Museum dining has a certain air about it. You're surrounded by works of art in a (mostly) serene environment. The food should be just as composed, or at least match the mood. At the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Chris Brodeur creates beauty in the kitchen. I arrive one afternoon, another patron seekin ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are there any happy Mexican films?
Near the end of last month, the Smiths (real family, pinky promise) came to visit California from Australia, ending their vacation with a trip to Disneyland. They last saw it on either the Karmel Shuttle Service to the Disneyland Hotel or at the Earl of Sandwich. It's happened to the best and worst ... More >>
Laguna Art Museum's latest exhibit uses everything from frogs to cupcakes to question our culture fetish
With all of the adoring fans and success that Zane Lamprey has had over the years with Three Sheets, Have Fork, Will Travel, and Drinking Made Easy, one might wonder why any TV network would keep us from being able to witness what we love watching him do the most--drink his ass off. Well, travel aro ... More >>
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If you love McDonald's but hate that there's no waiter to tip at the end of your meal, a franchisee in Warilla, Australia has the answer. According to the Illawarra Mercury, the McDonald's in town began testing table service with china, glassware and cutlery. The test was green lit by corporate.
After a three year layoff, Southern California punk rock pioneers Bad Religion are back with their 16th studio album, True North, which comes out today on Epitaph Records. The album has received universal praise for its focused songwriting and is considered the band's strongest material in years. In ... More >>
By the time you read this, most of The Dillinger Escape Plan will be back home on the East Coast, settling down for the holidays with lady friends and family members. But for the last two months, members of the legendary mathcore/metal band have been living under the radar behind the Orange Curtai ... More >>
Though Orange County is certainly a long-time pit stop for the world's best DJs, it's apparent that the fresh-faced monarchs of the EDM world (we're talking barely allowed to legally drink, if at all) are also descending on our local scene in astonishing numbers. Though he's spent the last several y ... More >>
Paul Robi was the booming baritone of the 50s vocal group the Platters. He stayed with the group through their chart topping heyday, performing on timeless classics like "Only You," "The Great Pretender" and "Twilight Time." He passed away in the late 1980s, performing for as long as his body would ... More >>
The SoCal Film Festival has a message for those fearful about moving around Southern California's 405 freeway during "Carmageddon II":Stay off the streets and in Huntington Beach for the eighth annual celebration of independent cinema, which rolls in the Central Library on Talbert Avenue Thursday th ... More >>
We probably need to start a new blog category for food items some branches of our homegrown fast-food brands are coming up with overseas. That hot-dog in a pizza crust at UK Pizza Huts was genius. McDonald's in Australia's lamb burger is an idea whose time has come.See also:McDonald's In China Sells ... More >>
Shawn Gole's Huntington Beach restaurant finally gives the Hawaiian standard its full, undivided attention
Bicycle Dreams, an award-winning documentary that follows men and women riding in the Race Across America, rolls into Cinema City Theatres in Anaheim tonight for a screening that benefits the Orange County Bicycle Coalition.RAAM riders, as they are known, "deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mo ... More >>
This must be bizarre-stories-of-violence-in-fast-food-restaurants month. There was the story about a woman being Tased after line cutting at McDonald's. Earlier this afternoon, Gustavo blogged on the machete attack at a Taco Bell in Guam. Now there's news that a manager at a McDonald's in Austral ... More >>
The last time I saw Madonna, it was 2006 and I paid $352 for a floor ticket. Madonna, fresh off the success of her Super Bowl halftime show, is going on a World Tour beginning May 29 in Tel Aviv, Israel. While we have no idea how much tickets will be going for, we do know she'll stop at&nbs ... More >>
GotyeEl Rey TheaterFebruary 2, 2012Every so often, a single comes along that sweeps across the Earth like some unstoppable force. A song that's so sticky, you couldn't separate yourself from it if you tried. Last year, that song was unarguably Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks." ... More >>
Bret McKenzie, one half of New Zealand's "4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo" Flight Of The Conchords, has been busy making the rounds promoting The Muppets movie, which featured several tracks he penned, including Oscar nominee "Life's A Happy Song." A few ... More >>
Although it may feel like Chris Brown has been on his F.A.M.E. tour for forever and a day, that's really only because it went to Australia and Canada before it even started in the States. The concert series already hit SoCal last Oct. 20, but it's finally coming to a close with its second to last ... More >>
Because it hasn't yet invaded our bodies (only our minds and souls), Google is becoming drinkable. Yep, it turns out the Google tech geeks are also beer geeks. The internet behemoth has teamed up with craft brew pioneer Dogfish Head to create a limited-edition Belgian dubbel called URK ... More >>
Last October, amid much glitz, glamour but light attendance, the first ever Anaheim International Film Festival premiered, and while it's not quite one-and-done, organizers plan this year to sprinkle festival screenings in with regular UltraLuxe of GardeWalk programming throughout the fall. Meanw ... More >>
Earlier this week, Sting announced his Back to Bass Tour, a series of intimate performances marking the 25th anniversary of his solo career (a boxed set, Sting: 25 Years, arrives on the 27th). As long-time Sting detractors, we greeted this news with alarm - another year, another shitstorm of St ... More >>
Sue IsmielUPDATE, SEPT. 9, 11:35 A.M.: Nad's brand of hair-removal products founder Sue Ismiel, who is also CEO of corporate parent Sue Ismiel & Daughters, Inc. (SI&D) of Australia, accuses her former president of U.S. operations in Garden Grove of falsely alleging he was fired due to h ... More >>
It's not KROQ's fault copious amount of sonic garbage spew from their massive antenna on Tonga Peak in Glendale. No matter how cutting edge they purport to be, they're a mainstream radio station with salaried programming directors who strictly adhere to a business model. As such, they are going t ... More >>
Because I was terribly ill and felt like I was close to death yesterday, it's Free Ticket Wednesday instead of Tuesday. Mostly because I couldn't let this week pass without a mention of the Dan Band, who are performing at the Grove on Saturday. We're giving away two pairs of tickets to the show t ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyOdd Future just announced a few more California dates on their Tumblr, squeezing in a stint at the Indio Performing Arts Center and San Diego in between stops at Spain, Australia and Belgium.
The Smashing Pumpkins have been releasing their 44-track opus, Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, one song at a time, and our sister publication LA Weekly today premiered track no. 10, "Owata."
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyIn a Contact Music story, Gwen Stefani was quoted as saying she couldn't write music after giving birth to her second child. The No Doubt singer, now 41, said that was the reason for the reunion tour: "I hadn't planned on doing a tour. I'd had Zuma; I felt so gross--I go ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 11, 8:14 A.M.: Newport Elementary School has been closed.UPDATE, MARCH 11, 7:46 A.M.: Southern California is now under a tsunami advisory, rather than a warning. Waves could get as high as 7 feet up in the Central Coast, but should be more in the neighborhood of 2 feet on Orange Cou ... More >>
worldprosurfers.wordpress.comPay hefty travel costs only to have the board show up like this on the other end--priceless.Traveling with a surfboard is a bothersome venture. As soon as the board bag goes into the possession of the airline, that stomach-churning feeling sinks in and good luck ritua ... More >>
Photo by Todd BarnesToday we continue our Q&A with Timothy Kast, the executive chef partner at Seasons 52 in South Coast Plaza. Stay tuned for a recipe from the chef tomorrow. If you missed the first part, click here. What show would you pitch to the Food Network? Healthy cooking from scr ... More >>
When we received a tweet that included this link: http://www.newspaperintegrity.com/paper.php?id=513. . . we here at the Weekly World HQ nearly flipped our Che berets. Who was this "Committee for Newspaper and Media Integrity" and where did they get off scoring us with a combined 57.1 for integr ... More >>
What are you up to this weekend? There's a whole slew of shows for you to watch the next few days--here's a few you must see.July 23, FridayTonight Ziggy Marley appears at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, bringing his easy-going take on life and love across the board to the OC Fair crowd ... More >>
Photo by Jennie WarrenNathan Apffel in his Lost Prophets work clothes."We were in Australia shooting the Dave Rastovich and Chris Del Moro story in the film. We had almost a month worth of shooting and traveling with them--it was a journey of a lifetime. We were invited to go up to this beau ... More >>
A homeboy shares the stoke in BoardHeads.Homeboy Industries, whose mission is to take former gang members off the streets and show them there is more to life than gang-bangin', brought young men and women from Los Angeles to Huntington Beach last summer for surf lessons.
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Pavement fans: the reunion that hits Coachella has begun (in New Zealand). Stereogum has the set list. Coachella co-headliners Gorillaz debut video for "Stylo"--first single off Plastic Beach album out March 9--starring everybody's favorite action hero Bruce Willis in bad guy role. Click to watch ... More >>
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