Content for Wednesday, July 17, 2013

News & Stories

Laugh Lines: Improv vs stand-up

Funny business.

Stand-up is darker and gritty. Improv is happier and supportive.

Melville’s money movie

Cue the rain

Jean-Pierre Grumbach’s (Melville was the French filmmaker’s nom de guerre, appropriated in honor of his literary correlate, Herman) acutely minimalist take on American gangster films resulted in a formal probity unlike anything cinema has experienced ...

Void evolution

A history of the clubs that have inhabited 3519 El Cajon Boulevard since 2001 (Little Equity, Zombie Lounge, Silver Dragon).

Shot in the face

Two more victims and another gangster in jail.

Lisa Badgett was shot in the face while behind the wheel of her truck. She’d gone to Oceanside to pick up her boyfriend. The perpetrator was a neighbor who suspected his gas was being stolen by Robbie Robbins, the boyfriend, who did not survive the assault.

Release the Kraken!

Seafood-sandwich dream in Barrio Logan

“Our dream is to make the seafood sandwich as available as the hamburger.”

Lakeside Linkage Preserve and Whitaker Trail

Panoramic views of Lakeside and East County mountains from “God’s Hill”

This ridge climb to a historic site has panoramic views of Lakeside and East County mountains.

The Graces

W.S. Di Piero proves photography is authentic fine art.

This week in the San Diego clubs, July 18–24

Thursday 18The Conners are coming! The Conners are coming! By the time you grok this, San Diego, you are probably surrounded by them. Nerdus americanus. And their annual ritual has commenced downtown, filling our hotels, ...

Letter after letter

Come Back, Matt! What happened to Straight From the Hip? I have been reading that in the Reader for multiple years. I make a beeline for it every Thursday. Straight From the Hip is the ...

Twisted tongue

It’s been a busy few weeks for sex-related allegations at San Diego city hall, thanks to the now self-admitted but unspecified indiscretions of Democratic mayor Bob Filner. If the mayor’s accusers ever emerge to confront ...

The Old Globe stages Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Like Hamlet’s father’s ghost, they only exist between the footlights and the proscenium.

No kids, we're drinking

It probably wasn’t as exciting as a clash in city council chambers between mayor Bob Filner and city councilman Todd Gloria, and the booze wasn’t on the house, but nothing beats Adams Avenue for homespun ...

Papa Doug Manchester in Hollywood

It appears that Papa Doug got mini-cameo roles as a reward for investing in films.

Comic-Con musical companion

Rundown of music-related attractions at this year’s Comic-Con International.

Grand Tarantula

Grand Tarantula: it’s a name that comes up in conversations about bands in town that are good to go and check out. The band has a lot of friends and admirers, and for good reason. ...

Masters of Horror

If you’ve wondered what your favorite horror directors would do with unlimited creative freedom, then Masters of Horror is for you. The first season collects 13 veteran horror directors such as John Carpenter and Tobe ...

Darrell's roadie

Staff for Republican congressman Darrell Issa have been hitting the road frequently of late, journeying afar with the ostensible aim of picking up hints on everything from “drafting legislative policy” to “office management” and “mail.” ...

When Metaphor Café was crazy bananas busy

Shane Culpeper, a studio owner/producer/promoter, talks about his experience in attempting to bring back the Metaphor Café and how it didn’t work out; he’s still looking for a venue.

Blade Runner and The Thin Red Line

Blade Runner draws you to insight instead of just excitement. I love how the story twists from the original assumptions of its myth: from inhuman replicants who are far more human than us. To have ...

Set in Boston

From George Higgins’s book, The Friends of Eddie Coyle is absolutely the best, grittiest, most expertly crafted crime thriller made in the golden decade of the genre — the ’70s. Shot entirely in Boston, this ...

Good Wives Don't Drive

My father refused to teach my mother how to drive his car. He said it wasn’t ladylike in 1949; a woman driver was no better than a streetwalker. She was to take the bus and ...

The Tantras

She shines upon the white lotus arisen from the water, pervading the world. She holds in her hands scissors, a sword, a skull and a blue lotus. Her ornaments are snakes in the form of ...

An Idiot Abroad

He can’t say it enough: “I have a Latin girlfriend.”

Blog entries by a British man living in Tijuana. His fiancée is Mexican and he’s enthralled.

July 11 Crossword Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 12. L. Barling, El Cajon, 12. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 12. Leslie Chase, Campo, 12. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 12. Allan Dorfman, Del Mar, 12. Dale Duffala, Bird Rock, 12. George Elam, ...

July 11 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 12. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 12. George Elam, Vista, 12. Butch Hays, La Mesa, 12. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 12. Jim Piburn, Point Loma, 12. Michael Rewa, Allied Gardens, 12. Jim ...