Content for Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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Smooth Sax

Founded in 1977, Forecast specializes in what regional radio used to call “lights-out jazz,” a progressive sort of lounge sound almost verging on rock and roll. Mining the same smooth ground as locals Fattburger and ...

Peep Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Seven Days in May

Leland Batson,Cinephile Seldom have gender stereotypes been explored in such an inventive and playful fashion as in director Charlie Call’s terrific short film, Peep Show. A young woman treats herself to a verbal peepshow in ...

To Begin With

Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart is pretty much the whole show. His Bad Blake, given name to be held back for the gravestone, is an over-the-hill and down-on-his-luck C&W singer still living the life of ...

Lost in Resolution

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s. — Henry Moore January is my least favorite month. February is cozy with groundhogs and hearts, March is revelry with Mardi Gras and St. ...

Undiscovered Piran, Slovenia

Majestic blue waters of the Adriatic Sea splash into the unassuming, picturesque coastal town of Piran, Slovenia. This aged European town on Slovenia’s small stretch of coastline has its own seaside, Mediterranean-like character – quiet ...

Melon Gazpacho

Recipe by Patrick Ponsaty, executive chef, Bernard’O Restaurant As a fifth-generation chef, my father didn’t give me another choice or allow me to take another direction. He owned a restaurant in Cazeres, France. I started ...

Soup of the Evening

So, holidays are over, all the fun is gone. All the money’s gone. Sorry, Gate, but you got here late, all the jive is gone. What now? Drown your Visa bill in a nice hot ...

Happy Hour with Aguilar

The shiver. Down my spine. Can’t help feeling it every time I walk into Old Town. Honest. Something happens when you saunter up that dusty path from the trolley-bus depot, around the wooden fences, and ...

I Never Thought I'd Become a Welfare Queen

Poverty does not become me. I’m sure it doesn’t become anyone, but it really doesn’t become me. I was supposed to be somebody by now, and by that I mean somebody other than this woman ...

Record Release Roundup

Acoustic minimalist Drew Andrews, between Via Satellite and Album Leaf projects, debuts a new solo CD at the Casbah on January 13. The dual record-release party includes Boomsnake, plugging their new EP and 7” Re/Visions, ...

Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Parish

“Do you know about this priest?” asked the man next to me in the pew, referring to Father Phien Van Pham, the Vietnamese celebrant. “He was persecuted for his faith — he spent quite a ...

Up, But Not Way Up

Last year, the San Diego economy did poorly, although it was picking up a bit in the final several months. This year, it should do moderately better. Alan Gin, economist at the University of San ...

Holdsworth, Bozzio, Levin, Mastelotto

It is doubtful that anyone who knows who these guys are would mind my calling them a supergroup. In the classic sense of the term, that is exactly what they are — a traveling supergroup ...

Scandals of 2009

Government officials say they’re hard up for funds, but most can’t seem to resist spending for lobbying activities. A recently filed disclosure report covering the third quarter of last year shows that District Attorney Bonnie ...

Cash up front

San Diego politicos spent the last month of 2009 raising money for the 2010 election season. Contributors included the California Medical Association, which gave $7800 to San Diego city councilman Ben Hueso’s Democratic assembly bid. ...

When the Horses Are Gone

I asked Sergeant Bret Righthouse about the bad old days, back in 1994, before a cadre of mounted San Diego Police Department officers began routinely patrolling Balboa Park. Transients and illegal aliens had set up ...

Flat Cat Canyon

Flat Cat Canyon is the curious name given to a rugged gorge southwest of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park visitor center and not far outside the community of Borrego Springs. Park rangers once found a ...

Good and Uggly

SO UGLY THEY’RE CUTE? San Diegans seem to be giving one latest trend the boot. While over-the-knee latex and leather boots were parading on the catwalks of New York and Paris, the streets of San ...

1169 Miles Away

San Diego, Texas lies 52 miles west of Corpus Christi and 1169 miles east of San Diego, California. It occupies 1.6 square miles on the county line between Duval and Jim Wells counties and is ...

Letters

Praise The Pharmaceutical Companies Re “The Little Pills That Sent Me on My Journey” (Cover Story, December 31). I always enjoy the Reader and have never felt the need to actually send an email to ...

Sonic Youth

In 2007 I was lucky enough to see Sonic Youth play their landmark 1988 album Daydream Nation in its entirety. From opener “Teen Age Riot” to the closing “Trilogy: Eliminator Jr.,” it was awesome. For ...

Broken Hearts, Sick Flies

Heymatt: Why when a guy breaks up with you do people say you have a broken heart? Where did your heart start to be the same as sadness or emotions? How can your heart break? ...

Hobnobbing at the Hob Nob

It is the Sunday after Thanksgiving, two days after “Black Friday,” a term originating (according to Wikipedia) with the Philadelphia PD in the 19th Century to denote this holiday’s weekend traffic that is a bitch ...

Regarding Michael Oher

It’s probably impossible to know the truth of it now. I’m talking about Michael Oher, starting right tackle for the Baltimore Ravens and subject of a hit movie titled The Blind Side (said film cost ...

Culture vulture

He’s the son of Alex Spanos and the president of the Chargers, currently seeking a multimillion-dollar handout from taxpayers as a condition for building a new stadium somewhere in the county. But La Jollan Dean ...

Hoot, Howl

Thursday 7Few (if any) “alt-rock” bands over the past three decades have held their mettle like NYC art-punk perennials Sonic Youth. Some expert wrote that the band’s a “living glue,” bonding ‘70s post-punk to ‘80s ...

The Frustrated Hobbyist

“Let’s hear it for Carey Driscoll,” says singer Tom Russell from the stage of a Methodist church in Normal Heights. “Carey Driscoll, my favorite promoter, tryin’ to keep folk music alive. Man! Some of those ...

December 31 Crossword Contenders

* Sheila Agahan-Price, Oceanside, 14. I do this for my Dad. Miss you so much. Woody Anderson, Carmel Valley, 14. God Jul och gott nytt ar till alla svenskar! Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 14. Evelyn Bowser, ...

December 31 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 14. What RUSH-Cheney have n'common? Heart Attack away from DAMNATION! Paul Brugger, Downtown, 14. Let 2010"s economy rebound, where recession ends and jobs abound Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 14. I ...

Almonds

New Year. No more chips. Almonds! Hubby Patrick, friend Lissa, and I sat down for a tasting, beginning with the kind most likely to be served in-flight: Blue Diamond Roasted & Salted ($3.49 for 6 ...

Stories that kicked off a new year

Thirty Years AgoDear Matthew Alice:We were wondering if any photo developers in the San Diego area develop nude photos. We have tried most of the conventional sources (Dean’s, Save-On), but we’ve always had our negatives ...

Happy Holly Daze

I went to a huge Christmas party a couple of weeks ago at the University Heights home of Liz Abbott and Kent Johnson. They publish the San Diego Troubadour — a local paper that covers ...

Cheap Suit Serenader

“I used to sell 78s to Robert Crumb,” says Folk Arts Rare Records owner Louis Curtiss of the cartoonist and musician whose Book of Genesis: Illustrated currently tops the New York Times’ hardcover graphic books ...

Eng's M.E.B. Theory

“After being in the local scene for two years, I’ve seen a lot of people come and go,” says singer-songwriter Kenny Eng, who cites three factors that he feels are most responsible for failing at ...

You Should Know Better By Now

Much as I want to get behind a band from my old Maryland stomping grounds (Wheaton, Rockville), I'm as bored as I am impressed by Hotspur. My feelings really don't apply -- these guys have ...

Plastic Guitar

Genial Sacramento eccentric Anton Barbeau travels to England for this one, and writes about same for his first song, no less. Other selections highlight the thin line between Esperanto and joyous gibberish, with backwards- and ...