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  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    More OC Register Problems: OC Metro Shuttered, Saddleback Problems, and...a Lobster Bake?

    The bad news just keeps coming for the Orange County Register, so much so that we gotta combine items now instead of pacing them out day by day. So on this day's edition of As the Kush Turns, we have the death of OC Metro, embarrassing proof that the Reg no longer has any institutional knowledge lef ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 24, 2014

    'SARKISIAN & SARKISIAN': Like Father, Not Like Son

    OCMA's exhibit of Paul and Peter Sarkisian's works highlight their individual brilliance

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    The Five Must-See Acts of Rock the Bells 2013

    In a very recent interview with the Press Enterprise, Guerilla Union/Rock the Bells boss Chang Weisberg said "I think all of the acts on this bill are making a contribution to the fabric of hip-hop culture in their own unique ways." And, though it may sound like the usual pre-show pump-up a head-pro ... More >>

  • Food

    February 7, 2013

    Buns N Rice: The Chosun Ones

    [Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa deli is slowly introducing office drones to Korean cuisine

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Quicksand - The Glass House - January 23, 2013

    Quicksand The Glass House January 23, 2013 It still felt surreal seeing the first performance of Quicksand in fifteen years at the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary party at the Glass House in June of 2012. Even though their five song set had me drooling for more, one could never imagine that Qui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    SportPharm, Prescription Drug Tracker for NFL, Claims to be Cleared in DEA Probe of Chargers

    A Huntington Beach company that tracks medications used by NFL players reportedly claims its been cleared in a federal investigation that followed the May 2010 arrest of former San Diego Chargers safety Kevin Ellison, who had 100 painkillers illegally in his possession when his car was stopped in R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Threesomes at the Toronto Film Festival: Critic Karina Longworth Weighs In

    By Karina Longworth This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson "do it" in a swimmin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Let's Talk About the Crazy Names For Musician Fan Bases, Like "Beliebers"

    See Also:*Miley Cyrus Calls Anaheim Resident a "Fucking Creep" on Twitter*Octomom Releases New Topless Album Cover for 'Sexy Party'*Christina Aguilera and YUM! Brands Team Up to Fight Hunger. Seriously?As Jerry Seinfeld might say: What's the deal with all these crazy names for musician fan bases, li ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 12, 2012

    The Fixx

    The Coach House

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    April 26, 2012

    Blood Sweat & Tears

    City National Grove

  • Food

    February 10, 2012

    Han Yang Has a Bone to Pick

    This Buena Park restaurant takes Korean food and its beef short rib soup beyond the borders of Little Seoul

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Rush Fans, Rejoice: Today is 2112

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​We celebrate the dorkiest of dorky music fans by dubbing today as Rush Day, All Day: It is, after all, 2-1-12. Both the album and the song, released in 1976, is actually about the year 2112. For many, the fact that 2112 is considered the definitive Rush album is reason eno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Disney to Release Matterhorn Movie

    Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds is about to get the same silver screen treatment that Disney has given to Pirates of the Caribbean, Country Bear Jamboree, and Haunted Mansion.That's right: They're turning another ride it into a feature-length movie (with the hopes of it becoming a franchise, of cou ... More >>

  • Film

    October 27, 2011

    'Anonymous' Is Much Ado About Very Little

    The Shakespeare exposé no one has been waiting for

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Ukrainian Man Dies After Winning Dumpling-Eating Contest By Eating 10 in 30 Seconds

    Wikimedia CommonsLithuanian-styley vareniki: As killer good?​As entertaining and weird as eating contests are, the nastiness involved is always below the surface. Vomiting, gross faces, intestinal discomfort--but one thing that happily never happens often is death.Unfortunately, that's not what ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Freddie Joachim: 'Bootlegging my Albums Gets my Music to a Wider Audience'

    ​Freddie Joachim (JO-AH-KIM) is a hip-hop producer and SoCal resident who draws from soul, funk, and hip hop influences. Though largely underground, Joachim's refined style is recognized and respected by listeners and artists from all around the globe. OC Weekly talked to him about where he's head ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 23, 2011

    'Jerry Springer' Vs. Arthur Miller Vs. 'The Underpants'

    [SUMMER GUIDE] And more from OC and Long Beach stages this summer

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    [UPDATED: Police Chief Uncertain of Cocaine Involvement] City Employee Commits Suicide, Jumping Off Costa Mesa City Hall

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyHuy Pham, in a photo brought to a candlelight vigil for him​UPDATE, MAY 31, 8:16 A.M.: Costa Mesa's police chief, Steve Staveley isn't entirely convinced by the conclusions being made from the coroner reports that Huy Pham had cocaine in his system at the time of his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Five Weird Drugs (and the Stars Who Use Them)

    ​ Courtney Love caused a teeny stir this week when she raved about the hallucinogenic tea Ayahuasca. Sounding like a frat boy detailing his first blunt, Love shared some of the urban legends surrounding Ayahuasca, namely, that users experience identical visions of a mysterious "Black guy" (Editor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    How Many Ways To Kill a Cadbury Creme Egg?

    Wikimedia Commons​Your Stick-A-Fork bloggers were plotting an Easter post featuring Marshmallow Peeps. You know, some variation on a Peep-y diorama, but fresher and funnier than before. We tossed around some ideas, but we English majors couldn't transfer the ideas to the Art majors in time for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Pot Smuggling Boat Washes Up on Dana Point Beach

    ​A boat containing 740 pounds of marijuana was discovered on Monday, at approximately 6 a.m., but so far nobody has come to claim the haul, leaving experts guessing that it was most likely a Mexican cartel smuggling operation gone awry.The first clue: The boat was heading north whenever its occupa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Entrepreneur Wants to Harness the Power of Waves Near San Onofre to Generate Electricity

    WikipediaSan Onofre Nuclear Generating Station​The waters off the coast of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) are being considered for a massive renewable, green-energy science experiment. The group that was granted permission by the federal energy regulators hopes to one day build ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Alien or Abductee? Five Extraterrestial Musicians (Other Than Sammy Hagar)

    ​This week, former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar claimed that he had been abducted by aliens. Overnight, lame jokes about Hagar suffering from tequila-induced psychosis flooded the Internet and open-mic comedy stages, positioning the laid-back "I Can't Drive 55" singer as buffoon of the month. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    [UPDATE] 5 Die in Long Beach Plane Crash. Tom Dean, Laguna Beach Developer, and Bruce Krall, Ladera Ranch Banker, Among the Dead

    ​UPDATE, MARCH 21, 4:10 P.M.: The doomed twin-engine plane pilot who died in Wednesday morning's Long Beach Airport crash has been identified as Kenneth Earl Cruz.The 43-year-old Culver City resident worked for Rainbow Air of Long Beach, had been a commercial pilot since 2003 an ... More >>

  • Music

    February 17, 2011

    Agent Orange Are Big in Canada, Eh!

    [Locals Only] The legendary OC punk group invade Pomona

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Jerry West Blasts Lakers in Irvine--and Phil Jackson Seconds Him

    Wikipedia Commons​Former Lakers coach, team president and Hall of Fame player Jerry West spoke at the annual Orange County Automobile Dealers Association luncheon at the Irvine Marriott on Friday--and unloaded on his former squad."I don't think the Lakers will be good for much longer," West predi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Allergan Seeks to Expand Fatty Pool for Lap-Bands

    ​Allergan Inc., which is already rolling in it thanks to remedies such as Botox, Latisse and Natrelle breast implants, aims to roll in even more of it by increasing the fatty pool for its Lap-Band weight-loss devices.The Irvine-based pharmaceutical company wants the government to decrease the mini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Akaninyene Efiong Akan, San Clemente Resident, Tied to Rape in Oakland. No, the Other Oakland

    ​A San Clemente man is being held for a rape in Oakland.No, not the Oakland of A's, Raiders, Oak Town, Jerry Brown and Epic Beard Man fame, but the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. Akaninyene Efiong Akan, a 29-year-old Nigerian, is charged with rape, burglary, assault and other crime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Mila Kunis Yet the Latest In-n-Out Celebrity Endorser

    Photo from Wikimedia CommonsKunis​Geez, between Edwin's Heather Graham post yesterday and this one, we're becoming a culinary TMZ! Or not...anyhoo, Mila Kunis is another Hollywood hottie who's appearing in some weird film with Natalie Portman called The Black Swan. I probably wouldn't see it--but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Five Mexican Christmas Food Traditions That Should Happen Year-Round

    ​Although I've never liked Thanksgiving, I absolutely love the Christmas holidays--not just because of the whole Nazarene bit, but also because my mom and her sisters prepare foodstuffs we don't have at any other point of the year. Sure, they pat out tamales in numbers big enough to feed an army ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Crystal Cathedral's High Salaries Questioned in Bankruptcy Proceedings

    ​Update, November 19, 2:50 p.m.: Creditors in the Crystal Cathedral bankruptcy proceedings have filed court documents that question the high salary of yet another employee.This one is is paid to the son-in-law of the church's Chief Financial Officer Fred Southard, whose $132,019 housing allowance ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 4, 2010

    Lucia di Lammermoor

    Cerritos Center

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    September 16, 2010


    Detroit Bar

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    5 Fun Facts in Leaked Angels Documents

    ​Tommy Craggs is having a helluva time revealing the financial secrets of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in "MLB Confidential" on, thanks to leaked documents team officials have confirmed are the real deal.Major League Baseball and Angels' VP of Communications Tim Mead are not amu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    May Gray, June Gloom, July ... Oh, Why?

    ​Perhaps you noticed over the July 4 holiday that the "May Gray" that gave way to "June Gloom" still had not disappeared. Maybe that wetness in the driveway this morning--six days into sizzling season--had you freaked out, too.Fear not, Dallas Raines: the National Weather Service (NWS) confirms Or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Who is Bowdlerizing Tod Brown's Wikipedia Page?

    At least Brownie has pals on Wikipedia--Google his name, and our coverage of him pop up first...​I think that even the most objective biographer of Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown will agree that the sex-abuse scandal in Orange has been a big part of his tenure here--not just the $100 millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Friday Night: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at the Glass House

    Jami Dwyer via Wikimedia CommonsDon't be fooled! This picture of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists is from 2007 in Seattle.​Friday Night: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at the Glass House, Pomona; March 26, 2010.Better Than: Whichever sad-but-true murder of the week profiled on Dateline that night. Nearby ... More >>

  • Music

    March 4, 2010

    The Like: Don't Hate

    [Mental Notes] Also, Sublime With Rome to Roam, Thom Yorke Makes Peace

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    "King of the World" Box Office's Orange County Connection

    James Cameron makes a point with actor Sam Worthington behind the scenes on "Avatar."​James Cameron's Avatar overtook his own Titanic, reaching the $1.292 billion mark in worldwide box office grosses on Sunday. The sinking ship story had reigned at $1.242 billion. However, Avatar is still $49 mill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Dave Eggers to be Honored in Anaheim for Sensitivity to Muslims

    By David Shankbone/Wikipedia CommonsDave Eggers at the 2007 Brooklyn Book Festival.​A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius author Dave Eggers will be presented the 2009 "Courage in Media" award at the Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' 13th annual banq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    The OC Register Needs to Stop Respecting CCIR

    ​The Orange County Register did another immigration story over the weekend, this one interviewing Know Nothings and saints on opposite sides of the issue. I understand that reporter Cindy Carmaco has to adhere to trying to antagonize the Know Nothings as little as possible lest she receive dozens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Free Crap That Came In The Mail: Sally Kellerman, 'Sally'

    Of course, one of the perks of writing about music is getting albums before anyone else. You know, that unique sense of smug self-satisfaction that comes from getting promo CDs weeks before the rest of the world. (Sure, albums being routinely leaked online early has tempered the novelty of this, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Orange County Makes Daily Rotten History!

    I've been expounding on the genius of in the Weekly's pages for years--not so much the gore but rather their fabulous library and Daily Rotten (think of it as Wikipedia and the Drudge Report written by libertarian conspiracy- and porno-obsessed geeks--but isn't this characterization quadr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Free Crap That Came In The Mail: Switchfoot, 'The Best Yet'

    In what is surely the least necessary greatest hits compilation since the clearly oxymoronic The Essential Stabbing Westward (the only thing that should contain is a blank CD-R), San Diego's Switchfoot have released The Best Yet, a staggering 18 (!) tracks of what is purportedly the band's "best."Du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    On The Wall: Come On With The Rain

    The Irvine Museum typically presents exhibits so inoffensively pretty that my eyeballs slide right off of them. When I heard the title for their current show—"All The Water That Will Ever Be, Is, Right Now"— the strangled phrasing got my hopes up that maybe this time we were in for something mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    Free Orange County! Kill The Mouse! Er, Bee!

    Don't watch Venture Brothers? You should start. And you might as well start with the latest episode to appear on the Adult Swim website, "The Incredible Mr. Brisby." Dr. Venture, his skull-cracking manservant Brock Sampson (voiced by the incomparable Patrick Warburton and boasting a more impressive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008

    Firecrackers, Rats and Some GOP guy's Mansion

    On a cool evening in the heart of Little Saigon loud firecrackers periodically exploded as Vietnamese Americans celebrated the coming of Tet (Vietnamese New Year) and something that should comfort Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle: the launching of the Year of the Rat. Of course, I'm kidding. According t ... More >>

  • News

    October 25, 2007

    Sign of the Times

    OC taxpayers will pay extra for people who can’t read maps

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2007

    R.I.P. Mark St. John, ex-Kiss Guitarist

    Reader Pat O'Connor called this morning to inform us that former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John died of a cerebral hemorrhage April 5. He was 51. St. John's death has received little attention in Orange County media, but it has been reported by Billboard's website, Reuters,, Wikipedia, and o ... More >>

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    Get Out!

    Murder and Drugs
    March 16 - March 23

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