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Slapjazz Danny: Hambone around the world

Slapjazz Danny settles his muscular frame onto a stool in a La Mesa coffee shop and he goes to work, first with his left hand, then his right. The hands move from thigh to chest, ...

Ken Cinema hangs a "Help Wanted" sign

Kensington single-screen is hiring for the first time in six years

Why hasn't Landmark's Ken Cinema hired a new employee in six years? Those fortunate enough to work at Kensington's consecrated single-screen are so crazy loyal to the theater that the thought of leaving never once ...

Street race ends in South Bay home

Family of three awoken when a car slams through a wall

Early Tuesday morning, October 22, a silver sports car crashed into the dining room of a home in the 1800 block of Thelborn Way in Nestor, according to San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer. The ...

Treebeard trimmed?

Estate of J.R.R. Tolkein sues area landscaping company for infringement

The estate of English author J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of The Lord of the Rings fantasy trilogy, today announced a $4.4 billion dollar lawsuit against the Spring Valley company Treebeard Landscape, citing copyright infringement. "Treebeard" says ...

Samuel Barber versus John Williams

Movie music is better than I thought.

Number-two seed Samuel Barber versus John Williams. John Williams is probably the best known American composer in the world. Probably? How about definitely? Is there a better known riff than the Jaws theme? Who hasn’t ...

Papa Doug Manchester's nuptials to be before Christmas

Society expert Margo Schwab reports it

Margo Schwab's San Diego Social Diary is THE source on San Diego's beautiful people. She reports in her latest edition that Papa Doug Manchester, real estate baron and owner of the U-T, will marry his ...

Black Sabbath's 13

They wouldn’t shell out for Bill Ward. That’s one obscenity. He’s the drummer for Sabbath, dunderheads, pull out the purse. Only excuse I can think of is Tony Iommi thought maybe he was down for ...

New releases opening this week: Bad Grandpa, The Counselor, and more

Never mind the middlebrow

Poor Scott. Forced to damn Bad Grandpa with faint praise. Only three stars, alas. For any other franchise save Marty Movies Inc., that would be high praise. Here, there is the unmistakable pungency of disappointment. ...

Ramona man's hatchet attack thwarted by neighbor

Ramona sheriff's deputies arrested 23-year-old Devin Jones early Thursday morning, October 24, after he reportedly used a hatchet to attack a homeowner whose property had been damaged. At around 6 a.m., the unidentified victim on ...

Fair Political Practices Commission goes after Americans for Job Security PAC

San Diegans on big-cash mystery donor list for Prop 32 and against Prop 30

A nonprofit group that funneled more than $11 million into 2012's California battles over taxes and the political spending of labor-union dues got cash from several unidentified San Diego donors, according to a list released ...

The Grinch helpfully illustrates the fortunes of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Tom Clancy's corpse is barely cold, and already they're pissing on his creation

So word has just come that Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has been bumped from a Christmas Day release date to...mid-January. Thank you, Mr. Grinch, for making it clear just what that means. Judging from the ...

Jack Johnson fans win lottery

The last time Jack Johnson played in the Gaslamp, the crowd watching his 2004 Street Scene set seemed to stretch a mile from the stage. So when his latest gig at the intimate Balboa Theatre ...

Sorrento Valley representative granted a seat on Mira Mesa planning group board

How to remove “Welcome to Mira Mesa” monument at the I-805 off-ramp?

With well over 100 agitated Sorrento Valley residents and business owners clad in “Sorrento Valley, a Neighborhood of San Diego” T-shirts and waving “Stop the Mira Mesa Land Grab!” signs, the Qualcomm auditorium was packed ...

First look at American Voodoo

After many delays, University Heights' newest restau is (almost) fully operational

Getting the doors open at American Voodoo (4655 Park Boulevard) in University Heights incurred many delays, chiefly because the owner wanted a full liquor license. Considering the amount of full bars on the block, however, ...

Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter

A beer choosy moms would likely go nuts over

A brew that made a big splash during last year’s San Diego Beer Week has resurfaced and, fittingly, is grabbing top honors as this week’s sudsy offering from yours truly. Enter, Karl Strauss Peanut Butter ...

Americans for Prosperity launches Scott Peters attack ad

Koch brothers shovel money to fight "ill-conceived, Big Government power grab"

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative think tank largely funded by the Kansas-based billionaire Koch brothers, announced yesterday, October 24, that the group would be making a three-week media buy blasting Congressman Scott Peters for his ...

Review: Bad Grandpa

Bad role models frequently make for memorable protagonists. Walter Matthau’s beer-soaked little league coach in The Bad News Bears. Chazz Palminteri as Lilo Brancato’s gangster mentor in A Bronx Tale. Toni Colette's zoned out hitchhiker-turned-babysitter ...

Possible child predator visiting Temecula parks and schools

Red Hawk and Temecula Luiseño elementary schools about a mile apart

A letter sent to parents of students at Temecula’s Red Hawk Elementary School on October 21 included a sketch of a man who was reportedly lurking near school property three days earlier. But the sketch ...

Rent hike terminates Tiki House

"This is just one more death knell for live rock and roll in San Diego.”

Why is the Tiki House closing after 39 years of hosting bands in Pacific Beach? Could it be that the roadhouse couldn't keep up with the much larger bars? Was P.B. becoming too precious for ...

Trailer Park: Captain America: Winter Soldier

a.k.a. Iron Man Lite

Not too much to say here, except maybe that this looks like a pretty terrible superhero movie and maybe a pretty good spy thriller, except for the godawful music. I mean, I enjoyed being a ...

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