By Jason Roche For over 30 years, Bad Religion have carved out a niche as the thinking man's punk rock band. When they formed in Los Angeles in 1980, the inspiration for their lyrics came from the topic of corporate greed and the conflicts between philosophy, science, and religion. The band's 16th ... More >>
For the second straight year, The Hollywood Reporter ranked Chapman University's film school one of the 10 best in the country. Finishing high on this year's list of "The Top 25 Film Schools in America" is extra special for the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts because, for the first time, voting ... More >>
The Vietnamese International Film Festival showcases a national and diaspora movie industry on the rise
Read our interview with Steve Parker of The Tulsa Rib Company, Part One.And now, on to Part Two . . . .When you're not in the kitchen cooking, what are you doing?Training for triathlons, back packing and gardening. Unfortunately, training has gone downhill the last couple of months. I used to do Oly ... More >>
One of my favorite parts of 2011 was the inauguration of "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!" in which I did my best Dick Cavett impersonation while interviewing authors, intellectuals, and other general awesome people at the Fullerton Public Library, under the auspices of the Cal State Fullerton Dep ... More >>
Showtime-era Lakers starts Jamaal Wilkes and Norm Nixon are scheduled to come to Buena Park tonight to help give Christmas gifts to homeless children. But, given the state of the Los Angeles Lakers these days, perhaps convincing "Silk" and "Stormin' Norman" to suit up and rejoin their old team would ... More >>
After the parliament of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast in Azerbaijan voted to unify the region with Armenia on Feb. 20, 1988, inter-ethnic fighting broke out. This devolved into a war that lasted through May 1994 and likely received little coverage on the nightly news. Here to fill us in on ... More >>
The arraignment of Kent Wycliffe Easter and Jillianne Bjorkholm Easter, who are accused of planting drugs in a school volunteer's car, was delayed today because of a "healthcare emergency" that left the husband "unable to speak," according to his lawyer.Orange County Superior Court Judge Walter Schw ... More >>
As the second day of the first annual Doheny Surf Festival commenced, so did the swell, the music and the island vibes. The smell of sunscreen and coconut oil lingered in the air over the beach and tents stocked with Polynesian jewelry, surf art and board shorts of all materials began to slowly brea ... More >>
Even in her spare time, Chef Colleen winds up incorporating food into her hobbies. Her experience spans decades of working with great chefs like Thomas Keller. She almost gets us nostalgic for cooking class. Almost.Read our interview with Colleen Johnson of 50 Forks, Part One. And now, on to Part Tw ... More >>
Friday's massacre of 108 people, including dozens of children, in the Syrian town of Houla, has been roundly condemned by world powers as fears of a protracted civil war take hold. This weekend's horrific violence is the latest episode since a 14-month long uprising openly challenged the regime of B ... More >>
I remember weenie Breitbart.com columnist Ben Shapiro when he was a precocious snotnose back at UCLA taking the Hugh Hewitt road to fame: whining he was a conservative in liberal-land, and thus getting a column in the local paper despite exhibiting little talent but a hell of a lot of weenie-ness. H ... More >>
Governor Jerry Brown named Juan Felipe Rivera, UC Riverside poetry professor of Chair of Creative Writing, as California Poet Laureate on Wednesday, but he's just getting to know the wordsmith. The appointment is a first ever for a Latino in the state and the poet's writings articulate the life e ... More >>
The Bibliofella (see photo, right) never passes up even the least opportunity to invoke his earliest literary heroes, writers whose work helped transform the goofy adolescent I once was into, well, the adult goof I am today, a person for whom the truth-telling of novels, short stories, essays and po ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is it true that Vikki Carr and Eydie Gormé are Mexicans?
Daniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn's food truck is a champion on the Food Network and OC's luxe lonchera scene
UPDATE, JULY 8, 5:25 P.M.: Syrian freedom activists say that when they protested at UC Irvine the morning of June 9, a campus official promised a future meeting with an associate chancellor to discuss what they consider a troubling relationship between Syria's brutal regime and Dr. Hazem Chehabi, ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 9, 4:31 P.M.: This morning's rally at UC Irvine targeting Dr. Hazem H. Chehabi--the UCI Foundation's president-elect, Syria's honorary consul general in Newport Beach and a prominent Orange County philanthropist and nuclear medicine specialist--went "smooth," according to an organize ... More >>
Chad Sengstock/OC WeeklyGreg Graffin at not a lectureRemember that one cool professor you had in college, who let you skip classes as long as you turned in awesome papers and never minded if you came to lectures hung over? Well, now that Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin is teaching Evolution ... More >>
Just another day being an OC Weekly Intern...Interns at the OC Weekly offices work hard. Updating calendar listings and updating the restaurant database begets quite the voracious appetite, and this last Thursday, fellow intern Mimi Tran and I decided to have an intern lunch at Native Foods!
SrisavasdiRachanee Srisavasdi--a prolific court reporter for The Orange County Register--has accepted a new job as communications director for the Los Angeles-based Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC).For several years, Srisavasdi partnered with legendary courthouse reporter Larry Welborn ... More >>
Flickr user Ollie CrafoordIn the Department of Participating in Every Zany Contest Fast-Food Chains Offer comes this news: a Long Beach Poly senior won a $20,000 college scholarship from KFC for the best tweet expressing how the chain would help the student better their lives.Amanda Russell didn' ... More >>
If you think Irvine is a boring city, take a look at the article by UCI's Aaron Elias in the student newspaper New University, and think twice!With "Waging War Against Irvine Boredom," Elias makes clear what most of us already know: UCI is a nerd school.
Bad Religion is now 30 years old, and the band is still creating mind blowing music. Today they drop The Dissent of Man (stream it in its entirety here), along with Bad Religion singer/author/professor Greg Graffin's new book, Anarchy Evolution.
News highlights include:Meg Whitman's cash is buying her second placeCathleen Decker of the LA Times reports that new polling shows Jerry Brown gaining a "slight edge" over Meg Whitman and that Barbara Boxer has "opened a wider margin over GOP nominee Carly Fiorina in the race for U.S. Senate. ... More >>
Courtesy of Julio SalgadoWhile the Know Nothings of both the ethnic and sexual types gloat over today's death of a defense bill in the Senate that included provisions to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" ban of LGBT service members and to pass the DREAM Act, OC's local Dreamers burnt ... More >>
The city of La Habra settled for $250,000 a lawsuit brought by the parents of 25-year-old artist Michael Cho, who died after being shot 11 times by two police officers on the last day of 2007.Cho's death sparked outcries of police brutality in the Korean American community and from his friends ... More >>
Tomorrow, I will drive to my alma mater, UCLA, to give the school's commencement speech, a subject I've written about way too much already. Really, the person you should pay attention to is the student commencement speaker, as she's one of our own: Flavia de la Fuente of Irvine.
Beth Stirnaman/OC WeeklyQuadron at the Commonwealth Lounge last nightHours before their gig at Commonwealth Lounge in Fullerton, we found Coco O. and Robin Hannibal of Quadron hanging out by the stage. So we figured we'd help them kill some time with a probing interview about a wide range of topi ... More >>
Bethany ShadyJorge Garcia, the San Juan Capistrano kid who grew up to be the affable Hugo "Hurley" Reyes on the hit show Lost, is leaving the island and returning to his roots in California, but he'll be keeping the aloha close to his heart with his top five island songs. -- as told to partner Be ... More >>
Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez tonight gives a video profile of a Camp Pendleton family soon to be separated by an overseas military deployment.
Sega Genesis in the hizzy!Last Night: Army Navy, the Jakes, Valley Arena and the Colourist at the Yost Theatre, Santa Ana; June 25, 2009.Better than: Congregating around UCLA hospital.Best tribute: The Sega Genesis Michael Jackon's Moonwalker game playing behind the Jakes during their set (I think i ... More >>
Last night marked the final weekend for Bad Religion's relentless assault on the Anaheim House of Blues. Since February 29, the elder statesmen of Los Angeles punk have embarked on a blistering "World Tour of Southern California" packing in sweaty, fanatical fans night after night. Los Angeles, Sa ... More >>
Car Booting Violence: The folks over at Universal Guaridan Holdings, Inc. in Newport Beach are smiling today because their Cobra StunLight (pictured) “was successfully used to help disable an armed assailant” recently in downtown Atlanta. They say Jeremiah Day was booting illegally parked cars ... More >>
Is that a freckle? Reporter David Haldane finds that UC Irvine used a $300,000 federal grant to build a screen 100 times more detailed than the current best high-definition television. Its 23-by-9-foot display has 200 million pixels and is called the HIPerWall, according to the Times story. Student ... More >>
It's no secret that Jim O'Shea's memos magically find themseleves on Kevin Roderick's LA Observed. The Times chief joked about it himself at April's Festival of Books at UCLA, much to Roderick's delight. O'Shea's latest (published) missive was on the buyouts - 57 staffers are officially on their w ... More >>
Yes, OC Weekly investigative reporter Nick Schou got his mug shot in today's Los Angeles Times. No, he wasn't participating again in a riot, peeking inside an undercover DEA 18-wheeler or even driving solo in the HOV lane. A year or so ago, Schou thought it'd be fun to perform his normal work duti ... More >>
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