Simon Castro

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    In Seventh Year, Long Beach Zombie Walk Conquers New Territory

    Despite the fact that the nearly mainstream zombie subculture revolves around hideous imagery and concepts (i.e. re-animated corpses, cannibalism, and an apocalyptic paradigm), zombie walks have become increasingly family-friendly. Now in its seventh year, the Long Beach Zombie Walk expand the typic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    The Best Restaurants in Orange County, 2014

    Well everyone, its that time of the year again. We've pondered ever so hard and have come up with a list of what we think are the best everything in Orange County. Now, for those of you who can't click over to the Best Of section of our website, or pick up a paper copy (Seriously though, they're glo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Puig Destroyer: A Virtual Hardcore Band For Real Baseball Fans

    Riley Breckenridge, best known as the drummer of Thrice, geeks out to baseball as much as he does to percussion. He's in two fantasy leagues, one of them is a keeper league where games last several years at a time. He reads the Baseball Prospectus and verses himself in experimental statistical analy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    SanTana Pot Raid Arraignment Clogs Court

    Remember the itty-bitty pot raid that Santa Ana PD carried out on July 31st? September 2nd was the arraignment for some 123 total marijuana misdemeanor violations. And so far it seems only one out of this smorgasbord of arrestees plead guilty and swallowed the $500 fine. That's right folks. A large ... More >>

  • News

    July 24, 2014

    Cops vs. Bros

    A historical time line

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Read Aaron Kushner's Secret PowerPoint Pitch to Investors to Save the OC Register

    At the beginning of December 2013, Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner was seemingly on top of his empire-building game. Just a year and a half after acquiring Freedom Communications, the Boston businessman had completed the purchase of the Riverside Press-Enterprise, four months after havin ... More >>

  • Film

    May 29, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Understand Beer: How (Not) To Ruin Your Brew

    Not all craft beer is created equal. Sure, it's great to see so many new brew houses and bars opening up, but that also means you have to hone your standards. These are the things that will ruin your beer-drinking experience, so be smart and start raising your bars.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    OC DREAMers to Loretta Sanchez: Tell Obama "Not One More Deportation!" UPDATE

    See the latest updates at the bottom of the post ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 7, 6:03 A.M.: Saturday marked a national day of action against President Barack Obama's raging deportation mill, with rallies under the banners of "Not 1 More" and "2 Million 2 Many." The Orange County DREAM Team's (OCDT) actions ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 27, 2014
  • Food

    January 30, 2014

    A Guide to Every OC City's Booze Scene

    How we drink, from best (Santa Ana) to blurst (Villa Park)

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Five Ways To Identify a Bullshit Food Writer

    I read a lot of food writing. A lot of it--in fact, at least 80 percent of my RSS feed is food--and I'm getting tired. I'm tired of having to sit there and mentally analyze every article I write for the signs of bullshit food writing, because the signal-to-noise ratio of food writing is headed strai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Scott Steiner, Judge in Middle of Sex Scandal, Escapes Charges from State Attorney General

    The California Attorney General's Office will not pursue criminal charges against Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner, whose former law school student claimed to have been coerced into having sex with him, according to Steiner's attorney. "The Attorney (General's Office) made the right ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Cops And Bros Clashing In Surf City: A Historical Timeline

    Despite being significant enough to get nationwide news play, this past weekend's riots in Huntington Beach are child's play compared to what's gone down in previous summers in Surf City. Over the past 20 years, bros and cops have taken turns acting like jerks. A quick version goes like this: First, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    More Arrests Pending in U.S. Open of Surfing Riots as Police Identify Those Facing Charges

    See Update No. 5 on Page 4 with the police chief saying more vandals have been identified and will soon be arrested as his department releases the names and charges against those already arrested. Update No. 4 at the bottom of Page 3 is on the U.S. Open of Surfing organizer being "saddened" by the r ... More >>

  • News

    July 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Tuesday, July 16th Ted Nugent The Grove Going to see a Ted Nugent concert is like nothing you've ever experienced. Whether you're witnessing some of the most insane acrobatics on Earth to the shredding to "Cat Scratch Fever," the heat of some of the biggest concert pyrotechnics ever done, or some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Is AG Kamala Harris the Wicked Witch of Western Abortions in Hoag's Pact with St. Joe's?

    An anti-abortion news site is reporting (and a Catholic news site is picking up) an allegation that California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris may either stop the recent partnership between a Catholic healthcare provider and Hoag Hospital or force the Newport Beach medical center to perform aborti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Do Record Labels Prefer to Receive Demos or Finished Albums?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Vans US Open of Surfing to Feature Its First-Ever Cement Bowl Skateboarding Contest on Sand

    All the action at July's Vans US Open of Surfing will not be in the waters off Huntington Beach--and no, that's not a reference to the young things prancing near the pier in nothing but dental floss.Vans has announced the debut of the Van Doren Invitational, an invite-only bowl riding competition fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    California Vietnamese, Tibetans Protest Communist China Leader's Arrival For Summit

    Chinese President Xi Jinping is getting a warm welcome from U.S. President Barack Obama this afternoon in Rancho Mirage for their summit and not just because the California desert temperature topped 110 degrees. In his five years in the White House, Obama has treated the Chinese leadership with guar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    Free Moral Agents Exhibit Their Growing Strength on 'Chaine Infinie'

    There are plenty of people who will pick up the new Free Moral Agents record, Chaine Infinie, and remark on how the sound and style of Ikey Owen's studio project has blossomed into such an unexpected full band experience since the release 2010's sophomore album Control This. No longer a hazy collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Gay-Bashing, Jew-Trashing La Voz de Aztlan Rushes to Defend Anti-Semitic KPFK Show

    Mere moments after the Jewish Journal published an éxposé of the anti-Semitic KPFK-FM 90.7 show "La Causa," the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate website La Voz de Aztlán rushed to the defense of the only publicly broadcast radio show in the United States that has ever considered it any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Pope Benedict XVI to Give Papal Recognition to a Bunch of Orange Diocese Pedo-Apologists

    Who says Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown doesn't take care of his lackeys? Actually, no one: anyone with half a brain (me, me!) knows this. Anyways, Brown sent out a letter to his priests two days ago announcing that "our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has honored papal recognition, to those li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Last Night: Beck @ Club Nokia

    Last Night: Beck at Club Nokia November 9, 2008. Better Than: seeing Beck at the Hollywood Bowl. Download: "Gamma Ray" from the Beck website [] It was a grand evening for the grand opening of Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Club Nokia appears to have studied many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Because You're Ugly: Baby Wit!

    It's never too early to start raising your little anarchist. Baby Wit has been selling its unique range of baby and toddler clothing since 2003, with their offerings of Sonic Youth, Billy Bragg, Edgar Allan Poe, the Smiths, Hitchcock and the Clash onesies and even some pieces by artists Meomi and N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    CCIR Suffered Hackers, Barbara Coe Her Usual Wacky Self

    Sometime last week, someone hacked into the email of California Coalition for Immigration Reform head Barbara Coe and started spamming the hell out of her subscribers. On June 22, she finally got the problem under control. "I know the last few days have been a nightmare of a deluge of emails coming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2008

    What You Missed Over The Weekend Part XVIIII

    On Saturday, Luke Y. Thompson headed to OC Weekly photographer John Gilhooley's art show at Memphis in Santa Ana, featuring a slew of OC Weekly covers beautifully displayed on a chartreuse wall and printed on glossy, over-sized paper (oh, the glory of glossy!). And across the street from Gilhooley's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2008

    To Do This Weekend 5/2 - 5/4

    Free Fridays at the Long Beach Museum of Art, 5/2 @ 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thanks to the LA County Arts Commission, the Long Beach Museum of Art offers free admission to all guests every Friday. LBMA 2300 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 562-439-2119 John Gilhooley Photography Exhibit, 5/3 @ 7 p.m. - 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2008

    WrestleMania 24 results (final)

    Before anyone asks what this has to do with Orange County, I'll tell you: Headliner John Cena received his training right here in OC, at Rick Bassman's Ultimate Pro Wrestling. and Eight years ago, this year's co-headliner Triple H became the first ever "bad guy" to win the main event at WrestleMa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2008

    (Suck It) X 4

    I knew Irvine cops had a rep for being tough, but this is ridiculous. Cristine Gaiennie and her partner, Patsy Lovell, both employees of the Irvine Police Department, are the proud mothers of quadruplets. After conceiving their first child, son Jason, through artificial insemination, the couple dec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2008

    You can't protest us; we're already protesting you!

    On Saturday, OC Weekly staff writer Luke Y. Thompson and myself took to the streets to see what was going on in Anaheim as a left-wing group known as the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition and put together a fairly huge "Anti-Zionism" protest with only a few days notice. Fairly predictably, a smaller scale "Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2007

    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises: 'Stinky' White House

    777: The Gabrielino-Tongva tribe is coming to Garden Grove with a huge bag of Halloween goodies. What's the treat? $78 million-a-year to city coffers, 10,000 permanent new jobs and college scholarships to every graduating high school student in the city. The trick? Let the tribe--and some guys named ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2006

    Fight the War Against the War on Drugs

    Protest the failing war on drugs at noon on Friday, Sept. 29, at the Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana. Yesterday in Modesto the DEA raided the California Healthcare Collective, a medicinal marijuana dispensary. From the Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a pro-medipot NPO: The Modesto medical cannabi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2006

    Bid for Trestles on eBay

    No, you can't actually buy Trestles Beach. But you can show your support for the Yosemite of Surfing by bidding on several on-line auctions, all to try and stop the Foothill-South toll road extension. Adio, Body Glove and Oakley have all donated prize packages to be auctioned off on eBay; 100% of p ... More >>

  • Features

    October 20, 2005