• Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Clay Oven's Chef Geeta Bansal Will Be Doing a Dinner at the James Beard House; Check Out the Preview Dinner Next Monday

    Clay Oven's chef/owner Geeta Bansal was invited to host a dinner at the James Beard House in New York earlier this year, and will be staging the dinner at the end of this month -- Sept. 27 to be exact. She's one of the first female chefs from Orange County to make the trip, and will be doing a menu ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 17, 2014

    AGENDA Show Sets the You-Know-What

    [Trendzilla] The annual fashion convention brought the latest trends in clothes, gear, and housewares to Long Beach

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Understanding Beer: On Hops and Other Flavorants

    California has a hop obsession. At any brewery, in any bar, you're likely to encounter the devout disciples of the bitter plant, known as hopheads, guzzling the latest hopped-up brew. Without doubt, beers like IPAs and Double IPAs (DIPA) are the quintessential California beers. But believe it or n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Long Live The Tonga Room's San Francisco Tiki Chic!

    Twice a month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau pops by Stick A Fork In It to chime in about a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!! San Francisco's Tonga Room is hardly a secret (especially since Tony Bourdain shone his spotlight on it awhile back) but it is off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    On the Line: Thomas Trevethan of VUE Restaurant, Part Two

    The day before we met up with Chef Trevethan, he threw two birthday parties for his children. One was a sleepover, and he spent the morning cooking an elaborate breakfast for his daughter and her friends. It was one of the few instances where Thomas felt overwhelmed. But he powered through, despite ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 13, 2014

    Tijuana Panthers

    Glass House

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    October 10, 2013

    Sydney Dance Company

    Barclay Theatre

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Touche Amore Tell Us Why They'll Never Play Warped Tour

    Looking into the hardcore punk landscape today, if you're an outsider, things tend to get a little confusing. Touche Amore is a post-hardcore band that is changing what it means and sounds like to be a punk band, combing elements of '90s screamo and post-hardcore with an intense work ethic and never ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Could You Survive On $1.50 Per Day? A Bunch of People Tried It for a Week, and Here's What Happened

    A buck fifty. Less than the price of an energy bar, it is the amount that 1.4 billion people in the world must live on each day. They are the ones who fall below the "extreme poverty" line, a sum set by the World Bank. Makes you kind of feel like an asshat for Instagramming a picture of your $4 St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    'I Love Poke' Hawaiian Food Festival Returns To OC!

    Back in 2011, we ate our way through aisles and aisles of fresh poke, creatively prepared by local chefs. Poke with mango sorbet, poke with habanero sauce, poke with wasabi avocado mousse, poke with soy truffle vinaigrette, spam poke, tofu poke and salmon poke. It was glorious.

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Greg Long, OC Weekly People Issue Star, Wins Big Wave World Tour Crown

    Greg Long, the San Clemente big wave rider who recently starred in OC Weekly's inaugural People Issue, has been crowned the winner in this year's Big Wave World Tour contest. The event, now in its fourth year, was cancelled after just three of five rounds (in Todos Santos, Baja California and P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    On The Line: Chris Sarkissian of Medii Kitchen, Part Two

    Most of the time, we have follow-up questions with our chef subjects so they can elaborate on some of their shorter responses. This was not one of those instances. Read our interview with Chris Sarkissian of Medii Kitchen, Part One.And now, on to Part Two . . . . When you're not in the kitchen, what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Smashing Pumpkins - Gibson Amphitheater - October 14, 2012

    Smashing Pumpkins Gibson Amphitheater October 14, 2012 This crazy month of good concerts(better known as Rocktober) kept chugging along last weekend as  the Smashing Pumpkins filled up the Gibson Amphitheater for a blistering performance. Blessing us with sonic offerings old and new, this is t ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2012

    The Big Island Sound of Tini Grey

    [Locals Only] The Samoan singer/songwriter stays true to his legendary roots

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Top Five Hits: Fingerprints in Long Beach

    "It's like we're in the '90s," says Fingerprints' manager Dustin Rodriguez said when I phoned in for their top 5. Anyone else ready to relive the best decade in recent history? (Yeah, I said it. And I'm right.) The dream of the '90s is alive at Fingerprints, 420 E. 4th Street in 
Long Beach, (562) ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 26, 2012
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    March 20, 2012

    Not a G'Day Down Under: Marmite Shortage Strikes New Zealand

    ​ 2011 was a great year for earthquakes. Not only did they manage to get the world to rethink nuclear power (something Greenpeace has failed to do since...well, ever) but now they've started to rid the world of Marmite, that off-putting yeast spread our cousins across the pond and down under seem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    New Artists Just Added to SXSW's 2012 Lineup

    Mary Bell/OC WeeklyDelta Spirit at BuskerFest in Long Beach in 2010​South By Southwest revealed a whole slew of new acts confirmed to play at official showcases during the annual music and film conference in Austin. This is the third list of musicians to be released. The venues and dates they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Local Record Review: 'The Invisible Empire' by Beatnik

    ​BeatnikThe Invisible EmpireEcovox RecordsA little out of our usual coverage here given that Beatnik are over the hills in Corona (rather than Corona Del Mar, say), but given the continuing Occupy protests -- accompanied with various articles and comments about 'where is the music or anthem of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Hobbit Feet, 'Sting,' Gimli's Battle-Axe, a Ringwraith Costume and Other Things You'll See at the 'Lord of the Rings' in Concert

    ​If the final, seemingly seven-hour long installment of the behemoth film franchise wasn't enough to quench your thirst for the ring (or put you to sleep), Lord of the Rings In Concert has got you covered.  The Fellowship of the Ring (movie 1) is touring the country in 2011 (f ... More >>

  • Music

    October 6, 2011

    Maya Jupiter Brings Latino Flavor From Down Under

    The underground MC from Sydney is a cultural melting pot unto herself.

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Smashing Pumpkins at the Wiltern

    ​Smashing PumpkinsOctober 6th, 2011The WilternClick here to see more photos.When bands kick off a tour they are often rusty and display jitters of nervousness. Smashing Pumpkins displayed neither of those traits as they ignited the Wiltern with a two hour twenty-one song set ripe with deep cuts, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    "It's a Small World" Could Have Been Much More Annoying

    ​This year marks the 45th anniversary of Disneyland's "It's a Small World." The ride--which originally had a working title of "Children of the World" (and Walt himself only ever referred to as "the happiest cruise that ever sailed")--debuted in the park on May 28, 1966.Ever since then, the ride's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Gout Increasing in the United States As Americans Getting Fatter than Ever

    ​Gout was historically known as the disease of kings blah blah blah--you know, because they ate so much and did so little (although it must be said the only reason Henry VIII became husky was because of an injury he suffered--for a truly chubby, shiftless bon vivant, you have to look to the French ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Xzibit Says Planking is Racist

    ​Sure planking (especially by celebrities) is a really stupid craze, but racist? That's what rapper/actor Xzibit says. Yesterday, after he said, "Planking is the dumbest shit ever," he tweeted, "Planking was a way to transport slaves on ships during the slave trade, it's not funny. Educate yours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Report: Pasta the Most Popular Dish in the World

    ​Grand, overarching summations derived from research papers must always be viewed skeptically, but the global organization Oxfam is well-regarded for its research, and its only real agenda is feeding folks, something they've been working on since the 1940s. They know a bit about global food trends ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    The Most Epic Beer Commercial Ever

     You had us at the Knight Rider theme song.   The TV spot for Australia's Hahn Beer was directed by Tom Kuntz, known for his award-winning campaigns for Old Spice and Skittles.Now, take us to this superbrewery!Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on&nbs ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2011

    Rhys Darby

    Irvine Improv

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    February 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Are Headliners Kings of Leon Going to Cancel Their Appearance at Coachella?

    ​The countdown has begun: 72 more days until Coachella. But, as CNN reported yesterday, drummer Nathan Followhill of Kings of Leon tore the bicep on his right arm. The group were forced to cancel a handful of March dates in Australia and South Africa. As you probably know, Kings of Leon are a head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Broadcast Singer Trish Keenan Dies From Pneumonia

    ​We lost another great musician today. Warp Records (the band's label) announced that lead singer Trish Keenan of British electronic-pop band Broadcast has died from pneumonia-related complications this morning. Her manager, Martin Spoke, announced, "She had been in Australia and had stayed on to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Director's Own Words: Clive Neeson of "Last Paradise"

    Aaaaaannnd . . . ACTION!​"I'm told what sets this film apart is being able to tell the whole story with crisp original footage. That was because I began filming it in the '60s as a kid, when the world was a very different place. I conceived the script then and focused my filming on things that I s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    "Last Paradise" Director Clive Neeson's Outback Stake Out

    Smile for the camera.​"Going to Extremes to Get the Shot" looks at filmmakers who hiked through mountains, hung out of helicopters and waded in shark-infested waters for their action-sports movies playing at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday and continues through April ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2010
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    March 16, 2010

    She & Him 'Vol. 2' Streaming, Lady Gaga Collapses, Hold Steady Album Art, Allmans Still rock

    She & Him Volume Two streaming on NPR!Too much for Lady Gaga? Singer/spectacle collapses on stage in New Zealand. Check out the artsy, raised-hand album cover for the Hold Steady release Heaven is Whenever due out May 3.The Allman Brothers remain only "jam band" worth a damn. 

  • Calendar

    July 30, 2009

    Reel Big Fish, English Beat

    The Grove of Anaheim

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    July 2, 2009
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    May 1, 2009

    Flipper news

    San Francisco punk/art/noise band Flipper has lots of news to share. I'd tell you all about it, but they already did on their myspace page. For those too lazy to leave this site, I'll copy and paste the info.   And for those even lazier, the jist of it is this: Two new records out soon. One is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    TONIGHT: Ra Ra Riot, Cut Off Your Hands at Detroit Bar

    Are you sick of hearing about Ra Ra Riot yet? Y'know, the indie band from Syracuse that have been riding a crest of Vampire Weekend-esque buzz for the past few months. Well, you can stop hearing about them and actually hear them, tonight at Detroit Bar. Their record, The Rhumb Line, was Rolling Ston ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2008
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    September 15, 2008

    New Zealand Natural Ice Cream Opens in Orange

    A new ice cream shop from New Zealand opened its first U.S. store at the Stadium Promenade in Orange. Appropriately, it's called New Zealand Natural Ice Cream. And though the ice cream may be made from "fresh dairy cream from cows that feed on the green unpolluted pastures of New Zealand", its pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    $35-Per-Seat Movie Theater Planned for Costa Mesa

    I just saw the latest Indiana Jones at a second-run cinema. It cost me $2. It was worth exactly that. Before the flick, I had dinner. It was $6. Clearly, the people at Village Roadshow -- the Australian entertainment company -- did not have people like me in mind when they envisioned their Gold ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Because You're Ugly: Still Uggs

    Just when you thought it was over—or that it couldn't get any worse—Ugg releases its new line for Fall/Winter 2008. So other than the traditional sheepskin we're all too familiar with in the short, medium and tall lengths (ranging from $130-$200), you've got a few more options to cringe at now ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 24, 2008

    Blowing Up

    Didgeridoo Jam Session

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    At Your Local Supermarket- Phony "Aussie" Beer

    G’day, mate! Got some bad news for you. That “Australian” beer, the Foster’s lager you’ve been buying in the big blue can, or bottle, for years at your local Ralphs/Albertsons/Smart & Final? The one with the kangaroo on it? And the new Foster’s, in the big green cans that say “Special ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2008

    Video Savant: Ween's “Push th' Little Daisies”

    Lately I've been thinking about definitive summer songs for a feature that will appear in the Weekly's forthcoming Summer Guide. One of the stranger specimens I'm leaning toward is Ween's fluke 1992 hit “Push th' Little Daisies” off the sporadically brilliant Pure Guava album. (It reached #18 in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2007

    CANCELED: Velvet Revolver in Irvine

    Friday's VR show at the Verizon Wireless (Irvine Meadows) Amphitheater has been canceled due to ongoing fire-related health concerns. The show, with Alice in Chains and Sparta, was to be band's final U.S. gig before stops in Japan and Australia. A Live Nation rep said the show has been *tentatively ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2007

    Saving them from WW2 Japan wasn't enough

    Matt Cunningham's Red County/OC Blog has an interesting post today on legislation backed by Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-Anaheim) that would require present-day U.S. taxpayers to pay reparations to World War II residents of Guam. It's not that our citizens or soldiers have ever done anything ... More >>

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