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Mmm-Mmm Good! AWESOME ARTICLE on great soups (“Soup of the Evening,” Restaurant Review, January 7). I shall treasure it. THANK YOU. Eric Alan Jones via email Perfection, At Last I want to congratulate the Reader ...

You Don't Call, You Don't Write...

On June 17, program manager for the City of San Diego's Economic Development Division, Luis Ojeda, responded to a claim from downtown resident Kathy Casey that approximately 2500 downtown residents living in condominiums were overcharged ...

Divorce on steroids

President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Transportation Security Administration, currently stalled by GOP senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, may face even tougher sledding if sensational steroid-use allegations made by the nominee’s ex-wife in ...

I Just Found Bigfoot

On an overcast January day in 2002, I plunged into the backcountry of East County, carrying a half-full pack and weathered walking stick. Hiking into the serene green of silence and solitude was my escape, ...

Coldplay Left Him Cold

Chula Vista, CA. July 16, 2009I am sitting with 19,999 other half-interested fans at an obscenely large amphitheater so close to the international border with Mexico that you could chuck your cell phone and hit ...

Soundtrack DJ

For UCSD grad Devon Goldberg, it’s like doing his old free-form radio show back at the student-run campus station KSDT — but different. Schedule permitting, every Saturday night from 10 p.m. to midnight local time, ...

Dialing Down the Talent Budget

In 1986, Mike Halloran moved to San Diego from Detroit to work at the new “cutting edge” TJ-based rock station 91X. Its DJs had to drive to the Tijuana “bunker on the mountain” studio, which ...

A Trusted Guide

When Marc-André Hamelin walked onstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Sherwood Auditorium on December 18, only the high shine of his shoes looked the part of a world-renowned, super-virtuoso pianist. His rumpled black suit ...

Your Week

Thursday | 14 H3 Brazilian artistic director Bruno Beltrão investigates “intersections of hip-hop technique with contemporary dance.” In this performance, nine Grupo de Rua dancers tackle the limits of coordination and skill, blending elements of ...

Green Tea

“The Chinese proverb says, ‘Better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one,’” proclaimed friend Bernice as she poured a cup of green tea during our afternoon chat. The tea was ...

Cash and carry

Assembly speaker–elect John Perez rolls into town on Saturday, January 23, to raise money at the Mission Bay Hyatt Regency for termed-out Democratic Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña’s bid for county supervisor against incumbent Ron Roberts…The U.S. ...

Free Lunch for Banks

Perhaps you are comforted believing that the U.S. government, Federal Reserve, and Wall Street are all working assiduously to provide you with a job. Ha ha ha ha. Not so. The Federal Reserve, our central ...

The Soup Is Ready

Alan Silva plays mostly acoustic songs in a variety of styles, from indie to folk to country blues. “I take inspiration from many sources in music, as well as from literary figures,” he says. “Compare ...

Paseo del Rey Church

A cheerful, creamy glow filled the broad church; it matched the cheerful, happy buzz of the congregation. A timer warned that the service was about to begin, but it had to be rolled back a ...

Good Buy

First let me confess. I do not know what I’m talking about. Anything naive, ill-informed, mistaken in what follows will be admitted freely without need of threat or torture. I am confident I speak for ...

Golden Oldie

Last week’s search for great soups brought me to Dobson’s famed mussel bisque and thence to their website, where I discovered a well-kept secret, their 25th-anniversary special of a three-course prix fixe (weekdays, 3:00–7:00 p.m.) ...

Passing game

A combination of well-connected charities and business groups have been given tickets to Chargers games, thanks to San Diego–elected officials. Recipients of the city’s stash of free tickets, the giveaway of which now has to ...

Vintage 1915

Lowell Kiesel, founder of the Carvin Corporation, died in San Diego on December 28. He was 94. Carvin, based in San Diego, is one of the oldest manufacturers of guitars and amplifiers in California. “His ...

Quite a Hike for Picadillo

I’ve got to thank the MTS for this find. They canceled the 962 night-bus service on weekends from the Eighth Street trolley to Spring Valley and back. Who knew? And I’ve just missed the last ...

Fish Eyes, More on Mushrooms, Estate Sales

Hey, Matt: Why is it that when I am swimming in the ocean or a pool and I open my eyes underwater it’s all blurry. Fish, birds, and marine mammals seem to be able to ...

A Way with Words

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer. — Marshall Lumsden "Dododummyshutup,” said my friend Joe the sommelier. His cheeks reddened, corroborating the statement ...

Otis Taylor

Like a modern-day John Lee Hooker, Otis Taylor can make an entire song from a single riff. Hooker conjured powerful emotions with little more than a guitar and a somnolent mumble. Taylor, a multi-instrumentalist and ...

White Denim

The first time you hear White Denim’s “I Start to Run,” it sounds so great you can’t believe it. There’s powerful drumming, a driving bass line, cool stabs of guitar playing, and full-bodied shouting. In ...

A Shift to the Left, Hocus, Self-Made Men

Artist: A Shift to the LeftSong: “Like a Fox” Heard by: Don White, University CityEarly in life, jazz was described to me as “play a wrong note and it’s a wrong note; play the wrong ...

Making a Difference

Last fall, the story made its way around the media fish tank to the North County Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Orange County Register, Orlando Sentinel, Honolulu Advertiser, and Anchorage Daily News, to dog websites, surfer ...

"On the Loose" by Clay Pigeons

“On the Loose” by hip-hop duo Clay Pigeons (featuring guest performer Main Flow) was the most-downloaded local MP3 from SDReader.com during December 2009. Songwriter Jimmy Powers provided some background. If you could sum up the ...

No I.D., No Comment

Voice Growing Fainter? Numbers have taken a free-fall to 20,000–25,000 The beginnings were auspicious enough — and Voice of San Diego garnered copious praise from various media-watchers who anointed it as a model for the ...

January 7 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 1. * Sheila Agahan-Price, Oceanside, 1. Happy Birthday to my sis, Cher. Ron Akers, Sabre Springs, 1. Go Chargers! Lucy Alderson, Chula Vista, 1. Whew! Mary Arana, Encinitas, 1. Support the ...

January 7 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 1. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 1. "Obama-Goldman-Sachs-nomics!"..... just like 3-peat of Reagan- ... Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 1. I love you more today than yesterday… Pat Upton Rainier Bernardo, San Diego, ...

My Agent Says

My agent says Los Angeles will call. My broker says to sell without delay. My doctor says the spot is very small. My lover says get tested right away. My congressman says yes, he truly ...

More Community, Less College

On a warm September afternoon last fall, Scott Freeman sat at an outdoor table near the art department at San Diego City College. Dressed in jeans and a black-and-gray-striped bowling shirt that covered his noticeable ...

Hockey Night

Thursday 14Chicago bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards takes the stage at AcousticMusicSanDiego (4650 Mansfield Street, Normal Heights) tonight. The 94-year-old guitarist, a contemporary and consort of blues luminaries Pinetop Perkins and Robert Johnson, will be presented ...

Jack Sprat and His Wife

In the bottom circle of Dante’s Inferno, Satan is a gigantic, three-headed monster waist-deep in a lake of ice. His three mouths chew the world’s worst traitors: Brutus and Cassius, who killed Caesar, to the ...

Man Plans, God Laughs

“I’ve known film director Jeromy Cox for 20 years or so,” says Trophy Wife singer-guitarist Joe MacAskill, “and when he suggested I wear a horse costume for the video [“Move to the Desert”], I pretty ...

The Vanishing Chaparral

Thirty Years AgoJIM FROM Mom’s Saloon December 8 after Christmas party. Remembering your blue eyes and smile. You haven’t phoned. Let’s go ride wild horses. Country Sue. BRIAN JONES, his ideas stolen, his strengths diminished, ...

Suspicious Sky Light

Last Sunday, January 10, at approximately 10:45 p.m., I was driving my 1998 Honda Civic east on Skyline Truck Trail. My boyfriend and I were heading toward our home in Jamul. We noticed an unusual ...

No Hush

Equality California and the Courage Campaign joined local LGBT individuals and Unite Here Local 30 union members on Saturday, January 9, in the latest demonstration against the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. Participants yelling “boycott” marched ...

Music for the People

The oldest member of the Enemy is 23, but this three-piece from England displays impressive musical maturity. Music for the People is the band's sophomore effort and it delivers, with high-energy crowd-pleasers such as “51st ...

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