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alifornia is gearing up for legalized recreational marijuana come New Year’s Day 2018, but for most Orange County municipalities, that deadline is hardly being celebrated. Instead, many cities have either already banned cannabis dispensaries or are in the process of doing so. As of now, Santa Ana and Long Beach are the only local places to permit medicalcannabis dispensaries to operate, but they are likely to implement regulations allowing for the sale of recreational cannabis. Meanwhile, cities such as Anaheim, Garden Grove and Laguna Beach are working on reinstating their bans. Stanton is just the latest in OC to crack down—again—on cannabis clubs. At 4:20 p.m. on April 25, nearly 60 demonstrators gathered just south of Magnolia on Katella Avenue in front of Green Tree Remedy, a dispensary the city shut down on April 20, the so-called international day of weed. The protesters—mostly patients and employees of the dispensary—held up colorful signs reading, “Dispensaries Are Not Dealers” and, “Cannabis Treats My PTSD.” Cars driving on Katella honked in support of their cause as the group marched toward Stanton City Hall. The Stanton City Council is solidly anticannabis. It views medical-marijuana clinics as a nuisance and would rather people travel to other cities to get medication, even if those dispensaries are illegal. According to a press release drafted by the city, law enforcement raided the dispensary because it wanted to send a “clear message of zero tolerance for illegal businesses.” The release also stated that Green Tree Remedy was operating without a business license; Orange County cannabis attorney Matthew Pappas claims the dispensary has applied and reapplied for a business license, and it has been repeatedly denied. Pappas’ law office submitted a completed ballot initiative, including more than 3,000 collected signatures, to the city of Stanton in early April. Soon after, Green Tree Remedy was raided, with 70.8 pounds of cannabis seized and extensive damage done to the facility, including a small grow operation in the back of the building. Demonstrators gathered in front of City Hall as Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Everything’s Going to be Alright” played over a Bluetooth speaker. Promptly at 6:30 p.m., demonstrators flooded the council chambers, filling every available seat and standing in the back. David Finer, a Stanton resident, was one of the first to speak during public comments. “There are tons of collectives in the city, so why only shut down one?” he asked. “And of all the

ones to shut down, you guys shut down the biggest one. . . . There’s really no reason to get rid of a dispensary that’s bringing in money to your city. Why wouldn’t you want that revenue going to the different programs that you’ve talked about?” That same night in Anaheim, the City Council there adopted a draconian ordinance to ensure no legal cannabis businesses or outdoor cultivation operations occur within the city. But this is nothing new for the home to the Happiest Place On Earth: From the time medical-marijuana dispensaries arrived in Orange County, Anaheim has taken the position that all such operations are detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare of residents. According to the City Council Staff Report, Anaheim first banned dispensaries in 2007; the city was immediately sued as a result. The case hindered its ability to enforce the ban, causing the number of dispensaries to grow. With that, the number of complaints regarding dispensaries also increased. Then in 2011, the city implemented an urgent moratorium on dispensaries that lasted two years. In 2013, Anaheim extended the prohibition to include delivery services. A year later, the California courts decided the city has the right to ban cannabis. Even when the state passed the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) in 2015, the city forbade the cultivation and processing of marijuana—two aspects the MCRSA addresses that Anaheim’s original prohibition didn’t cover. With the application of Proposition 64 on the horizon, Anaheim has taken further steps: The cultivation, possession, manufacturing, distribution, processing, storing, laboratory testing, labeling, transporting, delivery, trade or sale of marijuana is now banned. The proposed ordinance also prohibits the outdoor cultivation of marijuana, which would include any activity involving the planting, growing, harvesting, drying, curing, grading, or trimming of the plant that is not within a fully enclosed and secure structure, according to the city’s Agenda Report. Councilwoman Kris Murray claimed kids with skateboards go in and out of dispensaries, insinuating the city’s youth is participating in drug use and causing problems. “This is more of a moratorium than a permanent ordinance,” noted Mayor Tom Tait, five hours into the meeting. The council voted 7-0 to introduce it. But Anaheim isn’t the only city to ban cannabis outright. On April 11, Laguna Beach passed a law prohibiting dispensaries, commercial cultivation and outdoor growing in response to Prop. 64. You can,

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however, grow a maximum of six plants for personal use inside private, locked homes as long as they can’t be seen from the outside. This follows last November’s failed ballot initiative that would’ve allowed two medical-cannabis dispensaries. Garden Grove is another city that’s teeter-tottering on the issue. On April 20, the planning commission met to discuss repealing the current ban on cannabis. Last November, voters in Costa Mesa were faced with three different cannabisrelated initiatives; of them, Measure X won, allowing for the testing, manufacturing, distribution, processing, and research and development of medical marijuana. The city doesn’t allow for the cultivation or retail sale of medical cannabis—yet, anyway. But as of April 18, the Costa Mesa City Council decided anyone planning to open a business that aligns with Measure X will have to acquire a medical-marijuana busi-

ness permit, which is said to cost $21,525, as well as a conditional-use permit that’ll cost $27,508 and require approval from the Costa Mesa Planning Commission. Orange County doesn’t make it easy for patients to have safe or convenient access to medical cannabis—even in cities such as Stanton, where 22 percent of residents signed a petition for the implementation of a legalization ordinance. “Medical marijuana has been [in Orange County] since 1996,” says Jennifer McGrath, an Orange County cannabis attorney. “And in fact, under [Prop. 64], it’s assuredly not going anywhere. . . . Not dealing with it or avoiding implementing it into your city is not the answer.” MCARREON@OCWEEKLY.COM

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» gustavo arellano DEAR MEXICAN: What do you think of the affirmative action in the education system? I know the politicians and educators deny this, but we all know it’s happening. All the yellow and white kids have to work their asses off to gain admittance in a competitive school such as UCLA or UC Berkeley. With Mexicans, all you’ve got to do is beat or match the average whitey or chino, and you’re there! School officials argue this is to help the minorities reach the top. Well, hello, you wabs are hardly minorities in the U.S. According to recent Census forecasts, you guys will BE the majority in a couple of years! And with the rate at which you guys have sex without birth control, we could be looking at next year! La China de Garbage Grove DEAR CHINITA FROM GARDEN GROVE: The Mexican has always opposed race-based affirmative action because studies have long shown gabachos benefit from such programs the most, not racial and ethnic minorities. I favor a classconscious approach: The son of a third-generation Kentucky coal miner deserves financial aid and opportunities more than some fresa whose family owns agave fields in Los Altos de Jalisco, you know? That said, your complaint is just as racist as you say affirmative action is. It’s based on a false premise that Mexicans who benefit from affirmative action somehow don’t work as hard as Asian Americans who aren’t eligible. And you know this how? You don’t. The straw man used by affirmative-action opponents that stupid Mexican and black students are taking college slots away from deserving Asian Americans is Trumpism at its finest—take a “model” minority and use them to bash others. I don’t run a university, but my understanding of why administrators want diversity is they want coeds to learn alongside a representation of all America, not just elites and eggheads. So let the undocumented Chicanos who went to a shitty public school and have two parents with

grade-school educations in Mexico and work three jobs to barely make rent in a one-bedroom they share with two other families teach your overachieving ass a bit about life—you might be surprised what you learn, if your arrogance allows it. P.S. Nice of you to assimilate so much into America that you’re using the same Yellow Peril bullshit rhetoric gabachos used against the Chinese back in the day—progress! DEAR MEXICAN: I’m a gabacho who, by virtue of my Mexican stepfather, has a Mexican last name. Ironically, while my fellow gabachos never bother me about this, I get grief from Mexicans all the time. It usually happens in service situations in which I’m paying with a credit card that reveals my family name. In these cases, Mexican waiters and cashiers will frequently subject me to such indignities as having me produce multiple forms of ID, interrogating me as to my genealogy, or glaring cruelly at my blondhaired, blue-eyed daughter and pointing out the obvious: “She doesn’t look like a Mexican!” The way I see it, I’m a perfect example of 21stcentury ethnic diversity, but the Mexicans treat me and my beautiful familia like turds floating in their gene pool. ¿Por que? In college, my leftleaning professors had us all convinced that only gabachos were capable of racism and prejudice. I’m starting to think they might have been wrong. Burrito With Imitation Bean Filling DEAR GABACHO: Of course Mexicans can be racist—look how we treat Guatemalans. So why are you surprised? Because a leftist professor told you otherwise? Leftist professors also write eloquently and incisively, but you sure didn’t pick up on THAT. . . . ASK THE MEXICAN at themexican@askamexican.net, be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, or ask him a video question at youtube.com/askamexicano!

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s I walked through the Loop at the Orange County Central Jail in Santa Ana, I wondered, “Does it always smell this bad in here?” I was going to spend a month here, thanks to a stupid thing I did—and it already sucked. Loud shouts and catcalls greeted me and other new inmates as we passed through the men’s section on our way to the Central Women’s pen. The air was stale. My handcuffs were heavy and felt like ice. I couldn’t walk too fast or too slow because I was cuffed to a woman behind me and in front of me. And jailhouse deputies looked at us, just waiting for an excuse to scream. But that smell! It was a bouquet of back alleys and vomit, piss and shit, general B.O. and used tampons. Open toilets in the cells added more unspeakable stinks. I wanted to gag. Then a guard replied to what I hadn’t meant to wonder aloud: “Yes, you just get used to it.”

Oh, shit. The guard wasn’t happy. It was going to be a long time. I had no expectations of what I’d encounter during my stint at the OC Women’s Jail. I’m a working-class college student with no priors and no family members or friends who knew about life inside. All I knew was what they show on Orange Is the New Black, as well as that OC’s jails are fucked-up under Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. But now that I’m out, I can say that jail is far worse than what the media depicts or you can ever imagine. It’s a place that constantly kicks you down. It’s not just your freedom that gets taken away; everything that makes you human is threatened every minute. Dignity? Leave it outside. Comfort? Please. All you can hope for is to get out without being assaulted, whether by inmates or deputies. And that smell? BARF!

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DAY 1

Before you get assigned a bed, they move you from holding cell to holding cell, each crammed with 15 to 20 women. Many of them lay on the concrete floor, their bodies jolting and shaking as they withdraw from drugs. The deputies do nothing. I’m assigned to Tank 5. My jailhouse clothes include black knee-high socks, used white underwear that goes up to my belly button, a used white sports bra with a brown stain from armpit sweat, a T-shirt, a ratty navy-blue smock, rattier navy-blue pants, and slide-on sandals. I don’t get to my bunk until around 1 a.m.—12 hours after the judge sentenced me. There’s a gal above me, and one on each side. Only 380 women are allowed in Central at any given time, but it always feels triple that amount. I hit it off with Adri, a 45-year-old Chicana who has been to jail more than 10 times. “Look,” she says in Spanish as she pulls a dime from deep inside her bra. She sneaks it in every time she’s in. “So you can see that the security system here vale madre”—it’s shit. We laugh, and she puts the dime back in. A deputy orders me to make my bed; it’s a thin, hard mattress with two sheets and a wool blanket. There’s no pillow; those cost $4 at the commissary and are hard and small. I end up sleeping in my clothes and using the nightgown I was given (really just an oversized T-shirt) as a pillow throughout my stint, even though that’s technically illegal—but no one notices. I normally sleep with sounds of nature on my Pandora station—bird chirps, gentle waves, rainfall. Not tonight. Screams ring out around me, along with the clang of cells shutting and other women vomiting. This will be my soundtrack for a month.

DAY 2

“COUNT TIME COUNT TIME EVERYONE GET UP COUNT TIME.” That would be my daily 4 a.m. wakeup, and I eventually got used to it. But on that first morning, it’s a nasty jolt. The nightmare was real. Breakfast: soggy scrambled eggs, cheese, mayonnaise and mustard. I had just started to stomach the food when a deputy announces, “Five minutes.” Suddenly, all the girls begin to shove food in their mouths as if they were in an eating contest. Guards count down the clock by the minute, as two of them walk around to make sure we don’t take food to our bunks. “Pull your pants down!” one barks at an older lady. “NOW!” She complies; a bologna sandwich is tucked between her crotch and underwear. All the deputies laugh—but not us inmates. I go back to my tank; my cellmates are waiting for me. Earlier, Brenda, a 22-yearold heroin addict covered in tattoos, had blown baby powder around the tank to take away the smell, if even for just a moment. They give me a quick rundown about how things work in their tank and

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who’s who. They also show me some American Sign Language because some officers don’t allow us to communicate with one another. Everyone’s nice to me so far. Brenda shares the jalapeño bean burrito and doughnuts that she bought from the commissary; I’ll share my dinner with her in return. Another girl offers me peanuts. Miriam, a Vietnamese gangster, says I resemble Jessica Alba—thanks! Maybe it won’t be that bad, I think. But later on, I’ll discover everyone’s treating me nicely because they think I have drugs.

DAY 3

Mousy is the “tank runner,” the prisoner whose orders we must follow. She assigns us daily chores such as toilet duty and folding clothes, and she hands out medical slips and “snivels,” papers to write down concerns or requests for deputies. My first assigned duty: sweep and mop the day room. “Do your job right, truck,” she tells the other girls, using prison slang for someone who doesn’t do their chores well. She’s tough but fair. “Make sure to go under the bunks,” she tells me as she nods in approval. After that, she allows me to choose which chore I want; mopping and sweeping become my Zen. For lunch, we get a “sack lunch”—a brown bag filled with food worse than what you get at the cafeteria. If you don’t behave or look at a deputy funny, you’re given a sack lunch (also known as “sack nasties”) for chow as punishment. It’s always the same meal: a squished sandwich filled with mayo, mustard and soy meat; sweet cookies; and a fruit powder for which you have to buy a $3 cup to

make it into a punch. It’s as if they want us to get fat and lazy here. I turn in a snivel to take educational classes, but Mousy tells me it might take a while to get accepted. So I join a Bible study group—no wait time for that. Most girls join because they give you the Good Book and a mini No. 2 pencil that you can take back to your bunk, which the girls then use to write in and smuggle notes to other people.

DAY 8

I wake up crying. I’m worried and missing everything that jail took away. I talk to my mom as much as I can, but it’s expensive— a buck per minute—and hearing her talk about her issues makes me feel desolate. Back at the bunk, I’m talking to Adri when Brenda screams at me to go to the day room because she’s trying to sleep. I keep talking. A couple of days before, Mousy had lent me her deck of cards so Brenda and I could play, but Mousy got pissed because the joker was bent, as if someone used it to snort drugs. I don’t use, I tell Mousy, and Brenda was the one who put them away. Brenda denies messing up the card, so I tell Mousy that I’d buy a new deck, just so everyone will calm down. Brenda gets up and begins to talk shit about me to Miriam and Betty, a short, big white girl. “Yes, I’m talking about you,” Brenda yells when she sees me maddogging her. “I don’t give a shit about a card, bitch,” I yell back. Bad move. Brenda and Betty tell me to meet in the bathroom. It’s the only place in jail that doesn’t have cameras, so girls fight there. The deputies know this; they

tell us to “handle our scandals” in there so it won’t disrupt them or make them do extra work. I never wanted any confrontation here, but the anger, sadness, loneliness and desperation have built up. It’s on. Mousy tells the two that only one of them can fight me—only thieves and snitches get jumped. Brenda has the real beef with me, so we walk to the bathroom and begin to brawl. We’re the same age, but Brenda is a lot bigger and taller. It doesn’t matter; I corner her, and she never lands a punch. Patty, a 6-foot, 200-plus-pound lesbian, tells us to stop. I continue to swing, and Patty roars, “Let her go, dick!” She pushes me back. I’m done. Patty tends to Brenda, her lover. I walk out with my head high. When she finally comes out, Brenda looks at no one and says nothing as she takes a walk of shame to her bunk. “So what’s up—you next?” Mousy asks Betty, who stays quiet. I don’t. “I’d rather squash this shit,” I tell Mousy. “Don’t talk to me or about me, and I won’t talk to you—it’s that simple.” Betty nods. Everyone had gathered outside the restroom to see who would come out first. They smile at me, shake my hand and throw out high-fives. Everyone stays up to talk about the fight, saying how they never expected me to fight like that. All the while, I lie in my bed, pretending to sleep—and smiling.

DAY 10

I submit another snivel for those educational classes. Deputies love to remind us that everything we eat and do—working out, reading the Bible, talking, writing, singing—is a privilege granted by them that they can take away. The deputies will punish us for the silliest of things; it’s as if they want us to be miserable walking zombies so they have company. If you make eye contact with them, they’ll say, “What are you looking at?” If you smile or laugh in their direction, they’ll snap, “What’s so funny? Want a sack lunch?” If you look at yourself in the mirror on the way to the cafeteria, you’ll get yelled at and written up. I was yelled at for walking too slow as well as too fast. I was yelled at for having my hands in my pockets after chow as well as walking with my hands behind my back. You can never win. Today, Mousy tells our tank something that leaves me disgusted for the rest of my stint. “Ladies!” she announces. “Whoever is cleaning the showers is doing a shitty job!” Fungus is building up in the shower stalls. Even worse, maggots infest the shower mats. Mousy walks over to the restroom and lifts a thick, black, rubber mat off the ground. With toilet paper, she grabs a black, penny-sized maggot. “Who is going to clean them next?” Everyone looks at one another until a girl called Monkey volunteers, which makes everyone happy. She says she enjoys cleaning the restroom, but she never gives an explanation.

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Sunday is Pancake Day—the only meal we all look forward to because they actually taste like pancakes. The rest of the day is uneventful until 10 p.m., when the tank above mine gets “tossed”—a random search. Deputies order the girls to put their hands over their heads, undress, get into their jail uniforms, and walk to the day room one by one. The deputies then start to flip mattresses and throw out contraband: food from the cafeteria, any fruit, pictures or drawings on the wall, newspaper clippings, stickers from fruits, and any art inmates have made. Anyone caught with contraband not only gets it confiscated, but they also get written up, which means the guilty must do chores between midnight and 3 a.m. We stay quiet; otherwise, we’ll get tossed, too.

DAY 13

Whenever we leave our bunk, we have to scan our ID card to get marked; it’s the same when we come back. The card contains basic information: name, inmate number, picture and a bar scan. When it’s my turn to scan my ID, I tell the deputy I don’t have a bar code, so she tells me to just pretend I do. I pass the ID through the scanner and fake a beep noise. “Are you being a smart-ass?” the deputy barks at me. I wasn’t, but she sends me to the back of the line. Bitch. After chow, I’m sleeping in my bunk when a sergeant inspecting deputies for the day asks to see my ID. My booking number, originally written in Sharpie, has faded. “How long have you had it like this?” he asks. The sergeant is so nice and polite—I’m shocked. “Two weeks, sir,” I reply. “Really?” He sounds surprised. “And they haven’t told you anything?” “No.” He shakes his head and walks away. About 30 minutes later, I get a new ID. “Wow,” I overhear one deputy say to another. “I can’t believe she’s been here for two weeks like that, and no one had done anything.” Later, I sculpt a Hello Kitty out of soap, which all the girls in the tank love. Some even offer to trade their commissary for it. But after dinner, we are being too loud, so deputies toss our tank. Goodbye, Hello Kitty soap.

DAY 15

Halfway done. By now, many of the girls have noticed I can draw well and braid hair, so they give me pictures of their kids to draw and ask me to braid their hair. I do my first portrait for a lady called Miss K. Any woman older than 50 gets called “Miss” out of respect. Miss K won’t talk to anyone, but I try to chat with her when she asks for my services. Turns out she has a 20-year-old

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DAY 17

I get a sack lunch today because I stood too close to a deputy. In jail, we have to learn to live without the small comforts of everyday life, so women get down with their DIY. When our pencils get too small to hold, we fold cardboard and use the sticky label of a deodorant to tape it together. We play bowling using empty toilet-paper rolls and hardened balls of toilet paper. Makeup is illegal, but ladies use pencils to draw in their eyebrows and M&M’s or fruit powder to stain their lips. Gotta look pretty, you know? We have a TV in the break room, but we can’t pick what we want to see; nine times out of 10, the Cooking Channel is on. It’s

like a sick joke the deputies play. I now hate Bobby Flay forever, and I didn’t even know who he was before I came in.

DAY 20

Red Death is what we call today’s meal: ground beef drowned in a red sauce and topped with onion. It reeks and tastes like tomatoes and onion left sitting in water for days—worst thing yet. But when we return to our tank, there’s a surprise: The deputies have left the gates between tanks 5 and 6 wide open. It’s like a free day, and many of the girls switch tanks for a couple of hours to mingle, sell or trade drugs, and other things. I don’t feel like it, so I sit in my tank, baffled at how the deputies could allow this to happen—someone could easily get hurt or murdered. Three hours later, the deputies realize their mistake during counting time; they make sure everyone is where they’re supposed to be, close the gates and never talk about it again.

DAY 21

I don’t think the deputies are going to respond to my education snivel. But I’ve made a friend: Hannah, a 44-year-old who only weights 80 pounds. We usually talk about veganism, religion, politics and our lives on the outside. She has an eating disorder and can’t eat within the five-minute chow-time limit. So Hannah throws up after every meal, which messes with her anemia and low blood sugar—the deputies don’t care. Hannah had about $100 worth of commissary, but someone has stolen more than half of it today. She always gives some of it to the girls, but no one ever returns the favor. Hannah starts crying, and I feel for her. In here, it’s all about looking out for yourself. I don’t want to be like that forever—or even in here—so I cry with her. That night, one of the girls from Tank 6 begins to sing, and no one shuts her up because she has a beautiful voice. She


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I make ear swabs today by wetting toilet paper and shaping it into a strip with wide ends, then letting them dry. They work! Hygiene is important to me here because every day in jail is like a year on your body. I take a shower every day, but I wash my hair just once a week because the jail soap leaves your hair greasy and sticky. Many of the girls don’t shower at all because they just don’t care anymore. It’s common to see wax oozing out of people’s ears. Some of the women have scabies that eat at their skin. A lot of women have buzzed heads because the guards would rather shave them bald instead of providing anti-lice shampoo. It all adds to the Smell. Of 40 girls in my tank, only four are completely sober throughout the month. The girls sniff crack, cocaine and heroin thanks to dealers who smuggle them inside by stuffing balloons in their vaginas and butts. Girls are so addicted that prostitution is common inside. “If two girls come into a tank packing, they both have to fight each other,” Adri explains to me. “Whoever wins gets all the drugs and gets to be the official tank dealer.” The deputies never bust anyone.

inmates stuck in a survival-of-the-fittest situation, but the deputies are worse. They want to do the least amount of work possible and not be bothered to protect inmates. And they insult you right until the end. A deputy we all call Cruella de Vil walks me through the release process. “So when will I see you again?” she asks. I look at her, confused. “Never,” I reply. “I was in here for a mistake that I will not repeat. I’m going to continue my education, graduate and be successful.” “What school do you go to?” she asks mockingly. “I study business at Cal State Fullerton.” “No, you don’t,” she scoffs. “I’m a Cal State Fullerton alumna, and they would never have someone like you there.” I just smirk and shake my head—fuck this. I’m not like a lot of the girls inside, caught in a cycle of violence that almost ensures they’ll return or go off to prison. Even though I didn’t get along with most of them, I feel bad that they’re probably in this life forever. When the doors finally open on the streets of Sixth Street and Coach Dick Hill Way at midnight, I take my first breath of fresh air in a month. My mom is waiting, and we both cry. I missed everything: her voice, the smell of the world, the city sounds. I am back on the streets of Santa Ana. I have my freedom back. And I never got an answer to my goddamn education snivel.

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The annual Los Angeles Asian Film Festival (LAAPFF) is extending into Orange County starting today, and guessing by the lineup, it’s an exciting festival not to be missed! From documentaries to dramas to shorts, LAAPFF will showcase the “Best of the Fest,” with a strong emphasis on Vietnamese cinema, including the opening-night movie, She’s the Boss. Chee and T is a buddy comedy about two Palo Alto friends having trouble fitting in with their conservative Indian families and within preppy, Silicon Valley types. Plus, the award-winning Lipstick Under My Burkha gets an encore screening. Whether you’re a big cinephile or just looking for something different to watch, hightail it to this fabulous six-day extravaganza. Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival at CGV Cinemas Buena Park 8, 6988 Beach Blvd., Buena Park; festival.vconline.org. Check website for show times.Through May 11. $12-$14. —AIMEE MURILLO

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The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Inspired by the real-life Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange, Texas, this Tony-winning musical took the popular consciousness by storm in the late 1970s and was turned into a critically panned box-office success in 1982 starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton.

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You’ve likely heard rising singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel GarzónMontano’s polished and longing voice on Drake’s “Jungle,” which samples the singer’s “68” from the EP Bishouné: Alma del Huila.The French-Colombian Brooklynite’s effortless mix of modern funk, hip-hop and neo-soul layered over indie-pop melodies impressed not only Drake, but also Stones Throw alumnus Mayer Hawthorne—who introduced Garzón-Montano’s talents to the label’s founder and West Coast hip-hop veteran, Peanut Butter Wolf. Check out the newly minted StonesThrow artist as he performs his acclaimed debut album, Jardín, at the intimate Parish venue inside the new House of Blues tonight. Gabriel Garzón-Montano at the Parish at House of Blues, 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, (714) 778-2583; www. houseofblues.com/anaheim. 7 p.m. $15.

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The Coup de Comedy The college improv-comedy scene is alive and well, and if you don’t believe us, check out the four-day Coup de Comedy Festival taking place at UC Irvine. This annual event will partner with Chapman University for the first time to launch the Global Improvisation Initiative, a gathering of theorists, educators, practitioners and activists to understand the widening possibilities for the medium. Expect workshops; performances; and speeches by actor/comedian Marc Evan Jackson, founding father of improvisation Keith Johnstone and Aretha Sills (descendant of founding improvisers Paul Sills and Viola Spolin). At tonight’s launch, check out UCI’s improv groups Live Nude People and Improv Revolution, as well as a performance of The Improvised Musical. The Coup de Comedy Festival at Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine, 4000 Mesa Rd., Irvine; www.improvrevolution.org. 7 p.m. Through May 13. Free. —AIMEE MURILLO

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The four-day nerd fest known as Wyrd Con promises to not only celebrate all that is fun and unabashedly geeky, but also to promote those who wish to be the producers of geek culture and not just consumers. Learning how to make your own belt pouch, how to tell stories about nature and science, personal branding for storytellers, how to run a podcast, and building an audience from scratch are just some of the topics of wonderful workshops available. Every evening, expect a fun group activity such as karaoke, trivia and costume contests, while cosplayers and vendors provide daily enjoyment. That sci-fi story you’ve been kicking around in your head? It’s finally time to bring it out for the world. Wyrd Con at Hilton Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St., Santa Ana, (714) 540-7000; www.wyrdcon.com. 6 p.m. Through May 14. $25-$55. —AIMEE MURILLO

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of fish sauce. To its credit, Sawleaf doesn’t attempt to follow the build-your-own Chipotle model to make its dishes more accessible to the general audience. The only decision I had to make was the protein: beef, chicken or tofu. But I ordered here as I would at any modern fast-casual, while squinting at the menu marquee, verifying payment on a computer screen and getting a number. I then sat in a chic room that’s far removed from the life-sized Vietnamese-streetfood scene that covered the walls. Yet, on every table, there’s the usual trinity of Huy Fong’s Sriracha, hoisin sauce and chile paste. But since Sawleaf had a business plan behind each detail, it featured a few corporate-style touches. If you’re taking your pho to-go, Sawleaf’s young staff (no one there looks older than 30) package it neatly in cute, specially designed carriers, with the broth separated from the noodles. Also, because of the name, the side plate of pho garnish came with not only bean sprouts, basil leaves and lime, but also sawleaf, the frilly, feather-shaped herb that I’ve not seen anywhere outside of Little Saigon. Granted, the restaurant supplied exactly one leaf per plate, but hey, it’s there. As far as the pho itself, I preferred the chicken over the beef. The broth was as clean and comforting as chicken soup gets, while the bird was thinly sliced and tenderer than breast meat has any business being. Everyone starts with the beef pho, though, and it spoke to how long the broth was simmered that my refrigerated leftovers solidified to Jell-O the next morning.

It would be unfair to compare any of the prices here to what they cost in Little Saigon. This is especially true of Sawleaf’s bánh mì, which ticks close to $10 for the pork belly sandwich on permanent special. It helps to know that this is bánh mì for the Quiznos set. There is no headcheese and no pâté. And there’s a tendency for the foot-long baguettes to lose their top-crust crackle when you opt for takeout. When I bit into one that I took home, I realized it attained the same soft, moist consistency of the Jersey Mike’s Philly cheesesteak I ate the week before. By contrast, the in-store bánh mì still possessed a toasty crunch, which, in turn, only heightened the flavor of the grilled chicken perfumed in lemongrass. The beef bún, I found, was good either eat-in or takeout. It was refreshing and enough for two, with plenty of meat, wispy noodles and crisp lettuce, plus two diminutive egg rolls that would’ve otherwise cost me an extra $6 to try. One night, I saw a Latino man who ordered the bún timidly taking a taste-test of the crispy fried shallots that came on the side. After doing so, he dumped the entire contents into his bowl, then proceeded to dig in. This, I thought, was how all ethnic foods become American: one convert at a time. SAWLEAF 13786 Jamboree Rd., Ste. C, Irvine, (714) 4179028; www.sawleaf.com. Open Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dishes, $8.50-$10.95.

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t was during my third visit to the second and newest location of Sawleaf that I noticed I was the only Asian person in a room of people slurping bowls of pho. Next to me, there was a twentysomething blonde in yoga clothes who was carefully plucking basil leaves. Next to her, her boyfriend had squeezed zigzags of Sriracha over his bowl and was now diving in with chopsticks. At another table, two suburban moms with strollers had just finished their chicken pho, leaving behind crumpled napkins and emptied bowls. I realized then what I’d witnessed was pho joining the ranks of pizza and tacos—a dish that has ceased to be ethnic and become just food. My epiphany had as much to do with where Sawleaf was located as who ate there. Next door was a Pieology Pizzeria and a Corner Bakery; across the courtyard, an Edwards Cinema had just let out a matinee of Boss Baby. This was as mainstream a venue as you can get in Donald Bren’s Irvine Co. fantasia. It’s also worth mentioning that a few years ago, Jerry’s Dogs stood at the exact spot where Sawleaf now stands. Though I still miss Jerry’s, it’s an encouraging sign for the assimilation of Vietnamese food that pho has replaced hot dogs. It’s not yet reached the ubiquity of Panda Express, but it’s a good start. Sawleaf seems to be aware of this fact, so it’s started with just the basics. It offers only three main dishes arranged by its perceived familiarity to the nonVietnamese. The pho is listed first, then the bánh mì, and finally, the bún, a cold noodle salad doused with a dressing made

hat’s RIGHT,” my friend said when I pointed out Huntington Beach has an inordinate amount of Thai restaurants— probably more than any other OC town. “I used to go out with some girl from there, and we’d always get pad Thai for dinner.” After breakfast, breakfast burritos and Italian, Thai food is Surf City’s favorite cuisine. There are seven restaurants alone on Beach Boulevard, from Heil to Yorktown avenues—roughly one per block. And the best of the bunch is also the one most out of place: Bangkok Avenue. It has a full liquor license, a rarity among Thai restaurants in OC. And it’s too pretty for its stretch of Beach, which is mostly tool stores and car lots. The large outdoor patio has a fireplace; inside, large windows and streamlined décor make it resemble a Westside Los Angeles restaurant circa 2009. That ambiance guarantees a crowd, but so does a menu that respects HB’s knowledgable Thai palate. You know you’re at a legit Thai restaurant when you see roti, the Indian flatbread that Thais fry and usually eat as dessert; Bangkok Avenue pairs it with a fabulous green curry that beats three-quarters of its county competitors with just one drop. And that’s just an appetizer! Bangkok offers sausages that range from the puckering (naem, a fermented pork sausage) to the hellacious. Dinners from pad Thai to Crying Tiger get dressed with the verve of a Beard-nominated spot; the khao soi, a hefty red-curry soup that remains my favorite Thai dish, is spectacular and fiery. Bangok is even audacious enough to offer Thai takes on tacos and ceviche, and while it’s not as good as the straightforward specialties, you have to admire an ostensible ethnic hole in the wall that pushes beyond its borders. Finally, credit is due where credit is due: Orange County Register food critic Brad A. Johnson has praised Bangkok Avenue for years. I trash him when necessary, but the guy knows his food when it counts (he recently, rightfully named Taco Maria the best restaurant in OC again). You beat me this time, Brad—did you like the fries?

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ndia Kitchen’s lunch buffet is one of the most consistent in Orange County. And that’s important because variability is not something you want in your chicken tikka masala and samosas. You expect them to taste as good as the last time you went. And furthermore, when you’re in the buffet line, you want to enjoy the same cast of supporting characters. The quality and selection here are so dependable I could set my watch to it. The sambar is always a hellish chowder eaten with the idli, puffy little life rafts that soak it up as if it were a loofah. The pakoras are always hot and crisp, the biryani shotgunned with aromatic spices. The tikka masala is so popular it has to be refilled by the kitchen more than once. The Indian lunch buffet here is so consistent that if my phone didn’t organize the food pictures I took there by date, I wouldn’t be able to tell one trip from the other. But most important, I always leave

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school, be prepared for a revelation. Wine Shine is strong, but the addition of hibiscus tempers it so it could pass as an agua fresca, so fresh and light on the tongue it is. Blash is slowly spreading his hooch’s gospel in OC’s better bars; in the meanwhile, go to Hi-Time Wine Cellars to get a bottle. And while you’re there, remind Mr. HiTime that I called brandy a year ago—BOOM. Available at Hi-Time Wine Cellars, 250 Ogle St., Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463; www.hitimewine.net.

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he New York Times recently wrote about the sudden rise in American brandy, highlighting Copper & Kings in Louisville, a distillery we highlighted last year—shows how smart we are! Brandy was actually the first spirit distilled in Orange County, thanks to Anaheim’s wine colony, so here’s to hoping a local maker (Blinking Owl, I’m looking at you) starts an operation in the coming years. In the meanwhile, content yourself with the next-best option: OCer Mike Blash coowns Wine Shine Brandy, distilled in Paso Robles and delicious AF, especially the hibiscus flavor.

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sweet gourd, and I lapped it up along with every stringy morsel of creamy cheese, savoring the purity of fall that it represented. Handmade soup dumplings filled with Farm Lot 59 Swiss chard were another eye-opener. Sitting in a delicate onion broth, the dumplings oozed with salt and sesame—and came with an unexpected twinge of chile heat at the end. In fact, I’ve found that anything involving Neumann’s dumpling or pasta dough is a safe bet here. The spring menu brought a plate of green garlic gnocchi and sun-dried-tomato pesto, implausibly topped with meaty mushrooms, marinated baby artichokes, and fried capers bursting with vinegar and brine. Another new addition is the heavenly baked ricotta. Cut with whipped eggs and reimagined as a soufflé, the dish was served with local wildflower honey, California-grown olive oil and a pile of sea salt produced by the Rancho Palos Verdes resort Terranea. Even if you only go to Taste WBK once a year (the prices are admittedly not for the working man), make sure it’s around a seasonal shift, when the new growth becomes available and Neumann’s menu changes with it. Order one dish from each section on the menu, let your server bring it to the table in guided courses, and enjoy the fact that SoCal’s seasons exist enough to bring new food without the drastic weather changes. TASTE WBK 3506 E. Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 4331000; www.taste-wbk.com.


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Who doesn’t mess with a classic? Avila’s. Okay, they offer some whipped cream to make things more interesting, but that’s about it. Smaller pieces mean it can be shared—if you want. Various locations; www.avilaselranchito.com.

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Only a menu such as Bosscat’s would take our sweet subject and turn it on its side. Utilizing a red velvet batter, this indulgence is probably double the calories. 4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 333-0917; www.bosscatkitchen.com.

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Social-media bakery badasses from the Bay Area, Mr. Holmes recently opened at the District’s Union Market. Proving that all pastries were meant to be churros, it infuses cinnamon insanity into house croissants. Buttery layers meet sugar sprinkles meet our mouths. 2497 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 380-0418; mrholmesbakehouse.com. NITROLADO

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On a mission to make a modest churro the prettiest dessert on the planet, the Loop gives it an extreme makeover. Its softserve base is the perfect canvas for adornments of endless color combinations, meaning you’re only limited by imagination. Just be prepared for a wait. 9729

How do you make a dessert practical? You make it serve as a vessel for more dessert. It’s a merger of molecular proportions, as liquid nitrogen ice cream is transported to these sugary bowls. 10212 Westminster Ave., Ste. 115, Garden Grove, (909) 6998890. Instagram: @nitrolado. TACO ROSA

With a duo of full-service establishments, this local brand encourages a dunk-in chocolate sauce. Churros Coloniales benefits from both cinnamon and piloncillo, meaning your sweet tooth is extra-satisfied. 2632 San Miguel Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 720-0980; also at 13792 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (714) 505-6080; www.tacorosa.com.

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Of the next generation of churro-inspired desserts, this had a luscious swirl o’ buttercream, plus a dusting of cinnamon goodness, and to finish, a caramel-filled churro chunk! It may get messy up in here, but we’re more than okay with that. 1525 E. Katella Ave., Orange, (657) 2215752; www.crumbsdoughnuts.com.

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Snacking on one of these is about as commonplace as ordering the hot dog combo for lunch or finding Costco pizza boxes at your next team meeting. It’s sugary and consistent. Seriously, this brought the dessert into the mainstream. And for that, we are content. Various locations; www.costco.com.

This Cal-Mex classic’s version of sweetness is a sizable sundae indulgence. Complete with caramel and a cherry on top, be sure to pace yourself. 296 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 645-7626; www.micasa1.com.

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hough I have no chips in the game, I am filled with pride when I see in the Netflix queue a past Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) entry that I enjoyed. What feels even better is discovering that now streaming is an entry that I wanted to watch but could not because of a scheduling conflict, full auditorium or free Tito’s Vodka blackout. So, as a service to you, here are some 2017 NBFF films that I did catch, but you should seek out when they eventually hit mainstream theaters and/or arrive on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, VOD or wherever else movies stream these days.

Already an award winner before arriving in Orange County, this documentary is about the addiction spiral that nearly killed Todd Zalkins—as it previously did Z-Man’s longtime buddy and Sublime front man Bradley Nowell. Written by Zalkins and directed by Richard Yelland, The Long Way Back is that rare film that will delight hardcore fans of a band (in this case Sublime), locals (because of all the Long Beach and Orange County touchstones) and everyone else (because it’s just so fucking compelling). The now-sober Zalkins talks to anyone who’ll listen about the evils of substance abuse, a message he wound up having to deliver to Nowell’s son, Jakob. It’s a truly powerful documentary that locals will get another chance to see on the big screen during the Long Beach International Film Festival’s Aug. 1-4 run.

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first screening, it’s booked for two more showings that also totally fill the theaters, and then gets a rare fourth slot on closing night, there is a strong local hook (such as it stars or was made by Orange Countians). That was not the case with codirectors Terry Parish and Chris Karcher’s documentary about an Idaho man confined to a wheelchair being pushed by his best friend along the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in Spain. No doubt helping to stoke the initial interest was a segment about I’ll Push You’s subjects Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray on NBC’s Today six days before the NBFF’s April 20 opening. But the movie would not have done the kind of repeat business it did at the festival if it were crap. No, this generated buzz because it is something the world really needs right now: an apolitical, humanistic, life-affirming love story.

cury Theater On Air radio broadcast on Oct. 30, 1938, that was based on H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds and led many listeners to believe they were hearing an actual news report about a Martian invasion. Jody Lambert, who directed documentaries on his songwriter/producer father Dennis (“Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got”) and former Weekly Hollywood reporter Nikki Finke, makes his narrative feature debut by focusing on folks in a small New Jersey town girded for an alien attack. It’s obvious the filmmaker, who also co-wrote the script, took huge literary license, but believability is nonetheless achieved thanks to a fine stable of comedic actors, including Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development), Heather Burns (Bored to Death, Manchester By the Sea) and Dan Bakkedahl (Veep, Life In Pieces).

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This was weird: I just wanted to see the first thing screening on April 24, and not knowing a thing about what I was walking into, I took in Bruno Romy’s documentary that is known in his native

France as Quand j’avais 6 ans, j’ai tué un dragon. Romy, who normally makes fictional movies, used his camera as a diversion while his daughter Mika battled leukemia. Mixing animation, sight gags and a funny little girl the lens can’t help but drink up, the director has achieved the most effective movie about dealing with a deadly disease I have ever seen. I walked out of that screening to a repeat showing of the Friday Night Spotlight film, A Family Man—without knowing it also centers on a child with leukemia. Director Mark Williams also mines unexpected humor as Gerard Butler’s Chicago headhunter confronts his work-before-family attitude after his boy (Max Jenkins) takes sick. Alison Brie, Willem Dafoe and Gretchen Mol give fine performances, but it was Alfred Molina who had me reaching for the hanky. It wasn’t the character of a kid with cancer that got to me, it was an outof-work fiftysomething. I’m out of room, but also hunt down: Zen Dog; The Scent of Rain & Lightning; and especially Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story (and play it LOUD!). MCOKER@OCWEEKLY.COM

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There have been several movies and television programs over the years with plots that would have worked as halfhour episodes on the original Twilight Zone. Writer/director/editor Nathaniel Atcheson’s Domain story fits that bill, but at 97 minutes, there is no bloat. Half a dozen or so survivors of a deadly virus that has wiped out much of humanity live alone in underground bunkers and communicate with one another via computer screens à la Skype. Love, jealousy and acrimony bloom despite the lack of physical contact. Tension builds and builds to a twist near the end that is also worthy of a Rod Serling’s Golden Age of Television classic. Credit goes to a smart script, tight direction and a talented ensemble cast of actors you have seen before, though mostly in less prominent roles.

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film that chronicles director Nalle Hukkataival’s attempt to become the first man to climb “Lappnor Project” in his home country of Finland. Gear Coop at SOCO and the OC Mix, 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 7499355. Mon., 5 p.m. 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. Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 4627342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; fathomevents.com. Tues., 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Casablanca. Michael Curtiz’s 1942 classic is set in Casablanca during World War II, when exiled American freedom fighter-turned-nightclub operator Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) wants no part in helping a Czech underground leader trying to escape the Nazis. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $9. Salam Neighbor. Celebrate Refugee Awareness Week by catching Hearts of Mercy UCI’s screening of this award-winning documentary by American filmmakers Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, who captured life in a Syrian refugee camp. UC Irvine, Crystal Cove Auditorium, 4113 Pereira Dr., Irvine, (949) 350-4103; heartsofmercyuci.wee-

bly.com. Wed. Doors open, 5:45 p.m.; screening, 6:15 p.m.; panel, 7:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP strongly encouraged because of limited seating. 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present & Future of Women + Power. Director Tiffany Shlain shows viewers pivotal moments in history and the women who brought us to where we are today. Weinberg Jewish Federation Campus, Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 4267601, ext. 1012. Wed., 7 p.m. Free. Obsession. National Theatre Live’s stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film comes from London’s Barbican Theatre and is beamed into U.S. theaters. Ivo van Hove directs Jude Law, who plays a drifter dragged into a murder plot after he meets a couple in a roadside restaurant, falls hard for the wife and decides with her to bump off the husband. But the crime winds up tearing them apart. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; 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; fathomevents.com. Thurs., May 11, 7 p.m. $18-$22. MCOKER@OCWEEKLY.COM

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Harry and the Snowman. After World War II, Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer paid $8 for a broken-down plow horse, named him Snowman and, in less than two years, watched Snowman win the triple crown of show jumping. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Sat. Doors open for pre-race party, 1 p.m.; hat judging, with all entrants receiving free popcorn, 2:30 p.m.; parade of horses, 3 p.m.; “Run for the Roses” (the Kentucky Derby live on the big screen), 3:15 p.m.; Harry and Snowman, 3:30 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 day of party. Jurassic Park. Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster of 1993 is about the horrific experiences of a select group touring an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. Beachfront Cinema at Huntington State Beach, Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach; beachfrontcinema. com. Sat., 5 p.m. $7.99-$40. Madama Butterfly. East meets West with devastating consequences in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini’s deeply poignant opera for the Royal Opera House. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446; Regency

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May the Fourth Be With You and The Making of Star Wars. It’s a tribute to George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise. Besides admission, your ticket covers popcorn, soft drinks, bottled water and two drink tickets for the themed Jedi Knight Cocktail. Seating is limited, so arrive early. The Filmmaker’s Gallery, 2238 E. Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 433-4460. Thurs., May 4, 7 p.m. $10-$15. Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. This documentary is about a groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study that is changing the way childhood stress and trauma are addressed. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; WesternYouthServices.org. Thurs., May 4, 7 p.m. $20. Senior Thesis Cycle 7 Film Screenings. 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; chapman.edu/dodge/. Fri., 7 p.m. Free. The 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival: Best of the Fest in OC. Selections from the LA festival are screened in Orange County, with a special emphasis on Vietnamese films and award winners. CGV Cinema at the Source, 6988 Beach Blvd., Buena Park; festival.vconline.org/2017. See website for schedule. Through May 11. $14 per screening. Raiders of the Lost Ark. Reacquaint yourself with the first flick in the Spielberg/Lucas popcorn franchise before Harrison Ford returns in 2019 with what’s tentatively titled Indiana Jones 5. Brea Plaza 5 Cinemas, 453 S. Associated Rd., Brea; brea.tristonecinemas. com. Fri., 10 p.m. $5. The Silence of the Lambs. I don’t know if this is a rush booking after the April 26 death of director Jonathan Demme or just one of those cosmic coinky-dinks, but it is quite appropriate that OC Weekly’s Friday Night Freakout is one of his best films. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m. $7-$10. Hollywood Beauty Salon. To create the foundation for director Glenn Holsten’s script, he conducted a 16-week workshop series at the intimate beauty parlor inside the NHS Germantown Recovery Community, a nonprofit mental-health program in Philadelphia where staff and clients alike are in the process of recovery. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 4385435. Sat., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

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so well-done and the characters were so defined that it would be a fantastic play.” That plunged him down a rabbit hole of researching the novel, battle and personalities involved, as well as contacting Shaara’s son, Jeffrey (the author died in 1988). Newell emailed the younger Shaara his concept and got a call back the next day, asking for more details. Shaara then drew up a contract and let Newell have the rights to adapt it. The contract was similar to one used with a director in Chicago, who had previously adapted the novel. While he offered to let Newell read that script, he declined. “I didn’t want to be influenced in any way,” he says. “I wanted to go on that gut instinct.” In terms of staging, that gut instinct was to make the stage play as close to a film as possible. Throughout the Maverick’s history, Newell’s primary aesthetic has been what he calls “staged cinema,” either adapting movies to the stage or incorporating cinematic attributes into the staging. “My idea of staging cinema isn’t so much to take a screenplay and stage it,” Newell says. “It’s letting the characters tell the story with things like underscoring, cinematic lighting and cinematic quality of costuming. For instance, the uniforms we are using [purchased from a company that does Civil War re-enactments] are distressed, like something you’d see in a film, as if the characters have just come off the battlefield, and all the stressing work I took from websites on how [films] do it. So the feeling is like we’re on the set of a [motion] picture at times.” Just as with the novel, Newell’s adaptation is written in a manner similar to Shakespeare’s history plays, in which bat-

tle scenes are not documented nearly as much as what characters are saying before and after. While the book and adaptation traverse all three bloody days of Gettysburg, there is only one battle scene included in Newell’s adaptation: Colonel Joshua Chamberlain’s heroic stand and bayonet charge on Little Round Top on the battle’s second day. Instead of action, the emphasis is on the characters and their words, most of which are deeply rooted in fact. “[Michael Shaara] spent 10 years researching this. He studied their journals, diaries, letters— and you can hear that in his dialogue,” Newell says. “These characters and the details they share are extremely intense and realistic,” and rather than rely on hokey battle scenes and stage combat, Newell said his production is focused on the real people at its center. Though inspired to stage the novel because of how well he thought it could work onstage, Newell has realized through the process that there are still lessons to learn from a 150-year-old conflict spawned in large part by a fundamental divide between opposing sides. “Most important, what I want the audience walking away with is how this powerful struggle was an incredible reminder of how frail our system was as a new country—and how it fractured so simply,” Newell says. “And how none of us should take that system for granted.” THE KILLER ANGELS at Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton, (714) 526-7070; www.mavericktheater.com. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. Through June 24. $10-$25.

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hough the American West played an enormous role in shaping the forces that would lead to the Civil War (as in, would that vast expanse of land between California and the Mississippi River be slave or free?), there are no battlefields, monuments or overt reverberations of that around these parts. Instead, one must go east, as Brian Newell did last summer, when he visited Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. Though it was the third time the Maverick Theater founder had visited Gettysburg, it was his first as an adult with a family of his own. And rather than just a simple drive-by or visiting the museum, he was determined to make a day of it by taking the guided ranger’s tour and immersing himself in the site. Little did he know it would lead him to adapting one of the finest books ever written about Gettysburg and the War Between the States: Michael Shaara’s 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Killer Angels. “We were on a tour of Little Round Top, and the ranger was talking about some college professor who defended the end of the Union line and [ultimately decided] to do a bayonet charge down the mountain,” says Newell. “I was like, ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ I had heard nothing about that.” Newell, who had developed a keen interest in the Civil War since watching Ken Burns’ landmark documentary (which was, in turn, inspired by Burns’ reading of Shaara’s novel, which was also the basis for the 1993 film Gettysburg), bought the book that day and started reading it, quickly realizing that “the dialogue was

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ust a block away from the buzzy Old Towne Orange shops and hidden by a row of cypress trees sits a Victorianstyle bungalow-turned-charity shop called the Collection. It debuted last year as a retail extension of Casa Teresa, a 41-year-old nonprofit that helps pregnant women and their children living in difficult circumstances get job training, drug rehabilitation, education, case assistance and other health services. The building is painted a bright sky blue so you don’t miss it, but the color also goes with the Collection’s optimistic vibe. Volunteers and Casa Teresa residents manage the store, earning work experience and paid income. The clothes, either new or pre-owned, are donated and priced to be inexpensive—though there are still red-tag sales. But the Collection doesn’t remind me of the Assistance League-style charity shops I remember from my youth or the Salvation Army stores I explored after school as a teen. As my friend noted upon our exit, “There’s a very limited selection here.” Unlike the miles of racks you’d find at a Goodwill shop, the clothing here is decidedly curated, aimed at workingclass men and women seeking gently used, high-end designer clothing for less; if you relocated this shop down the street to be next door to Coco Rose, the two wouldn’t look very different. The offerings range from seasonal blouses, dresses, pants and shoes to jewelry, purses, workout clothes and accessories. They might not all be on-trend, but there’s plenty of quality garments to wear to, say, an upcoming interview or a gala, with one rack devoted to glitzy sequined gowns. If you can’t find what you want among the in-store selection, there are plenty of covetable items online via the Collection’s eBay page. Casa Teresa has helped out more than 6,000 women over the years—here’s to helping 6,000 more!

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Happy Sundays celebrates a reborn Long Beach community on the rise By Nate JacksoN

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ometimes it takes a village to raise a party. Especially one that’s built on the premise of positivity in a community that has spent years reviving its image. In the shadow of the 25th anniversary of the LA Riots, it’s easy for some to forget that just south of the hellfire that was burning in cities such as Compton and Watts, Long Beach also faced its share of chaos, looting and destruction. “Anaheim Street was on fire during the riots,” says Scott Montoya, former drummer for the Growlers (he left the group last year). The Long Beach block he now lives on with his girlfriend, Coathangers front woman Julia Kugel, spent weeks as an urban war zone back in 1992. His nextdoor neighbor lived in the area during the riots and shared stories of how vandals burned down the DMV near his house and national guardsmen once marched down their street. “She was forced to climb on the roof of a building and stay there all night because people were hiding from the cops in the bushes near her property and pretending they lived there,” he says. A quarter of a century later, it’s more than a little poetic Montoya and Kugel decided to create a free, quarterly music event for the Long Beach community called Happy Sundays that falls just a few days after the anniversary of the riots ending (May 4, 1992). Not only for the sake of history, but also because most of the destructive reminders of what the neighborhood once endured have been erased. Nothing’s perfect, of course, but an event centered on celebrating local businesses, vendors and bands is a step in the right direction. “[The neighborhood’s] turned around big-time, even just since I’ve lived there,” Montoya says. “I want to try to make it something cool and keep the neighborhood real and promote what’s there and help what’s there stay there by attracting some positive attention to it and make it flourish organically.” To that end, Happy Sundays is more than just a cute name for an event. It’s a call to action for those who’d rather spend the day making the city a better place instead of sitting inside nursing a Saturday-night hangover. Taking place from 1 p.m. to midnight, the event features 14 local acts (including such well-known bands as Cat Signs, Meow Twins, Plague Vendor and Cheap Tissue), as well as three different stages and a host of food and beer options for people looking for a party with the perfect amount of Long Beach vibes. As the second official installment of Happy Sundays (the first was held in February), Montoya says he was

inspired by times with the Growlers. “My best memories that I really enjoyed from festivals were day drinking and partying at SXSW,” Montoya says. “Day drinking is the best, and partying during the day is the best, and when people are stoked and bands are playing, that was some of the most fun times I’ve ever had.” At the time Montoya and Kugel started the series, they had just recently settled into their new house, which they’re renovating to include a recording studio and outdoor stage and patio area they hope to incorporate into their Happy Sundays events in the near future. But Montoya’s initial goal was to secure a permit for a block party so bands could play outside and on the street or even the porch in front of his house. Unfortunately, because of a setback in securing the incorrect permit, the city wouldn’t allow them to follow through with that idea. But that didn’t stop Montoya and Kugel from coordinating with Alex’s Bar owner Alex Hernandez to host the first Happy Sundays along with local vintage-clothing store From the Moon. Through that experience, the couple realized that it would make sense to avoid getting permits altogether by working within a web of local venues that already have the permits to throw shows and have vendors, plus some that can serve alcohol. “Last time, we were really stressed about everything and . . . it kind of fell out of place,” Kugel says. “It really taught us not to stress and get the right people involved and make sure the basics are covered.” Though the event once again features an all-day lineup of bands, they’ll perform not only at Alex’s Bar and From the Moon, but also at vintage-and-antique store Urban Americana. For Kugel, hosting an event that’s open to hungry local bands gives her the thrill of reliving that part of her career as a fledging all-female punk band in Atlanta prior to becoming a nationally touring artist. “The bands that play this thing are new bands that want to play; it’s not a job to them yet,” Kugel says. “It’s not something that weighs you down, and that can suck. . . . A lot of shit has happened this year in our country and just in our lives in general, so it’s cool to do something together that’s not about hype and bullshit.” From the Moon and Urban Americana are also able to host all-ages crowds,

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which is a crucial element for live bands building an audience in Long Beach. “There’s not many places that bands can play that aren’t 21 and over, so our space is capable of doing a lot of things because it’s just big, so we can have bands at least once a month,” says From the Moon owner Azy Esmailzadeh. From the last event, Esmailzadeh says, she has gotten positive responses from locals around her store who’ve thanked her for bringing more live music and social events to the community. And with the majority of the event during the day, it gives families a chance to check out the event with their kids. “We actually really like playing for kids,” says Sarah Duni Bourland of Space Waves, who’ll play the Urban Americana stage at 3 p.m. “They also seem to like us, so it’s a good fit.” She adds that the band members are even more excited to be in the crowd and see the event unfold as locals who’ve lived in the neighborhood for three years. “It’s a fun place to be in,” Bourland says. “For me, I drive to work during the week, and on the weekends, I just wanna be at home

and in the neighborhood, so to be involved in this is a treat for sure.” Despite being away from the band lifestyle for the time being, Montoya says, he feels the same rush every time he prints out a Happy Sundays flyer and tapes it to a storefront window or establishes another relationship in the community. Granted starting over and finding a new path is never easy, but if an entire neighborhood can learn to do it, so can he. “One of the things I’ve always respected about bands that do everything themselves [is they] just learn how to do it,” Montoya says. “That’s what this is to me—not being in a band, but still having something grow from scratch just like everything else should.” NJACKSON@OCWEEKLY.COM HAPPY SUNDAYS featuring Cat Signs, Meow Twins, Plague Vendor, Cheap Tissue and more, atAlex’s Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St.; From the Moon, 2749 E. Anaheim St.; and Urban Americana, 1345 Coronado Ave., Long Beach. Sun., 1 p.m.-midnight. Free. All ages (except at Alex’s Bar).


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ter. Even while he’s touring in support of Vista, Saller will have to occasionally pick up the sticks to perform at a festival or two with Atreyu. “I think what we’re going to do is just flip-flop back and forth,” Saller says. “Atreyu just did a two-year cycle, and now that we’re done with that, I’ll be able to focus on Hell or Highwater for the next year or so. Atreyu will still play some shows here and there, but it’s easier to just go back and forth so I can put my focus on one thing at a time.” Although many artists might detest going back to the early stages of playing tiny venues and building a fan base, Saller welcomes the process with open arms. Sure, he could take the easy way out and just have Hell or Highwater perform at all of the major rock festivals where his name would get them an afternoon slot, but he also enjoys the more intimate experience of getting to know the people who enjoy the music he’s creating—and that’s tough to do from a festival stage. “I’ve always loved the process of building a band,” Saller says. “Even with Atreyu, that was always so much fun to just start out and be able to really interact with the fans. You’re face-to-face with the people who are giving you the ability to start touring and buying your records, and that’s a really cool time. We’ll also have the opportunity to play some of the big festivals along with the small clubs and shows, so it’s cool that we get to fill both of those spots at the same time.”

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or fans of Atreyu, Hell or Highwater may sound familiar. Although the band boast of little to no metal influence—instead striving for an old-fashioned, straight-up rock & roll sound—the powerful voice belting over the instrumentals belongs to Brandon Saller, Atreyu’s drummer and the melodic side of their vocals. With their new record, Vista, due out May 19, Saller and the rest of Hell or Highwater are looking forward to proving they’re more than just the drummerturned-vocalist’s other band. “We’ve been working on [the album] for a couple of years now because we started writing it, but then Atreyu started touring again,” Saller says. “Everything got put on hold for almost two years, but then we finally finished the record last year. It’s been a long time coming, and a lot of energy went into this record, for sure.” If you’re expecting to catch Saller behind the drumkit on Vista, you’ll be disappointed; the songwriter traded in his drumsticks to focus more on showing off his skills as a front man. While drumming will always be a part of the 33-year-old’s life, getting to move around the stage is a really good time. “It’s a lot of fun to be up at the front and see the crowd more closely,” Saller says. “It’s very freeing when there’s nothing holding you down in the back of the band. It’s a whole different monster, but it’s definitely a lot of fun.” Though Atreyu is now on a part-time basis, Saller won’t always be able to commit a ton of time to Hell or Highwa-

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etween Henry Diltz’s intimate portraits of musicians and his fly-on-the-wall documentary shots of some of rock history’s largest music festivals—including Monterey Music Fest, Woodstock and Newport Folk Fest—he captured the essence of the 1960s and ’70s rock & roll scene within every print. In Diltz’s photography, you can see the beginnings of the quintessential ’60s aesthetic taking shape: paisley-print attire, western hats, navajoprint rugs, tie-dye and cacti, serene southern California. All of this is on display at Fullerton Museum’s “Audio’s Visuals: The Photography of Henry Diltz.” Curated by Greg Escalante and Diltz’s Morrison Hotel Gallery, the exhibit, which opened last month, includes never-before-seen photos, record covers and collectible ephemera, and on-the-scene images of musicians from the peace and love generation. “I don’t know much about book-learning photography,” Diltz told Rolling Stone Country in 2015. “To me, it was just about the eye, fi lling the frame in a pleasing way.” Perhaps it’s no surprise that one of the most important music photographers is a musician himself. Diltz was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1938. In the ’60s, he and three friends started the Modern Folk Quartet, playing alongside such bands as the Lovin’ Spoonful and the Mamas and the Papas. It was around this time when Diltz gained an interest in photography, capturing his musician friends during recording-session downtime and backstage. His eye caught the attention of other bands, who were interested in publicity photos. Now a spry 78 years old, Diltz continues shooting photos. I’m not a baby boomer, so I didn’t live through that generation of cheap gasoline and Camelot. But having seen enough Time Life music collection infomercials about the ’60s and having listened to these groups all my life, I felt some type of nostalgia while walking through Diltz’s archives of musical legends preserved in Kodachrome emulsions. There’s a softness and hazy dreaminess to the images that emanate naturally through all the pictures, which are haphazardly organized in sections throughout the walls of Fullerton Museum’s wide, expansive rooms. The images float from the Laurel Canyon era; sessions with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; and Joni Mitchell to shooting the Doors’ Morrison Hotel album cover and his Woodstock and Monterey International Pop Music Festival coverage to the Monkees (for whom Diltz was briefly a session player). There’s even a section on Mama Cass, a friend of Diltz and who, as a handy description points out, was a figure of LA pop

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