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Lost In Netflix Land No-o-o-o-o-o!!! Say not so. Duncan, don’t leave! What am I gonna do? Who am I gonna use as a guide for my Netflix queue? Don’t do it! David Waltersvia email True ...

Jungle Fever Spreading

Not long after the March 2009 breakup of Wild Weekend, guitarist Kelly Alvarez and bassist Cara Bowman recruited drummer Mikey Peterson and got started on their new band, the Ramones-influenced garage-rock band Jungle Fever. Since ...

David Elliott’s Declaration of Pleasure

Duncan Shepherd filled this column for 38 years. I step in with gratitude (he asked) and with serene confidence that I will not be writing in 2048. “Style,” said Susan Sontag, “is the principle of ...

Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Pastor: Tim Gerdes Age: 37 Born: Flint, Michigan Formation: Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri Years Ordained: 11 San Diego Reader: Can you think of a time when you gave a sermon that completely flopped? Pastor ...

Southern Shrimp and Grits

Recipe by Camron Woods, chef, Amaya I love the creativity of being a chef. I remember once when I was starting out, a sous chef in the kitchen made everyone a snack to eat and ...

The Crucible at Moxie Theatre

’It were sport, Uncle,” Abigail Williams tells the Reverend Parris three pages into The Crucible. Arthur Miller took the quotation from the testimony of Mary Warren, a servant of John Proctor. Accused of witchcraft in ...

Daniel Jackson and Ray Charles on Tour

On the day that I go to hear the man many hail as San Diego’s preeminent straight-ahead jazz tenor saxist, he is playing piano. Sunday morning at Croce’s is the only gig that Daniel Jackson ...

Moderate as Heck

Madness is rare in individuals — but in groups, political parties, nations, and eras it’s the rule. — Friedrich Nietzsche By 9:30 a.m., we’d been standing on the grass at the National Mall in Washington, ...

How to Rob a Bank

Thursday 18Ikea, girls with dragon tattoos, crazy-delicious little meatballs, black-metal music. These are Sweden’s main exports, according to the Swedish Trade Council, which, y’know, I totally called. From Sweden, black-metal trio Watain will challenge your ...

Three Poems by Rae Armantrout

The HoleA string of notes — A string of words could be a worm or a needle passing in and out through some hole — stitching what to what? I imagine myself passing among your ...

Diwan of Shams-i-Tabriz by Jalal al-Din Rumi

What is to be done, O Moslems? For I do not recognize myself. I am neither Christian nor Jew nor Gabr nor Moslem. I am not of the East, nor of the West, nor of ...

A Walker in Our Town

Thirty-Five Years AgoWhenever there’s a lull at a party I lean forward and say, “You know I don’t drive.” Of course, if I announced that I had given up sex, not a head would turn, ...

Psychology of Sound

When the Black Veil Brides from West Hollywood decided to film their San Diego performance on November 15, they chose SOMA near the Sports Arena, a decision that came down from the Black Veil Brides’ ...

The Thermals’ Personal Life

They are the third Portland-based band I’ve talked to in as many weeks. First STRFKR, then Boy Eats Drum Machine, and now the Thermals. Is every group from Portland on tour? “It’s an infestation,” says ...

Extra-Special Education

He Honestly Believes He's Smarter Than Everyone, Including the Teacher

Sammy Gonzales didn’t speak until she was four years old. In her first two years of school, she was considered “slow,” often completing assignments long after all the other children had finished. Sometimes she drifted ...

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on The O.C.

The name “Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin” needs a comma. It should read like “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” In fact, every time I see the band name, I imagine a Peanuts-style drawing ...

TV Girl's Forkcast

Trung Ngo and Brad Petering, otherwise known as TV Girl, were as surprised as anybody to find that Pitchfork had given their new EP, a catchy patchwork quilt of songs crafted over time and distance ...

Myer Valley in the Jacumba Wilderness

Have you ever driven down Interstate 8 east of Jacumba and, eyeing the immense boulder piles that rise on both sides, wondered what it would be like to clamber over them? Here’s your chance. Follow ...

Wine for Thanksgiving

Hallelujah! I’m not cooking for Thanksgiving this year — the Kellys have gotten themselves invited to a monster gathering up north. When I asked what I could bring, they just said, “Wine, and lots of ...

Guns and Ammo Edition

I’ve never met a gun enthusiast I didn’t like, which is strange and probably means I haven’t met many. Even so, I’m still surprised when mouth-foaming, flag-waving, gun-emblem T-shirt-owning, gun-show-booth-manning true believers turn out to ...

Poi and Poke It Ain't at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

Look at the skyline: this could be the land of Ali Baba. Blue domes, red towers, gold domes. Right now, evening time, even the Food 4 Less looks muy romantica. Or, you could be thinking: ...

Batwings Rejuvenated

“That whole Chilean-miner story was weird for me,” Batwings singer/keys/bassist Robert Lopez relates in the band’s Mission Valley practice space. “It’s this feeling of being stuck and told you can’t get out. A lot of ...

"Yusuf and Zulaykha" by Mulla Nur al-Din ‘Abd al-Rahman Jami

Each speck of matter did He constitute A mirror, causing each one to reflect The beauty of His Visage. From the roe Flashed forth His Beauty, and the nightingale Beholding it, loved madly. From that ...

Martin Garrick Earns His Political Wings at Angel's Depot

The practice called behesting, wherein state legislators tell their fat-cat campaign donors which nonprofit organizations to contribute to — and in turn bask in the reflected political glory of the donated cash — is alive ...

Local Meat for Foodies

It all started last year, when I tried and failed to find a local turkey for Thanksgiving. I defined “local” as raised and processed entirely in San Diego County. This year, I decided to find ...

Lynn Schenk's Trip to Spain Questioned

La Jolla’s Lynn Schenk, the ex–Democratic congressmember and former aide to Jerry Brown who was written up last month in the Los Angeles Times for allegedly taking a questionable foreign trip in conjunction with her ...

Little Girl Strays From Imperial Beach Daycare Center

Shortly before sunset on Tuesday, November 16, a couple responding to a Craigslist ad about a “free trailer” found a small child wandering at Florida Street and Grove Avenue in Imperial Beach. They immediately notified ...

Private Booty at Barona

As usual, recent disclosures show that the county’s gambling tribes have been offering hospitality to politicians from far and wide. In particular, on September 14 Barona’s “private gaming area” hosted a $56.25-a-plate meal for some ...

Where Did the Save-A-Life Money Go?

The Chicago Tribune of January 16, 1995, ran a story of a mother, Carol Spizzirri, lamenting the death in an auto accident of her 18-year-old daughter, Christina, in 1992. “This is my girl,” whispered Spizzirri ...

November 11 Brainstorm Contenders

Ed Barno, San Diego, 6. Parts is parts. Cindy Fisher, San Clemente, 5. It'll be a miracle if I get these right. Ryan Forsythe, Alpine, 5. Douglas Meyers, La Mesa, 5. Hope 30 years of ...

November 11 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 6. Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 6. Bye week should help the Chargers! Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. The ones who don't enjoy themselves even when they laugh. Maria Coda, Oceanside, 6. Love ...

November 11 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 6. Rich get richer- Obama (doesn't) care- except for the rich! Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 6. Crime does not pay as well as politics. Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 6. Election ...

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