Adventures with Santa and co. in Dreamworks Animation's holiday wonderland
Over the weekend, the Growlers' Beach Goth Party blessed us with the union of two amazing things...Halloween and a day on the playa. In celebration of their newly-released album Hung at Heart, the OC psych/surf tribe brought out a slew of bands to the Observatory including Audacity, Thee Rainca ... More >>
Regency South Coast Village
A (censored) screen shot from the homemade "Glazin'" video by the Jacuzzi GalsThe homemade fan video for Jacuzzi Boys' song "Glazin'" blew our minds when it came out last week, what with its vajazzly arts-and-crafts disguises on vaginas singing as aliens, Santa Claus, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Home ... More >>
Halloween Time may officially be over at Disneyland (other than the Haunted Mansion's The Nightmare Before Christmas makeover that runs through the rest of the year), but all of the pumpkins will soon be replaced by tinsel when the park's holiday season officially bows on November 14.Learn what p ... More >>
sgs_1019/FlickrNintendo was founded as a multinational corporation in Japan 122 year go. Today the company is one of the most powerful in the gaming industry--well recognized both in and out of gaming circles. And the hip hop industry--with its proclivity to name-drop brands -- has been dicing N ... More >>
Our favorite LBC-er commits holiday heresy by pimping out Santa Claus--which Coca-Cola has pimped out as their own for decades--for Pepsi. Pretty funny!
Yes, Virginia, there is a blow-up Santa Claus. A great big one tethered to Buy My Bikes on Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. Owner Jim Curwood says the holiday display attracts customers.But city Scrooges say, "Bah, humbug." They say the jolly old fat man is an eyesore. They say Curwood i ... More >>
While it doesn't happen too much anymore these days, the hip-hop world has been known to put out a holiday album or two--and sometimes the too-bright cheerfulness of Christmas carols pairs up extra nicely with the often humorous and/or the sometimes, uh, adult content of the lyrics.After th ... More >>
Flickr user FortysevenDon't feed Santa too many cookies lest he get like this...It is the holidays, and most publications are list-crazy. But we do it best--four critics, four top-five restaurant lists, and no spillover! And more highlights after the jump!
Regency South Coast Village
When I was a young boy, I loved to leave cookies and milk out for Santa Claus. This tawdry attempt at bribery, meant to distract him from the fact that I'd attempted to impale the dog on my He-Man and the Masters of the Universe sword ("I HAVE THE COCKER SPANIEL!") and tried to melt my sister's d ... More >>
Flickr user peterjbaerI wanted a Voltron. A real Voltron with the die-cast pieces of the five individual colored Lions that made up Voltron. You could snap them together and then go around defending the galaxy. I wrote to Santa Claus and asked for it; I even forbore from torturing my little siste ... More >>
Irvine Barclay Theatre
It's 1985 and I'm in second grade living in Hershey, Pa. Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. came out the the summer before but continues to produce hit singles like "Glory Days," "I'm Going Down," "I'm on Fire" and "My Hometown." My dad bought the vinyl LP--I still have it, plus a CD version ... More >>
Irvine Animal Care Center
Crystal Cove Park
Flickr user CankerCanison Anybody unlucky enough to be working on the Friday after Thanksgiving? No fear: Tweets From the Park will make it allll better. (Kind of. For like, three minutes, at least.) Read through our weekly feature where we gather together all the best, funniest and most irrevere ... More >>
If you read my story on Instagon's 500th show (and I know you did), you know that Instagon head honcho Lob plans on bringing a slew of guests to play with him. I hate to spoil the surprise, but Lob sent out an email with a list of people he expects to take the stage. And because ... More >>
Death Row Records--co-founded by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight in 1991--was, of course, incredibly influential in the world of west coast rap in the early '90s. And incredibly controversial.But not everything released on the label was quite as provocative as say, "Deep Cover." There was also 1996's Christ ... More >>
Lighting of the Bay at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, Friday 6 p.m.Santa Claus himself will kick off the holiday season by flipping a giant switch to light more than 50 impressively illuminated and decorated Christmas trees situated in the tranquil waters of the bay.Back Bay Bistro, 1 ... More >>
NEW YEAR’S BUBBLY TASTING, 4pm Try extremely affordable sparklers from all over the world that will keep you raising your glass toast after toast after toast.... Vin de Pays, 5103 Richfield Rd., Yorba Linda HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL, 5:30pm The Zoo entrance and farm area will be transformed into a ... More >>
Santa Claus conquers martians, tramples Christmas spirit. Yay!
FREE FRIDAYS, until 5pm No admission cost every Friday. Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 439-2119 HOMECOMING CHRISTMAS FAIR, 5pm The event will feature vendors, a kid's petting zoo, bounce houses, pony rides and of course Santa. Piecemakers Country Store, 1720 Adam ... More >>
In addition to the Beowulf , more 3-D stuff was demo'ed. Oops, I mean "stereoscopic." That's the term the owners of the Real-D company prefer to "3-D." The CEO and president were there. I didn't bother to take down their names because I doubt you care. Anyway, this is the new 3-D system that was u ... More >>
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is great stuff, we shitteth you not
Dec. 13-Dec. 19
You may believe there's a little bit of Santa Claus in all of us, as long as we keep the spirit of the Christmas season alive in our hearts. If you do, you better not mention that to Disney, because according to the BBC, some of the company's mouse-eared bah-humbuggers are claiming that Disney owns ... More >>
Cocaine Cowboys; Flushed Away; The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause; Umrao Jaan
Greenhornes have two hits
You Better Watch Outs many happy returns
Raising kids can be murder
. . . And the gifts you'll actually get!