Content for Thursday, February 24, 2005

News & Stories

Leavin' On a Jet Plane

Tax dollars fund airport blitzkrieg.

The state law that created the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority says nothing about hiring a small army of pollsters, political consultants, and public relations people to sell voters on moving the airport. That, ...

Meat, Tomato, Lettuce

Movies reviewed this week: Inside Deep Throat and Nobody Knows

Cab Queen

“It’s something I would like to drink; I like how it has tropical, perfumey, floral qualities to it.”

Surprise Ending

I went to a party last year when local author Jennifer Coburn released her first book, The Wife of Reilly. I was surprised when she had a party for her next book, Reinventing Mona, coming ...

"Gonzo"

"Gonzo" journalist/author Hunter S. Thompson shot himself in his Aspen home Sunday. My friend Doug called me four months ago and asked if I wanted to go meet Thompson in L.A. He was doing a ...

According to Troy Johnson

According to Troy Johnson on February 3's Fox Rox, "In March Clear Channel Communications is going to spin off four of its San Diego stations, including 91X. Our inside source says that 91X is being ...

Is Blink-182 Still a Band?

Questions about the future of Poway's most successful musical group began to percolate after the trio blew off a well-publicized tsunami benefit concert last Friday at the Pond in Anaheim that featured Linkin Park, No ...

Kuumba Fest 2005

Kuumba Fest 2005 at the San Diego Rep's Lyceum starts tomorrow, Friday, February 25, and includes African drumming, jazz, and gospel. "Each band is made up of young people," says Daj-ahn Blevins, artistic director. Acts ...

"I Know Atheists Who Love Gospel Music"

"I know atheists who love gospel music." Lord Chris, 56, is now on Tijuana's XRCN (1470 AM) as of February. "We are the only English-speaking show on that station." Heard Sundays from 7 to 8 ...

"He's Dead in the Water"

"He's dead in the water," said an insider last week about recent developments concerning Mike Glickenhaus and his attempts to purchase Clear Channel's Mexican stations. "He can't get the money. I heard he paid a ...

I Called the Casbah and Asked for a Refund

"I called the Casbah and asked for a refund, and they flat out said no," e-mails Sam Sheppard about the Razorlight show on January 24. "The singer sounded like he had the flu or something, ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago Who among your readership knows enough about such obscure references as a "vacant Tunisian landscape" or "Hawks's (movie) His Girl Friday of 1940" or the "genteel fiction of Eudora Welty" to make ...

February House: The Story of W.H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane and Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee, Under One Roof in Wartime America

February House: The Story of W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane and Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee, Under One Roof In Wartime America. North Point Press, 2005; 166 pages; $22. FROM THE ...

Think Persian

“I’m sitting. Don’t think my legs’ll hold up for how long this is gonna take.”

Skinless Mystic

Life-size paintings of men, women, gods, goddesses, and human anatomy convey the convergence of the spiritual, medical, and psychotropic influences on Alex Grey's portrayal of the divine. These paintings are on display for Grey's five-year ...

Harding Canyon's rain-swollen stream leaps over boulders and tumbles through the Santa Ana Mountains.

The "Seven Pools hike" into the upper reaches of Harding Canyon will simply amaze you -- assuming you go before summer's heat and drought dries up the canyon's lively, crystalline, spring-fed stream. It's almost unbelievable ...

Gambling Gourmand 2: Go Back, Jack

When the Santa Anas sent the downtown air pollution score to a choking 106, my partner and I drove an hour north for a few days of good country air and culinary research at Harrah's ...

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. -- Marion C. Garretty 'I want to make a toast," Jane said, lifting her glass, "to our guys. All of us are ...

Red, white, and drugged

A Department of Veterans Affairs audit has discovered rampant irregularities in the handling of narcotics and other controlled substances at La Jolla's V.A. Hospital. According to the report, the VA Inspector General Office's "collaboration in ...

Alex the Greek

Chargers owner Alex G. Spanos, the megamillionaire who reportedly wants San Diego taxpayers to give him 60 acres of prime Mission Valley property as part of his latest stadium scheme, has turned Hollywood mogul. The ...

The Objective Is to Dominate

On the north side of the Tijuana River, across from the Zona Rio, stands a shopping center with a department store, a dozen or so nondescript shops, and "World Famoso" Señor Frog's nightclub. Between the ...

Will Clean Giant Nab WD-40?

For more than three decades, San Diego icon WD-40 didn't have to worry about competition. It sold a legendary lubricant by a name that came to be used in 80 percent of U.S. homes. Profits ...

Wild Truth

"We just couldn't all get it together in the same place at the same time."

The ManKind Project

Galloping Horse, Soaring Eagle, Temple Badger, and Powerful Jaguar are some of the 30 graduates of the New Warrior Training Adventure. The New Warrior Training is a weekend retreat facilitated by The ManKind Project (MKP). ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

"I WANT TO GO ON OPRAH AND HAVE HER ANNOUNCE ME AS 'The Man Who Made Wearing Skirts Okay,'" David gushed. The others at the party hardly noticed the frilly petticoat purposefully pouring from his ...

Geezer Sports

There are senior tours for golf, tennis, billiards, and bowling -- sports that are normally not identified with broken clavicles, necks, and spines. In other words, sports that have nothing to do with rodeos. On ...

Housecleaning Services

When my husband Patrick sneezes, the house rattles. And it's rarely just one sneeze; three seems to be the minimum. His attempts at sneeze control are all in vain, and his schnozz is getting more ...

Ft. Knox: plenty of tanks, maybe no gold

Hey Matt! How much gold is in Fort Knox? Is it true that it hasn't been physically audited since the Eisenhower administration? Why can't we sell off the gold now and fund Social Security or ...

Sour Cream and Onion Doritos: just a dream?

Dear Matt: Did Doritos ever have a sour cream and onion flavor? I could swear they had them when I was a kid, green bag and all, but my friends say it never existed. Please ...