See the update at the end of this post on Newport Beach officials warning of high traffic and scant parking because of people flocking to the coast to see high waves, particularly at The Wedge. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 25, 11:06 A.M.: If you thought the surf that pounded Orange County beaches was trea ... More >>
A former Fannie Mae sales associate out of Huntington Beach was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in federal prison for taking kickbacks from a broker who sold foreclosed properties.
Jon Fitzgerald's The Milky Way is not horrible. There is much to learn from the documentary about breastfeeding that screens Saturday evening as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. What bugs is the phony and forced way lactation consultant Jennifer Davidson is shown "investigating" an apparent ... More >>
See the update on the Arizona judge, as expected, dismissing the murder case against Robert Douglas Fischer of San Clemente. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 7, 11:41 A.M.: A judge in Arizona has ordered the release from jail of a San Clemente man who in December was convicted of murdering his stepdaughter's h ... More >>
A remote Arizona church, whose founder communed with LSD guru Timothy Leary, offers followers peyote-induced psychedelic trips
A federal prosecutor is seeking a 120-month prison sentence for a pimp who transported two underage girls, 14 and 17 years old, across several state lines and into Anaheim near Disneyland to work as $200 an hour, drugged prostitutes last year. The requested punishment is significantly below a feder ... More >>
The storied L.A. venue announced today that it will officially close in September following a special grand finale concert honoring its history. The full press release is available below...
Man, it seems like everybody's packing up and hightailing it out of Toontown these days! Anaheim City Manager Bob Wingenroth is the latest as he announced his sudden resignation not even a year officially into his tenure. In the past few months, City Attorney Cristina Talley, Police Chief John Welte ... More >>
I still remember where I was when we first started bombing Baghdad in 2003--at some concert with some chilanga at the late, great Key Club in Los Angeles, still just a freelancer for this infernal rag. Everyone at the Weekly opposed the Iraq War, because we knew it was unjust, would accomplish nothi ... More >>
We originally planned on interviewing the chef behind Sir Winston's Restaurant. Then we realized Todd Henderson was also the same chef as Chelsea Chowder House, their Tea Room, and the rest of the foodservice offered on board. Therefore, it's no exaggeration to say he governs the gourmet side of Lon ... More >>
Glen Campbell Hollywood Bowl 6/24/12 When a band or solo artist announces they're going on a farewell tour, it's usually met with collective shrugs and eyerolls. Why? Because--as Kiss proved--by bilking customers into thinking that this is their last hurrah, they can charge a ridiculous amount of ... More >>
The pimp who sold two minor girls, ages 14 and 17, for sex to adult men in multiple cities, including Anaheim near Disneyland in April, has changed his mind, admitted to his sex crimes and signed a guilty plea.Facing a potential life in prison sentence, Eric Lamar Wells' quick, pre-trial admission w ... More >>
[Crossing the Line] A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native. About a week and a half ago, my lady and I packed our bags, hopped in my car and took the 10 ... More >>
FEB. 25: I think my house turns up in Mox's "Horrible Homes for Sale." I didn't even know it was for sale. Uh-oh.FEB. 26: A homeless man fights with two Fullerton police officers, but before muttering "don't like where this is going," understand that transient Mark Charbonneaux was later booked i ... More >>
Don't cry if you didn't get a Man Overboard ticket to the Chain Reaction show tonight in Anaheim. Thank your technology gods, because the band is streaming the show on ElectricVenue.com. Fans can log in at http://www.electricvenue.com/#/man-overboard-show/4559960491and watch the show for $2.99.&n ... More >>
Red Hot Chili Peppers postponed their upcoming U.S. tour supporting their Grammy-nominated snoozefest, I'm With You, due to multiple foot injuries sustained by lead singer Anthony Kiedis. According to a statement, "Kiedis recently underwent surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a ... More >>
Van Halen finally announced their tour dates today, and it is massive. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced the dates at an intimate performance in New York's Café Wha?. The tour will begin on Feb. 18., with Kool & The Gang joining Van Halen for select tour dates. And as the ... More >>
Senate Bill 1070 architect Russell Pearce may have been recalled in Arizona, but the call for a boycott of the state remains. The latest manifestation comes in the form of Morrissey's Nov. 20 concert at Phoenix's Orpheum Theater. The singer once told an audience, "I wish I was born Mexican," and, ... More >>
Photo by Meranda CarterOur featured interview with chef Keith Stich continues as we delve into familial influences and how he prefers his Branzini. Prepare for an Asian-inspired fish dish tomorrow, but today, catch up on part one.Hardest lesson you've learned:To control my emotions during a busy ... More >>
Laws in Costa Mesa and Mission Viejo that ban day laborers from standing on public sidewalks to seek work from passing motorists are in jeopardy following a federal appeals court ruling.When the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided 9-2 Friday to affirm a district court's previous ruling th ... More >>
You know that book about the history of Mexican food in the United States that I mention in every other post? I released a brief, brief preview of it in the Food section of today's Los Angeles Times, specifically on the tamale wagons that ruled the streets of Southern California in the late 1890s ... More >>
Young the Giant are the home boys that sneakily made good--Morrissey loves them, they've played the Weenie Roast, are opening for Incubus on tour this year...and today MTV announced that Young the Giant will make their VMA performance debut at the 2011 Video Music Awards. The lineup for VMA perf ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 8, 5:25 P.M.: Syrian freedom activists say that when they protested at UC Irvine the morning of June 9, a campus official promised a future meeting with an associate chancellor to discuss what they consider a troubling relationship between Syria's brutal regime and Dr. Hazem Chehabi, ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 9, 4:31 P.M.: This morning's rally at UC Irvine targeting Dr. Hazem H. Chehabi--the UCI Foundation's president-elect, Syria's honorary consul general in Newport Beach and a prominent Orange County philanthropist and nuclear medicine specialist--went "smooth," according to an organize ... More >>
ChehabiUPDATE, MAY 30, 10:37 A.M.: The Syrian Emergency Task Force-Greater LA has rallied outside the Syria Consulate office in Newport Beach and asked Dr. Hazem H. Chehabi to step down as honorary consul general (or for the UC Irvine Foundation to drop him from its board if he doesn't) over hum ... More >>
You may have seen it: a Christian video from a '90s has a kid in a purple "Jesus is Lord" shirt covering DC Talk's "Nu Thang" in MC Hammer acid wash pants and hi tops. Since it was uploaded on YouTube on a week ago, it's been viewed more than 500,000 times.What's even more amazing is a few days ... More >>
Tickets for A Perfect Circle's upcoming tour will be available on Friday, Apr. 8 at 10 a.m. everywhere! You can buy them at www.aperfectcircle.com then. They'll also be available at venue box offices, Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com.
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Will he live up to the title of Know Nothing?
We we we so excited: contrary to what The OC Register reported earlier, there IS a Rebecca Black mall tour that will kick off her first series of live performances on April 19 at Los Angeles' Hollywood & Highland Center. The three-month tour will take her across the country -- from malls in S ... More >>
www.thesoundstrike.net The Sound Strike, an organizational campaign led by Rage Against the Machine and One Day as a Lion frontman Zack de la Rocha designed to enlist musicians in a boycott Arizona over SB 1070 and other anti-immigrant policies has just declared its recent toy and food ... More >>
The dates for the 2011 edition of the Warped Tour have been announced; this year, it kicks off in Dallas. There's no information on venues or performers yet, but the tour will be in Pomona July 1, San Diego, August 9 and LA on August 10. Tickets are already available for $45--you can buy t ... More >>
The Mexican wrote here about the protest before tonight's All-Star Game at Angel Stadium by folks who want the next Midsummer Classic moved out of Arizona because of the immigrant-targeting SB 1070 legislation.Looks like those protesters are going to have mucho company.
www.lilithfair.comNorah Jones was supposed to play five Lilith dates in August; her management says the shows have been cancelledReports all over the Interwebz say that Sarah McLachlan's all-female music festival Lilith Fair, now simply called Lilith, is quietly cutting more dates from the tour ... More >>
www.myspace.com/socoHai gaiz! Can't wait to see you again!Guitarist Josh Partington may have gotten a law degree and vocalist/pianist Andrew McMahon may have formed Jack's Mannequin since the quintessential OC alt-rock band Something Corporate toured the country, but that doesn't make fans miss ... More >>
Have you heard of The Crafty Chica? She's pretty hard to escape if you're into crafting of any type. Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, is an all-encompassing craft force to be reckoned with. From her yearly Crafty Chica cruises, seven crafting how-to books, television features, an ... More >>
Photo by Beth StirnamanArpayaso, CCIR head witch Barbara Coe, and Hunt: Who is the biggest clown?The big protest against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio--in town because OC sheriff's candidate Bill Hunt has a massive man-crush on America's Most-Corrupt Sheriff--is supposed to be happening outs ... More >>
944 Media, which publishes fashion/entertainment/lifestyle magazines in 10 different regions, including Orange County, has filed for bankruptcy.But, not only does the company plan to keep publishing, it is having fun with its financial pickle by posting on its website, "The Top 9 Fun Facts About ... More >>
Reporter Conor Friedersdorf got quite a bit of media play last month for his roundup of the best journalism stories he heard, watched or read in 2009. Really interesting list, but what none of write-ups mentioned is that Friedersdorf is an OC native, raised in Newport Beach (if I remember correct ... More >>
Carlos van HijfteRemember that Sonic Youth show scheduled for the Fox Theater in Pomona on September 25? Bad news: it's not happening, due to guitarist Lee Ranaldo's wrist injury, generally a bad place for a guitarist to hurt himself. (It happened while playing tennis, a more high-impact sport th ... More >>
Full tour dates have finally been announced for archetypal OC success stories No Doubt's tour with Paramore--we've known for a while that they were going on tour at some point and the first date would be May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in NJ, but now we've got the whole sched, and the three month-is ... More >>
"The same women who complain about ‘sleazy’ Mexican men go to France and giggle about ‘how flirtatious’ French men are"
Village Voice Media execs and New Times founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin (aka the guys who sign our paychecks at OC Weekly, and at LA Weekly) were arrested at their Arizona homes late Thursday night for revealing grand jury information in a story they published earlier in the day, "Breathtaking ... More >>
Two women who together helped bring the pole-dancing fitness craze to Orange County could be headed to court
A former CIA pilot says secret flights to El Toro could explain a Marine officers suicide
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