Content for Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Shot in Tijuana: New Bridge

September 29, 2011 The eastern end of the new northernmost bridge crossing the Tijuana River receives it first coat of asphalt in preparation for laying in the rest of the road bed. The bridge is ...

Beer and Cider Meat Their Match

A few months back, I mentioned the chilly beer cave at Mission Valley’s Iowa Meat Farms. Today, I’m happy to report the meat mongers in the back of the shop have upped their devotion to ...

Carlsbad Man Admits Killing Parents with Machete

On January 18, 2008, Jean Gluck, 77, and Harry Gluck, 90, were found dead in their bed in the Carlsbad home they shared with their son, Dennis Brian Gluck. In the Vista courthouse on the ...

Reaction to Gibson Guitar Raids

On Wednesday, August 24, federal agents and SWAT officers raided the Gibson factories in Memphis and Nashville. To an outsider, it might have looked like a drug bust. But in this case, the agents weren’t ...

Drink It Green

Dinners at the Kelly household have been deficient in veggies of late, and working in some more greens has become imperative. There’s been buzz over the Vitamix Turboblend juicer ($378.95 on Amazon), but I can’t ...

All Aboard in Logan Heights!

Everyone nods or says hello. In this narrow room, it would be hard not to.

Woof! Woof! Big black dog’s barking at me. He’s standing in a strut pose on the porch of one of those great old Victorians they have here on Logan Avenue, in the barrio. But I ...

Hawk Hill. Part I

The first moment: at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Willows. Sound comes at you from the sunset, which is happening underneath the dome of an aqua-blue sky, banded on its low end by ...

Muted Magic at Alchemy

The menu of Alchemy has expanded considerably since I first ate there after its opening, and the restaurant has become a South Park neighborhood favorite. Of course, there’s not much else to eat in the ...

Three a Day

A Project 365 is when a person posts a new photo of themselves online every day for a year. O.B.’s Jefferson Jay, founder of the San Diego Musicians Collective, took the idea a step further. ...

Band Together

“I’m a punk rocker,” says one-man-band Toothless George, who is best known for his involvement with the Halflings and the Percocettes. “I play some country and rockabilly stuff, but I’m a punk rocker. I’m not ...

Life on the Crest, Part 2

As wilderness lovers go, Jerry Schad was a late bloomer.

He was born and raised in San Jose’s Santa Clara Valley, where, in the 1850s, his ancestor had been among the first American settlers. But after five generations, the pioneer spirit in his family had ...

Movie Review: Blackthorn, The Ides of March, The Mill and the Cross, Margaret, Thunder Soul

O happy column: three very good movies and two close enough. Blackthorn A real Western is riding our way from (surprise) South America. Up in the high Andes, Blackthorn is much more than an exotic ...

Redwing Bar & Grill

I’ve always enjoyed gay dives because the mood tends to outshine that of neighboring, dimly lit hipster hangouts. Nowhere is this accute sense of festivity more apparent than karaoke nights at Redwing Bar and Grill ...

Debt. Arson. Murder.

John Nesheiwat was parked in his car, a rosary on the seat beside him, about a mile from the North Woodson Drive rental home owned by James Kurtenbach, a 4000-square-foot luxury house in one of ...

Nudging Recollections

They dance, sing, rehearse scenes, and breathe fantasies of Broadway.

The title of Matthew Lopez’s comedy-drama sounds unfinished. Hear Somewhere, and you expect “a place for us” to follow. And why not keep going: “Peace and quiet and oooo-pen air [kick it up!] WAITS for ...

Skip the Dunes

By the time blues guitarist Ben Powell arrived in Colorado, his load had been lightened by a few grams. “I had a little Border Patrol incident in Arizona,” he admits. “They decided that they wanted ...

War at War

“I went toward the stage hoping to get his attention and some respect,” says drummer Harold Brown of the last time he saw former bandmate Lonnie Jordan, performing in 2009 at the Canyon Club with ...

Frodo

I’d known about Jane’s intention to get another dog after Winston, her elderly chocolate Lab, passed away several months ago. So I’m not sure why I was surprised when she stopped by my place on ...

Go Fish. But…where?

Chris Manning normally went surfboard fishing in the early morning with the other regulars — Roy and Vicky, Steve, Russell, and the other Roy. But with the ocean as flat as a lake and the ...

Fickle Finger of Blame

Fumbling European banks may drag the whole world into another slough, but a couple of them have done the right things responding to adversity. A trader at UBS (once known as Union Bank of Switzerland) ...

Socially Distorted: Need Tattoos

“It just kind of hit me one day a few years ago,” says Donald Vercelli when asked exactly when it was that he decided to impersonate Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness. “I sang ‘Ball and ...

Merry Pranksters in TJ

The early ‘90s are back in Tijuana. High-waist bloomers, felt boater hats, “Goo” Sonic Youth tees, lacey long-sleeves, cat-eye liner beneath buggy shades, jean shorts, atnd red, red lips dominate hep vogue in “the most ...

A Bit of This, a Bit of That

Once, Dennis Miller commented that Steely Dan looked like Ben and Jerry just out of rehab. They must look stranger than Jagger and Richards by now.

I intend to take the shotgun approach to this column. To be more descriptive, let’s say the scattergun approach. No single topic seems burning for my attention today, but there are several items of interest. ...

Blitzen Trapper: Taking It Easy Too Long

“I been taking it easy too long,” sings Eric Earley on Blitzen Trapper’s American Goldwing. Maybe he has, and that’s why Goldwing finds his Portland band rocking out much more than usual. Songs like “Street ...

Seen on DVD: Torso, The Frighteners, Hellraiser

Michael McQuiggan FilmOut Programmer, filmoutsandiego.com Italy’s Torso has grown on me over the years and with a new Blu-ray edition, it’s won me over. Suzy Kendall stars with a bevy of beauties stalked by a ...

Letters

Stands With Giants I have not picked up the Reader in two years, but today I saw the name of Jerry Schad on the cover. The reprint of the 1987 Sorensen article on Jerry was ...

Left-Handedness, Rats Eating Car Wiring

Hey Matt: Why are there so many more right-handers than left-handers? — Bicoastal, via email Aw, phooey. Actually, when it comes to handedness, everything you know is wrong — old-wives’-tale division. Anyway, that’s what’s been ...

Thomas More

Many things know we that we seldom think on: and in the things of the soul, the knowledge without the remembrance little profiteth. What availeth it to know that there is a God, which thou ...

1991: You’re Gay, You Drive, You get Special Handling

Thirty-Five Years Ago Since WWII, the emergent “East Coast” style has tended toward a simplified, even primitive, form and a more cerebral content.... The New Yorker always was, and still remains, a great testing ground ...

"Reservation," a Poem by Rhina Espaillat

As if he has decided on a nap but feels too pressed for time to find his bed or even shift the napkin from his lap, the man across the table drops his head mid-anecdote, ...

El Cajon Wesleyan Church

Membership: 300 (and 130 Chaldean) Pastor: Steve Forsythe Age: 51 Born: Cape May, NJ Formation: New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 26 San Diego Reader: How long do ...

September 29 Brainstorm Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 3. * Ed Barno, San Diego, 3. Can a fish get thirsty? Isn't that what sand bars are for? Cindy Fisher, San Clemente, 3. Flo Abena, Rancho Pensquitas, 2. Joseph Ciprian, Little ...

September 29 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 3. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 3. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 3. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 3. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 3. Leslie Chase, Campo, 3. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Carolyn Clark, Lakeside, ...

September 29 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 3. Dan Bird, Rancho Penasquitos, 3. Felix E Charfaurs, San Diego , 3. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 3. Roy E. Leeper, Chula Vista, 3. Larry Lewis, Poway, ...