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Let the Night Fall

The mighty Tris McCall. Straight out of Jersey (City). Track one clarifies (as in butter) the narrator's inability to portray himself in life as he feels with the ultimate college radio station (which eventually lost ...

Creative Concepts

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. — Oscar Wilde ‘See how calm that water looks? That’s because it’s a long exposure. ...

Casting call

Hopes were high for California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission last December, when nearly 30,000 applications poured in from all over the state for a seat on the 14-member board that is to draw up new boundaries ...

Stay There

I mentioned last week that I was on my way to Point Reyes. There’s a birding festival headquartered in Point Reyes Station, a small, unincorporated town set next to the park. Bird festivals are everywhere, ...

Double Cheapburger

‘Where are you?” says Carla. “You don’t want to know,” I say. “Oh no. Not…?” “Yes, I’m afraid so.” “Not Mc…aaargh! Say the name.” “Mc…Mc…McD-d-d-d…” “McDonald’s. Say it!” It feels better when I finally blurt ...

Where to take my out-of-town visitors?

“They’re coming…” Carla stares at the computer screen. Her face is like a little girl’s. “That they’d come all this way,” she says, “just for my birthday. I can’t believe it.” I’m reading the email ...

April 22 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. Sheila Agahan-Price, Oceanside, 2. Ron Akers, Sabre Springs, 2. We need a hockey team. Woody Anderson, Carmel Valley, 2. I thought that the Lone Ranger said Hi-Ho Silver? Mary Arana, ...

Avett Brothers

North Carolina brothers Scott and Seth Avett have been playing folk-inspired music as the Avett Brothers since 2000 and rock ’n’ roll in other bands before that. Through constant touring and a series of albums ...

Fun raising

Politics can be fun and profitable at the same time. Just ask GOP congressman Duncan Hunter. On March 29, his reelection campaign offered special seats at a Bon Jovi concert held at Verizon Center in ...

Letters

What An Insult I was insulted by your article “Broken Skull, Broken Heart” (Cover Story, April 22). I was one of the physicians caring for Dorian. The derogatory depiction of his medical care and physicians ...

Indie-pendent

Kristin Gundred, late of America’s Finest City, got her showbiz start singing and banging drums with San Diego hopefuls Grand Ole Party, although she refuses any party or scene affiliation now (see below). Moving to ...

Easy Does It

This restaurant is closed. Still no alcohol license, still no menu on the website, but I finally gave in — whether it was ready or not, I had to try the Big Easy. The chef/co-owner ...

Peeping Noises, Flies, Shuddering Tongues

Hey, Matt: My son and I were in the park the other day, and we heard this very, very loud peeping noise. We finally decided the peeping was coming from a squirrel. It just kept ...

Orgy of Self-Congratulation

Fore!! Callaway Golf — the big maker of golf clubs, balls, and other accoutrements — has hit an errant shot that may plunk its shareholders on the head. The blog Footnoted.org says Callaway is “taking ...

Historic Papers in the Wind

Bidders at the auction of the now-dissolved James S. Copley Library, held at Sotheby’s in New York City on April 14, drove the price of a 75-word letter signed by one Button Gwinnett to a ...

Record-Release Roundup

The Silent Comedy will throw an April 29 shindig at El Dorado to celebrate their new album Common Faults. “Last time we hosted a party there, we surprised everyone with an impromptu acoustic performance,” says ...

Ice Cream

“It’s hot,” complained Patrick. “Ice cream?” I contemplated the calories. “You know,” I said, “if I’m going to indulge, I’m going to indulge. I want something special.” I put in a call to Niederfrank’s Ice ...

Spirit Animals Unite

Thursday 29Ska septet the Slackers lollyskank into Casbah tonight. The Brooklyn band’s been touring and recording since the early ‘90s, keeping the ska vibe and skinny tie alive with garage-rock undertones. They’re out to tout ...

Evil Empire

“Kim Fowley is seeking groups, solo artists, composers, and lyricists who dream of international stardom,” read the large display ads running in the Reader circa late 1980. Several photos of the man behind jailbait rockers ...

It Drops in May

Circa Now won the Freedom Sessions band competition in 2008, the same year they were nominated for Best Rock Album at the San Diego Music Awards. Among the opportunities that subsequently opened for the glam-garage ...

Cross Church

It is not uncommon for critics of Christian moralism to note that the Bible is chock-full of deeply immoral behavior. And that was what made Sunday’s service at Cross Church so remarkable. There, in a ...

Davit's Weird World

“I’m kinda on rock ’n’ roll probation,” says Davit Buck, of semi-defunct San Diego band the Homeless Sexuals, which at press time was scheduled to reunite its 2005 lineup on April 23 at the Ruby ...

Gay Cops Stay Undercover

Thirty-Five Years AgoI am (choose one or more) appalled, outraged, amazed, mystified, annoyed; at the review of the recent Frans Brueggen/Alan Curtis concert, done by one J. Saville. Although I could not attend the concert ...

April 22 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. "Obama-care" was manure, allowing "tea party" to mature into party… Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 2. Faith. Hope. Love. Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 2. Finished sex-rehab. ...

April 22 Brainstorm Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Pensquitas, 2. Ed Barno, San Diego, 2. Did Leo have a friend named Rex? Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 2. Relative: a person you don't want to lend money to. Ben Espe, Mission ...

Nine Haiku

Spring: lovers hammering together their broken bed — So much work to do I begin by putting it off — Noticing everybody in the bar has missing teeth he leaves early — Next to the ...

Graham Dechter

Graham Dechter’s jazz-guitar sound is right out of the ’30s and ’40s, a musical era that he can have heard only on disc — Dechter is in his early 20s. Dechter’s phrasing is hip, confident, ...

Filet a La Riojana

Recipe by Chef Hugo Arroyo, executive chef, Puerto la Boca (With Roberta Cotta & Carissa Sanchez) I have been a chef since 1981. A good friend of mine was a chef, and he opened a ...

Mason Valley Truck Trail

Two hundred thirty-eight years ago, a small party led by the Spanish Colonel Pedro Fages chased after army deserters from the Presidio of San Diego, trekking through a narrow declivity known as Oriflamme Canyon on ...

Craig Stories, Act 1

Craig Noel died in his home on April third. He was 94. Friends remember the Father of San Diego Theater. THE PERSONConrad Susa, composer. Craig was my deep soul brother. I first met him at ...

Solid Geometry

Had I consented to watch my DVD screener of The Square, there would have been more than a couple of days left in its solo week at the Ken Cinema before I could say that ...

Devilution

The Casbah was the epicenter of seismic activity as Archons, Abrupt, Bison B.C., and Black Cobra conspired to collapse the Midtown venue. The night's most cataclysmic activity, however, came from Oakland’s trio of doom High ...

The "D" Word

“We thought about calling it 'soapbox derby night,' but [then] we thought 'open-mic night' might be more politically correct,” said director of City Planning and Community Investment Bill Anderson. This first open-mic meeting, held April ...

Escondido's Moral Minority

Escondido resident and president of the Chamber of Citizens, Lisa Prazeau, is calling on Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler and city councilmembers Dick Daniels, Sam Abed, and Marie Waldron to stick up for fellow councilmember Olga ...

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