Last night, hundreds of Vietnamese Americans beset Irvine City Hall to voice their distaste at Larry Agran's suggestion that the city of Irvine start a friendship city relationship with Nha Trang, Vietnam. They filled the seats and the parking lot, overflowing around the building as anti-communist V ... More >>
[Trendzilla] Hobo bindles are suddenly becoming the rage
Everyone knows that I hate when people smash two different foods together and call it magic. Cronuts? Meh. Ramen burgers? I don't even want to pick one up. And don't even get me started on Pizookies. So, I had to have been belligerent when I heard about Afters Ice Cream's "Milky Bun," a warm donut ... More >>
Orange County gets the shit end of the stick when it comes to coffee culture. We have great roasters and beautiful coffee shops, but when it's time for a cuppa joe'? It's 105 degrees outside, and you could brew a pot by just setting it out in a parking lot. No wonder Seattle claims caffeinated bragg ... More >>
Read our interview with Ed Silkaitis of The Shore, Part One.And now, on to Part Two . . . You mentioned being active in the community. How so?Giving back as best as we can to the soldiers of Camp Pendleton who serve our country faithfully. And donations to the local schools. When you're not in the k ... More >>
OC-bred indie pop darlings, The New Limb, are kicking off the New Year right with a brand new single. Entitled "Blood Lust," the track's message couldn't be further from its title. The quintet--now based in L.A.-- premiered the song on PureVolume earlier today and vocalist Joey Chavez explaine ... More >>
North Korea (and audiences) go home unhappy
The San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation came out strongly against underwater seismic testing off the Central California coast, an industry reaction to Japan's nuclear nightmare after a destructive earthquake.But in a case of groups at times strongly at odds finding common ground (or water, actua ... More >>
The Shins GibsonAmphitheater October 2, 2012 Many fans of The Shins began to grow wary of the indie outfit's direction as each of the original members left the band over the last few years. Though James Mercer has always been the bandleader, it's never the same without the original l ... More >>
This column appeared in print as "Concentrated Chaos."
[Locals Only] The OC foursome learn to harness their aural masochism on record at the Distillery
By Karina Longworth This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson "do it" in a swimmin ... More >>
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An ex-bandmate of the Sikh temple shooter recalls their shared OC hate-rock past
Two new films subvert the rom-com
The Oregonian's Tom Hallman Jr. has a touching story about a retired Huntington Beach teacher and one of his former students who wanted to apologize for something that happened nearly four decades ago. Why Oregon? Because that's where James Atteberry retired to after leaving Southern California. Ast ... More >>
Driving through Arizona to catch some spring training games, Darcy Fast says via his cell phone of baseball's annuity plan for the lost boys of summer like him, "I don't think it's fair." A Chicago Cubs pitcher whose darts lived up to his last name in 1967-68, Fast says baseball and the players ... More >>
Shortly after the news broke that Edward Younghoon Shin of Irvine had been arrested for the murder of his business partner Christopher Ryan Smith of Laguna Beach, I was talking off the record with someone close to the victim's family that believed the Laguna Beach Police Department botched the di ... More >>
This week, we meet up at Chapman Coffee House, one of Erin Whitcomb's preferred places to chillax (besides the traffic circle in Old Towne Orange). Her Pacific Northwest roots shine through as she shares fruitful creativity and seasonal charm in this week's On the Line. [Editor's Note: Look for t ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 27, 4:09 P.M.: Newport Beach officials were scheduled today to remove 200 to 300 dead squid that washed up on Little Corona Beach Friday.That will hopefully remove the death stench, too.The city had hoped the tides would return the Humboldt jumbos to the sea from which they came, b ... More >>
Funk pioneer Sly Stone announced in the New York Post this week that he's homeless. Fans are lamenting Stone's predicament, but we see it as karmic retribution for the annoying omnipresence of his music (those who have heard "Everyday People" 90 times during a morning commute can relate).
After nearly two years of both tragedy and triumph on the home front, Irvine's favorite post-hardcore band work it all out with their new album, 'Major/Minor'
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do matanzas only happen in New Mexico?
UPDATE, Sept. 7, 9:44 a.m.: And what do you know, there's a 20th anniversary edition of Pocket Full of Kryptonite that features the album "as you remember it." Original post, Sept. 6, 10:36 a.m.: Nostalgia for the 1990s has been surging lately, spurred, as nostalgia often is, by a yearning by s ... More >>
by Anne Marie PanoringanPlumsThere's something about a Dutch baby. The grandiose brekkie that draws stares from diners as it makes its way to your table. The poofy circumference height similar to a successful souffle, combined with the sunken base of a lackluster one. Then there are the toppings: ... More >>
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