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  • Lyssa Myska Allen

    Digital Media Director

    Lyssa is the digital media director at Orange Coast magazine, overseeing and all of our social networks; follow us at the links below (she made us write that)! Lyssa launched a variety of successful websites and wrote for a number of print publications before being imported—as the joke goes—to Orange County from Aspen to join the Orange Coast team.

    She says: Don't forget!


Nothing Says Summer Quite Like Segerstrom's Movie Mondays

Beach chairs, picnic baskets, and breezes through the Arts Plaza … we love the Segerstrom Center for the Arts summer screenings! For eight summers, O.C. has enjoyed classics projected onto the giant screen, and tonight marks the first film of this season: "The Little Colonel", starring Shirley Temple. Read more...

Grab Your Boards: International Surfing Day Is June 20

The Surfrider Foundation’s International Surfing Day is happening next Friday in Orange County—and across the globe. You don’t have to surf to enjoy the celebration. The nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of our oceans is sponsoring an international waterways photo contest while our local chapters host a couple of events. Read more...

Perfect Getaway: Aspen

Colorado’s proverbial winter playground also sizzles in summer

Locals knowingly nod when anyone talks about how they moved to Aspen for “just one season” before staying for maybe 10. The winter may beckon, but the summer is what sells you. The well-heeled descend on Wagner Park from June 20 through 22 for the Food & Wine Classic, while families converge on the Fourth of July weekend. Read more...

Biking the Orange County Coast from Seal Beach to San Clemente

6:30am: A friend and I are dropped off at Seal Beach Municipal Pier. I’m on a hybrid mountain bike in a ski helmet; she’s on a road bike in a skate helmet. We begin cruising down the boardwalk through Huntington Beach and into Newport Beach.

The Aspen Crud: A Real Prohibition Cocktail

In this month's Perfect Getaway, we visit Aspen, Colorado, where the Hotel Jerome's J-Bar has an illustrious past. During Prohibition, the bar was converted to a soda fountain—but locals in the know found a way around the liquor laws. Writer J.P. Marquand, Luke Short (Fred Glidden), and Thornton Wilder ordered a milkshake with a little something extra: bourbon they called "crud." The Aspen Crud is still served in J-Bar today. Read more...

Newport Beach Film Festival Opens This Week

The Newport Beach Film Festival kicks off tonight, and not only are we a media sponsor, but tonight's opening-night film is particularly special to us: "Lovesick" is produced by Josh Goldstein, the son of Orange Coast executive vice president Linda Goldstein! Click here for info about the film. Read more...

The Future of Digital Journalism

With the O.C. *Register* making national headlines and the stalwart L.A. *Times* squarely in the Register's sights, Orange County has become the center of the debate over the future of journalism. On Wednesday, the same day the print-first Los Angeles Register launches, Chapman University hosts a panel called “The Future of Journalism in the Digital Age,” moderated by Orange Coast Editor-in-Chief Martin J. Smith. Joining editors from the Register and the Times are representatives of a digital-first publication, public radio, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. The event is free and open to the public. One late line-up change: Jimmy Orr, the Times' managing editor for digital, will replace Times editor Davan Maharaj on the panel. Read more...

Every adoption story is a mysterious stew of longing, loss, and searching love

Orange Coast's editor in chief releases a new novel

Our own Editor-in-Chief Martin J. Smith's has been published! We're proud of the fourth novel in his Memory Series, "The Disappeared Girl," which Diversion Books has launched as an e-book exclusive. Smith wrote about his inspiration for the story on—and you can read the whole thing there. He reveals: "I learned [about adoption] firsthand from my sister Lisa, my oldest sibling, who was 19 in October 1961 when she found herself pregnant and unable to keep her infant daughter. I was just 5 at the time, and three decades passed before Lisa ever told me her secret. On the day she finally did—sitting with me on my front porch in Southern California—something extraordinary happened. At her home in Phoenix, the phone rang. The caller spoke briefly with my sister’s husband, but left no message. We later learned that that coincidental call was from her lost daughter, then 30 and living in Ohio, trying for the first time to contact her birth mother." Read more...

My O.C.: My Heart Transplant

What my 17-year-old self believed about life by the beach, and why I’m still here

“Do you think you’ll stay?” I moved to Orange County a year ago to take my dream job as digital media director for Orange Coast, and quickly realized that Southern Californians are obsessed with that question; it’s second only to “How much is your rent?” Read more...

5 Things Transplanted Beachcombers Need to Know to Make It in Orange County

To complement her recently-published essay My Orange County: My Heart Transplant, new resident Lyssa Myska Allen reveals her 5 need-to-know tips: Read more...

Reddit Co-founder Says 'Failure is an Option'

Alexis Ohanian spoke at UCI on his #WTPBook Tour

"Failure is an option," says Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. "We call it a pivot now in tech." He should know: during his hour-long talk at UCI, he covered how he and his business partner got turned down by Y Combinator... Read more...

If you like Meetup, you also might like...

“They’re definitely huge nerds,” I declare to my two girlfriends as we head to our Grouper—a group blind date with three guys and three girls. “They have to be, we’re one of the first Groupers in Orange County.” Read more...
READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.


Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.


A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.


Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 


Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why.