Sierra Nevada

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Orange County's Great Drought of 1864

    Rain finally hit Southern California earlier this week--flash floods in the Inland Empire, downpours in Long Beach, 0.001 of an inch in Fullerton. It inspired reams of social-media snark in our parched region, bitter humor to make sense of a historic drought that has gone on for three years now with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Liberation Brewing Company Is Long Beach's Newest Brewery-In-Planning

    A bright craft beer spotlight shined on the city of Long Beach last year when its newest brewpub, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, won the title of Best Mid-Sized Brewpub in the country (after only two years in business!) at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. And before the end of the year, another ... More >>

  • Film

    June 12, 2014
  • Calendar

    December 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    The Malted Grain Goodness of Old Potrero Rye: Diatribe With Dave

    Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us every W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Spreading The Clearman's Garlic Gospel: Diatribe with Dave

    Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us every W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    The Worst of Coachella: Weekend Two

    Here's everything that bothered us about Coachella's second weekend. Hey, at least there was no dust storm! Native American Headdresses These have still not gone away. In fact, one particularly irritating woman (not pictured) wore a towering feather mohawk weave, a sartorial statement that combined ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2012

    Young the Giant Are OC's Next Great Band

    The Irvine's quintet are house-hunting, but not ready to leave us just yet

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    On the Line: Michael Rossi of THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon, Part Two

    ​Wine pairing is just one of the topics covered in this segment of On the Line. THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon's Michael Rossi also confesses to a little line dancing. Part one is a good read, but we get a better understanding our of subject in today's edition. "Everything that we can do in hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    First Look: Playground

    Playground's duck rillettes​Jason Quinn's new restaurant, Playground, opened a couple of weeks ago on la Cuatro, near the Yost Theatre. Originally conceived as a high-end burger-and-beer bar à la Burger Parlor, Quinn revamped the concept to allow him and his staff a little more creativity in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Weekend Guide: Rare Beer, Spooky Bites and Yummy Anniversaries

    Blackmarket Bakery FacebookIt's beginning to look a lot like fall at Blackmarket Bakery.​Here's our lineup--with a couple extra events for the week ahead! FRIDAYRare Beer Weekend At The Factory What: Drink up--these beers aren't so easy to get your hands on. As part of the final weekend ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2011

    The Searchers of G.I. Joe Search and Rescue

    The OC group goes into the California wilderness to find the missing—and to honor a brother who was swept away

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Greg MacGillivray, Local Filmmaker, Honored with Wildlife Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award

    Greg MacGillivray​Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman founded MacGillivray Freeman Films in the mid-1960s, and the Laguna Beach-based company has been making large-format films, documentaries on the natural world mostly, ever since.Freeman was tragically killed in a Sierra Nevada helicopter crash in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Opah

    Edwin GoeiThe Place: Opah at Town Center, 26851 Aliso Creek Rd., Ste. C, Aliso Viejo, (949) 360-8822; Opah at the Marketplace, 13122 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (714) 508-8055; The Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 4-6:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9-11 p.m. The Deal: $6 marti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Love It Or Hate It? Six Qualities Of The NorCal Music Fest​I've been to music festivals in Southern California, in the Midwest, Northern California and the East Coast, but I had an epiphany at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa (about an hour north of San Francisco) last weekend. There, I realized that for some reason, NorCal mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: Mammoth Mountain is a Northern Outpost of Southern California

    Flickr user jcookfisherLast week's storms brought the mountains to life for snowboarders all over Southern California. With well over 14 inches at local spots like Baldy, Mountain High and Bear, people grabbed their boards and headed for higher altitudes. Mammoth Mountain, the southern part of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: First Glimpses of Fall Conditions

    By Nolan HallOffshore Conditions in Baja​The Santa Ana Winds and the hottest weather of the year are already showing up this year, even as early as late August. It brings back memories of last year, coughing and surfing ash-covered waves under dark, smoky skies. Early Santa Anas bring that haunted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Welcome to the Poorhouse: Put-a-Head-on-It Edition

    One thing I do miss about my life before the soul-crushing debt, round the clock collector calls and general feeling of numb is my nightly Newcastle. Ironically, it was around the time my financial house was falling down that I noticed the price of six packs, across the board, going up. Actually, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Wildfires Just a Sneak Preview?

    Ted Soqui shot this in Yorba Linda the weekend past. See his amazing slideshow here. Now that the fires have been contained, heroes have been identified, firefighting techniques have been blasted, causes have been zeroed in on, and our Last Action Hero Governor has likened the disaster to one of th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    Water Colors

    All the Water That Will Ever Be, Is, Right Now

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2007

    Everything Gold Can Stay

    Gold Fever: Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    An Inconvenient Slope

    Big Bears ski resorts are covered in snow despite a chronic lack of natural snowfall. So where are the crowds? Dont blame global warmingblame the media

  • Columns

    July 20, 2006

    Commie Girl

    California Coming Home: How I deducted my summer vacation

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
  • Culture

    November 6, 2003

    Mass Forgetting

    Joan Didion tells you how we live in the greatest state in the greatest country on the greatest planet!

  • News

    July 10, 2003

    Ultramarathon Man

    Ian Parker keeps running because you dont

  • Features

    July 25, 2002

    Bar Baseball

    Taking one for the team

  • Food

    October 11, 2001

    Nice Bangers!

    Gallaghers re-defines pub food

  • Food

    August 30, 2001


    God bless you, and pass the garlic fries

  • Columns

    February 8, 2001

    Super Weekend!

    If I looked like a fetus, could I be famous, too?

  • Film

    January 25, 2001

    Just the Fates

    Sean Penn's Pledge

  • Features

    June 1, 2000

    The Future of Beer

    We call it 'urination fermentation'

  • Columns

    November 11, 1999

    Good Evening, Nurse Ratched

    Rogue band of fetish nurses, pimps invades Sun Theater!