Jim Washburn's Latest Presentation Shows What British Invasion Did to Orange County

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A local author, historian and former OC Weekly editor/columnist discusses a subject that is very much associated with your favorite Orange County-based alt.-rag that debuted in 1995: the 1964-1966 "British Invasion."

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Platanito y La Chupitos Light (and Laugh) Up Anaheim Benefit for Baja Orphanage

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Noches Con Platanito
Platanito y La Chupitos are coming to Anaheim.

Yara Hayek would be excused for still being grief stricken over the September 2013 murder of her sister Nancy Hammour, who was allegedly gunned down and had her body dumped in Newport Beach by two gang members. But Hayek is too busy at the moment spreading the word about a laugh-filled fundraiser for "a wonderful organization which helps drug-addicted mothers and orphanages in Baja, California."

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Director Alex Rivera Reflects on the "Twisted Existential Shit" at the Core of Sleep Dealer

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Maya Entertainment
He's coming for you, illegal drinkers of corporate water!

A prescient, five-year-old, science-fiction thriller that is steeped in love, death, border crossing, maquiladoras, social justice and global connectivity, corporatization and water issues? Hell to the yes you need to see Sleep Dealer, and all the better if that seeing is on a big Frida Cinema screen in Santa Ana Saturday afternoon. That's because you'll be able to applaud/bow before/ask WTF? of director Alex Rivera afterward.

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What the Frack is Going on in North Orange County is Subject of Symposium TONIGHT

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Food & Water Watch's Alexandra Nagy speaks at a different fracking forum in July.

County and water leaders may swear fracking ain't nothing but a thing, but there are several concerned North Countians who fear the oil extraction method may endanger their drinking water. Some of them will no doubt be out tonight for a symposium on the subject at Cal State Fullerton.

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2014 Silent River Film Festival of Irvine Expands to Beverly, Hills That Is

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Silent River Film Festival
The fourth run of this world cinema festival extends to a second city, Beverly Hills.

Silent River Film Festival founder and director Kalpna Singh-Chitnis paused while listing the great things about the 2013 run for us to complain about "a lack of support from sponsors, the local business community, art organizations and many community leaders." But after three straight years of being exclusively an Irvine event, Singh-Chitnis is expanding to Beverly Hills. If you're the glass-is-half-full type, that could mean the fest that fills films from all over the world will have new sponsors, local businesses, art organizations and community leaders to count on. If you're the half-empty type ... well ...

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The Dream is Now, Immigration Reform Film, Screens Locally with Panel Discussions

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Davis Guggenheim's The Dream is Now launched a movement, a hashtag and a dot-org.

A documentary short calling for the repair of "America's broken immigration system" begins the first of two Sunday screenings during September in Orange County this weekend.

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Orange County CAN Turn Around Its Shameful Childhood Hunger Statistics

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Fluor, 2014's big winner for its Canstruction entry, received the juror's award last year for "Bulldozing Hunger: CAN You Dig It?"

What does Orange County have in common with Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Chicago? Well, besides whatever it is you filled in the blank, O to the C is among the top 10 counties or metropolitan areas in the entire United States where food insecurity is most rampant for those under the age of 18. Fortunately, our charitable types say there are things you can do to turn that sorry statistic around.

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Popular Huell Howser Documentary Gets Two More Screenings at Chapman University

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Chapman University/Huell Howser Archive
California golden: longtime PBS host Huell Howser

Six consecutive sold-out audiences greeted the world premiere of a Chapman University professor's documentary on the late Huell Howser in March. Now, due to popular demand, A Golden State of Mind: The Storytelling Genius of Huell Howser, returns to the Orange campus for two screenings Saturday.

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Isaiah Washington of Grey's Anatomy COULD NOT Attend His Gay-Friendly Film Screening

UPDATE, Sept. 15, 7:27 A.M.: Actor-producer Isaiah Washington's schedule changed, preventing him from attending the Long Beach QFilm Festival screening of his film Blackbird, according to the movie's publicist Tim Yates.

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Isaiah Washington (left) produced and stars in Blackbird, the first picture Mo'Nique shot after winning an Oscar for Precious. A gay teen struggles with his sexuality in Blackbird.

The red carpet at the QFilm Festival just got more interesting. Scheduled to make appearances Saturday evening at Long Beach's longest-running LGBTQ-themed film festival is actor Isaiah Washington, who famously joked on the Golden Globes red carpet in 2007, "I love gay. I wanted to be gay. Please let me be gay" in response to reporters asking whether he'd called a fellow Grey's Anatomy cast member a faggot.

Needless to say, the joke did not go over well.

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Gringo Trails, Screening Free Thursday, Shows What Some Sickos Do on Their Global Jaunts

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Icarus Films
"Shoot the selfie, Susie!" Gringo Trails follows the global vacation route.

Now that you're back from your summer vacation, it's time to sit back and relax in front of a local movie screen--in particular the one at the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach showing a documentary Thursday (for free!) that questions what you may have done around the world.

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