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No Cover Charge: Recession-proof entertainment

I am old, I am old. I shall wear my trousers rolled. At 36, I’m a good two years out of the demographic sweet spot, and if people aren’t trying to sell you things, there’s ...

The Abducted

Thirty Years AgoJoan Baez appears at SDSU’s Amphitheatre tonight, Thursday. Baez has always struck me as an opportunist and dilettante, flaunting her political beliefs, her ethnic origins, and her relationship with Bob Dylan.— “THIS WEEK’S ...

Inspiration Point

Long gone are the days when tourists traveled to Inspiration Point — high above Pasadena in the San Gabriel Mountains — by way of the Mount Lowe Railway. The railway, Southern California’s premier tourist attraction ...

A Con Love Story

Marlon Castle, 22, got in line for the entrance to the San Diego Convention Center after having stood in line for 20 minutes at the will-call window for his ticket. The ticket is worn around ...

Wicked

And you thought you knew Oz. I suspect the one thing all Americans have in common, culturally, isn’t the Super Bowl or the Academy Awards. It’s The Wizard of Oz. How many times have you ...

Unappealing Banana Trucks

On a Tuesday afternoon in June, Barry Jung, Dole Food Company’s general manager of West Coast operations, drives his white Ford pickup toward a green-and-black freighter. Every Monday since 2002, when Dole moved its West ...

Swine Fear

Dina is 11, slight in her turquoise hoodie, and dark-haired. She’s finishing up the fifth grade at a private North County middle school where, she says, “there’s a lot going on.” Though she’s too young ...

Plant Singers, Big Cheese

Help, Matt: My friend sings to her plants. She likes to sing anyway, but she says the carbon dioxide she emits when she sings to them helps them grow, since plants absorb carbon dioxide and ...

GoCar, Pedicab, and Segway Tours

‘We just want to toodle around and see the sights,” said Aunt Nancy on the phone before her visit. “And we don’t want to put you out in the slightest.” “How does one toodle?” asked ...

Mission San Diego Church of Christ

“We don’t preach a particular culture,” said Paul Chacon, explaining Mission San Diego Church of Christ’s diversity — of race, of age, even of dress. “It’s not a culture of the American flag — Jesus ...

Los Amigos Invisibles

I don’t care that Venezuelan pop stars Los Amigos Invisibles sing in Spanish and weave cumbia rhythms and congas into their music — they are the sound of American dance floors in the early 1980s. ...

Lindsay White

“When people ask what I’m like onstage,” says Lindsay White, “I tell them to imagine Bob Dylan with a skirt.” The soulful singer-songwriter got her local start playing open mikes around town at venues like ...

Salsa Susie, Tango Tony

On the same weekend last month, I went to two dance parties. One was for a salsa dancer who turned 40. The locale, in P.B., was decorated with pictures of him. A DJ played salsa ...

X-Fest Takes a Rest?

Last year’s X-Fest, headlined by Offspring and Pennywise at the Concerts on the Green facility near Qualcomm, may have ended the event’s 25-year run. When it became clear that 91X would not bring back X-Fest ...

Too Many Cooks

As per its own punchy subhead, Julie and Julia is “based on two true stories,” parallel stories of feminist self-determination, set half a century apart, then and now. One focuses on Julie Powell, a beleaguered ...

It's a Music Thing

Thursday 6The double-X chromosomes are out to rock you tonight, as Casbah hosts Maren Parusel’s anticipated debut seven-inch from Single Screen Records. Since departing Wild Weekend, Parusel’s made do with the limited skill sets of ...

Comfy Cozy

When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat? — Chuck Palahniuk "This is just the kind of thing I was in the mood for," I said, gesturing at my plate ...

No Joke

On July 7, 31-year-old Nick Pizana, aka Big Yikes, of South Bay hip-hop crew South Psycho Cide, passed away from cardiac arrest following a bout with pneumonia. Pizana’s enjoyment of practical jokes had his bandmates ...

Café India’s Famous Potatoes

Recipe from Kirti Srivastava Honestly, I grew up in the restaurant. We’ve had it since I was little, when my parents came to San Diego from Uttar Pradesh to help my uncle. At the time, ...

Come on Over

‘We started a month or so ago. Right now we’re running tournaments twice a month. Our first tournament had five teams. Second tournament, seven. We’ve got 10 or 11 teams signed for Saturday.” Speaking is ...

No Doubt

I was flipping through a newspaper and came across an article about an upcoming show featuring four tribute bands that impersonate, respectively, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Rage Against the Machine. The same ...

Mobley's Money

Some insiders predicted he would be UCSD’s first million-dollar professor, but the state’s financial meltdown apparently dashed those plans. Still, don’t fret for Dr. William Mobley, new chairman of the department of neurosciences at the ...

Serial Office-Holder

Termed-out Democratic state Sen. Christine Kehoe has apparently set her sights on returning to the Assembly. After a failed bid for Congress in 1998, Kehoe, at the time a member of the San Diego city ...

Playing Post Office

The Centre City Development Corp. is paying $10,160 to Heritage Architecture to create a “list of potential new uses, creative adaptive reuse design scenarios and provide cost-estimating services for the selected alternatives,” for rehabilitating the ...

Unforgettable: A Walk on the Stingaree Side Part 6

THE RAID. On September 10, 1909, city prosecutor Edgar Luce, chief of police Keno Wilson, and a detective named Smith crossed the Market Street “dead line” and took a stroll through the Stingaree, San Diego’s ...

Hard Boiled, the Innocents, Jack Frost

Philip Barrett Associate editor, atomicpopcorn.net Hard Boiled is what most action films aspire to be but lose their plot along the way. Directed by John Woo, this opus of bullets actually has a story worth ...

Thai Hot, Lao Hot

“Hot? Hot-hot? Hot-hot-hot?” Sanaa stands there, in one hand a big pestle at the ready, in the other, a bunch of nasty little green and red chili peppers ready to throw in for crushing. Ready ...

Letters

No Debt LoadThis letter is in regards to the following comments by Naomi Wise in her latest restaurant review section (“Top of the World, Ma!” July 16). As a former owner of the Better Half, ...

It's All About Closure

“It came as a pretty big surprise,” says John Cota, guitarist and vocalist for San Diego hardcore act Hostile Comb-Over, after sipping from a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon inside North Park’s Live Wire. Last ...

A Book and a Brew

“I wrote a song that became a children’s book,” says New Archaic singer-violinist Alicia Previn, who will perform “The Earthworm Song” at an August 9 release party for The Earthworm Book at Escondido’s Stone Brewery. ...

July 30 Sudoku Contenders

EVIL Daniel Aames, Carmel Valley, 14. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 14. Linda J. Hall, La Mesa, 14. Thank you Eric for your friendship and hospitality. Norman Kenney, Carlsbad, 14. Gary Mocko, Ocean Beach, 14. PJ ...

July 30 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 29. Bradys did the Hustle on their variety show. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 29. Olga Betteridge, Ocean Beach, 29. No rushing for you! You're stuck with the Ukranian. Tim Betteridge, Hillcrest, 29. ...

Fast and Furious

Looking for ways to slow traffic down in their community, Banker's Hill residents are gaining ground on bringing in additional stop signs along 4th, 5th, and 6th avenues. The residents compare the streets to speedways, ...

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