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n California, there’s a deep connection between bona-fide scientific research and the policy decisions that directly affect our coastline. The recently released “The State of the California South Coast”—a 60-page, full-color report compiled by ocean scientists from data collected by pros and amateurs—details the baseline condition of the state’s 5-year-old Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) from Point Conception to the Mexican border. On March 23 at the Holiday Inn Express in San Clemente, editors of the report—which was published by California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ocean Protection Council, and Ocean Science Trust—shared highlights of the findings with the public, easily half of whom worked in commercial fishing. In 2011, the state issued a call for projects, funding 10 investigations that were led by academic researchers and utilized students, volunteers, anglers, divers, remotely operated vehicles exploring inhuman depths and crevices, even airplanes. Covering ecology and socioeconomics, the baseline provides state environmental agencies with a benchmark for all future resourcemanagement decisions. (The data for the entire state’s MPA network, and the decisions that result from ongoing monitoring, are available on OceanSpaces.org.) While the baseline’s purpose is to capture a snapshot of how things are, it’s too early to know if the MPAs are working, but older protected areas, established before the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) was implemented, are showing positive trends: The California Spiny Lobster increased in number and mass in the Channel Islands. And during the data collection, a larger percentage of legal-weight lobsters were observed in the Laguna Beach MPA. “We just had the biggest El Niño ever, so more lobster caught means nothing— we’re bleeding here,” said Dave Hansen, a charismatic, second-generation boat captain based in San Clemente who was among the several boat captains and management of Dana Wharf Sportfishing, members of the Oceanside Anglers Club, and assorted old salts in attendance. “Is it ever going to open again? We thought after five years, we’d get some [of the Laguna Beach MPA] back. I’ve got kids that need to eat.” But Hansen didn’t speak for everyone in the room. “It only covers 75 percent of Laguna,” said Mike Bearnan, who helped to create the Laguna Beach MPA. “I grew up in a fishing family. Laguna is the best place to grow in the ocean—I know, it’s

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painful to lose a favorite fishing spot.” While one of the MPLA’s goals is sustaining marine life, including those of economic value, statewide data collection does much more: tracking the multiple effects of climate change and invasive species, as well as emergency events such as oil spills and the nearly overnight disappearance of sea stars. With monitors already in place, the response to the Refugio Oil Spill near Santa Barbara in 2015 was immediate, and data collection continues to measure its impact and keeps decision-makers informed on recovery efforts. “As we move into Phase 2 [creating an action plan], [there will be] opportunities to be involved in a tangible way,” said Cyndi Dawson of the Ocean Protection Council, hoping to reassure Hansen and others. “In the next three or four months, a party boat project will make its way down to your region.” Dawson was referring to the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP), which has been operating since 2006 in the Central Coast region. According

to CCFRP director Rick Starr, an alliance of conservation organizations catch, tag and release fish inside and near the MPAs. Because the fishing industry has taken such a financial hit, it’s crucial to state agencies that it be involved in evaluating MPAs. “And the state is putting its money where its mouth is,” said Dawson. “We’re now finishing a grant to expand [CCFRP] statewide to mimic what they’ve been doing in the central coast for 10-plus years.” Fishing-boat operators will collaborate with researchers from the get-go, deciding together the sites to fish, the gear used, etc., so the “fishermen are confident in the veracity of the results,” said Dawson, an MPA policy adviser and a co-editor. “That high-quality data is a huge benefit to both sides. Researchers benefit from hours and hours on the water with local party boat operators, who’ve been fishing on those waters for maybe 30 years.” In the current era of budget slashing for anything reeking of conservation, Dawson assured the crowd that funding was solid through 2027, with a current

budget line item of $2.5 million. While mostly state-funded, partners in creating the baseline included two federally funded entities out of Scripps. But the Ocean Science Trust’s Erin Meyer said that although science defunding will be drastic, weather-related work likely wouldn’t suffer brutal cuts. The commitment to effectively manage the vast network of organizations involved resulted in a multi-agency leadership team whose ultimate goal is a healthier ocean through cooperative efforts. Near the end of the Q&A session, Hansen told the scientists he has also been giving talks. “[I] don’t know why they want to listen to me. . . . Hey, we should do a talk together!” We’ll see in the coming months what that spark of cooperation will mean for OC fishing. LETTERS@OCWEEKLY.COM

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ing story about a Huntington Beach pro-Donald Trump rally in which OC Weekly reporters were beaten up while working originally appeared on ocweekly.com on March 25. We are reprinting it here, along with afterthe-fact commentary from the Weeklings on the scene because the melee must not be forgotten. Not only is it yet another black mark on Huntington Beach (which is always fighting with Anaheim for the title of Orange County’s most riot-happy city), but also the original coverage by the mainstream media was a travesty of journalism that allowed Trump supporters to cloak themselves in a veil of victimhood, when it was their side that itched for a rumble. White supremacists worldwide are already hailing the beatdown of the press and activists of color as a victory for their cause. As of this writing, the California Department of Parks and Rec-

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Pepe the Frogs and other such fun. “The Star Spangled Banner” played. Speeches were recited; Dana Rohrabacher rambled. Doves were released. A Marine did pull-ups. Counterprotesters had showed up around 10 a.m., about an hour before the rally was to start, gathering down the way from the party. “We feel like it’s important to come out here and be heard,” Jordan Hoiberg said shortly after arriving. The counterprotest organizer is a Newport Beach resident and a member of Socialist Party USA. “As Frederick Douglas said, ‘Power concedes nothing without a demand,’ so we’re here today to make demands. . . . We’re going to make sure we’re heard, but we’re not looking to

From the outset, it appeared the Trump supporters were angry simply at the presence of the counterprotesters. As the first two counterprotesters stepped onto the beach, a female Trump supporter reportedly pulled her car next to them and yelled, “If you touch my kids, I’ll kill you!” The protesters seemed surprised to find no other counterprotesters in sight, as Trump supporters patrolled the area publicly announced as the gathering place for counterprotesters. The counterprotesters took off into the parking lot, where they found other counterprotesters unloading a car, at which point Trump Mama got in my face. The Trump supporters were angry about counterprotesters invading their march—and conservatives say liberals always want safe spaces? As I approached the mob on the beach, I considered what had transpired with the Twins being ganged up on (see main story for details). I saw photographers Julie Leopo and Brian Feinzimer surrounded, and the only thing going through my head was what editor Gustavo Arellano had told us: “Stick together.” As I turned, I saw Trump Friend charge Feinzimer. I didn’t know what he planned on doing to my colleague, so I stuck

out my arm and yelled, “Hey!” Trump Friend reeled back, then regained his balance and began to attack me. I felt a series of love-tap, tiny-handed punches and someone pulling me from the back. As soon as the pepper-spraying counterprotester cleared the attackers, I started searching for my phone, which held my notes and photos. A Trump supporter kindly handed it back to me and gave me a hug with a look of concern. Counterprotest organizer Jordan Hoiberg took the chants of “pussy” and “faggot” as best as he could. A cellphonewielding Trump supporter grabbed him by the shirt and started yelling, “You’re the one who put this protest together! Why do your guys have masks on?” Meanwhile, another Trump supporter falsely accused him of beating elderly women in order to get nearby supporters to attack Hoiberg. The look on Hoiberg’s face spelled out fear, as the backlash facing him and his fellow counterprotesters surrounded him on all sides. He escaped the crowd, returning to the beach, then attempted to ask

provoke any kind of physical confrontation with the Trump supporters in any way.” Though 60 people confirmed on a Facebook event page they’d show up, only about 10 did at first. As some put on masks, rally-goers yelled things such as “Take off your mask, chickenshits!” and “Why are you dressed like ISIS? Let us see your face!” One woman with bad breath yelled at Weekly intern Frank Tristan, “Are you here to cause trouble, too?!” When Tristan identified himself as media, she screamed, “Fake news!” and stormed off. Veteran members of both sides did their best to keep the peace early by engaging in peaceful arguments. Two elderly Trump supporters came over and shook the hands of their opponents, wishing for nonviolence and peace on both sides and saying, “God bless all of us.” They were the exceptions. The woman with bad breath tried to mark the faces of counterprotesters with a pen; when one told her to back off, she knocked his hat off and walked away. A middle-aged white man grabbed an African-American by the shoulders and proclaimed, “By the way, this is a Trump supporter.” Another one saw an anarchist sign and wondered out loud to the person holding it, “Maybe if there was anarchy, I’d be able to kick your ass and there’d be no cops to help you.” A middle-aged Latina received cheers and thumbs-up when she yelled, “I’m a proud Latina for Trump! For legal immi-

State Park peace officers how many people were arrested and what their names were, only to be told they didn’t know. He walked away without argument. Hoiberg said he believed things were over and that he should probably leave for his safety, so he headed north on the bike trail with the defeated look of a general who led his troops into slaughter. As he was leaving, a group of white boys holding a “Defend America” sign tried to pick a fight with him, but then they faced me and Latino protester Naui Huitzilopochtli. In their group stood Gray Shirt Guy and the white Trump supporter who threw the rock at the counterprotester. Their friend tried to calm them down as they flexed and stared at us. “We see you, dawg,” one told us, threateningly. “Fuck la raza,” another joined in. “I’m in the pit at every Observatory show,” a third Trump supporter announced, inviting anyone who has a problem with him to show up there. They dispersed at the behest of their friends, heading south on the bike trail with the rest of the MAGA marchers.

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gration!” Another Latina Trump supporter went on to tell counterprotesters that Trump was “chosen” by God and that they didn’t know their “Father” (God), to which one of the counterprotesters responded, “I’m a Christian, too. I know my Father, and he doesn’t like injustice. . . . He doesn’t like women’s pussies being grabbed.” Eventually, around 25 counterprotesters showed up to chant: “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” “Hands too small, can’t


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of the Twins. Another Trump supporter jabbed his flagpole into the face of the other Twin, at which point the other Twin grabbed the flag from his hands and threw it to the ground. Someone sucker-punched one of them with what photos and videos show to be brass knuckles as another hit Weekly intern Frank John Tristan in the face. In the ensuing chaos, a middle-aged Trump supporter called one of the Twins “nigger” and the other was called a “spic.” State Park peace officers yelled at the Twins to head to the sidelines, but they both fled the scene; one later stated, “We knew what the cops wanted to do with us because they were clearly defending the violent Trump supporters. “I’m not going to say I didn’t expect it,” he continued. “At the end of the day, they’re emboldened by a leader who supports them, and they’re enabled by statesponsored racists. I think regardless of us being assaulted, anti-fascist protests need to go on. Regardless if we’re outnumbered, we still need to protest.” Then came the pepper spray.

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chain of events, starting with the flag-waving lady, is also visible via chopper video from KTTV-TV Channel 11.) Trump fans weren’t done. The goateed guy who started the whole fracas tried to jab his flagpole at Feinzimer and Tristan’s faces. Others surrounded Leopo and Feinzimer as they were leaving, blasting them for working with OC Weekly. “You guys say you can kick our ass online,” one middle-aged man told Leopo. “Let’s see it now!” At that point, a group of Trump supporters chased after the masked anarchists—and that’s when the neo-Nazis arrived to play. They were proudly out during the rally, with no one telling them to go away. The Orange County Register reported banners with swastikas were seen. One young man near the front of the peaceful part of the rally carried an Imperial War Ensign flag, the banner of the Second Reich that neoNazis favor in Germany since the Nazi flag is banned. Another held a sign reading, “Da Goyim Know,” an anti-Semitic meme favored by white supremacists. He was with a group of young white men with a “Defend America” banner that had crossed out the USSR’s hammer and sickle, the anti-fascist red flag, prescription drugs, and Arabic. Their particular style was reminiscent of the playbook of Vanguard America, a white-supremacist group trying to get college kids to think racism is cool. Members

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and fellow photographer Julie Leopo, jabbing at us with it. Suddenly, someone outside my field of view violently pushed me. As I turned my head, I realized I had been intentionally shoved, so I raised my camera to photograph the person. At the same time, someone stepped in the middle to protect me, and as I snapped photographs, I saw that person get punched repeatedly by the person who had shoved me. Three seconds later, I realized it was intern Frank Tristan who

had stepped in and was being punched. In those seconds, my mind went from surprise to confusion, and then the adrenaline kicked in as I wrapped my arm around Frank and pulled him away from the attacker. Julie rushed forward to help me. Someone near us unleashed a cloud of pepper spray, ending the assault. Unable to collect my thoughts, I kept taking pictures, relying on my instinct to keep shooting, to keep doing my job to capture everything that was happening.

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Instead, after the pepper-spray-wielding anarchist was chased off, MSM reporters went back to the peaceful Trump supporters, who by then had gotten to the Seapoint Street bridge, chanting, “USA, USA, USA!” to the traffic speeding by on PCH. Some added “Trump 2020” and “Lock her up” for good measure. The crowd garnered several honks in support of their pro-Trump message, much to the delight of the crowd—although there was one “Fuck Trump!” that they ignored. That said, even the pro-Trump peaceniks were proud of the bros among them. “Everybody is causing violence, right?” a middle-aged white man said. “It’s because they got rid of the snowflakes,” added a middle-aged Asian man with a MAGA hat and a sign with a brick wall painted on it. “I don’t want to start violence, but I will bring it to defend myself,” says Jennifer, who claimed to be Vietnamese immigrant. “We need to teach [anti-Trump protesters] a lesson to respect our right to free speech.”

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the rally—stay classy, Huntington Beach!). One of the white men told Tristan, “We see you” and, “Fuck la raza.” Hoiberg called the fighting “unfortunate,” stating that “people have to act in self-defense.” He added that the counterprotesters masked themselves because “they’re terrified of being stalked online and receiving threats. They want to avoid that.” Another video, posted on YouTube by jonasd914, shows a woman punching

with conservative views. Yet I noticed that among the marchers was a group of about five young white men, one of whom was carrying a “Da Goyim Know” sign while another held a German Imperialist flag—both symbolic of the neo-Nazi movement. I looked around to see if any of the Trump supporters who had claimed to be intolerant of hate took offense to this obvious display of anti-Semitism. Not one seemed appalled. At least if they were, they didn’t speak out aginst the hate that was clearly on display. While they did not participate in the violence earlier, their sheer complicity was just another act of evil.

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ter” and “Don’t Tread On Me” Tea Party flags on the sidewalk alongside the beach garnered honks from cars speeding by on PCH and perplexed looks by beachgoers who didn’t get the memo of the day’s festivities. I heard someone yell out “Fuck Trump!” from their car, but by then, the Trumpsters were already headed back to the march’s starting point near Warner Avenue, where all the violence occurred earlier. As I walked among the Trump supporters, I chatted with some of them. Most assured me they weren’t the bigoted monsters the media perceive them as, but rather well-intentioned people

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I had a feeling the night before and the day of the MAGA march that something serious was going to happen. Around noon, I received text messages from two of my colleagues, photographer Brian Feinzimer and intern Frank Tristan, saying they and photographer Julie Leopo had just been attacked by Trump supporters. My heart immediately sank with disappointment, but I wasn’t surprised. By the time I got to Bolsa Chica State Beach, around 1 p.m., the violence had subsided, but there was still tension in the air, as if a brawl could break out at any moment. The spectacle of hundreds of Trump supporters chanting, “USA, USA, USA!” while waving American, “Blue Lives Mat-

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of that group and their pals began chasing after the masked anarchist who had pepper-sprayed earlier. Video shows them uttering the bizarre chant “You can’t run/ You can’t hide/You get helicopter ride.” The reference is neo-fascist speak for dumping your opponents off a helicopter, the way Pinochet and other Latin American fascists used to do (stealing, of course, what the U.S. did to Charlie in ’Nam). [Editor’s note: Community reporter Naui Huitzilopochtli also took video of a group of racist skinheads wearing jackets with the logo of the white-power Hammerskins. There were also members of the South Bay Skins, a white-power Southern California street gang.] Trump supporters pushed the counterprotester to the ground, pummeling him as nearby peace officers stood and watched. He pepper-sprayed his way out of that position (accidentally hitting Leopo in the process), eventually escaping by hopping a fence that divided them from PCH. A shirtless white man threw a large rock and struck the protester in the chest, making him fall. California Highway Patrol arrested the counterprotester as Trump supporters told police, “Handle him, or we’ll handle him.” CHP made no attempt to arrest the man who threw the rock; law enforcement present at the scene did not bother to do much, period. Meanwhile, a group of white men began following Hoiberg, calling him a “faggot” and “pussy” (there was a LOT of “faggot,” “pussy” and “bitch” thrown around during

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There were some truly beautiful automotive works of art already out in force at Thee Midniters’ show at the Museum of Latin American Art in February, but this time, the cars are the stars of the show: “Lowrider Lowdown” delivers context, backstory and technical depth alongside the arsenal of vehicles organized by Baldwin Park customizer Danny D., noted by Lowrider magazine as one of the industry’s most in-demand artists. Denise M. Sandoval, Ph.D., a key curator and researcher for numerous lowrider exhibits, will helm the one-day event alongside the legendary tattoo (and album-cover) artist Mister Cartoon, whose early career included a teenage stint doing auto airbrushing. Plus, there will be a live pinstriping session with artists Mr. Rhythm and D.A. Designs’ D.A. Garcia. “Lowrider Lowdown” at the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Los Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, (562) 437-1689; www. molaa.org. 1 p.m. $10; members, free.

Scenic Balboa Village is the place where more than 30 craft beer vendors will be pouring samples of their brew for the Fourth Annual Balboa Craft Beer Fest. And if you’re a beer fanatic, chances are one of your favorite breweries will be among the lineup: Golden Road, Left Coast, Barley Forge, Shock Top, Hangar 24 and more. Hi-Time Wine Cellars will provide red and white wines for those who prefer grapes to hops, and peninsula-based eateries such as Ruby’s Diner, Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill and Harborside Restaurant will offer tasty food. Check out the Beer Fest site for a handy Lyft code as well; unless you’ve got a designated driver ready, you’re going to need it. Balboa Craft Beer Fest between the beach and the bay in Balboa Village, Newport Beach; www.balboabeerfest.com. 12:30 p.m. $25-$65. 21+. —AIMEE MURILLO

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The first Orange County Dance Festival celebrates the art of dance with strong companies from throughout Southern California, all coming together for an evening of performances, films and education. More than leaping across the stage, dance

serves to tell stories through movement, imagery and emotion, and these artists commit their bodies, minds and souls into every piece. Aiming to bridge the gap between concert and commercial dance, the festival welcomes 17 venerable groups, including Rhapsody en Dance, Emergent Dance Co., Palm Dance Collective, Akomi Dance and Invertigo Dance Theatre. Orange County Dance Festival at Rose Center Theater, 14140 All American Way, Westminster, (714) 793-1150; www.akomidance. com/ocdf. 6 p.m. $15. —AIMEE MURILLO

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Not a fan of musicals? I, myself, am the son of a man who fell asleep during a Broadway performance of Les Miserables. That being said, the opportunity to see the show parodied by foul-mouthed puppets is irresistible. In Les Miz and Friends!, witness human cast members fighting against oppressive furry monsters in a production

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No one could get enough of George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four back in 1984, and many of the novel’s concepts of “big brother,” “doublespeak” and “groupthink” have been firmly implanted in the popular consciousness. There was even a critically lauded second film made of the story (after the 1956 version), starring John Hurt and Richard Burton in his final screen appearance. No one paid much attention to it again until the recent U.S. election, but it’s now back on everyone’s mind (most certainly a “thoughtcrime”), and the chilling idea of “doublethink”—holding two opposing ideas at the same time—seems all the more poignant. See it on the big screen to draw your own conclusions . . . and steer clear of Room 101, comrades. 1984 at the Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 285-9422; thefridacinema. org. 7:30 p.m. $7-$10. —SR DAVIES


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Late last year, a collaboration between the non-Gwen members of No Doubt and AFI singer Davey Havok was mysteriously announced. Calling themselves DREAMCAR, the timing was a bit odd, what with AFI releasing a new album in January. After a confirmed Coachella appearance and short tour publicized, the quartet shared their first song, “Kill for Candy,” and the tune was unlike anything any fan of either band could expect. A splash of ’80s new wave that’s fresher and more experimental than what they could have written or shared with their regular outfits. While there’s little known about what’s to come at DREAMCAR’s live debut at the tiny Constellation Room, you can be sure to expect it to be something festival-ready. DREAMCAR with Dear Boy at the Constellation Room, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; www.observatoryoc. com. 9 p.m. $20. —DANIEL KOHN

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Whether you’re a fan of great comedy, terribly inaccurate history or just the use of banging empty halves of coconuts together to make the sound of a galloping horse, there are plenty of reasons to love Monty Python and the Holy Grail. For tonight’s Classic Film Wednesday at Regency South Coast Village, you’ll get the chance to see the epic draw between King Arthur and the Black Knight (as well as the rest of the movie); some bloody (but outrageously over-the-top) violence; the Dead BodyThat Claims It Isn’t; and some hilarious songs on the big screen one more time. Be there, or fall victim to the Knights Who Say “Ni!” Monty Python and the Holy Grail at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 5575701; www.regencymovies.com. 7:30 p.m. $8. —JOSH CHESLER

Even the most hardcore cinephile would have trouble naming up to five different Ghanaian films, let alone be aware of the country’s amazing film-poster art. Bowers Museum’s “Reel Art” exhibit brings in glorious B-list (and lower) campy film posters from 1980s- and ’90s-era Ghanaian cinema, originally printed onto flour sacks instead of canvas, intended to advertise films on a traveling medium. With outrageous titles and subject matter such as ninjas, gangsters, robots and an equally outrageous painting style to match, this is nothing like the boring, PhotoShopped posters you’ll see on bus stops and billboards today. A total must-see for bad-movie-lovers and film historians! “Reel Art: Movie Posters From Ghana” at the Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers. org. 10 a.m. Through June 30. $10-$15. —AIMEE MURILLO

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back strip malls of Little Saigon or at least open to its quirks. This cuisine is for insiders who already know where to get the best bún bò Hue and cá kho to. When I ate Vuong’s hu tieu Nam Vang, the noodle soup I routinely slurp for breakfast at Trieu Chau, I realized Vuong has not only gotten the broth exactly right, but he’s also included everything I’ve come to expect from it: the pliant fish balls, the ground pork, the shrimp, even the deep-fried Chinese crullers you’re supposed to float atop the scalding liquid. But then he does something ballsy: He dumps the diced Thai bird chiles usually offered as a condiment into the soup itself. Vuong does it because he knows they are central to the experience, its spiciness building to a crescendo that leaves you gasping for air, but then going back for more. There are a few updates to classic dishes here. But when Vuong does it, it’s not a forced deconstruction, but rather an improvement, an upgrade or a shortcut to the essence of the dish. For example, he adds not only lardons to that hu tieu broth for richness and smoke, but also a whole gigantic shrimp that might as well be a lobster. For his take on bún riêu, which is usually a noodle soup with crab and tomatoes, he eschews the noodles and the soup to get down to the heart of it: the crab cakes made with egg and crabmeat that he re-creates here as an omelet. And it’s a revelation, with a wiggly texture hovering near Japanese chawanmushi and a fried soft-shell crab on top. On those dishes that can’t possibly be improved upon, such as bánh xèo—a lacy crepe-like pancake with shrimp and pork

folded over bean sprouts—Vuong plays it straight. His rendition is every bit as crisp as anything I’ve found in Little Saigon, save for Van’s. He even attempts a nem noung cuon, which is not as tightly rolled as Brodard’s nor has the sauce to match. But that’s okay—no other restaurant has come close either. There’s also an amazing braised pork and quail eggs in a coconut gravy that screams for a side of rice and a thin-sliced octopus terrine dribbled with chile sate sauce that’s as tender as turkey cold cuts from the deli. If you like seabass, it’s crisply fried here, paired with Vietnamese herbs and an electric dipping sauce. As authentic as the food is, I would discourage anyone from bringing older Vietnamese relatives—unless they’re already deaf. The restaurant blasts old-school hip-hop that’s heavy on Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg—and not the G-rated radio edits, either. I don’t know exactly how old Vuong is, but my guess is he came of age with this music, just as I did. For LSXO’s customers between 35 and 45, it hits the nostalgic sweet spot. In the middle of my visit, I found my head bobbing to the baseline, then joining the entire restaurant in singing the chorus of “Gin and Juice.” Who knew that gangsta rap and Vietnamese food go great together? The O.G. Tin Vuong, that’s who. LXSO 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. D200, Huntington Beach, (714) 374-0083; dinebluegold.com/lsxo. Open daily, 11 a.m.10 p.m. Dinner for two, $40-$60. Full bar.

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f you’ve been to Bluegold at Pacific City and thought, as I did, that it was an uneven experience, you need to push the reset button, then go back and try LSXO, the Vietnamese restaurant within the restaurant. It turns out that this speakeasy-ish backroom, accessible through a set of heavy doors to the right of Bluegold’s kitchen, is like the hidden level in Super Mario Bros. that holds all the coins. The room looks unfinished, as though the contractor quit mid-job, leaving walls of exposed caulking sandwiched between two-by-fours. In the center of the space, there’s a diminutive bar ripped from a Wild West saloon. Behind that is a backdrop of wallpaper with AK-47 motifs and butterflies spray-painted on using a stencil. If Bluegold is a sleek new cruise ship, LSXO is its crew quarters. The difference between the two doesn’t end there. Pound-for-pound, the food at LSXO is cheaper than at Bluegold. And it’s all from an entirely separate menu that’s not only all Vietnamese, but also the window to the soul of its chef, Tin Vuong. Most important, every bite I had here was consistently wonderful. Before opening up an eclectic array of restaurants across Los Angeles County with Blackhouse Hospitality Management, Vuong was the head cook at St. Regis and Sapphire. His flavors are undiluted, unfiltered and bold—full of herbs, fish-sauce funkiness and wickedly hot chile peppers. You get the feeling that if Vuong were to teach you Vietnamese, he’d start with the swear words. But to truly appreciate the food, you should already be fluent with the

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here are Indian lunch buffets, and then there’s what Masala Hut offers in Anaheim. The place is small: just four tables, three aisles of groceries, a freezer and a wall covered with blackvelvet paintings of rural Indian life. Right next to the counter is the buffet, six trays representing the subcontinental version of a meat and three: usually just chicken tikka masala and tandoori, plus four vegetarian options. It pales in comparison to every Indian buffet I’ve ever tried in OC, the opposite of what a lunch special is supposed to be. Try the entrées, whose flavors are brighter than anything I’ve encountered resting in chafing trays. The tikka masala is as creamy as a spicy bowl of Fage; the chana masala is the best interpretation of garbanzo beans outside of falafels. The specials come served in little Styrofoam cups, the better to take them home. Masala Hut rotates its buffet offerings according to the whims of the nice people who run this Indian grocery, and everyone is always apologetic if a customer’s regular order isn’t up that day. “Sorry, we don’t have aloo gobi today,” a young lady once told a Latino trucker. He didn’t mind; he gorged that day on cauliflower instead. The buffet is so good, in fact, that I never noticed an actual menu until I grabbed a to-go pamphlet one afternoon. Entrées veer toward the North, so there are biryanis, rotis, samosas and vindaloos. I love the goat curry because there’s simply not enough goat dishes in the world, but also great is the garbanzo dish with a fried bread puffed like a chef’s toque. There’s even more food to go in Masala Hut’s produce aisle and freezer section; I especially like the saffron-spiked almond milk in a bright-yellow can. But when it comes to a drink, forsake the mango lassi for once. Masala Hut is the only restaurant in OC I’ve ever seen publicly advertise a milkshake made from chikoo, the fruit known in English as the sapodilla. It tastes as if you’re drinking custard pie—more, please!

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The Social List is finally finding its voice

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n a world of Russian cyber attacks, normalized Cuban relations and cries of “Bernie would’ve won,” the Social List’s punny name holds more meaning than ever. So it feels only appropriate that after three years of business, the corner café owned by Luis Navarro Jr. (of Lola’s Mexican Cuisine) is finally finding its voice. The Social List was designed as a European tavern, a casual place meant for, well, socializing, inspired by the food and drink that Navarro and his sister missed from their travels around the world. Early on, this meant Belgian-style beer and tapasstyle small plates, from chicken-liver pâté on toast to a lineup of house-made sausages, all items not already offered on Retro Row. On multiple visits during its opening year, though, both the menu and service underwhelmed. Despite an open, communal dining room with full sightlines of Fourth Street and an intimate beer-andwine bar tucked into one corner, the food hadn’t yet balanced vision with neighborhood need. But the locally adored Navarro has fixed all this several times over. In his words, he “started having fun.” This meant going back to his core principles of sourcing local and keeping things fresh, which are already well-expressed at the two Lola’s locations, both of which hinge on his mother’s Mexican recipes. He’s switched the menu around several times in the past few years, experimenting with melty mozzarella flatbreads (served on California-shaped cutting boards!) and adding a host of new dishes that are substantial enough to be meals in themselves. Worthy remnants from the past linger: the dill-topped patatas bravas, made for forking through with friends; the juicy bratwurst, served on a bun with onions and pickled vegetables; the Catalan tomato toast, a simple pile of tomato,

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manchego cheese and olive oil. But it’s Navarro’s new experiments that are the most fun right now, from a fall-apart braised short rib, which finds itself on a Philly cheesesteak-like melt (and surrounded by steamed kale as a meal-sized entrée), to house-cut pappardelle pasta tossed with whatever Farm Lot 59 vegetables can be found in the kitchen. More recently, the Social List launched a not-quite-European brunch service (think: French toast waffles, crab cake Benedict, chilaquiles). And in January, it added a full liquor license, which moves the Social List out of competition with the two wine bars within a block of it and into another realm. The cocktail menu is all over the place—in a good way. With something for everybody, it features both a Moscow mule on tap and several craft libations centered on Nicaragua’s silky smooth Flor de Caña rum. VIP bottle lockers are also in the works, as is another parklet patio (similar to what you’ll find at one Lola’s and Number Nine), this time taking over a bulb-out on the corner instead of a few parallel parking spaces. Much as a socialist country itself, the Social List is filled with a grand idealism that needed some time to work out the kinks of implementation. With Navarro at the helm, there’s no doubt this little European tapas tavern will become the reliable neighborhood hangout Retro Row never knew it needed. THE SOCIAL LIST 2105 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 433-5478; thesociallistlb.com.


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the sex act the most gruesome of the festival’s content. When curator/editor Dan Savage solicits festival content, he encourages the use of various props, particular to each year, to be included as a tie-in for the films and as evidence the films were created exclusively for the event. Of the recurring elements that appeared throughout the films, the one that enabled the most diversity—and was, without exception, depicted with disdain—was the red “Make America Great Again” hat. In one film, the hat was doctored to read “Make America Gay Again”; in another, it was used as a receptacle for a used condom. But the most poignant statement occurred after the narrative of the documentary short I’m Not Poly

But My Boyfriends Are, when one of the film’s performers revealed he had no problem with being seen naked or making love in front of a camera, but he was ashamed “to be seen wearing this fucking hat.” Among principal benefits of attending HUMP! is seeing exclusive content that is publicly destroyed at the end of the festival’s run (to protect the privacy of the creators). It may not be for everyone, but it’s best to filter the experience with a diverse audience and further develop one’s perspective on life. HUMP! FILM FESTIVAL at the Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach; humpfilmfest.boldtypetickets.com. April 6, 8 p.m. $20. 18+.

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free refill.” In true infomercial form, the program ends with a list of possible side effects, including “STDs, pregnancy, emotional bonding issues and temporary delusions of love.” On the darker side are shorts featuring some extreme fetishes that are very difficult to watch. In Playing Scrabble, several people lay down Scrabble tiles spelling out various kinks that they then demonstrate. Starting with performers variously dressed up/painted as clowns while penetrating one another, the fetishes progress to performers piercing one another as a part of their sexual play. Closeup shots of staples and pins being driven through flesh and the subsequent free flow of blood make this particular depiction of

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ost people don’t think of pornography as an art form. Though it was once chic to go see Deep Throat, history has revealed its star, Linda Lovelace, was goaded into the industry by her abusive husband. And while the adult-film world occasionally yields movies with big, colorful productions (e.g., Pirates, Uninhibited), artistic films depicting unsimulated sex are rare (e.g., In the Realm of the Senses, Intimacy). Porn is the only film category without at least several dozen festivals of various qualities of non-studio productions per year. Writer/activist Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival has the distinction of being the first festival of independently created shorts featuring the topic (and sustained depiction) of the sex act. The HUMP! tour stops at Long Beach’s Art Theatre on April 6, giving adventurous audiences the opportunity to experience the 13th-annual block of independently produced porn films, which once again showcase as much diversity in narrative style as they do in production value, sexual orientation and graphic extremity. Previous attendees know this is not so much a showcase of hardcore art as it is a showcase of taboo expression. The lighter fare in this year’s lineup includes several films addressing the theme of sexual expression without nudity. The brilliantly scripted It’s Fucking Complicated focuses on a straight couple’s first time having sex. The woman confides that at the height of passion, in order to achieve orgasm, her partner must name various types of pizzas. The man is happy to oblige, then makes his own request: at the moment of climax, he wants her to hold up a large poster board reading, “You’re #1 at doing sex!” [the sign resembles a grade-school craft project]. As the conversation continues, the couple’s requirements increase as much in complication as they do in hilarity, with the man announcing his partner must dress up as an endangered furry animal. “But wait,” the woman points out, “that panda bear was recently downgraded from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable.’ Do you happen to have a gorilla suit, instead?” Naturally, he does. Sexucation: Just Jizz showcases topnotch production values while humorously promoting the nutritious and holistic values of semen, as well as its accessibility: “Tired of buying expensive beauty products? Save hundreds of dollars and get the benefits of this powerful anti-oxidant by simply texting some guy at midnight and saying, ‘What’s Up?’ He’ll be right over to give you a

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Laguna Art Museum celebrates the legendary California School of Fine Arts By dave Barton

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and pubic area are hidden in shadow, are both knockouts. Equally stunning is Philip Hyde’s archival print Sunken Car, Sausalito, California, with its reflected clouds in water and repetitions of squares throughout—empty windshield, hole in the roof, the sharp corners of the lake edge—all mirroring one another. The selection of documentary photos of (mostly) 1940s and ’50s San Francisco is exquisite, not only because of its nostalgia over long-gone moments, fashion and faces, but also because of its narratives. A woman stands on a street corner in C. Cameron Macauley’s Untitled (Woman and Newspapers, San Francisco), looking as if she’s forgotten something or taken a wrong turn, but seen in tandem with the Korean War headlines screaming in the nearby newsrack (which she isn’t even looking at), it’s clear the photographer had something else in mind. His photo of several women talking in an art gallery, oblivious to the work around them, save one that’s grimacing, made me laugh. A two-story white clapboard looking as if it had been lifted from a rowhouse is dwarfed by the menacing, dark oil tank next to it in Pat Harris’ Untitled (White House, Oil Tank). Knowing what we know now, one can only imagine the occupant’s future health conditions. The images of children are worthy of their own exhibition. The cocked head, baseball cap, suspenders, angelic face and gloriously dirty hands of a young boy in Gerald Ratto’s Chidren of the Fillmore, No. 19 feels contemporary, despite the dated

wardrobe; Benjamen Chinn’s neatly composed five Chinese boys—light glinting off the gel in their slicked-back hair and one boy’s leather jacket—are gathered around two desks, reading; the grimy faces of William Heick’s Sharecropper’s Kids (Central California) hearkens back to Lange, while the gap-toothed black and white faces in George Wallace’s Laughing Boys are joyously in unison about something they see, but we can’t. Under former curator Grace KookAnderson, the LAM basement space— with its limited seating, inconvenient load-bearing pillars smack in the middle, and awkward nooks and crannies—was transformed into a gallery that soared above its limitations, offering the new and unusual in a variety of artistic mediums. It took a foursome of curators to put together this excellent exhibit—Dr. Malcolm Warner, Upton, Ken Ball and Victoria Whyte Ball—but their great taste and eye for conversation between the images is present in every photograph and every inch of the show. There isn’t a bad picture or misstep throughout. It’s a return to form in quality of presentation, and I’m grateful for its comeback. “THE GOLDEN DECADE: PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS, 1945-55” at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971. Open Mon.-Tues. & Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.9 p.m. Through May 29. $5-$7; children younger than 12, free.

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andering around the basement gallery at Laguna Art Museum’s (LAM) masterful “The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-55” exhibition, you’ll find perfection after perfection, amazed at the quality of the overlooked work and more than a little saddened that the school’s heyday was so short-lived. Representing the perfectly timed amalgam of jazz, the Beats, the end of a World War and an influx of money from soldiers cashing in their G.I. Bills for an art education, the California School of Fine Arts gave jobs to artists as diverse as Richard Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko and Ansel Adams, with the latter founding the school’s Photography Department. Adams filled the staff with such masters of the craft as Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Minor White and Edward Weston, with the fortunate students under their tutelage becoming personalities in the art world themselves, even if they weren’t quite the household names their instructors were. A handful of work devoted to the teachers starts off the show, with Cunningham, Weston, White, Lange and Adams among those whose gelatin silver prints are on display. There are Adams’ perfect landscapes of Yosemite and Sequoia National Forest alongside Lange’s Depression-era documentary images, including a povertystricken figure in White Angel Breadline, San Francisco, a lone man turning away from the faceless, jacketed horde behind him, gripping a tin cup for soup close to his chest, his face pinched in despair. Nearby, the smooth suavity of Cunningham’s portrait of artist (and co-curator) John Upton—lost in thought, cigarette burning down between two fingers—contrasts sharply with a picture of her aged father, bearded, rustic and bearing a striking resemblance to Leo Tolstoy. In opposite corners, White’s idealized nude male study, Gino Cipolla, suggests an ode to Weston’s Pepper 30 from a decade earlier, the rippling flesh of the vegetable lit very much like the model’s muscular back and arms. The largest part of the exhibition is the remarkable photographs by the students, divided between images of nature, social documentary and street photography. Most of the nature work screams of Adams’ oeuvre, with more than a touch of Weston’s sensuality and aesthetics of decay. Upton’s Point Lobos, Near Carmel, California, with its luscious monochrome rocks, their worn surfaces resembling sculptures buried in the wet sand, and his theatrically lit female nude, the light caressing her bare belly and the top of her breasts, while the nipples

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Examining the musings and music of OC’s most interesting DJ By ChrIstIne terrIsse

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umping along in DJ Johnny Basil’s mid-’90s pickup truck, we discuss music before moving to topics the decades-long fixture is especially passionate about: his energy-healing work, releasing people from their angel/devil complexes and right/left mentalities. Basil seems to be going through a renaissance of sorts—popping up in music videos for hip young acts such as Saint Mesa, Rainbow Arabia, and Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas; booking regular DJ gigs at locales including the Wayfarer and the Ace Hotel downtown; touring with the Growlers; and generally stoking millennial interest. But this new topic is not a subject he tends to get into unless he’s asked. I admit that I feel as if I should have brushed up on science, astrology, mythology and world-control theories to fully pick up what he’s throwing down as we twist through side streets on our way to 17th St. Recording Studio in Costa Mesa. “I understand it’s all a game,” he says. “Everything’s based on game theory, and it has been for thousands of years. . . . What [they’re] going to control is the technology, which would be your Tesla-orientated energy continuum vs. an EinsteinianNewtonian-Copernican model of the universe, you know.” This is a lot to chew on. “Meet Johnny Basil: The Man You Wish You Were,” a Vice/Thump article written by a British blogger not too long ago, painted him as some sort of hipster panty-dropper. Well, if you don’t talk to him about much, I suppose. Looks-wise, he does have something going on. “I think my image is something that males and females can feel comfortable with,” he later muses over lunch. I tell him he resembles Iggy Pop, mostly because that’s what everyone else says. They both have longish wispy hair and tend to go shirtless. Like Iggy, Basil is tall and tan. He keeps fit via a combination of hardcore crunches, self-developed yogic techniques, stretching and deep breathing, plus pulling weeds in the back yard of the ranch-style home in Westminster he shares with his sweet 90-year-old mother. I find Johnny refreshingly earthy and unpretentious. When we left the house earlier, he gave his mother a kiss and told me he’s focused on paying off her mortgage. His truck reminds me of the one driven by my grungy college ex-boyfriend. Utilitarian when it comes to material goods (save his kick-ass record collection), it seems as if he rotates a few key wardrobe pieces, sticking to a uniform of formfitting jeans and an interesting jacket. He understands the value of image-making

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while remaining comfortable in his skin. At the studio, we temporarily set aside metaphysical musings while Basil puts together a couple of mixes. There to greet us is Steve Chinn, who works with him at Ubiquity Records across the street; Sam Holborn, who runs the indie label Forest Jams Records; and a couple of studio chihuahuas. Basil is a talented musician whose older recordings are layered yet focused. You can hear Miles Davis in the jazzy streak running through his original music and the way he speaks. In a previous profile on Basil for the Weekly, Dave Segal did a good job dissecting his earlier work and stints in bands such as West Coast Harem. A decade later, after a seven- to eight-year dry period, he’s paying more attention to the business side of things than ever before. As a DJ, he plays what he’s into and knows what he plays: colliding the obscure with the iconic. I’m introduced to Big Lady K and Queen Lisa, precursors to the more commercially known female MCs of the mid-’90s (think Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Lil’ Kim). And then there is Gigolo Tony, smirking from the vinyl cover in all his ’80s glory. Soon, Holborn presses a cassette into

my hands. It’s a special-edition release of Basil & Rogers, a disco dance/trance fourtrack. Fullerton’s Burger Records handled the cassette release of the collaboration with Body Rogers (a.k.a. Brian McKinley of Black Bananas). The two worked together years earlier, a synchronicity I could hear when I listened to the music. He explains that the cover art—a shiny lipstick tube underneath a late-’70s font— depicts a “universal phallic symbol that defines backstage decadence, both male and female—a ‘seething’ decadence.” In addition to Basil & Rogers, Basil plays bass on a project with R. Scott, BAAST, named after the Egyptian fertility goddess; Ubiquity released their latest album, which is jazzy, funky and worldmusic-influenced. He also fronts Kandi Jones, a force of cynicism and street rock named for the former model and purported CIA mind-control victim. Over a lunch of shrimp, tacos and beer at Catalina Fish Kitchen, we talk about his reluctant embrace of social media, which evolves into a discussion of situationism and sloganeering, the idea that you don’t have to really be an artist or make art to be noticed, that you simply have to make

something happen and control it. Basil rejects anyone trying to control anything, especially information. “My whole game is, we have a table, and all the information goes up on the table,” he says. “The worst of the left, the worst of the right, the middle and the super-ultra ideals, concepts . . . Everything is a threedimensional object you can turn at every angle, compare and contrast; everyone gets to see it. That’s what I do. I don’t fantasize about the idyllic; it’s all about the tangible.” We return to his house before his gig at the Wayfarer. After a little vaping, Basil offers to demonstrate his energy work. I hold out my hands and close my eyes. I feel some heat and his hands circling above my own. But I’m not feeling anything intense, which makes me tense. I’m thinking a lot about what I should feel and what to tell him; I would definitely need to relax to get to any sort of altered state. Earlier I had asked him why the energy work is so important to him. “Because it’s the culmination of all my studies,” he replied. “I literally can feel the field and work the field and be a part of the field.” Sounds like a plan. LETTERS@OCWEEKLY.COM


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direct route and simply walked into the studio where the rapper was recording, armed with a CD full of tracks. Although Dupree had to leave his beats with a member of the lyricist’s entourage, the next morning, he learned Tech N9ne wanted to use most of those tracks. After working on All 6’s and 7’s, Dupree saw his stock soar through the Midwest and beyond. In 2012, he decided to move to LA. “I slept in my car when I came out here, and then my wife [moved here] before I could get anything, so we both ended up living in my car,” Dupree says. “That built character and gave me a better sense of what I needed to do to achieve what I wanted to do. But even after we got a spot and I could focus on music, it took a couple of years to get everything together. It was like a big pause in my career.” Dupree is now a fixture in the hip-hop world on a national and international level. The 29-year-old multi-platinum producer recently released “Falling Up,” the first track in his own name. With more of his own music on the way, Dupree is already seeing the differences between producing for others and creating his own tracks. “When you produce for other people, the value you build is based on the value of the person you produced for,” he says. “This way, I’m able to create value in my own way. As things are moving now, it makes more people take notice of what I’m doing, and it makes more people want to pull me in even for production on someone’s album.”

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bout a decade ago, Mike Dupree was a college freshman in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. While many of his peers graduated and found suitable desk jobs, Dupree decided to pursue a different route—one that would make his office a music studio and allow him to work with whichever hip-hop artists he wanted, including Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg. “I knew I wanted to make music, and I didn’t think I needed to go to college to do that, but no one understood that because Kansas City is such a shutout place that there’s no comprehension of how the industry functions,” Dupree says. “I went to one semester, and I actually got great grades until I decided to not go to class for the last two weeks. Then I went back for a second semester, and at the end of the first week, I got a phone call saying T.I. picked one of my tracks to go on his next album. I left class and did not go back to school after that.” As it turned out, the burgeoning beatmaker never had to worry about finishing his degree. Before T.I. could release 2010’s No Mercy, featuring Dupree’s “How Life Changed,” Trey Songz picked up one of his tracks, and Dupree’s career officially began. It didn’t take long for Dupree to conquer his local scene, as the producer quickly sought out the help of the biggest name in Kansas City hip-hop, the prolific Strange Music founder Tech N9ne. Rather than trying to go through management or social media, Dupree decided to take the

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Stagecoach By the Sea BOOTS AND BIKINIS at Baja Beach Cafe, 2332 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 673-8444; www. facebook.com/bootsandbikinis. Every Sat., 4 p.m.-2 a.m. All ages.

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some music videos, with country stars wearing board shorts and flip-flops and soaking in the sun. “Dierks Bentley has a song that says somewhere on a beach sipping something strong,” Boquette says. “That’s what we do around here.” The weekly event gives not only local country and southern rock bands, but also any artist that falls under the umbrella of good-time beach music a place to play. Boquette, who is also Wheeland Brothers’ manager, got the idea for Boots and Bikinis after taking the band on a tour stop to the Virgin Islands and experiencing weekend daytime beach parties. Returning to OC, he enlisted the help of Baja Beach Cafe general manager Josh Sobotik, who agreed to let him use the bar for a loose, tailgating backyard beach party right on Pacific Coast Highway that will tide you over until you can make the trip to Stagecoach at the end of April. “I’m happy to create something that’s different, for people who look forward to going to Stagecoach every year,” he says. “Now, they can have that same kind of a party every Saturday night and not have to wait a year to experience it again.” 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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BLUE OYSTER CULT: 8 p.m. The Coach House,

33157 Camino Capistrano, Ste. C, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-8930; thecoachhouse.com. THE BUTTERTONES: 7 p.m., free with purchase of CD or LP. Fingerprints, 420 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 433-4996; fingerprintsmusic.com. CHRONIXX: 8 p.m. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; observatoryoc.com. DJ QUIK: 11 p.m. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; observatoryoc.com. ELECTRIC SIX: 8 p.m. Constellation Room at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; constellationroom.com. FUNK FREAKS: 8 p.m., $10. Original Mike’s, 100 S. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 550-7764; originalmikes.com. JOEY PURP: 7 p.m., $15. The Parish at House of Blues, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim; houseofblues.com/anaheim. MENALIVE CONCERT—SWING OUT!: 8 p.m., $37$49. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646; thebarclay.org. NERO: 9 p.m., $22.50. The Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, (888) 862-9573; yosttheater.com. REEL BIG FISH: 7 p.m., $25. House of Blues, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, (714) 778-2583; houseofblues.com/anaheim. THA LIKS: 11 p.m. Constellation Room at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; constellationroom.com.

SATURDAY

#SCHOOLSNOTPRISONS TOUR, WITH ALOE BLACC; MAYA JUPITER; BUYEPONGO: 3 p.m.,

free. Delhi Center, 505 E. Central Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 481-9600; delhicenter.com. ALLAN RAYMAN: 9 p.m., $18. Constellation Room at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; constellationroom.com. BOOTS & BIKINIS COUNTRY MUSIC BEACH PARTY: 4 p.m., free before 10 p.m., bootsandbiki-

Restaurant & Bar, 6251 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 596-4718; thegaslamprestaurant.com. SPRING THRASH BASH: 8 p.m., $10-$15. Malone’s, 604 E. Dyer Rd., Santa Ana, (714) 979-6000; facebook.com/MalonesConcertVenue.

SUNDAY

ALINA BARAZ: 8 p.m. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor

Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; observatoryoc.com.

APOLLO BEBOP BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH: free.

The Gypsy Den, 125 N. Broadway Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 835-8840; gypsyden.com. APOTHESARY: 7 p.m., $7. Blacklight District Lounge, 2500 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. BTS: 8 p.m., $50-$250. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 704-2400; hondacenter.com. THE GROWLERS: 7 p.m., $30. House of Blues, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, (714) 778-2583; houseofblues.com/anaheim. JOHN LINDAHL: 7 p.m., $10. The Parish at House of Blues, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim; houseofblues.com/anaheim. MAGGIE LINDEMANN: 7 p.m., $10. Constellation Room at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; constellationroom.com. NOTHINGTON: 8 p.m., free. The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen, 122 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 871-7469, slidebarfullerton.com. TIFFANY: 7 p.m. The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, Ste. C, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 4968930; thecoachhouse.com.

MONDAY

KILL THE INTERNET, WITH DJ CARDIGAN & DESIRABLE D: 8:30 p.m. Que Sera, 1923 E. Seventh

St., Long Beach, (562) 599-6170; queseralb.wix.com.

KING TREE & THE EARTH MOTHERS: 8 p.m., free.

The Wayfarer, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 7640039; wayfarercm.com.

TUESDAY

CUMBIA TUESDAYS: 8 p.m., free. Roxanne’s Lounge,

1115 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, (562) 426-4777; roxanneslounge.com. ERROL BONNICK: 9 p.m., $5. The Wayfarer, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 764-0039; wayfarercm.com. WILLIAM SINGE WITH ALEX AIONO: 8 p.m. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; observatoryoc.com.

WEDNESDAY

BATTLE AT THE BEACH: 8 p.m., free. Hurricanes Bar

& Grill, 200 Main St., Huntington Beach, (714) 374-0500; hurricanesbargrill.com. CARTER WINTER: 7 p.m., $15. The Parish at House of Blues, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim; houseofblues.com/anaheim. FRANKIE BALLARD: 7 p.m., $22.50. House of Blues, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, (714) 778-2583; houseofblues.com/anaheim. THE STROKES NIGHT, WITH UNDER COVERS OF DARKNESS: 9 p.m., free. The Continental Room,

115 W. Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton, (714) 469-1879; facebook.com/ContinentalRoom.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6

BADFISH: tribute to Sublime, 8 p.m., $20. House of

Blues, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, (714) 778-2583; houseofblues.com/anaheim. CLIFF & IVY: 7 p.m., $7. Blacklight District Lounge, 2500 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. DEEJAY CALLEN & RUFFNEK: 8 p.m., $5. The Wayfarer, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 764-0039; wayfarercm.com. DREAMCAR: 9 p.m., $20. Constellation Room at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; constellationroom.com. GRYFFIN: DJ set, 8 p.m. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; observatoryoc.com. SPAWNBREEZIE: 7 p.m., $20. The Parish at House of Blues, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim; houseofblues.com/anaheim. TIMMY TRUMPET: 9:30 p.m., $15. The Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, (888) 862-9573; yosttheater.com.

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Arts, 1 University Dr., Orange, (844) 626-8726; muscocenter.org.

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nisoc.com. Baja Beach Cafe, 2332 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 673-8444; bajabeachcafe.com. BTS: 8 p.m., $50-$250. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 704-2400; hondacenter.com. DANIEL MINAYA: 9 p.m., free before 10:30 p.m.; $5 after. The Wayfarer, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 764-0039; wayfarercm.com. DESPERADO: tribute to the Eagles, 6:30 p.m., $20. The Strawberry Bowl Amphitheater, 12762 Main St., Garden Grove, (714) 928-3894; thestrawberrybowl.com. THE DOLLYROTS: 8 p.m., free. The Slidebar Rock-NRoll Kitchen, 122 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 871-7469; slidebarfullerton.com. GNASH: 7:30 p.m. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; observatoryoc.com. GOT THAT SWING!: 7:30 p.m., $15. Dance United LH, 23461 Ridge Route Dr., Ste. D, Laguna Hills, (949) 3700523; danceunitedlagunahills.com. THE GROWLERS: 7 p.m., $30. House of Blues, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, (714) 778-2583; houseofblues.com/anaheim. THE HYBRIDS: 8 p.m., free. The Continental Room, 115 W. Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton, (714) 469-1879; facebook.com/ContinentalRoom. LIL PUMP; SMOKEPURPP; DON KREZ: 11 p.m., $15. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; observatoryoc.com. MATT COSTA: 8 p.m., $20. The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, Ste. C, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-8930; thecoachhouse.com. MENALIVE CONCERT—SWING OUT!: 3 p.m., $37$49. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646; thebarclay.org.

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Notice of the Initiation of the Section 106 Process: Public Participation AT&T Mobility LLC plans to install a new telecommunications facility at: 680 California Avenue Irvine, CA 92617 The project consists of the removal and installation of a new 91’-6” tall replacement light pole with nine 8’-0” tall panel antennas mounted at tip heights of 56’-0”, 67’-0”, and 78’-0”. Associated equipment will be installed in a new lease area. No alternatives to the project were identified. Public Comments for this project should be forwarded to: Joyce McDonnell Bechtel Infrastructure and Power Corporation 16808 Armstrong Avenue, Suite 225 Irvine, CA 92606 jwlau@bechtel.com (949) 372-4469

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Accountant (Buena Park, CA) Prepare asset, liability, and capital account entries by compiling and analyzing account information. Documents financial transactions by entering account information; Report to management regarding the finances of company. 40hrs/ wk, Bachelor in Economics or related req’d. Resume to Sureung America Inc Attn: Dong H KO, 6281 Beach Blvd #318, Buena Park, CA 90621

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