while driving from his Northern California college to his parents' home in Laguna Niguel, may be in Oregon. His uncle Brian David told reporters there have been two possible sightings of the 19-year-old in Port Orford.

  • Calendar

    September 26, 2013

    Sleepy Sun

    Detroit Bar

  • Food

    September 5, 2013

    Lark Creek a Lark

    The Northern California-based chain's dishes are delicious, if a bit gentrified—which means it's perfect for Fashion Island

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Two OC Pot Smugglers Busted in Illinois With 16 Pounds of Weed

    Interstate 80 is a convenient highway to take if you're traveling from Northern California to the East Coast and are in a relative hurry. Because it begins in San Francisco, the nearest off-loading point to the storied Emerald Triangle, America's marijuana breadbasket comprising of Humboldt, Trinity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2013

    The Presentation of Self, Selfishness and Selflessness in Everyday Life: Louis B. Jones

    The woman pictured at right is an imperfect, and so perfectly, well, perfect (!) cartoon version of the rival real estate agent vying for the existential attention, weird affection (sort of) and, of course, clients of the unlikely anti-hero you will meet if you are smart enough, brave enough, eager ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Bloody Mary at Back Bay Tavern at Whole Foods Market Newport Beach, Our Drink of the Week!

    Earlier this week, I attended a special dinner by Clay Oven Irvine executive chef-owner Geeta Bansal at Whole Foods Market's Newport Beach location. It's a snug space that's encyclopedic in its offerings but not as intimidating as the cavernous Tustin location. But what I didn't expect was its Back ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 27, 2012
  • Music

    December 27, 2012

    Wolfgang Gartner's Sound Is Glitch-Filled and Gimmick-Free

    The pioneering house DJ says the music, not his antics, are the loudest part of his set

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    In Print This Week: Mike Atta, Wolfgang Gartner, Well Hung Heart, Ask Exene

    [Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week.] 1) Our lead feature this week puts the spotlight a member OC punk royalty, Mike Atta of the 70s hardcore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Nick 13 Sparks Up Another Year of October Flame, This Time in Pomona

    Octoberflame is a tradition that Tiger Army has kept going since the late '00s. Now in its fifth year, this spooky, psychobilly tradition started because they wanted to give the SoCal psychobilly scene the same kind of Halloween spirit that they had in their Berkeley stomping grounds up north. "I li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Peter David Nitschke, Attorney-Church Leader, Allegedly Stole $720k from Elderly Sisters

    Peter David Nitschke was an Irvine-based attorney and president of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Laguna Woods in 2010 when he offered to "help" manage the finances of two elderly sisters he knew from the congregation, after the death of their 95-year-old mother.But, on Tuesday, Irvine Police arr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2012

    We Get Mail: Summer (California) Reading from Heyday

    The Bibliofella provides full employment to the UPS guy, Fed Ex and the world's greatest mail carrier, Cherry out of Silverado P.O.  Among the boxes delivered to Shangri-Bib are dozens of catalogs, fun to browse through, from big commercial publishers, tiny little presses like Copper Canyo ... More >>

  • Music

    February 10, 2012

    Howlin Rain Take Us Back to 1972

    The sound of nostalgia is all over Howlin Rain's 'The Russian Wilds'

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    KROQ's Almost Acoustic Lineup Is Out

    [Mental Notes] Jack Grisham is writing another book, and Chris Marrs Piliero is giving away music-video mementos

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    [UPDATED] Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. Needs Your Help to Write Another Book

    ​UPDATED, NOV. 10, 9:08 A.M.: $7,000 goal reached as of 9 A.M.--$7,184! ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 8, 10:35 A.M.: Jack Grisham, T.S.O.L. frontman, Weekly coverboy--is following up his first novel An American Demon with a work of fiction that he won't tell us the title of ("because it's cool and I don't w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    [UPDATED W/CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REACTION] Obama Administration Memo Spells End of Medical Marijuana Industry?

    ​UPDATE, Oct. 21, 11:00 A.M. Ever since four U.S. attorneys in California announced their planned crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, cannabis rights activists have been asking one question above all others: where is California's top law enforcement official, Kamala Harris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    On the Line: Lindsay Smith-Rosales of Nirvana Grille, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​With a multitasking nature and the cutest 3-year-old vegetarian for a son, chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales has a great deal to juggle as chef and owner of Nirvana Grille. Fortunately, she found the time to discuss some of her favorite things, like dairy and spike. FYI: She admit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Dana Rohrabacher, U.S. Congressman, Endorses Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act

    ​Proving the truism that even a broken clock is right once (or maybe twice) a day, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) is lending his support to a proposed bill that, as its name suggests, would allow state residents 21 years or older to enjoy California's world-renowned marijua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    [Listen] Bjork the Dirty Projectors' Mount Wittenberg Orca

    ​We've waited long enough: Mount Wittenberg Orca, the Bjork/Dirty Projectors collab, will now be out on LP and CD on October 24/25.The hand-numbered, limited edition LP version will have a 3D lenticular sleeve, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl and a 12 page large-format full color booklet. It's pretty p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    [UPDATED with Return to Other OC Ordered:] Casey Anthony Trades One Orange County (FL) For Another (CA)?

    ​UPDATE, JULY 31, 9:13 A.M.: What will me miss most about having had Casey Anthony in our own Orange County (or, more likely, OC-adjacent)?Would it be her whisking away from John Wayne Airport by hired handlers? The wonder-inducing glimpses of someone who looked like her checking the calorie coun ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 14, 2011

    The Magical Realist Mexican

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And why don’t more Mexicans go to museums?

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    OC Weekly Intern Lunch at Native Foods!

    Just another day being an OC Weekly Intern...​Interns at the OC Weekly offices work hard. Updating calendar listings and updating the restaurant database begets quite the voracious appetite, and this last Thursday, fellow intern Mimi Tran and I decided to have an intern lunch at Native Foods!

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Food Profiling: Strawberry Season At Tanaka Farms

    Ain't that a beaut?​Tanaka Farms' story begins with Takeo Tanaka, who came to the United States by way of Hiroshima, Japan, in the early 1900s. Takeo had a son, George, born and raised in the Northern California city of Dinuba. Not wanting to fight in Pearl Harbor, George fled to Utah, where he me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Vang Pao, Former General of CIA Secret Army in Laos, RIP

    ​The Associated Press is reporting today that Vang Pao, the former leader of the CIA's secret army in Laos whose war on communism ended when he and tens of thousands of fellow Hmong fled the country in 1975, has died. Until recently a resident of a modest house in Westminister, Vang reportedly die ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    2012 Election: Tea Party Out, Weed Party In?

    ​The California campaign for Prop 19 this November is searching couch cushions for loose change, but that has not stopped chatter to get marijuana-legalization initiatives on more state ballots to drive Democrats to the polls in 2012.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Hella This, NorCal: OC Beats You in Creation of Green Businesses

    ​When it comes to the creation of green businesses, those BART-riding, granola-gnawing, patchouli-oiling earth muffins in Northern California have nothing on Orange Countians.According to the Environmental Defense Fund's map of California's Green Economy, Orange County's 275 green companies ar ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 5, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Love It Or Hate It? Six Qualities Of The NorCal Music Fest​I've been to music festivals in Southern California, in the Midwest, Northern California and the East Coast, but I had an epiphany at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa (about an hour north of San Francisco) last weekend. There, I realized that for some reason, NorCal mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    A Sign That Food Trucks Are Still Hot: Whole Foods Takes Notice

    Edwin Goei​ Our sister paper, SF Weekly asks: How do you know when street food is hot? When Whole Foods takes notice.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Beware of Bodysurfing Maneaters in the Breaks

    ​What the freak is happening off our beautiful, sin-kissed coast?There was the giant squid invasion this past winter. There was the rare sighting of Orcas earlier this week (with a giant halibut thrown into the cioppino for good measure). And there's the constant threat by that sea monster the egg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Over The Weekend: Lightning In A Bottle

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyHeadliners Booka Shade performed at Lightning in a Bottle on Friday​Check out our slideshow of Day 1 and Day 2.The Hype:  Ostensibly, LA's "electronic experimentalists" DoLab put Lightning in a Bottle together as the median between mainstream Coachella and the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Governor Candidates, Humboldt County Pot Growers Agree: No on Legalization!

    Jerry Brown: "I've already indicated that that's not a provision I am likely to support."​The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 was certified for November's ballot this week after backers turned in signatures from hundreds of thousands of California voters, but the three top candid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Q&A: Atreyu Drummer Brandon Saller on New Solo Project, His Pal James Sullivan

    Brandon Saller has spent the past decade-plus drumming, co-writing and singing backup vocals for Atreyu. The Orange County metalcore band's string of hit singles--"Ex's and Oh's" (2006), "Becoming the Bull" ('07), "Falling Down" ('08) and "Storm To Pass," off Areyu's latest album Congregation of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Dessert of the Week: Strawberry Shortcake at Cafe Zoolu

     When first entering Café Zoolu, don't be scared off by the neon pink sign or the cheetah-print chairs lining the bar, for you will soon come to appreciate these quirks. Although this restaurant may look like a cross between a Hawaiian tiki hut and an African jungle safari on acid, the pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2009

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week!

    ​How tough are the times? People are not just holding up Taco Bells, they're now seeking refuge in their recycling bins. From Northern California:A homeless man sleeping in a restaurant recycling bin was nearly killed when the container was emptied into an Allied Waste Management truck for compact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2009

    Venus Infers Roam Around Northern California with the B-52s

    ​It's easy to hate Venus Infers. Out of any yet-unsigned Orange County band, they get the most awards (three trophies at the OC Music Awards earlier this year), the most critical acclaim (just check out all the quotes on their MySpace, and, yes, a plurality of them are written by me), getting the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Easy Writer: The Newbie Motorcyclist's Journey Begins

    ​Home for the summer with way too much free time on my hands after a long and miserable year at Chico State in Northern California, I quickly discovered that pretty much everyone I knew in Orange County had either moved away or moved on. I needed a hobby I could do by myself in my free time that i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Two Upcoming Wine Events (One Tomorrow)

     First up, Saturday July 25, is the monthly 50 for 50 event at the Next Vintage Wine Shop next to Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's, South Coast Plaza. From 3 to 5.30 p.m., around 30 top wines and champagnes will be sold off for half their original price. Expect some stunners among the bargains. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Head North This Weekend!

    Folks, I don't know if you realize, but it's summer out there. Aw, but times are too tight to fly somewhere for a little weekend vacation. Time to hit the streets for a crafty road trip to Northern California! Julia McCabe of JnJ Designs will be taking part in Saturday's Design Downtown block party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Incoming: Tiger Army, Tim & Eric, Loggins & Messina at the Grove of Anaheim

    Northern California-bred psychobilly and two duos that have proper names linked by an ampersand (and nothing else) in common: all coming to the Grove of Anaheim!

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    OC Politicos Harsh San Mateo County's Bailout Mellow

    Campbell, financial cock blockerSan Mateo County officials who went to Congress Tuesday seeking a federal bailout of funds lost in its investment portfolio with Lehman Brothers, which the Bush administration allowed to fail in what would become the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, got the financi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    When did Joe Louis Visit Orange County?

    Faithful reader Shirley Enomoto, an Orange County native who now lives in Northern California, sent along the above picture of boxing legend Joe Louis with her father Carl. Carl was probably the first Asian-American reporter for the Orange County Register (then known simply as The Register), but how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Plumbing the Depths of Irvine's Election

    Dear Joe the Plumber, As you well know, you have unplugged many a drain at Casa de Coker over the years and sooner or later you'll be handling that bathroom remodel we talked about years ago. But first, I have a favor. I have started a petition drive where signees will let my bosses know what a goo ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 5, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    Why is a Dirty Sanchez called a Dirty Sanchez?

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