Content for Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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We're Constantly in Fear: The life of a part-time professor

Academia's dirty little secret.

Interviews with adjunct professors who realize that the colleges and universities that employ them never intend to give them tenure. Most teachers who make a living out of it have to hold down more than one job.

In San Diego clubs Sunday-Wednesday, December 22–25

Sunday 22For the first time ever again, human jukebox El Vez and rockabilly filly Rosie Flores join forces at Casbah for the annual Mexmas show — ¡Christmas con queso! According to the Casbah’s billing, “Perhaps ...

Leaving Home Without It

Wanda Sykes made a joke about leaving her vagina at home so she could go out safely at night. Think of it. Taking away their greatest weapon, hiding it in a jewelry box lined with ...

Record-release roundup

Blues-rocker Laurel Sorenson will debut her See What You Got EP with a free all-ages concert on December 20 at Seaweed and Gravel, an Encinitas motorcycle/vintage clothing/surf shop. Attendees are asked to bring a new, ...

Desi N Friends rings of a ’90s sitcom

Writer Chad Deal gets drunk under the table with Fireball shots by a 90-some-year-old woman in a wheelchair.

Heffern’s redemption

Interview with Gary Heffern, former frontman for the Penetrators.

Sweetwater trustee Arlie Ricasa to resign

“I accepted gifts...with a value of $2099 and I did not report them."

Sweetwater Union High School District trustee Arlie Ricasa, who had initially been charged with 28 felony and misdemeanor counts in the South Bay’s schools corruption case, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor today, December 18. Early ...

New mom traded margaritas for vomit, feces, and love

Heart on Sleeve Author: Casey McCarthy From: La Jolla Blogging since: 2008 About Hi. I’m Casey and among other things I’m a writer, feminist, activist, media & communications advisor, mother, wife, nomad, hopeless idealist and ...

Home of La Costa co-founder Allard Roen for sale

He was partner of notorious hood Moe Dalitz

A home near the third tee of La Costa Country Club, at 2050 Caleta Court in Carlsbad, is up for sale for $2.2 million. It was the home of Allard Roen, one of four controversial ...

Six-string theory

H.P. Newquist talks about the giant replica of a Gibson Flying V on exhibit at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Theater in Balboa Park, part of Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World. It’s over 43 feet long!

Street jam

Balboa Park’s got Women, War, and Industry and Staking Claim: A California Invitational.

Dig a Hole: Tom Laughlin

Americans free to once again hate neighbors and cheat friends.

When news hit this desk that Tom Laughlin died earlier this month of complications from pneumonia, I...just...went...BERSERK! You want berserk? I was in the audience the night Laughlin four-walled the UA Cinema 150 in Oakbrook, ...

Wise to the Hustle

Don't kid yourself.

I’m not sure American Hustle is the best picture of the year. I’m not even sure if it’s my favorite picture of the year. But I’m pretty sure it brought me more oh-hell-yes pleasure than ...

Sticks and stones

“I can yell at the food court...because I don’t know anyone here!”

Neil LaBute’s reasons to be pretty begins, before it starts, with a single word. Asked to compare Steph, his girlfriend of four years, to the new “hottie” at the warehouse, Greg said Steph has a ...

Dear Santa...

San Diego musicians are asked what they want for Christmas. Among desires: guitar pickups, Pabst Blue Ribbon, skateboard, Harley-Davidson, a four-week Tahitian vacation…

In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, December 19–21

Thursday 19Devised in Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “avant-garage” act Pere Ubu warps, distorts, and addles traditional time without rhyme or rock-and-roll reason. I often imagine Father Ubu David Thomas ...

Sidewalk Sicilian

Ed roots out the hidden meat at Nicolosi’s

Perfect night for sitting out. If you have a heater. And that makes it a perfect night to be in El Cajon. Because, by my reckoning, the City of the Valley has the best sidewalk ...

Pio Pico power plant opponents gather in San Ysidro

Natural-gas plant proposal killed in March could be resurrected

Dozens of protesters from across the county gathered outside San Ysidro Middle School on Tuesday afternoon, December 17, to rally before heading into a meeting arranged by the Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of the ...

City named as second defendant in Filner lawsuit

Complaint says City failed to provide proper sexual harassment training

So much for keeping the city's legal expenses at $90,000 when defending sexual harassment allegations against former mayor Bob Filner. The city is instead forced to fight the level of sexual harassment training it provides ...

Holiday in South Africa: Johannesburg in 1986, revisited

May 8, 1986. I am the only passenger on the 30-minute shuttle from Jans Smuts International Airport to Johannesburg’s city center. Joburg’s population is three million plus and its downtown bears an uncanny resemblance to ...

Moonlight Trail, Agua Caliente County Park

Hike through a narrow desert canyon with lush vegetation.

This is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Anza-Borrego Desert. Where else can you camp in comfort with full facilities, including hot showers, and soak in pools of geothermally heated mineral water ...

City employee fired for refusing to join union?

Or did he create a hostile work environment"?

A former employee of the city's Economic Development Department says his bosses fired him because he refused to join the Municipal Employees Association. Trevor Howell, a former Community Development Specialist, claims that his bosses Eliana ...

I. Hate. Mimes.

“Ooh, I know!” Terri’s face lit up so suddenly and brightly, I pictured a little cartoon bulb over her head. “What about mimes? I even have the perfect outfit to wear.” “No mimes,” David said ...

Scary Stuff with TV Ghost

Here’s another late-breaking young-band-on-the-rise alert: TV Ghost. I can say this even though they started in 2006 because each of their albums has sounded a little different. They grew up as musicians in the garage-punk ...

Charity and VD begin at Del Mar

It’s time to tally up the annual take of Del Mar’s so-called charity race days, representing the net proceeds required by law to be turned over for worthy causes during certain designated days of each ...

2013’s Fastest-Growing Brewing Companies

There was no shortage of evolution this year

The number of brewing companies opening around the county in 2013 was unmatched, and so too was the number of new facilities opened by existing brewing companies. The following is a list of the most ...

Navy scandal expands

Another pleads guilty to supplying information for high living, prostitutes

The scandal surrounding Singapore-based Glenn David Marine Asia, and the gifts the company provided to Navy personnel in exchange for luxury living and prostitutes, expanded yesterday, December 17. Supervisory special agent John Bertrand Beliveau pleaded ...

The City’s Code Monitoring Team: Foxes guard the henhouse

The City of San Diego’s Code Monitoring Team is comprised of 18 members responsible for finding holes in San Diego’s code and offering ideas on how to fill them. But over the years, the team has become policy-driven, concerned more with crafting ordinances than drafting fixes to the current code.

Wreckers’ haul wrecks Wrex the Halls

Attendees to events at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena) frequently park offsite, where their cars are frequently towed, resulting in $300 fines. Arena operator Ernie Hahn says it’s egregious the way tow trucks line up after events begin.

From Canada, with cash

Qualcomm, which has been lobbying hard this year for more visas for foreign workers, isn’t the only local concern that has been spending heavily in a bid to get more people from abroad into the ...

Complaint Department

Stick to Canvas I’m calling about the cover of last week’s Reader, “There’s No Feeling Equal to Tagging” (December 12). Even though the headline is a quotation, I feel it was irresponsible of you to ...

Off a cliff

Out of a job is Cliff Albert, the KOGO chieftain who ruled the airwaves and a sizable chunk of local San Diego political life in the glory days of fallen San Diego GOP mayor Roger ...

December 12 Crossword Contenders

* Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 10. * L. Barling, El Cajon, 10. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 10. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 10. * Dale Duffala, Bird Rock, 10. * Robert Mc Quay, San Diego, 10. Robert ...

December 12 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 10. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 10. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 10. Butch Hays, La Mesa, 10. John Markey, San Diego, 10. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 10. Jerry Noser, Bankers Hill, 10. * ...

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