Irvine International Film Festival Features a Darker Shade of Narrative

The eighth annual Irvine International Film Festival is right around the corner, and it’s going to be a dark one. The festival, which was founded with the intentions of showcasing international films and providing seminars for its attendees, will take place from March 22 – 28. Its three official selections in the category of feature narratives have been announced, and all three films are either thrillers or horror movies. This …

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A Visit to the UC Irvine Arboretum

Long before human beings assumed stewardship of the planet, there were plants. And while it is often taken for granted that people could not survive without the nutrients with which plant life directly and indirectly fuels our bodies – to say nothing about the oxygen they provide – the study of plant life is a significantly underrated field. However, key individuals in Irvine’s history have demonstrated their appreciation for our green ancestors …

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Marconi Automotive Museum’s Stable Helps Children

It is often said that the only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys. In the case of Dick Marconi’s Automotive Museum in Tustin, the same toys have benefited both grown-ups and children. The museum is filled with luxury automobiles that once belonged to Marconi but now belong to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation that he established in 1994. He donated both the …

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Musink Fest Celebrates Its 12th Year

The Musink festival, which combines a music fest with a tattoo exposition and car show, will hold its 12th annual event from March 8 to March 10, at the O.C. Fairgrounds. In 2008, the festival started out as a project of Bill Hardy and Kat Von D, but it has since undergone a couple changes in its organization department. Specifically, it is now run by Hardy, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker …

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The Gun Community Still Thrives in O.C.

On the weekend of Jan. 26-27, the Crossroads of the West Gunshow made one of its annual appearances at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Given that one of our nation’s hottest debates is over gun control, the gun community takes a lot of flak from anti-gun groups and the citizens that those groups influence. Furthermore, it was not surprising that my presence, as a reporter, was met with a note or two …

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Get Ready To Laugh It Up With Irvine Improv

In this day and age, many people get their daily laughs from reading the morning headlines. Unfortunately, those same headlines probably cause just as many people to cry as laugh. So, where can one go to ensure that appropriately comical spins are provided to the state of the nation? To comedy clubs, of course! One option for folks in need of a laugh is Irvine Improv Comedy Club, which is …

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A Veritable Rainbow of Tacos

When it comes to finding some amazing tacos in the U.S., Southern California is pretty much the place to be. Some folks might argue for South Texas or South Florida, but let’s stick with businesses within driving distance. Narrowing it down to the cities of Orange County, it’s hard to compete with Santa Ana as a hub for good Mexican grub. That said, there is a decent collection of noteworthy …

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Sinemia Causes More Trouble Than It’s Worth for SoCal Movielovers

Storytelling has been a critical component in the social evolution of our species for thousands of years. Back in the early 1900s, little movie houses called nickelodeons opened up all over the country offering people the latest and greatest way to experience the evolution of the storytelling tradition for only five cents. Over the years, of course, prices have gone up a bit. According to Box Office Mojo, average ticket …

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Irvine Fine Arts Center Tackles Topic of Censorship

Art can be a touchy subject. This is especially true when creative expression is used to reflect upon the darker realities of life. When juxtaposed with an art gallery as a family-friendly zone, such reflections can be censored. Recently, the Irvine Fine Arts Center experienced a controversy over an exhibit featuring explicit subject matter. The result of this controversy involves the restructuring of the process by which artists and exhibits …

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The Top 10 Halloween-Themed Activities In and Around Irvine

If you’re a Halloween fan, you’ve probably already gotten around to hitting Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal’s Horror Nights and/or other notable haunted attractions. If not, you’ve probably made plans to do so. However, there are plenty of haunts and other Halloween-themed activities right here, in and around Irvine for you and/or the whole family to enjoy. Irvine Weekly is proud to present this handy guide to local Halloween-themed events. (Top …

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