Portions of the Cleveland National Forest scorched in last month’s Silverado Fire will be closed to visitors until September 2015, the U.S. Forest Service announced Friday.
The temporary closure will allow vegetation in burned areas to regrow, stabilizing the region and reducing the chance of flash flooding and mudslides, authoriti
“John Wick” transforms the current zeal for hit-man movies into a mix of propulsive homicide and giddy farce.
Keanu Reeves plays a retired killer who aimed for a new life with his new wife but whose plans faltered when Mrs. Wick died mid-romance. Then her parting gift to John, an adorable puppy, is the victim of an attack fro
As Tesla grabs all the headlines for its sci-fi semi autonomy and regulatory battles and fluctuating stock prices, electric vehicles from other automakers have quietly proliferated. Plug-ins from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and now Kia have all whirred their way on to the market this year, bringing the number of mass-market EV options to an u
Sad but true: Despite the nursery rhyme you memorized in childhood, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater wouldn’t actually have been able to keep his wife in a pumpkin shell.
That’s because the pumpkins that make good eating are soft, not sturdy. And those grown with high, thick walls strong enough to withstand carving into jack-o&rsquo
The concept is simple: Get people out of their cars and onto electric bicycles. The challenge? E-bikes can be expensive. Models from well-known brands often cost thousands of dollars, preventing would-be cyclists from buying in.
But Curbside Commuters hopes to change that. The new electric bicycle franchise is the sole distributor of a l
I’m a sucker for Halloween treats with candy eyes. Last year I made a ghost cake covered with comical goblins adorned with goggle-y eyes. Laughing for days over the whimsy of that ghost gateau, I was delighted to see the white chocolate-dipped, ghost-themed strawberries created by the folks at Driscoll‘s strawberries. Look for candy
When we first see Michael Keaton in “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Inarritu’s bracingly inventive and accomplished new film about fame, relevance, self-worth and lots of other intense stuff, he’s sitting in his white undies, in the middle of a dressing room.
No, really in the middle. Like, in the air. He’s levitati
Three years after revealing plans to bring Steak ’n Shake to the West Coast, the iconic steak burger chain is finally landing closer to Orange County.
Owned by Texas-based Biglari Holdings, Steak ’n Shake will open Tuesday in Santa Monica. This is the second Steak ’n Shake to open in California after a loc
When actors and musicians Jack Black and Kyle Gass, who together make up comedy rock band Tenacious D, sat down to figure out how to make their second annual Festival Supreme music and comedy festival even “awesomer,” there was certainly no shortage of ideas.
“That’s the thing when you’re curating a festival
Martinis, sushi and a movie?
Popcorn and soda are a pretty standard pairing for a night at the movies, but theaters around Orange County are upgrading their snacks and services to include cocktails and wine, waiter service and fine food to boost sales in a lackluster market.
Several other Orange County theaters have
Keep an eye out for closures affecting the 55, I-5 and 241 toll road this weekend.
On Friday, Costa Mesa commuters beware: the California Department of Transportation will close the southbound 55 Paularino Avenue off-ramp for landscape work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday brings a morning closure for Mission Viejo drivers: the nor
Universal’s effort to reclaim its place as the Home for Horror takes a step backward with this duller-than-dull 89 minutes of your life you’ll never get back. Frankly, the board game is scarier, but only if you break the rules.
“Never play alone. … Never play in a graveyard. … Always say ‘Good-bye.&r
While I was on the road with the Lakers, I spent much of my travel time reading history books and mysteries. To me, history and mystery books share very similar qualities. They both are filled with villains seeking to exploit others through violence and secret manipulation and heroes determined to discover the truth and vanquish those who stand
With an entire evening dedicated to the ’80s equivalent of disco, Hot 92.3’s Super Freestyle Explosion functioned as a variety show of sorts, showcasing the subgenre’s most beloved performers.
Largely influenced by the big-band funk of the ’70s and the rhythm-and-blues of the ’60s, freestyle channeled melody
It was one in and one out for Orange County last week on “The Voice,” as singer Troy Ritchie from Trabuco Canyon advanced, but we learned that local icon Gwen Stefani would not return as a coach next season.
Host Carson Daly announced on “Today” that Christina Aguilera would return for Season 8 to reclaim the seat
Every fall brings failure to a few hopeful new shows, but rarely do they fall as hard as “Utopia.”
Fox committed a ton of money to producing the reality series – reportedly $50 million – and spent a lot of time promoting it this past summer, giving it a harder push than any of its other new fall programs.
David Peterson cannot control dragons. He can’t create Valyrian steel swords, or rule the seven kingdoms of Westeros. But if Peterson wills it, he might be able to command a horde of Dothraki screamers with a phrase like “Shieraki gori ha yeraan!” Literal translation: “The stars are cha
The Kansas City Royals aren’t the only ones on a hot streak in the city.
Roughly 70 Taco Bells in the Kansas City market are testing a spicy menu of seven sriracha-laced items, including a scrambled egg breakfast with sriracha cream sauce. Other items – including tacos, beef grillers and a quesarito –feature sriracha se
Hello Kitty turns 40 years old on Nov. 1 and to celebrate that milestone birthday the little girl born in London four decades ago is throwing a bash that’s already begun and won’t wrap up for six months.
An exhibit titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” opened a week ago at the Japanese Ameri
No one in Orange County decorates a house for Halloween quite like the creative minds behind the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland. It has been 14 years since the seasonal “Nightmare Before Christmas”- themed overlay was launched at the classic Haunted Mansion, and the ghoulish meets quirky meets elegant design continues to evolv
This bit of heroics isn’t “what I wanted to do,” Brad Pitt’s battle-scarred sergeant, and a hundred movie sergeants before him, growl. “But it’s what we’re doing.”
“Fury” is the sort of World War II movie Hollywood used to churn out four or five times a year – a gritty, gr
The TV business took a big leap into the future this week, as CBS and HBO announced online subscription services that will allow viewers to bypass cable companies. This will mean more choices for consumers, experts agree. Whether it will save consumers any money remains to be seen. CBS unveiled a $5.99-a-month Internet su
Eighth-grader John-Aaron Bozanic balances atop the concrete barrier surrounding the roof of the Irvine Marriott Hotel, stares down 17 floors and disappears over the edge. Like Batman. It’s Thursday, and on this day I am Robin to Bozanic’s Batman. Together and on separate ropes, we plan to rappel to the concret
A 21-year-old Mission Viejo High School graduate advanced to the next round of competition in the seventh season of “The Voice.”
Troy Ritchie of Trabuco Canyon beat Menlik Zergabachew in their first match of Battle Rounds in Tuesday’s pre-recorded episode of the NBC reality talent show.
Ritchie and Zergabachew,
LONG BEACH – A park at Walnut Avenue and 20th Street has been named after Long Beach native and internationally-known Latin music singer Jenni Rivera two years after her death.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved naming the park after Rivera.
The Latin Grammy-nominated singer and actress was known widely for he