Content for Wednesday, May 2, 2012

News & Stories

100 Reasons to Love San Diego

Our 2012 Activities Issue, wherein Reader writers explore the elements of America's Finest — water, air, fire, land.

The Red Light Fight

Some weeks ago in the murky AM hours of a drizzle infested day, I fled through a yellow/red light, accidently, in an undisclosed intersection found in North San Diego County. I knew I had committed ...

Gas Pipeline Ruptured in Midway District

A gas leak snarled lunchtime traffic in the Midway District on May 1. As police and fire department personnel blocked the area off, safety officials ordered brief evacuations of the Sports Arena Home Depot store ...

Is Prima Donna the Best Garage Band of All Time?

Score one for the old school: Prima Donna, a five-piece from Los Angeles, may be the best garage band of all time, albeit 40 years after the fact. They started in 2003. What we call ...

DUI

I’m at a party in Point Loma celebrating the successful conclusion of a literary event that took a great deal of time and effort to put together. Everyone involved is letting go after months of ...

Have Fun on Land

100 Reasons to Love San Diego

Reader writers explore the elements of America’s Finest — water, air, fire, land. Urban Irving If it’s true that San Diego is America’s Biggest Small Town, then it is certainly fitting that our most famous ...

Randy Lane's Unreal Job

‘I was inspired to write the song after seeing Ron Paul’s appearance on the Jay Leno show earlier this year,” says singer/songwriter Randy Lane, aka Ran Diego, of his recently recorded tune “Ode to Ron ...

Seek Adventure in the Air

100 Reasons to Love San Diego

Reader writers explore the elements of America’s Finest — water, air, fire, land. Up close with birds of prey Let’s face it, the closest most of us will ever get to a true bird of ...

Explore a Water Wonderland

100 Reasons to Love San Diego

Reader writers explore the elements of America’s Finest — water, air, fire, land. Underwater hockey Underwater hockey (sometimes called Octopush), has been around since 1954; it’s played in a couple of dozen countries. It involves, ...

Allo Darlin' Brings Twee Indie Pop to the Casbah

“Forget hipsters, let’s all hate on twee for a while,” read a recent headline on the website Brokelyn. The accompanying article was about Brooklyn’s “artisanal” food makers and the complicated emotions they evoke. (Sure, they ...

Stoke Your Creative Fire

100 Reasons to Love San Diego

Reader writers explore the elements of America’s Finest — water, air, fire, land. Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School At Dr. Sketchy’s (held the third Saturday of every month at the Ruby Room in Hillcrest, 1271 University ...

Sound of My Voice: Like Sci-fi Deprived of Science

As Maggie, leader of an obscure cult in Sound of My Voice, Brit Marling has the radiant, unlined purity of a dream angel. Her beauty is so sexy but virginal, she could become a New ...

Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension

See magnificent and rare Torrey pines in this lesser-known state reserve.

San Diego is a unique and exciting city for many reasons, and the remarkably rare Torrey pine is near the top of that list. Most San Diego residents can probably tell you where to find ...

Sorry, Beliebers

“The Elvis video was a surprise to me and everyone,” says 20-year-old Sean Patrick Malone, whose YouTube cover of “Jailhouse Rock” has already racked up 1.8 million views since he uploaded it in mid-March. “Once ...

Snotty Sister

I lifted my head and looked over my laptop to glare directly at the inharmonious cacophony of sniffling and snuffling. Jane wiped at her nose with the heel of her hand for the umpteenth time ...

Mom-and-Pop Radio

Tristan Prettyman and Jason Mraz were going to get married. And then he came up with a righteous reason not to. She’s laughing now, though.

This Is A Wickedly Unfair World. Just ask Floyd Landis.

Bicyclist Floyd Landis retires in shame and Lance Armstrong rides rich into the sunset? Is that fair?

Ye Olde Plank Inn, Imperial Beach

Chad Deal went looking for a drink (not a fight!) in SD’s second-oldest bar.

Elles, Another French Triumph for Juliette Binoche

No doubt it is better to be a young, pretty prostitute for moneyed Parisians than, say, an aging gutter slut in Tampico. But the human complications are not much reduced. Facing those complications in Elles, ...

How smart were we back in the Stone Age?

Birds, bees, cave-babies in the Stone Age. Also, answers pertaining to left-handedness and the so-called average American.

Letters

Necessary Meds I feel compelled to comment on a recent column, "Classic Barb Guy" (Diary of a Diva), and a subsequent entry in the letters column by Name Withheld, April 26, praising living without psychiatric ...

Clairemont Covenant Church

When pastor Greg West talks about disciples, he’s not talking about “pew potatoes.”

Graveyard Poem

A poem by Larry Milligan

I used to go the two miles with my aunt and a couple of her friends from church when they visited a small town graveyard The ladies would always wear stiff black shoes and I ...

No Fare? No Fair!

Last November, taxicab driver Joe Ciprian, 50, took a call from his dispatcher to pick up a passenger at UCSD hospital in Hillcrest. “I got there to find the security guard waving me down,” wrote ...

The UCSD Version

The public relations team on the La Jolla campus of the University of California San Diego is widely regarded in the world of academic flackery as one of the best in the taxpayer-financed business. Every ...

The Raven Is Fun to Watch (but Would Leak Like a Busted Cask If Really Examined)

The trailer for The Raven made me fear that it would relate to Edgar Allan Poe about as much as a cement mixer does to Michelangelo. But the film is entertaining as author Poe (John ...

Build a Stadium and Team Will Stay? Nope

The lengths NFL teams go to in order to get their taxpayer-built stadiums.

On with Their Heads

Irwin Jacobs Wants to Abolish the Death Penalty

La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs has contributed $10,000 to Taxpayers for Public Safety, a group that wants to abolish the death penalty, replacing it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The politically ...

Noel Gallagher Gives the People What They Want

Unshackled by the name “Oasis” and the tacky label “Britpop,” Gallagher senior hits the road to promote his first solo outing. At a surprisingly less than full house, Gallagher opens with a lithe, acoustic-y version ...

The Five-Year Engagement, a Spinning but Aimless Turnstile of Gags

Emily Blunt is so sanely appealing that her honest touches rescue parts of The Five-Year Engagement, but not the movie. What could? Director Nicholas Stoller wrote it with actor Jason Segel, who gave himself a ...

LAX Planespotting

Southern California airplane buffs and planespotters flock to Imperial Hill in El Segundo – a picturesque spot overlooking Los Angeles Int'l Airport. This windy overlook at the corner of E. Imperial Ave. and Sheldon St. ...

San Diego Momma

If they ask, do you tell your kid Peter Pan isn’t real?

Get the Hell Out

When the Art Institute of San Diego needed a guest with pro music experience to speak to one of their audio production classes on the subject of freelancing in the music business, they tapped Bill ...

April 26 Brainstorm Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 9. * L Barling, El Cajon, 8. Two wrongs don't make a right, but they sure grab headlines. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 8. If poverty is the next battlefront I want ...

April 26 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 9. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 9. L. Barling, El Cajon, 9. * Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 9. Why Mafia hates Jehovah witnesses, they don't want any witnesses. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 9. Carolyn ...

April 26 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 9. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 9. Larry Clark, Clairemont, 9. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 9. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 9. Roy E. Leeper, Chula Vista, 9. John Markey, San Diego, 9. Hiroshi Miyazaki, ...