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ith $700,000 at stake, Vietnam War refugee Hung Ngo this month entered a courtroom inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse breathing heavily and looking confused. Three corporate lawyers and a Department of Justice attorney faced U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna while discussing mind-numbing intricacies of a legal quarrel over confidential scrapped plans for a thermal-waste plant on a California military base. Ngo sat down, sighed, scanned the plush room and waited r scott for the session to moxley end so he could show Selna’s clerk his summons in a separate matter. “Yeah, that case finished about 30 minutes ago,” the woman said before handing the document back without asking a single question and ushering the 60-year-old Ngo, an X-ray technician, out of the courtroom as he tried to explain his situation. “You have to leave.” In the hallway, he turned to the only person who wanted to know his story: me. I’d been watching Canon Inc. USA v. Thuy Le for more than a year and attended court on April 3, hoping to interview the elusive Le about the Twilight Zone-type litigation. Trademark-infringement cases aren’t normally fascinating, but this dispute has more snake twists and turns than a Louisiana river. The drama began quietly in 2015, when Canon officials discovered that somebody at a business address on Westminster Boulevard in Little Saigon as well as at a Mission Viejo residence was using eBay to illegally sell thousands of counterfeit digital batteries for cameras and camcorders. Investigators tied Le, an international nail-salon mogul with 225 shops, to both properties. They also learned an email account used in the scam belonged to co-defendant Than P. Nguyen and traced him to the Mission Viejo house. Because cease-and-desist letters weren’t productive, the company’s lawyers— J. Andrew Coombs, Annie S. Wang and Mark Schonfeld—filed a lawsuit to enforce the valuable trademarks and demonstrate that violators will be aggressively pursued. But a problem emerged from the outset. Repeated attempts to reach Le by mail failed. Plus, nobody could physically locate him to deliver a summons. Process servers left notices at the Little Saigon office with a “Le Enterprises” emblem on the door and took undercover surveillance photographs

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proving their efforts. During one of three visits to the Mission Viejo house, a woman claiming to be a foreign visitor reported that Le was overseas with an unknown return date. In February 2016, Selna determined that Canon had met the standard for having served adequate notice and, because the defendants failed to appear at any hearing or file opposition briefs, handed the company a default judgment. “The public interest is served by upholding Canon’s intellectualproperty rights because consumers will no longer be confused into believing they had purchased genuine Canon batteries when, in fact, they had purchased counterfeits,” he ruled. “This is particularly the case where the public is affirmatively and incorrectly told that the defendants are selling ‘genuine’ batteries. . . . The court finds that the use of the counterfeit trademark was willful.” Though Canon sought $400,000 in damages, Selna believed the “fair” amount was $240,000. The company filed a December 2016 notice to collect that sum against Le by having the Orange County Sheriff’s Department sell his Fountain Valley house on Daisy Avenue at public auction. A month later, Selna issued an order asking if anyone objected to Canon’s request. Le finally appeared through a Lake Forest-based attorney, Andrew D. Weiss. On the same day of the judge’s default judgement ruling, Weiss filed a brief seeking to set aside the default because his client had not been properly served at his “usual place of business,” which is a home office in Las Vegas. According to this lawyer’s account, Le—who has never sold any product on the internet and knew nothing about counterfeit batteries—knew of the Canon litigation and had confronted Nguyen, his wife’s

cousin. Nguyen used the Westminster Boulevard and Mission Viejo addresses to conduct his own affairs. Weiss explained to the judge the reason his client had largely ignored the case: In August 2015, Nguyen assured Le he’d met with Canon’s lawyers and resolved the lawsuit. Hang on for the next turn: After Canon won the case, Le gave his Fountain Valley real estate to a woman, My Thi Nguyen, as a gift, and she put the property—a 1,782-square-foot, three-bedroom house worth $713,000—on the open market. In June 2016, Ngo, his wife and another Vietnamese couple bought the remodeled home with a pool, investing $400,000 of their life’s savings upfront and obtaining a mortgage for the remainder. But in November 2016—five months after their purchase—Federal Express delivered a shock in the form of a three-page letter from Coombs. The Canon attorney advised them of the pending confiscation of their house, even though they don’t know Le and didn’t have any involvement in the battery scam. “The transfers of the property to My Thi Nguyen, and then to [you] do not affect the validity of Canon’s lien,” Coombs wrote. At the April 3 hearing, Kevin S. Sinclair— an attorney for Nationstar Mortgage LLC, the lienholder on Ngo’s house—protested the sale. Sinclair told Selna the situation was “weird” because an auction wouldn’t punish the defendants in the trademark-infringement case, but rather his clients and the current owners of the house. “It’s quite an unusual situation,” Sinclair said. (We asked Coombs why Canon didn’t go after Le’s actual Orange County residence, the Misiion Viejo house, rather than Ngo’s Fountain Valley property, but he didn’t respond.) Selna, who’d issued a tentative ruling

for Canon’s right to sell the house, wasn’t sympathetic. “It’s a collection case at this point,” he declared. He even questioned the legal ability of the mortgage company to intervene in the lawsuit given they were “not a party to the underlying dispute.” For his part, Weiss insisted Le was innocent, too. “His wife’s third cousin, Than Nguyen, caused all of this. Le thought Than addressed [Canon’s complaint]. He didn’t, and that was his mistake. . . . Canon has no evidence he was ever involved [in the scam].” The judge said he would reconsider his stance based on Sinclair’s arguments. Minutes into the next case, Ngo walked in. He was late after accidentally going to Orange County Superior Court and wandering around before realizing his error; he then had to scurry several long blocks to Selna’s courtroom. Ngo had intended to beg the judge to hold the cheaters accountable, not him. “How can they sell my house?” Ngo asked me in the hallway. “I had nothing to do with that case. When I bought it, nobody—not the bank, not the escrow company, not the title company, not the mortgage company, not the realtor—told me somebody could one day come and do this to me.” The native of central Vietnam, who in 1981 at the age of 24 fled Hanoi’s communist regime on an overcrowded boat, paused for 15 seconds to ponder his next statement. A worried look appeared on his face. “If they take my house [under these circumstances],” he said, “that means nobody is ever safe.” RSCOTTMOXLEY@OCWEEKLY.COM

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sation with the chap, who insisted he was only spinning his tires to show off, Hamilton gets back to business. Business emerges as the bogeyman in Take Every Wave, a mostly warts-and-all look at the amazing rise of a genuine soul surfer who has carved out a multifaceted career that has made him a celebrity. This has pulled Hamilton in multiple directions, many of which he has traveled willingly, even at the expense of longtime friendships, his marriages and his banged-up body. But think about it: If you asked someone off the street (as opposed to in the lineup) to name some professional surfers, “Laird Hamilton” would likely be mentioned within the top three. Yet, he does not compete, at least not against anyone other than himself, explaining in Take Every Wave that he is loath to be judged. Bill Hamilton, the surfer and board shaper who gave Laird his last name after marrying the boy’s single mother, says in the documentary that he believes his stepson never enters surf con-

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he big-wave surfer, waterman, inventor, model and sometimes actor who is the subject of Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton says into the phone from his home on Kauai that he plans to be at the April 20 screening of the documentary that opens the 18th annual Newport Beach Film Festival. Don’t be surprised if the 53-year-old arrives wet. “I used to surf Salt Creek all the time,” Hamilton says when asked if he knows any Orange County breaks. “My grandparents lived on 9th Street in Laguna Beach. I bodysurfed the Wedge. San Onofre, Black’s, Newport, Huntington pier—I surfed all of those. Now I surf Malibu in the summertime. . . . HEY, SLOW DOWN!” I’m thinking my rapid-fire typing on the other end of the phone receiver has gotten too loud, but the demand was actually shouted at a fellow who was apparently driving too fast through Hamilton’s residential neighborhood. After a calm conver-

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aird Hamilton says that, being raised in Hawaii, and not that interested in school, he often found himself around movie sets even before he was famous. “I appreciate the difficulty in what it takes to act and the difficulty of the filmmaking process. It is overglamorized. People don’t realize it is not fun. Even shooting surfing, it is still filming. It is not free surfing. You are catering to film angles. You need to get the shot.” Still, he considers himself “fortunate” to have been involved in film productions. According to imdb.com, Laird John Hamilton has six acting credits and 47 others where he has appeared as himself, ranging from talk and reality shows to animated projects and one helluva lot of surf flicks. Here are his five favorites, in no particular order:

Die Another Day (2002). The movie opens with James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and two colleagues surfing on a giant wave. Actually, Hamilton and his fellow “Strapped Crew” members Dave Kalama and Darrick Doerner were the ones on the sticks. “It was awesome that we got to do what we do and be included in that franchise,” Hamilton says. Riding Giants (2004). Stacy Peralta’s actionsports film about the surfers of the world’s biggest waves and the culture surrounding them also includes Kalama and Doerner. “It’s near to my heart because of the fact that we got to tell some of the big-wave history that didn’t get exposed before,” Hamilton says. The Descendants (2011). Alexander Payne’s dramedy is about Hawaiian land baron Matt King (George Clooney) trying to reconnect with his daughters after his wife is seriously injured on a boat piloted by surfer dude Troy Cook (Hamilton). “It was a unique opportunity to work with Alexander Payne and Mr. Clooney,” he says of the experience. “When in the presence of those kinds of people, it’s really fortunate to sit there and see how they work. To be involved in that was really something.” Waterworld (1995). Hamilton was the stunt double for Kevin Costner, who played a mutated mariner on a future planet Earth almost completely covered in water due to melted polar ice caps. “That was an adventure,” Hamilton says in the understatement of the year. At one point he was washed away and lost at sea before being rescued. “That was almost the end,” he says matterof-factly. Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017). “It’s my life. This is the first film that has been so comprehensive. I hadn’t been at a point until now to have enough subject matter to make something interesting, compelling and fun. I had to live more than 50 years to make this.” BONUS: North Shore (1987). “That’s way down at the bottom of the list.” —MATT COKER

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tests because he can’t lose. Laird Hamilton was just emerging from a rowdy childhood in Hawaii, where he was subjected to taunting for being a haole (white boy), when he caught the eye of modeling and movie scouts. He parlayed those pursuits into side gigs where he co-invents cool things to ride in the water and on land (including golf courses). Keep in mind that he accomplished these in between his main obsession: riding any big wave anywhere in the world the moment he learns surf is (way, way, way) up. As we spoke, Hamilton was letting his body rest from “a massive stretch we’ve had” of giant waves kicked up by late winter storms. “We have what we’re calling ‘March Madness,’” he says. Mention of the recent heavy rains of California, where Hamilton has a second home in Malibu, prompted him to remark, “It’s all connected.” He confessed it will be difficult to leave Hawaii should the giants continue to roll in, but his family—he; his wife, Gabrielle Reece (of modeling, television hosting and professional volleyball playing fame); and their daughters, Reece Viola and Brody Jo—actually like splitting time between the Islands and the mainland. “Migration is part of our DNA,” Hamil-

ton says. “It’s good for you to move, to not be in any one place for too long.” Fine. But doesn’t his heart sink every time he says goodbye to paradise? “Actually, that happens on both sides. Ultimately, I say places are about people. We have such a great network of friends in Malibu.” USA Today reported in 2008 that Hamilton and Reece belong to the “Malibu Mob,” celebrity locals who include John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Ed O’Neill, Justin Long and John McEnroe. “You know, our life there, as summer is winding down and we’re getting ready to leave in October, it’s very quiet,” Hamilton says of Malibu. “It’s hard to leave. I don’t necessarily want to leave [Kauai] right now. I think you should feel that way, but you still have to just go.” Take Every Wave director Rory Kennedy did not grant the Weekly an interview because she (understandably) did not want to take time away from her children, who were on spring break. So the reason why RFK’s daughter jumped into a film project unlike others she is known for (Last Days in Vietnam, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, Pandemic: Facing AIDS) is put to Hamilton. “That’s a good question,” he replies. “Well, listen, when we first proposed it to her, I actually only knew her indirectly because we live in the same area in the summertime. She was like not interested. I totally understood. I wouldn’t want her

to direct a film she is not passionate about and not interested in the subject. She just didn’t know me, she just thought I was a surfer, and she was not interested in a surf movie. But I was not interested in that; there are plenty of those. “So when she looked into it, I think after she kind of investigated a little deeper, she realized this wasn’t a surf film. It was a human film, and I would prefer someone with an outside perspective looking at the subject matter. She is a woman from the East Coast who made a film that has something for people who know nothing about surfing. The glorification of us riding giant waves was not my original intention with this project anyway.” Hamilton believes Kennedy’s change of heart came when she realized the story did not revolve around “just a surfer” but a modern-day explorer who seeks out previously unknown waters. He says he was quite moved when he saw Take Every Wave all put together for the first time, alongside Kennedy at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “It’s an emotional thing if you take anyone’s life, condense it into two hours and have them watch it. I cried. There is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. This is it. Would I like to have some things changed [in the film]? I can’t make my life different, so I can’t make the film different. She chose what would go in. It was her discretion, her storytelling.”

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you’ve ever felt the joy of receiving a mixtape (or on the flip side, made one for a special someone), this flick is for you. Or, hell, even if you (like me) got frustrated having to record your favorite songs on the radio, still check out Zack Taylor’s cinematic ode to cassettes. It features discussions with musicians, nostalgiaphiles, historians, authors, and cassette inventor Lou Ottens—in experimental vignette mixtape style—on why, in a society fully advanced into the digital, analog tapes are still so loved and making a comeback today. Score: A Film Music Documentary. Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Leonard Bernstein, et. al—what would the iconic films we revere today be without their epic musical accompaniments? In the ultimate unification of established film composers, Williams, Elfman, Trent Reznor and Hans Zimmer talk the art of film scores, musical storytelling and how it’s changed along with the times. Man In the Camo Jacket. Russ Kendall looks into the life of beloved Welsh rocker Mike Peters, lead singer of ’80s group The Alarm. Despite leading the group to

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spared from his pencil as he combines images of politicians and pop culture for his dynamic, controversial cartoons. Pablo Bryant’s doc peers closer into the life and work of the comic artist and his ongoing struggle to keep up with the changing media. Windshield: A Vanished Vision. Our Mexican In Chief, Gustavo Arellano, is a big fan of noted architect Richard Neutra, so much so that he gifted yours truly with a book of his works. Elissa Brown’s film goes deeper to illuminate viewers on one of the most pivotal projects of Neutra’s career. Commissioned by John Nicholas Brown and his wife, Anne, to design their summer home on Fisher’s Island, New York, in the 1930s, Neutra’s creation was an innovative example of International Style architecture, characterized by its large windows and modernist shapes, making Neutra a leading pioneer in the genre.

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critical success, Peters left in 1991, and would later be diagnosed with lymphoma five years later. Twenty years later, Peters is working on his solo music, at the same time working to spread awareness of the disease with his own charity. The number of big names interviewed for this flick— Billy Corgan, Slim Jim Phantom, Billy Bragg, Martha Quinn, Richard Blade, Glenn Tilbrook and others—shows the breadth of Peters’ musical influence. Little Stones. Emmy-winning director Sophia Kruz travels abroad to follow the lives of four women artists who dance, create and sing in the face of societal oppression in their home countries of Brazil, India, Senegal and Kenya. They provide therapy and artistic solutions for women and young girls in dire need of positivity and courage to fight violence and intolerance around the world. The Lavender Scare. Decades before “don’t ask, don’t tell” targeted America’s gay and lesbian soldiers, Dwight Eisenhower issued a mandate firing any government employee for being gay, launching a parallel witch hunt to the Red Scare. This look into the Cold War-era times chronicles the effects of the government’s gay panic, and how it gave way to early gay rights pioneers challenging subsequent laws.

Hamilton’s story, as told in the film, includes some hard truths, including his near divorce from Reece, mangled bones (as seen in disturbing x-rays), over-the-borderline child abuse suffered at the hands of his stepfather and soured friendships with members of his former big-wave riding “Strapped Crew” (because they strapped themselves onto their longboards). “I wanted to give the film as much of an opportunity to be as impactful as it could,” Hamilton says. “I presented Rory everything and told her, ‘Talk to anybody you want.’ I didn’t put reins on her, as most people have a tendency to do. At the end, it is what it is. I can’t undo what the story is.” Still, of the finished film, Hamilton admitted that “not everything is in there.” Variety film critic Dennis Harvey mentions that in his Take Every Wave review when he notes the doc barely delves into its subject’s first marriage to Brazilian bodysurfer, big-wave rider and stand-up paddler Maria Souza. Hamilton met and fell in love with the host of the MTV show The Extremists With Gabrielle Reece, which ran on MTV in 1995-96. Hamilton and Souza, the mother of his oldest daughter, Bela, did not divorce until 1997. Hamilton insisted he had nothing to do with anything not being in Take Every Wave. “Rory purposely left some things out to keep the story rolling,” he explained. “I relied on her directorial expertise to do that. You won’t tell me how to ride a wave, and I won’t tell you how to direct a film.” The overall impression Take Every Wave leaves is how grounded this superstar athlete is. The Malibu Mob’s star power aside, Hamilton mixes just as freely with those of us who are card-carrying members of the unwashed masses. “I’m always surprised by people who do a job that is to make other people know who they are and then they are shocked people know who they are,” Hamilton says. “People knowing who I am is part of what I do. People seeing what I do affords me a certain lifestyle. It allows me to continue to do what I do, it subsidizes it. John McEnroe told me, ‘Don’t worry about it when people want you to take a picture with them. Start worrying when they stop.’ “I’m pretty realistic about that. I’m honored by it. If a kid or guy comes up to me, it means that my art is being appreciated to the point where people know me. It’s important to keep a proper perspective. Don’t ask to be silly. Don’t sit in a corner wearing a bandana and having a newspaper in your face and wonder why everyone is staring at you. I have found that acting normal eliminates half of the drama of being known.” The other half of the drama can be tied to people having preconceived notions about what kind of person one is based on film, TV and other media. In Hamilton’s

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case, since he is mostly seen being very serious in the face of waves that could end his life, many assume that is how he is all the time. Take Every Wave shows a softer side when he is home with his kids, a funny side when he interacts with his pals after a long day in the surf and even a goofy side, especially in the archival footage from his childhood. “We all share the same struggles being a human on Earth,” Hamilton says. “A lot of time people get portrayed a certain way and that’s how everyone thinks they are. It happens to actors and actresses all the time, they are known as their characters. ‘You’re lethal weapon.’ No, I’m an artist who does all these other things.” Hamilton relates a story—which is also

shared in Take Every Wave, so . . . spoiler alert!—from his first fictional movie role: brash, materialistic pro surfer Lance Burkhart in 1987’s North Shore. “I had this little kid come up to me one time and say, ‘You’re Lance from North Shore.’ I said, ‘Yeah, that’s a character I played.’ He puts his hand out and when I go to shake it he pulls it away and says, ‘I don’t shake hands with cheaters.’ “So I have been able to experience that in a most-minute perspective. I can appreciate the plight actors go through, trying to explain themselves despite the roles they have been in. That’s why so many hide.” Hamilton relishes not being a hider because when it comes right down to it, we’re all the same. “Only so much of what

anyone does is interesting,” he says. “So much of anyone’s life is kind of the mundaneness of existence: sleeping, eating, the maintenance of being alive.” Take it from someone who is very much alive, has lived many lives and nearly lost at least a couple of them. And for gawd’s sake: SLOW DOWN!!! MCOKER@OCWEEKLY.COM TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON was directed by Rory Kennedy; written by Mark Bailey and Jack Youngelson; and stars Laird Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece, Nick Carroll, Darrick Doerner, Sam George, Bill Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Buzzy Kerbox, Brett Lickle and Gerry Lopez.

WHEN: April 20-27 WHAT’S THERE: More than 350 short, youth, foreign, music, family, action-sports, narrative, community, documentary, environmental, or art/architecture/design films and music videos. WHO IS COMING: 50,000-plus cinema fans at daily screenings, with many sticking around for nightly parties. OPENING-NIGHT FILM: Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (April 20) CLOSING-NIGHT FILM: The Exception (April 27) VENUES: Big Newport Theater (including opening night), Island Cinemas at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Starlight Triangle 8 Cinemas in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach’s Regency Lido Theater (including closing-night film) and Fashion Island (opening- and closing-night galas). TICKETS: newportbeachfilmfest.tix.com MORE INFO: newportbeachfilmfest.com

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Stupid Fucking Bird Buckle up for an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, only more suited for those with irreverent tastes, playing exclusively at Garage Theatre. Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird follows a contemporary young artist’s struggle to develop a new form of theater while pondering the existential questions behind our need to tell stories. Meanwhile, an orbiting cast of characters form all sorts of hilarious love triangles with each other. Stupid Fucking Bird opens Garage Theatre’s season of resistance, showcasing works that challenge the medium with its anarchic and radical subject matter. Stupid Fucking Bird at Garage Theatre, 251 E. Seventh St., Long Beach, (562) 4338337; www.thegaragetheatre.org. 8 p.m. Through April 29. $15-$20. —AIMEE MURILLO

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Break out your feather boas: Drag queen extraordinaire Bianca Del Rio is taking the stage. Foul-mouthed and quick with an insult, she spent the last year offending audiences worldwide on her NotToday Satan standup tour, which makes its only Southern California stop in Anaheim.The vibrant and vicious performer rose to fame after winning season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race and has been collecting fans ever since. Known for preying on the audience (and herself), the big-eyed comedian also known as Roy Haylock mastered the art of being uproariously vulgar yet charming. Full of one-liners and lascivious humor, catch this queen while you can—and don’t be afraid to order an extra cocktail. Bianca Del Rio at City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 712-2700; www. citynationalgroveofanaheim.com. 8 p.m. $42.50. —HEIDI DARBY

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If Kali Uchis, Mac DeMarco and Toro y Moi had a musical love child it would be Cuco. The 18-year-old crooner from Hawthorne has garnered a large online following in his first year as an official artist thanks to his unique blend of PBR&B, indie pop and chillwave. His sadboy lyrics about love and heartache in both English and Spanish make Chipster chicas swoon and hopeless romantics empathize. Discover this burgeoning artist early in the game as he transitions from backyard more  shows to official online stages tonight at the Constellation OCWEEKLY.COM Room with rapper Emmitt James and the Feel Goods and indie rockers Indigo State. Cuco with Emmit James and the Feel Goods, Indigo State at the Constellation Room, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; www.observatoryoc.com. 8 p.m. $10. —DENISE DE LA CRUZ

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Forget Me Nots ‘Robin Repp: Selective Memory’

How do you look back on memories too obscure to remember, but were once formative in the fabric of your DNA? Photographer Robin Repp goes through her personal archive of forgotten photographic memorabilia, blowing up scanned images and displaying them

in their imperfect, film-grained glory. While the photographs themselves are unremarkable, their inherent meaning for Repp carries an extra layer of significance. The adjoining OCCCA exhibit “Self Evident”—featuring artists Jane Szabo, Laurie Hassold and Jeff Gillette—similarly investigates ideas of memory, decay, life, death and preservation. “Robin Repp: Selective Memory” at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana, (714) 6671517; www.occca.org. Noon. Through April 29. Free. —AIMEE MURILLO

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For those still unsure of what Bollywood means, the Arpana Dance Co. invites you to their “beyond Bollywood” extravaganza, which shines a spotlight on the highly expressive folk dances set to Indian film tunes. Bollywood—a combination of “Hollywood” and “Bombay” (now called Mumbai)—represents the largest segment of

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The cult anime series Cowboy Bebop is still revered as an underground classic, having run from 1998 to 2003. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, released in 2001, seized on the program’s popularity involving the same crew of bounty hunters—Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, Jet Black and Edward—hunting after a cash reward and the whereabouts of military officer Vincent Volaju. Like the series, this film provides the same exhilarating action, mystery and air of cool not known in many other animes. Join this fearless crew for one more trip aboard the Bebop ship. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie at Directors Cut Cinema Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446; www.regencymovies.com. 7:30 p.m. $8. —AIMEE MURILLO

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‘Audio Visuals: The Photography of Henry Diltz’ If you’re into “the desert,” cacti in white jars and floppy sand-colored shawls—or if you’re into the Allah-Las, Cisco Pike and street scenes in The Rockford Files—then music photographer (and musician) Henry Diltz largely invented your aesthetic, and you’ll find something soft and sunny to love somewhere between his ’60s Laurel Canyon and his ’70s soft-rock Sunset Strip. His album covers for the Doors and Crosby, Stills & Nash are iconic, but his candids, portraits, live work and lesser-known knockouts (Richard Pryor’s first LP! An incandescent Tina Turner you’ll recognize soon as you see it!) should be just as wellknown. Think of him as the face behind the faces of your record collection. “Audio Visuals: The Photography of Henry Diltz” at Fullerton Museum, 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6545; www.cityoffullerton.com. Noon. Through July 9. $2-$5. —CHRIS ZIEGLER [CONCERT]

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Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke It’s been almost 40 years since Pedro De Pacas (Cheech Marin) picked up a hitchhiker named Anthony “Man” Stoner (Tommy Chong) in the 1978 classic Up In Smoke. The comedy follows the pair as they start a band, smoke weed, and unwittingly smuggle in a van made of weed from Tijuana. An always agitated Sergeant Stedenko and his hapless squad stay one step behind the stoners all along the way. Sure, there’s been hilarious stoner duo flicks since Up In Smoke (think Harold & Kumar) but none spark up the laughs quite like Cheech & Chong. The Frida Cinema brings the marijuana movie back for an aptly timed 4/20 screening. Stop by the theater and toke in a movie! Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke at the Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 285-9422; www.thefridacinema.org. 8 p.m. $13-$15. —GABRIEL SAN ROMÁN

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The past few years have been a curious time in Lil Wayne’s career.The prolificness that marked the first half of his tenure— including a stint with the unofficial title of being the “greatest rapper alive”— is a thing of the past. His hyped Tha Carter V is steadily becoming the rap version of Chinese Democracy, plainly because it shows no sign of being released despite the hoopla surrounding it. Even with the number of rumors surrounding his health issues in recent years and the bizarre comments concerning social causes, Weezy remains wildly popular with a loyal sub sect of fans. His current tour is at some of the smallest venues he’s played in years and will provide the opportunity to see if he still has it or is beginning a steep creative decline. Lil Wayne at House of Blues, 400 Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, (714) 7782583; www.houseofblues.com/anaheim. 8 p.m. $59.50-$70. —DANIEL KOHN

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tacks Pancake House, the slowly growing local chain that started in Dana Point, has cornered the market on Hawaiian-style breakfasts—morning meals that still see pancakes and eggs, but will also inevitably involve Spam and Portuguese sausage. The rabid success of the original has since bred one in Mission Viejo and another in Irvine. Arrive around 11 a.m. at any Stacks location on a weekend and a line already snakes all the way to the cashier. It’s the same at Plumeria Cafe By Stacks in Laguna Niguel, which, for all intents and purposes, is also a Stacks. Of the four, the queue there is the most manageable because it’s the newest. And almost all of the greatest hits are on the menu. You can order the Captain Mac Nut French toast here, four egg-soaked King’s Hawaiian bread triangles wearing a crusty armor of crushed macadamia nuts and Cap’n Crunch cereal—a wondrous explosion of texture and custard sweetness that’s the mini-chain’s most coveted breakfast item. And, just like at all other Stacks locations, the Benedicts here start with poached eggs sculpted into a too-perfect dome and come in options that include shredded Kalua pork as well as Canadian bacon. For lunch, there’s a loco moco with a patty thick enough to be called a Hamburg steak. And if you order an egg combo, you’re going to want a scoop of sticky rice as a side, especially if you opt for the salty corned beef hash as meat. But unlike at Stacks, Plumeria Cafe doesn’t just offer one side item with the meal; it offers two. You definitely want the pancakes as your

By Edwin GoEi second side, if only as a delivery device for the whipped butter and the coconut syrup, arguably the Stack chain’s most inspired invention. This syrup, which isn’t as cloying as maple but is also creamy to boot, is a distillation of not just coconut flavor but the spirit of the Aloha State. Pour it in copious amounts, drenching everything in sight: the French toast, the crepes, but especially the pancakes. Right now Plumeria doesn’t yet offer this addictive tropical ambrosia in squirt bottles like the other Stacks do. Instead it doles it out in small thimbles, of which eaters will need at least two for every flapjack. There are other noticeable differences. The service at Plumeria Cafe is still trying to find its footing. Drink orders get routinely forgotten. And though the service staff operates on a numbered placard system to bring out orders, different people usually come up to you asking whether they’ve delivered everything you’ve ordered. Most often, the answer is no. Plumeria’s kitchen crew, however, seems to be in lock step with the rest of the chain. The home fries look and taste exactly as they do at the other branches, cut into quarter wedges with one side so well browned and crisp it borders on burnt but stops just in time. An omelet comes out uniformly yellow if slightly overcooked, the half-moon engorged with cheese and the protein of your choice. Opt for the Portuguese sausage omelet at Plumeria and it’s topped with a fanned-out avocado and a spoonful of tomatillo salsa. The huevos rancheros here is also just as the other Stacks do it: The

fried egg rests on a pre-fried tostada disk, the ranchero sauce doused over the top is as mild as gazpacho; and the refried beans comes on the side along with a scoop of Japanese sticky rice. But Plumeria, to its credit, has included a packet of soy sauce to apply to the rice—a welcome addition none of the other Stacks knew it needed. The “Island Chilaquiles,” which is unique to Plumeria’s menu, is essentially the same dish as the huevos rancheros down to the rice and beans and soy sauce packet. The only difference is that it utilizes tortilla chips and includes a ton of moist and wispy Kalua pork that might as well be carnitas. The dish is more breakfast nachos than true chilaquiles, but that’s fine: Plumeria Cafe, like all the others in the Stacks family of restaurants, is the brainchild of an Indonesian restaurateur named Nixon Tanuwidjaja. He started out in Los Angeles as a student, moved to Hawaii, came back with accumulated knowledge on how Hawaiians do breakfast and built an empire from it. On the Stacks website, you’ll notice that Tanuwidjaja has traded in his batik for a flowered Hawaiian shirt, but it only takes one taste of that coconut syrup to realize that without breakfast innovators like him, we’d be forever stuck in an IHOP and Denny’s bacon-and-eggs rut. So “Terima kasih” to him and “Aloha” to Plumeria Cafe! PLUMERIA CAFE BY STACKS 23811 Aliso Creek Rd., Ste. 122, Laguna Niguel, (949) 900-6829. Open daily, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Breakfast for two, $10-$25, food only. Beer and wine.

ou know what dish should be more popular? Katsu. Think about it: Americans love fried anything, have gobbled up pork or chicken cutlets for generations, and happily combine the two, whether it’s in a pork schnitzel or fried chicken. Yet the Japanese take remains largely an expat obsession. Sure, you can regularly find katsu in OC, but it hasn’t experienced a hipster renaissance like, say, poke or Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, nor has it made it onto the menu at Norms or Souplantation for the bluehairs to try. Maybe Mr. Katsu will change everything. It’s held strong for more than two years down the street from Cal State Fullerton, next to a sports bar and one door down from a laundromat. If its namesake ever crosses over, it’ll be because of how Mr. Katsu serves it: in sandwiches. And not in dainty, small rolls, but rather in big, buttered slices of John Wayne American sourdough, the better for the bread to soak up any and all drippings. It offers 11 such sandwiches, some more American (a grilled cheese is perfect to go whenever you visit Vendome across the parking lot for a night of debauchery), some more Japanese (katsu curry is like the tastiest bowling ball you’ll ever eat, all about heftiness and savoriness), and other flights of fancy—a bleu cheese Buffalo is as Japanese as Mt. Fuji and as roadhouse as a Peterbilt 379, yet is somehow delicate and intricate thanks to perfectly pickled cole slaw. Since Mr. Katsu primarily serves a college crowd (the soundtrack seems to be the Strokes Radio on Pandora), there are also Korean barbecue bowls and fries, and mochi for dessert (along with a free High Five—how precious!) But Mr. Katsu does best on its sandwiches, and it should push the envelope (the kitchen does great with katsu salad featuring nothing but cole slaw). Bust out a katsu burger, katsu burrito, katsu pizza or even katsu-fried steak. The meal deserves it— and Mr. Katsu is a great ambassador to make it mainstream. Think of the ratings! GARELLANO@OCWEEKLY.COM

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While canned craft beer is nothing new to the industry, Left Coast made sure they got it right with Hop Juice Triple IPA. I suggest drinking this right from the can—fresh, smooth and oh-so-hoppy. It’ll get you at the end, though, so beware! Cans are available at Hi-Time, Mr. Kegs and Total Wine, to name a few. Or, better yet, visit the mothership— Left Coast is the Best Coast! LEFT COAST BREWING 1245 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente, (949) 276-2699; www.leftcoastbrewing.com.

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n keeping true to their philosophy and dedication to the art of craft beer, Left Coast Brewing in San Clemente has introduced a few new beers to their roster and is offering their delicious Hop Juice Triple IPA in a 16-ounce can. But before that, let’s talk about a couple of their other excellent suds. The blueberry, papaya and rose blossom in the Surf Break Pale Ale (5 percent ABV) makes this beer super refreshing, and the hops add a crispness on the back end—perfect for the upcoming spring days. The Orange County IPA (7.1 percent ABV), meanwhile, is citrus heaven! Using plenty of California-grown oranges, you’ll get your daily requirement of Vitamin C and hops. Pair this with a healthy sandwich or turkey burger. And my pick for the best-named beer in OC is the Nuclear

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f your Oaxacan abuelita was a strict vegan with a macrobiotic lilt, she might have opened the Grain Café, a quirky restaurant and bakery off Crenshaw Boulevard in LA’s Mid City, which opened a second location last month in Long Beach. Rumor has it that owner Myra Garcia, who opened the first Grain Café in 2013, once worked at Golden Mean Natural Foods in Santa Monica, which may explain the presence of Daiya cheese quesadillas and spelt-flour carrot cakes. Otherwise, the Grain Café is an entirely distinct concept, one with Mexican breakfasts and savory crepes and calming Spanish-tiled indoor waterfalls that has none of the pretentiousness of a Westside address. This charm continues at the new Long Beach Grain Café, which is about half the size of the Pico Boulevard original. It fills a long-unserved need on the corner of 4th Street and Ximeno Avenue, where eating vegan once meant ordering a salad from Belmont Burgers and the best nearby food options (from Egg Heaven to Starling Diner) are closed by 3 p.m. Now, in the Grain Café, the neighborhood has both its first vegan spot and one of the only eateries worthy of a proper sit-down meal. Outside of the Heights, it’s also giving Long Beach its first taste of things such as homemade tempeh, fake-cheese pizzas and (hard-to-find, even in LA) authentic Mexican food intentionally designed to be animal-free. Sometimes, with all the vibes of a casual corner eatery, it’s easy to forget that The Grain Café is a vegan restaurant at all. In its few short weeks in existence, it’s already become the kind of local place where you can roll in early for a breakfast of organic coffee, fresh squeezed juice, gluten-free waffles and “huevos” rancheros (which is really just a spiced-anddyed tofu scramble). You can also come by later for a lunch of texturally accurate “tuna” melts or veggie-loaded wraps. Or, save it all for dinner and go big with protein-heavy pastas, build-your-own macrobiotic bowls or a range of “South of the Border” dishes, including fajitas, enchiladas, chile rellenos and tacos, all of which attempt to pay homage to the simple food practices in the owner’s native Oaxaca,

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where sustenance has for centuries been created from the bounty of the land by tight-knit communities of farmers. For a full display of this bounty, bring a friend and splurge on the Fiesta Plate, a $22 combo meal built for two to share that gives you a nice sample of what Garcia’s talking about when she says the Grain Café is a place where she can share her family traditions. It comes with two enchiladas—one with a spicy salsa roja, the other with “chicken” and a rich, sweet dark mole sauce—one chile relleno (stuffed with a cream-less rajas-like filling of onions and peppers and veggies) and a pile of nachos with guacamole and nut-based “sour cream” surrounded by a pile of Spanish rice and black beans. The plate may very well be the next beacon of light on Long Beach’s road out of the vegan food abyss, a journey the city began to take last month with the Wild Chive’s next-level vegan brunch pop-up at Portfolio Coffeehouse. The imminent openings of Under the Sun, Seabirds and Plant Junkie in downtown are sure to further cement Long Beach’s dominance as a vegan destination, but the Grain Café will remain East Long Beach’s only contribution to this trend. If only every neighborhood could be so lucky to have a Oaxacan abuelita who makes her own tempeh Reuben sandwiches with the same love as her rellenos and jugo verde. . . . THE GRAIN CAFÉ 4403 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 3862922; graincafeonline.com.


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Cook Up a Storm revolves around a Cantonese chef raised on the wrong side of town, competing against a Frenchtrained, Michelin-starred chef. While prepping for the main event, both realize they have more in common than they initially thought. This film really needs some sort of 3D release for its epic shots of food being tossed up, sliced and diced—it’s definitely not your run-of-the-mill episode of Iron Chef. VIETNAM

The Diary of Fireflies is the entry for the fest’s first Vietnamese Spotlight. A young man’s depression from losing his mother to cancer wavers when he meets a young woman with a terminal illness focused on living her life to the fullest. This romantic tearjerker will likely not find its way back to the States again (except maybe on DVD at Asia Garden Mall), but the pop soundtrack is already readily available on YouTube. ITALY

Ears is the Italian answer to Dude, Where’s My Car?—only with more mystery and

existentialism. A young man wakes up with a horrible ringing in his ears to find a note on his fridge: “Your friend Luigi is dead. P.S. I took your car.” Only thing is he has no idea who Luigi is, and thus he embarks on a day of following clues and running into questionable characters.

newborn child years ago prepares to be transferred. While being evaluated, she mentally time-warps to her past to understand the series of events that led her to the tragic event. The film features notable stars Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave. CHILE

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NBFF has always had a deep affinity for Irish cinema and this year offers three Irish spotlight flicks. Tomato Red, directed by Juanita Wilson and adapted from Daniel Woodrell’s novel, captures the American Ozark mountains in picturesque beauty to tell the story of a full-time drifter, part-time philosopher. Sammy’s life is changed forever when he meets the beautiful, red-haired Jamalee and her free-spirited brother and mother, who teach him a thing or two about family and belonging. A Date for Mad Mary follows a young female ex-con released just in time for her friend’s wedding. When the bride-to-be assumes Mary can’t find a date, she sets out to prove her wrong and comes across all manner of awkward, mismatched suitors hoping for her attention. In The Secret Scripture, an Irish mental asylum is set to be shut down, and an elderly woman confined for killing her

Directors Alicia Scherson and Cristián Jiménez, two of Chilean cinema’s finest, come together for the film Family Life (Vida de Familia). A fortysomething man named Martin (Jorge Becker) maintains his cousin and wife’s house while they’re away. To offset his loneliness and depression, he imagines being the owner and shapes a false narrative while courting a young single mother named Pachi (Gabriela Arancibia). As their relationship develops, Martin’s lies about who he really is rise to the surface, and soon the idyllic family life he, Pachi and her daughter have created for themselves is at risk of dissolution upon the real homeowners’ return. Lighthearted, honest and sexy, it’s a telling look at contemporary relationships and urban family life—and among the best of its genre. AMURILLO@OCWEEKLY.COM

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The Korean spotlight films are always standouts, and this year’s The Queen of Crime is no exception. This zany comedy stars Park Ji-Young (previously seen in the stellar The Housemaid) and Jo Bok-rae as an overzealous mother named Mi-Kyung and her grown son, Ilk-Soo. When she finds out her son has been sent a thousand-dollar water bill for his apartment, Mi-Kyung makes it his mission to get to the bottom of why, unwittingly stumbling

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very year, Newport Beach Film Festival’s (NBFF) theme changes course, films are bolder, and quirky new attractions are added to reflect the innovations of cinema technology (hellooo, virtual reality). But one constant remains: Its selection of global cinema is notably among my favorites. If you’re a world traveler, perhaps you can see these cinematic exports while abroad. But for the rest of us, it’s festivals such as these that connect us to the stories we wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise—mayyyybe on Netflix or Amazon, if we’re lucky. Here now are some of the more brilliant global films to immerse yourself in, some with an adjoining spotlight fiesta.

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Gone With the Fishpeople Fishpeople. Keith Malloy introduces us to a cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. If you miss the screening, the documentary will be available via iTunes and other VOD platforms in July. Hobie Dana Point, 34174 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point; patagonia.com/fishpeople. Fri., 7 p.m. Free. Senior Thesis Cycle 4 Film Screenings. Short works by Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts students are presented. You can also view it via live streaming at www.chapman. edu/dodge/student-life/live-event-streaming.aspx. Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Folino Theater, 283 N. Cypress St., Orange; www.chapman.edu/dodge/. Fri., 7 p.m. Free, but seating is first come, first served. A Tomb for Khun Srun. It’s a French documentary on a brilliant Cambodian writer who joined the revolutionary guerrillas in 1973, only to be executed by the Khmer Rouge in December 1978. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11 a.m. $11.50. Grad Thesis Cycle 4 and 5 Film Screenings. Short works by Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts grad students are presented. You can also view it via live streaming at www.chapman.edu/ dodge/student-life/live-event-streaming.aspx. Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Folino Theater; www.chapman.edu/dodge/. Sat., 7 p.m. Free, but seating is first come, first served. La gente che sta bene (People Who Are Well). Francesco Patierno’s movie is about a Milan business lawyer (Claudio Bisio) who is at the top of his career—and without scruples. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Norma Kershaw Auditorium, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3677. Sun., 2 p.m. $12; members, free. Boston: An American Running Story. Matt Damon narrates the documentary about the oldest annually contested marathon, from its humble origin of 15 runners to the present day. 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) 532-9558; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (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) 462-734; fathomevents.com. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $15. Gone With the Wind. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the film tells the story of Georgia plantation owner’s daughter Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), who pursues her cousin Melanie’s (Olivia de Havilland) husband, Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), and marries Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Regency South Coast Village, 1561 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9. The Grateful Dead Movie 40th Anniversary. We love the idea of simulcasting this concert film live nationwide on 4/20, but why not at 4:20 p.m.? AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents. com. Thurs., April 20., 7 p.m. $12.50.

Grizzly Man. Timothy Treadwell tragically miscalculated the dangers of trying to live among grizzly bears in the Alaskan wild. Chapman Studios West, 535 W. Palm Ave., Orange; events.chapman.edu. Thurs., April 20, 7 p.m. Free, but seating is first come, first served. Memory Keepers. The 21-minute documentary’s director, Molly Blank, appears at the screening

during “An Evening of Remembrance,” which includes a special tribute to the late Elie Wiesel; dance and symphony performances; and reflections from Rabbi Elie Spitz (Congregation B’nai Israel, Tustin), Gail Stearns (dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Chapman University) and Marilyn Harran (Stern Chair in Holocaust Education at Chapman). Chapman University, Memorial Hall, 1

By Matt Coker University Dr., Orange, (714) 532-7760. Thurs., April 20, 7 p.m. Free, but call to reserve a seat. Up In Smoke. In celebration of 4/20, and on 4/20— but, again, not at 4:20—Cheech & Chong’s hilarious breakout comedy from 1978 is presented. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema. org. Thurs., April 20, 8 p.m. $13-$15. MCOKER@OCWEEKLY.COM


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patience and pragmatism. Even though your mama told you not to do it, the only real fun is staring into the sun. That is alluded to in the play’s key line, when Ethan tells Alice that he’s afraid she may be the one person he’s supposed to be with. When heard in context, it doesn’t particularly stand out. But reflect on them, and those words reverberate with a poignant, problematic resonance. To paraphrase a certain Nobel laureate who rhymes a great deal, an awful truth is revealed when one realizes how sweet life can be, for that sweetness can evaporate or turn bitter so quickly. And even though every one of those situations is unique, they’re also brutally similar. So, while the play’s title, The Siegel, is an homage to Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, with its complicated and fatalistic romantic entanglements, it could just as easily have been titled Every Fucking Day on This Sad Bitch of an Earth. THE SIEGEL at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center, Costa Mesa, (714) 708-5555; www.scr.org. Tues.-Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Through April 23. $20-$79.

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AnnaBis Purse. It may be legal to blaze it in California now, but that doesn’t mean we get carte blanche to stroll into the festival grounds with our bongs in hand. Our resident marijuana goddess Mary Carreon previously wrote about the gorgeous handbags made by AnnaBis that allow you to carry your nugs in covert, hidden pockets while masking their smell, so you can get your spleefs past the security search. www.annabisstyle.com. Radius Toothbrush. You could buy some cheap thing from CVS, but organic toothbrushes are so much better for your oral health and hygiene. Radius offers travelsize toothbrushes made from bioplastic with vegetable-based nylon bristles. There are also discrete cases to hold tampons and condoms—wink, wink! madebyradius.com. Dear Kate Period Panties. I can think of no greater annoyance when on a weekend getaway than discovering Aunt Flo is coming along for the fun. There’s an abundance of period panties on the market, but Dear Kate is the best with its innovative anti-leak design—and its products are safe for the environment, too! No more visiting a Porta-Potty to switch tampons every few hours. www.dearkates.com. Stand Ups. Speaking of Porta-Potties, they’re disgusting. Our web editor Taylor Hamby wrote about using Stand Ups to free herself from sitting on the gross toilets at Coachella a couple of years ago. They easily fold into a spout to allow you to stand while you pee, and they’re light and small, making them easy to transport. Judy Chicago couldn’t have done it better. www.the-stand-up.com. AMURILLO@OCWEEKLY.COM

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his character is, possibly, a big dick. Yes, his motives may not be purely romantic and less about reclaiming Alice than doubts about a different relationship, but Feldman’s ability to convey interest in his plight is a sterling example of how the old adage that characters must be likeable is bullshit. No, they should be interesting. And Feldman’s Ethan is certainly that. As are Alice’s parents. Aquino, who plays a key role in the Amazon original series Bosch (and yes, a PR person hit up OC Weekly with that information and we’re running with it, so now you have an insider look at the corrupt side of Fake News!), and Arkin have a relationship that resembles your favorite pair of broken-in shoes. There’s a possibility that it may be time for a new pair, but they’re so comfortable and you’re so fond of them, even if they’re fraying around the edges, so what’s the point in replacing them? At some points, The Siegel seems to be as much about their relationship as the one Ethan is trying to rekindle with Alice. But rather than a distraction, it points to the possibility that love doesn’t necessarily have to be frantic and desperate, but rather something to be eased into with

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or any of you losers who’ve ever loved and lost and mused, pined, ruminated, obsessed, questioned, analyzed, beat yourself up and otherwise lost your shit, it may not be the best idea to see the world premiere of Michael Mitnick’s The Siegel. It’s not that it’s a bad play in any regard. It’s as sharp as the pop of a whip, entertaining and endearing. But it also may break the last shard of any heart you still possess. Two years after he broke up with her, Ethan has realized that Alice is the one true love of his life, and he is hell-bent on proposing to her. The only problem, besides the fact that he broke her heart? She’s in an apparently fulfilling relationship with Nelson, the guy she cheated with while dating Ethan. But Ethan has apparently had enough time to realize she’s The One, and he’s shown up at the home of Alice’s parents to ask them for permission to propose to their daughter. It doesn’t go as planned, but that doesn’t stop Ethan from pursuing his campaign. That premise unfolds swiftly in the capable hands of director Casey Stangl. Less about the possibility of love than its impossibility, The Seigel wrestles with the kind of questions that, on the page and stage, make for more than adequate dramatic and comedic fodder, but in real life, they are just so goddamn exhausting. Soulmates: Is there truly someone for everyone? At what point is the thin line between love and compulsive obsession inextricably crossed? And when does loving someone else mean losing yourself? That may sound somber and dreadful— it is. Love is a bitch. And Mitnick’s play doesn’t gloss that over. But he approaches it in such a fresh, sardonic way that even though you get the sense that all of this is just the romantic, slightly stalky, dream of one screwed-up guy, you can’t help but root for him. And that guy is Ben Feldman’s Ethan, who shares many of the characteristics of the attorney Feldman plays on Silicon Valley, Ron LaFlamme. He’s charismatic, self-indulgent, sarcastic and seemingly oblivious to how his actions affect the people around him. Those people include Alice (Mamie Gummer); Nelson (Dominique Worsley); and her parents, Deborah (Amy Aquino), and Ron (Matthew Arkin). There’s also Jordan (Devon Sorvari), who appears in the play’s final scene, which may be the fly in this particular ointment, as her appearance seems to suggest there is more than a slightly mercenary quality to Ethan. But Feldman’s energy and inner life manifested into the external fake reality of this play outweigh the possible fact that

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ver the past three years, the Freestyle Festival has become a staple of the Long Beach summer experience. Taking place at the Queen Mary, a location that has become synonymous with strong, nostalgia-based mini-festivals, Freestyle Fest mainly focuses on 1980s and ’90s hip-hop and R&B. Previous years have included not only Salt-NPepa, Slick Rick, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, and Young MC, but also Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, and the C&C Music Factory. For this year, top-billed artists Bell Biv Devoe, House of Pain, Arrested Development and Naughty By Nature will be joined by Mark “Return of the Mack” Morrison, Stevie B. and the English Beat. While the latter seems the most out of place—the ska band had hits such as “Mirror in the Bathroom,” but they are usually found on punk bills—main man Dave Wakeling is confident they can make it work. “I do feel honored to make it into a dance-oriented market,” he says. “I’ve crossed over from pop and ska to dance now. We’ve got the ability with our catalog of songs to play a punky show, which we did on the Flogging Molly cruise, or we can do a reggae thing, like opening for UB40, or an ’80s pop theme. It’ll be a bit more of a challenge this time, but I

imagine that pop-to-rock stuff like ‘Too Nice to Talk To’ and ‘Tenderness’ will do well. ‘Tenderness’ has been used a million times in rap and hip-hop anyway.” For some of the more successful artists on the bill, the decision to perform at a nostalgia event isn’t easy. But Wakeling says it’s a balance. He cheers himself up by releasing new music, even if it doesn’t sell in the same numbers as it used to. “You don’t even like to think of yourself as growing old,” he says. “But it’s better that people still enjoy what you did 20 or 30 years ago rather than have forgotten about it. You count your blessings. The new songs that we played last year are going down really well, and that makes me feel current-ish.” The concept is a little more challenging for Arrested Development front man Speech. While he’s a fan of many of the acts on the Freestyle Fest bill, he says he generally tries to avoid nostalgia events— after all, the band released two full albums of new material last year (Changing the Narrative, This Was Never Home). “I’m just not in a place of wanting to do nostalgia shows too much,” he says. “We love the fact that people are aware of our recent stuff. We’re not looked at as a ’90s band, so we try to stay away from that energy. But, to be honest, it was because

of the acts on this lineup and how much respect we have for all of them, we were like, ‘Let’s just do it—let’s have fun.’” Vin Rock of Naughty By Nature isn’t concerned. The co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning trio is simply delighted to get up in front of a crowd that wants to get down with O.P.P. The crowds at these events feature a large mix of ages, he says, with plenty of young people excited to witness ’80s and ’90s hip-hop groups in the flesh. “Music is supposed to evolve,” Rock says. “Personally, I don’t want it sounding the way it did in the 1990s, and I don’t want it sounding the way it did in the ’70s. The beauty of it is that the next generation always takes it to another level. To me, hip-hop is alive, well and kicking. Now, you have different eras of hip-hop, and you have different styles. To me, that only adds to the tentacles of the culture.” Arrested Development and Naughty By Nature are still prestigious names in rap, but there are other Freestyle Fest performers who would gladly admit that their days of big singles and wide radio play are well behind them, including R&B singer Stevie B., perhaps best known for the single “Party Your Body.” “In a real sense, to be competing in

the day-to-day Top 40 music, in that particular part of the business, I don’t do that anymore,” he says. “But to have new music because I get to be creative, go in the studio and just express myself—I put it out to those fans who are interested in something new. Those of us that have had hit records in the late 1980s/early ’90s, it’s tough for us to break our fans out of those old hits. But we try our best.” Debbie Deb, who had a hit with “When I Hear Music,” now makes a career out of nostalgia shows. She concedes that she can’t play a full set by herself because she simply doesn’t have enough songs, so performing alongside bigger acts in front of a large crowd is her best option, and she’s delighted by it. “You can’t fight the industry,” she says. “It’s a losing battle. You can’t fight what the people want. You’ll end up getting hurt and disappointed every time. I go with the flow. A lot of us only had two or three big songs out, so we really can’t make for a whole concert alone. But together, we can put together a banging show.” FREESTYLE FEST at the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, (800) 928-2181; allstarconcerts.com. April 22, 2 p.m. $50-$1,000. All ages.


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ans of Goth music and horror films frequently have overlapping interests, dress similarly and are regarded with the same raised eyebrow by those existing beyond their realm, but not much evidence exists that scary-sounding music and horror films have a tendency to form a superorganism. But Regen Robinson’s podcast, Space Radio USA, may provide the missing proof that the dark side does, indeed, have a mind of its own. As it was written in the good book, “No prophet is accepted in his hometown.” Nearly six years ago, the lifelong competitive swimmer left Detroit, Michigan, for Long Beach, armed with a marketing degree. Robinson started sharing her Gothic perspective through some freelance writing gigs, then decided to add podcasting to her résumé. “I ended up making all these crazy, Goth, electronic dance mixes just for myself to work out to or whatnot,” she recalls. “And I kind of mixed in, like, horrible movie clips of really off-the-wall stuff PROPHET ROBINSON that I found.” These early experiments were SCOTT FEINBLATT soon put online and made available through iTunes. “I started getting asks me, then I’ll own up to it . . . [but messages from people telling me how mixing the music] with these really overfunny these were,” Robinson says. “And the-top horror movies is kind of like my then, after the initial embarrassment of own little inside joke,” she says. (Fair use realizing other people were actually lislaws enable their incorporation into Robtening to these things wore off, I decided inson’s show.) to keep it going.” Similar to a DJ, Robinson has formed The show’s tendency toward darker relationships with artists and labels, content is obvious. As with many prodand she routinely receives promotional ucts of dark-leaning entertainment, packages. She finds that Goth artists are the podcasts feature a strong tongueespecially accessible to podcasters, but in-cheek bent in their programming. the collective spirit of this enterprise Robinson likens Space Radio USA to a is most evident through the activity of mashup between a Goth aesthetic and her listeners, who help her keep Space Mystery Science Theater 3000. “A lot of Radio USA advertising-free via donations. the music that’s in the Goth bar clubs Robinson reports they also supply her and that I play isn’t Goth or spooky at with “updates on new artists that have all,” she says. “It’s really just . . . synth come out or a new release I haven’t really pop and dark wave type stuff . . . so [the heard. I place that all into the show, so show has] ended up being a little less it kind of becomes like a hive mind. . . . like Sisters of Mercy and more like the You’re not just listening to me; you’re lisMortal Combat soundtrack.” tening to a whole bunch of people comRegarding the samples from cheesy ing together, and that makes [the podhorror films, which are peppered cast] a more interesting medium besides throughout the shows, there is an aura of YouTube or Soundcloud or something. mystery. Many of the clips come from the It’s kind of like more of a family.” work of a particular filmmaker, whose identity Robinson refuses to divulge. “It’s Listen to Space Radio USA via top secret! If anybody figures it out and www.spaceradiousa.com or iTunes.

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Accountant (Anaheim, CA) Perform financial and managerial accounting duties. Master's in Accounting or related req'd. Resume to: Interlog Corp. 1295 N Knollwood Cir, Anaheim, CA 92801

ENGINEERING Staff Process Eng’r in Foothill Ranch, CA. Review & modify prod. schedules, eng’g specifications, orders, & related info regarding mfg methods, procedures, & activities in the indus. manufacture of optica prod. Reqs: Master’s + 2 yrs exp. Apply: Oakley, Inc., Attn: S. Shrivastav, Job ID# SE1031, 1 Icon, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610

Business Development Specialist: Conduct market research to identify potential market sales for insurance company. Req’d: Bachelor’s in Mktng., Bus. Econ., or related. Mail Resume: Golden Bells Insurance Agency, Inc. 1151 N. Magnolia Ave. #101, Anaheim, CA 92801

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MARK: 949-232-2603 525 Legal Services 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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CFO (Garden Grove, CA) Supervise employees performing financial reporting, accounting, billing, collections, payroll&budgeting duties; Coordinate&direct the financial planning, budgeting, procurement/ investment activities of all/ part of an organization; Develop internal control policies, guidelines&procedures for activities such as budget administration, cash&credit management/accounting. 40 hrs/wk, Bachelor’s in Business Administration or related req’d and Min 5 yrs of experience as a CFO or related req’d. Resume to Chun-Ha Insurance Services, Inc. Attn. Minsung Ko, 9122 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844

Project Manager (Master’s degree w/ 5 yrs exp or Bachelor’s degree w/ 7 yrs exp; Major: CS, Engg, Math or equiv.; Other suitable qualifications acceptable) – Irvine, CA. Job entails working w/ & exp to incl 3 yrs as a PMO Manager or Head. Exp in using PMP standards & protocols, MS Project, MS Project Server, Visio, AnyChart, WBSPro, Celoxis, Resource Guru, FinancialForce PSA, FastTrack Schedule, MS Windows Server 2008, Excel & Powerpoint to build complex Macros & Pivot tables, JIRA, CA Technologies Open Workbench, SmartSheet, Microsoft Onepager Pro, WorkPlan by Sescoi, OmniPlan, Artemis Project view, Open VMS & TCP/ IP. Relocation & travel to unanticipated locations w/in USA possible. Send resumes to HTN Wireless Inc., Attn: HR, 20 Truman St, Suite 211, Irvine, California 92620.

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Chemical Engineer Recon Engineering & Construction, Inc. is hiring in Los Alamitos. Must have at least 2 years of progressive experience as a Chemical Engineer. Assess chemical equipment and processes to improve performance while ensuring compliance with safety and environmental regulations. Fulltime. Mail Resume to P.O. Box 93120, Long Beach, CA 90809

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Accountant (Santa Ana, CA) Prepare, examine/ analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness & conformance to reporting&procedural standards; Report to management regarding the finances of establishment; Establish tables of accounts&assign entries to proper accounts. 40hrs/wk. Bachelor's in Finance or related Reqd. Resume to LMG Law Group Attn: MinGhee Lee, 20101 SW Birch St #210, Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Audio/Speech Processing Algorithm Engineers Software Engineer (Irvine, CA) Develop, create/modify general computer applications software&specialized utility programs; Design software/customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency; Analyze/ design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. 40hrs/wk, Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering or related Reqd. Resume to Kakao Games USA, Inc. Attn: Jeonghee Jin. 7 Corporate Park #150, Irvine, CA 92606queenie@ ggec.com

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