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    September 13, 2013

    Everybody Dies Fest Returns with Fright Night 2, More Spooky Flicks, Horror/Star Trek Icon

    At a three-day film festival kicking off tonight in Brea, everybody dies! That's because it's the third Everybody Dies Horror Film Festival, which not only recently added Fright Night 2 to the opening-night lineup but a Q&A with director Eduardo Rodriguez and editor Don Adams as well as free poster ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    On The Line: Jonathan Rollo Of Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Part One

    The award for mini-chain that took Costa Mesa by storm goes to Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop. Open since last spring, Jonathan Rollo and Kristi Ritchey helped bring sexy back to a mild-mannered strip along 17th. With meals that are neither strictly vegan nor tasteless, Greenleaf's menu includes organic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    If Metal Songs Were Mixed Drinks (These Would be the Ingredients)

    There's nothing more synonymous with Metal than booze, so we've concocted some adult mixed beverages whose ingredients were inspired by some of our favorite Metal songs. Since no one on staff is a licensed bartender, we asked actor and metal aficionado Steve Sharkey, who moonlights as a bartender at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Is the Auto Club Boning You on Car Insurance?

    A San Clemente woman, aided by a consumer watchdog, is suing the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) for allegedly concocting an auto insurance scheme that discriminates against potential customers.Jill Rogers should know of what she speaks; she's a former AAA insurance agent.

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Rafael Venegas and Luis Jose Cuevas, Catholic Priests, Accused of Sex Crimes Against Females

    At least this can be said of the pending charges against two Roman Catholic priests from Southern California parishes--including St. Athanasus Church of Long Beach: only one of the four accusers is a child and all are female. The latest case involves Father Rafael Venegas, who is accused of sexual b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    No Doubt Is Taking Their Beef With Activision's 'Band Hero' In Front Of a Jury

    No Doubt's attorneys are getting their day in court to argue that the band's virtual likenesses in the 2009 video game Band Hero are nothing to play with. OC's seminal break-out band claim they were misled by Santa Monica-based video game giant Activision about how their avatars would be u ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    The Hoff Hassel-Hearts Surf City Beaches

    Beach season unofficially begins Memorial Day weekend, and when it comes to the best beach on this blue planet, Huntington Beach has been Hasselhoffed.See what former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has to say about Surf City after the jump . . .

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Savory Spice Shop Opens at OC Mart Mix

    Dave Lieberman​Just in time for the holidays, Savory Spice Shop has opened its second location, inside the OC Mart Mix at the SoCo Collection off the 405 freeway. The original branch of the chain has been open for a couple of years in Corona del Mar Plaza, where people whose cars cost as much as m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Michael Jackson's Art Revealed in Santa Monica Airport Hangar

    ​Our sister paper LA Weekly was first to visit what was Michael Jackson's top-secret Santa Monica art studio. What used to be an airport hangar houses Jackson's art collection, which is now owned by Australian monument builder and Jackson's art mentor Brett Livingstone-Strong (in conjunction with ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Ponderosa Park Farmers Market Brings Great Produce to South Anaheim

    Dave Lieberman​Take a look at the list of the county's farmers markets and you'll notice something: they tend to be in well-to-do neighborhoods. The biggest is Irvine's Saturday market near UCI; there are markets in Tustin and Laguna Beach, Old Town Orange and Newport Beach, all places that aren't ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 14, 2011


    [Trendzilla] The hipster shoemaker is involved with the reprehensible Focus On the Family

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    July 13, 2011

    On the Line: Renzo Macchiavello of Renzo's A Taste of Peru, Part Two

    Photo by Kevin Lara​Family is a recurring theme in our interview with Renzo Macchiavello: influencing his past, supporting his present and inspiring him to excel at what he does best. His expertise earns him gold medals, and here, he offers a few good anecdotes in part two of his On the Line inter ... More >>

  • Music

    June 30, 2011

    Dropkick Murphys Climb Up the Topsails

    The Boston group reflects on their latest release and the Bruins' Stanley Cup Victory

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Was James "Whitey" Bulger an Active Senior in Orange County Before His Capture?

    ​Before James "Whitey" Bulger was captured in Santa Monica Wednesday night, the 81-year-old South Boston mobster may have spent some of his 16 years on the run in Orange County.Before last night, the only FBI-acknowledged, California sightings of Bulger and his companion Catherine Greig, 60, were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Belinda Exon, Surf City Escrow Chief, Gets 3 Years for Stealing $4 Mil in Poor-Housing Funds

    ​Why is your kid still huffing lead and other nasty toxins in your low-income housing unit despite the federal government having already sent your Orange County city funds to remedy the hazard?Blame Belinda Exon. The president of Rehab Financial Services, Inc., a now-defunct Huntington Beach comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Evan Kleiman, Gustavo to Host Discussion on Street Food--With Street Food!

    Piaggio on Wheels: bad-ass choripán...​Ustedes know about my skepticism to the luxe-lonchera craze, especially the attempt of some to claim they sell honest-to-goodness street food, then charge you Ritz-Carlton prices for a pinche slider. Is it legit, or just Marie Antoinette dressing as a milkma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Gettin' Made: February Craft Classes In the OC and Beyond

    ​ With Valentine's Day fast approaching, there's no better time to get yourself signed up for a craft class so you can make something special for your loved ones. Scratching your head over what you and your beloved can do to celebrate the holiday? Consider buying a spot for each of you in a cl ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Five Beloved, Worn, Stained Cookbooks In My Kitchen

    Dave LiebermanThis is the fate that awaits all beloved cookbooks in my kitchen.​I keep my own recipes in a black moleskine notebook, usually two entries to a page in my small, crabbed handwriting. The recipes are in no particular order, necessitating a sheet of paper to serve as an index in the ba ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    [UPDATE] Three Things You Didn't Know About the 'Tron: Legacy' Soundtrack

    ​The whole interview is up on Listen to it here. "Solar Sailer," an instrumental track, will be offered today only as a free download.Last Saturday in Santa Monica, California, Disney unveiled parts of the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. Five of the 22 tracks were previewed, and director Jose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Cake Pops Book Signing in Costa Mesa on Monday

    Photo provided by Chronicle Books​ In 2007, Suwanee, Georgia resident Angie Dudley took a cake decorating class on a whim. She quickly became hooked on the basic techniques she learned, including making and tinting frosting, icing cakes and how to use decorating tools. Soon after, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Kris Kirk of Ecco Restaurant, Part Two

    Photo by Todd Barnes​Today we continue our Q&A with Kris Kirk, the chef at Ecco at The Camp in Costa Mesa. 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? Something to do with preparing a three course m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    3 Orange County Car Washes Among 8 the State is Targeting for Allegedly Exploiting Workers

    ​Car washes in Irvine, Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel are among eight targeted by California Attorney General Jerry Brown in a $6.6 million lawsuit that alleges a "widespread pattern of worker exploitation," unpaid wages and illegal business practices.All eight car washes are owned by the Sikder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Poche and Newport Bay Stink, But OC Beaches Get Overall Excellent Heal the Bay Scores

    ​Heal the Bay's End of Summer Beach Report Card shows water quality at Orange County beaches was slightly worse this summer compared to summer '09, but 97 percent of OC beaches still received excellent A or B grades. By comparison, 79 percent of Los Angeles County beaches received A's or B's.Poch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Gettin' Made: September Craft Classes

    If you're big on making handmade presents for Christmas, or if you've never done that kind of thing before and are interested in doing it this year, September is a good time to get crafting. Trust me, the last thing your grandma wants is a hastily slapped-together Ikea frame with seashells glued on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Jack Johnson to Play Free Santa Monica Pier Show

    ​Can't make his October show in Irvine? Don't worry: Jack Johnson has just announced this morning his plans for a concert to both clean the beach and celebrate the release of his newest full-length, To the Sea. Johnson's music and the beach? One in the same.Find out how to attend after the jump.

  • News

    February 4, 2010

    Drake Doremus' 'Douchebag' at Sundance

    OC stage prodigy-turned-filmmaker Drake Doremus brings his 'very personal' movie to Park City, Utah

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    At the Farmers' Market: Buffa... er... Bison

    Lindner Bison​Don't call it buffalo. Buffaloes don't roam this continent, Brewster M. Higley VI notwithstanding. That lean, iron-rich meat you're about to chow down on is bison, and if you've been shopping at the Long Beach Southeast farmers' market in the Alamitos Bay Marina, it's grass-fed, huma ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    On The Line: Yves Fournier of Andrei's Conscious Cuisine

    Photo Courtesy of Andrei's​Yves Fournier was born in Paris and has worked just about everywhere in the world, including France, England, New York, and, of course, Irvine, where he was Chef de Cuisine for 6ix Park Grill at the Hyatt Regency.  Now he is the Executive Chef of Andrei's, which c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    TONIGHT: Eugene and the 1914 at The Prospector

    ​A lot of exciting developments are happening in the world of Long Beach folk rockers of Eugene and the 1914. Aside from the fact that you'll see their names in print very shortly, in a music feature penned by yours truly, they've also been invited to record some tracks at the historic Westlake St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    NRDC: Clean OC Beaches Buck Dirty U.S., California Trend

    Sunset Beach: pretty clean​The Natural Resources Defense Council's annual survey of water quality and public notification at U.S. beaches contains plenty of bad news for anyone into wading into surf around the country without getting sick. Beach closings and advisories hit their fourth-highest lev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Interesting Op-Ed Pieces on FBI Informant, Toll Roads

    In "Breach of Trust: FBI Wants It Both Ways," the editorial board of UC Irvine's New University student newspaper takes issue with the indictment of a Muslim resident of Tustin and the use of a controversial government informant. (Background is here and here.) The case is bound to have a chilling ef ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    October 29, 2008

    Marine Land

    Dorothy Green: remembered Academics, government officials, business people and clean-water advocates have been meeting since Tuesday at the seventh annual Headwaters to Ocean (H2O) Conference at the Westin Long Beach, and unless they all got swallowed up by the creatures they gawked at during free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    Scheer Dick

    The rumbling you hear from the direction of Yorba Linda is not the sound from Jason Bay's home run last night finally hitting the turf. It's from Richard M. Nixon spinning in his grave! The HOR-ROR!!! This is because the grounds of the beloved presidential library and birthplace that surround his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    Beach Break: Killing Nemo

    Cut off from the powerful, cleansing waves of the Pacific ocean by a massive concrete breakwater, the gentle swells that lap the Long Beach coastline are so dirty that they were recently ranked the most polluted beach water in California by the Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal The Bay. A ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 13, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    July 5 - July 11

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2006

    Dana Point: Not As Disgusting As It Used To Be

    Santa Monica's Heal the Bay has issued its 16th annual Beach Report Card, documenting the water quality at Southern California's beaches-- though "quality" may not be exactly the right word, since the report card lists SoCal's top ten beaches in terms of water pollution. This year, Los Angeles Count ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2004

    A Win-Lose Solution

    Say hello to more South County homes, adios to wilderness

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    September 9, 2004
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    September 2, 2004
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    August 14, 2003
  • Culture

    May 22, 2003

    Sound Salvation

    Nice Guy Joe Frank Brings Radio Weird To SCR

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    November 14, 2002
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    June 6, 2002
  • Music

    February 21, 2002

    Fad or Peril?

    The Crowd still goes wild

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    February 22, 2001
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    February 1, 2001
  • Culture

    June 29, 2000

    Nude! Nude! Nude!

    The naked truth behind Sarah Bain Gallery

  • News

    October 7, 1999

    Witness for the Scumbag

    Let online pedophiles find us

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    October 1, 1998
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