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Song As Old as Rhyme [Special Screenings, Aug. 3-10]

2 months ago by Matt Coker
The Jungle Book. It's the 2016 live-action (well, live action against a green screen) version of the Disney animated classic with Mowgli (Neel Sethi), who has been raised by jungle animals since he was an abandoned baby, then forced to return to the human world. Peppertree Park, 230 W. First...
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As You Wish [Special Screenings, July 27-Aug. 3]

2 months ago by Matt Coker
The Secret Life of Pets. It's the 3D-animated tale about a terrier named Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts a giant, unruly canine and they wind up in a truck bound for the pound. Bring a blanket...
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Virginia Guzman, Last Surviving Matriarch of Mendez, et al v. Westminster Case, Passes Away

3 months ago by Gustavo Arellano
The last surviving matriarch of the historic Mendez, et al v. Westminster school desegregation case passed away last week. Virginia Guzman was 100 years old when God called la doña to assume her place in Heaven with the rest of the Latino fathers and mothers who made civil rights history in...
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Snitch Myth? Only To Orange County's Reality-Denying Grand Jury

3 months ago by R. Scott Moxley
Orange County's local law-enforcement agencies—the district attorney's office (OCDA) and the sheriff's department (OCSD)—spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars annually to sell stories of their heroism to the public or, as in the case of the ongoing jailhouse-informant scandal, spread disinformation. Despite reams of evidence to the contrary, the...
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Restless [Savage Love]

5 months ago by Dan Savage
I'm a 31-year-old gay male. I've been with my fiancé for three years, and we are getting married in the fall. I've got a question about initiating sex in my sleep—I read somewhere that "sexsomnia" is the "medical" term, but maybe the internet invented that? According to my fiancé, I...
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Laguna Art Museum Celebrates the Legendary Beginnings of the California School of Fine Arts

6 months ago by Dave Barton
Wandering around the basement gallery at Laguna Art Museum's (LAM) masterful "The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-55" exhibition, you'll find perfection after perfection, amazed at the quality of the overlooked work and more than a little saddened that the school's heyday was so short-lived...
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Monique Powell Has Revived Save Ferris—But Not Everyone is Happy

6 months ago by Daniel Kohn
"Isn't the view great?!" Monique Powell quips, her pogo stick-esque persona masking fatigue. It's late in the afternoon, and the Save Ferris singer sits at an outdoor table at Encino's Lakeside Restaurant & Lounge along with her bassist, Gordon Bash, and manager, Chris Trovero. Ducks squawk just a few feet...
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Meet the 94-Year-Old OC Oil Heiress Who Has Anonymously Given Away Her Fortune for Decades

9 months ago by Matt Coker
Ninety-four-year-old Faith Strong lives alone, save for an assistant she reluctantly hired because of a heart condition. Her house is quite nice and comfortable but relatively modest compared to those of many of her Monarch Bay neighbors. Sure, the guarded, gated Dana Point community means Strong's property alone is worth...
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Kindred Hospital Westminster Nurses Set to Strike Over Conditions, Not Heebie-Jeebies

2 years ago by Matt Coker
Before my father-in-law passed away recently, he spent several months at Kindred Hospital Westminster, where he was under the care of several amazing nurses. However, he would not be surprised to learn some of those nurses plan to hold a one-day strike on Sept. 3, having once remarked, "This place...
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Kill 'Em Quicker: Scary Motive Prompts Push for Speeding Up State Executions

11 months ago by R. Scott Moxley
Inside C30, a courtroom designated for major felony trials at Orange County's Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, public seats are firm, half-century-old wooden chairs. After about an hour of use, they cause pain and prompt widespread squirming that results in an annoying, continual symphony of creaks. Unlike the majestic...

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