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    July 30, 2014

    [UPDATED] 2014 Hatch Chile Roasts in Southern California Begin August 2--Here are Locations!

    It's that time of year again: Hatch chile season is right around the corner. And while expat New Mexicans have always lined up for green chile to assuage their homesickness, the peppers have started to worm their way into the hearts of non-New Mexican Californians. Here is a running list of this yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Sextortionist Who Hacked Teenage Girls' Computers Gets 18-Month Prison Punishment

    The weeping, angry mother of a crime victim--2013's Miss Teen USA who was electronically stalked and terrorized by a Southern California hacker--called defendant Jared James Abrahams "a sexual predator" and asked that he face the maximum allowable punishment, including lifetime public registration a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    EMMY Takes Shots (Many Shots) at Pop Stardom

    In the middle of 2012, Emily Simonian was at a crossroads. Though she had released her first EP, Pale Green, the year before, she was already unhappy with the direction her career was headed. Her delicate, jazzy piano-laden songs were technically proficient and appealed to her personal tastes, but t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Jared James Abrahams, Alleged International Sextortion Hacker, Has Family That's Sorry

    See the update on Page 2 with more about the suspect--and an apology--followed by tips to avoid becoming a sextortion victim. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 26, 1:57 P.M.: Remember Luis Mijangos, the wheelchair-bound Santa Anan who idolized Marvel Comics superhero Professor X and was convicted of using his a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    The Five Best EDM Shows in July

    If you're an electronic dance music lover, we get that you're probably just recovering after an incredible week of parties during Las Vegas' epic Electric Daisy Carnival. Though the festival ended almost 10 days ago July is now upon us and it's time to think about what kind of trouble you can get in ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Lightning in a Bottle 2013 Lineup Revealed!

    The lineup for Lightning in a Bottle 2013 is out this morning. And it's a big one. The ultra-bohemian EDM fest is headlined this year by Nicholas Jaar, Rusko, Tycho, Emancipator, Griz and Paper Diamond. As reported by our sister blog, West Coast Sound, the eight installment of this five-day event is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Bullshit Advice: Travel Dating Site Calls Coachella the Best Fest for a First Date

    Ladies travel site recently named named Coachella the number one music festival at which to go on a first date. For so many reasons, this is a terrible idea. Issue number one is that unless you have some day pass scenario worked out, a first date at Coachella means that you're aut ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2013

    Finch Get Fired Up Again

    The post-hardcore outfit reunites for the 10th anniversary of their album 'What It Is to Burn'

  • Calendar

    January 31, 2013

    The Coltranes

    Unit B Studios

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    "Peace and Dignity" Run Arrives in Anaheim

    On Aug. 27, about 20 runners with Latin American indigenous group Peace and Dignity Journeys made their way from Long Beach to the La Colonia neighborhood in Anaheim, making a brief stop on the Anna Drive where the police shooting of Manuel Diaz set off several days of civil unrest through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    On the Line: Frederic Castan of Motif Restaurant, Part Three

    Chef Castan was in Temecula at the beginning of the year, and asked a vendor if he could blend his own olive oil. They agreed, and Frederic created a combination that was mild enough for most palates, but flavorful enough to finish well with most dishes. The 100% organic "Chef's Blend" will be avail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Violent Crime Spikes in Anaheim But Down in Most of OC and Irvine Remains Safest U.S. City

    What does Anaheim have in common with El Cajon, Temecula, Ventura and San Bernardino?I mean besides the exact same strip malls, fast-food joints and foreclosure signs.It's the distinction of being a Southern California city with more than 100,000 residents and a significant spike in violent crime.

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Local Products: Temecula Olive Oil

    Dave Lieberman​California olive oil was the laughingstock of the olive oil world for a long time; despite our climate being absolutely perfect for olives, the oils ended up being acidic and sour, and chefs ignored them in favor of expensive imports. Fortunately, the quality has taken a marked turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Big Brother is Watching You ... Shop

    ​At least this can be said of the decision by operators of The Promenade at Temecula to track Black Friday shoppers via their mobile phones:At least they aren't using the technology only to track black people.Back in the day--but not anymore, right guys--African Americans were closely monitored at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Festival Colombiano O.C. Gets Its Empanada On

    ¡Co-lom-BIA!​Celebration of Colombia's Independence Day officially kicked off ten days early on Sunday at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim with the Festival Colombiano O.C. The day-long event featured food & drink stands, gift booths, musical stylings, and more sombreros volteados than you could s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011 and Select Boutiques Donating Net Proceeds to Japan Disaster Relief Tomorrow

    ​It's now the world's most famous mouthless white cat's turn to help out Japan: Tomorrow, and select participating boutique locations will donate all net proceeds toward Japan disaster relief.The company (whose stateside headquarters is housed in Torrance) seems to be following in the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Chipotle Replaces Long-Shuttered Irvine Restaurant

    Edwin GoeiIt's been a long while since Vessia in Irvine shuttered, about a year. The owner and namesake, Franco Vessia, closed the long-standing Italian restaurant at the Crossroads in Irvine to focus on his newer Frankie's Steak and Seafood in Temecula. But then, that restaurant had to close ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    First Annual Couscous Festival

    Photo by Flickr user Flying House Studios​We're lucky to have a great many ethnic groups and their native cuisines heavily represented in Orange County, but North African foods aren't among them. Sure, I've eaten at Moroccan restaurants a handful of times, but in fact, I know bupkes about the spic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Anaheim International Film Festival Theater Site is a No-Brainer

    ​The announcement that UltraStar Cinemas at GardenWalk in Anaheim will be the official theater venue for the inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival (AIFF) packs all the wallop of heavily favored Jeff Bridges getting the last best actor Oscar.Seeing as how the festival office and its May pr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 22, 2010

    Neon Trees

    The Glass House

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    At the Farmers' Market: Blueberries

    Ten years ago, the only blueberries consumers could purchase were trucked in from the East Coast; they were awful, lifeless, wooden facsimiles of the fragrant lovelies of the Northeast, sold at a premium to gullible shoppers willing to pay $5 or more for a half-pint of nothingness.Dave Lieberman​

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Anaheim International Film Festival Previews With Temecula Wines, Short Films on a Loop and Super Sexy Manny Medrano

    ​A "historic moment" happened last night on the third level of the GardenWalk outdoor shopping mall (just follow the Disney Tower of Terror shadow)--historic not just for Anaheim but California and the whole world as we know it, according to Sinan co-found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Fiddlehead Cellars Sauvignon Blancs

    Chris A. Michaels/ / CC BY 2.0Santa Barbara Vines​If there was a moment for California wine--one in which it went from being something that only came from Napa and Sonoma or was just two buck chuck--and became something relevant in pop culture, it was the release of Sideways.

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    April 9, 2010

    Local BBQ Team To Compete At "The Ultimate BBQ Showdown" in Wildomar

    Photo from​Those of you who follow the OC food blogging scene and Chowhound should know that our friend and Weekly contributor Professor Salt is passionate for BBQ. He and three friends, all of them food bloggers, make up a competitive BBQ team called Four Q. They've competed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Drunk at Dinner: Paso Robles White Wines

    Willy BlackmoreStephanie Anglim at Anglim Winery ​White wine is certainly worth drinking year round, but with the heat making its way back to Orange County, a cold, crisp bottle has become evermore tempting in the past weeks. We've tasted some wines from nearby Temecula in previous editions of Due ... More >>

  • News

    April 1, 2010

    Meet the Star Men

    Thanks in part to Orange County Astronomers and its desert clubhouse, Southern California is amateur-stargazer heaven

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Nick Schou Scores "Orange Sunshine"

    ​Nick Schou sits one cubicle away from mine at OC Weekly. And yet, I interviewed him about his new book, Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World, from my home while he was on the road to his home in Long Beach. Complicating matter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Recipe of the Week: Gougères

    21202718@N00 @ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0​Gougères (pronounced "goo ZHERR") are French cheese puffs. They're made with pâte à choux, the sticky dough that, when sugar is added, makes éclairs, profiteroles and cream puffs. In this case, there is no sugar; salt and grated cheese are added.In the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    This Week in Food​This week, Stick A Fork In It has managed to cover everything from crime and condiments to burgers as big as your face!Gustavo's Taco Bell Crime of the Week recounts the story of an ex-manager on the run after an ultimate act of job dissatisfaction.Edwin discovers a Korean cookie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Dueling Dishes: Temecula Sunrise Edition

    Living in California and drinking locally, alcohol-wise, is by no means difficult. From the world-famous wine regions in Northern California to the craft beer Mecca of San Diego County and a few other noteworthy sources of wine, beer and booze (SF's Anchor Distilling makes thoroughly interesting and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    The Best-Kept Secret in Fullerton

    Dave Lieberman​Quick, name a place in downtown Fullerton to get breakfast. Full English at the Olde Ship? The gut-busting buffet at Chomp? Granola and yogurt at Rutabegorz? Eggpatty McSysco at the Yellow M on Chapman?No, the best-kept breakfast secret in Fullerton is the Monkey Business Café, a w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Visit Morningsong Farm this Sunday for Food, Canning Classes--And Llamas!

    Buono dropping off her goodies to Old Vine Cafe...​I can attest to the wonderful food produced by Morningsong Farms (based in the Temecula-area town of Rainbow, but owner Donna Buono lives in San Clemente and provides Best Restaurant in OC Old Vine Cafe with most of its produce) because the chica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Wild Rivers to Finally Close and Become... A Water Park

    ​We missed this item on the LA Times's Funland blog on Monday. Apparently, Irvine water park Wild Rivers, which has spent the better part of its decade proclaiming it would soon shut down but never actually doing so, may finally see its last day in 2010.In its place would be a seemingly identical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    OC Register Says Advertisers, Clients Screwed Them Out of $350,000

    Lawyers for the Orange County Register have filed nine lawsuits in the last nine months--including two in recent days--seeking more than $350,000 in outstanding debt from advertisers, commercial printing clients and at least one distributor of OC's largest daily newspaper.According to Superior Court ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 28

    Orange County Register: The third Disney theme park April Fools prankster comes clean. . . . Two teens are busted in the Old Towne Orange tagging spree. Holiday sales were down 18 percent at South Coast Plaza. . . . Sokol: Military members living under Don't Ask, Don't Tell tell. . . . Mickadei ... More >>

  • News

    March 12, 2009
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    March 3, 2009

    Woodrow Carter, In Your Facial

    The Temecula Creek Inn--with its views of miles of verdant, vine-covered hills, a golf course, sumptuous spa treatments and nearby wine tastings--is a splendid spot for a decadent weekend getaway. In late 2007, about a month after beginning his post as Capistrano Unified School District's newest sup ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008
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    July 13, 2006

    Lit Up

    Theyve faced the decline of hair metal, the rise of rap, the transformation of the record industry, even death. Meet this summers real superheroes, Fullertons own Lit!

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2006

    Gentlemen, Start Your Suns...

    After a polite email exchange with Seal Beach environmental/electric car/anti-Bush activist Doug Korthof -- he was catching This Ticking Time Bum up on what he's been up to lately (lots more than us, that's fer sure) -- it occured to us that if the automakers are telling the truth, our heads will al ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2006

    This Week in Real Rasslin'

    Five-Counties Invitational

  • Film

    September 22, 2005

    Coming Up Shorts

    Chapman filmmakers display uncompelling competence

  • Film

    September 15, 2005

    Posse Whipped

    Slapsticky westerns filmmaker unexpectedly finds talent back home in OC

  • Music

    July 28, 2005
  • Unknown

    June 16, 2005
  • News

    September 30, 2004

    Laguna Beach: 911

    Cop log confirms it takes a village of idiots

  • Film

    September 20, 2001

    Big Screen Blowouts

    Prepare your bums for funky film fests

  • Music

    September 21, 2000

    Glowstick Smackdown

    Its Narnia vs. Oracle 3 in a big, bug-eyed rave war!

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    January 7, 1999
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    December 3, 1998
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