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Swami Speaks

What Really Happened to Rocket From The Crypt?

Speedo, Slasher, the Swami, and John Reis are all the same person, but each one does something different. Reis, a Pacific Beach native, has performed in Hot Snakes, Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, and the Night ...

North Park’s Pilot Perpendicular Parking Project

Within the past few weeks, a perpendicular, or “head-in,” parking project has been completed in the 4300 block of Kansas Street, north of El Cajon Boulevard. The project was initiated by the Mid City Community ...

Is He a Citizen?

On Sixth Avenue, across the street from the block-long Family Court building, stands a row of converted single-family Victorian homes, their yards parking lots, their windows barred. Today those residencies are family-mediation agencies and immigration ...

Sold, by Patricia McCormick

What are you reading? “I recently read a book called Sold, by Patricia McCormick. It’s about the trafficking of girls from Nepal to brothels in India. I spent a summer in Nepal doing research — ...

Coronado Loves Locavore

I love driving through Coronado, admiring the comfy million-buck family houses where they might shoot updated versions of old TV favorites... Leave It to Lord Beaver, say, or Sir Ozzie and Dame Harriet. But not ...

Need Lets Art Breathe

Attending the Art Institute of Chicago in 1968 was a combination of weed-laced fun (commonly called just “grass” in Chicago then) and maddening constraints, if you had any ideas about being a fine artist. At ...

Movie Review: Moneyball, I Don't Know How She Does It, and Mysteries of Lisbon

The one baseball game given serious time in Moneyball is the Sept. 4, 2002, showdown in Oakland. Over 55,000 fans saw the Athletics blow a huge lead over Kansas City, then win on Scott Hatteberg’s ...

Humans as Animal Blood Donors, Women's Birth Control Pill, More on Rats Eating Car Wiring

Hey Matt: Do different mammals have the same or different blood types as humans? I’m thinking dogs, cats, whales, deer, bears, etc. Could I give a blood transfusion to Fido if he needed it? — ...

Tierrasanta Lutheran Church

Membership: 230 Pastor: Bohdan Vadis Age: 35 Born: Bemidji, Minn. Formation: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.; Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley Years Ordained: 8 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your ...

Fairgrounds Just Got Fairer

A longtime member of the local music scene has been tapped to help run the Del Mar Fairgrounds. David Lizerbram occasionally sits in with Rio Peligroso when the Americana band plays the Riviera Supper Club. ...

Letters

Ugly Comes And Goes I really enjoyed Ollie’s article about the trailer park (“The Ugly Trailer Park Across the Water,” Cover Story, September 15). I’ve lived in San Diego my whole life. I’m 56, and ...

Comparing Mechanical Pencils

School-supply lists had come in, and I sat in the store dizzied by the multitude of mechanical pencils. Rather than sink dough into something that would be thrown away within a week, I called around ...

Gypsies Scare Me

Thursday 22<br>The Weekend comes on Thursday this week. The SanFran band signed to Slumberland for full-length debut Sports. The trio’s fuzz-pop sound fits well with the Slumberland roster (esp. A Place to Bury Strangers), but ...

Sports Movie Issue

It is rare for a sports movie to be something more than a gritty underdog team or underdog person, who, against all odds, in the final seconds of the contest, wins the race or game ...

Edward II at Diversionary; The Marvelous Wonderettes at Moonlight

In the movie Braveheart, Patrick McGoohan plays silver-bearded, steely-eyed Edward “Longshanks.” A mere aside of his could kill — or a fit of anger, as when he heaves his son’s male lover out a castle ...

Release the Sunbird

When we last heard from Rogue Wave, the long-running Bay Area band headed by Zach Rogue, they were touring in support of Permalight. It was meant to be a comeback but felt more like a ...

Now You Know Psychic Dancehall

Dorian Wartime and Sylvia Innocent met in 2006 and “immediately fell insanely in love,” says Wartime. The couple settled into an apartment in San Diego a few years later and began making dark love-fi songs ...

No Vacation at "the Restaurant"

Mama Teresa... After 12 years, here she is, beautiful, smiling, slim, fair-haired, 87. I first met her 15 years back. Her place at Park (12th) and Broadway hasn’t changed much. On the outside, it’s still ...

Transaction Tax: You Can’t Tax Greed

On September 1, two hundred labor union members assembled at the Vista office of Congressman Darrell Issa to promote the idea of a transaction tax — a tiny assessment on sales of stocks, bonds, currencies, ...

The Tyranny of Those Tests

"Teachers have an analogy for all the testing that we are required to do,” says Melanie Morton, a Sweetwater Union High School District teacher. “You don’t lose weight if you just keep stepping on the ...

Kevin Faulconer's Non-Campaign Expenses

Campaigns don’t come cheaply these days. Even deciding not to run can get expensive. Just ask San Diego city councilman Kevin Faulconer, who was interested in running for mayor but in June pulled out of ...

Embezzlement 101

It’s not Comic-Con, but the Federal Election Commission’s “Conference on Federal Campaign Finance Laws for House and Senate Campaigns, Political Party Committees, and Corporate/Labor/Trade Political Action Committees” could draw a crowd and a bit of ...

Claire World

“I have this dream,” Claire Magner says, looking around the partially renovated insides of the Sunset Temple. “I’m really gonna make this Claire World.” If all goes according to plan, the 300-seat meeting hall on ...

Green Naugahyde, by Primus

After a ten-year hiatus, a rejuvenated Primus returns to deliver a fresh batch of ominous melodies. Squirrels, the Octomom, salmon, heroin addiction, and a Spaghetti Western villain all make guest appearances. New drummer Jay Lane ...

First Lady of Motown

When Diana Ross took the stage at Humphrey's by the Bay, the crowd rose to its feet and stayed there, dancing in the aisles or dancing at their seats. Looking resplendent in a series of ...

Francesco Petrarch

How often on that day, think you, did I not on the return journey look back upon the peak of the mountain! In comparison with the loftiness of human contemplation, unless one is mired in ...

"Come Prima," by Archie Randolph Ammons

I know there is perfection in the being of my being, that I am holy in amness as stars or paperclips, that the universe, moving from void to void, pours in and out through me: ...

The Hip List

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>On the night of Tuesday, September 28, in a boxing ring constructed inside New York City’s newly renovated Yankee Stadium, a heavyweight championship bout will be held between the aging, invincible Muhammad Ali, ...

Keeping the Colour in Colourmusic

Colourmusic, from Stillwater, Oklahoma, is said to be Wayne Coyne’s favorite new band. Coyne is the frontman for the Flaming Lips, is also from Oklahoma, and is often seen crowd-surfing arenas during concerts from within ...

September 15 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 1. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 1. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 1. * L. Barling, El Cajon, 1. If you can conquer opponents by diving them, what happens when they multiply? Johanna Barry, Pine ...

September 15 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 1. Dan Bird, Rancho Penasquitos, 1. Hans Butikofer, Mission Beach, 1. Felix E Charfaurs, San Diego , 1. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 1. Paula Davis, Spring Valley, 1. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, ...

September 15 Brainstorm Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Pensquitas, 1. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 1. Ed Barno, San Diego, 1. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 1. * John L Drehner, San Diego, 1. Sugar and sumac are the only two words in ...

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