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here’s no doubt Stephen G. Larson—the man District Attorney Tony Rackauckas picked last year as the part-time, $300,000 watchdog of his agency in the ongoing Orange County jailhouse-informant scandal—possesses an impressive résumé. Larson ran the organized-crime section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, taught as an adjunct college professor and won a 2006 lifetime presidential federal judge appointment, only to quit after three years, declaring a confidential desire to accumulate more personal wealth. Nowadays, he protects whitecollar-criminal defendants. Given that r scott superior-court moxley judges, a California Court of Appeal, law-school deans, major newspapers, legal scholars nationwide and ex-prosecutors of all political stripes have ridiculed systemic prosecution-team cheating to win cases in Orange County, Rackauckas hopes he’s finally found in Larson a person who’ll provide cover. His attempt to derail serious investigation two years ago included the creation of what he hailed as the “independent” Informant Policies and Practices Committee (IPPC), containing two of his campaign contributors. It failed at the task; a January 2016 IPPC report, which avoided the most serious issues in the scandal, nevertheless stated that the DA cultivates a toxic work environment in which employees fear retaliation for whistleblowing. Rackauckas tried again six months later, telling the Orange County Board of Supervisors—his pipeline to county coffers—there was “clear and convincing evidence” Larson was the “only” one of the nation’s 1.3 million licensed lawyers who could serve as the “independent monitor” of his office. As a check on potential hanky-panky, the county’s “sole source” contract-request form contains a justification inquiry: “Please list any other sources that have been contacted and explain in detail why they cannot fulfill the [ job].” The DA and Jim Tanizaki, his chief lieutenant, dodged the important process point, answering, “Mr. Larson’s credentials and experience make him uniquely qualified and suited for this project.” Last August, supervisors Andrew Do (a former Rackauckas employee), Lisa Bartlett, Shawn Nelson and Michelle Steel weren’t bothered by the DA’s doubtful assertion and stonewalling. They voted for

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the pact without asking a single question. Only Supervisor Todd Spitzer objected. Why was Rackauckas so insistent on this hire? Perhaps there’s a partisan component. Like our top cop and all five of the supervisors, Larson is a conservative Republican. He’s also a law partner at Larson O’Brien LLP with another ally of the DA: Hugh Hewitt, an Irvine attorney, political operative, talk-radio host and Southern California’s regular GOP talking face on MSNBC. In 2014, Larson found himself in what must have been a comfortable situation while representing Janet Nguyen, then a Rackauckas-endorsed Republican supervisor under investigation for her conduct as an appointed trustee of CalOptima, a county agency health-insurance program for low-income residents, seniors and people with disabilities. Nguyen voted two years earlier to pay Integrated Healthcare Holdings $750,000 days after Dan Brothman, the company’s senior vice president, held a fundraiser for her in his Lemon Heights home. State law bans officials from voting to financially benefit campaign contributors for one year following donations. The DA, however, found “no criminal conflict of interest” and took the unusual step of giving Larson a handy exoneration letter while his client, who denied all wrongdoing but certainly used her CalOptima post as a campaign cha-ching machine, ran a heated race for state Senate. A week later, Nguyen provided the winning vote in a controversial 3-2 Board of Supervisors decision that translated into a $32,000 annual salary raise for Rackauckas, according to county records. But perhaps the most troubling behind-

the-scenes connection between the 74-year-old DA and Larson is on display in an otherwise-unremarkable photograph published earlier this month. Type “Stephen Larson” and “Jennifer Keller” into the Google images online search engine, and the first picture, shot by The Sun daily newspaper in San Bernardino County, shows the two lawyers standing together in a courtroom as co-defense counsel representing Jeff Burum, a co-manager of Colonies Partners LP and who is one of the accused in a sensational publiccorruption trial. The wild, pending case involves allegations of sexual affairs, blackmail, illegal narcotics, travel to China and New York City, sham political-action committees, lucrative gifts, private jet rides, and $400,000 in cash bribes to entice government officials into giving Colonies Partners $102 million in public funds. Who is Keller? She is not only a past Rackauckas contributor, but she has also served in the leadership of his campaign committees. She publicly defended Sheriff Mike Carona after the DA vouched for his innocence in yet another ethics scandal. Shortly thereafter, the FBI and IRS Criminal Division arrested Carona, who eventually landed in federal prison for 66 months for sabotaging a federal investigation into the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. There’s more. Until recently, the name on Keller’s Irvine law practice was—drumroll, please—Keller Rackauckas LLP. Kay Rackauckas, the DA’s ex-wife, isn’t merely Keller’s law partner; they are also exceptionally close friends who in recent months edited the firm’s name to use Rackauckas’ maiden name. It’s now Keller/Anderle

LLP, which brags, “WE’RE THE GIANT KILLERS. We thrive on tough cases.” In fishing for future clients, Anderle also boasts of how wealthy criminal suspects have hired her to obtain favorable outcomes with her ex-hubby, the father of her kid. “Kay’s versatility as a trial attorney and skilled negotiator gives her clients a multidimensional advocate who can quickly assess their case and devise a winning strategy,” the firm asserts. According to court records, Larson and Keller ironically accuse prosecutors in the Colonies Partners trial of the same cheating tactics that Rackauckas and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens have actually employed in the snitch scandal: hiding or destroying exculpatory evidence, doctoring investigations, and covering up corruption with lies. The OC controversy centers on how law enforcement invented “capers” that violated the constitutional rights of incustody, pretrial defendants. The Supreme Court bans government officials and their agents, including snitches, from questioning individuals who’ve been charged and have legal representation. Informants working for cops enticed targets into making self-incriminating statements, then testified dishonestly about their arrangement. So far, at least 15 murder and attemptedmurder convictions have collapsed with the revelations. Hundreds, “if not thousands,” of additional cases may have been marred, according to Scott Sanders, the assistant public defender who discovered our county’s criminal-justice-system mess. Rackauckas has insisted for more than three years that his nemesis fabricated the scandal. As you would expect, senior DA staffers dutifully regurgitate that embarrassing spin, including prosecutorial hothead Mark Geller, who told a reporter, “[Sanders] gets and deserves no respect.” But it’s undeniable who fathered that malaise: The man who says Larson is the perfect watchdog. “You know, uh, we’re not turning, uh, the district attorney’s office, uh, you know, upside-down,” Rackauckas said at a 2016 press conference. “I think this is, this is . . . You know, if you’re, if you’re driving a car and you have a big V-8 engine—you know what we’re doing; we’re adjusting the carburetor. We’re not making big changes. We’re making, these are tune ups. There’s no criminal conspiracy in this office. Uh, all of us in the office know that we’re not conspirators.” RSCOTTMOXLEY@OCWEEKLY.COM

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hen a loud horn signaled the end of the first round during A.J. McKee’s fight against Cody Walker at Bellator 160 last August, many fans were disappointed. It was the first time the 22-year-old hadn’t beat a professional opponent in less than five minutes. He wasn’t happy, either. “I’m kind of upset I couldn’t get the first-round finish,” McKee said during his post-fight interview at the Honda Center. The undefeated Long Beach native needed only 32 seconds in Round 2 to lock a modified guillotine choke around Walker to secure the fifth victory of his career. “Next time, I won’t be out partying the night before.” Since then, the 145-pound featherweight has won two more fights in the world’s largest MMA promotion outside of the UFC, solidifying his status as one of the best young

fighters in his weight class. Yet McKee is still disappointed by his most recent victories: both have been by unanimous decision instead of knockouts or submissions. “I’ve been slacking a bit, and it shows” McKee says, after an intense morning training session. “After my first five fights, I was starting to get bored. I started slipping away and getting a little big-headed because I was just in the gym every day and fighting every three months. Now I’m focused and fired up. I’m ready to get back on track with those knockouts.” At Long Beach’s Panvimarn Thai Cuisine, a regular post-training lunch spot, he’s dressed in an all-gray sweat suit to cover up any evidence of a workout. McKee politely asks the host for a table, a far different young man than the one who was loudly laughing and talking trash with his teammates less than an hour ago. But whether polite or brash, under the Fight Night spot-

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lights or not, McKee is the center of any room he enters, radiating an energy that makes him impossible to ignore. McKee represents a new generation of MMA fighter—someone who not only grew up in the sport, but who also has it in his DNA. His father, Antonio, is a former Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight champion, UFC veteran and decorated amateur wrestler who amassed a 29-6-2 record since beginning his career in 1999 (although he hasn’t fought since a 2014 victory at age 44, a time when most fighters can’t remember if they brushed their teeth in the morning). Pops trained alongside Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and other legends, bringing his son along almost from the start. He now runs Team Bodyshop, a Lakewood-based MMA squad that counts A.J. as its star project. But describing the younger McKee as Junior following his dad’s unfulfilled dreams is a disservice to their relationship. Antonio is also his namesake’s best friend, roommate, coach, manager, mentor, go-fer and more. Their loud friendlike banter can catch strangers a bit offguard in the middle of a Thai restaurant. “We just have a good relationship, and I don’t understand why more fathers can’t have fun with their sons,” Antonio says. “I don’t see too many fathers who have the relationship that we have. He’s making a shitload of money, and he’s still living with me. I’m keeping everything together because it’s just us as a family.” “Sometimes I don’t even think about him as my dad,” A.J. adds. “We joke around like best friends. We’ll go to the store, and people won’t believe he’s my dad, so I tell them I’m his dad. We have a friendship and a connection that most people don’t.” The two differ in one aspect, though. Antonio had a grinding wrestling style that earned him a long, respectable career,

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but little else; A.J. is all pizzazz, whether it’s a spinning kick to the head or a powerful takedown leading to a vicious choke worthy of his nickname, “Mercenary.” He still has occasional weak spots that only experience and cage time can fill, such as the handful of right hands he ate in his most recent match. But his dad is already certain that only A.J. himself can stand in the way of becoming Southern California’s next MMA star. “That kid’s a freak of fucking nature, and within a year, nobody’s going to be able to touch him,” Antonio says. “The only challenge for him is weed. He was smoking weed all the time, and I told him

if he continued to smoke that shit, that I was out. He can do whatever he wants to when he’s done, but you can’t be doing that in this sport. He’d go out and win a fight after he was smoking weed, but I told him that’s going to catch up to him eventually because hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

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and role model he never had. “Things started out crazy because my life was crazy,” McKee says of his beginnings as a single father. “When he was a baby, I lived in a garage because I couldn’t afford an apartment. I bathed him in a crockpot, and he’d sleep on my chest. He changed my life and took me out of the streets. He gave me a reason to want to live. I didn’t give a shit about living until he came along, but then when he was born, it was like he was a spirit talking to me, and I started changing.” Antonio did his best to get his own life together while protecting his son from the harsh realities of the world he knew. Their salvation was MMA. With his strength, technique and work ethic, Antonio had been a champion wrestler at Long Beach Poly and Cerritos College in the 1980s, but after college, without an outlet for grapplers, he went back to brawling in the streets. The birth of his son just happened to coincide with the rise of MMA. Initially, Antonio only wanted his son to follow in his wrestling footsteps, but A.J. wanted more. “I put him in wrestling, and he did it, but you could tell that it wasn’t what he was about,” Antonio says. “I’d had these visions of him fighting and us training together. When he said that’s what he wanted to do, I started waking his ass up by choking him and putting him in armbars and just wrestling with him. He just had a knack for fighting.” He went pro when A.J. was 4, training in garages with his toughest and scariest friends from the street before switching to actual gyms, where he got jobs teaching fighters how to wrestle. The younger


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is the son of late fighting legend Kimbo Slice. “Certain things that I do, I do because I’ve been doing them for so long that I can just tap into them,” Ferguson says. “It’s the same thing with A.J. It’s easy for him sometimes, and he doesn’t have to think about it as much. Just growing up around it and watching it all, even if you’re not training, you still have the knowledge of everything. That’s the advantage we have over the other guys.”

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McKee tagged along, observing and listening, picking up whatever he could. That lifestyle led A.J. to repeat the championship path his father forged at Poly and Cerritos College, with a yearlong foray at Notre Dame College of Ohio and an eight-fight amateur MMA career—his only amateur loss came by a flash knockout. Meanwhile, Antonio built a reputation as a steady, if unspectacular, MMA fighter and for controversial comments, often believing that promotions had it out for him because of his style or race. But he knew his limits—after a sole UFC appearance (a loss), Antonio shifted his focus to A.J.’s career. Part of that was opening Bodyshop Fitness in 2000. While the small shoppingcenter space looks as if it could turn into a Chipotle or Panda Express within a week’s notice, Bodyshop earned immediate fame once Rampage Jackson began training there. A young A.J. soaked up the knowledge imparted by dozens of fighters, but as he got older, fighters began flocking around Bodyshop not only for Antonio’s smart coaching, but also for A.J.’s ebullient ways. “A.J.’s one of my best friends, and he’s like the brother to me that I never had,” says Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor, one of McKee’s teammates and another Bellator featherweight. “He’s so unbelievably goofy that he can come off as kind of a weirdo sometimes, but he’s funny, and he’s all about having fun. He has that energy that attracts other people, and it makes everyone want to be around him. He’s willing to go above and beyond the normal amount when it comes to helping others out, even if he doesn’t know you.” Taylor says the relationship between the McKee men offers a family model for many of Bodyshop’s fighters: Taylor grew up without a dad, and Bellator welterweight Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr.

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jumping rope, as team members loosen their limbs and crack jokes at one another. After that, everyone pairs off to work on drills under the coach’s watchful eye. Today, it’s three-hit combos that end in a spinning back kick. “Move around like you’re in a fight!” Antonio directs over a stereo as he walks around the mat, J. Cole’s “A Tale of 2 Cities” playing on the stereo. “Boom! Boom! Boom! You’re not just going to be standing there in a fight. Move!” In a flowing long-sleeved gray shirt and blue tights, the 5-foot-10 A.J. looks as if he’s giving up 20 or more pounds to many of his training partners. But what the coach’s son lacks in mass, he makes up for in grace. When each fighter is told to pick their favorite kick and launch it 100 times, most of the group chooses basic leg kicks or straightforward side kicks; A.J. goes for a complex spinning back kick. He whips his body around like a combative ballerina and ends each strike with the loud pop of a clean connection on his partner’s training pad. As polite as A.J. is off the mat, the Mercenary takes over once the adrenaline starts flowing. “It’s just as much about entertainment as it is about fighting at this point,” McKee says. “That entertainment is what draws the people in, and it’s what America is built on. When I fight, I love throwing entertaining flashy stuff. I like to spin; I like to flip. I like to be different and unique. In my seven fights, I feel like I have more highlights than other people have in their entire careers.” An old-school boxing bell marks the end of drills and the beginning of the day’s sparring session. As Team Bodyshop takes

a quick breather and a sip of water in preparation for their rounds against one another, a sweat-coated A.J. is more energetic than any of his training partners. “The best part about [A.J.] is his dedication to hard work,” says Tracy Hess, A.J.’s primary coach other than his father. “Most people with his athletic ability don’t have the work ethic to match. He’s the first person at the gym and the last one to leave. He hasn’t even gotten his manstrength yet and is already 7-0 on one of the biggest stages in the industry. Even as a 5-year-old in wrestling tournaments or simply sparring in the gym, he never settles for less than first place.” MMA analysts see a younger, smaller, potentially more dangerous version of former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones. And although Bellator president Scott Coker sees plenty of talented young fighters—he has reinvigorated the promotion by bringing in big-name veterans and bright prospects since taking over in June 2014—the veteran industry executive is rather keen on A.J. He’s “an incredibly talented and exciting mixed martial artist,” Coker says. “He’s got the style and charisma to match his fighting skills, and he’s proven that already at the age of 21—only seven fights into his young career. We have many of the best featherweights in the world fighting for Bellator, and A.J. has left no doubt in my mind that he belongs in that group.”

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zotta this Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The 29-year-old with an 11-1 record figures to be another good test for A.J.’s grappling ahead of a potential showdown with his Irish nemesis. But A.J. is focusing on a larger goal. “Jon Jones is the youngest champ in history at 23, but I’m only 21, so I want to be the youngest champion,” he says. “In the long term, I want to be the [Floyd] Mayweather of MMA. If I’m not making that Mayweather money, then I’ll walk away. “It’s not something I’m going to risk my body for because you only have one body and one life,” he continues. “I’m not trying to be 60 years old in a wheelchair. One day, I’m going to have to explain to my kids that I made $3,000 for a fight and got my face split wide open, but I’m not going to do that forever. You have to know your worth, and as long as you have that undefeated record, you can tell them your worth.” There’s one other aspiration: fighting on the same card as his Pops. “There’s only been one other professional athlete to do that [father and son in the same pro match], and that was in baseball [Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. for the Seattle Mariners in 1990],” A.J. says. “Being in such a physical contact sport, I think it’s phenomenal that he’s at his age and can still compete. I thought he never got the respect he deserved because people didn’t like his style of fighting, so now it’s my job to come out and make sure our last name gets that respect.”

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Accomplished comedians often credit improv comedy’s rule of always saying yes to the fictional scenarios they encounter onstage as a driving force behind their success in the industry. While this constant agreement can boost some careers, for others, it affects the old bedroom-partner count more. Regardless of your motives, the Fifth Annual Orange County Improv Festival at STAGEStheatre will have you laughing your cares away and making friends in the process.The four nights of comedy are broken into blocks of shows featuring different styles and improv groups, so you’re guaranteed to never see the same thing twice. It’s also a great excuse to get out of the house and into some pants. Fifth Annual OC Improv Festival at STAGEStheatre, 400 E. Commonwealth Ave., Ste. 4, Fullerton, (714) 525-4484; www.ocimprovfest.com. 7 p.m.; also Sat.Sun. $10-$40. —AMANDA PARSONS

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Watch the daring South Coast Roller Derby (SCRD) dames, as they body block, barrel roll and Superman-slide their way through two bouts. The SCRD is an all-female flat-track league dedicated to empowering women with the physical and mental strength to compete—and with the mission of providing eye-popping entertainment for their legions of fans. First, the SCRD’s Demented Danas take on Bakersfield’s Unforgiven Roller Girls, then the Lagunatics face Anchorage, Alaska’s Rage City Rollergirls. As an added bonus, part of your admission fees and donations are used to give back to local organizations that support women and children. Can we get a “badass” whoop on this, please? South Coast Roller Derby Double Header at Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex, 2555 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills, (949) 707-2680; www.southcoastrollerderby. com. 5:00 p.m. $10-$15; kids age 10 and younger, free. —SR DAVIES

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In the midst of Autism Awareness Month, a new light is shined on people whose developmental disorders place them on the spectrum. Presented by the Autism Society, AutFest is a film festival showcasing autism awareness through an impres-

sive range of short and feature-length films about the disorder, as well as two short films that were written and directed by filmmakers on the spectrum. There are also screenings of The Accountant (followed by Q&A with star Ben Affleck) and Inside Out (including Q&A with producer Jonas Rivera and co-writer/co-director Pete Docter). AutFest at AMC Orange 30, 20 City Blvd. W., Ste. E, Orange, (818) 760-8995; www.autfestasa.com.10 a.m. $15-$200. —SCOTT FEINBLATT

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Since their return four years ago, Pixies have kept a pretty high profile. They’ve toured a bunch, released two new albums and have cycled through a couple of bassists, and now the band kick off their 2017 tour in Southern California, stopping at

the new House of Blues in Anaheim. Last September’s Head Carrier was met by tepid reviews compared to the high standards of the band’s previous releases. Regardless, expect a heavy array of guitars, snarling and killer tunes from this surly outfit, as at this point in their career, it could easily be the last time the Pixies rumble through town. Pixies with Public Access T.V. at the House of Blues at GardenWalk Anaheim, 400 Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, (714) 7782583; www.houseofblues.com/anaheim. 7 p.m. $59. —DANIEL KOHN

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If you weren’t able to attend the Observatory’s Soulquarius and witness one of the most stacked hip-hop and R&B lineups yet, consider tonight a fitting sample of the larger deal. Performing in what might as well count as a mini-festival, DMX will be joined live onstage by Too Short, Ying Yang Twins and Suga Free to offset your midweek doldrums. And while it’s too early to say whether DMX will unleash some new trap beats in his set, the veteran rapper will bring plenty of heat to keep this party lit. DMX, Too Short, Ying Yang Twins and Suga Free at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 9570600; www.observatoryoc.com. 8 p.m. $35. —AIMEE MURILLO


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With the recent success of Sneaky Ole Time, based on the work of songwriter Paul Overstreet, and similar tributes to Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman, why not a musical revue based on the life and songs of the late Roger Miller? The iconic singer, songwriter, actor and composer’s journey arrives onstage in King of the Road:The Roger Miller Story at the Laguna Playhouse. This production, directed by Andrew Barnicle, celebrates the famed Nashville-sound hit-maker who created not only the score for a serious musical based on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but also anthems of easy American fatalism via a darkly innocent fantasy of longvanished hobo freedom, in which a man of no means could pretend, almost joyfully, that he was somehow the king of the road. King of the Road:The Roger Miller Story at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 497-2787; www.lagunaplayhouse. com. 7:30 p.m.Through May 14. $66. —ANDREW TONKOVICH

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For beer snobs, enthusiasts and just anyone who wants to quench their thirst, this celebratory beer and food pairing takes place tonight at Laguna Beach’s Brussels Bistro. As the site of Belgian cuisine in South OC, the Cheers for Beers event places the award-winning Rochefort Trappist brew front and center—and you keep the glass that comes with your order. Complementary dishes prepared to accompany the famous amber ale are available, and expert Marc from Merchant du Vin is on hand to talk about the history and taste behind the beer and brewery, which dates back to the 16th century. All cheers directed toward this exceptional evening are necessary and welcome. Cheers for Beers at Brussels Bistro, 222 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, (949) 3767955; brusselsbistro.com. 4 p.m. Free.

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o say that the new Meizhou Dongpo in Irvine is unlike any other Chinese restaurant in town would be an understatement. The outside resembles something out of a Zhang Yimou wuxia film set in ancient imperial China. The building, which was once a Marie Callender’s, has been transformed into the imposing country fortress of a nobleman, with windows shielded by dark slats of wood and roof tiles that could deflect a rain of arrows. Walk inside—past the hermetically sealed kitchen within which uniformed chefs carve mahogany-skinned ducks into razor-thin slices with the precision of surgeons—and the room opens up into an opulent den, in which ornate lanterns dangle, rows of tassels divide the room and blue mood lighting emanates from hidden LEDs built into the ceiling. If the Maseratis parked outside aren’t the first clue that dinner here can easily tick into the triple digits, the menu should be. It’s as heavy as a yearbook, with glossy pictures for every dish and wordy descriptions that include, in some cases, which famous person ate it. The restaurant’s featured soup is the minced chicken pudding. It’s the very same soup, the menu points out, that President Barack Obama sipped as the guest of honor at a state banquet while in Beijing. Of course, I ordered it. The single-serving cup, which costs $9, contained broth and one snow pea shoot laid atop a white cloud of foam made from egg and chicken. This foam—whose closest cousin can be found in a Jewish matzo ball—instantly disintegrated in my mouth as though poultry-flavored cotton candy. It was wondrously light, unlike anything I’ve ever had. Other dishes also come in small serving bowls, such as the $6 dan-dan noodles, the classic Sichuan street dish swimming in a lip-numbing red-chile oil. Also intended for one person: the $9-a-pop block of quivering Dongpo pork belly braised in soy and ginger sauce. I found it too decadent not to share and consume with lots of rice, which, by the way, costs another $1.50 per bowl. The best (and also least expensive) dish was the steamed pork buns that come two per $5 order— fluffy pillows encasing loose pieces of hog and preserved vegetables that reminded

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me again how good a pork bun could be when made fresh and served hot. However, as the evening wore on, I discovered my enjoyment of each dish became inversely proportional to the price I paid for them. The $16 kung pao chicken—something my Taiwanese dining companion loved when he had it in Meizhou Dongpo’s Wuhan branch— started well. The chicken was velvety, its sauce humming with an addictive vinegary tang. But as the dish cooled, it turned so gloppy that the cornstarch-ladened glaze finally congealed into something resembling glue. Then there were the $17 stir-fried bamboo shoots with whole roasted garlic cloves and cucumber that, upon my first bite, I thought were fresh and crisp. But the more I ate, the more I realized half the pieces were from the fibrous end of the plant. That dish was still better than the $10 black fungus cold plate, which was composed mostly of raw onions. On closer inspection of the shumai—which I initially thought were generously filled with shrimp and pork despite its soggy skin—I realized the liquid pooled inside wasn’t the broth that I’d expect to spurt out of a Din Tai Fung dumpling, but rather plain old grease. It would take two more visits for me to successfully place an order for Meizhou Dongpo’s much-hyped roasted duck. That first night, the sharply suited host

announced to the waiting crowd at about 7:30 p.m. that the kitchen had run out. But after finally scoring the duck on my third visit, I’m unconvinced it was worth the investment. At $70 for a whole bird, it costs nearly twice as much as Capital Seafood’s version across town. In addition to that, it takes another 50 minutes for it to be prepared. What I paid and waited for, I think, was the entire pomp and circumstance of the duck. Heralding its arrival, the bowls of sauce, dipping sugar, and perfectly slivered scallions and cucumbers were placed in a perfect line on my table. And when it finally came, I saw that the sliced duck petals were intricately arranged in an alternating fish-scale pattern on a special duck-shaped plate. But to me, aside from the pretty presentation and the crepe-like pancakes, it tasted like any other Peking duck a fraction of its cost. I wonder if its exorbitance is nothing if not fodder for Meizhou Dongpo’s core audience, mainland Chinese nouveau riche who buy up Irvine’s newest real estate, cash in hand, and whose kids wear more bling than Jay Z. For them, I think Meizhou Dongpo might as well be McDonald’s and that duck an Extra Value Meal. MEIZHOU DONGPO 15363 Culver Dr., Irvine, (949) 433-5686. Call for hours. Dinner for two, $50-$100, food only.

egional chains continue to open in Orange County, drawn by our weather and bucks and Instagram-ready foodies. Some (Raising Cane’s, the Habit) have proven better than others (Can someone tell JimBoy’s Tacos that, while its Parmesan-crusted hard tacos work, they aren’t impressive to a county where taqueros create taco shells out of melted cheese?). But one of the more curious entries is Ike’s Place, a sandwich shop that started in San Francisco’s Castro District and is to Northern California what Sessions is to OC: local sammies done good. Ike’s is overwhelming by design, with hundreds of sandwiches available throughout the chain, each named after a celebrity, an employee, a concept— seemingly anything. And all over the store is a cartoon face of its owner, Ike Shehadeh, a son of Palestinian immigrants (hence, the halal chicken the chain uses) who went from being nearly homeless to opening his shop (the original was so popular that Shehadeh was evicted—no, seriously). It’s a heartwarming story, but this is Orange County, where goodwill and food get tossed out like yesterday’s unused tortillas. Can Ike’s make it, or will it become another Dickey’s Barbecue Pit? Thankfully, Ike’s sandwiches have already caught on in a county tired of Subway and Togo’s. Crowds are inevitable at its three local locations (although nowhere near the hours-long waits of Ike’s original stand), yet the orders come quick—and with a caramel-green apple lollipop for dessert. The base for everything is Dutch Crunch bread, a sugary loaf known in the Bay Area and nowhere else. It’s simultaneously dense yet fluffy, and it doesn’t disintegrate under the torrents of “dirty sauce” (basically garlic aioli and magic) you should request on your order. What to order? You can blindly poke at the wall and find five sandwiches that’ll suit your needs. I’m currently digging the GM (a Fountain Valley exclusive in which teriyaki chicken meshes nicely with Havarti) and the John Wayne (steak, American cheese, and the dirty sauce, all heft and prickliness like the Duke himself). Finally, a reason to praise San Francisco besides Emperor Norton. GARELLANO@OCWEEKLY.COM

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or six glorious weeks at the end of 2015, the best Korean restaurant in Long Beach turned into the city’s best new breakfast café, meaning you could sit inside the underutilized third room at Sura on Atlantic Avenue most mornings and order a daily single-origin cold brew, a cardamom spice latte, or a winter goat cheese and persimmon tartine from Wide Eyes Open Palms (WEOP). The cozy, pop-up café setting suited the WEOP concept well and gave owners Kat McIver and Angie Evans a chance to prove what’s possible when given access to such simple amenities as running water, electricity and a full kitchen. Over the past three years, WEOP has built an impressive following through curated events and weekly appearances at local farmers’ markets, where they served everything from pour-over coffees to tisanes to pastries to toasts with little more than hand-labeled jars of homemade drink blends and a camping stove. Yet from under their little white tent, Evans—the barista behind the specialty coffee and tea selections—and her longtime partner, McIver—a chef who makes nourishing seasonal food from local ingredients—were quietly building toward something greater. That something greater has finally opened: The Wide Eyes Open Palms Cafe, a 10-seat storefront just off Retro Row, teems with good vibes and even-better product. Both women have an extensive history of service in their respective arenas, all of which are on display at the bright, airy new space. McIver spent the better part of a decade cooking her way through the region’s best market-driven community kitchens, working everywhere from Canelé in Atwater Village to Sqirl to Mother’s Market’s in-store restaurants in OC. Originally from the Bay Area, Evans

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is a well-informed coffee and tea nerd who worked at Belmont Heights favorite Viento y Agua for eight years, managing the local shop for six of them. At their new café, McIver makes her spiced cookies, fruited scones and muffins from WEOP’s farmers’ market days, but the menu focuses more on turning local bounty into frittatas, tarts and eggy breakfasts. The small selection of hot food includes several popular dishes—including a soft-boiled egg paired with buttered bread and a Sqirlesque jam and ricotta toast—that were pulled directly from the pop-up days. Evans’ drink menu remains just as expansive and creative as before. Brewed coffee from Four Barrel, Ritual and Kuma hold down the traditional brewed-coffee side, and her signature lattes feature house syrups such as rosemary, molasses agave and cardamom. All six of WEOP’s herbal tisane blends are available as hot or iced drinks, or you can get your herbal kick in the form of a matcha-honey latte, a white peony tea cold brew or a masala-blended chai. The cafe is the culmination of Evans and McIver’s inspiring relationship and a fitting combination of their two lifelong passions. But WEOP is also an ode to their community, which has followed the queer-andproud couple through a lot of iterations, attending pop-ups at juice bars and Korean restaurants, showing up each week at the Bixby Park farmers’ market and waiting, patiently, for the day when WEOP would be blessed with a few simple amenities. WIDE EYES OPEN PALMS CAFE 416 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, (562) 225-2957; www.wideeyesopenpalms.com.


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approach spring break with a bucket list of things to try, including a sexy dance contest. The girls take turns dancing erotically while onstage, as the crowd chants to take their top off. In an upsetting twist, the contest MC cheers along and eggs each girl to take her top off—after reassuring the contestants backstage he wouldn’t pressure them to do so only moments prior. While universities struggle to protect students from campus rape and narratives of college rapists being acquitted for sex crimes persist, it’s Nolot’s goal to screen Liberated at these spaces to enlighten and inform students on this ongoing phenomenon. He also wants to raise conversations on where we’re at, sex-wise, as a culture, as well as how to break out of the molds of gender and sexuality. “The hope is,” Nolot says, “to adopt an empathetic way of being in the world so that we can truly be free.” LIBERATED: THE NEW SEXUAL REVOLUTION was directed by Benjamin Nolot. Screens as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival at the Lido Theatre, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach; www.newportbeachfilmfest.com. Sat., 8 p.m. $15.

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look at college hookup culture. “Our goal in starting the project was to film many aspects of the sexual culture today, and we actually did,” he says. “We also shot footage discussing slut shaming, bikini baristas and the porn industry. We got back and came across all this footage of girls being groped and felt like, ‘We need to go back.’ “It felt like this was the story we needed to tell,” he adds. “When we tried to edit in other scenes, it just felt like it was deviating from this storyline.” It took Nolot and his team more than four years to produce Liberated, having to wait every year to return to a new spring break—and in the end, it was a smart decision. Expert sociologists and authors on modern dating weigh in on the topic, but being immersed in B-roll footage and man-on-the-street interviews with partygoers is the most convincing proof of the film’s greater points. Following along with various groups of young men and women, we’re fully absorbed into the frank, transactional nature of hooking up, no Tinder or dating apps required. “So it’s basically like, ‘Hi, how ya doin’? . . . Wanna have sex?’” Nolot asks a group of Milwaukee students. “We’re not that smooth,” they respond.

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ampant casual sex among swaths of young people is nothing new—there was plenty of free love in the ’60s, no? But Benjamin Nolot’s documentary Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution warns us that the current crop of college students are so immersed in media and pornography that when it comes to sex, it’s not just about free love anymore—sex is now just free. Liberated focuses on the mating habits of heterosexual, cisgender college students, only magnified through the promiscuous, anything-goes environment of spring break at various travel destinations such as Florida and Cancún. Hedonistic sex and heavy drinking go down as easy as Jell-O shots there, of course. But there’s something more sinister afoot that isn’t shown on television. Sexual assault, violence, rape and harassment happen frequently to young women who only want to party on the beach and have a good time. Even Nolot—who had previously made a film on sexual slavery and advocates for causes looking to end human trafficking in his home base of Missouri—was shocked by the nastiness. It caused him to rethink his original project, which was a broader

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Jurassic Recall Patrimonio. You have two chances to see Sarah Teale and Lisa F. Jackson’s documentary about locals banding together to save their way of life and delicate ecosystem when a multibillion-dollar American mega hotel and condo project is poised to engulf a small coastal community in Mexico. UC Irvine, Humanities Gateway 1070, McCormick Screening Room, West Peltason and Campus drives, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Thurs., April 20. Courtyard reception, 5:15 p.m.; screening, 6 p.m. Free and open to the public; Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Norma Kershaw Auditorium, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3677. Sun., 1:30 p.m. $6. Tomboy. French director Céline Sciamma’s tender childhood drama is about a little girl’s innocent deception quickly snowballing into something that gradually becomes a crucial component of her identity. Chapman University, Argyros Forum 119A, 1 University Dr., Orange; events.chapman.edu. Thurs., April 20, 6:30 p.m. Free. Memory Keepers. Before World War II, the Jewish community flourished in Sighet, Romania, where important Jewish thinkers such as Elie Wiesel were nourished. But in May 1944, the vibrant city was devastated as 13,000 men, women and children were deported to Auschwitz. Chapman University, Memorial Hall, Orange, (714) 532-7760. Thurs., April 20, 7 p.m.

Free, but call to reserve a seat. Sunset Boulevard. From the mind of Billy Wilder comes one of the best skewerings of Hollywood and fame. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971. Thurs., April 20, 7 p.m. Free with museum admission. Easy Street and The Rink. The return of Silent Film Night features these Charlie Chaplin flickers as originally intended: accompanied by live, periodcorrect music. The Exhibition Room, 1117 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, (562) 826-2940. Thurs., April 20, 8 p.m. $30. Up In Smoke. Cheech & Chong’s hilarious breakout comedy from 1978 is presented in celebration of 4/20 and on 4/20—but not at 4:20. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., April 20, 8 p.m. $13-$15. Total Recall. OC Weekly’s Friday Night Freakouts continue with a 4K restoration of this 1990 Paul Verhoeven mindbender that is based on sometimesOrange County resident Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.” The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m. $7-$10. Eugene Onegin. The Met: Live In HD series, which simulcasts into movie theaters nationwide, presents Tchaikovsky’s opera sung in Russian with English subtitles. During intermission, interviews with cast, crew and production teams take you backstage. AMC Marina Pacifica, 6346 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 430-8790; AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd.

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W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 4627342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342; fathomevents.com. Sat., 9:55 a.m.; Wed., 6:30 p.m. $18-$24. AutFest Film Festival. The Autism Society presents the first film festival celebrating autism awareness “from spectrum to screen.” Films at AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets; www.autfestasa.com. Sat., 10 a.m.; Sun., noon. $10. Closing Ceremony VIP Reception at Cafe Tu Tu Tango at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange; www. autfestasa.com. Sun., 8 p.m. $200. I Am the Blues. Take a musical journey

through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and moonshine-soaked barbecues in the North Mississippi Hill Country to hear blues musicians—rooted in the genre’s heyday and many in their 80s—still living in the Deep South and touring the Chitlin Circuit. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $8:50-$11:50. The Graduate. Mike Nichols’ 1967 picture captured the mood of a generation and catapulted Dustin Hoffman to super-stardom. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 5329558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 4627342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; fathomevents.com. Sun. & Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. $12.50. Jurassic Park. It’s an outdoor screening of Steven Spielberg’s massive

blockbuster of 1993. Parking structure, Fifth and Spurgeon streets, Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Free. Tenemos la Carne (We Are the Flesh). Emiliano Rocha Minter’s mind-blowing, disturbing, polarizing, shocking, mesmerizing and altogether-original, surreal, art-house puzzler has a young brother and sister roaming an apocalyptic city looking for food and shelter. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues. & Thurs., April 27, 9:30 p.m. $7-$10. Silenced. Also known as The Crucible, this film is based on a novel depicting actual events that took place at Gwangju Inhwa School for the hearingimpaired in South Korea. UC Irvine, Humanities Gateway 1010, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Tues., 5 p.m. Free. The Bridge: Pathways to a TraumaInformed Community. The Guidance Center presents this screening that includes interviews with its Long Beach and Catalina Island clients, who are families and disadvantaged children dealing with abuse and mental illness. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Wed., 6 p.m. Free. The African Queen. A gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain (Humphrey Bogart) in Africa is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary (Katharine Hepburn) to use his boat to attack an enemy warship during World War II in this 1951 John Huston classic that was apparently hell to make. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 5575701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9. MCOKER@OCWEEKLY.COM


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Wake and Bake Mug: Sorry, Folgers, but this Wake and Bake mug lets you know what’s really the best part of waking up. The ceramic, appropriately green mug allows you to not only drink your coffee, but also bake away, with a built-in pipe in which to stick your nugs. Available at Deelux, 209 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 760-4801; mydeelux.com. Roach Stones: The worst thing about smoking blunts is trying to finish one to the very end while not burning your fingers or lips. Roach Stones are made from real, smoothed stone and are handier and more helpful than regular clips; just insert through one end and smoke out the hole in the other. Available via www.marijuanapackaging.com. Stoner’s Coloring Book: Adult coloring books have been around awhile; creator Jared Hoffman just ups the ante. Nine different artists provided more than 40 illustrations, ranging from nature and animals to erratic shapes and designs to intricately detailed, endless mazes. It’s time to test the theory of creating under the influence! Also available at Deelux. AMURILLO@OCWEEKLY.COM

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nitially, I chalked up the colorful gouges in the hallway plaster near the administrative offices of Grand Central Art Center to some sort of renovation. But on closer examination, I saw they weren’t part of a clumsy patch job still requiring a coat of paint, but rather artist-in-residence Trinh Mai’s unexpectedly visceral “War Wounds.” Caught by surprise, the scarred and suppurating walls she created shoved me headfirst into a host of thoughtful contemporary issues that continue to resonate two weeks later. Layers of cloth have been plastered into several spots. The materials have been sliced and frayed as though they’re the victim of a knife-wielding slasher, with stringy, ripped edges symbolizing torn flesh. Some are tinged with green to suggest infection, with a yellow residue, reminiscent of pus, staining the area below the open lacerations. Looked at another way, the gashes are also tiny mouths, violated vulvas or a literal wailing wall of damaged, weeping eyes. The scraps of cloth making up the wounds are different colors, many not overtly resembling flesh at all, yet successfully suggesting scar tissue captured at different moments of healing. The fresh reds and pinks reminding of newly damaged meat, and the beiges and yellows and browns of older, scabbed-over skin. The tiny sutures the artist has added to many of the pieces make it even more unsettling, since it’s the last thing you would expect to see. None of this is as grotesque as my words may suggest; Trinh’s work is humane, poetic, more suggestive than explicit. That she’s able to create this reaction with an inanimate object is much to her credit. The wall feels alive, in pain, driving our compassion to reach out and stroke it with our fingers, hoping to alleviate some of its suffering, but coming up short against its implacable continuity of drywall and necrotic “skin.” The artist maintains that wounding is often necessary for change, the pain unwelcome but inevitable if transformation is to happen. The simplicity of her work reminds one of many recent horrors: uprooted refugees, the Mother of All Bombs, crocodile tears over gassed babies, lip service to various freedoms, the poisoned wall of bigotry, divisions within our own coun-

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A guide to pairing drugs and music at Coachella 2017 By AdAm Lovinus

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ho’s getting fucked-up at Coachella this year? You are! I see you. Party with Molly and Mary Jane— that’s all well and good—but what if you want to get fucked-up like they did in the 1970s? You know, Cheech and Chongstyle, with some panache and variety. Deliriants, exotic pharmaceuticals, barbiturates (are those still around?), uppers, psychedelics—all the good shit our parents consumed for fun back in the day. Mom and Dad went balls-out; you don’t even know the extent of it. Go hard, or stay home—and if you do stay home, go hard on the couch while watching the video streams. That’s the attitude this year. This Coachella lineup has potential for an epic binge weekend, as all festivals do, but you have to know what you’re doing. Don’t just drop a capsule of MDMA, walk around and see what happens. That’s a waste of good drugs. Plan out your consumption and be deliberate! Find the right trip at the right time, and you will transcend the transcendental Coachella Music & Arts Festival. Or you’ll spew bile. Probably both. Remember that your trip is short, so leave it all on the polo field: mind, soul, bodily fluids—no retreat, no surrender, no regrets. Inebriate with a free spirit. Your journey is your own; the pairing suggestions here are but one route you may take.

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California, so party like Andre Agassi. It’s game time. Set a nasty little shard in a glass “incense burner,” then light a match. Now you’re playing from the baseline. Hold on tight and dig in—slick tracks from Tennis’ brand-new record, Yours Conditionally, will guide the way. Mac DeMarco & Xanax and cigarettes: Drop a bar and chill out because it’s about to get smooth. You don’t normally smoke cigs, but something about DeMarco in the evening sun brings out the Michael McDonald in you. A nicotine head rush pairs wonderfully with the woozy grooves from DeMarco’s latest, On the Level. Mac Miller & cough syrup with codeine and cannabis indica: It is never too early to

break out the lean. Mac Miller’s confessed drug of choice fits the slow, screwed vibe of New Faces Version Two, featuring Earl Sweatshirt, who is lurking around the polo grounds somewhere. Spark an indica joint waiting for the drank to take hold and prepare for a sticky, downtempo sleepwalk as the sun fades. You can’t fight

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the feeling . . . yes, indeed. Radiohead & psilocybin mushrooms and gin: If you’re on the couch, brew an eighth

of fungus into a thermos of Earl Gray, then drink it down while praying for Kid A tracks during your peak. Nip at a gin drink to stave off the fear; should the band venture into Hail to the Thief, start slamming liquor to quell the brutish realities of the impending apocalypse. Richie Hawtin & MDMA: Richie Hawtin armed himself with an experimental light show designed to knock your brain chemicals into your sinuses. If you’re going to be a puddle of serotonin for one set, this is probably it. SATURDAY Local Natives & IPA and cloves: It’s nostal-

gia time. Turn back the clock eight years to when the Local Natives left OC for a grimier, more affordable Echo Park and won the hearts of hip kids worldwide. Become wistful while reminiscing of LA

during the height of the recession. Let the soft harmonies and memories of shitty coffee and shittier wi-fi wash over you.

drug of choice with her current obsession—a recipe for a big-time Saturday finale.

Chicano Batman & tequila and cannabis sativa: Roll a doob, take a dab, and pound

SUNDAY Lee Reynolds & LSD-25: The OG of the

a few Cuervo shots to discover the proper headspace for horchata-flavored psych rock. You won’t find this type of buzz anywhere but here. Gozando mucho! DREAMCAR & amphetamine and Klonopin: About as straight-edge as they come,

DREAMCAR is AFI’s Davey Havok fronting a Gwen-less No Doubt. If vegans can eat burritos, you can try out an abstinence substitute in the same spirit. Rail a bunch of speed, then cancel it out with a benzo. It’s like the drugs version of seitan.

Lady Gaga & cocaine and cannabis sativa:

Maybe you get high, but you don’t puff tough like Lady Gaga, who disclosed she has a 20-joints-per-day marijuana habit in a recent interview. She chain-smokes joints like you would a pack of Marlboro Reds with a snout full of blow. Combine Gaga’s former

Coachella DJs deserves the OG of festival drugs. The co-founder of the Desert Hearts record label, Reynolds has a million weird stories to tell, and he’s been known to regale audiences between tracks in his classic house set at the trip-friendly Lab stage

Skepta & oxycodone and methylphenidate:

I can’t think of anything that goes better with a grimy London rap set than a filthy little synthetic speedball. Bottoms up! Hans Zimmer & Valium and box wine: A night out at the symphony at the polo grounds? You’d be well-suited to bring mother’s little helper to this mom party. It’s not drugs, just a little something to take the edge off. Feel that desert breeze! You’re Simba romping across the savannah while chatting about your favorite Bruckheimer films. LETTERS@OCWEEKLY.COM


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No Doubt/AFI supergroup DREAMCAR bring their ultra-’80s vibe to Indio By Daniel Kohn

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t’s nearly impossible for any musician to do anything under the radar in the social-media age. Yet, for nearly two years, Davey Havok, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont would practice quietly and away from the public eye without word trickling out. “Honestly, we didn’t want to tell anyone besides our significant TONY, TONY! others,” Kanal says. “They did have to know where we were going every day,” he continues, laughing. “We didn’t want to tell anyone because we didn’t know what was going to come of this. It could have been a couple of months and like, ‘Eh, it’s not working or making sense.’ It was more of that and ‘Let’s see where it goes.’” DREAMCAR officially formed in 2014 following an offer to Havok that was made over dinner in Los Angeles. The outfit quietly carved out material while balancing the schedules of their day jobs. For Havok, that meant adding another side project to his work with AFI. “He is the busiest man in show business,” Kanal says of the singer. “He is such a prolific and dedicated artist who works on so much stuff. When he shows up, though, he’s so committed, and it’s amazing what he can accomplish.” No Doubt and AFI shot to prominence around the same time in the mid-’90s, but it wasn’t until 2012, when Havok’s other side project, Blaqk Audio, opened for No Doubt at the Universal Amphitheater, that the singer and the men of No Doubt got to know one another. “We’ve always known how dynamic of a performer he is,” Kanal says. “So when the idea sparked, it was like, ‘Hey, let’s get in touch with Davey and see if he’d be interested in working on music with us.’ That stemmed out of those realizations that he’s such a great performer, lyricist, songwriter and artist.” The budding quartet’s moniker proved to be trickier than expected, says Kanal. “Every name was taken, and you can find that out by Googling,” he quips. “Every time we came up with a name, it was like, ‘Yep, of course that’s gone.’ That’s why

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people have to make up brand-new words to find something that hasn’t been used yet. Names are subjective, and for us, it makes sense.” Though it was almost three years from conception to album release, the recording, mixing and mastering took about two to three months in real time. Of the 25 to 30 demos and ideas they worked on, 12 will appear on DREAMCAR, which will be released next month. Having played in a band together for nearly 30 years, it was easy for the rhythm section to compose songs without a set plan for a specific sound. The initial four tracks they gave Havok were sent back immediately and enthusiastically within a few days. (All four of those made the record.) By the time the group dropped by KROQ’s Kevin & Bean show in March to reveal their first single, the ’80s new wave-infused “Kill for Candy,” the quartet were ready to embrace the spotlight. Since then, DREAMCAR have been gearing up for a busy year of touring— even with AFI still on the road behind their latest album. “Being able to work without anyone knowing, or any expectations or having anyone to bounce stuff off, it was really liberating,” Kanal says. “There was nothing challenging about this process. It was just us making music together, and for that creative space to happen is really rare.” DREAMCAR perform at Coachella Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club, 81800 Ave. 51, Indio, (760) 342-2762; www.coachella.com. Sat., 7:15 p.m. Sold out. All ages.


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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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Computer Network Support Specialist (Irvine, CA). Analyze network data to improve website functionality, define network usage and server function. Bachelor’s or higher degree in computer science. 1 year experience. Experience may be completed before or after university degree. Resume to Allen Anthonysamy, SOLO Business Systems, Inc., 15041-A Bake Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618.

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Certified Public Accountant (Irvine, CA) Perform financial statement audits for CPA firm clients. California CPA license req'd. Resume to: PK LLP, 2100 Main St., #200, Irvine, CA 92614.

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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