Mike Atta of the Middle Class Resumes Battle With Cancer, Family, Friends and OC Punks Swoop in to Help

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The Middle Class with Mike Atta (center)

For decades, punk stalwart Mike Atta has served OC's divine slice of counter culture as both a guitarist of Santa Ana/Fullerton hardcore heroes the Middle Class and as the shop owner of vintage department store Out of Vogue. You may even recognize him from our list of the Top 25 Greatest OC Bands of All Time. What you may not know is that Atta recently resumed a major battle with cancer and is in desperate need of your help.

Over the weekend, the Weekly learned that the cancer that once effected Atta's kidneys has returned and spread to his lungs. In the face of such horrible news, Atta and his wife Pam are about to see their medical bills skyrocket as they try to fight this illness for a second time with an aggressive form of cancer treatment. An online fundraising campaign began to help with Atta's massive medical expenses, courtesy of Atta's sister Joanne Jimenez, which filled us in on the details of Atta's struggle.

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[UPDATED] Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. Needs Your Help to Write Another Book

UPDATED, NOV. 10, 9:08 A.M.: $7,000 goal reached as of 9 A.M.--$7,184!

ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 8, 10:35 A.M.: Jack Grisham, T.S.O.L. frontman, Weekly coverboy--is following up his first novel An American Demon with a work of fiction that he won't tell us the title of ("because it's cool and I don't want people to steal it") or describe the plot of (same reason).

But he is asking supporters to back his work financially via a Kickstarter campaign (he's currently about $2,200 shy of his $7,000 goal) so he can finish the book.

"I can tell you the kids live in a fictional 1960s Northern California town. I can tell you there are as many cemeteries in the story as there are boys, and I can tell you that it's an American Gothic coming of age tale--although the children are much more mature than I'll ever be," he says in the description of the book.

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Chipotle Produces Film for Fundraises, Enlists Karen O to Sing a Cover for Star Wattage

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Chipotle is promoting a fundraiser this Halloween to benefit the Foundation and Farm Aid, and to do it, they produced a short film titled "Abandoned" about the hardships American farmers face. They enlisted Yeah Yeah Yeahs' singer Karen O to do a remake of "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," made famous by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, for the film.

Watch it after the jump.

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Kelly Thomas Memorial Concert and Food Drive Last Saturday

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Brandon Ferguson
Julian Porte performing at Kelly Thomas Memorial Concert
Saturday's concert in memory of brutalized Fullerton homeless man Kelly Thomas saw a modest crowd of protesters, local residents and music fans gather in the Fullerton Downtown Plaza to listen to an eclectic mix of local bands. Performers included Sederra, 30 Proof as well as latin influenced rock band Mr. Mirainga who have emerged recently after a long hiatus. 

Though the event lacked the emotional punch felt at many recent protests in front of Fullerton City Hall, all bands performed with gusto, some throwing lyrical jabs at the police. The most poignant of these came from guitarist Julian Porte, who played an eerie yet rousing cover of the Bob Dylan song, "Man on the Street."  Another not-so-subtle snipe came courtesy of Mr. Mirainga who did a cover of Santana's "Evil Ways," and substituted the word "woman" with "police."

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Mark Wahlberg and Taco Bell Foundation Open 'Graduate to Go Studios'

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​Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation this week opened one of four "Graduate to Go Studios," a project built at Boys & Girls Clubs that will encourage teens to use the new, multi-media recording studios if they stay in school and graduate. 

The "Graduate to Go Studios" is a mentoring program with college-like projects and a year-round curriculum to help teens learn about music and film production. The program will also offer job shadowing experiences at local entertainment companies and with media professionals to show teens how their dedication and hard work in the studio will apply to careers.

The inaugural location is at the L.A. Harbor Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro.

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Garageland, a Joe Strummer Tribute, at 2nd Floor Last Night

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Duane Peters' Joe Strummer-inspired art.
Aug 3, 2011
2nd Floor

Directly above the mayhem from the U.S. Open of Surfing on Main Street in Huntington Beach, a celebration of three other cultures gathered: punk rock, art and skateboarding. "Garageland" was a tribute to Joe Strummer, the iconic frontman of the Clash, and a benefit for the charity inspired by him, Strummerville. The charity supports aspiring musicians to realize their musical endeavors. Punk musicians and skaters alike joined together to contribute their art, music and money to generate attention for the cause. It was held at 2nd Floor, a restaurant and art gallery located literally on the second floor of Main Street, decorated with a tattoo and punk aesthetic in mind. 

Joey Briggs of The Briggs and Eban Sterling of Stagger and Fall played acoustic sets and donated to the cause. Some of the contributing artists included Duane Peters, frontman for the US Bombs and skater, and pro skaters Jason Jessee, Lance Mountain and Jason Adams (Adams helped put on the event with his Iron Fist clothing line). Matt Hensley (ex-Flogging Molly and pro skater) was scheduled to show his art and play accordion with Briggs, but wasn't able to make it due to touring constraints.

Check out the photos and more information after the jump!

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Help Launch a Smiths-Inspired Comic Book Series!

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Comic book publisher and Morrissey fan Shawn Demumbrum is working on a Smiths-inspired comic book series, called Unite and Take Over: Comic Book Stories Inspired by The Smiths. He wrangled indie comics vets Christian Vilaire, Henry Barajas, Jeff Pina, Shelby Robertson, and others for 78 pages' worth of comic strips, asking them to go off on from one question: What story plays in your head when you listen to your favorite Smiths song? Demumbrum says the song acts as an inspiration, jumping off point, theme or mood for the story.  More »

Linkin Park to Play Secret Show in LA for Tsunami Relief

Foreign tragedies have a way of hitting close to home when you're world famous and have embarked on several world tours. For Southern California's Linkin Park, the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan affected them on a personal level. "We have family ties to Japan," Chester Bennington, vocalist, said. "When you play somewhere so many times you start to feel at home. When something at home happens, it's like it happens to you." 

Read how to earn your way in after the jump!

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Hustaid Benefit for Manager Jason 'Huey' Husted at Detroit Bar This Saturday

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Longtime Detroit Bar General Manager Jason "Huey" Husted received both the happiest and scariest news of his life just four months ago. While his wife was in the hospital giving birth to their first born in February, he started to feel ill. Husted entered the hospital with a fever and inflamed lymph nodes. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), one of the rarest forms of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).

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