It's been more than a year now since my "50 Reasons Why Orange County is the Worst Effing Place in America" listicle scandalized so many, and I still get crap for it. I'll always stand by it, because everything in it was true. But to the haters, I offer this olive branch: at least we're not Los Ange ... More >>
Paul Hibler is one busy man. The gregarious guy behind Costa Mesa's bustling Pitfire Pizza was constantly on the go. However, he managed to produce a well-thought-out chef questionnaire. Among other things, Hibler is the umpteenth person to extol the precious culinary scene in Portlandia. He also ma ... More >>
VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE KUNST BROTHERS' JOURNEY HERE "Be assured you are in some danger, as the people of this country will kill you for your possessions or for their resentment of your presence in this country, or both." That was the warning the U.S. Embassy sent Dave and John Kunst at the Afghanist ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about Lindsay Lohan apparently spending three minutes in the Newport Beach rehab before resurfacing at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage late Thursday.Lindsay Lohan is Newport Beach's now, bitches!No, she's not here for the next 90 days to show off bikinis ... More >>
Action Bronson is about to take a huge bite outta the hip-hop game. And he's got the munchies.
See the update at the end of page 3 about a local blogger's pictorial tribute to Annette and funnymen busting out tweets.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 8, 1:51 P.M.: Annette Funicello today "died peacefully from complications due to multiple sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years," according to a ... More >>
The award for mini-chain that took Costa Mesa by storm goes to Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop. Open since last spring, Jonathan Rollo and Kristi Ritchey helped bring sexy back to a mild-mannered strip along 17th. With meals that are neither strictly vegan nor tasteless, Greenleaf's menu includes organic ... More >>
The hills of Laurel Canyon might not be the first place you'd think to look for a gritty soul band like Vintage Trouble. But one thing that gives the band's rollicking, old-school flavor some authenticity is their decision to rehearse at their drummer Richard Danielson's house there, pitted inside a ... More >>
UC Irvine Economics Professor Peter Navarro famously authored with Greg Autry the book Death by China, which argues the People's Republic's "ruthless and corrupt" Communist government threatens global economic stability. (Navarro also appears prominently in the recent documentary based on and with t ... More >>
*See bottom of post for updateOriginal Post, Sept. 18, 2012, 1 p.m.: The City of Angels will continue its crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries, the city attorney says, despite yesterday's news that pot backers have gathered enough signatures to force a vote on LA's ban on cannabis clubs. The ... More >>
The canyons and meadows are greening up. The sun lingers in the afternoon sky. Literary Orange and the LA Times Festival of Books are right around the corner. Springtime, when a middle-aged man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, and the books arrive. Lots of 'em.No problem! Br ... More >>
Newport Beach ranks third among American cities where adults most value sex in a relationship.So that's why our hook-up ads sell so well!By the way, this wasn't some crappy greeting card company survey.
Jules CollenderThe parents of Julian "Jules" Collender, who was unarmed when he was shot to death outside his Yorba Linda home on June 30, 2010, by Brea Police Detective Shawn Neel, have filed a federal lawsuit that accuses the department of bungling the case from the start.The suit names as defe ... More >>
Screw Carmageddon. The weekend of culinary desmadre in the Southland is ON. Since the original post, we've discovered that not only will OC be represented at Eat Real, but OC Weekly will--Gustavo is leading panels at 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, and I will be demonstrating preserved lemons ... More >>
Frank Herbert Mason painted the Resurrection of Christ on display in Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York and eight large paintings of the Life of St. Anthony of Padua permanently installed in the 11th Century Church of San Giovanni de Malta in Venice.But, as demonstrated in a documentary scre ... More >>
Beets get little love. Ask people to name a dish with beets, and the first thing 90% of people will say is borscht, which in the United States is an bland, smooth, violently red-purple potage, as though a toddler with fingerpaints tried to make vichyssoise even more insipid than it already is. (B ... More >>
[Locals Only] Super session drummer's new release is the whole bizarre gift package
Courtesy of Josh FreeseUPDATE, APRIL 1, 7:40 P.M.: Well, that was fast. The $75,000 fan package has been sold to a man named Connor Trivers from Medford, Oregon. The package includes Josh Freese joining your band for a month (or he becomes your personal assistant); one of Freese's drumsets; an en ... More >>
Celebrity living has its downside in 'Somewhere'
Local news highlights include:Register against Loretta Sanchez but drags out marijuana stanceThe editorial staff of the OC Register has declared itself for congressional candidate Van Tran, a Republican; U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, a Republican; and Whitman, yep, a Republican. "From our ... More >>
Car washes in Irvine, Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel are among eight targeted by California Attorney General Jerry Brown in a $6.6 million lawsuit that alleges a "widespread pattern of worker exploitation," unpaid wages and illegal business practices.All eight car washes are owned by the Sikder ... More >>
The uncluttered exhibition at Orange Coast College gives some stunning images their due
Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts
UPDATE: As expected, the Huntington Beach City Council voted Monday night to annex Sunset Beach (updates throughout) . . . What's apparently Orange County's marijuana capital is one step closer to being part of Huntington Beach, which takes a dim view of the devil's weed. (At least officially ... More >>
Dave LiebermanClick here for the Long Beach Street Food Fest slideshow!What do you get when you put a couple of thousand people, 21 new-style food trucks, a pretty good cover band, and a beer and margarita tent in a park near the ocean?If you're me, you get a belly full, an earful and a nasty sun ... More >>
Yucef Merhis light-speed world
But nobody really knows him, either
LBMA kicks LACMAs ass! Kind of!
or expensive. or somewhere in between
OCMA proves Peter Alexander was touchy-feely before touchy-feely was cool