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or Orange County’s scandalscarred Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, a shameless defender of her department’s corruption, Feb. 8 was a welcomed milestone. President Donald Trump gave a nationally televised, Washington, D.C., police convention speech that, after reminiscing again over his election feat, praised Hutchens and Thomas Manconfidential ger, a chief of police in Maryland. “I want to thank Sheriff Hutchens and Chief Tom Manger for your leadership and, frankly, the serr scott vice,” said Trump. moxley In addition to her day job, Hutchens is president of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association. Manger plays the same role in the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association. The outfits lobby lawmakers for propolice legislation and plot methods to boost public trust in cops. “You have had great service,” the president added. “Everyone has told me about you two legendary people. All of us here today are united by one shared mission: to serve and protect the public of the United States.” The remarks, farcical regarding Hutchens, were surely a relief for our sheriff during her East Coast trip. She has been desperate to forget the ethical messes she helped to create back in the Golden State. But her reprieve ended abruptly. During a Feb. 10 hearing in Santa Ana, superior court Judge Thomas M. Goethals woke Hutchens from her two-day-old, Trump-induced euphoria with a stone-cold announcement. He declared intentions to hold special evidentiary hearings at which the sheriff and her deputies could be placed under oath to explain multiyear defiance of his court orders, the issuance of deceitful statements and the reasons for mysteriously missing Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) records tied to People v. Scott Dekraai, a pending death-penalty case. Noting the existence of “odd” and “disturbing” police acts, including Hutchens quietly obtaining the Board of Supervisors’ approval to destroy key records, he wondered aloud what other mischief remains hidden. “Our free republic depends on a system of justice that is grounded in the rule of law,” Goethals said. “So-called judges like me are required by our constitutional oaths to foster and promote the rule of law. . . . Due process is important. It is fundamental, and if we give up on due pro-

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cess, I don’t want to speculate about where we end up.” Dekraai stalled in early 2014 after revelations of lawenforcement shenanigans that have become known as the Orange County jailhouseinformant scandal. Along with fourterm District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Hutchens is a villain in the controversy. These elected officials control organizations with badgewearing staffers who concocted or condoned secret, unconstitutional scams to win criminal convictions and hid evidence as well as committed perjury in hopes judges and juries would forever remain clueless. Though Rackauckas, the sheriff and their taxpayer-funded public-relations offices espouse an alternative reality in which they produce nothing but blemishfree heroics, their assertions are, at best, laughable given the 36-month-old, bombshell-loaded scandal. More than a dozen murder and attempted-murder convictions so far have been overturned as a consequence. Goethals and colleague Richard King, as well as the California Court of Appeal, ridiculed the cheating in unambiguous terms. The U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation in midDecember after legal scholars, news organizations and respected ex-law-enforcement officials nationwide complained. Hutchens—whose predecessor, Mike Carona, landed in federal prison for 66 months—can blame herself for the upcoming hearings. There’s no doubt what drove a reluctant Goethals into the move. The sheriff repeatedly made public statements denying the obvious: OCSD operates a jailhouse-informant program. Those denials are cynically strategic, allowing her to argue to the less informed that a nonexistent program can’t be tainted. “It’s hard to imagine an intelligent, experienced law-enforcement officer making such categorical statements,” the judge observed before identifying evidence that proves not only OCSDinformant operations, but also its vigorous deployment in underhanded missions

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designed to trick government targets into making self-incriminating statements. For example, Goethals reported that deputy Jonathan Larson “unequivocally” testified in 2015 that his official daily duties in the department’s specialhandling unit included developing and managing jail informants. “[Larson] was asked, ‘And is there a tank in the jail in particular where you tend to put some of your informants from time to time to collect information—is that fair to say?’ Deputy Larson, under oath, says, ‘Yes.’ I found Deputy Larson to be a credible witness. I thought he was telling the truth.” In the judge’s mind, that credibility doesn’t extend to the sheriff, who proclaimed after that testimony, “We don’t have our folks working informants.” She also authorized underlings to write affidavits claiming OCSD couldn’t comply with Goethels’ order to surrender informantrelated records because none existed. “Does she know what’s going on in her jail?” the judge asked. “Every time she criticizes this court’s prior rulings in [media] interviews, I scratch my head and ask myself rhetorically: Does she know what I have heard? Does she know what evidence has been presented to this court? . . . I would note I have read thousands of documents generated by the [sheriff’s department] about jail operations involving informants. . . . This evidence seems to speak for itself to any rational observer.” The upcoming hearings will allow Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, the man who discovered the scandal, to dig fur-

ther, but he might face a new hurdle. Following Dekraai sessions in 2014 and 2015, Goethals accused two deputies, Ben Garcia and Seth Tunstall, of committing perjury by denying OCSD manipulates snitches. Rackauckas and Hutchens ignored the findings. Nonetheless, deputies fearing potential future prosecution have hired lawyers and expressed desires to assert their 5th Amendment right to not testify about their on-duty conduct. There’s an irony that can’t be lost. The officers’ plots with snitches stole those same constitutional rights from countless individuals. “[The deputies] can appear in this courtroom, and they can invoke in public, if that’s what they intend to do,” the judge said. “That’s an interesting conundrum, I guess, for the sheriff.” If stonewalled at the hearings, Goethals might punish the government’s massive discovery abuses with what he called “the nuclear sanction” or “termination of the case” without the imposition of the death penalty. Many of the relatives of the victims killed by Dekraai during his 2011 shooting rampage at a Seal Beach salon now back a punishment of life in prison without the possibility for parole. Their change of heart isn’t out of compassion for the defendant, who has never denied guilt. They are increasingly disgusted that the DA and the sheriff wrecked what they assumed was a slam-dunk death-penalty case. RSCOTTMOXLEY@OCWEEKLY.COM

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» gustavo arellano DEAR MEXICAN: I asked my dad why the Mexican illegals don’t just apply for citizenship instead of coming here illegally, and he told me they are not able to apply for citizenship. Is this true? Wondering in Wenatchee

American Le Mans Series, I think it’s badass when Mexicans are racing with the best of ’em. I know Mexico has a good history of racing against other drivers in America and the world, but I want readers to know, too. How much can you tell about Mexico’s race-car drivers and racetracks? Do you think this will inspire a Mexican-American out here to learn how to race? Just Curious

DEAR GABACHO: They ain’t “illegals,” son: they’re “immigrants.” But even before Donald Trump became president, the citizenship path for any Mexican who came here without the prior approval of the American government or overstayed a visa was as rocky as the Republican Party’s hope of attracting Mexican voters. Asylum and temporary protected status are impossible, since Americans think despotic governments and natural disasters only happen to whites and the occasional Jew. Marriage to a citizen used to be easy, but 9/11 fucked that up forever (thanks, Osama!). A surefire way to get legal used to be to join the military because rich and middle-class gabachos always love poor morenos dying for the right for them to whine. But even that didn’t stop the Obama administration from deporting veterans who committed crimes but were not yet citizens. Now, with Trump as president, the only hope for undocumented Mexicans to get amnesty is for some poblano to sneak into Trump Tower and slip some pápalo into his taco bowl; the resultant shock will allow the ghost of Zapata to take over Trump’s mind. A zacatecano can dream, ¿qué no?

DEAR GABACHO: Mexicans have always had a need for speed, whether it’s quarterhorse racing, the caballos of corridos and the Mexican Revolution, Grand Theft Auto V, the entire Fast & Furious franchise, or classic films such as El Automovil Gris (The Grey Automobile) or La Camioneta Gris (The Gray Truck). (Why Mexicans love gray in their getaway cars might be the only pregunta about Mexican anything that I can’t answer!) Race-car series are a trickier affair: Sí, Mexicans such as Fernández and Daniel Suárez (who won last year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series— the first foreigner to win a title in the official sport of good ol’ chicos) have competed and done well in racing worldwide—indeed, Suárez is scheduled to compete in this weekend’s Daytona 500. But the sport is only within the grasp of the wealthiest of Mexicans because of its exorbitant yet understandable costs. Then again, Mexicans love a winner and love to spend money on their ranflas; if Suárez starts Reconquista-ing NASCAR, let’s hope he inspires Mexicans in the United States who like street racing to get their NOS-fueled Hondas off the 5 freeway and away from all the innocent people they kill.

DEAR MEXICAN: Some time back, I watched a race on TV that took place in Long Beach. One of the interesting things in the race was a team of Mexicans (Adrián Fernández and Luís Diaz) driving an Acura. As a fan of worldwide racing such as the

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Say it with us: “Frosé all day!” Your margarita-meets-rosé treat awaits at this dockside destination. Dive into chef Deborah Schneider’s Baja-inspired cuisine, featuring chilaquiles verde and a tasty chorizoand-potato scramble. Go ahead and add extra avocado already. For something on the sweeter side, their Patrón-spiked soufflé Carlotta is adorned with vanilla whipped cream, berries and powdered sugar. You can’t go wrong with a mango mimosa, either. 251 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 675-9800; www.solcocina.com.

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When you’re looking for a no-nonsense Bloody Mary that won’t cost as much as your meal, go to JT Schmid’s. The drink comes with the requisite garnishes—olives, a celery stalk, lime and a salt-rimmed glass—and it’s all you need to complement its spicy tang and vodka burn. Because there’s really only a fine line between a Bloody Mary and a big glass of boozed-up salsa, it’ll go really well with the rich, runny yolks of the huevos rancheros. 2415 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 2580333; www.jtschmidsrestaurants.com.

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A giant green chalkboard is scribbled with cartoons, and there are teacups and painted chairs nailed to the wall. The coffee is free from a pour-it-yourself station, and the Bloody Marys are especially stiff and spicy, garnished with microgreens and a snow-crab claw gripping a lemon wedge. But these aren’t the only reasons why Starling Diner is a darling of the Belmont Heights brunch scene. The French toast, broiled baguettes soaked in crème Anglaise and injected with mascarpone, is arguably the best of its kind in Southern California. 4114 E. Third St., Long Beach, (562) 433-2041; www.starlingdiner.info.

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Mary or mimosa (here called Trinidad Sunrise) can also be had after sundown to start off your night right. 3321 Hyland Ave., Ste. G, Costa Mesa, (949) 402-3974; www.restaurantmarin.com. When the server at the main restaurant for the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club asks, “Would you like a mimosa or Champagne?” as soon as you’re seated, respond in the affirmative. The bottomless flute adds only a nominal fee to the nearly $40 charge you’re about to incur, so why not? Here, it’s not the dinners or the discounted happy hours that’s the raison d’être; it’s the Champagne-soaked Sunday brunch, the club’s finest hour, the time it pulls out all the stops, the chocolate fountain and the guy who carves the prime rib. 26772 Avery Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 305-5100; www.arroyotrabuco.com.

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Alta Baja owner Delilah Snell (wife of our Mexican-in-Chief ) has the elixir to our borracho problems. On the last Sunday of every month, she serves up hearty bowls of pozole rojo (until the kitchen runs out). With generous helpings of tender, slow-braised pork and hominy, the stew’s savory broth can bring anyone back from the brink; paired with an ice-cold Mera Mera michelada, it’s the cure to your crudo. 201 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 783-BAJA; www.altabajamarket.com.

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Noah Blom, a chef who has a Ludditelike aversion to gas or electrical appliances, cooks rustic all-day breakfasts using a wood fire, including a greaseless, golden-fried chicken breast drenched with gravy that’s served over a gigantic biscuit and topped with a perfectly fried egg. And since you can eat pancakes and bacon here any time of day, the Bloody

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The Sunday brunch here is known for two things: long-ass waits and big-ass Bloody Marys. The Mama Mary is a 32-ounce behemoth served cold in a giant Mason jar and punctuated with a celery stalk and pickled veggies. It’s available in a half-size for the weak, or if the $16 price tag is too steep for your tastes. Bottomless Champagne is available for $12.99 (or Mamosas for $13.99) every day until 3 p.m. But there is a two-hour time limit, and you have to buy food, too, you lushes. The Mama’s Mule and strawberry basil margarita serve as refreshing alternatives to your more standard brunch booze. Mama’s thirsty! 21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 374-1166; mamason39.com.

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Anepalco’s cocktail game is strong seven days a week, but the weekends bring its Brunch Punch: a refreshing cocktail that changes weekly yet is always perfect for enjoying in the morning hours. A recent incarnation was a delightful St.-Germainbased cocktail with a Champagne float and sprig of fresh rosemary. The punch was easily the most-ordered cocktail of the day, flying off the bar with assemblyline frequency. Of course, the michelada is worth ordering, too: Pick from the six beers on tap for your mix and enjoy the fizzy but filling beverage served with house-made Tajin rim and lemon wheel. Don’t dilly-dally, though—Anepalco closes at 2:30 p.m. to prep for dinner. 3737 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 456-9642; www.anepalco.com.

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You know it’s going to be a Sunday funday when you walk through the door of Padre and corks are popping like the Guns of Navarone. Aside from the free-flowing mimosas, LBC’s Latin-inspired gastropub offers craft cocktails that are spiritsforward and unapologetically delicious. Start your liquid brunch with Padre’s Holy Water, a sacrilicious mix of smoky El Silencio mezcal, Sotol (a distilled desert plant and cousin to mezcal), spicy St. George Green Chile Vodka and bittersweet Salers liqueur. Combined with aromatic sage and grapefruit zest, the mixture begins vaporous and ends with a sweet agave finish. Order the braised barbacoa breakfast taco or squash blossom quesadilla, and you’re set. 525 E. Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 6124951; www.padrelongbeach.com.

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The Sunday brunches were so popular here owner Jeff Jensen had to add a Saturday service—not that anyone is complaining. Chef Jason Montelibano’s return to Chapter One’s kitchen translated to turkey-chorizo-wrapped Scotch eggs, perfectly medium-rare steak with chimichurri sauce, and divine shrimp with feta chilaquiles. Its dedicated boozy brunch list includes rosemary-infused syrup in a popular Madame Bovary blend, plus a quirky Uncommon Grounds (Cold Fashioned) featuring chocolate bitters, Rittenhouse rye and house-made coldbrewed coffee. SanTana weekends never tasted better. 227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 352-2225; chapteronetml.com.

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Downtown Fullerton’s all-weekend brunch should be mandatory for hangover cures (and those seeking a hangover). Relish the ample parking and get nostalgic over big hair while the TVs rock videos from the ’80s. We dig the McEgg, a hot mess with white Cheddar and honey ham inside a buttery brioche. And the breakfast potatoes are fork-tender, colorful coins. A refreshing Dandy Shandy beer cocktail includes muddled berries in a Pollen Nation Honey Blonde. But our preferred sip is Public House’s Japanese whiskey sour, Rising Sun, containing L’orgeat almond syrup, Angostura bitters and Suntory whiskey. 138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 870-0039; www.evansbrewco.com.


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Brunching on Sundays became even better when Ortica’s every-once-in-awhile offer morphed into a weekly gig. While we often gravitate toward a cozy shrimp and polenta bowl, parsnip and potato hash with speck has us content and needing a siesta afterward . . . but not before we allow some of Orange County’s finest bartenders to quench our thirst. A triple threat of Bloodys? Of course. Coffee and Amaro cocktail with mezcal and brown sugar? Yes, please! Trust the abilities of Joel Caruso’s crew; they know what’s up. 650 Anton Blvd., Ste. J, Costa Mesa, (714) 445-4900; www.ortica.com.

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The Perez hermanos who run the joint change brunch up with the seasons, although they try to trot out the custommade, Sonora-style grill (complete with levers and pulleys to raise and lower meats from their mesquite-fueled flames) whenever it’s not raining (wow, who’d have thought we’d ever type those words again?!). Whatever the meals, a Más Fuerte cocktail—heavy on mezcal, rye and mole bitters—cures whatever Saturday-night blue balls might ail ya. 211 W. Second St., Santa Ana, (714) 972-1172; lolagaspar.com.

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Sure, you can order a mimosa or margarita here, but the main attraction is the buildyour-own Bloody Mary. Pick your poison from a variety of gin and vodka; if you’re feeling extra-sinful, there’s the “Meaty Man Bloody Mary” (a baconized Bloody Mary with a short rib slider attached) to bring

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The signature omelet casserole is neither an omelet nor a casserole. Since it dissipates like an eggy cloud in your mouth, it most closely resembles a cheese soufflé. It’s just one of the Breakfast Bar’s many food epiphanies, including an Everest of hot fries smothered with cut-up sausage, gravy, pico de gallo and cheese-laced scrambled eggs called “Hung Over.” In spite of (or is it because of?) its name, the dish goes especially well with an invigorating glass of cucumber lemonade spiked with soju. 70 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, (562) 726-1700; www.the-breakfast-bar.com.

Here is the ultimate beer-lover’s breakfast, with brunch served EVERY DAY, because, as Grits says, “dining in Fullerton needs a kick in the ass.” The rotating tap list has everything from crisp pilsners to creamy nitro stouts and beer bellinis (half cider, half Champagne, with a splash of orange juice) to pair with the hangar steak and eggs cooked medium-rare. 133 W. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, (714) 449-0939; gritsfullerton.com.

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Old Vine doesn’t need a full liquor license to get you sauced up at brunch thanks to its extensive selection of wine, Champagne, beer and soju. And there’s the fresh produce, too; the blackberries in the muddled berry and mint mojito make the cocktail slightly sweet with a crisp tart finish, while the oil from the fresh mint leaves you feeling refreshed, even after eating three of chef Mark McDonald’s brunches in one sitting—and you’ll try. 2937 Bristol St., Ste. A102, Costa Mesa, (714) 545-1411; www.oldvinecafe.com.

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Lines around Bosscat every Sunday morning are all the proof we need regarding its brunch devotion—plus there’s the Fruity Pebbles French toast with extra syrup for staging a Boomerang. (Post a pictureperfect Instagram and tag @bckitchen, and you might just win a prize!) Housing one of the largest selections of whiskey around, ease into your meal with a bubbly Aperol Spritz as your first round. 4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 333-0917; www.bosscatkitchen.com.

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out your inner glutton. After you’ve boozed up, indulge your drunchies with Southern comfort food such as fried chicken and waffles with eggs and gravy, hearty omelets, and a mac and cheese with Flamin’ Hot Cheeto crumbles and soy chorizo. 3441 E. Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 433-0153; www.theatticonbroadway.com.

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The recently retooled menu has a thoughtfully plated crab Benedict that’s all about a citrus hollandaise. Chef Michael Pham knows folks are seeking the perfect yolk porn. Pair your indulgence with the bar’s New York sour; whiskey always plays well with others. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 226-8949; eatanchorhitch.com.

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: This is where Mexican moms take their family whenever they don’t want to cook on weekends, with all the regular items they’d probably do at home: menudo, pozole, chile rellenos, and tacos large enough to suffocate you if you’re not careful. And don’t believe pochos: Real Mexicans drink a cubeta for brunch—that is, an icy pail’s worth of beer. Zamora’s legendary chilaquiles go especially well with a Negra Modela, light on the salt and heavy on the lime. 3121 Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 557-0907.

EL MERCADO MODERN CUISINE

We voted bar manager Cesar Cerrudo Best Bartender of 2016 for his consciously curated and inventive cocktails. His full menu is offered during breakfast, but start off with Cerrudo’s Chasqui. A combination of pisco Capurro Moscatel and citrusy Calisaya liqueur makes a refreshing honeyed aromatic cocktail. Be sure to order the buttermilk pancakes as you make your way down the cocktail list— these burnt piloncillo flapjacks are ridiculously fluffy and have a caramelized crust. 301 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, (714) 3382446; www.mercadomodern.com.

TACO MARÍA

Chef Carlos Salgado was recently named a semifinalst for the James Beard Award’s Best Chef In the West category for the second year in a row—congrats! That means the wait for a brunch spot will only be longer and the anticipation for his spectacu-

lar alta cocina cuisine that much better. When you finally sit down, immediately order Taco María’s michelada: a deep, savory, slightly spicy elixir that combines perfectly with the can of Modelo you’ll be given. 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 538-8444; www.tacomaria.com.

KELLY’S KORNER TAVERN

Beer for brunch? Kelly’s has weekend bottomless mimosas, but take advantage of the ever-rotating selection of taps to wash down one of the best pub brunches in North OC: strong steak and eggs, a Morning Glory (Sriracha ketchup, bacon and a fried egg on an Angus patty) breakfast burger and a carnitas omelet so paisa it should be sold from a front lawn off Standard in SanTana. 907 E. Yorba Linda Blvd., Placentia, (714) 961-9396; www.kellyskornertavern.com.

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This rustic-yet-ritzy, buffet-style brunch in the Orange hills is as close to a brunch on the Knott’s Berry Farm mining ride as you can find. Their Miner’s Style Buffet Brunch offers a carving station of prime rib and ham, a build-your-own omelet bar, iced shrimp and snow crab legs, even a soft-serve ice cream station as dessert. The brunch fare includes bottomless mimosas, and the cocktail menu veers toward the traditional with pisco sours, Singapore Slings, Manhattans and Old Fashioneds. It also offers, for an additional fee, pitchers of cocktails such as mojitos and margaritas. 10000 Crawford Canyon Rd., Orange, (714) 997-7411; www.orangecountyminingco.com.

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Be sure to pace yourself with the three flavors of bottomless mimosas you can choose from. Not into mimosas? Try the mango shots, flavored margaritas and micheladas with tamarindo served in hefty Mason jars. After el chupe, sober up with homemade tamales, chilaquiles, menudo, machaca, huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, tortas de huevo, decadent tres leches French toast or banana pancakes—all freshly cooked by a matriarch proudly hailing from Jalisco. 11125 S. First Ave., Whittier, (562) 902-1000. Instagram: @tacolifela.


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This place calls its Sunday festivities “TAPS Brunch Extravaganza,” and the name ain’t hyperbole. The buffet-style glut-fest is a smorgasbord of high-quality meats, seafoods and desserts. There’s an omelet bar and the crepes are made to order, even a chocolate fountain with strawberries and other fresh fruits available for your dipping pleasure. There’s almost enough decadence here to distract you from the bountiful drink menu—

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Easily the best-looking dining space to open last year, we dig the lounge, indoor bar, even the oyster bar at South Coast Plaza’s newest star. While an extensive menu is always available at brunch, its weekend offerings comfortably cover your cravings. Quiche Lorraine and lemon ricotta pancakes feed savory and sweet tendencies. Salmon rillettes also impress, complemented by a Ramos gin fizz with hints of citrus. Of course, there’s also a fanciful Prosecco flight to imbibe. After-

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While neighboring coastal eateries have long waits out the door for bottomless mimosas, the Crow Bar & Kitchen is a local’s walk-in Sunday brunch. Comfort food and stiff cocktails are the game here. Gorge on the breakfast hangover burger, as you sip its modern take on an Old Fashioned: the Basil Hayden, a light and spicy bourbon, infused with citrusy grapefruit bitters. 2325 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, (949) 675-0070; www.crowbarcdm.com.

Titans and other denizens of downtown Fullerton gather at the Matador Cantina each Sunday for a brunch that’s as delicious as it is affordable. While most restaurants do the $10 bottomless mimosa deal, Matador opts for a $12 option that’s still affordable considering the generous Champagne pours and the $6 cocktail specials. A Lincoln and a Washington will get you a Screwdriver, Greyhound, Bloody Mary or Bloody Maria. Mimosas ain’t your thing? Order a Manmosa, which is a mixture of Blue Moon and Svedka clementine vodka for $7 per pint or $25 per pitcher. The booze game is so strong here we only have two words left to describe the food: chorizo ravioli. 111 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 871-8226; thematador.com.

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Who Song and Larry’s #HangoverBrunch is an effervescent buffet so large that hostesses are more than happy to offer a tour. There’s the ice-chilled seafood bar complete with snow crab legs and oysters on the half-shell. There’s the outdoor taco stand, with tacos and decorated elote made to order, as well as an expansive salsa bar to garnish each. Beyond that is the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. The cost of admission ($29.99 for adults, $12.50 for children) includes all-you-candrink mimosas—and the staff make good on that offer: On a recent trip, our server left us a glass of Champagne with which we could freshen up our mimosas at a writer’s pace. Now that’s service! 1535 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 639-9550; www. whosongandlarrys.com.

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almost. Your ticket to ride includes bottomless mimosas or two of TAPS’s housebrewed craft beers. The cocktail selection changes seasonally (and is in addition to the cost of brunch), but there’s always the Bloody Mary, garnished with veggies and bacon and served with a cream ale back. 101 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, (714) 257-0101; also at 13390 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (714) 6190404; www.tapsfishhouse.com.

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Mad Max: Fury Road Oh, what a lovely day it is to experience George Miller’s longawaited follow-up to his mega-successful Mad Max franchise, starring Tom Hardy as the new road warrior and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, the fierce war leader plotting to restore water to the Citadel and return to the Green Place where she was born. Reportedly, Miller enlisted the help of Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler to strengthen the female characters of this film. So hop in the War Rig and enjoy this action-packed, post-apocalyptic road film presented in a 4K DCP black-and-chrome print, switched from color to better match Miller’s vision. Mad Max: Fury Road at the Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 285-8422; thefridacinema.org. 11 p.m. $7-$10. —AIMEE MURILLO

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Hepcats, rocksteady-heads, and rudeboys and -girls are invited to celebrate the many-faceted ska genre through the Second Annual Skacademy Awards. Whether you’re of the traditional variety, love to skank to Latin ska, prefer skacore, or just want to get a heavy dose of black-and-white-checker patterns, all nominees are awarded based on fan votes for categories such as Most Upstrokes, Best Not Ska Band, Most Checkered, Best Skanker and much more. Make sure to vote so you can see your favorite band pick it up, pick it up, pick it up! Featuring live performances by local favorites Stupid Flanders, GOGO13, Karate In the Garage, Comrade Cat and more, this event is one not to be missed by diehard fanatics. Second Annual Skacademy Awards at Out of the Park Pizza, 5638 La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 777-4992; pocketentertainment.org. 7 p.m.; also Sat. Free. —AIMEE MURILLO

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Her self-portraits made artist and icon Frida Kahlo’s life bigger than others, one gently inserting its personal story into the cultural and political telling of the history of the recent century. Friends and other artists, including famous photographers, documented and art-ified her very public commitments, with Kahlo’s self-aware and disciplined chronicling of her struggles and achievements artfully memorialized in thousands of photographs of her as gorgeous, wounded, talented observer/ engager with all she saw and those drawn to her. Nearly 250 photos from Kahlo’s personal collection add to the legend, with the Bowers presenting another opportunity for Fridaphiles to celebrate her work, as well as that of Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Martin Munkácsi, and other collaborators in creating the legend. “Frida Kahlo—Her Photos” at Bowers Museum, 2002 Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www. bowers.org. 10 a.m. Through June 25. $10-$15. —ANDREW TONKOVICH

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This Canadian band are nothing if not versatile. BADBADNOTGOOD delivered bespoke beats to Ghostface Killah for the haunting Sour Soul; they knocked out a reverent cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” on Australian radio; and their most recent full-length, IV, is a tour through (or restoration of ) the deep 1970s wilderness, where the best golden age hip-hop samples came from. Like LA’s Adrian Younge, these four guys from Toronto, Ontario, are as much scholars, composers and producers as jazz musicians, and they find some of their best moments in their collaborations—such as Future Island’s Sam Herring making IV’s “Time Moves Slow” into heartfelt soul jazz or singer Charlotte Day Wilson’s slow-burning “In Your Eyes.” With collaborator Hodgy and the enigmatic London O’Connor on deck at this show, expect something special and unexpected. BADBADNOTGOOD with Hodgy and London O’ Connor at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 9570600; www.observatoryoc.com. 8 p.m. $20. —CHRIS ZIEGLER

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Alex’s Bar in Long Beach will be full of friendly faces everywhere and humble folks without temptation when it hosts the South Park edition of its weekly Brain Party Trivia. For fans of the most inappropriate, long-standing animated series, there won’t be a better place to leave your woes behind and see if you can’t unwind. Come prepared with your equally immature trivia-team names and take part in what figures to be the closest thing to a Jeopardy category based on a Christmas Poo and genetically engineered drug-loving towel, and have yourself a time. Brain Party Trivia: South Park Edition at Alex’s Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, (562) 434-8292; www.alexsbar.com. 8 p.m. $5 buy-in. 21+. —JOSH CHESLER

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A Killer Love Story

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts strives to forge a community from OC’s diverse cultures via fine art. What better way to do this than through a comedic tale of a distant heir who murders his way up the family succession to get his hands on a fortune? Naturally, main character Monty Navarro is also trysting with a money-hungry mistress behind his wife’s back. The Tony Award-winning/critically acclaimed musical promises gut-busting laughs as it unites viewers who all hope their families don’t include a character as conniving as Monty! A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2787; www.scfta. org. 7:30 p.m. Through March 5. $29-$89. —SCOTT FEINBLATT

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‘Birth of Motion Pictures’ The city of Brea offers a unique look at yesteryear with one of the largest compilations of silent movie posters and memorabilia in the southland.The retrospective kicks off the city’s centennial celebrations, thanks to the generosity of Dwight Manley, who has loaned his private collection to the gallery. His collection includes rarely seen silent-film posters, an authentic “silent Oscar,” original posters from 1917, Academy Award-winning “talkie” posters and numerous other movie-memorabilia items. In addition, a selection of silent films screens in the gallery throughout the exhibition, so go get your flick-fan on! “Birth of Motion Pictures: An Illustrated History of Silent Cinema 1910-1929” at Brea Art Gallery, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, (714) 990-7730; www.breagallery.com. Noon.Through April 14. $2. —SR DAVIES [NIGHTLIFE]

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‘Floating realities: The art of Masami Teraoka’ Since the 17th century, Japanese Ukiyo-e artwork has been used to portray scenes of history, folk tales, sports, nature and erotica. During the latter half of the 20th century, Japanese artist MasamiTeraoka began faithfully reproducing the classic style while incorporating aspects of contemporary Western culture. Some of the themes he has addressed in his modernized Ukiyo-e work include commercialization, AIDS awareness and politics.Teraoka’s serious and humorous works will be on display alongside historical Japanese prints and paintings, which served as the inspiration for his style. “Floating Realities: The Art of Masami Teraoka” at Begovich Gallery, Cal State Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton; www.fullerton.edu/arts. Noon. Free. —SCOTT FEINBLATT

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Costa Mesa club La Cave is no stranger to hosting EDM nights, even if by day, it’s a place for middle-of-the-road folks to find a good steak and cocktails. So tonight’s show with producer collective Noise Revolt should be interesting to witness. Bringing a whimsical, Burning Man-esque experience to local, non-desert dwellers, there’ll be plenty of audio-visual stimulation coming from Noise Revolt’s resident producers and artists providing interactive art installations in connection to the tunes. Presented by good-vibe crafters Modern Disco Ambassadors, this vintage venue will come alive with 21st-century entertainment. Noise Revolt at La Cave, 1695 Irvine Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-7944; followmda. com. 10 p.m. $5-$8. 21+. —AIMEE MURILLO

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Fresh off his performance with A Tribe Called Quest at the Grammys, Anderson .Paak is on the cusp of stardom. Though he has toiled in the LA scene for the better part of this decade, .Paak’s seamless blend of hip-hop, neo soul, and R&B on 2016’s Malibu earned him a Grammy nod and cemented his status as a talent to watch. While that record may have put him on the proverbial map, the singer/songwriter’s kinetic live shows are what he’s become known for. His trust in his backing band the Free Nationals allows .Paak to rile up the crowd and fearlessly bounce around the stage, which in turn transforms his set from a simple concert into a rousing soul revival. Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals at the House of Blues, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, (714) 778-2583; www. houseofblues.com. 7 p.m. $35. —DANIEL KOHN

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BEEF THE BUTCHERY 8058 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, (949) 715-3383; also at 103 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 5486328; and 415 S. Associated Rd., Brea, (714) 529-6328; www.butcherymeats.com.

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blasts of chile, cheese and crema. Also, there was plenty of it for our entire table. And it worked as a side dish for the tacos. The tacos at Puesto, by the way, are sold in batches of three for $15, which, I don’t have to tell you, is a lot for tacos. I should add this doesn’t include the upgrade fee of $2 if you opt for the filet mignon or $3.50 for the Maine lobster. Still, I expected these prices. It might have something to do with the ultra-hip dining room that feels like an industrial terrarium. Or maybe it was the thump-thumpy rave music and that this San Diego-based chain employs a Rick Bayless protégé as one of its executive chefs. None of this justifies the $2 upcharge to substitute the house-made blue-corn tortillas for lettuce, however. But let’s be honest: Anyone who would insist on having a taco wrapped with lettuce deserves to be ripped off. Because you definitely want the tortillas here. They’re warm, pliant and comfortingly chewy even if you end up knife-and-forking your taco as I saw some customers doing that night. The two twentysomethings at the next table were essentially dismantling their mushroom taco, first removing the griddle-crisped cheese jacket that serves as the filling, then eating the rest as though a salad. Half the tacos on the menu come enveloped in that cheese jacket. The chicken al pastor and the filet mignon filling for my tacos came wrapped in it. I am, however, still ambivalent on its purpose. The extra effort it took to make the cheese was evident, but it didn’t seem to add anything to

the experience. I also noticed that the longer I waited to eat it, the closer it got to the texture and chewiness of a Fruit Roll-Up. Even without the cheese, the taco fillings were already dolled up with fancy toppings and sauce, as if to justify the prices. The filet mignon—already perfectly tender and flavorful—was adorned by a spicy pistachio serrano sauce and avocado. A pico de gallo made from pineapple crowned the chicken al pastor. Only the conchinita pibil taco stood alone, naked save for a simple topping of pickled red onions. If you’re going to have a pork taco, though, it’s best to spring $25 for the carnitas entrée, which turned out to be a build-your-own taco kit. The fried pork came out in boulders, each one deep-fried to a crisp, golden burnish with a moist and flaky inner core. Around it: nopalitos, two salsas, limes, tortillas and more garnishes than I knew what to do with. Since I was with friends who’ve not experienced the slimy thrill of eating cactus, ordering the carnitas platter freed me up from having to order the nopalitos separately from the “Snacks” menu. Instead, I asked for the camote and huitlacoche, a warm mash of sweet potato flavored with the savory jet-black streaks of the puréed corn smut. My eyes rolled again with just the first spoonful—but now? BRUH . . . PUESTO 8577 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, (949) 608-9990; eatpuesto.com. Open Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dinner for two, $40-$80, food only. Full bar.

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an you eat 2.5 pounds of luscious, superb prime tomahawk steak, dressed with just a couple of flecks of sea salt, in 29 minutes? That’s what I did recently at the Butchery’s newest location in Newport Coast, all for an OC Weekly video you can see online. I ate three-quarters of it in 10 minutes, then I slowed down dramatically over the next 19 minutes. By the time the last, tiny morsel went down my gullet, much to the delight of the few onlookers who watched with morbid curiosity, I was—to quote Ned Flanders—more animal than man. But before I became a glutton, I made sure to tell co-owner Robert Hagopian I was a fan of his stores in Brea and Costa Mesa. I’ve long been impressed by the range and qualities of the Butchery’s meat beyond the gleaming display cases and the ritual of putting knife on bone. The beef ranges from grass-fed to grain-finished and is almost impossibly marbled, so judiciously placed the fat is on all cuts. Chickens are California Jidoris; the al pastor and carne asadas are marinated as if the company employs primos who learned their skills during Montebello weekends. Elk, buffalo and other game meats are old hat here—why, the other day in the store’s freezer, I saw both a goose and a capon. Throw in a carefully curated selection of cheeses, wines and beers (a lot of Bruery and Left Coast offerings), and the Butchery is everything a small, local chain should be. But back to my mighty feat: The Butchery only serves sandwiches because it doesn’t have a full kitchen, so the kind people at Williams-Sonoma cooked the tomahawk according to Hagopian’s specifications. I made sure to savor the first bite: medium-rare, a perfect sear on the outside, the marbling creating a resurrective bite. I had suffered from food poisoning for the prior two days, unable to keep anything down, but that tomahawk brought me back to life, cured my gut, made me live again. And best of all? By that evening, I was ready for another. Now go watch the video!

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he Potholder Too is the allAmerican diner that Denny’s wishes it was. If you’re a fan of breakfast but you’re avoiding eating chicken periods (a.k.a. eggs) or any other dead animal in the morning, this Long Beach restaurant has a vegan/vegetarian menu that can help. Most vegan options aren’t filling, as they’re usually an odd assortment of sides—but not the tofu scramble! The dish consists of seasoned tofu sautéed with tomatoes, green onions and mushrooms and served alongside hash-brown-esque frizzled potatoes. The tofu absorbs the best of the veggies and spices, giving you a savory little block with a soft texture

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t’s about damn time. Rance’s Chicago Pizza, the 4-year-old Costa Mesa home of loaded knife-and-fork pies that has won everything from Golden Foodie awards to acclaim from Windy City expats, recently opened a second location in the former BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse on Second Street in Belmont Shore. As the story goes, Mission Viejo native Rance Ruiz fell in love with Chicago pizza while visiting his sister in college. According to his best friend, co-owner Aaron Tofani, Ruiz became hooked on the city’s three distinctive styles: pan, stuffed and thin-crust tavern. “Rance is more obsessed with Chicago pizza than anyone I know is obsessed about anything,” Tofani says. “He knew that this was what he wanted to do with his life—bring this food to SoCal and do his best to keep it authentic.” For nearly a decade, Ruiz visited his favorite pizza spots in Chicago, then tinkered with sauce and dough recipes at home. The resulting styles—each layered with gooey Midwest cheese—are the lifeblood of Rance’s Chicago Pizza. Just as at the Costa Mesa spot, there isn’t much on the menu besides them (though the chunky artichoke dip deserves a serious shoutout). The pan pizza screams Lou Malnati’s, with a greasy, buttery crust (think: stale croissant) and a waterfall of caramelized cheese around the top that’s somehow still strong enough to support multiple inches of cheese, meat and veggies. The “stuffed” doesn’t refer to the crust, as you might imagine, but instead to the practice (made famous at places such as Giordano’s) of putting a thin layer of dough on top of a regular deep-dish pizza, then even more ingredients and cheese over it all. Thin crust is the most recognizable to the West Coast of anything in the room, with a rolled-out thin crust—still oily, crunchy and teeth-sinkingly good—with bubbly white cheese blanketing all the toppings.

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Still, Rance’s cuts the pie in squares, not triangles, just as they do in Chicago. No matter which one you get, each slice is like a piece of lasagna. A 9-inch pizza at lunch can easily make two people think they don’t need another meal all day. “Eating here is definitely a team sport,” Tofani says. “It’s a community event.” The foot traffic from Belmont Shore’s more accessible (read: not in a strip mall) storefront inspired Ruiz and Tofani to begin offering pizza by the slice—a first for Rance’s and a hard find in Chicago. The expansion to a second location is also inspiring Ruiz to develop a special wing sauce, which will be added to the menu soon. For now, the only thing stopping Rance’s from Long Beach pizza domination might be the wait: The traditional 45 minutes isn’t something to which people around here are accustomed. Some have gotten into the habit of calling ahead to give the kitchen a head start on their dine-in order, while others opt for the take-and-bake option, in which the pizza is partially cooked, then finished in your home oven in 15 minutes. Yet other customers are increasingly content sitting at communal tables in the cavernous space and sipping on Founders All Day IPA, as they are patient enough to know that food this good takes time. “It fits with the slower pace of life in California,” Tofani says. “Don’t just get your food and scarf it down. Get some friends, come in and hang out, drink a beer and enjoy it.” RANCE’S CHICAGO PIZZA 5258 E. Second St., Long Beach, (562) 7865566; www.rancespizza.com.


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Stadium East; Edwards Irvine Spectrum; Edwards Metro Pointe, Costa Mesa; Island Cinema, Newport Beach; Krikorian Buena Park; Regal Foothill Towne Center, Foothill Ranch; Regal La Habra; Regency Directors Cut Cinema, Laguna Niguel; Regency Lido, Newport Beach; Starlight Triangle Square, Costa Mesa); Lion, with six noms including Best Picture (Cinemark Century Stadium, Orange; Regency Directors Cut Cinema, Laguna Niguel; Edwards Anaheim Hills; Edwards Irvine Spectrum; Edwards Westpark, Irvine; Island Cinema, Newport Beach; Regal Foothill Towne Center, Foothill Ranch; Regal La Habra; Regency South Coast Village, Santa Ana; and United Artists Long Beach); Manchester By the Sea, with four noms, including Best Picture (Regal Foothill Towne Center, Foothill Ranch); Moonlight, which got eight noms including Best Picture (Regency Directors Cut Cinema, Laguna Niguel; and United Artists Long Beach); The Salesman (Forušande), up for Best Foreign Language Film (Edwards Westpark, Irvine; and the Frida Cinema, Santa Ana); 20th Century Women, which is nominated for Mike Mills’ Best Original Screenplay (Regency Directors Cut Cinema, Laguna Niguel);

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(Edwards Westpark, Irvine; Regency Directors Cut Cinema, Laguna Niguel; and Regency South Coast Village, Santa Ana). For those looking more for clips of Oscar nominees and expert opinions about the movies, Robert Kline and Stephanie Heredia explain what it takes to take those little golden figurines home during the “A Night at the Oscars” party at Regency San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Edwards Aliso Viejo, Edwards Brea Stadium West, Edwards University in Irvine and Edwards Long Beach continue daily through Sunday the chain’s Best Picture Film Festival, which allows you to see all the movies nominated for the top prize at one low ticket price ($35). The schedule: Thursday, Feb. 23: Manchester By the Sea, 1 p.m.; Hacksaw Ridge, 4 p.m.; Hidden Figures, 7 p.m.; Lion, 10 p.m. Friday: Hell or High Water, 1 p.m.; Arrival, 4 p.m.; Moonlight, 7 p.m.; Manchester By the Sea, 10 p.m. Saturday: Fences, 1 p.m.; Lion, 4 p.m.; Manchester By the Sea, 7 p.m.; La La Land, 10 p.m. Sunday: Arrival, 1 p.m.; Hidden Figures, 4

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p.m.; La La Land, 7 p.m.; Moonlight, 10 p.m. Scheduled to continue their runs at those Edwards theaters as well as at Cinemark Century Stadium in Orange through at least Thursday, March 2, are: Arrival, Hell or High Water (which has four nominations, including Best Picture) and Moonlight. The Manchester By the Sea engagement has also been extended at all of those except the Orange theater, which has 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts slotted instead. Many of Sunday’s Academy Awards winners will get booked back into local theaters. As mentioned above, check those online movie sources for times, titles and tickets. For sure opening Friday for at least a one-week run at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana is the Best Documentary nominee I Am Not Your Negro, which is about James Baldwin’s 1979 letter to his literary agent describing his next project. Remember This House was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of Baldwin’s close friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. At the time of the author’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript. If it’s a multiple Oscar winner for last

year’s ceremony you crave, Mad Max: Fury Road screens at the Frida—but with a twist. The Academy lavished 10 nominations (including Best Picture) and six Oscars (including Best Achievement in Film Editing) on the color version of the fourth installment from George Miller’s 36-yearold franchise. But what’s screening as part of OC Weekly’s Friday Night Freakouts series at 11 p.m. is the Aussie director’s preferred “Black & Chrome Edition.” “The Art Theatre Presents: The Oscars”

is a red carpet viewing party aimed at recruiting new members for the historic Long Beach theater’s patron support arm. Those who join at any membership level— at the party or beforehand online—can attend the 4 p.m. soiree. Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic The Ten Commandments, which won the Academy Award for Best Special Effects, flashes onto one of the Regency South Coast Village screens in Santa Ana on Wednesday evening—long after the last 2017 Oscar party has pooped. The Oscars Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel

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atching the Academy Awards is more enjoyable if you have a rooting interest in the nominees, although it is most enjoyable if you remove all emotions and use my secret system for winning the office pool. SUCK IT, BOYD! YOU’RE NOT TAKING THE SUPER BOWL AND OSCAR POTS THIS TIME, BUCKO! One problem that inevitably arrives every awards season is being able to see the nominated pictures so you can form some kind of opinion about them. Many were only shown in limited release before 2016 ended so they would be eligible for consideration. Fortunately, some Orange County and adjacent theaters are screening many of the nominated movies in the days leading up to the opening of envelopes inside Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, starting Sunday afternoon. Afterward, too. The following Oscar nominees have local engagements that are scheduled to end the day this print edition hits the streets—Thursday, Feb. 23 (check your favorite online ticketing source to confirm): Arrival, which is nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture (Edwards Brea Stadium East; Edwards Irvine Spectrum; and Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel in Laguna Niguel, which promises bonus behind-thescenes footage and commentary); Fences, which is up for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture (Edwards Brea Stadium East; Island Cinema, Newport Beach; Regal Foothill Towne Center, Foothill Ranch; and United Artists Long Beach); Hacksaw Ridge, which picked up six nominations, including Best Picture (Cinemark Century Stadium, Orange; Edwards Metro Pointe, Costa Mesa; Regency Directors Cut Cinema, Laguna Niguel; and Regency Lido, Newport Beach); Hidden Figures, the recipient of three noms, including Best Picture (Art Theatre, Long Beach; Edwards Anaheim Hills; Edwards Big Newport, Newport Beach; Edwards Brea Stadium East; Edwards Irvine Spectrum; Edwards Marketplace, Irvine; Edwards Metro Pointe, Costa Mesa; Krikorian Buena Park; Regal Foothill Towne Center, Foothill Ranch; Regal La Habra; Regency Directors Cut Cinema, Laguna Niguel; Regency San Juan Capistrano; and United Artists Long Beach); Best Documentary Feature nominee I Am Not Your Negro (Edwards Brea Stadium West; Edwards Long Beach; Regency Directors Cut Cinema, Laguna Niguel; and Regency South Coast Village, Santa Ana); La La Land, the leader of the pack with 14 noms (Edwards Anaheim Hills; Edwards Brea

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30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, Orange, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 4627342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.FathomEvents. com. Live version, Sat., 9:55 a.m.; recorded, Wed., 6:30 p.m. $18-$24. Reunification. Alvin Tsang’s awardwinning film about his family’s move from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. Santa Ana Public Library, Second Floor, Meeting Room A, 26 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, (714) 647-5250. Sat., 1 p.m. Free. Tenemos a Carne (We Are the Flesh). The plot has a young brother and sister, who are roaming an apocalyptic city looking for food and shelter, taking refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit, who quickly puts the siblings to work building a bizarre cavernous structure. Due to graphic content—which includes full frontal nudity and graphic scenes of sexuality—no one under 18 will be admitted. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema. org. Sat., 10 p.m. $7-$10. Swan Lake. A Jan. 25, 2015, Bolshoi Ballet performance of the Tchaikovsky classic is beamed into the theater. 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. The Art Theatre Presents: The Oscars. The 2017 red-carpet Oscar-viewing

party supports independent and local art. Art Theatre, Long Beach, (562) 4383728; www.arttheatrelongbeach.org/ support-us/. Sun., 4 p.m. Those who join at any membership level can attend. Sleepless in Seattle. It’s a Nora Ephron rom-dramedy about Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) and his adolescent son, Jonah, relocating from Chicago to Seattle to escape the grief associated with the death of the father’s wife and Jonah’s mom. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) is among the many women who hears Sam’s story on the radio and falls in love with him. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel, Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues. Call for show time. $8. The Ten Commandments. The 1956 Cecil B. DeMille epic that helped star Charlton Heston one day get a gig reading the Bible. Regency South Coast Village, Santa Ana, (714) 5575701. Wed. Call for show time. $9. Rosenwald. It’s an encore screening of the documentary about Julius Rosenwald, the Sears chief and philanthropist who built 5,400 schools with Booker T. Washington in the Jim Crow-era South; constructed housing and community centers for African-Americans during the Great Migration; and created a fund that supported such great artists as Marian Anderson, Woody Guthrie and Langston Hughes. Weinberg Jewish Federation Campus, Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 426-7601, ext. 1012. Wed., 7 p.m. Free. Les choristes (The Chorus). It’s 1948, and music professor Clement

Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a boarding school for the rehabilitation for minors. Discovering a repressive atmosphere, he tries to transform the students through the power of song. UCI, McCormick Screening Room, Humanities Gateway 1070, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Thurs., March 2, 6 p.m. Free. Saint Joan. Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) stars in this National Theatre Live screening in high definition from Donmar Warehouse in London. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646. Thurs., March 2, 6:30 p.m. $17. The Shack. Based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, the movie takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. Thurs., March 2 at AMC Downtown Disney, 1565 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 776-2355. Call for show times; AMC Fullerton 20, 1001 S Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962. 7 p.m.; AMC Orange 30, (714) 769-4288. 7 & 10 p.m.; AMC Tustin Legacy, (714) 258-7036. Call for show times; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342. Call for show times; Edwards Brea Stadium West, 255 W. Birch St., Brea, (844) 462-7342. Call for show times; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342. 7 & 10:15 p.m.; Edwards Metro Pointe Stadium 12, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 428-0962. 7 & 10:15 p.m.; Edwards Marketplace, 13782 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (844) 462-7342. 7 & 9:40 p.m. Call individual theaters for ticket prices. MCOKER@OCWEEKLY.COM

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www.FathomEvents.com. Thurs., Feb. 23, 7 p.m. $12.50. Truth & Beauty. Bradford J. Salamon and Stan Yan’s short documentary examines the art and artistic process of Tom Dowling, a longtime Orange Coast College art instructor. Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, (714) 432-5072. Thurs., Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Free. Salaam Mumbai (Hello, Mumbai). Ali, a medical exchange student from Iran doing his cardio residency in Mumbai, saves the life of his classmate Karishma, a rich Indian who attempted suicide. Little by little, as Ali tries to talk to Karishma, he gives her hope and happiness. Can love be far off for these crazy kids? Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; www.sheedfilm.com. Thurs., Feb. 23, 8 p.m. $8-$13. Blade. Wesley Snipes plays the titular Marvel Comics vampire hunter who uncovers an underworld plot to raise blood for the god La Magra, something Blade must stop at all costs. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; www.facebook.com/ events/154099525095272/. Thurs., Feb. 23, 8:30 p.m. $8 (cash only; visit the Facebook page to pre-order). La Palabra en el Bosque (The Word In the Woods). Historian and filmmaker Jeffrey Gould gives a lecture and screens his co-directed documentary about liberation theology and peasant organizing in El Salvador. UCI, McCormick Screening Room, Humanities Gateway 1070, Irvine, (949) 8246117. Fri., 2 p.m. Free. Mad Max: Fury Road Black & Chrome Edition. It’s hard to imagine the 2015 theatrical release of the fourth installment from George Miller’s 36-year-old franchise could have been any better, but did you know the Aussie filmmaker prefers seeing the film in black and white? Warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) to lead tyrannical Immortan Joe’s five wives in a daring escape from the postapocalyptic desert fortress the Citadel. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema. org. Fri., 11 p.m. $7-$10. Rusalka. The Met: Live in HD and Fathom Events beams in live from New York (and days later on tape) Mary Zimmerman’s new staging, which stars Kristine Opolais as tragic water nymph Rusalka. AMC Marina Pacifica, 6346 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 430-8790; AMC Orange

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The Warplands. The exhibition of recent work by Cauleen Smith includes a short film drawn from her current research on the influence of Alice Coltrane, the American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, singer, composer, swamini and second wife of John Coltrane. UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center, 4000 Mesa Rd., Irvine; www.arts.uci.edu/events. Open daily through March 25. Free. Being Mortal. The PBS Frontline film follows Dr. Atul Gawande, who explores the hopes of people facing terminal illnesses and the doctors who treat them. A conversation accompanies the film. Cal State Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, (657) 2782011. Thurs., Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m. Free. New World. In this Park Hoon-Jeong crime drama, the death of a mob boss ignites a power struggle in which an undercover cop caught in the middle must choose: death or loyalty? UC Irvine, Humanities Gateway 1010, West Peltason and Campus drives, Irvine; humanities.uci.edu. Thurs., Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m. Free. Far From Vietnam. Six revolutionary filmmakers from France’s New Wave era—including Jean-Luc Godard and Agnès Varda—came together to document their collective contempt for the Vietnam War in this 1967 release. UC Irvine, McCormick Screening Room, Humanities Gateway 1070, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Thurs., Feb. 23 & Mon., 6:30 p.m. Free. A Night At the Oscars. Robert Kline and Stephanie Heredia present a pre-Academy Awards party that includes scenes from this year’s nominated films. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. $16. Is Genesis History? Is the Book of Genesis—which posits the universe was created in six days, God made man in his image and a global flood destroyed the world—an accurate record or Old Testament myths? AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 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) 5329558; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium East 12, 155 W. Birch St., Brea, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342;

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with its blurred streaks of light and color passing by a home at dusk. While it may be something as simple as the fuzziness of a car passing, it suggested the Speed Force of the Flash to this comic-book geek, and I can live with that interpretation. On the flip of the spectrum, Alex Arizpe’s oil-and-enamel Untitled shows a couple having sex. His face is covered with a surgical particulate mask, eyes pinched in concentration of approaching orgasm, his body a mass of wet, elaborately painted scar tissue, arms wrapped around the blacked-out, faceless figure of a woman. Whether she’s a fantasy or an ode to the erotica of black-velvet paintings is unclear, but the picture is unique enough to deserve the once-over twice. Some images speak in tandem: Clayton Campbell’s triptych photo spread Words We’ve Heard Since 9/11, with its young woman in mug shots, holding a sign reading, “I am a Terrorist.” White, female and without the visual bugaboos we associate with jihadists, it asks us to ponder what she’s done, if anything, which then leads us to wonder if we should be asking the same question about others we’d more readily make assumptions about. Charles Swenson’s striking oil painting British Figurine is a close-up of a metal soldier toy, caught in a thousand-yard stare, the flaking paint on its face giving him a corroded, war-ravaged visage that’s even more moving when you consider you’re looking at a toy. I admired other pieces but had trouble seeing them outside of a museum collection: Dosshaus’ Piano is a life-size monochrome version, crafted from cardboard; a destroyed instrument, its exploding pieces hang from the ceiling on wire appearing to be flying into the air like shrapnel. It reminded me of the notorious Art of Noise

video, minus the chainsaw and sledgehammer. It’s an awesome thing to gaze at, but the complete piece has a bench, stand and sheets of music, and the first person to accidentally sit on it—and we know that’s inevitable—will destroy it. Sibley’s equally impregnable and majestic sculpture Seeking UB2003-313 (Eris) is part dense CalTech science lesson (Eris is the name of a dwarf planet), fancy orrery, sleek Art Deco style and chilly Bauhaus architecture. Sandra Vista’s shocking pink TV Trays, laid out with sharpened colored pencils affixed point-up as though a spiky bed of nails, are ungainly mixed-medium sculptures, but they’re eye-catching as fuck, with the sweep and gradations of their heights, like tiny peaks and valleys. Although the show is beautifully laid out, my regret is there’s not a single label of the medium used or date each work was made, just the name of the artist and the title on an accompanying price list. In the end, I had no idea whether the work was recent or something that had been collecting dust in Coagula’s backroom. All of that is fine in the DIY world, and while it’s not a deal breaker, it throws up a barrier to full accessibility. The brilliance of the talk show that this group exhibition is named for is that it humanizes the artists and the process, giving us the story behind the work by bringing us in to appreciate what went into its creation. The work on display here would have benefited from that same attention. “MODERN ART BLITZ—THE L.A. INVASION EXHIBITION” at California Fine Arts Exhibition, 207 N. Broadway, Ste. P, Santa Ana, (714) 519-4013. Open by appointment; closing reception during the March 4 Artists’ Village Art Walk. Free.

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treet artists are common in Orange County, but none create such playful, colorful recurring characters as Stink, the signature character of Newport Coast-based artist Evan Rossell. You have likely seen some of Rossell’s murals, such as the one above Playground in downtown SanTana or the ones in downtown Huntington Beach and across from Disneyland. Rossell has also painted in cities across the country, Brazil and Japan. The character is a fuzzy, sharp-toothed fellow, with almond-shaped eyes and a small smile; he was originally created for a high-school art show and has since appeared in zines, sculptures and paintings. Rossell has also created a crew of characters called “Hairy Fools,” which hearken back to graffiti crews and motorcycle clubs, only more inclusive. “I wanted to do a thing where I paint a bunch of different hairy characters,” Rossell says. “I wanted them to feel like a group, but I also wanted people to feel like they can be part of my made-up culture that I created.” Stink has appeared on apparel from brands such as Nike, Hurley, Levi’s, Red Bull, Skull Candy and more. But in seeing demand for his sold-out Stink-covered creations increase, Rossell decided to start his own streetwear line, with small runs of hats, hoodies and long-sleeved tees embroidered with Stink’s beady eyes. The line also includes one-off pieces such as vintage, thrifted jackets with paintedon Stink characters. “I used to paint on my jackets whenever I would go out to an event ’cause I wanted to stand out,” Rossell explains. “I’ve had people [from all over the world] reach out through social media to get their own painted jackets.” Check out his Instagram (@evanrossell) and website (hairyfools. com), and maybe buy yourself something with Rossell’s Stink all over it. The fashion world is about to get Stinky. AMURILLO@OCWEEKLY.COM

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rt critic and Coagula Curatorial gallerist Mat Gleason’s web series, Modern Art Blitz, is an intentionally lo-fi, insightful series of artist interviews, shot on a couch in front of a green screen. As a host, Gleason is friendly and frenetic, his notorious reputation for the mean-spirited takedown in print noticeably absent. Embracing an “art for the people” aesthetic, Gleason shuns the pretension and talks process, personality and pop culture. He’s one of the curators of California Fine Arts Exhibition’s “Modern Art Blitz—The L.A. Invasion Exhibition,” and that three-chord, punk-rock accessibility seen in the interviews bleeds over into the choice of artists for this group show. Teaming with local artist and curator Craig Sibley and Modern Art Blitz producer Abel Alejandre, Gleason brings Orange County the artwork of 25 LA and OC artists who have sat on his crowded couch. The work is affordable, approachable and, like conversation on the show, all over the map. There is something for practically any taste, from collages to sketches, shiny steel sculptures to cardboard art, political work to pieces only a museum could love. Serena Potter’s flat, black-and-white sketches of still lifes—bric-a-brac, toys and old photos—aren’t especially revelatory; they won’t cause you to look at life any differently than you did before you saw them. Her painting of a June bug on brittle brown leaves, resting against a warm avocado background, expertly captures the shades and tints of complex natural forms, indicating her skill in color mixing. I liked the squares and lines and rich colors of Linda Arreola’s Untitled (med. yellow), but as striking as it is, it’s recycled Mondrian. I was enthralled with artist Measures’ mysterious Hurtling Into the Unknown,

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OC Hit Factory opens its studio to aspiring rappers and soul singers

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he ability to create music and share it with the world is something most young musicians take for granted. Any time a middle-school-aged producer downloads recording software or a fledgling MC lays down bars in his bedroom, they’re only a few clicks away from sharing their sounds with the world. But despite a lack of fearlessness about music technology and how far it has come, the idea of working in an actual recording studio seems like mythical territory for most young artists. It’s almost as strange as thinking of OC as haven for hip-hop, soul, and R&B. However, the line of musicians during open auditions at the OC Hit Factory would suggest otherwise. OC Hit Factory was opened in early 2016 by former recording artist Thomas Barsoe directly across from Churned Creamery at Union Market at the District at Tustin Legacy. Through a large bay window, local artists—ranging from wide-eyed middle-schoolers to seasoned vocalists in their 20s and 30s—can see a recording studio in action. “I wanted this to be right next to the restaurants and the bowling alleys and the movie theaters,” says Barsoe, a top-selling R&B and pop artist from Denmark. “I wanted it to be something cool and young, where you just pass by and you’re like, ‘Hey, I can sing. Can I try this?’” Despite the large talent pool at his disposal, Barsoe says one very noticeable

By Nate JackSoN element was missing from the equation. “We really need some more black people,” he explains bluntly. “It’s too damn white around here. We do so much singer/songwriter stuff, pop stuff and country stuff. I’m as white as can be, but I come from a pretty R&B background; I grew up on Motown, the Jacksons and Marvin Gaye.” Obviously, OC’s reputation as a bastion for privileged white youth is something few can argue with. However, Barsoe felt he could not ignore all the untapped talent in genres that’ve become dominant for millennial music-lovers, such as hiphop, soul, and R&B. He needed a partner to help build a program that would bring those artists to the forefront of what he’s trying to do with the studio, so he turned to Curtis Young, rapper and son of hiphop legend Dr. Dre. The former Weekly cover boy lives in the area and shares Barsoe’s passion for bringing more hiphop and urban talent into OC. “There’s a lot of culture here,” says Young, the director of OC Hit Factory’s Urban Music Department. “There’s so many layers of different artists that you can put in these types of professional situations. What I want mainly is something where people can believe in themselves because a lot of people who do music don’t believe they can make it. We want to give them that back.” When he’s not on tour or working on his long-gestating album, Product of My DNA, due this winter, Young will be hand-

picking talent to work with his team of producers and development coaches. To find this talent, Barsoe and Young are hosting a string of open auditions. On Saturday afternoons, the two sit together in a clean, white-paneled, sound-proof room, looking through the glass at dozens of young performers who’ve come from all over OC and beyond to step up to the mic in the hopes of becoming a star in the Hit Factory stable. According to Barsoe, even if he and Young find just five talented rappers or R&B singers out of a hundred, it will be a success. “So much work goes into that process that it has to be someone that I’m really excited about,” Barsoe says. Another big part of developing the urban division of OC Hit Factory is assembling a team of young producers and beatmakers willing to put in more work than simply posting their work to Soundcloud. “We’re looking for the next Dr. Dre, the next Swizz Beatz or the next Timbaland,” Young says. If the idea of a young unknown making it big under Barsoe’s wing sounds crazy, consider the rise of Brian Lanning, a 27-year-old YouTube sensation who recently released an EP produced by the OC Hit Factory owner that debuted on iTunes charts ahead of Justin Bieber and Adele. “He wasn’t signed, but with social media these days, if people like you, you’ve got a shot,” Barsoe says. “That means there’s nothing Curtis and I can’t do here that the so-called major labels can do. We’re basically doing all the work they

used to do when there were people hired to work on the development phase.” Midway through auditions a couple of weeks ago, a true diamond in the rough came strolling into the studio to belt out some Lauryn Hill. Though just 15 years old, Carisa Zhavia already had the subtle confidence of a veteran. With her dyed dreadlocks and nose piercings, the Monrovia teen screamed punk rock, but from the moment she opened her mouth to sing the first few lines of the Fugees’ remake of “Killing Me Softly,” Barsoe and Young looked at each other in wide-eyed amazement. Zhavia was immediately invited to work with OC Hit Factory. Not only do Barsoe and Young want to give her a jumpstart on the road to stardom in the soul market, but they also want to give the promising artist the tools she needs to thrive there, once she gets to that level. “As far as starting is concerned, I’ve been there and done that and know how much crap goes along with it,” Barsoe says. “I’m kind of over that part. I love the pure part of it right now, where it’s creating a talent. My love is the creation part and getting [artists] to the point where they’re ready to fly.” NJACKSON@OCWEEKLY.COM OC HIT FACTORY at the District at TustinLegacy, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin, (504) 296-8084; www. ochitfactory.com. Open audition, Sat., 7 p.m. Free. All ages.


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label Innovative Leisure, bring their musical mind trip to the Observatory on Saturday, as part of a short California stint after being all around the world, touring in support of IV. The album signals a major step in recognition for the band, having been selected as BBC Radio 6 Music’s No. 1 album of the year. Prior to that, their third album, aptly titled III, saw them lock down their songwriting process. “I guess the biggest difference is our boundaries expanded,” Hansen says. “Now, one of us could be on xylophone, one of us could be on piano, violin, whatever—it doesn’t really matter, any combination of instruments. We’ll come up with an idea, and instead of being like, ‘It’s done,’ sometimes it can go through 10 different versions.” Their present method of composing includes constructing waves of vibe mixed with a weighty mood—somber but light, melting like acid but still structured, gentle but forceful, demented yet ethereal. However you describe the sonic scenes they set with their compositions, it is causing hiphop, rock, soul and electronic lyricists and producers alike to collaborate and create some of their most poignant work, including Kaytranada, Sam Herring of Future Islands and rapper Mick Jenkins. “There’s no rhyme or reason to how we meet people, but I think we generally prefer to work with those who we have kind of hit it off with, and ideally we’ve met before we get into the studio,” Hansen says. “We love tons of different people, and whoever comes our way, we’re down for it.”

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lthough the four members of BadBadNotGood probably look more like Dungeons and Dragons nerds than thuggish beat creators, their years of success in the hip-hop world have shattered that stereotype. But they’re not exactly afraid to embrace them, either, as evidenced in the video for “Lavendar” (featuring Kaytranada) off their new album, IV; it depicts the band shackled to a card table in a garage, playing a seriously twisted game of D&D that’s almost as mind-bending as the music they create. No matter how they’re perceived, for these baby-faced jazz-heads from Toronto, it’s always about the music. “Early on, we ended up playing hip-hop covers because it was an easy way to get to know each other and get more comfortable with playing together because of time constraints since we all were in school when we met,” bassist Chester Hansen says. The band—Hansen, Matthew Tavares (keyboard), Alexander Sowinski (drums) and recently confirmed permanent fourth member Leland Whitty (sax/guitar)—made a name for themselves by combining a distinct blend of modern jazz and hip-hop rhythms. This led to them working with artists such as Ghostface Killah, Tyler the Creator and Kali Uchis. “We bonded over our love for hip-hop and jazz, but more specifically hip-hop because not everyone in school was listening to it or [were] as up on the new stuff as we tried to be,” Hansen says. “So that was our common thing.” Over the past few years, the band have slowly switched to only doing original music and writing all kinds of different stuff; they’ve also been working with different people. “We love so many different kinds of music it ends up being a crazy mix,” Hansen says. The quartet, who were signed by LA

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t a young age, the soul of the blues grabbed Eric VonHerzen by the collar and shoved itself into his pocket. In Orange County during the early ’70s, he ran away from home by the age of 14 and was living on the streets while nursing a daily drug habit. “My family was around, but they didn’t want me around,” VonHerzen says. “It was a lonely life sometimes, but I knew I always had my harmonica.” The revered local bluesman stole his first mouth harp from the older brother of a friend who showed him the wailing wonders of the reed instrument that’s been the mouthpiece of American music since the Civil War. VonHerzen played for hours every week, mimicking the styles of Paul Butterfield and James Cotton, whom he used to sneak in to see at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach. By his late teens, he’d migrated south to Ocean Beach and was playing adult clubs despite being underage before bouncing back up to OC. Since the ‘80s, VonHerzen has shared the stage with countless bluesmen, countrymen, guitar gods such as Walter Trout and punks including Social Distortion, who’ve been transfixed by the fiery, soulful licks created by the seasoned harp man. “Back then, [Social Distortion] was a straight punk band, and Trout was a ripping guitar blues/rock guy, so it was quite a stark difference,” VonHerzen says. “I remember when I first met Ness in the ’80s; he was attracted to me because I was a blues guy, and all we would listen to was blues stuff and search for

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the right tone with different amplifiers and rigs.” In recent years, he performed with the late Mike “Gabby” Gaborno of the Cadillac Tramps while also blasting out fiery licks for gritty blues band Santos Y Sinners, which includes Tramps guitarist Brian Coakley. VonHerzen admits the chemistry with Gaborno and Santos is the quintessential vibe he strives for at every show. He used to bring Gaborno on stage to play in front of respected local blues guys such as Rod Piazza, Junior Watson and James Harman, who instantly took a liking to his style. “These blues legends would go, ‘That fuckin dude’s got it, man. That guy’s got it,’” he says. “Then Gabby would sit in and play with these cats, and they’d go, ‘Get Gabby back, man!’ They were calling for the guy.” Keeping busy on a diet of steady gigs, including playing with his band the Atomic Road Kings, means VonHerzen is constantly on the move; he books and plays shows and festivals constantly. “It’s important not only for the listener, but also for upcoming musicians that they develop a foundation in music and finding out where their roots are,” VonHerzen says. Hey, Orange County/Long Beach musicians & bands! Mail your music, contact info, high-res photos & impending show dates for possible review to: Locals Only, OC Weekly, 18475 Bandilier Circle, Fountain Valley, CA 92708. Or email your link to: localsonly@ocweekly.com.


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7:30 p.m., $8-$10. Concordia University, 1530 Concordia W., Irvine, (949) 854-8002. FANNY & THE ATTA BOYS: 7 p.m., $10-$30. Don the Beachcomber, 16278 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, (562) 592-1321; donthebeachcomber.com. GRYFFIN: DJ set, 11 p.m., $20. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; observatoryoc.com. HAZEL ENGLISH: 9 p.m., $10-$12. The Wayfarer, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 764-0039; wayfarercm.com. JOYRYDE; DJ SLINK; TEAM EZY: 9 p.m., $17.50. The Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, (888) 862-9573; yosttheater.com. THE MUSICAL BOX: 8 p.m. The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, Ste. C, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-8930; thecoachhouse.com. RELEASE THE BATS: 9 p.m., $5. Que Sera, 1923 E. Seventh St., Long Beach, (562) 599-6170; queseralb.wix.com. SUICIDE SILENCE; PLAGUE VENDOR; CAMERON ARGON: 7 p.m., $25. The Observatory,

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next day to find her underwear drawer empty on the floor and all of her underwear wrapped around this dude’s feet. She stealthily removed all the panties from his perv hooves and put her shit away. When the morning actualized itself, they parted amicably with no mention of the underwear slippers. Men In Alaska Ask yourself which is the likelier scenario, MIA. Scenario No. 1: This guy stumbled around your friend’s dark apartment in the middle of the night, managed to find her underwear drawer, pulled it out and set it on the floor, made himself a pair of pantiebooties, had himself a wank, and fell back to sleep. All without waking your friend. Then your friend got up in the morning, saw her panties wrapped around his hooves, peeled them off one by one, and returned her panties to their drawer. All without waking Perv Hooves up. Scenario No. 2: Your friend got pervy with this guy, wanted to tell you about this guy’s kink, but was too embarrassed to admit that she played along and possibly got into it. My money is on Scenario No. 2, MIA, because I’ve heard this song before: “I met this pervert who did these perverted things in front of me while I was asleep, and I wasn’t in any way involved and I wasn’t harmed. Isn’t that pervert crazy?” Yeah, no. In most cases, the person relaying the story played an active role in the evening’s perversions but edited the story to make themselves look like a passive bystander, not a willing participant. I’m a 30-year-old straight woman who has been with the same guy (high-school sweetheart!) for the past 13 years. We love each other deeply, best friends, etc. The problem isn’t that the sex isn’t good—he’s very good at making me come. But the sex is vanilla and routine, and I would like us to go beyond that. Nothing extreme, I just want to switch things up a bit. Talking about sex makes my husband REALLY uncomfortable. If I ask him what he’d like me to do to him while we’re having sex, he shuts down. He’ll say, “Everything you do is good,” and leave it there. In the very few conversations we’ve had about this stuff, he’s said that he feels intimidated and doesn’t know what to say. This is incredibly frustrating for me. How do I get him to loosen up and feel more comfortable about talking to me so we can eventually progress to some new experiences? Why Husband Is Prudish Have you told him what you want? If you haven’t—if you’re as vague in your conversations with him as you were in your letter to me—you’re essentially asking your husband to guess at your undisclosed interests or kinks. Your husband is probably terrified of guessing wrong. He doesn’t know what to do, he doesn’t know what to say—but he’s told you he’s fine with whatever you want to do. So stop asking him what he wants to do to you, WHIP, and start doing whatever it is you want to do. Take the initiative, be the change you want to see in the sack, lean in or bend over or whatever. From your sign-off, WHIP, I’m guessing you’re interested in some type of BDSM play, most likely with you in the sub role. So lay your kink cards on the table and offer to dominate him first. A lot of subs do some topping, i.e., doing unto others as they would like done unto them, and some subs become tops exclusively. But take baby steps: It’s mild before wild; you have to nail those junior-varsity kinks before moving up to varsity-level kinks; etc. On the Lovecast (savagelovecast.com): a pro dom on being a sex worker and a single mom. Contact Dan via email at mail@savagelove.net, and follow him on Twitter: @fakedansavage.

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Some people think about, talk about and masturbate about certain fantasies without ever wanting to realize them. Let’s call them Team Fantasize. Some people think about, etc., certain fantasies and would very much like to realize them. Let’s call them Team Realize. There’s nothing wrong with either team. But when someone on Team Fantasize is married to someone on Team Realize, well, that can be a problem. Knowing your spouse is turned on by fantasies you share but rules out realizing them—or sets impossible conditions for realizing them—can be extremely frustrating. And sometimes a frustrated Team Realize spouse will say something like this to their Team Fantasize mate: “Talking about these fantasies together—this kind of dirty talk—it gets my hopes up about actually doing it. If it’s never going to happen, we have to stop talking about it because it’s frustrating.” The problem with that approach? Swingers clubs, BDSM parties and the strap-on-dildo sections of your finer sex-positive sex-toy stores everywhere are filled with couples who used to be on opposite teams—one from Team Fantasize, the other from Team Realize—but they’re both on Team Realize now. And what got them on the same team? Continuing to discuss and share fantasies, even at the risk of frustrating the Team Realize spouse. So if you ever want to have that threesome or experiment with anal, HARD, you need to keep talking with your wife about these fantasies—and you need to tell her your fantasies, too! Tell her you’re not pressuring her, of course, but let her know these are things you would actually like to do, and the more you talk about them, the more you want to do them. If she keeps talking with you about them, that’s a sign. Not a sign that she’s a cruel tease, HARD, but a sign that she’s inching closer toward pulling on a Team Realize jersey. P.S. If your wife doesn’t know you have these fantasies—and is consequently teasing you “unknowingly”—that’s your fault, HARD, not hers.

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Education Reporter (Fullerton, CA) Collect & analyze educational facts about newsworthy events by interviewing educational figures, investigation, or observation of background info related to educational stories & functions. Report & write educational stories for TV; 1yr exp. & bachelor in education reqd., 40hrs/wk; Resume to CTS America, Inc. 1025 S. Placentia Ave., Fullerton, CA 92831

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