Last season was a banner year for us — a new name, a new image, a new venue (Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall in Sorrento Valley) in addition to three other venues, sold-out concerts, guests that gave us the highest marks possible in a professionally administered audience survey, the highest rating possible awarded by the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture, a $275,000 grant from the Irvine Foundation, professional musicians (the best!) who support and respect Jung-Ho Pak, our artistic director and conductor, whose revolutionary vision for classical music is bringing people in from all walks of life. We’re one of the few successes among arts organizations in the country today.
All we’re asking for is a fair and balanced story about Orchestra Nova. Are you willing to do that? Your readers deserve more than a journalistic assault with no basis of fact. I can assure you that we can give you some positive, interesting stories that will capture the attention of your readers.
Director of Marketing
Orchestra Nova San Diego
I met John Brizzolara when he was doing a “T.G.I.F.” piece on the Friday night warehouse jam sessions I helped Gilbert Castellanos run back around the turn of the century. I told him I’d been reading everything he wrote for the Reader since the ’80s, and he answered, deadpan, “So you’re the one.”
When his novel, Wirecutter, was serialized in the Reader, I couldn’t wait for each week’s chapter. It’s a classic San Diego noir. A must-read for anyone interested in crime fiction set in this sprawling mirage that has been home to, and written about by, Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson.
John’s sincerity, intelligence, compassion, humor, and love for his craft have always kept me engaged and involved as a reader through all his highs and lows, struggles with life, and coming to terms with grave illness.
In short, he is a local treasure. His work has encouraged me to keep writing even when I stopped believing I had any business doing it.
We write for rival publications, but I’m no rival. He has been a mentor and inspiration.
Thank you, John. Your voice and gift are very important to me.
San Diego CityBeat
Gather ’Round, Kids
Representative Susan Davis loves to spend money, especially other people’s (“Under the Radar,” July 1). She is also the debt queen of the San Diego house delegation. Susan Davis has voted yes for the USA to borrow and spend more money than all of her colleagues combined. How will she explain all this debt to her grandchildren who will have to help pay it all off?
Send The Other Guy
I always read “Sheep and Goats,” the main reason I pick up the Reader. And I’ve always enjoyed Matthew’s reviews. But I’ve been terribly disappointed the last few weeks because Matthew seems to be on vacation, and I don’t know who this guy is that they’ve got writing these reviews. But this last one this week (July 1) for the First United Methodist Church was really a shocker. I was there at that service, and I can’t believe that he attended the same church at the same time I did. The review was so poor, and the caption under the picture has no relationship at all. I don’t understand what he’s talking about, and it’s kind of too bad. You should send Matthew down to review First United Methodist Church and get a good review.
Name Withheld by Request
You’re Part Of The Problem
Re “I Can’t Push the Shopping Cart Past America Anymore” (“America in the Age of Sneer,” Cover Story, July 1), by Patrick Daugherty.
So, “the bastards had lied to [you],” Mr. Daugherty. Grow up. I did not read a single word about what you are going to do to right the wrongs you list. Instead, you are going to spend more time listening to music and watching birds. If this country is on the decline, as you suggest, it is because of self-centered attitudes like yours.