See Update No. 2 at the end of this post where Sunshine Cavalluzzi describes her "awesometastic" day. Update No. 1 has what Michelle Obama said about her. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 16, 7:01 A.M.: During the second day of a two-day swing through Los Angeles, first lady Michelle Obama will attend a luncheo ... More >>
A remote Arizona church, whose founder communed with LSD guru Timothy Leary, offers followers peyote-induced psychedelic trips
I am a little weary of bad news, cautionary tales and object lessons by way of instruction and warning. Another mass shooting? Thank the NRA. Mass spying on US citizens? Color me surprised, not. So, a little silver lining by way of the otherwise dark cloudy move by Whale of a Tale, whose terrific ow ... More >>
A fraternity's blackface video just scratches the surface of the long-standing hostility toward African-American students at UC Irvine
The words "cardiothoracic surgeon" are most likely not found in the vocabulary of any two-year-old, except for Barbara Williams, a second-year medical student at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. Williams recently completed clinical cardiovascular research at the nationally r ... More >>
Chapman University today and tomorrow hosts what is billed as "a major international conference" on religion, economics and culture. Participants include Chapman's Nobel laureate in economics Vernon L. Smith and academics not only from the Orange campus and UC Irvine but Yale, Harvard, Notre D ... More >>
UPDATED, JAN. 25, 3:55 P.M.: The Orange County coroner changed its press release today to state that Chau "was found next to a parking structure." In its original injury description, the coroner stated that he "jumped from a parking structure." The investigation is still ongoing. ... More >>
Eleven UC Irvine students and sympathizers were convicted today of being disorderly on campus, and if you think your intrepid reporter has been conked on the head and is re-reporting the outcome of the "Irvine 11" case, you are wrong.Well, you are this time.These 11 with freshly minted rap sheet ... More >>
Former Cypress College student Jon Alvarez is a talented bassist and has a website currently soliciting donations from supporters. It's not a Kickstarter campaign asking to raise money to fund a tour or recording project, though. It's a GiveForward page with a goal of $10,000 to help pay for ... More >>
As you've probably gathered if you've read my rave review of the current Bowers Museum exhibition on the life of Benjamin Franklin, I've become a bit of a Franklin enthusiast overnight. So profound is my admiration for the show--and for Franklin himself--I rented documentaries from Netflix and sp ... More >>
Update, December 10, 12:41 p.m.: Occupy UCI!--"an autonomous body in Orange County attempting to subvert hegemonic, state-supporting/ed protest by promoting radical discourse and militant action"--is accusing campus administrations of conspiring with prosecutors when it came to the timing of ... More >>
Two Newport Beach men have filed a lawsuit accusing operators of the YouPorn adult video sharing website of "sniffing," which is not an exotic new sex act (well, at least not in this particular context) but the improper monitoring of other sites users have visited.
Do undocumented migrants steal jobs from American workers?
A hallucinogen called ibogaine has helped addicts kick heroin, meth and everything in between. Is it the trip that does the trick?
We wish we could show you the rest, but we can't. Click after the jump to see the full image! It's a rarity that I ever receive anything other than the most mundane of press releases from local galleries and museums.Not because the work being exhibited is mundane. Far from it.Press releases ... More >>
Recent polls show marijuana legalization will go down in flames in California on Nov. 2, while some interpreting those surveys claim many voters saying no to pollsters will punch yes to Prop 19 once inside the voting booth, paving the way to victory.The votes of undecideds will be critical. Fortu ... More >>
Photo by Kimberly ValenzuelaToday we continue our Q&A with Stephanie Morgan of Seabirds, the one and only vegan gourmet food truck in Orange County. If you missed the first part, click here. Stay tuned tomorrow for our final installment: a recipe. What would you'd like to see more of i ... More >>
The University of California has been too weak in its reaction to acts of anti-Semitism on its campuses, claims a letter from Jewish groups to UC President Mark G. Yudof (right).Swastika graffiti, anti-Israel speakers who use anti-Semitic language, and harassment and intimidation of Jewish stude ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also: The condiment artists at Burger Records, Pop Noir's quest for southern hospitality
Spencer Kornhaber / OC WeeklyNo, we didn't bring a real camera.Being a snazzily dressed member of a well-liked, dance-rockin' local band: Seems cool, right? But you've got to put up with some bullshit if you want to make it big. Like taking gigs at college campuses an hour south of where anyone k ... More >>
Pop Noir "DIY" from pop noir tsm on Vimeo.Last week, the video for Pop Noir's "DIY" (above) went to battle with four other music videos on MTVu's website for the college channel's new-music show, The Freshman. Soon after, it won out in viewer votes and apparently entered TV rotation.
As they fill out their AARP membership cards, '60s burnouts can rejoice that a group of campus agitators has at last come along to rival the infamous Chicago Seven.Mamas and papas, introducing the "Irvine 11"! Something's happening here, and what it is ain't exactly kosher. The Irvine 11 are the ... More >>
UCI.orgAll's quiet in the center of campus at "second-tier" UC Irvine.Capitol Weekly reports about a radical proposal to spare the UC system major financial pain amid massive budget cuts: close three campuses.Don't worry: UC Irvine makes the cut. Barely.
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 >>
Organizers claim the LA Art Show -- a massive, mixed-media event that showcases everything from cutting-edge contemporary installations to works by Renoir and Monet -- is the main reason the Los Angeles City Council declared January "Los Angeles Art Month." What their resolution doesn't mention is h ... More >>
Last Night: Jenny Lewis, Beachwood Sparks, Pierre de Reeder at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, Oct. 30, 2008. Better Than: Staying home and watching the season premiere of "30 Rock." Which isn't a dis of "30 Rock," because that show is fantastic, it's a testament to how great this show was. (Pl ... More >>
Didn't mean to leave everyone in suspense about the Fort Fridge contest, if indeed you were. It was over by Tuesday; here, courtesy of the official press release, is how it ended: Twenty-five-year-old law clerk Geovannie De La Torre toughed it out against 28 other determined Californians. The third ... More >>
Talented new novelist Maile Meloy needs to burn her bridges
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OC court greenlights torture in local jails
Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them
Ex-Minuteman Bryan Barton puts the party in partisan agenda
Rebecca Schoenkopf takes on the presidents drug war
Is Net speed or censorship behind Napster spat?
At UCI, they're likely to return
Dick Nixon's true believer