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Mexican Institute of Sound

The Mexican Institute of Sound is not an institute, nor is it much of a band. Rather, it is the side project of one man, a Mexico City–based record company executive named Camilo Lara, whom ...

Morbid Curiosity

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. — Dorothy Parker ‘Huh. I never thought about it like that.” The others paused in a conversation they were having about cocktails and ...

No Picture-Perfect Vote

American elections lore over the last 50 years is rife with tales of funny business, from charges of a Chicago graveyard vote in 1960 to the hanging chads count in 2000. But such anomalies in ...

Faucet-Pee Correlation, Ducks in a Row

Hey, Matt: When I turn on the faucet, the rush of water makes me have a painful urge to urinate, and I mean physically. It feels as if I’m going to wet my pants if ...

Happy Pi Day!

Thursday 11Bar Pink books a doozie of a double-bill tonight and one of this week’s many sets-to-see, so let’s hop to: U.K. quartet Lovvers will woo you with the blown tones off their art-punk debut ...

Fairy Tale, with Knives

If you get the chance, do see Moonlight Stage Productions’ wonderful Ring Round the Moon. It’s got a terrific cast, a handsome look, humor, brainteasers, and panache — and closes March 21. Asked what he ...

Media Hawk, March

Given the amount of ink — virtual and otherwise — flying around San Diego media-land these days, one might think that World War III had broken out at UCSD. The online NBC San Diego headline ...

For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry

For first he looks upon his fore-paws to see if they are clean. For secondly he kicks up behind to clear away there. For thirdly he works it upon stretch with the fore paws extended. ...

Little Wonder

Well, you wouldn’t expect Tim Burton to do a remake of Pollyanna, would you? Or Little Women or Anne of Green Gables or anything that might push back against the enveloping voguish “darkness,” anything that ...

Maranatha Chapel

Maranatha Chapel is a big church. The kind with a proper campus. The kind with a lot going on outside the Sunday service, including weekday small-group discussion of the previous Sunday’s sermon. (Sunday’s sermon notes ...

Letters

Podder’s Pride Ms. Rejas’s (“Filipino Rules,” Cover Story, March 4) “podder” must be gloating with bragging rights for having a daughter who single-handedly made fun of her family, her upbringing, and her culture in one ...

Strike Three at Copley?

Copley Press sold the Union-Tribune cheap but for good reasons: it was doing even worse than other ailing metro newspapers. Now the company, the last remnant of the old newspaper empire, is selling the rest ...

Off the Street

I was shocked — shocked, as Claude Rains said to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca — to see Funky Garcia’s sign being put up above the Sun Cafe’s a few months back. Actually, I did go ...

Hot Off the Griddle

Let’s see if I can reconstruct the fantasy I was operating under. It starts with a friend of mine, Philip Burns (landscape architect, retired Cal professor, Harvard Ph.D.), and a book he praised, Up and ...

Rock n' Proverbs

Hard-rocking, Christian, and proud, Thieves & Liars pulled no punches on their debut, When Dreams Become Reality, a concept album based on the Old Testament story of Joseph. Now they’re back with a more straightforward ...

Vitamin B Shots

“Drop your drawers, Patrick,” I called to my husband as I arrived home from grocery shopping. “It says here on this flyer that Dr. Kelly Austin is offering vitamin B12 shots at the La Mesa ...

Jonny Be Good

The first time Jonny Donhowe (fluf, Jalopy, Olivelawn, Diablo Dimes) heard the Mikey Show “testimony,” he thought it was a morning-show bit that lampooned televangelists. “I thought it was a joke. I thought, This is ...

So Cow

Brian Kelly is an Irishman who was living in South Korea when he decided to put together a musical project inspired by the scrappy-sounding likes of the Lucksmiths from Australia, the Clean from New Zealand, ...

Bersin’s bash

Three ex-U.S. Customs chiefs are getting antsy about the long delay in confirming onetime San Diego city schools chief Alan Bersin as the nation’s next commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. “It is hard to ...

March 4 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 9. Lay down with dogs- republicans, wake up with fleas- maggots! Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 9. Silencio! Naomi Watts gives Rita a tour through Diane's hell Jean Bradley, Spring Valley, ...

March 4 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 9. Newport is a city, not a town. Lucy Alderson, Chula Vista, 9. Gray skies are…bringing flowers. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 9. Hi- This one's for Jimmy! Leo Baggerly, Encinitas, 9. If ...

Screen-Glow Soundscapes

“I went rock climbing this morning,” says Daniel Shapira of the Bitwise Operators, a “laptop ensemble” from the University of California San Diego. “I went skiing last weekend,” says Cooper Baker, another member. Here’s the ...

Peace’s pieces

Who is putting up the money for the latest volley of direct mail from ex-Democratic state senator Steve Peace’s California Independent Voter Project? Because the group is a nonprofit 501(c)4 corporation, it doesn’t have to ...

The King and Queen of San Diego

November 21, 2009 — A gold-rimmed sea serpent undulates around a trident along the end of the narrow blue flag as it ripples in the morning breeze that blows across the gopher-pocked green of Lakeside’s ...

Here's the Deal: Tower Bar

Tower Bar’s namesake tower in City Heights is visible from blocks away, jutting skyward between Vietnamese Laundromats and Ethiopian restaurants like a cartoon monument to a forgotten Aztec deity. The place is almost at maximum ...

From Disneyland to Ducasse

As my posse and I settled down and looked at the latest menu at Blanca, I sang out happily, “Thank God, it’s not the same old food again!” There’s a new gunfighter in town; he’s ...

Recession-Proof Rock

“The strippers were breaking it down next door and kept us all very entertained when the band wasn’t onstage,” says Caustic Felon guitarist Matt Arbaugh of playing the VIP room of the Pure Platinum strip ...

Burning of Bridges

Burning of Rome gave a surprise show at U-31 on Friday, February 26, for former bandmate Tracy Morris. The band’s energetic stage presence, however, was allegedly met by hostility from club security. “They went all ...

Music Zirconia

“Many of our tribute acts look like the original artists in their hungry glory years,” says Brent Meyer, co-owner of Music Zirconia, “not the tired, uninspired versions that might have last toured, if the original ...

Anti Citizens' "Effortlessly"

Anti Citizens are Mr. Ridley (rhymes and beats), Bazerkowitz (rhymes), and DJ Artistry (turntablism). Their song “Effortlessly” (featuring Ras Kass and Apathy) was the most-downloaded local MP3 from SDReader.com during February. Ridley provided some background. ...

Sailing in San Diego

Thirty-Five Years AgoThere are other, larger reasons for the existence of sailing clubs, of course. For one thing, they provide a social refuge for old families steadily assaulted by Southern California’s percolating nouveau riche. If ...

Citizens Sour on Lemon Grove?

Dozens of Lemon Grove residents assembled inside the city's community center for Lemon Grove City Council's March 9 meeting. On the docket for the night was the City's $987,000 budget shortfall and whether the council ...

Indulge in Monte-Carlo, Monaco

The Nice-Cote d’Azur International Airport is a half-hour drive from one of the most unique places on the planet. A district of the Principality of Monaco, Monte-Carlo is located in the French Riviera on the ...

Median Income

On March 7, two panhandlers were stationed at the intersection of Mira Mesa Boulevard and Westview Parkway. One of the two men stood on the center divider of Westview Parkway while another stood on the ...

Emergency Overkill?

At approximately 1:15 p.m. on March 7, two cars were involved in a head-on collision near Ramona. An unidentified 19-year-old female lost control of her vehicle and veered into the opposing lane. The driver and ...

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