Archive for February, 2008

It’s Freeeeee! Part XXI (If today is your b-day!)

Is your birthday today? Then get ready, because people would like to shove free food at you!

Do you like Morton’s Steakhouse? They are giving away a free meal today for you. Go here for details.

How about Papa John’s for a free one-topping pizza?

Aaaand, Boston Market is also offering a free lunch for you, just show some id.

And, not to worry, if you aren’t a leap year baby, Noah’s Bagels is offering 29 cent coffee for everyone!

Whoa, Titan Basketball Packing the Stands!

The Register is reporting that one of the largest crowds packed the stands at Titan Gym to watch the Titans take on Cal State Northridge.

While the crowd of 1,983, the largest crowd to see a CSUF home game this season, gave the Gym a big league atmosphere, the Titans lost to Northridge by 8-points.

This leaves the Titans a game and a 1/2 out of first place in the Big West Conference.

I wish the basketball program could reach the level of the CSUF Baseball program. Then the Titans could build a larger fan and donor base for a possible return to college football.

It’s Freeeeeee! Part XX

This Thursday and Friday, McDonald’s is giving you a free McSkillet Burrito with purchase of a medium (or larger) drink. This will be during breakfast hours only. They expect to give away a million of these…

So it’s kinda sorta free, but you’re gonna need a drink anyway, right?

Someone really took horror to the extreme

With the recent murder-suicide in Yorba Linda (right across the street from the Richard Nixon Presidential Library), there was a story of another true life horror taking place…

…in a movie theater.

At the AMC theater in Fullerton two movie patrons were stabbed during a showing of the horror film “The Signal.” Slashfilm (the blog, not a slasher flick) reports that an unknown man started stabbing at the seats and then started to stab two people in front of him as the movie was playing. The theater paused the film due to the stabbing.

When the film resumed the first scene involved a stabbing.

Slashfilm is wondering: “Is the Signal real?”

Or is this just the work of a mentally deranged man? Discuss…

OrangeJuice: Under your Umbrella Ella Ella Ella

Aaah yes, it’s cold and wet outside – the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa. If you’re feeling more adventurous then head on out to a Theme Park! Short lines and sparsely populated walkways await you.

I know a lot of APs (Annual Passholders) like to drop in for an afternoon in the parks, but if you have the means this is an excellent time to make a day of it. Here are a few Dos and Don’ts for enjoying Orange County’s theme parks in the rain.

Do – be prepared for attraction closures.
Rain usually means it’s the off-season and that means a lot of attractions could be closed for refurbishment. Outdoor experiences often close when it rains because let’s face it, no one really wants to ride Woodstock’s Air Mail in a torrential downpour. So try and handle it well when your fave is closed for improvements or due to inclement weather.

Don’t – fear the poncho. I know, I know, they are dorky but they are actually quite good at keeping a person and their clothing dry. Don’t wear sweatshirts sweatpants and certain fleece clothing because they are are excellent at absorbing water and then trapping it. Nothing spells fun like a wet butt that never seems to dry. If you still can’t abide the reusable poncho then at least wear (a drastically more expensive) rain slicker. You’re booty will thank you.

Do – wear appropriate shoes. Again, any shoe that’s not amphibias will soak up the water sloshing around in the bottom of a boat faster than you can say “Haley Joel Osment is a drunk“. Some friends of mine recommend Crocs, Converse or even Speedo band non-skid flip-flops if it’s not too cold. Don’t forget to bring an extra pair of socks because nothing ruins a day like a scorching case of swamp foot. Mmmm yummy.

Don’t – bring one of those giant golf umbrellas. In addition to annoying other park guests with your gargantuan umbrella that makes you look like an ass hat, it will also be very inconvenient to store while you ride an attraction. Excuse me sir but there is simply not room for you, your huge ego and that colossal umbrella in the ride vehicle! Unless you don’t plan to ride anything then do us all a favor and stick to one of those smaller collapsible micro-mini umbrellas.

More Dos and Don’ts after the jump.

It’s Raining, Let’s Go to Outer Space!

If you have a little one aged 5-11, you might want to let them get some energy out by attending the Journey to Outer Space at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

These family series concerts are a great way to introduce your child to classical music, and have lots of fun at the same time! Come on, what else are you going to do with them all day?

There are two shows in the morning tomorrow at 10am and 11:30, at the Performing Arts Center, as well as one at Mission Viejo City Hall at 3:30.

Blind Item

What long-closed formerly nautical attraction could soon be the permanent home to an all new experience based on a relatively new franchise? Which franchise? I’ll never tell. Word has it this experience will be quite kid-freindly and may be similar in concept to a successful prototype operating just around the corner.

February Meeting of the Orange County Atheists

ocalogosmall.jpgThe next meeting of the Orange County Atheists will be held tonight, Wednesday February 13 at 7:30PM at the International House of Pancakes at 18542 MacArthur Blvd in Irvine.

If you consider yourself an atheist, an agnostic, a freethinker, a humanist, or are just curious, check out this month’s event. If you’re planning on attending please RSVP at our website forums. Hope to see you there!

It’s Freeeeeeee! Part IXX

Today is National Pancake Day! Betcha didn’t know there even was a national pancake day!

But there is, so IHOP is giving away a free short stack of pancakes to everybody until 10pm tonight. That’s right, if you want pancakes for dinner, this is your place.

All they ask is that you consider making a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network, which supports local children’s hospitals.

We Do Too Have Culture

Anyone who thinks that the nearest “Culture” with a capital C can only be found in Los Angeles is sorely mistaken.

On Saturday, I was the lucky guest of the Pacific Symphony as they hosted the 8th Annual Amercian Composers Festival at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Whew, ok, shall we shorten that to RHSCH? It was my first visit to the new hall, which opened in back in September of 2006. I’m a little late, I know. I found it to be very beautiful, even though I am not usually a fan of modern architecture. All I can say is that if you don’t like curves and circles, this hall is not for you. I think the only square things there were the doors. But that’s a good thing.

This year’s festival theme focused on music inspired by the American frontier, simply entitled “The West.” There were wonderful suites by Aaron Copeland and Ferde Grofe, the West Coast premiere of Four Strict Songs by composer Lou Harrison, as well as world premieres of two others. Curt Cacioppo debuted his Crying for Justice, and Stephen Scott his Vikings of the Sunrise: Pacific Crossroads.

They were all gorgeous. Four Strict Songs also included the Pacific Chorale, who are also fantastic. The concert hall has a very intimate feel, seating only two thousand. I much prefer this to the huge halls where the orchestra are so far away that you can barely see the bows of the violinists without binoculars, opera glasses. Hello Dorothy Chandler and Hollywood Bowl, I’m talking to you!

But the highlight of the night for both my husband and me was without a doubt Vikings of the Sunrise: Pacific Crossroads which was performed on a bowed piano, accompanied by the Pacific Symphony. What is a bowed piano, you might ask? Well, picture a piano with the top taken completely off. Then, a group of musicians, in this case the Bowed Piano Ensemble, gathers around and plays the inside of the piano. Using nylon wire, fishing wire, small hammers, and guitar picks, they utilize the entire piano to produce a symphony of sounds. It is utterly fascinating to watch, and they even had a camera mounted on the piano so that the audience could see them working close up on the large screens.

Here’s a YouTube (of a different piece, though) so that you can get a better idea:

I would highly recommend checking out the goings on at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

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