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Barbarella Sweeps the Beats with the Highway Patrol

The diva gets sweet on the CHP.

"Attention, San Diego units. 11-Boy requesting backup — he's on the shoulder of 805 southbound just north of Balboa Avenue, dealing with an irate citizen." That's us, I thought. "Is there a unit in the ...

At Issue

Movies reviewed this week: Born into Brothels, The Sea Inside, and Travellers and Magicians

Fun Smell

“My dad kept asking me, ‘When are you going to make money out of your hobby?’”

Jeff Gaulton

Jeff Gaulton, a talent buyer who used to book the now-defunct Bacchanal from 1983 to 1990 and has been the talent buyer at 4th & B for the last seven years, has moved into that ...

"Security Wouldn't Even Let Residents In With Their Own Alcohol"

"Security wouldn't even let residents in with their own alcohol. You had to buy it from an inside vendor," said one Gaslamp Quarter denizen. February 8 was the first downtown Fat Tuesday where -- reminiscent ...

"If Moshing Begins, the Concert Ends Right There"

"If moshing begins, the concert ends right there," says Aliah Lieras, recreation program supervisor with the City of Santee. "If the bands aren't supportive of the rule, they won't be asked back. Our staff tech ...

David Swift

David Swift, vice president and general manager of House of Blues Concerts for San Diego, just signed a new multi-year contract to stay in San Diego and oversee his local staff of 12, despite their ...

We Were the Numbskulls

"We were the Numbskulls from 1994 to 2000," said Skillet, lead singer of the Oceanside punk band now called Wanted Dead. "We figured we had the rights [to the name] when we put out the ...

We're changing our name to 'Rouge'

"We're changing our name to 'Rouge,' like Moulin Rouge," says Tori, a waitress at the Hustler Bar-Grill on 624 E Street. There is a rumor that the restaurant is being shut down due to pressure ...

John Zorn

John Zorn has never played San Diego. The jazz sax player seldom comes out west, so his appearance at the Disney Redcat Center in downtown Los Angeles was a rare appearance outside New York. The ...

A Florida Newspaper Writes

A Florida newspaper writes, "Louis XIV, a San Diego foursome set to release its major-label debut on Atlantic in April, is better when it locks into a tight, retro groove: Big, dumb, loud rock 'n' ...

Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson, founder and former CEO of San Diego's mp3.com, launched his newest digital music venture February 9. Headquartered in San Diego, mp3tunes.com offers around 300,000 songs from more than 22,000 artists (although most, at ...

The Sound of Music

I had two parties one night that couldn't have been further apart in the music spectrum. The first was for a heavy metal band, and the second was hosted by a woman who works at ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago All I wanted to do was see Taj Mahal in concert again, and I figured at a college campus it would be a pretty easygoing experience. Outside the gym at San Diego ...

In Fond Remembrance of Me: A Memoir of Myth and Uncommon Friendship in the Arctic

In Fond Remembrance of Me: A Memoir of Myth and Uncommon Friendship in the Arctic FROM THE DUST JACKET: Howard Norman spent the fall of 1977 in Churchill, Manitoba, translating into English two dozen "Noah ...

Dreaded Moments

“He always wanted to open a place which gave you the real street food from Tijuana. No frills.”

Gambling Gourmands, Part I

Eight restaurants under one roof! That's what Harrah's Rincon promises not only to gamblers, but to residents of the restaurant-starved area around Valley Center, five miles northeast of Escondido. What drew me northward was the ...

Tour the Tijuana Estuary National Estuarine Research Reserve for a look at some of the 400+ species of birds that visit or nest here.

Four square miles of marshes, tidal creeks, and sage-and chaparral-covered hillsides in and around the Tijuana River Estuary enjoy federal protection under the tongue-twisting title "Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve." The area includes Border ...

Remedial math

San Diego Unified school board chairman Luis Acle, elected this past November, has lost a round against Uncle Sam in U.S. Tax Court. According to an opinion dated June 23 of last year, Acle, representing ...

Something Happened to Michael

'At the beginning of his term, [San Diego District 2 councilmember] Michael Zucchet stopped Sports Arena redevelopment, which already had requests for proposals out," says John McNab. "I'll give him credit for that. But later ...

Ketching Up with Dad

How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea... All that is required to feel that...here and now is a ...

Chatterbox Agenda

On air: beware. Cock an eyebrow at money advisors who flaunt their expertise over the airwaves. They may be getting secretly paid to tout a stock or have an undisclosed relationship with a firm they ...

Rootsy Americana

"We love that music and, as soon as we thought of the name, we couldn't resist."

Anchor Point Church

"Nobody wants to talk about failure," said Pastor Ryan Sharp. "As a new church, you try hard to build it and then you slap God's name onto it, so there is a certain sense of ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

"I GOTTA GO SEE ANGIE TODAY," Isaac said. "For what?" "Because, she's gonna give me something." "What?" "What do you think?" "Oh. Well, we better get this truck back together. Hand me the half-inch socket." ...

Walking California

Carlisle Pryce is a naturalist. Old school. He reserves for himself one day every week and hikes seven, eight, nine miles. He paints and takes photographs. He knows the names and characteristics of all the ...

Flooring

Our 1930s house feels cramped. We love the elegant living room with its coved ceiling, candlelit alcoves, and art deco fixtures, but it doesn't hold a big gathering well. No more than six diners can ...

The spit-pee connection

Hey Matt: Why is it that when a man is standing at a urinal urinating, he indulges himself in the urge to expectorate? I do it, I'll bet even you do it! I've seen it ...

Ups and downs in the queen business

Dear Matt: My boss says that Queen Victoria died by being crushed by a horse in an unusual kind of "riding accidentl" He says she had a stallion rigged up I some kind of a ...

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