2014 Archive Stories

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  • This head is so much better BY MARYANNE DELL
    Story. story and more story. Awfully short story. Beautiful story, really. Even if short.
    Mon Apr 14, 2014
  • Local trio carve up rounds in Ecuador By FRED SWEGLES
    Surfing America’s USA surf team is at Salinas, Ecuador, this week battling for a team title at the International Surfing Association’s World Junior Championships, where early reports about three San Clemente surfing ambassadors were looking good. As of Wednesday, San Clemente’s Griffin Colapinto had cleared the first th
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Surfing icon Hobie Alter remembered in first of 2 memorial events By LAYLAN CONNELLY
    More than 500 people showed up in Laguna Beach on Thursday afternoon to honor Hobie Alter, the man known for bringing surfing and sailing to the masses but also remembered as a generous and kind family man and friend who was more than his inventions. “Not much about him was usual,” said his daughter Paula Alter. “He liv
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Plan to regulate paddleboarding lessons heading to Laguna council BY SHIRIN GHAFFARY
    LAGUNA BEACH – Laguna would become one of the first cities in Southern California with rules governing commercial stand-up paddleboarding lessons if an ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission on Wednesday night is passed by the City Council. The regulations endorsed by the commission – including permits and CPR licen
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Coachella 2014: Women dominate the early sets BY BEN WENER AND PETER LARSEN
    Never let it be said that there aren't enough female artists at Coachella. This year's afternoon kickoff certainly has had a number of men in the mix, including the
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • "Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic" retraces the history of your favorite characters BY SCHARDE VALLONE
    Take more than 60 characters and 24 songs from 18 Disney and Pixar movies including “The Lion King,” “Mulan,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles,” add an enchanted castle and a large skating rink and you get &ldquo
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Jonny 'Two Bags' finally debuts 'Salvation Town' By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, STAFF WRITER
    For years, guitarist Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham had kicked around the idea of releasing a solo album. The Southern California nativ
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Promoters cancel Hootenanny 2014 By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, STAFF WRITER
    It was announced late Tuesday via Twitter that the annual Hootenanny Festival, held each
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Real Colbert to move to 'Late Show' BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    CBS on Thursday named Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman on its “Late Show” when Letterman retires sometime next year. No, not that Stephen Colbert. The other one. As the host of Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning “The Colbert Report,” Colbert has brewed a large and loyal fan base playing a character: a c
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Kevin Costner tackles football in 'Draft Day' BY BARRY KOLTNOW
    Kevin Costner’s growth spurt came a little late for him to realize his childhood dream of a professional sports career, but it came just in time for him to fulfill another dream –acting in some of the best sports movies of all time. His latest is “Draft Day,” which follows in the cleats of baseball films “Bu
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Aerosmith, Santana set dates for summer shows By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Aerosmith: The Boston legends had been teasing something big was coming since last week, when they t
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • Escape from Indio: Navigating Localchella shows By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    We thought about sharing top picks for Coa
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • Review: 'Just a Sigh' for just a day, and no more BY STEPHEN HOLDEN
    French star Emmanuelle Devos plays Alix, a rudderless, beautiful, middle-age actress first glimpsed in Calais waiting to go onstage in a production of Ibsen’s “The Lady From the Sea.” Alix commutes between Calais and Paris, where she lives with Antoine (voice of Denis Ménochet), her lover of eight years. He is a document
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • 'Mad Men' braces for its final season BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    Don Draper, meet Peter Max. As “Mad Men” ventures into its final 14 episodes beginning Sunday night, viewers looking for clues about plot and characters are greeted with the show’s traditional stone wall. But photos and promotional posters do offer a hint: psychedelic colors. The traditionally muted tones and in
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • The Watcher: Letterman, Walters will call it a day – and a night By MICHAEL HEWITT
    It’s hard to imagine a weekday without Barbara Walters in the morning and David Letterman at night, but we’ll be facing that situation soon, as both announced their retirements in the past week. Although neither departure is a surprise, they are still notable for their “end of an era” implications. Letterm
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • Escape from Indio: Navigating the Localchella shows BY BEN WENER
    We thought about sharing top picks for Coachella 2014, as we pretty much have since the desert bacchanal began in 1999. There’s certainly reason to get excited over OutKast and the Replacements, this year’s big reunions, and it would have been easy to blather on about how amazing Queens of the Stone Age should be or speculate who mig
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • HOT SHOTS FROM MOORE LEAGUE BASEBALL ACTION
    Last week’s high school baseball action saw Lakewood drop a game to Jordan for the first time in almost a decade and lose three straight Moore League games for the first time in more than two decades. Meanwhile, the Wilson Bruins met Gahr in a matchup of the two teams with the b
    Mon Apr 07, 2014
  • Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold plan big shows By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Arctic Monkeys: Yes, they did co-headline the Hollywood Bowl last year with TV on the Radio, and the Brits, led by Alex Turner (above), finally have
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Schoolboy Q lives up to the hype at the Observatory By: RAMON GONZALES, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
    The first of a pair of sold-out show
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Review: 'Captain America' a real marvel BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    “I’m 95 – I’m not dead!” declares Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. You can say that again. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” injects new life into the Marvel movie universe and the superhero genre. The directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo fulfill Captain America’s potential as a un
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Review: Down the rabbit hole with Donald Rumsfeld in 'The Unknown Known' By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    “Cheshire Cat.” That’s one note I made after watching Errol Morris’ Q&A-based documentary about Donald Rumsfeld, “The Unknown Known,” culled from 33 hours of interviews the filmmaker conducted with the two-time secretary of defense. Morris himself has since compared Rumsfeld to that grinning feline
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • 'Mamma Mia' bandleader recalls his O.C. roots BY PAUL HODGINS
    When he was a student at Marina High School in Huntington Beach many moons ago, Kevin Casey wasn’t dreaming of being a professional musician. But then he played keyboards with the Mariners, the school’s show choir, and everything changed. “That was the first time I had ever played with other musicians,” Casey reca
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • For Foose, 'Overhaulin' is just as often getting back in touch BY SUSAN CARPENTER
    It’s the rare builder who sees design improvements in the gentle curves of a classic Porsche, or who can craft a musical instrument out of a car. Millions of garage monkeys can only dream they had such an eye and the ability to make their visions a reality. But for Chip Foose, “It’s almost a curse,” he said. &ldqu
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • IQs fall as MPH rise in 'Need for Speed' BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Can Aaron Paul be as dynamic a big-screen star as he was a cult figure on AMC’s “Breaking Bad?” Not if he acts the way he does as an underground street-racing champ named Tobey Marshall in “Need for Speed.” He glares at the bad guy, Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), and lowers and roughens his voice to gravel –
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Kristen Bell still rings true in tinny 'Veronica Mars' BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    In movies as diverse as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008) and “When in Rome” (2010), Kristen Bell has been a first-rate comic actor with a mastery of pert, fed-up, sometimes wistful deliveries. In “Fanboys” (2009) she was a subtle and beguiling parodist, echoing the spunky, curvy tomboys of George Lucas and S
    Fri Mar 14, 2014