Orange County Great Park
Charles Smith had wanted a big church wedding at the end of October 2008, but because of the threat posed by Prop 8, the UC Irvine political science professor and his future husband tied the knot the previous July 3 in the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. California voters did not ban same-sex ma ... More >>
Something Happened. It's the title of one of my favorite-ever novels, by Joseph "Catch-22" Heller, and a book too often overlooked. It's a terrifically and purposefully and necessarily digressive work, not to mention a tragic mea culpa, but the two-word under-overstatement is simultaneously one of t ... More >>
Yes, yes: The Orange County Register has embarked on a hiring spree not seen since the days Otis Chandler was sweating money back in the 1980s. Yes, yes: hiring up, not down, is a wonderful strategy, not just because it ensures news reporting doesn't disappear but also employs people and keeps write ... More >>
Despite a centuries-long campaign by Southern Californians to eradicate them, OC's remaining Gabrieleños are making a comeback
Steel yourself for a watery knockout
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why does the media only care about Mexicans when they do bad things?
Regency South Coast Village
Of all the concerns and issues of importance affecting Anaheim -- like transparency, officer-involved shootings, violent crime, poverty -- its latest city council meeting yesterday evening fixated around a motion to strip councilwoman Lorri Galloway of her 'Mayor Pro Tem' title. Seriously? Seri ... More >>
I about nearly spit out my Maker's the other day when I opened my Facebook page and saw the picture to the right. That's my friend Jody Agius Vallejo, OC girl done good and a pioneering sociologist over at the University of Southern California, where she's gone where no sociologist has gone befor ... More >>
If you've ever sped north through Brea Canyon Road on your way to the 57 freeway, or less likely to Diamond Bar, you've noticed a few things: massive oil derricks standing like silent sentinels along the cliffs, flotsam and jetsam dumped in the surrounding foliage, and flattened road kill. But th ... More >>
A new report released by the University of Southern California ranks Orange County fourth among a five-county region when it comes to the number of racially balanced cities."Racially Balanced Cities in Southern California, 1990 to 2010" measured local representation of four major population group ... More >>
South Coast Repertory
Lawyer, educator and San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Derek Reeve has been called out this year for advocating guns in city parks, naming a family dog after the Islamic prophet Muhammad and plagiarizing the writings of others. The last knock cost the freeway flyer instructor a gig at Concordia ... More >>
Nearly two-thirds of the 10.2 million unauthorized adult immigrants in the U.S. have lived in this country for at least 10 years and nearly half--4.7 million--are parents of minor children, according to a new Pew Hispanic Center study. "Unauthorized Immigrants: Length of Residency, Patterns of ... More >>
Watch the birth of psychoanalysis in David Cronenberg's cerebral film
LoftusUC Irvine Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology Elizabeth Loftus has long captivated OC Weekly writers (not always in positive ways), and now she's weighing in on this generation's Pearl Harbor moment: the 9/11 attacks that forever changed life as we know it.Loftus, who specializes in ( ... More >>
Photos by Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklySeven of the Irvine 11UPDATE, MARCH 11, 4:08 P.M.: The arraignment of the Irvine 11 was continued this morning until April 15 so the court can consider defense motions to seal grand jury documents, remove the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) from the ... More >>
UPDATED, FEB. 28, 8:33 A.M.: The Islamic Institute of Orange County hosts "Stand With the Irvine 11: Community Town Hall and Action" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the IIOC Multipurpose Room, 1220 N. State College Blvd., Irvine.The event flier follows after the jump. (Also, scroll down a couple posts i ... More >>
Photo by Das UbergeekA selection of beers from Cistmontane--if the Big One ever hits, and we all go to kingdom come, will the next race of humanoids reconstitute their exquisite brews?You know, you gotta love humanity and its pleasure/curiosity impulse. When British archeologists found pornograph ... More >>
Update, December 20, 10:14 a.m.: UC Irvine criminology student Gregory Scott Turner, who was wanted for the attempted murder of his wife last week, was found dead in San Juan Capistrano Friday afternoon.An autopsy report is pending, but it is believed the 33-year-old took his own life. He was dis ... More >>
Call it delicious irony. Or "See, I told you so." But the same day the feds sued "America's toughest sheriff," human rights pariah and failed OC sheriff kingmaker Joe Arpaio, a new study came out showing more illegal immigrants reside in California than in any other state. And even when you compa ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
Chapman University, Argyros Forum 208
The Hype: When legendary Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah, Raekwon the Chef and Method Man announced their plans to record an entire album together in July 2009, the anticipation among Wu-heads was palpable. Then we waited for it...and waited....and waited.
Irvine Ranch Water District
I'm speaking today at USC (go Bruins!) at the invitation of sociology professor Jody Agius Vallejo, a proud graduate of El Dorado High in Placentia (this might be the first time in Weekly history we've mentioned that high school...) and UCI doctoral grad from its School of Sociology. She's done a lo ... More >>
St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church
You'd think San Diego County's closeness to the Mexican border would make it a natural place for Latinos to call home, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau, San Diego County continues to have the lowest concentration of Latinos among Southern California counties. That's because, immigration tr ... More >>
Ehlers Recreation Center
Who said LSD was hard to come by? This is some of the most amusing, WTF-inducing audio-visual nonsense I've ogled since Paper Rad. Respect to Cyriak and his psychological issues being worked out in sound and pixels. Tip: The Gaslamp Killer via Pepper and Butter blog.
Building the Great Pyramid
Toll road officials raise the dead in their war with local Native Americans
We don't know whether to be proud, repulsed, jealous--all three? Chapman University grad stud Rosemary Lambert's short film The Reel Monkey won the Grand Prize in a film competition. So far, so good--until you discover it's the 2006 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Competition. You see, student filmma ... More >>
At this years Hootenanny, rockabilly will eat itself
Shrinking your head with verse
OCC poli sci prof harangues college protestors
Todd Gitlin urges you to get comfortable with the monster
Anthony Summers on Americas Most Dangerous President
Everyone Agrees that Shantae Molina killed her baby. The only question is: Was it murder?
Focus is only half-good for you!