• Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    An Inconvenient Thirst: 9 Global Hot Spots

    What follows is a picture of the groundwater challenges at home and abroad. I must concede that I became depressed while putting this together, but then remembered far more brilliant people are working on ways to manage our way out of this crisis. We just need more of these folks to make it a priori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    An Inconvenient Thirst

    Looking out the large windows from Jay Famiglietti's corner office at UC Irvine on a sun-drenched late-spring day, you take in an inviting deep greenbelt and, just beyond that, the green, green grass of Aldrich Park. Contrast that with the view from the UCI hydrologist's new office at the NASA Jet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Ricardo Nieva Admits to Stealing $2 Million While Pegasus School Business Manager: Feds

    I guess when you send your kid to a fancy elementary school like The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, you expect the guy handling the money to be fancy too. So no one apparently batted an eye over Ricardo Nieva having a golf club membership and Angels season tickets, sending his own kids to priv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    'The Laramie Project' High School Production Gets the Boot in Fullerton

    Four years ago, Fred Phelps, the now banished (and the God-who-Hates-Fags-willing soon to be dead) founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, announced plans to boycott a Santa Ana staging of The Laramie Project, an oral history project turned play that documented the events surrounding the 1998 killin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Mary Katheryn Sharpski, Superhot Mom, Guilty of Hubby's Attempted Murder by Machete

    Would-be Victoria's Secret model Mary Katheryn Sharpski pleaded guilty recently to recruiting a man to kill her husband with a machete, although Frank Sharpski survived.

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Drought (and Ski Resort) Relief Coming to Cali?

    Falling rain may send one's thoughts to the upcoming ski and snowboard season. According to some national weather predictors, the coming winter may bring enough precipitation to replenish reservoirs and ease water shortages in California. Neat. But what about our slopes? Relief may be coming there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Water Districts Weigh Fracking in Orange County

    Mention the phrase hydraulic fracturing, and one pictures the dust-swept plains of North Dakota, or maybe Wyoming. But perhaps some would be surprised to know that the practice, known colloquially as fracking, is already taking place in Orange County's backyard, with future sites in the heart of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Pelican Hill Tops List of Resorts Where Cougars Like to Hit on Younger Male Staff Members

    The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast is the No. 1 resort in North America for cougars. That's not cougars as in mountain lions who come down from the hills to feed, but cougars as in women of a certain age who come down from the hills to lunch. On man meat.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Jeremy Stenberg, OC's World Champion Dirt-Bike Racer, Sued for Hiding Income From His Agent

    Jeremy Stenberg--Orange County's legendary dirt-bike race champion and a colorful MTV/ESPN celebrity--is facing a lawsuit that claims he created a Wyoming shell corporation to hide income from his agent. McClellan Nichols Sports Syndicate LLC (a.k.a. the Sports Syndicate) of Newport Beach filed its ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 11, 2013

    The Laramie Project

    Chance Theater

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    [Exene Says . . .] What Happens On the Day Old Faithful Doesn't Explode?

    [Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her new column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Antonio Cinco Ortega Convicted of Attemped Murder in Love Triangle Machete Attack

    A butcher was convicted today of trying to hack up a Fountain Valley man not with a butcher's knife but a machete.Antonio Cinco Ortega, 23, of Santa Ana, is now looking at the possibility of 29 years to life in state prison for his role in an alleged murder plot authorities claim was hatched by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    [UPDATED with Ex-Veep's "Arrest":] Dick Cheney Greeted by Protesters at Nixon Library

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 8, 9:56 A.M.: As Dick Cheney was lauding his profound role in Bush administration wars on terror, the Geneva Convention and the U.S. Constitution before a polite Nixon Library crowd Wednesday evening, he was "arrested."Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans rose from her chair in the East ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Woman Wins $10 Million "Spoofing" Judgment Against No-Show Santa Ana Debt Collection Dickwads

    ​A West Virginia woman who was repeatedly harassed on the phone over her son's supposed credit-card debt was recently awarded a $10 million judgment in court, but Diana Mey may never see a penny of it because the defendant, a Santa Ana-based collection agency, simply walked away from the case. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Hardees Commercials for Fried Bologna Biscuits

    ​ You may or may not like Carl's Jr's. commercials. They're purposely polarizing and provocative. The ads use either tits or creepers to capture your eyeballs and your wallet. Now they're using both at the same time--creepy old man moobies to sell Hardee's Fried Bologna Biscuit breakfast sandwic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Loretta Sanchez Pushes Anti-Stalking Law With Anti-Gay Dingbat

    Virginia Foxx, dingbat​In a bipartisan effort with a notorious North Carolina Republican, Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proposing a new federal anti-stalking law that is designed to aid law enforcement in capturing offenders.The pair has dubbed their House Resolution 196 the Simpl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2010

    Anti-Gay Fred Phelps Is A No-Show But Police Helicopters Nevertheless Go Into Frenzy

    Helicopter crew: We want to feel important​The OC Register reported tonight that "hundreds" of protesters gathered in Santa Ana tonight to demonstrate against anti-gay bigots who'd claimed they would appear from Kansas in opposition to a play about the brutal murder of a Wyoming gay man, Matthew S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps Brings Hate Crusade to OC The Laramie Project Staging

    ​Fred Phelps' "God Hates Fags" crusade comes to Santa Ana Saturday night for another demonstration of a play about the murder of Matthew Shepard, whose funeral was infamously picketed by the pastor of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas.The threat has prompted a downtown Santa Ana business ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 4, 2010

    The Laramie Project

    Grand Central Theatre

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Ugo Allesina of Prego, Part One

    Kimberly Valenzuela​Of all the Los Angeles-area airports, John Wayne has the best food within easy striking distance. The traffic at LAX prevents people from eating nearby; Burbank's airport is in an absolute desert of food, and Ontario is even worse. Long Beach has some good options, but if you'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Director's Own Words: Chris Kitchen of "Freedom Riders"

    Director Chris Kitchen films a mountain biker in Freedom Riders.​"There were some glances exchanged and a few tense moments, but eventually we ended up talking about our respective projects and agreeing to join forces. After the success of Freedom Riders, we have embarked upon several other projec ... More >>

  • News

    February 18, 2010

    Haitian Charity From a Convicted Cheat

    Suzie Graf might have a criminal record, but those PODS full of donations she solicited are on their way to Haiti

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2010

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week!

    ​When I first read this dispatch from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I thought that the criminal involved was a homeless guy who was honestly hungry and thus felt sad. Turns out the guy wasn't homeless and had a blood-alcohol count nearly three times over the driving limit. Ah, boozing...anyway, the repor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    To Haiti With Love--From A Convicted Fraudster?

    Susan Graf served 10 months in a Wyoming prison for fraud​ On Jan. 21, the San Clemente Times ran a heartwarming story about local citizens eager to help the suffering people of Haiti in the wake of that country's devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. "Suzie Graf just knew she had to do something," the ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 8, 2009

    Ten or 100 Years Later, 'The Laramie Project' Remains Relevant

    Ten years later or 100 years later, the murder of Matthew Shepard and The Laramie Project will remain relevant

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Battle of the Bad Mexican Fast-Food Chains: Taco Bell vs. Taco John's

    ​BROOKINGS, S.D.--I'm speaking tonight at South Dakota State University, a day after having spent the week eating my way through Tex-Mex heaven in San Antonio. Quite a difference from the land of Flaco Jimenez to that of Laura Ingalls Wilder--and then there's the Mexican food.In San Antonio, I ate ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009

    The Laramie Project

    Wilshire Audotorium, Fullerton College

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Navel Gazing: The Avis of Journalistic Blogs in the West

    Dear readers, prepare to withstand some navel gazing about Navel Gazing, the OC Weekly staff news blog: It has won second-place honors from Best of the West, which was founded in 1987 to promote freedom of information and reward journalistic excellence, mainly through its contest for newspapers and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    NBFF: Snow Jobs and Sausages

    Sometimes I wonder about the power of coincidence. Both times I've covered the Newport Beach Film Festival, I have been unable to attend every day because some or other duty at the office ends up taking a lot more of my time than expected. So I was called home on Tuesday, thereby missing both THE RE ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2006

    Sic Transit...

    It seem there might be a princess– princess in the sense of being the child of a European royal– somewhere in the Inland Empire. Albert Grimaldi, the ruling prince of Monaco (and one of the least inbred of Europe's royal relics, thanks to the genetic material of Grace Kelly), is reported ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2006

    Good Timing, Bad Air

    The Orange County Register reports this morning that the Irvine-based Beckman Foundation has donated $20 million to the City of Hope in Duarte, to help finance cancer research. The Foundation has an excellent sense of timing– because, as every other newspaper in the state is reporting this mor ... More >>

  • Film

    December 8, 2005

    Lonesome Doves

    Riding the range with Ang Lee's lovelorn cowboys

  • Features

    December 8, 2005

    Lonesome Doves

    Riding the range with Ang Lee's lovelorn cowboys

    By Ella Taylor

  • Culture

    August 18, 2005

    Give em Enough Rope

    Laramie explains itself

  • Culture

    March 10, 2005

    The (Not So) Odd Couple

    Collaboration is the soul of the Offices Saratoga

  • Columns

    December 30, 2004

    The Year the Music Died

    First They Came for the Communists . . .

  • Film

    December 4, 2003

    Let It Snow

    Warren Millers Journey kicks off another ski season

  • Film

    May 15, 2003

    Please Release Me . . .

    The special joy of the bad-movie press release

  • Columns

    January 9, 2003
  • Columns

    January 2, 2003

    The Year in Girl

    Congressman Rohrabacher? Meet Jan from the Vandals!

  • Columns

    September 12, 2002

    American Girl

    Screw Cheneyland! Homes where bold types dwell

  • Columns

    August 22, 2002

    Enemies in Our Midst?

    For Japanese-Americans, Bushs war on terror is deja vu

  • Features

    June 27, 2002

    Khmer Rap

    Long Beachs Prach Ly drops rhymes about the Killing Fields

  • News

    April 11, 2002
  • Columns

    January 31, 2002
  • Culture

    August 2, 2001

    Dangerous Dream Houses

    If we were 5 cm tall, wed live in Michael Jantzens Dwelling Places

  • News

    November 18, 1999

    News for Nerds

    And other great news sites

  • News

    May 27, 1999

    The Faggot Factor

    The chickens came home to roost at Columbine High

  • News

    May 20, 1999

    Hey, Kuehl Aid!

    OC Board of Education torpedoes protection of gay students

  • Music

    April 1, 1999

    The Gaff Is Back

    And he's brought his Cold Hard Facts, too

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