• Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    An Inconvenient Thirst: Jay Famiglietti Reader

    The reading assignment below? It's alright. But the truth is the subject of the story, UC Irvine and Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti, has written far more eloquently about the global groundwater issues raised in this week's cover story. After the jump are but five examples ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    The Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Monday, September 29 Bicycles and Jazz Saddleback College Well, it's pretty clear what Taylor Ho Bynum's two favorite things are. Currently winding down his 1800-mile Acoustic Bicycle Tour, Bynum makes a stop at Saddleback Colleg ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 18, 2014

    Do Mexicans and Dominicans Hate Each Other?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And where can undocumented immigrants turn for therapy?

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Alice Wallace: Fullerton's Hee-Haw Heroine

    "Orange County's country music scene is kind of asleep right now," Alice Wallace says, despite a fan base that has supported acts everywhere from the late, great Crazy Horse to the Honda Center. "There's a lot of indie, punk rock, even some blues. Country is buried and kind of underrepresented." In ... More >>

  • News

    August 22, 2013

    Challenger 2.5: Danny Thompson Races Toward the Bonneville Salt Flats

    The onetime Ford driver sets out to finish what his racing-legend father Mickey Thompson started before being murdered in 1988

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    June 10, 2013

    Ink N Iron- Queen Mary - June 8, 2013

    Ink N Iron (Day 2) Queen Mary June 9, 2013 Ink N Iron was in full swing by the time we arrived on Saturday afternoon. People were clearly excited to be there dressed up in their pin up outfits, showing off their tattoos or even getting some ink at the festival for the day that boasted punk icons Igg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Monday, April 29 The Originalites Gallagher's Pub & Grill Since coming together as teenagers (and later recruiting saxophonist Mike Belk after an impromptu jam session at a local gig), The Originalites have risen high in the ranks of Orange County's local music scene in the span of only five year ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013
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    March 18, 2013

    Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana To Open In Crystal Cove

    Mozza, Ortica, Il Dolce, meet your newest competitor. A new pizzeria by the name of Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana is planned for Crystal Cove Promenade in Newport Beach, and they're pretty much offering what every new pizza joint that isn't Pielogy and 800 Degrees is offering these days: pizz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones Prepare to Breathe In Sundance Film Fest Again

    Home is swell, but ff Orange County-raised filmmakers Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones really want to feel the love, they go to Utah--Park City to be more precise and the Sundance Film Festival to be preciser.It was announced Monday that Breathe In, the latest independent film directed by Doremus wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    [UPDATED with Startling Diego Alejandro Figueroa Photo:] Fullerton Police Shoot Aurelio Paul Ramos-Navarette Dead

    UPDATE, MAY 16, 1:28 P.M.: The Fullerton Police Department's booking photo for Diego Alejandro Figueroa has been released. The 22-year-old was one of two suspected gang members in a stolen pickup that led police on a high-speed chase and crashed before Figueroa's partner, according to cops, opened f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Newport Beach Sports Bookie Sentenced in Federal Court

    Sports bookie Jeffrey Wayne Bzroska, a onetime manager at PIMCO, got great news this month when a federal judge in Santa Ana sentenced him to probation for two years in proceedings that were partly conducted in secret.Bzroska had managed an illegal sports betting operation in Newport Beach for at le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Is the Laguna Beach Massage Envy Rubbing Women the Wrong Way?

    ​A Laguna Beach Massage Envy masseur, who is already facing criminal and civil allegations that he sexually assaulted one woman, has been accused this month of molesting a second female customer.According to a plaintiff identified only as "Jane Doe," masseur Mark Pergil Valenzon masturbated during ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Is Tortillaz Aspiring to be Chipotle?

    ​ I'm not saying that every Mexican chain like Cafe Rio is trying to copy Chipotle. Even though it says it's not, Taco Bell is doing it. And why wouldn't they? It makes business sense to aspire to the same kind of success that Steve Ells Mexi-chain has achieved. There's nothing wrong with that. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Five Ballsy In-N-Out Copycats

    In-N-OutSee that trademark logo? Anybody? ​Trademark lawyers for Irvine-based In-N-Out are busy folks. The iconic burger chain has spawned ripoffs across the world--and that means war.  But the company is smart, and understands that where there's a clone, there's a hungry market. In response ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Two Asian Concepts From the Carolinas to Come to Irvine

    Edwin Goei​Two new Asian concepts, both from the Carolinas, are coming to the Square at the corner of MacArthur and Main in Irvine, near the airport. Twisted Noodles is an import from North Carolina and will be serving Thai food. It's actually not the first Twisted Noodles restaurant to open in O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Federal Judge in Santa Ana Sets Trial For First of Hundreds of Lawsuits Against Toyota In February 2013

    ​A Santa Ana-based federal judge has picked the bellwether case in the slew of freak-acceleration lawsuits lodged against Toyota. The trial, which will undoubtedly influence the litigation of the other cases, is set to start on Feb. 19, 2013, according to a timetable housed on the court' ... More >>

  • Music

    May 12, 2011

    Orange Blossom Special Are In Bloom

    [Locals Only] Unsigned '90s/classic rockers are in the studio to record their first full-length

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    May 12, 2011
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    May 3, 2011

    Contestants for The Great Food Truck Race Season 2 Revealed

    SeabirdsTruck.comThe Seabirds girls in Vegas​We already know The Lime Truck and Seabirds are in the midst of competing in the second season of The Great Food Truck Race at this very moment. Seabirds' website has a picture of Stephanie Morgan and her two gal pals pre-race, along with this not-so-cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    The Slightly Frightening World of Star Wars-Related Foods

    Flickr user megpi​Star Wars cupcakes? Oh, please. The Internet is much more creative than that. So powerful is the draw of the Force that nerds the world over are drawn to make a universe of Star Wars-related foods. Some of them are a little more . . . hmm . . . artisanal than others, but when you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Food Profiling: Strawberry Season At Tanaka Farms

    Ain't that a beaut?​Tanaka Farms' story begins with Takeo Tanaka, who came to the United States by way of Hiroshima, Japan, in the early 1900s. Takeo had a son, George, born and raised in the Northern California city of Dinuba. Not wanting to fight in Pearl Harbor, George fled to Utah, where he me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2011

    [UPDATED] Like Crazy, Latest Film From OC-Bred Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones, Is First Sundance Sale

    ​UPDATE, JAN. 23, 2:51 P.M.: The reaction to Like Crazy getting picked up from Ben York Jones:"I'm completely overwhelmed. I don't think anyone here with the film has gotten more than an hour or two of sleep in the past 36 hours. Those negotiating were up all night doing so, and the rest of us w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    "Everyday Affluent" Can Be Pampered in Newport Coast Vacation Home

    ​Do you consider yourself a member of the "everyday affluent" who has endured poor vacation experiences or, at least, been forced to congregate near common, working-class folks?Well, Brent Handler has an idea you might like:Never lower your standards from the luxury you deserve--especially after B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Cafe Rio A Waste in Every Sense of the Definition.

    Of course, this place is almost always packed--suckers...and not just gabachos, mind you!​I knew it. I knew I shouldn't have wasted my precious time with Cafe Rio, the Utah-based chain of vaguely Tex-Mex, vaguely New Mexican, vaguely Cal-Mex restaurants that opened its first Orange County outpost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Gustavo's Five Commandments of Dining in Orange County

    See Commandment #4...​Recently, some Weeklings have been patronizing East/Borough at the CAMP, and raving about it despite my protestations. See, the pop-up restaurant charges $4.35 (before tax) for an eight-inch bánh mì, and an outlandish $6.40 for a foot-long--this, in a county that's America' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    As Mountain Resort Bookings Bounce Back, Mtn. High Offers Screaming Season Pass Deal

    ​Yes, by most leading indicators, the U.S. economy--what's the technical word for it again? Oh yes--BLOWS! However, an, erm, un-leading indicator shows one economic sector bouncing back.Mountain destinations across the western U.S. reportedly experienced sharp increases in July occupancy and steep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Drake Doremus' Douchebag Wins U.S. Distribution, to be in Theaters This September

    ​The Weekly in January followed Douchebag, the indie dramedy about estranged brothers on an unlikely pre-wedding road trip, to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where the buzz was deafening for former Santa Ana resident Drake Doremus' touching and amusing picture.Despite no budget, no big- ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 6, 2010

    Special Arizona Buycott Edition

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] ¡A la chingada with Arizona's SB 1070!

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    January 22, 2010

    Let the Sundance Film Festival Bloggage Begin!

    Village Voice Media has launched a film blog featuring posts directly from the Sundance Film Festival, which runs through through Jan. 31. Yours truly will blog on Navel Gazing from Park City, Utah, as well--in the event I find something to plug into.​If I do have the power, having both blogs up d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Cafe Rio Opens In Lake Forest

    Edwin Goei ​Cafe Rio, that Utah chain I mentioned in past posts, debuted this week in Lake Forest. But, alas, I was a touch too early to try them. I took the picture above just days before they officially opened, but now that they have, I'm curious on hearing about anyone's who's tried it, e ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 26, 2009
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    November 5, 2008

    Prop 8: No Way in Hell Is This Over

    I spent my Election Night trying to find non-existent parking outside Hamburger Mary's in Long Beach. The celebration inside sure looked like fun, though, but I don't think I would have stuck around past midnight to watch all the tears turn from Obama joy to Prop 8 despair. Failing that, I instead d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2007
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    March 8, 2007


    'Next time before you try and make a witty pointGod forbid for all of our sakes you never try againmake sure to at least have some sort of idea about life.'

  • Film

    February 1, 2007

    The Kids Are Not Alright

    From Dakota Fannings rape to John Cusacks daddy issues, Sundance 2007 was all about the kiddie porn

  • Film

    January 25, 2007

    The Music Men

    Halfway through Sundance, and still whistling a happy tune

  • Film

    October 19, 2006

    Dog Fancy

    Bobcat Goldthwait makes a sweet movie out of a sick joke

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    The Rich are Different

    We live in era in which many resources are dwindling, but there's still one thing California has in abundance: rich people. According to a review of tax records for the years 1999-2004, done by the NewTithing Group of San Francisco, California has 407,000 households with $200,000 or more in adjust ... More >>

  • Film

    February 2, 2006

    New Reviews

    A Good Woman; Imagine Me & You; Manderlay; Rang De Basanti; Something New; When a Stranger Calls; The World's Fastest Indian

  • Features

    September 15, 2005

    The Tragedy of It All

    Orange Countys own Hurricane Katrina: the Great Flood of 1938

  • Film

    September 1, 2005

    Hustle & Toboggan

    In the 2005 summer movie season, slow but steady wins the race

  • Film

    March 10, 2005

    Head Trip

    Thinking about Deep Throat

  • Film

    January 27, 2005

    Living in Oblivion

    Reagan-era callousness sparked an indie-film renaissance. Will Bush II inspire another?

  • Columns

    August 19, 2004

    State of the Union

    Vacation, time to get away

  • Columns

    May 13, 2004
  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    Pop Off the Tops

    Ten to score in 2004, plus a few more

  • Features

    November 21, 2002

    The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Against Mike Davis

    UC Irvine history prof Mike Davis cant write a damn thing without the nuts going nuts. This time, the controversys over an obscure reference to Winston Churchill.

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    April 11, 2002
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    April 12, 2001
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