Summer Hype Fest Brings the Fast but Holds the Furious at FivePoint

On Saturday, July 13, the parking lot of Irvine’s FivePoint Amphitheatre became the staging ground for Summer Hype Fest. This car show rendered an otherwise banal parking lot into a sea of souped-up cars. The event, which also featured vendors of car modification gear and other accessories, drew in hundreds of car aficionados, photographers, and their families and friends. And while Irvine is certainly no stranger when it comes to …

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Beck and Cage the Elephant Share the Spotlight at FivePoint

It was an artsy kind of an evening at Irvine’s FivePoint Amphitheatre, when the Night Running Tour came to town, on July 17. The line-up consisted of openers Starcrawler and Spoon and headliners Cage the Elephant and Beck. Each of the musical acts embodied performance art to varying levels, which made the showcase almost as much of a traveling carnival as a rock music tour. As the senior artist of …

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Send in the Bats

It was 7 p.m. on a Friday night, and I was travelling on an isolated little road called Riparian View, which hugs the San Diego Creek just between Michelson Drive and Campus Drive. The sun wasn’t quite setting yet, but the day was winding down, and my destination necessitated darkness. After I pulled into the parking lot of the Sea & Sage Audubon Society, an Orange County chapter of the …

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VidCon Celebrates Its 10th Year

Various factions of youth culture have always flown beneath the radar of adult awareness. And while many YouTube personality channels earn their youthful creators tens of millions of dollars every year, a majority of people remain unaware that such communities exist. VidCon is the premier convention for fans, creators and industry players of the online video community to mingle, shop for new tools, meet famous online personalities, learn how to …

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Coming Soon to a Park Near You

There’s nothing quite like watching a movie in the sanctified setting of a darkened theater. Then again, there’s also nothing quite like enjoying an outdoor screening of a movie in a park. This summer, the County of Orange and OC Parks are continuing to treat families to free screenings through their third annual Sunset Cinema film series. Starting June 14, the series began at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea …

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Concert Review: Ian Anderson’s “50 Years of Jethro Tull”

There have never been, nor will there likely ever be, musicians in the class of Ian Anderson. His band Jethro Tull (of which he is the sole remaining original member) holds a distinct place in rock & roll history because of Anderson’s favoring of the flute as his main axe. On top of that instant distinction, the catalog of his songs with Jethro Tull — beyond his work with Tull, …

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Striking a Pose at Cheat Day Land

Cheating suggests activity that is engaged in for instant gratification despite its immorality. In the case of diets, this usually happens when a person on a journey toward better health decides they’ve had enough salads, grilled chicken breasts or cups of wheatgrass, and would just like to remember the taste of pizza, a jelly donut or a chocolate shake that doesn’t come from Slimfast. Dietary cheating is one of the …

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Dishes Worth the Drive: Authentic Mexican and Broken Rice’s Brick-and-Mortar Location

For this week’s Dishes Worth the Drive from Los Angeles to Irvine, we’re going on a multicultural culinary journey from Mexico to Vietnam! First up this week, Taco Rosa in Irvine brings a little bit of Mexico to Orange County. The first one opened in Newport Beach in 2003, followed by the Irvine location in 2006. It’s the same as the full-service Mexico City restaurant from chef and owner Ivan …

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ScreenX Has Landed at Irvine Spectrum

When you’re going to the movies, your choices begin long before you reach the cinema: Do you want to reserve your seat in advance? Which online service do you use to make your reservation? Which row would you like to sit in? Would you like extra carry-on luggage? Oh wait! Wrong industry. You get the idea, though. From combination snack choices at the concession area to theatrical membership services, there …

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