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Would Kate Turn in Her Grave?

A proposed change from Kate Sessions Park’s 12-hour alcohol ban to a 24-hour alcohol ban was on the Santa Clara/Pacific Beach Recreation Council’s agenda on Tuesday, January 19. Some of the reasons given for the ...

Citifyin'

The downtown area of El Cajon will continue its transformation with the approval of the Prescott Promenade project plans by the El Cajon City Council during their January 12 meeting. The promenade is a small ...

Burgundies on the Block

I have no idea if it’s any kind of leading economic indicator, but according to Amanda Keston, director of client services for the newly formed Spectrum Wine Auctions, “The wine-auction market has turned the corner. ...

Every Tuesday...

After it all happened, she said, “When the dog started barking, I knew there was something wrong.” It was a beautiful day in October, and we had left San Diego in the early morning, trying ...

Vital Link Trail

The practically straight-up Vital Link Trail connects popular Wildwood Canyon Park in the Verdugo foothills with the Verdugo Mountains crestline. Almost every step on the trail yields a higher vantage for the panoramic view of ...

Letters

Dangerous Skating My name is Michael Esordi, and as a longtime and legitimate member of the cryptozoology community, I would like to address a few points in this article by James Snyder (“I Just Found ...

Tierrasanta Baptist Church

I don’t usually talk theology while I’m working. But last Sunday, as I took in the broad, airy, blue-tinged church interior before the service, executive pastor Lance Stratton approached me. “I’m doing the hardest thing ...

Big Hair and Big Hearts

Thursday 21Sezio, a local not-for-profit artist’s collective, provides a platform for San Diego artists and musicians. They’ll be hosting a benefit for that cause at Casbah tonight with a remix set by IDM band Jamuel ...

Thanks, Girlfriend

Members of Dynamite Walls write and record radio-ready pop-rock from their Encinitas home base. But if Tom Pritchard had not broken up with his girlfriend five years ago, there might not be a band today. ...

Yonder Lies It

Crime, of Course As a native tijuanense, I always tend to have my city on my mind even though I find myself in the northernmost part of Europe: Sweden. The internet age has made it ...

January 14 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. Sheila Agahan-Price, Oceanside, 2. Chork Pops, doobalee and chitchen bobo! Ron Akers, Sabre Springs, 2. I love you Sandy Lucy Alderson, Chula Vista, 2. Congratulations Kevin!! Mary Arana, Encinitas, 2. ...

Who Are the Hi-Five?

Winning their fourth straight AFC West championship, the San Diego Chargers ended their regular season as a possible Super Bowl team. As their postseason commenced last Sunday, one could imagine hopeful Bolts faithful singing along ...

Radiation & Roaches, Shortening & Oil

Hey, Matt: I have a question about cockroaches. You always hear that after we bomb everything else off the earth, all that will be left are cockroaches. Is this true? If it is true, how ...

One-Night Stands

Long-gone locals reuniting to play the Casbah this week include the Dave and Deke Combo (January 22), the Dragons (January 23), and a triple-reunion bill on Saturday, January 30, with new-wave pioneers the Unknowns (1979–1982), ...

Dracula's Music Cabinet

Alan Garth’s record collection is too big to fit into his North Park row house. For now, he keeps his 2000 or so discs in storage. Garth’s living room is without television and instead is ...

Looking into Outsiders

Thirty Years AgoYou are floating weightless in a warm, still place where only now and then do feathery tendrils of sensation tickle your naked body. But your eyes are wide open and nothing covers them ...

Mania with Meaning

David Rabe set Hurlyburly, a three-hour emotional maelstrom, in the Hollywood Hills, early ’80s. As I watched Ion Theatre’s snappy, polished, visceral production, I had a nagging sense of déjà vu. Then it dawned: I ...

Coq au Vin

Recipe by Matt Richman, executive chef, Market Street Café. I like the colors and freshness of food. The simplicity of it. That’s really where it’s at, I think. In a perfect world, I would love ...

Finding Fergal

There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what would otherwise be an impertinence delightful. — Katherine Tynan Hinkson "‘Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,' as Father Neil would ...

January 14 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. Righteous-Egotistical-Polarized-Uber-Bubbas-Lackies-Inane-Crass-Anal… Rainier Bernardo, San Diego, 2. Shop the Spare Room Ladies Consignment in Bonita Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 2. Giuliani "No attacks under Bush!" ...

Waiting on a Storyline

The United States Mass Media Directorate is housed in a Washington D.C. secret facility often rumored to exist but never acknowledged by our government. This is where journalists, magazine editors, filmmakers, television producers, cable-news executives, ...

Incredible shrinking foundation

La Jolla’s Helen K. and James S. Copley Foundation still has $3 million left to pay on its $6 million 2008 pledge to the UCLA Foundation, endowing the David C. Copley Chair for the Study ...

Hello? Hello? Can You Hear Me Now?

Suppose colleagues often call the house, even in the early hours. This morning you’re half dressed and still sipping coffee when the phone rings. It’s an important business call, but your ride to a sales ...

Stanley Clarke Band

The Stanley Clarke Band plays the Belly Up Tavern on Sunday, January 24. I was first exposed to Stanley Clarke from my dad’s [records] when I was about six or seven. One particular album cover ...

Back to Where You Once Belonged

“The ball is in our court, and we have to totally kick ass,” writes Kevin Martin, pianist and vocalist for San Diego indie-pop band Get Back Loretta. On January 28, the band will play a ...

Claire Daly

Claire Daly blows the biggest of big saxes, the baritone sax. It is a monster, maybe twice the size of its cousin, the tenor sax. It takes big air to make sound come out of ...

Free and easy

The 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the Del Mar Fair, has been kind to local politicians, giving them free passes to various events, according to state disclosure forms. Del Mar city councilman Mark Filanc ...

Downward spiral

A tough economy, along with program budget cutbacks, has hit KPBS, the public broadcast operation run by San Diego State University, particularly hard over the past year, raising questions about the long-term viability of its ...

I Seek Knowledge of the Real World

I’ve been restraining an emotionally disturbed teenager for an hour. It’s midnight and I’m sore. All I can hear are feral screams. According to the usual platitudes, college should be the gateway to more money ...

Pizza High

Omygod. She’s eating her pizza with her knife and fork. Then again, she’s English. “What do you think, Robin?” She takes a sip of her English breakfast tea. My old buddy Robin looks up from ...

Your Week

Thursday | 21 THE REALLY HOT JUNGLE SHOW Puppet Express presents all sorts of animal tales during this puppet show by Enid Bartnicki, including Aesop’s fable The Lion and the Mouse and the African tale ...

Swimming

for Marilyn My old friend and I step down into the pool’s warm chlorinated water, no longer thin, dark-haired girls as when we met. We push out into the lap lanes in our women’s bodies. ...

Black Lips

Black Lips came out of Atlanta in the early part of the 21st Century as one of the more promising garage-rock-psychedelic-revivalist bands in years. (The band prefers the term “flower-punk.”) If you were one of ...

Stella!

Pechanga Casino's concert theater isn't exactly where you'd expect rock-music veterans like Aaron Lewis to entertain beer-swigging fans. Its plush carpeting, luxurious seats, and blazer-clad ushers make it better suited for something more cultured, say ...

Watch Your Butts

The San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has been trying to reduce cigarette litter for over ten years, just about the time it takes for a butt to biodegrade and release its hundred plus ...

Idyllwild, California

There’s nothing to do in Idyllwild! Exactly – it’s not Big Bear or Mammoth. Like my family and I, that’s why visitors to the “mile high” town return year after year. There’s not one traffic ...

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