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Why Orange County: A Literary Field Guide is the greatest collection about our wacky OC By Gustavo arellano

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y two favorite quotes about Orange County, California—34 cities holding more than 3 million souls in 989 square miles of beaches, mountains, antebellum-esque gated communities and some of the worst poverty in America—come from those peas in a pod, Ronald Reagan and R. Crumb. It was the Gipper who emblazoned “the OC” (don’t call it that) into the American consciousness as the area “where all the good Republicans go to die,” uttering that line to a delighted national press corps just before he launched his 1984 re-election campaign here (although he had been throwing that catnip to us since 1981). Crumb, on the other hand, wasn’t as magnanimous. “Orange County is a vortex of evil. I really believe that—the place is an evil place,” he said in 1996 to the late, great Buddy Seigal, as printed in the pages of this infernal rag. “If this is the future of the planet—oh, man, how depressing.” The truth, of course, is somewhere in between. But both Crumb’s and Reagan’s thoughts share one overriding trait that no one can contest: Orange County is something. Something horrible. Something beautiful. Something that deserves praise. Something that deserves a nuke. Something irresistible that demands and eventually earns everyone’s attention. OC has drawn tourists and settlers, holy men and serial killers, the rich and the poor and the middle class and everyone in between for nearly 200 years, all heeding the siren call of . . . something. Chroniclers have documented this strange, bizarre, overachieving vortex of paradise that I know so well. As someone who has lived in OC my entire life, covered it for 15 years and even written a book about this infernal land, I’ve read hundreds of books and thousands of articles on the subject. And so believe me when I say that the anthology is the finest attempt to try to lasso together the Orange County that sits between Reagan’s heaven and Crumb’s hell. Orange County: A Literary Field Guide is a fantastic book, one that collects the OC observations and experiences of everyone from literary legends to local cranks, Pulitzer Prize winners to alt-weekly hacks, poets to novelists to essayists, whether homegrown or not. It’s the best creative distillation of the Orange County story this side of a No Doubt or Social Distortion song. And it’s not just the writing that sings, although you’ve already got an operetta whenever you put Didion, Chabon, Isherwood, Philip K. Dick and M. F. K. Fisher together in the same volume.

Berry Farm, the authors here draw attention to Orange County as a special place. Whatever that allure is, it stays with us and deserves a romp on the written page. Is this a perfect collection? Of course not. It would’ve, for instance, been great to include a voice that had experienced one of Orange County’s many Christian megachurches; the Baffler trashing the infamous Crystal Cathedral, even if just for a few paragraphs, is literary perfection. (While the building still exists, it’s now called Christ Cathedral and serves as the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Orange; the former tenant, the Reverend Robert Schuller, led his ministry into bankruptcy and died loathed and estranged from family members. Paradise Lost.) Also underrepresented is the vibrant music subcultures—the rockabillies and skankers, punks and rockeros— that make OC an ever-replenishing source of youth culture for the rest of the country. While our notorious conservatism and avarice is ever present throughout this anthology (and masterfully destroyed in Jon Wiener’s account of a visit to the Nixon Library shortly after its opening), it would’ve been great to read a bit more about the contemporary scene. (Nixon, after all, was a state and national figure, only falling back on OC for refuge—Paradise Found.) And really, the best serialized treatment about Orange County remains the original run of Arrested Development, the cult FOX comedy that captured our classes, ethnicities, races and geographic divisions with the eye of Edith Wharton and the anarchic glee of Mad magazine. But I digress. Anthologies are meant to be incomplete, meant to pique the readers’ interest about the stories omitted, the authors to come. So view this “literary field guide” as your starter pack to learning more about Orange County, California. And just remember, cabrones: Don’t call it “the OC.” No one does that. GARELLANO@OCWEEKLY.COM

And it’s not even in the diversity of voices—Mexicans, Vietnamese, AfricanAmericans, Persians, surfers, mountaineers, suburbanites and gang members, all finding common ground in marveling at this weirdness we call home. No, this book excels by paying attention to all the quirks that define this place—including Disneyland, toll roads, endangered gnatcatchers, bikinied goddesses, killer cops, acidloving hippies, and everything in between and beyond—and finding the best writing to give each of our flaws and virtues its

proper justice or evisceration. One of the overriding themes within the book, though, goes back to Crumb and Reagan: Orange County as Paradise Lost or Found. Whether the subject is 19th-century Belle Epoque Polish artists looking to establish a utopia in canyon country, the killing of the last grizzly bear in California, the eradication of orange groves by bulldozer or by disease (aptly called la tristeza—the sadness), or actor Steve Martin wistfully recalling his days moonlighting at Disneyland and Knott’s

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» gustavo arellano DEAR MEXICAN: When Americans retake California from you low-IQ Mexicans, should we call it the Reconquista? Why don’t Mexicans (and blacks, for that matter) understand that when they move into a white neighborhood because it is such a nice place to live, they will turn it into a bad place by their presence? Why don’t Mexicans understand we don’t need or want them, and they will be replaced by automation? Would Mexicans welcome a U.S. invasion by God-Emperor Donald Trump in order to replace their corrupt elite with decent rightwing Americans, who will rule competently? Where will Mexicans go when Diversity + Proximity = War becomes true? Mexico doesn’t seem to want them either. Your New Master, Same as Your Old Master DEAR CUCK: I talked to one of your kind over the phone last month for about half an hour, until his Bolivian wife told him to hang up. The biggest issue I told him I had about antiMexican arguments—you know, besides the blatant racism—is the lack of sources for the Right’s pathetic claims. Same with you: Just ’cause you and Steve Bannon say something is true doesn’t make it so. And here you come proving my pinche point. A 2013 Reason article tracked IQs among immigrants of previous generations and concluded, “Modern Hispanic immigrants seem to be no stupider than the immigrant ancestors of other Americans.” Yay! (And before you trot out stats insisting the IQs of Mexican-Americans don’t increase with each generation—ask them if they’ve tracked the same among poor gabachos in the South, the most gabacho gabachos to ever gaba.) Mexicans turning gabacho neighborhoods bad? Read USC professor Jody Agius Vallejo’s magisterial Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class, which debunks both Know Nothings

AND yaktivists who say Mexicans must remain perpetual peons across generations. Automation? Ask the Rust Belt how robots have treated gabachos. Benevolent conservative rulers? Ask the Rust Belt how right-wing Americans have treated gabachos. And as for that last neo-Nazi dog whistle—here’s where the stupidity and insecurity of your movement gets exposed at its worst. What has made the United States the greatest country on Earth is that multitudes of non-“white” immigrants such as Jews, Italians, Russians, Irish, Asians, Mexicans and, sure, even some “whites” came to make the U.S. great. The only people who freak out about diversity are gabachos who keep fearing that Mexicans will ISIS them once we’re the majority, not bothering to realize most Mexicans would rather see the Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles than kill whitey (except Roger Goodell and Tom Brady). You know the one thing Mexicans truly don’t like about gabachos? Their propensity for excuses and whining like CHAVALAS. DEAR MEXICAN: I’m an American and have a Mexican boyfriend of one year. He doesn’t seem to want his family to know anything about our relationship. I do know he doesn’t have another girlfriend, as I visited him in Mexico while he was there. Saw his house and his family, but he explained me as a person who works with him. It’s true that I work with him, but there is so much more to the story that he doesn’t want to share. Is he a private person, or am I his dirty little secret? Gone Gabacha Girl DEAR GABACHA: When it comes to gabachas, Mexican men have a hard-set rule before they introduce them to the fam: two years or two kids. ASK THE MEXICAN at themexican@askamexican.net, be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, or ask him a video question at youtube.com/askamexicano!

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t’s the eternal, solemn mission of this infernal rag to investigate all the things that make Orange County OC: the corrupt cops and great beaches and nicknames for cities (Anacrime represent!) and bars where alumni from specific high schools drink during the holidays (Kelly’s Korner Tavern for El Dorado grads!). And that’s why we’re finally tackling Orange County landmarks—buildings, statues, city seals, Boner Jesus—that resemble penises, butts, even foreskins. They’re among us . . . and here they are, just in time for our Sex Issue! Continued on Page 10

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Erotic County » FROM PAGE 9 FALLEN DAVID DISEMBODIED ASS AT CAL STATE FULLERTON

Students rub the detached butt of a replica of Michelangelo’s David for good luck. And that’s why those students go to Cal State Fullerton and not UCLA.

The decommissioned nuke house that launched a thousand obvious comparisons—even its own Facebook Place: “San Onofre Beach Nuclear Boobies.”

resembles—take your pick—a foreskin or some freaky H.R. Giger sexytimes sprung from Curt Pringle’s loins. 2626 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (800) 872-7245; www.articinfo.com.

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If you stare at the Magic Kingdom’s most famous statue from a certain angle, Mickey’s nose turns into Walt’s schlong. Wait, wasn’t that a Tijuana bible? PENIS WOLF AT GREAT WOLF LODGE

Garden Grove’s newest water park has howling-wolf statues outside its lobby. But look at it from a specific angle, and now Cousin Aaron from Iowa gets to explain something to Junior while they go on the kiddie slide. 12681 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, (888) 960-9653. MASTURBATING BREA STATUE

Brea’s “Art in Public Spaces” program offers dozens of great installations all across town, as well as dozens of symbolic yonis, lingams—and then there’s this, called “Internal Spring.” Hey, if we lived in Brea, we’d be rubbing the rocket all the time, too. West side of Brea Boulevard, between Cypress and Ash streets, Brea.

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what resembled a teenage naked Christ, complete with swirling erection. Nicknamed “Boner Jesus,” it caused such a scandal that even the Vatican had to get involved. But church officials kept it up—pun intended!—even after a parish priest was caught with child porn yet not disciplined for his crime. Heckuva job, Brownie! 727 N. Minter St., Santa Ana, (714) 542-4411; stjosephsa.org.

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Do pink hearts make you puke? Does the sight of flowers and candy make you want to gouge yourself with a spork? Alone this Valentine’s Day? Yeah, us, too. And that’s why we’re celebrating our hatred of all things sappy at the opening of Dark Art Emporium’s “Love Gone Awry.” This group art show features delightfully grotesque and allout weird works from more than 20 artists, including Nicolas Caesar, Dark Vomit, the Creep, Josh Stebbins and many more. Plus, if you’re into shame-eating, there are food trucks on hand, and you can wash away your bitterness with a swig of something fiery, as BlackCraft Whiskey is there to pour you a glass. We will get through this together. “Love Gone Awry” at Dark Art Emporium, 252 Elm Ave., Long Beach, (562) 6121118; www.darkartemporium.com. 7 p.m. Through March 4. Free. —ERIN DEWITT

Observing Lent is serious business, requiring a lot of willpower and discipline to uphold vows and fasting for 40 days straight. So if you’re looking to participate in some kinky merriment and get all that naughtiness out of your system, then perhaps a pre-Lent visit to Phoenix Club is in order. For the annual Karneval, the folks there are celebrating the German version of Mardi Gras with the return of Manuela Horn, the yodeling dominatrix, as host and entertainment. Guests are encouraged to dress in sexy working-girl costumes or sailor uniforms in St. Pauli style, then enjoy drinks, food and musical amusement. Suddenly, 40 days don’t feel so long. Karneval at Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, (714) 563-4166; www.thephoenixclub.com. 7 p.m. $10. 21+.

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Up-and-coming Huntington Beach rapper Yung Pinch vocally reps Orange County like no other local musician while effortlessly delivering hip-hop-style croons with a “Northside beach boy” flare. Only 19 years old, the polished Surf City rhymer has already opened for some of the biggest acts in hip-hop, includingYoungThug, BoneThugs-N-Harmony, Nipsey Hussle, Ty Dolla $ign, Nate Dogg, Lil Uzi Vert, and Playboi Carti. Catch this hometown homeboy tonight at the Constellation Room with Noah Wood$ from MadeinTYO and 24hrs’ Private Club Records. Yung Pinch with Noah Wood$ at the Constellation Room at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 9570600; www.observatoryoc.com. 10:30 p.m. $5. —DENISE DE LA CRUZ

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In honor of fallen artist Arlyn Pillay and his mother, Lulu, the Arlyn Pillay Art Gallery will remain open for some time to allow art students and other artists the opportunity to pay their respects and take part in weekly figure-drawing classes. Today’s Life Drawing Marathon fundraiser welcomes artists to participate as long as they’d like

during a 12-hour session. Nude and cosplay models are donating their time, and 100 percent of the proceeds will help pay for the Pillays’ funeral arrangements. Guests will receive a free button featuring Arlyn’s original work (while supplies last). Staying whimsical and creative is exactly what he would have wanted. Life Drawing Marathon at Arlyn Pillay Art Gallery, 13544 Newport Ave., Tustin, (714) 884-8700; www.facebook.com/ arlyn.pillay. 10 a.m. $15 suggested donation. —AIMEE MURILLO

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If you’ve somehow managed to miss the film documenting the crazy highs and lows of legendary Bad Brains front man Paul “H.R.” Hudson, Finding Joseph I, here’s your chance to see it in all its glory at Art Theatre in Long Beach. Any fan of documentaries or iconic punk and hardcore bands should come take a look into the bizarre ride of one of the few guys who successfully brought the reggae and hardcore communities together. Finding Joseph I at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; www.arttheatrelongbeach.org. 8 p.m. $8.50-$11.50. —JOSH CHESLER

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Colombian-born singer/songwriter/ producer Kali Uchis has steadily risen to prominence with her soft, soulful crooning and candy-colored pop aesthetic, espousing nostalgic romance and modern-day femininity in one young, fiercely talented being. Having collaborated with Tyler the Creator, BADBADNOTGOOD, Snoop Dogg and other artists, Uchis’ music blends doo-wop, 1960s soul, reggae, hip-hop and jazz into a sound that’s both bold and dreamy. Feel her aura of love and sensuality tonight at her first headlining appearance. Kali Uchis at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; www.observatoryoc.com. 8 p.m. $25. —AIMEE MURILLO

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This time last year, Bonnie Raitt released her 17th studio album, Dig in Deep. At this point in her career, you’d politely excuse the singer/songwriter if that record wasn’t up to par. But that was not the case, and the album landed just outside the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. Latter-day Raitt continues to possess the spunky blues rock that won her an Album of the Year Grammy for Nick of Time in 1989. Though her albums and tour dates aren’t as frequent as they were during her 20th-century heyday, whenever the LA native hits the road, her shows are as rambunctious as they were during her peak. Dig in Deep proves Raitt is one of the rare artists who only evolves as she gets older and remains a necessary voice in these trying times. Bonnie Raitt at Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 436-3636; www.longbeachcc.com. 8 p.m. $39-$99.

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Admit it: You were hooked on PBS’s historical-period drama Downton Abbey and couldn’t wait to see what new bit of turmoil plagued the Crawley family every week. Spanning six seasons, the show garnered worldwide fame and numerous awards, not to mention millions of fans. Now, local Downtoners can revisit their favorite show with the arrival of a traveling exhibition. As the only West Coast location housing 39 different costumes, people from all over Southern California (and beyond!) will want to check out this extraordinary exhibit. Visits will be timed and must be reserved in advance to ensure all Downton Abbey fanatics have the best viewing experience. “Dressing Downton” at Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 956-8936; www.muzeo.org. 10 a.m.Through May 7. $10-$20. —AIMEE MURILLO

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Their most recent album, Nosebleed Weekend, put the Coathangers in LA’s resurrected Valentine Studios with a lot of new ideas and saw them come out with a lot of idiosyncratic variations on the long and beloved history of off-center rock & roll. The result is a record that loves as much of the 1990s (L7’s grinders, Sonic Youth’s excursions into punk) as it does the ’80s (the Cramps and the Ramones when they both hit their stride) and the ’70s (and that post-punk drumbeat that powered Pylon and Liliput both). There’s a lot to take in, but a lot to like, too. They share a bill with LA’s monstrous Zig Zags, who propose a world where Cliff Burton, Bobby Liebling and Erol Otus made thrash-punk records together. The Coathangers with Zig Zags at the Constellation Room, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; www.observatoryoc. com. 8 p.m. $12. —CHRIS ZIEGLER

It’s a ways away from such Southern California art meccas as Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County, but little do most people know that Claremont has a lot going on in terms of cultural art history. Take, for instance, the group of artists that arose during World War II, partly mobilized by artist and educator Millard Sheets. Painters, sculptors, woodworkers, mosaic artists, ceramicists and others came together to produce some of the era’s most stunning work. You can learn all about it at today’s screening of Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 19351975 at Laguna Art Museum, and discover one of the Inland Empire’s bestkept art secrets. Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975 at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 4948971; www.lagunaartmuseum.org. 7 p.m. Free. —AIMEE MURILLO

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personally interact with Ms. Teoh. She’s a warm host and a sweet, doting presence, engaging in conversation with every customer in her restaurant. Meanwhile, behind the swinging doors of the kitchen, her husband, Soon Teoh, does the cooking. His is a menu that focuses primarily on pork and poultry: a char siu that’s just about the closest thing you can get to pork candy; a roasted pork belly with crunchy skin that rivals the noisiest chicharrón; and legs of chicken prepared two ways, either roasted to a mahogany burnish or steamed Hainan-style. These four choices are paired with rice or egg noodles served in either soup or, best of all, tossed in a flavorful dressing of oil, soy sauce and voodoo. The oiled noodles were wonderful and a rarity in Orange County since Warung Pojok—an Indonesian hole-in-the-wall that used to serve a similar dish in Garden Grove—folded about a year ago. Seasons Kitchen’s rendition more than fills that void, as well as the one for nasi lemak when Old Malaya Grill suddenly closed in Huntington Beach. Though Mr. Teoh’s nasi lemak isn’t the only one to be found in Orange County right now (Belacan Grill in Tustin also serves it), it’s easily the best. On the center of the plate was the nasi itself, fragrant rice enriched with coconut cream and pandan. The rice can be a satisfying meal on its own, but the satellites of sides completed it as though pieces of a puzzle. There were the required components of ikan bilis (fried anchovies with peanuts), slices of cucumber, tomato, hard-boiled eggs and a homemade sambal that tasted as if it must have come from a secret family recipe. Also included was the welcome embellish-

ment of a potato-and-chicken curry. Because of all these reasons and because it’s actually a chef’s special that may or may not be offered in perpetuity, the nasi lemak is the one dish you need to eat right now above all else. Also currently on special is the satay appetizer, which, like the nasi lemak, was more Malaysian than Chinese. It came with a peanut dipping sauce about a thousand times more complex than what’s served at Thai restaurants. There were other uniquely Malaysian specialties, too. The bak kut teh was a soup that had whiffs of Chinese medicinal herbs, chewy meatballs, tender pork riblets, hard-boiled egg, mushrooms and tofu that I ate in concert with rice and dabbed with a special soy-chile dipping sauce. And the char kwey teow—flat rice noodles stir-fried with Chinese sausage, shrimp and egg—tasted best when I opted for the hottest level available. For dessert, I really enjoyed the roti slathered with pandan and peanuts. But if you’re here on the weekends, be on the lookout for the boxes of homemade Malaysian treats that consist of a sampling of kuih lapis, ondeh ondeh and seri muka— all colorful, bite-sized treats patiently made from glutinous rice, tapioca and other subtropical flavors only Indonesians, Malaysians and Singaporeans are usually privy to. They’re all wonderfully delicate and almost as sweet as Ms. Teoh herself. SEASONS KITCHEN USA 641 N. Euclid St., Anaheim, (714) 608-1375; www.seasonskitchenusa.com. Open daily, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Dinner for two, $16-$25. No alcohol.

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ere’s another event for OC eaters: the return of OC Weekly and KCRW-FM 89.9’s Good Food Happy Hour! Good Food goddess Evan Kleiman and I hosted them for years at worthy restaurants across Orange County. The premise was simple: The restaurant would offer drink and food specials, Evan would meet and greet her devoted fans, and I’d make a pendejo out of myself. This time around, we’ll be hanging out at Alta Baja Market in downtown SanTana. (Full disclosure: My wife is the owner. Don’t blame me for the conflict of interest; she and Evan are homegirls por vida.) Join us Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 201 E. Fourth Street; the phone number is (714) 783-2252—GO GO GO! I’ve been appearing on Good Food for nearly 15 years now to talk everything wonderful about OC cuisine, but one food Evan and I haven’t discussed is Mexican-style teriyaki bowls. That’ll hopefully change soon, since a national food publication just interviewed me for an article on the subject and how it’s a phenomenon in OC. For the piece, I gave shoutouts to Mos 2, Yogi’s Teriyaki, TikiYaki in Orange and Yamas Teriyaki House in HB. But the one place I neglected to plug is among the oldest Mexican teriyaki houses in OC: King’s Teriyaki Grill. It’s such a Placentia institution that it didn’t lose its customers after closing for months in 2013 to move to a bigger location. Per the teriyaki-house genre, there is basically nothing but succulent beef and chicken in a bowl, on a plate or with a salad and drowned in teriyaki sauce and Tapatío. King’s varies from its competitors by offering grilled onions for 50 cents more and a salmon bowl instead of pork—wonderful glaze, nicely cooked fish. It also offers the beef and chicken teriyaki as tacos or burritos—one of just three places in OC to offer such a treat. The most proletarian meal imaginable, yes—and worthy of a million Instagram posts. Let’s talk King’s at the OC Weekly/ Good Food Happy Hour—see you there!

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Beach Boulevard frontage, and you’ll be greeted by Steelhead Coffee, the second location of the 49th-Parallel-loving Cal Heights shop, which serves sidewalkadjacent cold brew, pour-overs and pastries from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (loading zones in front make it easy to grab and go). Next door to that is the first mainland outpost of the Kauai-based food truck the Fresh Shave. Find one of the four entrances to the main interior space (with a stark façade on the other three sides, this is actually not as easy as it sounds), and you can get a chewy, Neapolitan-style pie from a miniature version of East Hollywood’s DeSano’s, a dripping-with-all-thebad-that-is-good maple-bacon-jam burger from Pig Pen Delicacy, or a chashu-dunked (paper) bowl of tonkotsu ramen from San Diego chain Tajima that’s so porky it lines your mouth for a full day afterward. To wash down whatever you order, Smog City’s taproom serves as SteelCraft’s de facto bar (get a light, crisp Little Bo Pils with lunch, the barrel-aged imperial stout Infinite Wishes for dinner), and for dessert, there are sugary piles of carbs and chocolate sauce to choose from at The Great Food Truck Race finalist’s Waffle Love’s first brick-and-mortar. From the unconventional construction to the thoughtful food selection, SteelCraft is an impressive entry into the wide world of modern food courts, one that’s already proving to be a win for locals and worth the drive for outsiders. Welcome to the club, Long Beach!

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rom Tijuana to Portland to Mission Viejo, cities are creating modern food courts. Some, like LA’s Grand Central Market, are massive food halls constructed in the grand tradition of a sprawling city market; others, like Tijuana’s Telefonica, are more temporary-looking food pods or gastroparks, once-empty lots that now host collections of mobile eateries. The recently opened SteelCraft in Long Beach is some of these things and none of these things. Yes, the outdoor food court lies on what was once an unused dirt lot in Bixby Knolls, but the eight vendors leasing space there (including attention-grabbers such as Smog City Brewing and Pig Pen Delicacy) are not parked temporarily, nor are they using their own wheel-mounted kitchens as a home base. And even though there is little grandeur to the relatively small, courtyard-like space, there is definitely still a mercadito-like feel to it. Instead of copying what any other assemblage of restaurant stalls has done before, SteelCraft filled most of the 14,500-square-foot lot with 20- and 40-foot-long shipping containers, which locals are more accustomed to seeing stacked by the thousands in the nearby ports. The containers were modified to make room for ordering windows and doors, industrial kitchens (and one pizza oven) were installed, and the resulting structures were arranged in a quizzical pattern united by two communal dining areas that invite you to first wander through the patches of Astroturf and around corners of corrugated metal as you look for your next meal. The options for that meal are perfectly varied, an effective curation of local, regional and more far-flung names that reflect Long Beach’s status as a natural meeting ground between LA, OC and beyond. Approach along the main Long

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Ten great loaded fries in Orange County anne marie panoringan

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hat do we love more than fries? Loaded ones! Take this universal snack, and watch how restaurants interpret its star quality. Those who know their spuds will recognize the term poutine; others are more familiar with an animal-style variety. Either way, these dishes are over-the-top delicious.

Pork Belly Poutine at Bosscat Kitchen and Libations

The sizzling-hot gravy melts the toppings and causes the potatoes to moisten, yet they still retain crispiness since the skin is still on. And pork belly slices seem to dissolve into the gravy’s thickness. 4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 333-0917; www.bosscatkitchen.com.

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shoestrings at this Los Al hotspot go quite well with its many toppings—becoming a salty, spicy, messy tangle of potato, cheese and meat—they’re even better the following day as leftovers. 11122 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, (562) 493-6489; www.mightykitchen.com.

Stoner Fries at Dos Chinos

Piled high with goodness like rice, avocado, meat, sauce and an egg, these potatoes are best enjoyed after some serious partying. The real question is whether you want to share ’em. 201 E. Fourth St., Ste. 139, Santa Ana, (714) 383-0414; www.doschinos.com.

Cheese Steak Fries at Mix Mix

Crisp Belgium-style frites hold up to the chef’s house-made cheese whiz. Bits of scallion and sweet onion make way for oxtail. We found ourselves apologizing for decimating this shareable, but we can just order another. 300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 836-5158; www.mixmixkitchenbar.com.

G-Style Fries at G Burger

They’re redolent with cracked black pepper. The grilled onions are reduced to sweetness, the bacon brings salt and fat, and the fries are crisp. The latter is essential, considering the potatoes are doused in a deluge of melting cheese and a drizzle of homemade Thousand Island. Various locations; www.gburger.com. Braised Beef Cheek Poutine at Haven Gastropub

Simple pommes frites are drenched in a red wine-rosemary gravy. Then Cheddar cheese curds get all nice and melty on top. It looks like a hot mess and tastes oh-so indulgent. Another round of beer, please! 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, (714) 221-0680; www.havengastropub.com.

Chowder Fries at Slapfish

The base is a pile of thick-cut natural spuds. That’s doused with a ladle full of clam chowder made with red potatoes. The toppings simply reinforce our devotion to this meal: toasted garlic, chewy double-smoked bacon, herbs, plus Slapfish’s signature spice blend. What we end up with is a savory forkful/spoonful of warmth. Various locations; www.slapfishrestaurant.com. Szechuan Fries at Wok N Tandoor

Wok-tossed, each crisp crinkle-cut potato is coated with a sticky, not-inauthentic sweet-and-spicy Chinese glaze. If you’re feeling carb-crazy, it even goes well eaten with rice. 1948 N. Tustin St., Orange, (714) 782-7770; www.wokntandoor.com.

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Best-known for Korean fried chicken, we appreciate the straightforward approach from Krave. Topped with marinated ribeye, scallions, jalapeños and Sriracha, these fries are a meal unto itself. We don’t recommend using your hands, unless you are a fan of sticky fingers. 2819 Main St., Irvine, (949) 379-6075; www.cravekrave.com. Street Cart Fries at Mighty Kitchen

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Drunken Fries at Wursthaus

Wursthaus sets itself apart from Wurstkuche in LA by offering the option of topping its fries with a Thousand Islandesque house Andalouse sauce, caramelized onions and any sausage. Our server described it as a version of animal-style fries, but for Wursthaus’ sake, don’t tell In-N-Out. 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 760-4333; wursthausdtsa.com. LETTERS@OCWEEKLY.COM


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Growing Up Smith vs. The Comedian By MAtt Coker

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Christmas Story, albeit Growing Up Smith is set 39 years later and Halloween is the story’s central occasion. Drama comes from the tug-of-war between Indian tradition and American assimilation, but this is not a political movie. It’s a fond look back at character-building times. Credit for the gentle tone goes to a couple of immigrants: Italian-Australian producer Frank Lotito, who also makes his theatrical directorial debut with Growing Up Smith, and writer/co-producer Anjul Nigam, who based his script on the experiences of immigrants he knew about after settling in America from India as a young child with his parents. Nigam also sinks his teeth into playing Smith’s by-the-Hindu-book father, who provides many of the most comical lines and moments. You may recognize him from True Detective, Grey’s Anatomy, a ton of other TV and movie roles, or more than 30 appearances (and counting) as the supervisor of the Indian outsourcing company that supplies jokes to the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! He and Lotito deserve special kudos for drawing a sweet and tender performance out of young actress Brighton Sharbino, who plays Amy, the girl next door. She adeptly balances light and emotional scenes, proving she has range beyond the bat-shit-crazy killing machine she played on The Walking Dead.

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ow is this for a theory? The Comedian would have been a better film if its budget were closer to Growing Up Smith’s $2 million than the estimated $15 million it cost to make the longtime passion project of writer/producer Art Linson and star Robert De Niro. Don’t blame Bobby D. Refreshingly, this will not join the string of recent pictures one of America’s greatest actors famously sleepwalked through. He puts his all into portraying insult comic Jackie Burke, who struggles on the comedy circuit because people don’t come to see him, but rather for the Ralph Cramden-like TV buffoon he played (and abandoned) decades earlier. My problem is despite The Comedian being set mostly in New York City and adjacent—with some forays to Florida—it reeks of Hollywood. Overproduced Hollywood. Dank bars, comedy pits, greasy spoons, matchbox apartments and homeless shelters never looked so good. I did not believe for a second that Leslie Mann’s character would be seduced by the much-older Burke, that his agent (a wasted Edie Falco—and not in the Nurse Jackie sense) would keep taking his verbal abuse, or that Patti LuPone and Danny DeVito were a married couple. The hipsters by Benetton extras posing as com-

edy-club crowds would never sit through a set by Jackie Burke, let alone laugh through it because they already heard those lines from “Roastmaster General” Jeff Ross, who punched up the script’s standup scenes. What most took me out of the picture was the condescending way social media was used as the catalyst for Jackie’s rise. Cellphone video of Burke shot from across a room by a young man goes viral, but the uploaded footage includes memes that came from director Taylor Hackford and cinematographer Oliver Stapleton’s closeups. The Comedian is just way too slick for its own good. MCOKER@OCWEEKLY.COM GROWING UP SMITH was directed by Frank Lotito; written by Anjul Nigam; and stars Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam, Hilarie Burton, Poorna Jagannathan, Shoba Narayan and Roni Akurati. Opens Friday at AMC 30 at the Outlets, Orange. THE COMEDIAN was directed by Taylor Hackford; written by Art Linson, Jeff Ross, Richard LaGravenese and Lewis Friedman; and stars Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Edie Falco, Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone and Harvey Keitel. Now playing countywide.

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o you think it is (or about to be) tough being a recent immigrant in Trump’s America? Picture being a family from India in small-town America of the 1970s. I’d wager it’s the small town South in Growing Up Smith, based on the attire, accents and demeanors of white characters, although a title card at the beginning of the family comedy states only, “America, 1979.” The title refers to Smith Bhatnagar, a 10-year-old whose father wanted an all-American name for his son but didn’t understand he chose a common surname. Played with impressive comic timing and charming goofiness by Roni Akurati, an Indian-American actor making his featurefilm debut, Smith loves America, the Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever, Kentucky Fried Chicken and gym shorts with really high, striped, white sports socks. An early flash-forward to adulthood reveals the two loves of Smith’s life would become the pretty white girl next door and the wife he would marry in India as part of an arranged coupling. I would add a third: the American girl’s father, auto mechanic Butch (Jason Lee), who helps Smith “man up.” A misfired rifle, brushes with bullies and knowing adult narration bring to mind A

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in Hollywood last September. AMC Downtown Disney, 1565 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 776-2355; AMC Fullerton 20, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; AMC Marina Pacifica, 6346 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 430-8790; AMC Orange 30, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Center Dr., Foothill Ranch, (949) 588-9402; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Metro Pointe Stadium 12, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 428-0962; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342; www.FathomEvents. com. Sun. & Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. (Also screening Feb. 18 & 22.) $12.50. Finding Joseph I. This documentary on eccentric Bad Brains front man Paul “HR” Hudson—which features exclusive interviews and neverbefore-seen photographs and footage, some of it from HR’s own cameras— shows how the pioneering hardcore punker was pulled away from music by his Rastafarian faith and mental struggles. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Mon., 8 p.m. $8.50-$11.50. It Happened One Night. No-nonsense journalist Clark Gable and sheltered heiress Claudette Colbert strike a bargain in which he gets her exclusive story and she gets an escort back to the marriage her father wants her to

annul. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues. Call for show time. $8. Romeo + Juliet. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the micro-batch, artisanal chocolates from the Romeo Chocolates pop-up shop in the lobby, and then head to the screen for Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. Updated to postmodern Verona Beach, where the rival Montagues and Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story, we discover Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) is aloof toward the gang war. But when he realizes that Juliet (Claire Danes) is a Capulet at the end of one very wild party, the enmity between the two clans becomes the root of his angst. It all builds to an ending where Romeo hears a tragic piece of misinformation that leads him toward a suicide wish. Art Theatre, (562) 4385435. Tues., 8 p.m. $8.50-$11.50. Ixcanul. Join the UC Irvine History Department in watching the 2016 Guatemalan film that centers on transnational indigenous Latina/o identity formation. The screening is followed by a discussion on transgenerational narratives. UC Irvine, Campus and West Peltason drives, Irvine, (949) 824-6521. Wed., noon. For more details, contact Samantha Engler at englers@uci.edu. Animal House. Some may believe this classic American comedy came out of nowhere when it exploded onto the screens in 1978, but it actually followed a progression that started with the National Lampoon humor magazine becoming huge and spawning stage and radio shows (featuring the likes

of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner, all of whom Lorne Michaels would poach for NBC’s Saturday Night Live). Belushi would return the Lampoon favor by starring in this film, written by Lampooners Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller. It was supposed to be directed by relatively unknown Lampoon radio producer Ivan Reitman, but he only got the film producer nod as the studio went instead with John Landis, who at least had a directing credit (Kentucky Fried Movie). The setting is Faber College, where the hard partying Delta House boys bedevil Dean Wormer and the only other campus frat (filled with white, Anglo-Saxon, rich young men). Wormer comes up with a plan to 86 Delta House just before the homecoming parade to end all parades for all time. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9. Design for Modern Living. It’s a documentary on Southern California painter Millard Sheets, who left for that great art institute in the sky in 1989 and whose name I have not heard in years. Director and producer Paul Bockhorst introduces his work as part of Laguna Art Museum’s 2017 Film Night program of screenings introduced by special guests. These are organized in four categories— contemporary films, documentaries, artists’ picks and classics—and screen on the third Thursday of each month through December. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971. Thurs., Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Free with museum admission. MCOKER@OCWEEKLY.COM

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rubber gloves, playing cards and/or toilet paper? Damn it, Janet, sweat not: Prop bags on sale for $2 at every KAOS event support the costume and prop budget. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema. org. Fri., 11:30 p.m. $8-$10. Little Shop of Horrors. It’s two nights in a row with the all-dancing, all-costumed, all-lip-syncing “shadow cast” KAOS, which takes on everybody’s favorite musical about a carnivorous plant. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema. org. Sat., 8 p.m. $8-$10. The Sleeping Beauty. The enchanted fairytale classic, presented by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, has Princess Aurora “gifted” with a curse by the evil Carabosse on her 16th birthday. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Sun. & Tues. Call for show times and ticket prices. A Dot Com Mom. Writer/director Meena Nerurkar has a simple middleclass mother from a small Indian town marveling as her son becomes superrich and successful in the United States. Proceeds from ticket sales will be made to Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal of North America (BMM) 2017. Brea Plaza 5 Cinemas, 453 S. Associated Rd., Brea, (714) 257-9377. Sun., 1 p.m. $8-$12. An Affair to Remember. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star as ship passengers who are attached to other people on dry land. But they fall in love and agree to meet in six months at the top of the Empire State Building (“the nearest thing to heaven!”) if they leave their respective lovers. AMC Orange 30, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 4627342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342; www.FathomEvents.com. Sun. & Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. $12.50. Newsies: The Broadway Musical. Fathom Events and Disney Theatrical Productions beam into theaters nationwide the Tony-winning musical as captured live at the Pantages Theatre

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Let the Bullets Fly. Director Jiang Wen’s 2010 action-comedy has him starring as a bandit who descends on a town where he poses as the governor. This is part of the Graduate Students of East Asian Languages and Literature’s East Asia Cinema Series of free screenings and discussions, which include free drinks and snacks. UC Irvine, Humanities Gateway Room HG1010, Campus and West Peltason drives, Irvine; humanities.uci.edu. Thurs., Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m. Free. SoCal Film Fest. Now in its 12th year, the festival offers a curated selection of films and shorts (see website for details), plus some filmmakers participating in post-screening Q&As. Huntington Beach Central Library Theater, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach; socalfilmfest.com. Thurs., Feb. 9, 8 pm.; Fri., 6 & 8 p.m.; Sat. Directing the Actor seminar, 11 a.m.; shorts programs, noon; feature screening, 8 p.m. $3.75-$30. Oscar Nominated Short Films. Four programs of short films nominated for Academy Awards are presented on three different days. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Animated: Fri., 11:30 a.m., 4:45 & 9:55 p.m. Live Action: Fri., 1 & 7 p.m. Documentaries, Program A: Sat., 11:40 a.m. Documentaries, Program B: Sun., 11:30 a.m. $8.50-$11.50. Strike a Pose. According to the recent review by Aimee Murillo, “Twenty-five years later, filmmakers Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan followed up with the six surviving dancers, discussing the impact of Madonna’s tour on their lives. Strike a Pose checks most of the boxes of the run-of-the-mill showbiz doc—the early stages of fame, the fall from grace, experimentation with drugs, the comeback. But Gould and Zwaan elegantly balance each dancer’s narrative and elevate the film to something bigger.” This is on a free Friday, when there is no museum admission charge, and there are food trucks outside for an inexpensive meal. But here is the deal: OCMA members can reserve Cinema Orange seats in advance. Free tickets are handed out beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the screening; unclaimed OCMA member tickets are released 10 minutes before show time. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122. Fri., 7 p.m. Free. The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Live shadow-cast troupe KAOS presents especially Valentine-y time warping in the aisles. Forgot your newspapers,

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two-hour, 15-minute story that’s not only heavy on spectacle, but also chillingly portrays Ahab’s descent into madness, pulling the rest of his crew with him. That is impressive, but the story, like its source, still feels as if it has too much blubber that could have been excised, from a lengthy sermon about Jonah to an unnecessary meeting with another ship’s captain who has lost his arm to the white leviathan. Catlin tries to inject as much humor into what is, at its core, a story of mankind’s hubris in the face of nature and one man’s plunge into the abyss of insanity, such as when Ishmael (an excitable enough but not very sea-worthy Jamie Abelson) and the African Queequeg (a strong Anthony Fleming III) first meet in a dingy inn in New Bedford, Connecticut. The sharp divide between the civilized Ishmael, who yearns to find meaning in life through an existence on the open sea, and the savage Queequeg, who is attempting to become more of a man so he can take over for his father as tribal ruler, illuminates the clash of ideas and spirituality with the physical world that most of the story concerns itself with. But it’s not until the appearance of Ahab (a powerfully detailed Christopher Donahue) that the story really takes off. Donahue’s Ahab is a mélange of facial tics and hand gestures, physical characteristics that suggest the guy’s psyche is as damaged as the wooden leg he has been saddled with since his last tête-à-tête with the monster from the deep. Spurred by the promise of a gold doubloon for the first crew member to spot the whale, the crew buys into Ahab’s maniacal quest to hunt down and kill it, even over the protests of Starbuck (a strong Walter Owen

Briggs), who is more concerned with returning safely home to his wife on a ship filled with ample amounts of valuable oil. Ahab’s iron-clad command of the vessel and his thirst for vengeance ultimately trumps everything else, and watching Donahue’s descent from an eccentric, slightly off-balanced captain into a bellowing, insane tyrant is a thing of terrifying beauty—as are much of the visuals on display. A three-person chorus (Kelley Abell, Cordelia Dewdney and Kasey Foster) do yeomen work, portraying everything from St. Elmo’s Fire and the great whale itself (sort of ), but also serving as the Fates, tempting and luring Ahab to cast aside all vestiges of morality and decency in a quest that is truly less about finding that goddamn monster fish than it is about his own death wish. As long as the story is focused on Ahab, as well as his ultimate realization that what he is stalking is less out there than inside him, things absolutely click. But the frequent diversions do drag down the pace of the story, and while it never feels as frustratingly long-winded as the novel it’s based on, this Moby Dick does flounder at times. But it remains a powerful reminder that while theater can’t come close to matching the scale, size and visual prowess of a film production, in the right creative hands that are able to imagine as well as they execute, it can create a visual vocabulary all its own. MOBY DICK at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 708-5555; www.scr. org. Tues.-Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 19. $22-$79.

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ack in the 1990s—before it was known for outfitting laidback career women and athletic instructors—Gap was the hippest, coolest brand around. Teens and young twentysomethings flocked to the mall brand that made khaki pants, puffy vests and bootcut jeans the hot items through catchy, iconic commercials. Simplicity and minimalism was key! Bland color palettes were cool! Gap defined Normcore before Normcore was a thing. Now, in the spirit of the ’90s fashions coming full circle (I’m looking at you, Burger Records kids), Gap is rereleasing some of its hottest pieces from the past for a limited time only. The ’90s Archive Re-issue collection features selections for men and women, available online (www.gap.com) and in select stores. There’s the logo sleeveless tee, the “Original” pocket tee, the patchpocket skirt, high-rise denim shorts, denim jackets, logo hoodies, bodysuits, pleated khaki pants and “Reverse Fit” jeans—better known as “mom jeans.” The company is even releasing a twominute short film, Generation Gap, which pays homage to its classic commercials. “The ’90s is having a sartorial moment, and we have an archive of pieces that set the tone for that decade commercially and culturally, so it seemed right to re-issue some of those pieces and the stories that come with them,” says Craig Brommers, Gap’s chief marketing officer, in a press release. While he’s not wrong, not every piece exactly screams ‘90s here: the logo hoodie and sleeveless tee look as if they were pulled from Aeropostale racks, as does the denim jacket. I may not be able to pull off the pleated khakis, high-rise denim shorts and pocket tee look quite like Naomi Campbell, but I can now try. . . . AMURILLO@OCWEEKLY.COM

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uch like all young, sturdy men with a yen for adventure, I took to the seas in my 20s by living in Seal Beach for two months, which is about how long it took me to labor through Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. It was a massive tome, and as much as I faded during the long, labyrinthine minutia of tying knots and the process of extracting oil, there were definite passages of metaphysical brilliance and engrossing meditations on everything from the existence of God to the nature of good and evil. But Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest for the Great White Whale is tailor-made for the silver screen, and there have been at least a dozen film adaptations, including ones directed by legendary directors John Huston and Orson Welles. That makes sense, thanks to the obvious visual allure of rough-hewn whalers on the ocean. But Melville’s language, heavily inspired by such Shakespearian flourishes as soliloquies and asides, has also resulted in several stage productions, the biggest issue of each being some way to capture a sense of the, well, whale at the story’s center. The latest is the Chicago theater troupe Lookingglass Theatre Co.’s production, which premiered at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., late last year and is now holding court at South Coast Repertory. Adapted and directed by David Catlin, it’s a visually stunning production, complete with acrobatics and an effortless melding of lighting, sound and movement that requires the audience to use its imagination as much as to just sit there and take it all in. Somehow, Catlin manages to condense Melville’s 135 chapters and epilogue into a

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A New Kind of Blue

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Why Anaheim’s new House of Blues will be better than the old one By NAte JAcKsoN

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he Anaheim outpost of the House of Blues might’ve only moved a few blocks from its Downtown Disney location, but it’s definitely hellbent on taking the venue to a whole new level. From the time the company showed us the first artist renderings of the new space set to revitalize the ghost town known as Anaheim Garden Walk, we were told it would be the premier concert venue in OC, something it hadn’t been for the past several years at its old location. But the excitement for the House of Blues’ reintroduction to OC’s music scene was in full effect during a recent media preview that brought out dozens of journalists and entertainment-industry types to witness the symbolic placing of the official water tower atop the new venue, which formerly housed a giant movie theater. Yay for progress! Even though there’s still a lot of construction to be done at this end of the outdoor shopping mall before the club’s Feb. 28 opening with Social Distortion, we can already see the potential they’ve created that will definitely make the House of Blues great again (pardon the Trump-ism). Here are just a few of the major reasons this new spot will kick ass: The Atrium. First impressions are impor-

tant. And the House of Blues designers understand they have to make not only a

good one, but also a memorable one. The front room, dubbed “The Atrium,” is your first introduction to the new venue, with a bar lining the main wall with cocktail tables and lounge chairs. It also features an outdoor patio that overlooks Garden Walk. “A lot of times during a show, there will be that moment when you say, ‘I just need some air,’” says David Fortin, senior vice president of marketing and business development for the national venue chain. “This will be that spot, but you’ll still be connected to the show; you’ll still be able to hear it.” The outdoor patio will have giant video screens on the wall so you’ll be able to keep an eye on the stage. It seems to be a much better setup than the previous location’s patio, which was narrow, easily crowded and inconveniently located. The Artwork. Obviously a bigger place means more wall space, and for the House of Blues, that means more space to fill. Most venues in the chain use the same kitschy, bohemian, blues-inspired art, but the new location will feature the work of local artists such as Audrey Kawasaki and Johnny Rodriguez, a.k.a. KMNDZ. They will paint large-scale, one-of-a-kind murals to bring an epic and refreshing artistic vibe to the place. Bigger Venue. To make a real splash in the venue market, the new House of Blues had to go big. And it did—really big! The 44,000-square-foot space, which used to

be the UltraLuxe movie theater, has the capacity to host 2,200 concert-goers in the main hall, with 1,800 standing on the main floor and more than 300 on a mezzanine with standing room and VIP seating and boxes. That’s twice the capacity of the Mouse House, which held about 1,100 people. The new space also includes a Parish Room and Foundation Room. Parish Room. This smaller room will definitely be a highlight for bands on the come-up who’d like an alternative to playing popular spots such as the Wayfarer or the Constellation Room at the Observatory. The venue—which can host 400 standing, 200 seated—plans to book 150 ticketed shows. Perched on the wall is the room’s centerpiece, a 100-year-old clock overlooking the intimate stage. Sightlines. First of all, this place actually has them. Unlike at the old club, the second-floor audience will have an extreme advantage. The mezzanine area has tiered seated and standing areas to give concertgoers a clear view of the performers. The stage has also been lowered to 4 feet, 6 inches to bring the performers closer to the ground-floor audience. Multiple Stages. Every room inside the new House of Blues has a stage, meaning at any one time, there can be four different shows going with various-sized acts. And more stages booking nightly local entertainment means more opportunities

for OC bands to graduate from a smaller set in the Parish or Foundation rooms to the main stage. It’s always nice to have a venue ecosystem that inspires bands to earn a following. Lineup. The biggest surprise about this place is the strength of the club’s lineup. After years of putting way too many irrelevant or outdated acts on the Mouse House bill, it’s nice to see some power injected into the club’s booking strategy. Aside from the kick-off shows with Social D, which will definitely be huge, the list of performers includes Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Korn, Thrice, Wu-Tang Clan, Billy Idol, the Growlers, the Pixies, and guitar legend Santana (slated for Sept. 11). “Our mantra has always been unity and diversity, and what can I say about our lineup? We have all of that, and then some,” says talent buyer Ben Weeden. The strong lineups are already resulting in even stronger ticket sales. “The response in Orange County has been amazing,” Weeden says. “In the first five days, we moved 40,000 tickets and $1.1 million in gross.” NJACKSON@OCWEEKLY.COM HOUSE OF BLUES 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, (714) 778-2583; www.houseofblues.com/anaheim.


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ollowing a successful 2014 tour, Pacific Dub knew they needed some time off. The Huntington Beach natives had been on the road for the better part of a couple of years in support of 2012’s Tightrope. Little did they know that a few-months-long break would turn into a nearly two-year absence during which a few members departed. “It was the most touring we’d ever done, and after it, a few people realized that [playing in a touring band] may not be for them,” says singer/guitarist Colton Place. The band headed back into the studio ahead of their summer 2014 tour. They started preproduction, but the songs weren’t coming out how they’d intended. Pacific Dub scrapped those sessions, instead releasing two singles instead of a new batch of material. After parting on good terms with their former members, Pacific Dub mulled their future and decided that if any of the original members—including Place, lead guitarist Bryce Klemer, bassist Ryan Naglich, drummer David Delaney and keyboardist Justin Quarress—were to leave, then they’d have to consider their options. Outside of a handful of shows in 2015, the band were dormant. The time off re-energized the band. In September 2016, the main quartet returned to the studio. In addition to new material, which

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here’s something instantly recognizable about Chad Bishop’s voice. The Long Beach soul singer possesses a silky tone that weaves decades of wisdom into even the simplest, lovey-dovey choruses. It’s a sound that never goes out of style. From his amount of confidence onstage, you’d think the 44-year-old Alabama native had been doing it for years. Although he’s been singing all his life, the vocalist was formerly known in these parts as half of Long Beach hip-hop duo the Union Name. But several years ago, his partner in rhyme, MC Barracuda, got married and moved to Hawaii to raise a family, leaving Bishop to search for a new project. He says 2010 to 2011 was a crucial period in his time as an artist. “I went through a divorce, my pops died, then [within a six-month period] my granddad died, and my rapping partner ’Cuda was gone, so I just started writing songs about what was going on with me, and the Transitions album came out of that,” Bishop says. Bishop worked with a number of local musicians and groups to bring to life the sound he was after. He hooked up with a local group of Long Beach musicians called the Master Plan; they helped him hone his original tunes into a well-oiled soul machine, spearheaded by his tender vocals, that was ready to see the light of day in 2015. In the intervening years, he switched from hip-hop to soul, moved to San Pedro and gigged steadily with the oldies cover band In Contempt. “At first, I was like, ‘I dunno if I wanna be doing covers all the time; maybe this isn’t for

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My girlfriend wants to explore her sexuality with another woman but be “heterosexually exclusive” with me. She wants me to have equal freedom but doesn’t think it’s fair for me to be with another woman. I am a heterosexual man. How can we achieve sexual equality? An open relationship for her but a closed-on-a-technicality relationship for you? Yeah, no. Want to achieve sexual equality? Explore your sexuality with other women—as a single man. I am a 50-year-old queer man who never really came out—except to people I’m cruising or fucking. Oh, and to my wife. Is there any social or political value to coming out now, in the shadow of a Trump presidency? There’s tremendous social and political value to being out, whoever the president is. There’s also social and political risk, whoever the president is. If you’re in a position to come out—and you must be, otherwise you wouldn’t be asking—not coming out is a moral failing. When I’ve tried to do the fuck-buddy thing, I’ve gotten attached. Any way to avoid that? Only do the fuck-buddy thing with Republicans. I’m a 31-year-old straight female. I have an intermittent sexual relationship with a married polyamorous friend. Each time we hook up, he says he regrets it. But several months later, he will contact me, and we will hook up again. Should I say no? What do you think is up? Your friend’s head is what’s up—up his own ass. Stop letting him stick his dick up yours. (P.S. His regret has me wondering if his marriage is actually open or if he’s cheating on his wife. If you’ve never discussed their polyamorous arrangement with her, that’s probably what’s up.)

“If race and gender are both social constructs,” Evan Urquhart writes at Slate, “and if both have been built around observable biological traits, then what is the crucial difference that makes a felt gender identity a true one, but a felt racial identity fraudulent? The short answer is that most trans people and their allies suspect that transgender people are born that way.” (Google “Evan Urquhart,” “trans” and “race” to read the rest of his essay.) We just legalized weed here in Massachusetts! Yay! How can I, as a consumer but industry outsider, help to ensure more diversity in the legal selling business?

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Fuck everything, call off the wedding, kill myself. I see you’ve resurrected your ITMFA campaign. (Bragging rights: I got the Massachusetts license plate ITMFA. The DMV tried to take it back when someone complained, and the ACLU won the case for me! I removed the plate, of course, after Obama won.) My question: If Trump is removed from office—if we “impeach the motherfucker already”—we’ll have Mike Pence. Do you really think he’d be any better? We already have Mike Pence. And Pence, as awful as he is, oscillates within a predictable band of Republican awfulness. With a President Pence, we’ll get shitty Supreme Court nominees, attacks on queers and people of color, and fiscal mismanagement. With President Trump, we get all that, plus war with Mexico and Australia. And you don’t have to remove your ITMFA buttons once Trump is removed from office—keep ’em on until Pence is impeached, too. Speaking of impeachment: Four in 10 Americans support impeaching Trump. Nixon didn’t hit that number until 18 months into the Watergate scandal. And speaking of my ITMFA campaign: We’ve already raised $100,000 at ITMFA. org, with all proceeds going to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the International Refugee Assistance Project. Get your ITMFA hats, buttons and T-shirts at ITMFA.org! (Coming soon: coffee mugs and stickers!) DEAR READERS: Valentine’s Day is coming up. This is your annual reminder to #FuckFirst—have sex, and then go out to dinner. Don’t have a heavy meal, drink, eat some chocolate gut bomb of a dessert, and then write to me on the 15th whining about how you didn’t get laid on the 14th. Fuck first! Or better yet, stay home and fuck all night on the 14th and go out to dinner on the 15th. You’re welcome. On the Lovecast (savagelovecast.com), Dan chats with polyamory luminary Cunning Minx. Contact Dan via email at mail@savagelove.net, and follow him on Twitter: @fakedansavage.

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