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    September 18, 2014

    UPDATE: Taco Bell's Parent Company Opens a Bánh Mì Shop...withwithout Communist Star in Logo

    UPDATE: SEPT. 18, 12:22 P.M.: Yum! Brands will be taking down all signage and branding that features a red star by the end of day, according to an e-mail sent to Thanh Cung, the president of the Vietnamese-American Community of Greater Dallas. They'll also be coming up with a new logo and are asking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Can You Guess the Genre?

    By: Luke Winkie If there is one thing you can always blame music writers for, it's the utterly useless proliferation of genre tags into modern cultural dialogue. The construction of a genre can serve as hot branding for certain publications, it's why a site like Pitchfork was totally happy to nurtur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    The 10 Most Stereotypical Ways to Die in Orange County

    Every once in a while, our sister papers do listicles so brilliant that other papers lovingly rip off the idea. Such is the case with this listicle--at first seemingly callous, but actually a great indictment of the provincial lunacy of whatever city is publishing the list. Because the stereotypical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Buzzfeed Gets "13 Dishes That Aren't Actually Mexican" Listicle Laughably, Stupidly Wrong

    Despite all the money spent on hiring up, despite the spinoffs into "longform journalism" (what us at the OC Weekly have called "reporting" since 1995), politics and an investigative unit, the sentient world still thinks of Buzzfeed as an outlet for 20-some-year-old writers and readers to feel like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    15 Signs You Grew Up Eating Tex-Mex Food

    I know, I know: where the hell does a born-and-bred Mexican from California get off telling the rest of the world about the glories of Tex-Mex cuisine? But hear me out, world: I am Tex-Mex's most arduous non-Texan defender. I've crisscrossed most of the state doing research for my Taco USA: How Mexi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Become a Music Geek Using Four Simple Steps

    By: Liz OhanesianI'm not going to begrudge anyone for not knowing who Coachella headliners The Stone Roses are. The simple fact is that their first album, (the only one that really matters), came out in 1989. If you're in college now, you most likely weren't even born then. Plus, The Stone Roses wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    10 Punk Albums to Listen to Before You Die

    Coming up with 10 punk albums to listen to before you die is a lot harder than you'd think. For starters, it's a morbid thought, which makes you start asking yourself why in the hell you're thinking about punk albums when you're only gonna die, so who cares? Second, the best material of many (if n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Canyonites Gear Up for Legal Fight Over Board of Supervisors' Approval of 65 New Homes

    Stymied in their efforts to get the Orange County Board of Supervisors to reject a 65-home project into the rural canyons just northwest of Cook's Corner, canyonites are turning to the last place they can think of to stop what they believe to be a forever quality-of-life-changing development:The cou ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 16, 2012
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    July 13, 2012

    5 Things to Fear on Friday the 13th Besides Nomophobia

    T-Mobile is hawking phone insurance this Friday the 13th by pointing to the "fear and anxiety" some people apparently experience when separated from their cell phones.There is even, according to the company's PR monkeys, a name for this, "Nomophobia," which must be "real" because--I swear to God, t ... More >>

  • Film

    May 17, 2012

    Insert [You Sunk My 'Battleship'] Joke Here

    Because every generation needs an 'Armageddon'

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    No Wikipedia Today: Celebs Weigh In On the Internet Blackout

    Google​Millions of sites are protesting the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, two bills that purport to censor the Web and, according to Google, "impose harmful regulations on American business." Internet users acros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Five "Hate Radio" Lines from KFI AM 640 Hosts

    ​Thursday, the National Hispanic Media Coalition released a report titled, "American Hate Radio: How a Powerful Outlet for Democratic Discourse Has Deteriorated into Hate, Racism and Extremism." Included are complaints listeners filed with the FCC and, sure enough, LA-based and OC-heard KFI AM 6 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Wannabe by the Spice Girls is Now 15 Years Old--and What the Hell Does Zigazigahhh REALLY Mean?

    ​Happy birthday, "Wannabe!" You are now officially making me feel really, really old. Here's the history of the song as per Wikipedia:  "Wannabe" was written in 30 minutes--mainly because the group had already written parts of the song beforehand--in what member Melanie Brown describes as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Five Popular Working-Class Foodstuffs That'll Never Become Hipster Trends or Foodie Fads

    Betcha there'll never be a tamale pie truck...​Cupcakes are on their way out, pies are supposedly in--but it seems Orange County's going to go through a Summer of Doughnut. M & M Donuts over in Anaheim have hundreds of Yelp reviews (!), all over a simple blueberry donut, a fried thing studded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Jelly Bean Resembling Future Queen of England Kate Middleton Found!

    Wikimedia Commons​Life is trying to tell us something when the Rorschach test is found in our food.Reported Thursday by The Telegraph, accountant Wesley Hosie discovered a jelly bean with an uncanny resemblance to princess-to-be Kate Middleton while sharing a jar from The Jelly Bean Factory. It ma ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2011


    The Glass House

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    The Governator is Back--With a New TV Series

    Nate Mandos/Wikimedia Commons​So maybe that whole stint in politics didn't work out quite as well as planned. Former Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's used to reading lines, has decided that his next project will be a TV show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, details of the secret series ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Five Words That Signify a Foodstuff in One Latin American Country, But a Crude Term for 'Vagina' in Another

    Flickr user neoliminalStarbucks' original logo: Perhaps the most-graphic American corporate example of vagina-as-sweet-food EVER​Ya gotta love Latinos. Even though we share the same language (except for those retrograde Brazilians and pinche indios), regional variations lead to more than a few sni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Acclaim Technical Services of Huntington Beach Must Shell Out More Than $230,000 to Fort Irwin Workers

    ​Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, a Huntington Beach company and two government contractors must pay $1,060,554 in back wages to about 885 employees at Fort Irwin, near Death Valley National Park.The share for Acclaim Technical Services is $234,311 to 177 employees.

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Six Most Anticipated Albums of 2011

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyRadiohead at the Henry Fonda Theater on Jan. 25, 2010​Last year looked like it might be bleak in terms of truly great albums, but a few artists (Beach House, the National, Yeasayer, Kanye West) managed to produce some future classics in 2010. And now that we've turned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Add Another Lawsuit to the List for Oil Company Operating in Brea

    Ted SoquiPalm trees burst into flames in nearby Yorba Linda. To see more images from the 2008 devastation, click here.​The flames of Brea's 2008 landfill fire (which you may remember eventually contributed to the Freeway Complex Fire) may have been long extinguished but the problems of BreitBurn M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Steve Martin Puts on His Mouse Ears

    Photo by David Shankbone/Wikipedia Commons​Steve Martin was born in Waco, Texas, moved with his family first to Inglewood, California, and then Garden Grove. He attended Garden Grove High School, took drama and poetry classes at Santa Ana College and applied to Cal State Long Beach hoping to major ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Doesn't Make Spidey Sense: What Happened to Legitimate Theater?

    Wikipedia​This week's edition of Orange Curtains has nothing to do with Orange County theater. Which is why it has everything to do with Orange County theater... It will be several years before Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark AKA "steaming pile of actor crippling shit," will debut on an Orange Count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Disneyland Stops Housing POTUS-Pardoned Turkey

    Wikipedia CommonsObama pardons last year's lucky bird, "Courage." ​They've got a mouse and a duck. Starting this year, Disneyland no longer needs a turkey.  The theme park will stop putting out the welcome mat for the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its understudy, the two lucky birds se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Eibar Coffee in Santa Ana Finally Open

    Wikimedia CommonsPhoto of Eibar's namesake town...​Okay, I'm late to this story, but still beat the Orange County Register and those crazy Yelp kids, so the scoop: downtown SanTana now has another coffee shop to give the venerable Gypsy Den a challenge in the name of Eibar Coffee.

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Five Foods to Eat on Día de los Muertos

    Flickr user mcalderon​As October slides into November, Americans obsess over Hallowe'en, but to Mexicans and Central Americans, it's time for Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Families go to cemeteries to spruce up and decorate the graves of their loved ones and entertain them with musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Five Episode Arcs for Trent Reznor's Upcoming Sci-Fi Show

    ​As reported earlier, Trent Reznor is adapting the Nine Inch Nails concept album Year Zero as a science fiction television show for HBO and BBC.Released in 2007, Year Zero was created by Trent and Co. as a rallying cry against both the Bush administration and the overall fucked-up state of the wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Come On Pilgrim: Eight Comic Book Musical Acts That Are Ready for the Big Screen

    ​Besides San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest comic book event to happen this week has been the release of the sixth and final volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's musical-video game-romantic epic, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour.(Oh, and you might've heard that the series is getting the big-screen treatment fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Bai Ling, Muslim Punks, Black Star Canyon's Warlock Among 15 Newport Beach Film Festival Highlights

    Here are 15 things I'm looking forward to at the Newport Beach Film Festival, which kicks off tonight and continues through April 29. These are based on preview screenings, festival descriptions and even less-informed​1) Bai Ling on the red carpet tonight. Years ago, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    10 Reasons God Hates California

    ​Considering Sunday's 7.2 earthquake just south of California's border with Mexico, the 4.1 shaker six miles southwest of Malibu and assorted aftershocks felt up and down the state as this is banged out with fingers crossed, it's obvious God is peeved at something. Before Pat Robertston, Wiley Dra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Gustavo Arellano Related to Jessica Alba!

    Taken from Wikipedia lest we pay the papparazzi...​I get the strangest, most beautiful letters regarding my book, Orange County: A Personal History, and I probably got the best one yet last week from a middle-aged lady who lives in the San Gabriel Valley. She had long heard me on the Orange County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Giant Tuna Sells For Record Price in Japan Auction; But How Does It Compare to Other Expensive Foods?

    Getty ImagesThere were some big headlines about the sale of a giant bluefin tuna at the Tsukiji fish market in Japan yesterday.  The 513 pound fish was sold to the highest bidder for $177,000. A princely sum indeed, no doubt fetching the price as stocks of the fish in the wild are thoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Historical, Ping-Pongy Fun At South Coast Plaza This Weekend

    ​Am I the only one who thought, upon first hearing that there'd be a ping-pong tournament at South Coast Plaza this weekend as part of the mega-mall's "festival celebrating Chinese culture," that the whole thing sounded a little... racist?I mean, you (a racist) would expect those people to play ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    In Light of Braff: Five Bizarre Internet Hoaxes

    Flickr user Thor Arvid​The world thought  Scrubs actor Zach Braff was dead yesterday for a few hours--suicide, they said. Turns out, it was just a Scrubs fan that had created a faker CNN page in 2007 that somehow resurfaced. In an age where someone's Wikipedia page is edited spookily quick to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Five Regrettable Music/Video Game Moments

    ​Motörhead are currently on tour (including a stop at the House of Blues in Anaheim), they also play a role in upcoming action/adventure game Brütal Legend, out next week on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 (we got a chance to play it at Comic-Con this year, it's a fun, straight-forward beat 'em up wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Five Songs About Technology Gone Horribly Awry

    Flickr user NMFinFan​Between the "sexting" phenomenon and underage kids letting the world know via tweet what public place they had sex at last night, we're not sure if we're getting old and grumpy or the rest of you are just getting dumber and dumber. We're going to opt for the latter. And we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2009

    Eight Questions with Katon W. De Pena of Hirax

    Hirax with Katon De Pena, third from right.​Interviewing Hirax singer Katon W. De Pena is sort of a waste of time. You see, journalists (me) are supposed to find news and then announce said news to readers (you). But I shit you not when I say that everyone knows De Pena and De Pena knows everyone. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2009

    Sex, Crimes and Videotape

    Wikipedia Commons​Imagine being 16-year-old Jane Doe from the "Haidl Three" gang-rape case. First, you discover three guys knocked you out with gin, sprawled your unconscious body on a pool table and garage sofa and then shoved a Snapple bottle, a lit cigarette, an apple-juice can, a pool stick an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Kanye West/Lady Gaga Tour Now Officially Official

    S. Affandi, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.​After a good amount of speculation due to a lack of official announcements and tour dates disappearing from the Internets, the Kanye West and Lady Gaga "Fame Kills" tour is on for realsies, following press releases from Live Nation this morning.

  • Calendar

    August 13, 2009


    The Galaxy Concert Theatre

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    August 3, 2009

    Five Great Finds at Irvine Farmers Market

    ​Yes, I know about the fresh corn and the hummus, not to mention the sausages, but these five things were new to me when I visited on Saturday. The results were mixed, but it's always useful to expand the horizons. Pluots. There's a stand featuring nothing but this fruit (give or take some renegad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Tuesday, July 21 Is Free Pastry Day At Starbucks

    Or make that "Free Pastry Morning", seeing as you have to get there before 10.30 a.m.You also have to buy a beverage--and take along a coupon (CLICK HERE)--but it's still a freebie, right?This outburst of generosity is apparently to celebrate the fact that the coffee chain's baked goods are now free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    The Growlers Ready 'Couples Vol. 8,' Release Show

    In terms of maintaining a prolific pace, Ryan Adams ain't got shit on Costa Mesa's the Growlers, who last year released a 25-song record cheekily called Greatest Hits, and have subsequently released multiple volumes of their Couples series, each with two to seven songs on them.The band explaining th ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 6, 2008
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    April 8, 2008

    Video Savant: The Verve's "Slide Away" & "All in the Mind"

    Back before they had to add “the” to their name, before they hit it big with “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (and drew the litigious attention of the Rolling Stones' former manager [Allen Klein, biggest asshole in the history of the entertainment industry] for a crucial sample in it), before lead si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008
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    November 27, 2007

    Piss and Fluoride; one, two knockout combo for dental health

    Orange County scored an article in the New York Times today on the planned November 30 unveiling of its glorious world’s largest plant devoted to "purifying sewer water to increase drinking water supplies." For decades, water agencies all over the country have purified sewer water and dumped it b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2007

    Grails' Burning Off Impurities

    Curb Your Cynicism is a recurring blogtastic feature in which the music editor pithily enthuses about new releases and reissues he thinks will enhance your life and erode your cynicism about the state of music, circa now. Grails Burning Off Impurities (Temporary Residence) Release date: May 1, 200 ... More >>

  • Music

    August 3, 2006



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