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    September 23, 2012

    Meet OC Weekly's New Owners, Same (Kind Of) As OC Weekly's Old Owners!

    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 >>

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    June 25, 2012

    [UPDATED with Loretta Sanchez: "This is a Victory":] Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Paper Check Provision But Tosses Other Parts of SB 1070

    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 >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Hottest Girls of Electric Daisy Carnival 2012

    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 >>

  • News

    June 7, 2012

    Our Hands to Mexicans, Our Fists to Crackers

    Crossing the Line: A Village Voice Media Special Report

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Immigration Makes Us Safer, Richer and Better Able to Breathe: UCI Study

    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 >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Seven Sins: A True Crime Anthology from Village Voice Media is Out to Slay You

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    What to Do With Music Journalism: Village Voice's Maura Johnston Weighs In

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Ted Kissell Resigns as OC Weekly Editor, to be Succeeded by Gustavo Arellano

    ​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 >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Village Voice Media Responds to Clergy

    ​Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site 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 >>

  • Culture

    July 28, 2011

    MouseWait and More of OC's Best Apps!

    [Trendzilla] Download them now. Even better? They're FREE!

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    July 7, 2011
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    July 7, 2011

    CNN's Amber Lyon is Stuck in Sex Trafficking

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Wild Flag, Wu-Tang, Erykah Badu and Yelawolf: What Went Down at the Village Voice/Frank 151 SXSW Party

    Shannon Cottrell/Houston PressWu-Tang Clan​Village 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Announcing: the 2011 Village Voice and Frank 151 SXSW Party, With the Wu-Tang Clan, Yelawolf, Wild Flag, Fishbone, and More

    Ian S. Port/SF WeeklyWild Flag in San Francisco last November​If 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 >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Where Are #WikiLeaks' Media Friends? [UPDATED]

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Orange County Register Owner Freedom Communications' Papers, TV Stations for Sale

    ​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 >>

  • Food

    July 22, 2010
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    May 10, 2010

    OC Weekly Takes Home a Maggie Award

    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 >>

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    April 29, 2010
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    February 15, 2010

    Gwen Stefani and Guns N' Roses at Fashion Week, 'My Sharona' Singer Dead, Rage Against the Machine

    "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 >>

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    January 28, 2010
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    January 19, 2010

    Rich Kane's Gay Orgy Story Draws Sexy Honor

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    OC's Cannabis Planet Inspired by Weed-friendly OC Weekly

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Today in Music News: Silversun Pickups on Grammy nom, Snoop Dogg to collab with Kid Cudi, Chris Brown is still a dick, Weezer song that sucks

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2009

    Five Recent Interesting Food News Stories To Ponder

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Heard Mentality: Headed to Street Scene!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Maersk Email Shows Tense Standoff, Resourceful Crew, "Desperate" Pirates

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    'Heard Mentality': Definitely Not Going to SXSW

    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.

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    January 10, 2009

    Famous Lawyer at Gypsy Den Santa Ana Trivia Time!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    OC Weekly Not Alone; Village Voice Media Cuts Widespread

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    Times and Register Anti-Trust or Bust Lust in the Dust

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    What's Red and Blue and Drops Balloons All Over?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2008

    The Village Pillage - News from the Alternative Universe

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2008

    The Police, Daft Punk, and DethKlok Among The Top National Concerts of '07

    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 natio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2007

    E&P thinks we're popular

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    More Fallout from Anti-OC Weekly Article in The Nation

    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 >>

  • Columns

    May 17, 2007


    '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.'

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2006

    You Love Our Crappy Website!

    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 >>

  • Columns

    August 31, 2006


    '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'

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    June 21, 2006

    De-Spamming Milestone

    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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    December 15, 2005

    A Very Special Introduction

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    October 20, 2005
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    September 29, 2005
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