Guess what, kids! Your favorite infernal rag has new owners--kind of!Today, Voice Media Group announced that it's buying out the Weekly and all of its sister papers (there's 13 of us, like any good Mexican family) from the former Village Voice Media. The new owners are some of our old leaders--Scott ... More >>
See update at the end of the post with reaction to the Supreme Court ruling by Rep. Loretta Sanchez:ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 25, 8:35 A.M.: The U.S. Supreme Court this morning rejected nearly all of Arizona's controversial immigration law yet upheld SB 1070's most controversial provision: the one requiri ... More >>
See also: * EDC 2012: An First-Timer Gets Deflowered* Best Masks of the Electric Daisy Carnival * Electric Daisy Carnival: More From Day One * Electric Daisy Carnival: More From Day Three Mother nature had the power to stop the Electric Daisy Carnival on Saturday, but she couldn't stop these gi ... More >>
Crossing the Line: A Village Voice Media Special Report
Well here's a timely UC Irvine study in light of today's Weekly cover package: The Southern California Regional Progress Report to be released next week shows the large influx of Asian and Latino immigrants into Southern California in the past 50 years has led to less crime, lower joblessness and ... More >>
Every week, writers for OC Weekly and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant magazine-style feature writing--a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories. Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True Crime Ant ... More >>
We all know what Maura Johnston (music editor over at our sister publication The Village Voice) is talking about in this Daily Swarm piece; we deal with all these problems daily here at Heard Mentality. But I think this conversation with Eric Ducker outlines all these challenges in a concis ... More >>
Ted B. Kissell informed his news staff via today's copy meeting and everyone else at Orange County's favorite alternative weekly newspaper via email that he has resigned as editor of OC Weekly.Kissell, who joined the staff weeks after founding editor Will Swaim ended his 12-year run at the helm i ... More >>
Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site Backpage.com. The full page ad was published in the New York Times. The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds. Neither government officials nor G ... More >>
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The numbers are horrifying, staggering. Media outlets all over the country have repeated them ad nauseam: "100,000 to 300,000" children are at risk for being dragooned into sexual bondage in the United States each year. Each year! It beggars the imagination. Problem is, imagination is about all t ... More >>
Shannon Cottrell/Houston PressWu-Tang ClanVillage Voice/Frank 151 SXSW PartyMarch17, 2011Austin Music Hall Of course you wish you were there. According to Houston Press, the all-night line-up for the 2011 Village Voice and Frank 151 Showdown at SXSW was one of the festival's most anticipate ... More >>
Ian S. Port/SF WeeklyWild Flag in San Francisco last NovemberIf you're one of the lucky few heading over to Austin in three weeks, it would behoove you to make an appearance at the 2011 Village Voice SXSW party, presented in concert with Frank 151. Who's going to be there? The Wu-Tang Clan, Fi ... More >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
UPDATED: WikiLeaks Betrayed by Amazon, Visa, Mastercard--And Worst of All, the MediaWhere are the First Amendment's establishment warriors as government-spooked businesses try to shut down Wikileaks?Hackers with computers, not hacks with press passes, have been the first line of resistance.More t ... More >>
Update, November 18, 5:20 p.m.: A media industry watcher suggests Freedom Communications may have a strategy behind what would seem to be a counter-intuitive move to sell the modern-day equivalent of buggy whips, daily newspapers."Might the strategy be to sell some of the properties, keep othe ... More >>
Looks like a winner!Just goes to show you what hard work, dedication, talent, and a two-page spread of medical-marijuana ads every week can get you. At Friday's awards banquet for the Western Publishing Association's 2010 Maggie Awards for magazines west of the Mississippi, OC Weekly took first p ... More >>
"Gwen Stefani 'All Tied Up' at L.A.M.B. Fashion Week show," reports our sister paper the Village Voice.Guns N' Roses play 17-song, 90-minute set in front of extremely lucky (and small) crowd including Sebastian Bach and Kevin Bacon at former CBGB location during Fashion Week, reports Brooklyn Vegan. ... More >>
Photo by John GilhooleyMike: the love boat captain"The Martha Stewart of Gay Sex Parties"--a Feb. 6, 2008, Weekly story by Rich Kane on a man named Mike and the "fabulously popular sex parties for gay men" he'd been hosting in Central Orange County for 14 years--was just honored for its refreshin ... More >>
In case you didn't already notice, yesterday, December 10, was a big day for the OC Weekly and weed. First of all there was our feature story, "Distant Karma" about Brotherhood of Eternal Love fugitive Brenice Lee Smith, the cover artwork of which prominently included the familiar green leaf. Then t ... More >>
Silver Lake's Silversun Pickups 'astonished' about Grammy nomination.Snoop Dogg--our pick for busiest veteran rapper--to appear on new Kid Cudi album.Chris Brown claims Rihanna knows he's sorry--but he's still a dick in our book. Weezer's "Heart Songs" ranks No. 25 on Village Voice's excellently s ... More >>
If you'd browsed you'd also find these food stories this past week. Just in case you didn't: - Twilight-themed restaurant planned for Wash. town - Associated Press - Chinese Urbanites Drop Chopsticks for 'Western' Food - ABC News - Lawmaker Wants Oyster Policy Reversed - Food Safety News - One Hun ... More >>
Seeing as how we're the closest Village Voice Media paper to San Diego, we feel a profound sense of obligation to cover this weekend's Street Scene festival. Yes, that's right, obligation--not the opportunity to hang out in the Gaslamp District checking out awesome bands. It's all about obligatio ... More >>
Can't get enough high-seas drama? Check out this post from Running Scared, the news blog of our NYC sister paper, The Village Voice: The crew of the M/V Maersk Alabama acted quickly to take control of key areas of the vessel after Somali pirates attacked on April 8, according to a crewmember's accou ... More >>
A lot of people are packing up and headed to Austin, Texas as we speak, but none of us here at OC Weekly are among then. I know, sad, right? I've never even been to Texas. I'm not even sure it exists.
Trivia question: Which famous lawyer was recently spotted enjoying lunch at the Gypsy Den in SanTana? Only hint*: their name has been in your favorite local rag a lot as of recent. First person to post the name here gets a copy of my Orange County: A Personal History or a $20 gift certificate to the ... More >>
As editor Ted B. Kissell's "A Bad Week at the Weekly" post about layoffs at OC Weekly continued (and is continuing) to generate comments, newsroom staffers received a memo about the matter this week from our Village Voice Media overlords. Now, before I reveal what was in the memo, let me itera ... More >>
As merger mania sweeps through the ownership suites of the L.A. Times and Orange County Register, some may find it odd that the fierce competitors: 1) are even considering joining forces, and B) would even be allowed to merge After all, it was not that long ago that those U.S. Department of Just ... More >>
Sniff. Sniff. Ecch. You smell something? What the... OK, who let all those elephants and donkeys in here? Yes, a fun temporary feature tracking the movements of America's favorite symbolic political herbivores now lurks in the lower-right-hand area of our home page: Two blogs from our Village Voice ... More >>
The first installment of this column is loaded with pillaged stories from OCWEEKLY's mother company Village Voice Media. This blog space will highlight investigative efforts of our colleagues and their stories' human interest qualities, literary merit, entertainment value and usefulness. Some our re ... More >>
Village Voice Media presents the Top Concerts of 2007 featuring: Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Interpol, Mavado, Rage Against the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Jah Cure, Arcade Fire, the Good, the Bad and the Queen, and other not as famous bands! (Compiled from na ... More >>
Village Voice Media (of which OC Weekly is a part) placed 15 in Editor & Publisher's list of top 30 top newspaper sites for October, beating out the San Diego Union-Tribune, Arizona Republic, San Jose Mercury News and more. Read it here.
On newstands now is what we wrote about last month: A Nation piece by UC Irvine professor Jon Wiener criticizing the Weekly's new ownership and the tumultuous turnover here earlier this year. Rumor has it the Nation will print a response by Weekly jefe Ted Kissell, which means our own must be out of ... More >>
'There is no life left in the paper. No humor, no edge, no spank. You are plain and boring. I dont know what you did to all these good people to run away, but I can guess. I wont pick up OC Weekly Letters 'Sympathy and understanding for his specific actions are out of the question. His own brothers are a testament to how another person chose a better path through the same environment.'
'Sympathy and understanding for his specific actions are out of the question. His own brothers are a testament to how another person chose a better path through the same environment.'
We know, we know: our website sucks. Search engine barely works, our former archived issues section is gone and this infernal blog rarely is updated--and even then, mostly by Brennan and yo. Nevertheless, ustedes love us. A recent study by the Center for Media Research discovered that your favorite ... More >>
'Those rare weeks that I do pick it up and hope for something other than cheeky, too-cool-for-school, were so clever and youre not writing are few and far between'
The number of deleted spams, thanks to our Askimet blocker, just surpassed 1,000--1,007 to be precise. We know you don't give a shit about such mundane matters, but we here at Clockwork Central couldn't be more ecstatic. Special shout-out to Todd Sternisha of Village Voice Media for installing Ask ... More >>
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