Content for Thursday, June 28, 2007

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How to Paint a Portrait

Elusiveness captured.

The first time I chat with painter David Darrow on the telephone, I ask him how I might pose. I tell him that I like the highly individual stagings of Annie Leibovitz's photographs. Darrow tells ...

Janie Ann Galvin Rescued From Campgrounds, 1961

Five-year-old Janie Ann Galvin, rescued after wandering away from Paso Picacho Campgrounds in the Cuyamacas, April 17, 1961. She'd followed a squirrel. She fell asleep before dark and awoke in the morning. She didn't try ...

Mommy-Lite

The whales, you see, eat up the little fish. -- Thomas Churchyard As Jane piloted her monstrous mom-mobile and I read directions aloud, I was suddenly distracted by the sound of my name. Swiveling in ...

Christian City Church San Diego, Carmel Valley

The resource table by the entrance to the gymnasium that hosted Christian City Church San Diego offered several titles from CCC founder Phil Pringle: You The Leader, Leadership Excellence, Keys to Financial Excellence . The ...

Casing the Joint: Weblog from the Linkery

Title: Casing the Joint: Weblog from the Linkery Address: http://porterx.com/blog/ Author: Jay Porter From: North Park, Golden Heights, etc. Blogging since: September 2005 Post Date: June 19, 2007 Post Title: Today Is Reuben Tuesday We're ...

Tents

My friend Shawn has long endured the nickname "Girlscout," despite the fact that she is over 40. No matter what event she attends, she always comes prepared to provide for herself, her husband, her daughter ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

This film is wholly implausible. In this first scene, the starlet's noisy neighbors disrupt her homework time by banging their headboard against the shared wall. Yet, in the next scene, she's walking downstairs and through ...

Three for the Fourth

The Fourth of July holiday offers a variety of activities and events. If you're of a pioneering spirit and not attached to the idea of oohing and aahing over a light show in the sky, ...

Blue Moon

Sarah was graduating from a high school in Vista, and her family rented a banquet hall at Pechanga casino in Temecula to celebrate. It was a bit of a drive, but it's not football season, ...

Ocean Beach Pier

Name: Junko Brunelle Home: Ocean Beach Vehicle: 2000 Ford Focus wagon Surfing: Ocean Beach Pier Junko Brunelle doesn't like Fords at all. "They break too easily," she says. But she bought her Focus wagon for ...

Free at Last!

The search continues apace for "view restaurants" with cuisine to equal their eye-candy appeal. California Modern, the newly remodeled former dining room at George's at the Cove, is another winner. As soon as the decor ...

Claire Litton in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Flashbulb anticipation The Jonestown massacre was responsible for my growing up bereft of popular culture. Not because I was orphaned by Kool Aid--drinking parents or because I belonged to a cult, but because my mother ...

Strength Is in Low-Pay Jobs

The San Diego economy is like the chap sitting in a restaurant waiting for his sausage sandwich: the wurst is yet to come. The local economy suffers from mild dyspepsia, with employment barely growing, but ...

Hot Couture

"We play what we want to play and the fashion occasionally matches."

Public? Private?

As if Grantville didn't have enough traffic problems, local developer Leon Parma wants to build 588 new condominiums, plus new restaurant and office space, on land he owns in the area. The property sits on ...

In Your Facebook

The late-spring syphilis epidemic at San Diego State is ostensibly over, according to county health officials. Only 3 active cases have been attributed so far to the SDSU "cluster," news of which broke May 3. ...

Shelf-Talkers and The Sweet Spot

"Everybody was cutting throats, giving stuff away just to bring the customer in."

Feldman's Gold

Developer Aaron Feldman and employees of his Sunroad group of companies currently enmeshed in the Montgomery Field office-tower dustup have long bankrolled many local GOP candidates and their causes, including ex-mayor Susan Golding and current ...

"Beefy-T"

Jennifer Morrison Age: 31 Occupation: Interior Designer Lives: Hillcrest Oh, "beefy-T" is one of my favorites. It's a man-y, muscle-y guy who looks like he can throw you around a little. It's a big man ...

The Perfect Storm of Hunger

"Man, is La Jolla always this generous?"

Soldiers, Bullfighters, Cigar Rollers

After a number ended, late in the La Jolla Playhouse's Carmen, five or so dancers stood in a circle, illumined in red. Then four left the stage. The fifth, facing front, remained, as if she ...

Some This. Some That.

Got the California State Games press packet in the mail today. Seems a bit thinner this year. The California games is a development program of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Yes, I understand, you ...

I don't know about you, but if my socks are wet, I can't think about anything else.

Did you ever notice how when you go to sit down at your computer at home to do some work, you notice it really needs some Febreze? Well, maybe you do and maybe you don't, ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago LADY BLUE -- Personal computing? Origami? Tolstoy? Underweight? Lack of skill at chess? Large feet? Colorblindness? Wait a minute, I'm not colorblind. Moron man. BOB HOHMEYER made me blow my whistle during ...

Mexican Standoff

For about a year, David "DJ Faded" Casillas and his partner Hector "DJ Kieto" Topete have promoted hip-hop nights on Fridays at Club Mystere in Tijuana. "We hardly have any problems down there," says Casillas. ...

Live, from Sweden, in Ramona

Molly Malone's in Ramona is home to "the world's first Internet concert club," according to the online 420 Channel. Organizer Jay Znamirowski uses three cameras to film performances, which he edits and then puts up ...

The Damage Done

Local club DJs have been switching over to Serato Scratch Live, a digital system that allows DJs to use turntables in conjunction with laptop computers. With a Serato system (about $500 retail), the DJ uses ...

91X to Rock Harder?

"We're a rock station now" is how one station staffer describes the new direction of 91X. Employees of Finest City Broadcasting who operate 91X have lately been telling others in the industry that the station ...

Jewel Has the Floor...

"I know firsthand what it's like to be young and without a roof over my head," Jewel told members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 19. She testified at a hearing on "the ...

The hike along Blue Ridge in the San Gabriel Mountains affords a dramatic view of snow-covered Mount San Antonio.

Tall, aromatic pines and firs and thin air (elevation averages 7500 feet) lend a High-Sierra feel to the north slope of Blue Ridge, which lies on a high divide of the San Gabriel Mountains near ...