Content for Wednesday, March 28, 2012

News & Stories

People Will Tell You That You're Late and You'll Hate Them for It

January 15, 2010 — I’m hired into the USPS as a Transitional Employee (TE) in the city of San Diego. The job description states that this will never lead to a career position. The base ...

A Great Escape, Part Four

Daylight The lights at Villingen shut off on schedule. Edouard Izac, Harold Willis, and 11 others would become the only Americans to try a mass escape from a German POW camp during World War I. ...

Full-On Party at Athens Market

“We never ask for anything in particular. Rosie just brings us what she feels like.”

"Kurios arene,” says Dave Rawley. He’s a Bible scholar carrying three heavy, worn Bibles. At least one’s in classical Greek. He’s been sitting and studying them over his Greek chicken, in the corner of the ...

For Easter: Chicks?

I see the signs that spring has arrived at the Kelly home: hours of planting, barbecue dinners on the patio, wafts of jasmine floating in the kitchen window, and loads of requests for baby animals. ...

Movie Reviews: The Deep Blue Sea, The Raid: Redemption, The Salt of Life, Detachment

By the storm-surge law of openings, the weekly buzz of blab, this week’s column should lead with Wrath of the Titans or Mirror Mirror. They previewed too late for my use, but Matthew Lickona will ...

Fatty Weighs In

Fatty Freelunch has been around the block. “We were the first band to play SOMA, and we were the last band when it closed.” Ms. Freelunch is talking about Len Paul’s original south-of-Market venue downtown. ...

Iron Mike Is Back!

Mike Tyson is opening his one-man Vegas act, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth — Live on Stage, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 13. It’s the same arena where he had an intimate encounter ...

Starlite's Cleopatra

Shimmering in all its gold-plated decadence, the Starlite’s Cleopatra is worthy of the woman for whom it was named. According to Matt Hoyt, Starlite owner and sometime bartender, the drink serves as a seductive entrée ...

On the Diamond, in the Hoosegow

Hey Matt, With baseball season just around the corner I thought you could shed a little light on something that’s been bugging me for years. Why in God’s name do baseball managers dress like the ...

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami

Name: Daniel Earnhart Age: 20 Occupation: Pharmacist's Assistant Neighborhood: El Cajon Where Interviewed: Barnes & Noble, Grossmont Center What are you reading? “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami, the Japanese ...

Sue Palmer, Queen of Boogie Woogie

Long-anointed the Queen of Boogie Woogie, Sue Palmer got her first taste of fame while touring the world with blues-diva Candye Kane, even if she didn’t connect the dots with her own rising celebrity. “I ...

iPhreaks

It was shortly after 6 a.m. and still dark outside. Dozens of cars populated the parking lot, but I couldn’t locate any bodies. “There,” I said, when I caught the pink flash of a young ...

Bill Kenyon Overlook Trail

Get an aerial view of Anza-Borrego’s impressive Mescal Bajada

To get the full impact of the view from the top of the overlook of the Bill Kenyon Trail, do this hike during morning hours or later afternoon when shadows are most prominent on the ...

TJ Pedestrian Killed on Revolucion as Three Vehicles Collide

A Tijuana pedestrian was instantly killed Monday around 8:30am when he was struck by a delivery van caroming off a public bus, a collision ultimately involving three vehicles at the rain-slickened juncture of Revolucion and ...

Good Intentions Gone Awry at Veritas

San Diegans were shocked last December when local headlines linked prominent South Bay figures to a plot to smuggle Muammar Gaddafi’s son out of Africa and into a Mexican resort near Puerto Vallarta. The alleged ...

Gregory Gillispie Discusses Gabriela de Cueto's Arrest in Mexico City

The alleged international smuggling plot involving Libyan dictator Muammar Gadaffi’s son and Canadian consultant Cynthia Vanier continues to coil around itself like a snake. In pursuit of the story, Canada National Post writer Stewart Bell ...

The Recent Unpleasantness

In the midst of mass hysteria, Leo and wife Lucille fall in love, maybe for the first time.

Bravo, Cygnet Theatre! Their largest production to date easily ranks among their finest. Cygnet’s doing such a magnificent job with Parade, it’s hard to believe the musical had an iffy track record. Although it earned ...

The Axe Men: Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King

Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King are a blues band with two lead guitars. In the hyperactive world that is guitar-fronting, twin leads requires checked egos and dissimilar performance styles. Bnois (pronounced Buh-noise) King, from ...

Serengeti's Kenny Dennis EP

Serengeti has followed up one of 2011's most moving records, Family and Friends, with the absurdist tale of Kenny Dennis. Written from the perspective of Serengeti's 45-year-old alter ego, a bratwurst-gorging, sports-crazed Chicagoan, the Kenny ...

Redevelopment Pigs Want Back at the Trough

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat fearful of losing a cushy job or a real estate kingpin fearful of losing a fat government subsidy. Therefore, the move to bring back redevelopment in some form ...

"Ho Hey," Introducing the Lumineers

Prior to their self-titled debut, set for release on April 3, the Lumineers kicked off a tour with a stop at the Casbah. The threesome from Colorado create alarming folk-rock music accompanied by an ethereal ...

Wennerstrom & the Heartless Bastards

The Heartless Bastards started out as a power trio from Ohio, playing a very Midwestern kind of rock ’n’ roll. They weren’t groundbreaking, but neither were they overly reverent about their influences. They sometimes got ...

Content for Young Ears, Compliments of David Rees

“I’ve never entered a contest before. I’ve usually been working too much to pull my head out to do any promotion.” David Rees, 46, is a longtime San Diego musician who lives and works in ...

Record-Release Roundup

On March 30, Hills Like Elephants will play a release party at the Soda Bar for their debut full-length Endless Charade (Requiemme Records/BMG Chrysalis). “It’s a heart-on-sleeve concept album about girl troubles that plays like ...

Purple Cauliflower Purée

Recipe by Michael von Euw, Chef de Cuisine, Cavaillon I have always played around with food. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to create new things as much as I wanted to recreate dishes ...

Letters

The Zinger Masters I suggest that you hire Dewan Gibson (“The Imperfect Blog,” “Blog Diego,” March 15). He writes better than at least one of your staffers. Siobhan Braun, who wrote “The Recruiter Loved Me” ...

Chuck Perrin’s Blog

Today happens to be the birthday of one of my favorite musicians, Indiana-born and -bred jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. He developed his own unique style — a way of thumbing notes out of his guitar, ...

March 22 Crossword Contenders

Cindy Fisher, San Clemente, 6. Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 4. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 4. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 4. L. Barling, El Cajon, 4. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 4. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 4. Leslie Chase, Campo, ...

March 22 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Cindy Fisher, San Clemente, 6. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 6. Michael Rewa, Allied Gardens, 6. Susan Avery, Escondido, 4. Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Larry Clark, Clairemont, 4. Paula Davis, ...

March 22 Brainstorm Contenders

Conway Redding, La Mesa, 4. * L Barling, El Cajon, 3. I figured out how to get smarter: I'm going to stop exercising with dumb bells. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Betsy Cory, Chula Vista, ...

Lost Dog

A poem by Brandon Cesmat

When the boy’s dog didn’t come home from hunting squirrels or rabbits, he rode on a brown mare in the hills above the ranch, singing the name, “Ti-ger! Here boy!” as he looked. His parents ...