Content for Wednesday, February 29, 2012

News & Stories

Grappling with Success

“You play basketball, you play football — it doesn’t work when you say you ‘play wrestling.’” So sayeth Wayne. Who’s Wayne? That would be Wayne Branstetter, the winningest coach in the history of California prep ...

San Diego Mayoral Candidates Debate in Mission Valley

The San Diego Young Republicans hosted a mayoral debate at Randy Jones All American Grill in Mission Valley on February 27. Republican candidates Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, and Nathan Fletcher were in attendance (Democrat Bob ...

After Lynching Threat, Valle de la Palmas Residents Promised a Police Substation

On February 27, residents of Valle de las Palmas warned Tijuana mayor Carlos Bustamante that, if necessary, they would take vigilante action to put a stop to crime if municipal police didn’t come to their ...

Silent Comedy: “We’re Not Religious"

“My brother Josh and I started the Silent Comedy as sort of a side project,” says Jeremiah Zimmerman. “Sort of a lark.” They were both members of an aggressive punk band at the time. “But ...

Pasta alla Carbonara

Recipe by Chad White Chef and Partner, Gabardine


I got into cooking by accident. I was fresh out of high school when 9/11 happened. I wanted to do something for my country so I went down to my local recruiting station. I found ...

Three-Alarm Umami

“I started out leasing my own food truck. I was 20.”

Sunny, breezy day. Walking through the barrio, heading down César Chávez toward the trolley. Pass ye olde brick building that used to be Chuey’s bar-eatery. ’Course, for years it’s been Ryan Bros. coffee-roasting and sipping ...

Carl Durant Lied About the CDs

Originally from Belgium, Sorrento Valley–based singer/guitarist Carl Durant relocated to San Diego in 2002 to take a job with a newly founded electronics firm. “Once I discovered the open-mic nights, I started turning up more ...

Bedtime Stories

Dixie De La Tour wants to hear San Diego’s dirty stories. The curator of the San Francisco–based Bawdy Storytelling started a monthly showcase of sexual (mis)adventures five years ago after finding inspiration at a Burning ...

Greg Cox's Campaign Financed by the Usual Roster

San Diego county supervisor Greg Cox, who so far has not attracted any opponents in his First District reelection bid this year, is piling up campaign money at a prodigious pace, reportedly in order to ...

Record-Release Roundup

Manganista will debut their new single “Old Grey” on Friday, March 2, at the Ruby Room. “Manga has been on hiatus for the past three years due to our bass player moving to the Middle ...

I Like Girls

Thursday 1<br>A couple of country outlaws will ride through town this week, as that “Okie from Muskogee,” Merle Haggard, takes the stage at the Balboa Theatre downtown Thursday night, and Willie Nelson takes that very ...

DVD Latino: Alambrista!, El Bola, Tambien la Lluvia

Glenn Heath Programmer, San Diego Latino Film Festival, sdlatinofilm.com Carlos Reygadas’s Silent Light is a hypnotic character study about a man torn between his wife and lover while residing in a northern Mexican Mennonite community. ...

San Diego Spartans

The sporting world awaits, on edge, for March 2 and the first public exhibition of Ultimate Tazer Ball (UTB). The contest will be held in Thailand. Our hometown San Diego Spartans will be tasering the ...

Ty Segall Says Goodbye Bread

The exhaustingly prolific Ty Segall has been earning a name for himself in San Francisco’s crowded lo-fi/psych/punk scene over the past few years with a string of noisy, mostly scattershot releases with an occasional glimpse ...

Who Is Riding Electric Bikes These Days?

“The greatest thing about an electric bike is that it operates just like a regular bike,” said Ike Fazzio, owner of San Diego Fly Rides (619-888-3878; sandiegoflyrides.com), located in the Gaslamp. “If you’re feeling strong, ...

Seaside Sellout

Will the March 16 show headlined by local reggae band Stranger be the last show ever at Sound Wave (formerly Canes)? No shows are being booked at the 700-capacity beachfront venue after that date. The ...

Bill Horn’s Immortal Campaign

More and more these days, political committees are taking on a life of their own, outlasting the campaigns they were created for by years and raking in thousands of dollars in contributions on behalf of ...

You Want This Again?

Having been hornswoggled by both the Chargers and the Padres, and knowing the City is wobbling financially, San Diego voters are unlikely to approve a fat subsidy for a new Chargers stadium. But downtown overlords ...

Letters

Theft Not Very “Civil” You are probably unaware of how closely related three of your stories are in the February 23 issue. The cover story, “Tased and Subdued, Throttled and Killed”; the short story “Angry ...

Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom

There is a new sleeping pill that hit the market in February; it’s called Kisses on the Bottom. It's hard for me, as a long-time Paul McCartney fan, to be critical...but what was he thinking ...

Taxpayer Revolution Seeks a Law Like Arizona’s

California spends $938 million annually to incarcerate prisoners who entered the country illegally, receiving less than $66 million in federal funds to offset the cost. An “estimated 60% of gangs in Los Angeles County are ...

Calcite Mine and Slot Canyon

Hike an amazing slot canyon, visit an abandoned calcite mine, and enjoy panoramic desert views.

Distance from downtown San Diego: 104 miles. Allow almost 3 hours’ driving time (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park). From Ramona, drive east on Hwy 78, turn left on Hwy 79, right on San Felipe Road (S2), ...

An Intimate Stage

Furious calls on a cell phone reveal that the car is her son’s. Was her son’s.

This is backward. When you attend a play you go from the parking lot to the box office to the show. At the La Jolla Playhouse, you go from the box office back to a ...

Nathan Fletcher’s Special Emissaries

San Diego–based Emissary Relations, LLC, was a big winner in last year’s local political-consulting derby, getting a total of $49,000 from GOP assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s mayoral campaign committee and another $2000 from Fletcher’s assembly political ...

Faust's House

A poem by Nazim Hikmet

Below the towers, under the arcades, I wander through Prague late at night. The sky is an alembic distilling gold in the dark — an alchemist’s still over a deep-blue flame. I walk down the ...

Buck 65 Spends It at Casbah

Canadian wordsmith Buck 65 returned to San Diego on a warm February evening five years after his last visit. Approximately a third of the Nova Scotia–bred artist’s set featured the lovely Marnie Herald, whose pristine ...