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The Big Dry

The grass is not always greener.

How dry is it? Dry, dry, dry, dry, dry.

New blood for Sweetwater district?

Board candidates attend meeting, declare opposition to real estate deals

Sweetwater Union High School District called an unscheduled meeting August 13 to review its “asset utilization plan” for selling district-owned property and purchasing a new administrative building. The district has three properties that it is ...

Oceanside advances on affordable housing project

“It's been a long, long, long time coming,” said mayor Jim Wood.

As ground is broken on the largest affordable-housing project in San Diego County, all that remains for the complex is to finalize the patchwork of funding. At a cost of $92 million, the Mission Cove ...

Fast-track Frights

Singer/guitarist Mikey Carnevale has no idea why the Frights was nominated as Best Live Band for this year’s San Diego Music Awards. The punk trio from Poway has no dancing go-go girls, matching suits, or ...

Fine international fusion at beach bum cost

Turquoise Cellars is home to masters and obsessives.

You wouldn’t guess it from their island-style coffee-shop façade, but beyond the organic drip java and veggie wraps lies a top-notch wine and beer bar with selections meant to be paired with their eclectic, globally ...

Grammy man

Jazz player Kamau Kenyatta says he’s still learning.

When San Diego musician Kamau Kenyatta learned that his protégé Gregory Porter had won Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards for Liquid Spirits (an album Kenyatta produced), he was momentarily indisposed: “I ...

Arabs and Jews alike

Vegetarian and vegan heaven on Midway Drive.

Whew. Hot day out here on the La Playa Trail. La Playa Trail? Just the oldest commercial trail in the Western United States. ’Course we know it as Rosecrans Street. I notice this li’l historical ...

Crime and circumstance

Life is hard.

The Fourth of July fireworks display that caps off the poor-kids-in-the-heartland documentary Rich Hill can be viewed in a couple of ways. You can see the young’uns staring open-mouthed at the pretty explosions while chants ...

Far Out Fangtooth to Creepoid

“We’re in the middle of one of our longest drives on this tour.” Nick Culp checks in by phone from somewhere up in Canada to talk about his recent move from Far Out Fangtooth to ...

Boom. Just like that

Lightning threat prompts lifeguards to close beaches from Solana to O'side

With locals and tourists trying to grab in a few more days of summer, the beaches in North County were suddenly closed to all activity on August 20. Starting around 4:00 a.m., an incoming weather ...

Charitable Stones

Stones ink an axe for local teens.

“I was blessed to meet Mick Jagger’s assistant through one of our Photocharity board members.” Jeffrey Sitcov calls the Reader to talk about his latest good fortune: a pair of electric guitars, each one autographed ...

Worst. Headache. Ever.

Ben Bartel is the 29-year-old singer/guitarist for local acoustic-rockers Mayfield, a group whose sound Bartel equates to “a guy and a girl arguing with each other musically.” The argument almost came to a crashing halt ...

Brian’s revenge

Mindy Fletcher, ex–White House press aide to president George Bush and wife of failed Republican-turned-Democratic San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher, has gone into business with Corinne Clark, an ex-staffer for Brian Bilbray, a Republican ...

Cut the cheesy jokes

DJ advises a grown-ass hipster to temper the toilet humor.

Dear Hipster: I use a lot of bathroom humor because I think it’s f@$*ing hilarious! My girlfriend (along with some of my friends) tells me I’m being too lowbrow and that I shouldn’t resort to ...

Varied habitats, outstanding views

Add five strenuous miles to get to Potato Chip Rock.

Lake Poway is a full-facility recreation area that has something for everyone.

Hard drive intact

“We thought we might get our music seized,” says Rick Elliot, whose Secondhand Smoke Band’s upcoming full-length, First Hand, was recorded in Escondido. “Lambesis Studios was the studio co-owned by Daniel [Castleman] and the now-infamous ...

Robin Williams, RIP

Most everyone has had their say already about the death of Robin Williams. I don’t have anything to add about the man, except to say that he helped to shape, as much as Jack Benny ...

Ear ringers and blues singers

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 21The Big Rock Show this week rolls into Sleep Train Amphitheatre, where alt-rock icons Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden will split an ear-ringing bill in the Chula Vista hills. Both bands — in or ...

Thanks for the dough, $hamu!

SeaWorld gives $25,000 to re-elect Jerry Brown

SeaWorld's stock may be down on Wall Street, but it definitely appears to be up with Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. After repeated battering by animal-rights advocates over the issue of orca captivity, the marine-animal emporium ...

Reunite Like Jehu

"Dude, we gotta do a Jehu show with the organ... It'll be like jamming with Godzilla."

It almost seemed like a prank, the Facebook announcement that Drive Like Jehu planned to reunite, at least long enough to play one free show on the big concrete stage at the Balboa Park Organ ...

The Pickles Are on the Wall

No hamburgers in Azerbaijan.

Look up Azerbaijan on the map and one can see immediately how this Caucasus country is a confluence of cultures: Persian, Russian, Islamic, seafaring, to name a few. All of these influences contribute to modern-day ...

So inescapable

Hey Hipster: Why do all hipsters start every sentence with the word “So?” The adult version of “Like.” — Matt G Maybe I’m reading too closely between the lines here, but are you suggesting that ...

A Rancho Santa Fe house so extravagant, it does the boasting

Current Owners: The Waite family Listing Price: $10,900,000 Beds: 8 Baths: 10 Casa Bonito Del Rio is a Spanish-style estate encompassing nearly 13,000 square feet of living space on a 9.9-acre equestrian parcel within the ...

MEK Muck-up

It may seem a bit late, but ex-San Diego mayor Bob Filner, who quit office following revelations of sexual harassment last summer, has just received a warning from California’s Fair Political Practices Commission. In a ...

“Competition is a sin”

First step taken toward paying college athletes.

The words above are attributed to John D. Rockefeller, human template for American monopolies. We know he was rich, but few people know how rich he actually was. According to the the New York Times, ...

Ways to save water and money

Water accordingly, desert dwellers.

Landscaping and gardening in a drought is tough and expensive, so I started looking for ways to save water and money. “The first thing to do is evaluate the irrigation system,” said New Way Landscape ...

Letters from our readers

Don’s Flashlight Thanks for Don Bauder’s article on the lack of corporate do-goodism (City Lights: “Do Well, Do Good”). As a 20-year Wall Streeter, it turned me into a socialist. Like Einstein said, “Capitalism is ...

Rum and hammer

Rummed-up son abused his parents

“They just said you’re not allowed to drink around us, so I just said, ‘Fine,’” Greg Foley recalled. “I just didn’t let them know that I was drinking because it would upset them.” He just ...

Why They Love Us

Vanna, 1987?–1995 Dogs love us uncomplainingly because They see us in a way we never do. They don’t have sense enough to see our flaws The way we fear our lovers’ fangs and claws. Blondi ...

Steakhouse wages

The San Diego Democratic Party is facing off in the fall against the GOP Lincoln Club in what is expected to be a particularly nasty electoral clash. The main battle is between Republican downtown lobbyist ...

How to get the church back into the world?

Catch a new vision for life or faith.

Membership: 120 Pastor: Brent Ross Age: 40 Born: Albuquerque, NM Formation: Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN; Garrett Evangelical Seminary, Evanston, IL Years Ordained: 5 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite subject on which to preach? ...

Creepoid, Creedle, and Corrosion

Jacuzzis, Wreckords, and the blues King

Sunday 24Savannah-by-way-of-Philadelphia noise-rock band Creepoid creeps into the Tower. The quartet’s out to tout their new s/t sophomore set, which, according to their one-sheet, “mines the quiet side of breathy acoustic/slowcore, then erupts into heavy, ...

Staring at the stars (including Barbarella)

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, August 21-August 27

The Radvocate magazine and Housefire Press present an evening of readings from Riley Michael Parker, Rachel Lee Taylor, Parker Tettleton, and Sunny Katz. Reserve your complimentary tickets for the best movies from South Korea, with ...

August 14 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 9. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 9. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 9. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 9. Leslie Chase, Campo, 9. Maria Coda, Oceanside, 9. Sharon Dang, La Mesa, 9. Allan Dorfman, Del Mar, 9. ...

August 14 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 9. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 9. Greg/Naomi Chauncey, San Diego, 9. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 9. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 9. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 9. Butch Hays, La Mesa, 9. Paula Henderson, ...

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