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  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    LA's Bullhook Ban Creates One Less SoCal Stop for Annual Honda Center Visitor Ringling Bros.

    And then there were two? When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus makes its annual Southern California swing, the venues are in Anaheim, Ontario and Los Angeles. But LA has effectively dropped out effective 2017 with the City Council's ban on bullhooks, goads and prods used to wrangle elep ... More >>

  • Music

    October 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Last Shot: Make a "Wish"

    [Editor's Note: Longtime concert photographer and fellow Weekling Andrew Youssef found out almost two years ago that he had Stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events for us on top of other freelance work and holding a day job at a hospital, of all places. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Returns to Anaheim and So Do the Protesters

    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus begins its eight-day run in Anaheim's Honda Center today, completing a Southern California swing that included engagements in Los Angeles and Ontario. It's become a tradition that the circus arrives with elephants parading through the streets of Anaheim, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Last Shot: Time Is Running Out

    [Editor's Note: Longtime concert photographer and fellow Weekling Andrew Youssef found out almost two years ago that he had Stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events for us on top of other freelance work and holding a day job at a hospital, of all places. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Morrissey - Staples Center - March 1, 2013

    Morrissey Staples Center March 1, 2013 Originally slated to appear with Iggy and the Stooges but ultimately rescheduled and substituted with Patti Smith, Morrissey easily sold out the Staples Center. The show seemed to be in jeopardy when various volleys were exchanged whether meat would be served ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Franki Doll Tells Us Why She and Her Band The Broken Toys Are Breaking Up

    It feels a little early in the year to be saying goodbye to a band as irreverent and irreplaceable as Franki Doll and the Broken Toys. Sadly, we've recently learned that the miniskirts, two-toned wigs and octane-fueled antics of Huntington Beach performer Franki Doll will be no more. On Saturday (Fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Five Potential Boyfriends For A Newly-Single Taylor Swift

    Oh, sweet little "innocent" Taylor Swift. This 23-year-old country darling is known for belting out hit after hit while making teeny bopper girls squeal and making prepubescent boys play games of pocket pool. And even after all of the arenas she has sold out and all of the awards she has collected t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Quicksand - The Glass House - January 23, 2013

    Quicksand The Glass House January 23, 2013 It still felt surreal seeing the first performance of Quicksand in fifteen years at the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary party at the Glass House in June of 2012. Even though their five song set had me drooling for more, one could never imagine that Qui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    New Anaheim-based Podcast Aimed at Rockeros Debuts!

    For all you rockeros and rockeras out there in Southern California, a new podcast show debuted yesterday just for you! Co-hosted by Christian Mejia, a local music promoter and Hector Robles, a musician on the scene, "Talking Rock en Español" is all about supporting local talent and engaging in a di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Lucas Anthony Tang, 2 y.o Who Died in Fall, Was Not Staples Center's Responsibility: Judge

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has tossed the lawsuit a Garden Grove couple brought against the Staples Center after their toddler son fell to his death from a luxury suite after a November 2010 Lakers game.Arena management were not duty bound to watch Lucas Anthony Tang for the 2-year-ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    [UPDATED with Property Divided, But ...] Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Reconciling?

    ​UPDATE, FEB. 20, 1:25 P.M.: Though Kobe and Vanessa Bryant were photographed kissing on Valentine's Day, as of this morning it was full speed ahead on their divorce.Records in Orange County court reportedly show the Newport Coast couple is dividing their assets, with the former Vanessa Laine of H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    It's Not Them, It's You: Stop Projecting Your Financial Woes onto Jay-Z and Kanye

    Who are these regular dudes?​Let's pretend to pretend that you've never heard of Jay-Z and Kanye West. Partly because this appears to be the only way people can enjoy them -- especially the latter -- anymore. "Real rap fans," as they say, are so sick of these two, and rap production has gotten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Kanye West's Funeral Will Be an A-List Affair

    Laila Derakhshanian/OC WeeklyKanye West​Kanye West gets "deep" in the voice-over for his behind the scenes video of the Watch the Throne tour and contemplates his own funeral. For some reason, he thinks world leaders are going to mourn his loss. Who's he kidding?

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Ringling Bros. Pays $270k Fine Over Animal Care--and Disagrees with PETA About It

    Photo by Keith May/OC Weekly​We explored in August the Rashomon reactions of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to an adult elephant hitting the ground while being loaded into a boxcar in Anaheim, with PETA claiming a sick Sarah collapsed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Three Reasons the Michael Jackson Trial App Feels So Wrong

    ​So yes, there is such as thing as a Michael Jackson Doctor Trial App, a mini "media center for the iPhone and iPad and Android devices." Released by Fox Television Stations, the app includes live video of the trial proceedings, recorded local news segments, photo galleries and biographies of thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    PETA Chides Ringling Bros. for Federal Inspection of Tiger Hurt in Anaheim and Ill Elephant in LA

    ​Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was cited for "serious violations" of the federal Animal Welfare Act during this summer's engagements at the Honda Center in Anaheim and Staples Center in Los Angeles, an animal rights group charges.A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    AEG Wants to Build an NFL Stadium in Downtown LA (What Traffic?), OC Supervisors Want City of Industry

    AEGA stadium will be built ... somewhere in LA County.​An NFL stadium is coming to the greater Los Angeles area, at some point. The sponsorship deal with Farmers Insurance has been sealed, the promotional propaganda has been spread, the LA city council has voted unanimously in favor of a tentative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Mike Brown, Lakers Coach, Won't Let Traffic From Anaheim Hills Delay His Game

    ​As you might have heard, new Lakers coach Mike Brown and his wife Carolyn purchased a home in Anaheim Hills.That might sound like a rookie mistake given it's 44 miles to the Lakers practice facility and what seems like three days inching across the freeways if you're headed to the Staples Center ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Cali Swag District Honors Slain Member With Upcoming Release The Kickback

    ​ "If you can see the palm trees but can't find the beach, you might want to be careful." Although it's far from a steadfast rule, this common admonition is used by natives of Los Angeles County's urban areas to highlight its most hidden danger--the deceiving landscape. Inglewood is no exception ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    NKOTBSB at Honda Center Last Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​Check out our Staples Center slideshow here!NKOTBSBJuly 6, 2011Honda Center I can think of countless childhood classmates more deserving of the opportunity to see NKOTBSB, the boybandaganza that invaded the Honda Center last night. Particularly the girls at my s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Sons of New L.A. Lakers Coach, Mike Brown, Considering Mater Dei High

    Mike Brown, the new king of the Lakers castle.​Last week, Lakers fans learned that the legendary shoes of its retiring coach, Phil Jackson, were to be filled by a mostly-unproven coach who's best known for being LeBron James' first NBA coach. The news of Mike Brown's hiring caused mixed reactions, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Christina Aguilera to Sing at Super Bowl XLV

    ​​Acts such as Billy Joel, Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks have all sung the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Now, Christina Aguilera will be added to the roster. The songstress will belt the tune before Feb. 6's Super Bowl XLV match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Lady Gaga Performing at One of the Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band Concerts

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyLady Gaga at the Staples Center Aug. 11​MTV reports that Lady Gaga is going to perform at one of the Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band concerts taking place at the Orpheum Theater in LA on Oct. 1 and 2 to celebrate what would've been John Lennon's 70th birthday on Oct. 9.A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Lady Gaga Premieres New Song 'Living on the Radio'

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyLady Gaga at Staples Center Aug. 11​From Oh No They Didn't: Lady Gaga premiered a ballad at her St. Paul, Minn. concert last night. Called "Living on the Radio," it's reminiscent of the piano-pop staples Gaga wrote as Stefani Germanotta. It's definitely not the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Lady Gaga at the Staples Center Last Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​Check out our Lady Gaga slideshow here!Lady GagaAug. 11, 2010Staples CenterLady Gaga's Monster Ball gets compared to many things: West Hollywood during Halloween, Burning Man, Mardi Gras. But what it's really like is Disneyland--a well-produced, flawless display ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Olivia Munn Goes From Promoting Horse Racing in OC to Damning Circus Animals in LA

    ​Olivia Munn--the gorgeous Maxim model, Daily Show correspondent and Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek author--appeared last night at a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' protest against the Ringling Bros. circus at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.It's a tes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Kobe Bryant to Team USA: Dream On

    ​Five-time NBA champion, back-to-back Finals MVP and gold-medal Olympian Kobe Bryant is the latest Team USA superstar to announce he won't suit up for this summer's World Championships in Turkey.The Black Mamba of Newport Coast needs the time off to mend his sore, tired and broken body.As the Ston ... More >>

  • Music

    June 10, 2010

    It's Reader's Choice!

    [Summer Guide] Choose your own musical adventure this summer—regardless of time, money or personal taste, we've got the concert for you

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Kobe Bryant, at Home and on the Heli-Pad

    Photo by Andrew YoussefTwo Orange County icons thrill Disneyland guests last June.​J. R. Moehringer is a former Times Orange County sportswriter and the ghostwriter of Andre Agassi's controversial autobiography Open. Moehringer profiles Kobe Bryant in the March issue of GQ. Actually, it's more lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    [UPDATED WITH LA TIMES RESPONSE] For Times Reporter, It's Dancing With the Company You Cover

    Adam Larkey/ABCDancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron, Times reporter Dawn C. Chmielewski and her partner Jonathan Roberts soak in applause. ​UPDATED WITH RESPONSE FROM LA TIMES VP . . . Perhaps it does not fully descend into the unethical bog like the revenue-sharing arrangement with the Stapl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    'Fame Kills' Killed; Kanye West and Lady Gaga Scrap Tour

    ​From the "well, you kind of had to see this coming" department: Kanye West and Lady Gaga have canceled their much-publicized, co-headlining "Fame Kills" tour, which was to stop at Anaheim's Honda Center on November 15. (Yes, surely a lot of people are going to be using "'Fame Kills' Killed." Who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2009

    Foes of Proposed Orange County Fair Sale Launch Website

    Photo by Jennie WarrenAre certain fair board elements taking Orange Countians and state taxpayers for a ride?Some anonymous Orange County Fair employees have created a website that channels their displeasure with the proposed sale of the state-owned fairgrounds in Costa takes parti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Michael Jackson Memorial Tweet-Up Wrap-Up

    Were you working, sleeping, distracted, saving a cat from a tree, organizing your cheese label collection or otherwise unavailable to follow our live Twitter posts from Michael Jackson's memorial? Well, you're in luck, because here they all are (and pics!), both from Matthew Fletcher of the band Sat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    What If You Threw a Lakers Parade and Only Kobe Showed Up?

    Photo by Andrew YoussefM-I-C . . . See you in the paint . . . K-E-Y . . . Why? Because we OWN you!Disneyland Resort media types had said it would be Kobe Bryant and other unnamed Lakers visiting the Anaheim theme park today for a victory parade down Main Street USA. But just like the name on the MVP ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Incoming: AC/DC, Beyoncé Coming to Honda Center (Separately)

    Attention, single ladies (and others): Beyoncé, will soon be touring behind her third mega-popular solo record, this one with the much-mocked title I Am...Sasha Fierce (Ben Westhoff reviewed it for us here when it came out last fall, check out the hilarious comments he attracted: "BBBBB I LOVE U GI ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Rumored/Confirmed Coachella Artists Start to Trickle In

    LAist has about 20 artists they say are "confirmed" for Coachella (coming up soon! April 17-19!), and many more that are "rumored"--and given that just about every act of note is "rumored" for Coachella at this point in the year, a classification that's about as meaningful as last night's Golden Glo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Matt Costa Models Oliver Peoples Eyewear

    Matt Costa's future is so bright, he's gotta so on and so forth.The dreamy (I'm using that word to describe his music, honest!) Huntington Beach singer/songwriter is featured in the new advertising campaign for upscale eyewear retailer/maker Oliver Peoples. Also featured is similarly adorable actres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Upcoming in LA Times Obits: The Sunday Magazine

    Remember those Sunday mornings when the LA Times magazine was something to look forward to? Terrific profiles/color pieces/semi-newsy features—in-depth stuff you went back and read a second time (and, admit it, clipped and filed in your battered ol’ copy of Websters, under the appropriate word)? ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 14, 2005
  • News

    February 17, 2005

    This Case Doesn't Gyve

    An open letter to DA Tony Rackauckas

  • Food

    July 1, 2004

    My City Kicks Your Citys Dining Ass

    Dont trust the Times or Pringle: Anaheim is OCs best dining burg

  • News

    July 24, 2003

    Whiskey Night

    An Open Letter to DA Tony Rackauckas

  • Columns

    August 15, 2002

    Capitol Idea!

    Commie Girl in Sacramento

  • Columns

    December 6, 2001
  • Unknown

    November 29, 2001
  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Shaw Nuff

    Truth, accuracy and courage already postponed at the Times

  • Music

    November 4, 1999
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    September 30, 1999
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