Stories for October 2011

Thursday, October 27

Shot in Tijuana: At Plaza Santa Cecilia

The newly painted face at the base of Tijuana’s grand arch, which marks the entrance to the city. The concrete base was originally painted a dull pea-soup green and didn’t seem in accord with the ...

Peeping Tom Taken Into Custody

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department has identified a man suspected of peeping into windows at the Gala Apartment complex in the small northern San Diego community of Bonsall. Noah Delapena, 38, was arrested and booked ...

Point Loma’s Rock Church Offers Wristbands for Pledges

The latest hot item from the Rock Church in Point Loma and pastor Miles McPherson is a red wristband handed out to interested parishioners on Sunday, October, 23. At the conclusion of a sermon series ...

Wednesday, October 26

Shot in Tijuana: On Calle Primera

Many restaurants and bars in Tijuana are decorating their businesses with symbols that to Americans are emblematic of Halloween but to Mexicans represent el Dia de los Muertos. Thus, we have a saloon on Calle ...

A Week in Madrid, Spain

I was at the end of adjuncting three college courses, and hadn’t traveled internationally since 2006 when my husband and I went to Taipei to visit family. I had some money and time to go ...

Advanced Degree in Gluten Free

My sister-in-law sold me on her gluten-free lifestyle over lunch last week. “The stomach aches are gone, digestion’s smooth, my perpetual skin rashes are gone. I feel great,” she glowed. “Oh, and I’m losing weight, ...

Gluten-Free Apple Galette

Recipe by Mary Kay Waters, owner, Waters Fine Foods & Catering I definitely grew up thinking about food. My father planted apple and pear trees, and all winter we had apples and vegetables in our ...

Brain Food

Last month, I made my way down to Offshore to meet Tommy Gomes face-to-face, drawn to a culinary-education phenomenon called Collaboration Kitchen. I’d heard Gomes’s name before, most often from chefs on their way to ...

The Chico Club’s Buccaneer

According to the bartenders at the Chico, no one knows who developed the Buccaneer. Perhaps it was previous owners or the original owners, who opened the bar in 1940 and named it after the oldest ...

Thom Beebe: Assassin to Steampunk

When Thom Beebe landed a part in the television drama Renegade, filmed in San Diego during the 1990s in Mission Beach, he was cast as a drug-dealing thug. It was not typecasting, although the San ...

A Search for Water on the Sea

Long-ago San Diego

Water Everywhere Sebastián Vizcaíno began charting the California coast on May 5, 1602. Three ships crossed the Gulf of California, from Mazatlán to Cabo de San José. After several tries, they finally cleared the cape ...

I Didn't Steal the Dog. I Rescued It.

Case of the Missing Canine

“She basically got caught up in an emotional dog rescue. That’s what this was,” said the defense attorney. “Miss Vukov, yes, took the dog.” Although Trina Vukov took the dog without permission, she had no ...

Wordplay

The most burdened character in the commedia, the servant, is the freest actor on the stage.

Carlo Goldoni (1707–1793) deserves better than he usually gets. He wrote tragedies, tragicomedies, and comedies — first in Italian, later in French — and helped inject vitality into a flagging commedia dell’arte tradition. Though quite ...

In Yachting News...

On Sunday, Ted Turner and 14 others were inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame at the San Diego Yacht Club. As long as you aren’t married to him or work for him, Ted ...

The Elephant Has Landed

Four years after he launched Hensley’s Flying Elephant, pro skateboarder-turned-accordionist (Flogging Molly) Matt Hensley has sold the music venue he built from scratch. “I had help from friends. We built the entire pub.” The artwork ...

“San Diego is not a town for heavy thinking.”

I have always enjoyed writing about Halloween and/or Day of the Dead, but I’d like to take a slightly different approach this time. For all I know both may have passed by the time this ...

Movie Review: Anonymous, Oranges and Sunshine, Toast

William Shakespeare is virtually illiterate in Anonymous, but since the movie seems to have been made for (and by) illiterates, why worry? The film is mainly about Edward de Vere, the highly educated, modestly talented ...

Speaking of Paranormal...

Thursday 27<br>Desert-metal band Fatso Jetson blows in from the same Palm Desert dune that spawned Kyuss, Fu Manchu, and Queens of the Stone Age. Must be something in the scalding air out there (boredom) that ...

Little Occupied

“I literally haven’t thought about food or my body since this began,” said local harpist Kelsea Little from day four of the Occupy San Diego demonstrations downtown on October 11. “It’s like I finally remembered ...

Record-Release Roundup

Social Club, recently signed to Pacific Records, releases a new EP this week called Pictureshow, previewing tracks from their upcoming full-length debut. November 1 will see a new long-player from Megadeth — TH1RT3EN, recorded at ...

The Supergroup That Is Wild Flag

The all-woman lineup of Wild Flag consists of two of three members of Sleater-Kinney, along with the guitarist-singer of Helium and the keyboardist of the underappreciated Elephant 6 band the Minders. So, let’s face it: ...

Four Anonymous Limericks

A bland young hunter named Shepherd was eaten for lunch by a leopard. Said the leopard, “Egad! You’d be tastier, lad, if you had been salted and peppered!” There was a young woman named Spright ...

Back When People Had a Hard Time Avoiding Britney Spears

Thirty-Five Years Ago A moist night wind whipped the crowd that waited patiently at the Southwestern College gymnasium. Some had been waiting since 1:00 p.m. Some had come from as far way as San Francisco. ...

Income Chasm Widens Here

The income gap between San Diego’s very richest and everybody else is widening, but still, inequality here remains less scary than it is in the nation as a whole. That may partially explain why Occupy ...

Gimme My Etofenamate; No Make That a Dormapimide

Matt: I always wonder when I see bulletproof glass if that stuff actually works. I don’t think I’d feel safe with just a piece of glass between me and a guy with a gun. — ...

Buzz Woolley’s Money

A wealthy La Jolla philanthropist with close ties to the charter school movement has joined with Microsoft founder Bill Gates to help support a Texas–based nonprofit corporation dedicated to developing so-called hybrid public-private charter schools. ...

A Creative Interpretation of Airport Operations

It’s not exactly the way Leonardo da Vinci got his start, but the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is looking for an “artist in residence,” to be paid “not to exceed” $8000 for three ...

Alleged Oceanside Robbers Have a Day in Court

After the Oceanside police officer pulled over a white Oldsmobile on August 17 because it lacked a front license plate, he saw a handgun wrapped in a black bandana resting in the baby seat in ...

San Diegans Talk of Revolution

‘When I heard that Qaddafi was killed,” says Abdul, who’s from Lebanon and doesn’t want his real name used, “I had to laugh because not too long ago he was calling his people cowards, rats. ...

Exposed for Investing in Company That Makes Products in China, Byron Georgiou Drops Out of Senate Race

Former San Diegan, ex–congressional candidate, and onetime Jerry Brown aide Byron Georgiou set out with high hopes and a sizable cash war chest from wealthy La Jolla Democrats earlier this year when he attempted to ...

Sirhan Sirhan: Blood 2?

For their Halloween party this year, the Soda Bar picked a headliner with a demon’s name: Sirhan Sirhan. It’s a band back from a graveyard of rockers gone but not forgotten. When Sirhan Sirhan was ...

Al-Maturidi

The Maker must be one, since if there were two they would necessarily either concur or not concur in their creating. Now agreement would be evidence of the weakness of both or either of them, ...

Letters

We Eat Too Just got today’s copy and noticed that the article “Eat” (Cover Story, October 20) does not mention any restaurants in inland North County (Rancho Bernardo to Escondido). Did I get a City ...

October 20 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 5. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 5. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 5. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 5. Leslie Chase, Campo, 5. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. Carolyn Clark, Lakeside, 5. Maria Coda, Oceanside, 5. ...

October 20 Brainstorm Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 6. Ed Barno, San Diego, 6. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. Leaving to arrest Al Capone, Elliot Ness kissed his wife and said he would pick up some Italian. Cindy Fisher, ...

October 20 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 6. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 6. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 6. Roy E. Leeper, Chula Vista, 6. John Markey, San Diego, 6. Rebekah Mathieu, San Diego, 6. Hiroshi ...

Tuesday, October 25

Local LGBT Republican Group Doesn’t Endorse DeMaio or Dumanis for Mayor

San Diegans will elect their next mayor based on a variety of factors. However, certain elections, particularly those in which a minority group achieves a milestone, are historic. Such is the case if San Diegans ...

Dreaming with Freud in Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria, is a dreamlike city filled with two imperial palaces, one hundred art museums and countless Viennese cafes. So where do you begin for only a few days’ visit? If, like me, you’re married ...

Discovering Phoenix, Arizona

Living in Southern California, I’ve always been interested in the dry desert climate of our neighbor to the east, Arizona. Last December, when we finally visited Phoenix, we got a much better idea of landscape ...

Kappa

“What is that, a duck?” David followed my gaze to the green-painted humanoid statue. “Looks more like a turtle,” he said. “Turtles don’t have beaks. And look at its head – maybe it’s some kind ...

Judas Rising at the Cricket

Judas Priest never does anything half-assed. Twenty-foot-high flames erupted across the back of the stage as CO2 cannons shot off in every direction among the fog and lights. Not to mention screaming lead-guitar battles between ...

Bad as Me, by Tom Waits

After seven years' absence, the end-times crooning of Tom Waits sounds like a derelict uncle scorning a mediocre music industry. With this collage of growling, blues-drenched songs, Uncle Tom is back. Waits tries to rekindle ...

Sunday, October 23

Fallbrook Man Guilty of Cutting Brake Cable

Forty-nine-year-old Leopaldo Lopez pleaded guilty to felony vandalism October 21 for reportedly cutting the emergency brake cable on a truck that was parked at the curb in front of a home in Fallbrook two weeks ...

Friday, October 21

Downtown Bank of America Closes Due to Protesters

Downtown's Bank of America branch on B Street shut down early on the afternoon of October 20 out of safety concerns: approximately 25 protesters, most part of the Occupy San Diego movement, staged a peaceful ...

Thursday, October 20

Chihuahua Desert, Mexico: Dancing with El Diablo

A good friend of mine was doing her doctoral research in the middle of nowhere in the Mexican desert, and she invited me down for a visit. I couldn’t say no, because I love the ...

Water Quality at Popotla Leads to Investigation

The city of Rosarito's latest problem is being described as olores fetidos, or “malodorous aromas,” arising from the white sands of Popotla. The area, according to a report in Tijuana's daily Frontera, lacks basic services ...

"In Broad Daylight I Dream of My Dead Wife"

A poem by Mei Yao Ch’en Translated by Kenneth Rexroth Who says that the dead do not think of us? Whenever I travel, she goes with me. She was uneasy when I was on a ...

Women Describe Rape and Kidnap in Vista

Two women, 19 and 20 years old, gave testimony in the Vista courthouse on October 19, describing an ordeal during which they said they were kidnapped and raped last May. The women said the 33-year-old ...

Wednesday, October 19

Shot in Tijuana: At the Border

The large column in the foreground is part of the reconstruction of the San Ysidro border-crossing station. Its length seems to increase every day as steelworkers and welders work on it. Whether it will be ...

Sweetwater Union High School District Board Tactic Meets Protest

On October 17, the Sweetwater Union High School District board voted 3-2 to move forward on electing trustees by area. Over the protest of teachers, parents, and ex-students, the board chose to seek from the ...

Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

Unless you outright loathe good beer, you probably know the name Scot Blair. In fact, you’ve probably been to his University Heights, South Park, and City Heights bars, which specialize in select local and craft ...

Movie Review: The Skin I Live In, We Were Here, Margin Call, The Way, Footloose, Take Shelter, Trespass

As Dr. Robert Ledgard in Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In, Antonio Banderas has a John Boehner tan and a rather Republican attitude (cut, cut, cut). Experimenting in his luxurious home surgery near Toledo, ...

Neighborhood Restaurants

Café 21 began as a lunch joint in University Heights, moved to a larger location there, and has now accepted the dare of downtown. It’s the zesty creation of a young couple from Azerbaijan, a ...

Nibbles and Drinks

What first drew me in here was Starlite’s informal, relaxed atmosphere, illuminated by a sparkly, starry sky-like chandelier hovering over the sunken bar. Though atmosphere played a significant role, it was the consistent deliciousness of ...

Burger Time

Half-pound cheeseburger, $6.25 The champion bar burger, certainly for the money. It starts with the beef: fine grind, loose pack, superjuicy, good grill seasoning that keeps you taking bite after bite. A medium rare that ...

Burrito Especial

At this Five Points hot spot, hefty helpings of flavorful carne asada and shrimp are packed into flour tortillas like a past-his-prime wrestler into fluorescent pink Spandex. It’s a fitting analogy for a venue that ...

Beer Town

Passing by this constantly packed spot in the East Village, one would never guess the perseverance it took for owner Arsalun Tafazoli to force it down downtowners’ gullets. His goal was to provide the perfect ...

Pizza Places

The younger sibling of the larger Arrivederci Ristorante a few doors down specializes in Neapolitan-style pizza. Sidewalk seating gives diners a front-row view of Hillcrest happenings. Servers are likely to speak Italian, and the low ...

Ed's Eats

You might call this place Hillcrest’s secret. It’s an old house beside an open field in Hospital Land. All the UCSD nurses and doctors come here to avoid their own cafeterias. Plus, prices are low, ...

Eat: 2011 Restaurant Issue

Graze on our 2011 Restaurant Issue, covering the best in burgers, drinks, pizza, beer, burritos, and neighborhood restaurants.

Birthday Party? An Arty Kick: Ceramic Crafts

My friend Erica wants to make her daughter Elsie’s tenth birthday a special one, and Elsie is on an arty kick. “But do I dare let a whole party’s worth of kids just cut loose ...

That's Not Rockabilly

Newly appointed Del Mar Fair trustee David Lizerbram says he wants the fairgrounds to host more major music events. That’s just not going to happen, according to promoter Garry Thayer, who organized the Hellbilly Fest ...

Occupy ESPN!

Mountain West, Big East, ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Conference USA, Mid-America, et al. College conference realignment reminds me of the good old days, circa 2007, when Goldman Sachs sold worthless collateralized debt obligations ...

You Are Hot — on the Inside

Matt: If our temperature is 98.6, why do we feel hot when it’s 85 or 90 outside? — WS, San Diego That 98.6 business isn’t what it appears to be. That’s an average core body ...

The Cathryn Beeks Appreciation Concert

“I’d been living in pain and without health insurance for about six years,” says Cathryn Beeks, who nonetheless managed to promote over 500 local concerts during that time period. “I finally got insurance and had ...

Red Pony Clock: First-Generation Mexican-Americans

Tropi-Cali act Red Pony Clock has a fluid lineup ranging from 10 to 13 members, and they describe their music as “clarinet and xylophone–driven vaudeville-a-delic joy pop, influenced by mariachi and seething with the eternal ...

Drowning Men Behead the Songbird

The Drowning Men, I was told, were a band to catch next time they played in town. So I did, at Bar Pink, I believe, and here’s what I witnessed: cheery music, bleak lyrics. “I ...

Fledgling Jailbirds

What Happens to Prisoners When They’re Released?

Once he leaves a California state prison, a man gets (at max) 200 bucks “gate money,” a set of “dress outs” (post-prison clothes), and his freedom. An unmarked white van drops him and a handful ...

Occupy San Diego Inspires Get Back Loretta Song

Singer-songwriter Kevin Martin, frontman for Get Back Loretta, is best known for his Beatle-esque melodies. Indeed, the Vista resident’s new solo album is titled Throwback Pop. However, the Occupy San Diego movement has inspired Martin ...

Letters

Truck It I want to commend Dorian Hargrove for the excellent article he wrote on page 3, “Hidden Pipeline, Secret Menace” (“City Lights,” October 13). Yes, that is an accident waiting to happen. Would you ...

Trickle-Down Musicnomics

Thursday 20<br>A couple NorCal indie hits bring it south to Belly Up, as garage-punk’s rising stock Ty Segal takes the stage with slack-rock icon Stephen Malkmus. I saw Segal at this year’s FYF and dude’s ...

Cashing In and Out

The former Ron Roberts and Brian Bilbray aide running next year for the seat being given up by retiring county supervisor Pam Slater-Price is off to a big start in campaign contributions. According to a ...

War on Drugs Is Americana

You often hear the word “Americana” thrown around when music shows the influence of blues, folk, country, and old-time rock ’n’ roll. Those are all great ingredients, but why stop there? Why is jazz not ...

Gifts of praise

As a longtime San Diego County supervisor, Republican Ron Roberts is used to being generous with other people’s money. Now he’s perfected his giving style by making so-called cash and in-kind behests, paid for by ...

The Sweetwater School Board Hits the Canvas Again

"The honeymoon might be over,” acknowledged Dr. Edward Brand, interim superintendent for Sweetwater Union High School District. Knee-deep in scandal, the Sweetwater school board on June 21 fired Superintendent Jesus Gandara. On June 22, Brand ...

Graybeards, Beware

Beware nontraded real estate investment trusts. That advice was issued early this month by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the nongovernmental regulator of securities firms. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) pool money from many investors, ...

King of Kings Lutheran Church

Membership: 325 Pastor: James Jerpseth Age: 51 Born: Graceville, Minnesota Formation: University of California-San Diego (Engineering); Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley Years Ordained: 14 years San Diego Reader: What is your main concern as a ...

Back When: A Revolution in Mexico?

Thirty-Five Years Ago “It’s gotten really bad in the last three years,” says Bob Moore, one of 45 Border Patrol agents patrolling the Chula Vista Sector. “Well, this is just hearsay, you understand, but I ...

October 13 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 5. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 5. Roy E. Leeper, Chula Vista, 5. John Markey, San Diego, 5. Rebekah Mathieu, San Diego, 5. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 5. ...

October 13 Brainstorm Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 5. Ed Barno, San Diego, 5. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. L Barling, El Cajon, 3. Elaine Marume, Oceanside, 3. * Larry Redner, UTC, 3. Hickory dickory dock the mouse ran up ...

October 13 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 5. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 5. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 5. L. Barling, El Cajon, 5. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 5. Leslie Chase, Campo, 5. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. Carolyn Clark, Lakeside, ...

Tuesday, October 18

San Diego's Cardrooms Allowed to Add Tables

The San Diego City Council on October 18 unanimously approved the increase of tables from nine to eleven at the remaining two cardrooms in San Diego. This proposal was sanctioned last August by the Bureau ...

Oceanside Homecoming Queen Named Via Helicopter

Fans of Oceanside's El Camino High School football got a surprise at the game on October 14. During the homecoming celebration's halftime show, as the five queen nominees and their decorated floats were parading around ...

Nati’s Mexican Restaurant in Ocean Beach Loses an Original

Luisa Allen, a longtime waitress at Ocean Beach’s Nati's Mexican restaurant, passed away peacefully on October 15, following a stroke. The eatery released the news on their Facebook page and asked for prayers for her ...

Fall in the Eastern Sierras, California

You don’t need to travel to New England to see fabulous fall colors – a tank-and-a-half of gas away, California's Eastern Sierras are on full autumn display. A very early snowfall, up to 19 inches ...

Checking Out the Wright Brothers in Dayton, Ohio

You know that they made that historic first airplane flight (in 1903). Perhaps you’ve heard they’re from North Carolina. And if you’ve seen pictures of the Wrights, it’s not surprising if you sized them up ...

Monday, October 17

Hanoi, Vietnam: Looking Toward the Future

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital and second-largest city, is one of the most beautiful capitals in Asia. Most well known to Americans for its role in the Vietnam War, Hanoi celebrated its 1,000th birthday in 2010. As ...

Donkey Jacket, by Henry's Funeral Shoe

Only a few of the “crank-it” tunes on this album fit the implications of its name, which references Welsh mining apparel. "Mission & Maintenance" is one of those. "Be Your Own Invention" leans on a ...

Ryan Adams Rocks the Balboa "with a Fury Like You've Never Seen"

With his reggae red, yellow, and green electro-acoustic guitar, Ryan Adams instructed 1334 Balboa Theatre attendees to “Put on your helmets and prepare to rock with a fury like you've never seen,” before kicking off ...

Sunday, October 16

Plane Truth?

I’ve logged enough miles in the air to know that no flight is a go until those wheels leave the ground. This is why I was mildly disappointed but not terribly surprised when, after we’d ...

Friday, October 14

Will El Camino Real Corridor Plan Spoil Encinitas?

Duff Pickering, an Encinitas resident for 12 years, appeared at the October 12 Encinitas City Council meeting to express his concerns about the city’s plans to rezone and redevelop the El Camino Real corridor under ...

Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma

How can you stay in the U.S. and yet be in another nation? You can in Cherokee Nation, located outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the state's northeastern corner. The Cherokee had been based chiefly in North ...

Thursday, October 13

Southwestern College Names New Superintendent

The trustees of Southwestern College named a new superintendent on October 12. The selection of Melinda Nish came as a surprise to some who felt that interim superintendent Denise Whittaker was a shoo-in for the ...

Public Defender Coker Endorses D.A. Dumanis’s Mayoral Run

Defendants who have utilized the public defenders’ office to deal with legal problems in San Diego are up in arms over public defender Henry Coker endorsing D.A. Bonnie Dumanis in the upcoming mayoral race. Dumanis ...

Shot in Middletown: Pigeons — Lots

Feeding pigeons is prohibited in certain areas of the city, but there are no such signs prohibiting the practice off the frontage road near Washington Street and Pacific Highway. On a regular basis, a gentleman ...

Bargain Mama

Stacey Ross, of San Diego Bargain Mama, found her ideal job in the world of online marketing. First, give me an idea of your work history. I worked as a schoolteacher, counselor, and special projects ...

Wednesday, October 12

I Started From Empty

Big dreams for so many small-businessmen.

In a recent Vanity Fair article, Groupon founder Andrew Mason is described as “the type of guy who comes up with wild ideas that often have no beginning or end, and then lets them rip.” ...

Salvadoran Man Charged with Violent Spree in Escondido

There was emotional testimony from three young Latinas in the Vista courthouse on October 11 as they described a night of rape, attempted robbery, and burglary in separate incidents that occurred in Escondido last May. ...

Alleged Bank of America Official Threatens Protester

Hearing about an October 11 demonstration at the Bank of America branch on University Avenue at 31st Street, I dropped by. Not connected with the Occupy San Diego movement, this protest was connected to the ...

Back When It Was Legal to Make PCP

Thirty-Five Years Ago When the new penal statutes take effect January 1, we won’t be able to do what we didn’t know, until now, that we could do. New crimes will include: the possession with ...

Jamaican Promise at La Crêperie

“Bacon, avocado, cheese... Back in Tunis, Brittany, they’d freak out at that.”

The sun slants in through the venetian blinds, casting angled stripes across Christine’s arms and face. She’s wearing a striped dress, too, so it’s kinda cute. She’s chatting away with her old school buddy, Cathy, ...

C-Level's Summer Solace

According to C-Level’s bar manager Jonathan Boyle, who developed the drink, the Summer Solace is both a backward look at the high season of sun and fun and a cool companion on that slow, leafy ...

Slow Food Fast

We were late heading out the door and needed to pick up dinner on the way to our friends Chuck and Rita’s house to watch the Raiders on Monday Night Football (yes, dear readers, Emma ...

"Miss Jones," a poem by Wanda Coleman

she was the great baby sitter — tall dignified rich warm brown we’d scream her name pretend to be endangered run and hide in mama’s clothes closet she’d search house and yard get angry and ...

God Blessed and the Devil Cursed Vizcaino’s Crews

Of Miracles and Grave Misfortunes It had to be a miracle! As Sebastián Vizcaíno’s three ships neared the bay at Cabo de San José, a fog curtained the shoreline, and the ships separated beyond hailing ...

Garden Veggie Lasagna

Recipe by Daniel Manrique, executive chef, the Red Door To tell you the truth, my mother wasn’t a good cook. I started to cook for my little sister by the time I was nine or ...

Now You Know: Kata

“We’re a bunch of positive people playing dark stuff,” says Demetrius Antuna (vox, guitar) of the nine-piece, cinematic, art-metal band Kata. “It’s a release. A way to get it out. Something about darkness feels good ...

Norteño-Flavored Punk with Mariachi El Bronx

The Bronx frontman Matt Caughthran says the inspiration for starting a new band that specialized in the playing of norteño-flavored punk music came out of thin air one day. “It was in the name of ...

Chad Cavanaugh and Coffeehouse Rebellion

“I make street-level music for the people,” says alt-country crooner Chad Cavanaugh. In 2008, the North Park singer/guitarist says he was surprised at his Best New Acoustic Artist nomination for that year’s San Diego H.A.T. ...

The Donald Trump of Punk

Thursday 13<br>Yeah Bud! Portland funky-tonk trio the Quick & Easy Boys ride into Bar Pink behind last year’s A.D.D.-afflicted disc Red Light Rabbit, a genre mashup that found the boys fiddlin’ in-studio with “a mix ...

Overdue at the Library

Lou Curtiss opened Folk Arts Rare Records on Adams Avenue more than 30 years ago. Over the years, he’s promoted folk concerts at SDSU, coffee shops, and, later, the roots festivals staged in the street ...

Gluten-Free In S.D.

My sister-in-law and I are scheduled for a birthday lunch, and she wants to go out. It’s kind of a rare event these days, because she discovered a year ago that she’s gluten intolerant. “Going ...

Hawk Hill. Part 2

So, I’m standing atop Hawk Hill, a 940-foot rise located on the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge and lookout point for the largest known raptor migration path on the West Coast. This is ...

The Visceral Surge of Spanish Art

The most memorable pictures often entail misbehavior.

The plummy walls of the San Diego Museum of Art give the exhibition they surround, From El Greco to Dalí, a velvet jewel-case warmth. If the rooms were full of Goya’s ferocious Caprichos or Disasters ...

City Heights, now East North Park

“I vowed long ago never to move east of route 805!” my friend C.C. admonished me when I told him I was looking for an apartment in an affordable area. My first choice was North ...

Geezer Breaks a Hip

Zach Goode dresses in costume every time he plays with Geezer, a Weezer tribute disguised as senior citizens who’ll play the Belly Up’s ’80s Halloween show on October 31. But he’s donning a different costume ...

How Much Oil in Earth, Newscaster Quirks

Hey, Matt: There must be an end to the earth’s supply of oil. Has anyone predicted when that will happen? — Just Wondering, via email By now you must recognize the background music to this ...

The Galápagos: Wildlife Aplenty

Six hundred miles west of continental Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands contain birds, fish, reptiles and mammals not found anywhere else in the world. One in four animal species is endemic – ...

Hidden Pipeline, Secret Menace?

Some residents refer to it as the Sleeping Giant. An eight-inch-diameter Navy pipeline, carrying diesel and jet fuel from Point Loma to Miramar, lies beneath San Diego streets and canyons. Each year, 323 million gallons ...

Sports Scandals 101

Ex-Padres owner John Moores, forced to unload the team during a bitter divorce battle, is expanding his lucrative sports-consulting business to universities and colleges. The latest recruits to his firm are interim Big 12 commissioner ...

Uncle Sam May Be No Help

Late last month, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said long-term unemployment is a “national crisis.” And it’s urgent that government give more help to the ailing housing industry. San Diego’s unemployment and housing problems are ...

Not Neighborzly

Bassist Jay Crew says he walked out of reggae band Bad Neighborz last year because lead singer Erik Trogisch was mangling his songs. “Erik screams in the mic. He has no dynamic control. Erik would ...

California Made EMA Boring

In the song “California,” Erika M. Anderson sings, “Fuck California, you made me boring.” It’s the lament of a Midwesterner who moved out West and did too much living, too fast and too young. Now ...

State of the Givers

A donor identified on federal filings as Alexander G. Spanos, A.G. Spanos Companies/Founder, gave $30,800 to the Republican National Committee on June 16. Philip Anschutz, the Denver billionaire who is developing Farmers Field in Los ...

Letters

Whom Did That? I want to make a comment on the October 6 Reader, Thomas Larson’s cover story, “Debt. Arson. Murder.” Okay, I’m just a poor old engineer — I’m not an English major — ...

Mary Karr

After ten months praying in a cave in Manresa, St. Ignatius received a vision that permitted him “to see God in all things” — the stated goal of his Spiritual Exercises, which are part of ...

October 6 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 4. Felix E Charfaurs, San Diego , 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 4. Roy E. Leeper, Chula Vista, 4. John Markey, San Diego, 4. Rebekah Mathieu, San ...

October 6 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 4. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 4. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 4. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 4. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 4. Leslie Chase, Campo, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Carolyn Clark, Lakeside, ...

October 6 Brainstorm Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 4. * Ed Barno, San Diego, 4. Ripped off again! Threw in my two cents, but only got a penny back for my thoughts. Cindy Fisher, San Clemente, 4. Flo Abena, Rancho ...

Tuesday, October 11

Protesters Declare Talmadge Bungalow an Eyesore

A little red bungalow that has been a Talmadge icon for over 70 years is now an unwelcome blight to the community. On October 10, Talmadge community activists Erin Judson and Kelly Waggonner organized a ...

Yachtsmen Are Mindful of Ladies

The story of the San Diego Yacht Club, as Iris Engstrand’s illustrated history shows, also tells the story of San Diego. Along with Dennis Conners, commodores of the club include Jessops, Treptes, Goulds, Frosts. Driscolls, ...

Friendlies

It seemed like an innocuous deed, posting a link to my friend’s video on my Facebook wall. Nice, even. I’d go so far as to say it was the opposite of reprehensible. The link was ...

Grand Canyon, Arizona: An RV Experience

Like all red-blooded Americans, our family decided to visit the Grand Canyon. In an RV. Big mistake. 1. The a/c didn’t work. It was 107 in Phoenix. 2. We hit a sign (or two) and ...

Barnett Avenue Safer Going Southbound

At Barnett Avenue’s southern end, where it meets Pacific Highway, the two-lane road was recently narrowed to a single lane. Though it is now a traffic bottleneck, before the conversion, I witnessed a bicyclist ride ...

The Father, Son, Holy Ghost, by Girls

Back in July, the indie-music blogosphere didn't know what to do with itself when Girls released the single "Vomit." The near seven-minute jam, complete with soul-singer backup vocals, was all hipsters needed to become obsessed ...

On the Road to Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Today was more than 14 hours on the road to travel what would normally take 5 hours. Anywhere else but Mexico, and this would have been a hellish day. It all started in Barra Vieja, ...

Inspired Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey at the Loft — This Ain't Your Daddy's Jazz

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a quartet from Tulsa, Oklahoma, brought their unique brand of open-minded musicianship to the Loft at UCSD. Touring in support of Race Riot Suite, the quartet added a five-piece horn section, ...

Sunday, October 9

Shot in Tijuana: Zonkey Life

A Tijuana police motorcycle parked next to the “zonkey” corral, a subterranean manger (on Fifth Street) for the famous faux zebras that are seen posing with tourists on Avenida Revolución. An Asian tour group stops ...

Friday, October 7

Oceanside Man Guilty of Murdering Mom, Sanity Undecided

Adam Brown is guilty of first-degree murder for plunging a kitchen knife into his mother’s head as she sat on the edge of her bed in their Oceanside home three years ago. The same jury ...

Tiny Headstones

The sound of the traffic ranges from “oh my god, are they are going to hit the house”, to white noise in those areas where there are a couple of houses to buffer the unending ...

Roaming Solitary in the Sands

Fourteen miles south of San Diego and five miles north of the land where Tequila pours like honey lays the surfing Mecca known as Imperial Beach –or “IB” as it is referred to locally. I ...

Thursday, October 6

Surfrider’s Water Scarcity Meeting Includes David Zetland

On a night in which San Diego received its first measurable rainfall of the season, a water-scarcity meeting was held at Liberty Station on Wednesday, October 5. Over glasses of wine and bruschetta with salmon ...

Wednesday, October 5

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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, ...

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 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 ...

Tuesday, October 4

San Diego City Council Responds to County Grand Jury Assertion That New City Hall Is Unnecessary

The San Diego City Council voted 6-1 on October 4 to adopt a resolution, responding to the San Diego County Grand Jury report that a new city hall is not needed. The resolution authorized the ...

Encinitas Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On October 1, 1986, the City of Encinitas officially opened its doors for business. About three months earlier, in the June '86 state primary election, citizens of five communities (Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Old Encinitas, New Encinitas, Leucadia, ...

Delphi, Greece: In Search of Sibyls

I have a confession: I’m crazed about the ancient fortune-telling sibyls. So crazed that I’ve raced through the Vatican to see Michelangelo’s depiction of the sibyls on the Sistine Chapel and I’ve even flown to ...

Monday, October 3

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand: World’s Oldest Evergreen Rainforest

Many travelers to Thailand head from Bangkok to one or more of the beautiful beaches and islands in the southern part of the country. Just a few kilometers inland from these beaches is Khao Sok ...

Shabu-shabu

David walked into the room with a lot more flair than usual. He raised his arm high above his head and said, “Isu no ue ni dare ga imasu ka?” My sister, who was seated ...

Sunday, October 2

Mission Beach Apartment Fire

At around 1:30 p.m. on September 30, a fire broke out at a three-story residential structure on the corner of Dover Court and Mission Boulevard. Five fire companies responded; it took almost an hour to ...

Wilco's The Whole Love

“I been young, I been old/I been hurt and consoled/Heart of cold, heart of gold/so I'm told” — “Dawned on Me” The opening line of “Dawned on Me” summarizes Wilco's eighth studio album, on which ...

No Nostalgia for Bush

Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale has expressed in the media his desire for the revamped Bush band to not be considered "a nostalgia act." When the grungy hit machine played 4th&B, the vigor and intensity ...

Authorities Raid Clairemont Home

Wednesday morning, September 29, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies converged on a Clairemont home for a pre-dawn raid that reportedly targeted Hell’s Angels gang members. At 6 a.m., neighbors were awakened and brought ...

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