2015 Archive Stories

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  • Willie Nelson a timeless legend in Anaheim By: ROBERT KINSLER
    No living country music performer has thrilled audiences at such creative heights for as long as Willie Nelson.Now 81, the legendary Texan and his five-member troupe performed a fast-paced and never-less-than-thrilling 75-minute concert at City National Grove of Anaheim on Tuesday night. The night saw Nelson perform two dozen selecti
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Coachella music festival passes sell out in record time By: VANESSA FRANKO
    The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival smashed another record today. The festival, which has its twin editions set for April 10-12 and April 17-19 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, sold out in less than 40 minutes. A pre-sale for Coachella 2015 took place in 2014 just after the festival wrapped. The remaining tickets went o
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Lieutenant makes its live debut in O.C. BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Even if you are the bassist in one of the biggest rock bands in the world today, it can still be a bit nerve-racking to step in front of an audience of only about 300 to share your side project for the very first time. Nate Mendel, who has been a part of rock band Foo Fighters since its inception, debuted his brand new group, Lieutenant, in the
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Foo Fighters to play pre-tour show Saturday at the Forum By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    It seems Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl wasn't just joking with fans at the secret show at the Roxy in Los Angeles in November when he invited loyal devotees to join him on his birthday for a special show at the Forum in Los Angeles.Keeping that promise, the Foo Fighters announced Wednesday that the band’s first show of the n
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • 'The Whipping Man' examines slavery from a Jewish perspective BY AMERICA HERNANDEZ
    Fresh stories about the Civil War are scarcer than hen’s teeth. But Matthew Lopez’s “Whipping Man,” on stage at South Coast Repertory through Jan 27, takes a new look at postwar freedom through the eyes of Jewish slaves – and slaveowners. The date is April 9, 1865, and General Robert E. Lee has just
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • California foie gras ban overturned; O.C. chefs celebrate with dishes BY NANCY LUNA
    Foie gras lovers, including Orange County chefs, are rejoicing after a federal judge in Los Angeles blocked California’s ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver. Judge Stephen V. Wilson on Wednesday permanently blocked the state attorney general from enforcing the law that took effect two years ago. Wilson found that the
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Self-driving cars are just the beginning BY SUSAN CARPENTER
    When the International Consumer Electronics Show rolled into Las Vegas this week, it did so with the largest contingent of automakers ever. A record 10 companies showed up to show off their cars, not only as vehicles but as cutting-edge mobile devices that demonstrate the convergence of transportation and computer wizardry.Laser head
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Disney announces discounted tickets for SoCal residents BY JOSEPH PIMENTEL
    ANAHEIM – Disney deals for Southern California residents are back. The company has announced discounted ticket rates of up to 25 percent for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. For $139, a customer gets two visits by May 21 – going to Disneyland twice, Disney California Adventure twice or each park once.
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Today's cartoons: French cartoonists bet lives that pen mightier than sword
    Also: Hopes for Cuban democracy nailed by Obama.
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • In-N-Out hits milestone with 300th store BY NANCY LUNA
    Kurt Zimmerman arrived at the 300th In-N-Out Burger at 2 a.m. Wednesday, knowing he would not be lavished with grand opening swag typical of other fast-food chains. Instead, the die-hard burger fan from Aliso Viejo stayed up all night for one reason: honor. “It’s the 300th store, and I’m No. 1. I get the first burger,&r
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Orange Slices: Find O.C. treasures off the beaten path BY CINDY YAMANAKA
    Orange County wanderers might be struck with a kind of natural wonder as they visit fairy-tale spots right here in the county.Join Register photographers as they focus their lenses on some lesser-known hidden treasures, including a spectacular 1926 turret along Victoria Beach.The spiral staircase in the “Pirate Towe
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Galaxy signs Liverpool star Gerrard BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    The Galaxy has again reeled in a big catch.It was confirmed Wednesday that the club had signed Liverpool FC and England star Steven Gerrard as a Designated Player. Gerrard will join the Galaxy when the Major League Soccer transfer window opens in July.Gerrard will join Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez as Designated Players
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • The Jayhawks are back on the road BY PETER LARSEN
    Gary Louris knows all the kind labels attached to the Jayhawks, the influential roots-and-country-rock band he co-founded in Minneapolis in the mid-’80s, accolades such as founders of the Americana music scene or godfathers of alternative country. Nice words, sure, but Louris insists he’s never been entirely comfortable in th
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • Gospel legend Andrae Crouch dies at 72 By: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    LOS ANGELES -- Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as “The Lion King,” has died. He was 72.Crouch died Thursday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he had been admitted Saturday after sufferin
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • Bobby Redfield, Latin jazz guitarist from O.C. BY ANTONIE BOESSENKOOL
    Friends this week remembered guitarist Bobby Redfield as a consummately professional musician with warmth, humor and a love for jazz.A longtime fixture in the local jazz scene, Redfield died Dec. 20 in his home in Laguna Hills after a battle with cancer. He was 77.Redfield performed with the Righteous Brothers in the earl
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • 5 tips for selling gift cards BY MARLA JO FISHER
    Ever wonder why gift cards are so popular? They’re easy for the gift-giver, but even more popular with the stores. Reason? Because retailers know that as many as 10 percent of gift cards will never be redeemed. I must admit, I have a few still lying around unused. But what if you could sell those cards and get a good chunk of their
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • This week's best deals BY MARLA JO FISHER
    Hi, it’s me, Marla Jo, your columnist and deals maven. Check out my Cheapo Travel column in the Sunday Travel section. If you know a great deal, let me know at mfisher@ocregister.com. You can also find me at Deals Diva on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to read my humor columns on Saturdays in the Register. KIDS EAT
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • Orchestras thrive with own recordings BY TIMOTHY MANGAN
    The time when an American orchestra would go into the studio to make a recording for a big record label with international retail distribution is now long past. These days, the major American orchestras all have their own record labels, make their recordings live in concert and sell them online. The amount of music recorded in this way i
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • Short Order: Wheat and Sons isn't just a butcher shop BY BRAD A. JOHNSON
    If you’ve been to the Anaheim Packing House you undoubtedly have seen the ridiculously long queue at The Kroft sandwich shop on the lower level. Most diners in that line will order the porchetta sandwich. Their porchetta (rotisserie pork) is very good. But what most people don’t know is that there is an even better porchetta sandwich
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • One Dish: The mother of all enchiladas BY BRAD A. JOHNSON
    The short rib enchiladas at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen might be the mother of all enchiladas. They’re not rolled, but stacked rather loosely.Corn tortillas are layered and heaped with slow-cooked beef short rib, which has been braised with guajillo chilies until the meat is tender enough to eat with a spoon.The m
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • 15 Orange County food hot spots to watch in 2015 By NANCY LUNA
    As I look ahead to 2015, the words “classic” and “cluster” come to mind. Local culinary phenoms – Amar Santana, Rachel Klemek and Jason Quinn – are expanding their empires in Orange County. The operators of Anepalco’s are dreaming up a new eatery for downtown Santa Ana. Portola Coffee Lab’s
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • 'Selma' shows power of a movement BY JAKE COYLE
    To say Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” feels relevant is a mammoth understatement. It’s altogether animated, propelled and enlivened by its contemporary urgency. “Selma” is a history lesson that throbs with today. DuVernay, a former publicist with two low-budget dramas to her name, dramatizes the events around
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • 'Selma' resonates in Orange County BY AMERICA HERNANDEZ
    As the civil rights movie “Selma” arrives in theaters throughout Orange County today, backlash has already begun regarding the film’s depiction of then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. Director and co-writer Ava DuVernay has garnered praise in the past for her ability to craft complex black characters, most notably with the
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • Gallery: In defense of liberty
    Remembering Charlie Hebdo victims – and the values at stake if we cave to radicalism and censorship.
    Thu Jan 08, 2015
  • Monster Menace wows students at Anaheim school BY FERMIN LEAL
    ANAHEIM – The Menace roared into Maxwell Elementary School on Thursday afternoon. The 15-foot-tall monster truck arrive to screams and cheers from more than 100 thrilled students. The truck was part of a demonstration aimed at promoting science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, lessons. Darren Migues, the truck’s dr
    Thu Jan 08, 2015