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Queer As Punk: Remembering Robert Omlit, OC's Original, Forgotten Music Madman

6 days ago by Frank John Tristan
There's OC underground punk, and then there's My Name Is Harold: I Am an Outlaw!, a 1981 tape recorded by the Omlits. It starts with heavy guitars and a man introducing himself as "Punk Harold." He begins yelling as the bass and hard-hitting drums fall in line to capture the...

Announcing the First Class of the OC Food Hall of Fame!

27 days ago by Gustavo Arellano
It's been a long road, but Orange County finally gets proper nationwide recognition as a place where important food happens, where people look for the next big trends instead of us waiting four years before ripping off something from Los Angeles (seriously, those of y'all who create "concepts"? Nashville hot...

At Cesar's Bistro, Come for the Empanadas, Stay for the Pan-Latin Fusion

2 months ago by Sarah Bennett
Every once in a while, I find a restaurant in Long Beach that I love so much I’m tempted to never write about it. And I’m not talking about the secret garage tacos that lurk across central Long Beach on weekends, where the mere mention of their location would get...

Going to Coachella? Visit Carlos Salgado's New Diner at Ace Hotel Palm Springs

5 months ago by Gustavo Arellano
The accolades are still rightfully coming to Carlos Salgado, head of Taco Maria and winner of OC Weekly's Best Restaurant award three years in a row. Just yesterday, Orange County Register critic Brad A. Johnson put the Costa Mesa Mexican restaurant at the top of his 75 Best Places to Eat in...

Bill Esparza to Sign Copies of His L.A. Mexicano THIS WEEKEND in Santa Ana!

2 months ago by Cynthia Rebolledo
Aside from being the world’s first tacorazzo, a James Beard award winning writer, professional musician and blogger (Street Gourmet LA), our own Bill Esparza has been largely instrumental in chronicling and impacting today’s Mexican food culture above and below the US-MX border. In his new book, L.A. Mexicano: Recipes, People...

KC's Bakery Is the Best Vietnamese Bakery in Cambodia Town

4 months ago by Sarah Bennett
Despite being a cultural hub for the largest population of Khmer in the U.S., Long Beach’s Cambodia Town is actually a diverse place. Drive down the mile-long stretch of Anaheim Street, and you’re just as likely to see Cambodian nightclubs, grocery stores and restaurants as you are to see places...

Taco Maria's Enrique Olvera-Carlos Salgado Dinner was Even More Chingón than Promised

10 months ago by Gustavo Arellano
For the past three months, Carlos Salgado has repaid the public for his three spectacular years at the brick-and-motor version of Taco Maria with pop-up dinners featuring of the best chefs Mexico has to offer. October brought Baja-Med king Javier Plascencia; November highlighted Diego Hernandez, maestro of the Valle de...

Dances Reimagine the Spaces in San Clemente's Casa Kinetic

5 months ago by Lisa Black
The commissioned dances for Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens' Casa Kinetic: Contemporary Dance Collective transformed each of the sites that inspired the choreography. The emptied Art Gallery just inside the central courtyard became a struggling lovers' loft in The Assembly's Brusque. Megan Goldstein of OC Ballet Theater evoked 1927, the year...

Coachella 2017 By The Minute: Weekend 2

5 months ago by Nate Jackson
Friday 2:50 p.m. A woman sits in her car smoking a cigarette at the tennis gardens waiting for her friend to come back with wristbands. There’s a sign on the back window that reads “Just left cheating fiancé. MUST PARTY! Please Help!” She looked at me with a disheartening look...

Six E-40 Collaborations You May Not Know Happened

1 year ago by Chaz Kangas
This weekend, E-40 returns to The Observatory to rock with Andre Nickatina. One of the longest tenured and consistent MCs in the game, 40 Water’s been turning out original envelope-pushing and endlessly influential hip-hop for almost a quarter-century. Part of that longevity comes for 40’s willingness to collaborate with so...


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