Content for Wednesday, February 5, 2014

News & Stories

We don't call them drones anymore

Contrary to popular wisdom, drones are already among — or above — us.

I want to believe that when we talk about drones — also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or unmanned aerial systems — whose bodies vary from pterodactyl-big to mosquito-small (the Robobee, a robotic insect, weighs ...

Lincoln Club mailers protested…at wrong location

Activists charge “dog-whistle racism” in phony portrayal of David Alvarez

A small but vocal group of activists organized by Presente.org and the Courage Campaign may have taken a wrong turn Tuesday afternoon, February 4, while attempting to deliver a pair of petitions. In a two-week ...

Castle Park Middle School principal punches back!!

“Who is this Susan luzzaro bitch?!”

Throughout 2013, the Reader reported on Castle Park Middle School’s extracurricular priorities: recruiting Sweetwater students to Alliant, a costly private university; extending the Steven Hawking charter school into the Castle Park Middle site; questionable spending ...

Pop fell away from the heart

Asked how San Diego treats his now-L.A.–based band Xiu Xiu, singer Jamie Stewart tells the Reader via email: “It has been mixed. There have been shows that were totally sold out and the people were ...

Brush up on your Shakespeare at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15

National Theatre Live! and Broadway HD present Coriolanus and Romeo and Juliet.

It's being billed as "Love and agony, Shakespeare style," when National Theatre Live! and Broadway HD bring the Bard to the big screen at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15. Based on the life of legendary Roman ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman to be digitally inserted into final Hunger Games sequel

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Philip Seymour Hoffman died leaving behind only one crucial scene to film in order to tie up his character's plot thread in the final Hunger Games sequel. It was today ...

Michael Shames owes more than $100,000

Former UCAN head sued for defamation, lost

Superior-court judge Ronald S. Prager has ruled that Michael Shames, former head of Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), owes $104,609 in fees and costs to the parties he unsuccessfully sued for defamation and related transgressions. ...

Say bye to 1927 railroad bridge near Camp Pendleton

Also, the end of the train-traffic logjam

Motorists traveling northbound on I-5 through Camp Pendleton have probably noticed the slow disappearance of the old, rusty, white railroad bridge over the Santa Margarita River. The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company built ...

O’ahu on a plate

A foodie list for this popular Hawaiian island.

A culinary expedition: journalist resolves to achieve edible incapacitation in the Aloha state. Let us resolve to gain weight this new year! Known as the melting pot of the Pacific, Hawaii is home to hundreds ...

God’s sense of humor

“I know that, when with Fleetwood Mac, we played San Diego back in the late ’60s, but I don’t remember much about it, except it was in a large hall of some kind,” says Jeremy ...

Just the right amount of South Pacific kitsch

In 1949, Tahitian artist Felix Lynch opened up what is now San Diego’s oldest tattoo shop, at 317 F Street, catering to sailors who landed in port just blocks away. Six location changes and two ...

D.A. Dumanis rakes in $21,000 from used-car interests

"She just simply listened and said, ‘Talk to the legislature.’”

San Diego district attorney Bonnie Dumanis, under scrutiny in part as a result of a trove of campaign cash she got from employees of La Jolla luxury-car dealer Marc Chase in 2011, has accepted at ...

Fresh and fluffy

Ed gets a quick class in cheesemanship at Venissimo.

“It’s Hook’s cheddar. Costs $40 a pound. That would come to about $15 per sandwich.”

Record-release roundup

Schitzophonics have a record-release party set for February 8 at the Casbah, on a bill that includes Neighbors to the North, Amerikan Bear, and Gloomsday. “It’s a three-song seven-inch that Munster Records is putting out,” ...

Downsized dreams

Old Globe stages Laura Marks’s Bethany in the round

Bethany, by Laura Marks Old Globe Theatre, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Balboa Park Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch; cast: Carlo Alban, DeAnna Driscoll, Jennifer Ferrin, Amanda Naughton, James Shanklin, Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson; scenic design ...

Democrat Aguirre endorses Republican Faulconer

Former city attorney is leery of Alvarez backers

Former city attorney Michael Aguirre was scheduled to hold a press conference at the park at Harbor Island at 11 a.m. this morning (Feb. 5) to endorse Kevin Faulconer for mayor. In an interview earlier ...

In San Diego clubs Sunday-Wednesday, February 9–12

Sunday 9Soda Bar serves Woolen Men. (It’s true.) Woodsist’s windows-down daytrippers do the label proud with their galloping garage-rock sound and off-key, out-of-time, sing-along-with-me singer. Like listening to a young Michael Stipe fronting the dBs. ...

In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, February 6–8

Thursday 6Barcelona band Delorean pulls their stainless-steel dance-rock act into Casbah Thursday night. One of Spain’s most popular underground bands, the quartet “takes cues from their native Balearic beat, Madchester house, techno, and R&B, to ...

Photographs for Valentines' Day

The Bootylicious shoot is popular.

“Curves are in, and I am going to work on making those curves look delicious.”

NBC and Facebook won’t skimp on the Winter Olympics

We’re talking real money. The 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City cost $2 billion to produce. The 2006 edition in Turin, Italy, cost $4.1 billion. Four years later, in Vancouver, the bill was $8 ...

Jewish film fest faves

The punch.

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival ushers in its 24th year with a showcase of 60 shorts, documentaries, and features chosen from across the globe. With this year’s film festival comes two fresh faces: publicist ...

Extremes: The Life and Times of Father José Maria Zalvidea

Father Zalvidea’s organization kept up with the lash!

Part One Herbert Howe Bancroft: “There is no evidence that Father José Maria de Zalvidea ever had an enemy or said an unkind word to any man…. He was doubtless a model missionary, and then ...

Enough space for your 20 vehicles

Current Owner: Rita Gregory Listing Price: $5,750,000 Beds: 8 | Baths: 10 The small, mostly agricultural town of Rainbow, population 1832, sits at the northernmost point of San Diego County along the border of Riverside. ...

Triple bogey

Democratic freshman congressman Juan Vargas, who has found himself uncomfortably caught up in San Diego’s latest political-corruption scandal, has scheduled his latest big-money fundraiser, this one to feature House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland. ...

International influx of sound

Anything but a newcomer to electronic music, Aaron Hastings (aka Arkon) has hosted local late nights such as Ajna After Hours, Bordello Breaks, Trance Mission, and — starting in 2007 — began working alongside Gage ...

County Office of Education loves to pay lawyers

Rodger Hartnett won’t stop fighting the San Diego County Office of Education.

Handout-getting 101

Money demands seem never to stop growing at San Diego State University, despite 2012’s voter approval of Jerry Brown’s massive state-tax increase. So the venerable institution — led by president Elliot Hirshman, who famously makes ...

Sunset Mountain, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

A bird’s eye view of Borrego Valley and the surrounding desert and mountains from a mountaintop.

Sunset Mountain takes its name from the last rays of sunshine that enshroud the top with the setting sun. The 3657-foot peak is located south of SR-78 between Pinyon Wash and Harper Canyon. From the ...

Straight from the Sea Lion's Mouth

Judging by the Cover Just seeing the January 30 cover, “I Only Date Vegans,” was enough for me to decide I did not want to read the article. Al Stanko Alpine That’s Weird You guys ...

Cinder blocks: clean ’em, paint ’em, stack ’em!

Garden art

Post Title: Concrete Thinking: How to Make Mod, Stackable Sculptures with Cinder Blocks Post Date: November 27, 2013 “What is garden art to you?” That was the theme of the night during this week’s #GardenChat, ...

Shiloh Spiritual Center

Roxie Hart grabs the truth wherever she can weave it in.

Contact: 3288 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego 619-640-2020; shilohspiritualcenter.com Membership: 50 Pastor: Reverend Roxie Hart Age: “Young enough to enjoy life and old enough to know I really want to.” Born: Oakland Formation: Holmes Institute, ...

Magic in the movies

My life is all about magic these days, but I love Practical Magic because it’s really about sisters and how powerful that bond can be. Some very grounded performances from Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman ...

Wax on, wax off

The Karate Kid. No, I don’t mean The Karate Kid with Will Smith’s baby boy and Jackie Chan — I mean the only real Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita! I have great ...

Fascinating but disturbing

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Mark Caro opened up a whole new world of cinema for me with Delicatessen. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic future where food is scarce. A landlord of an apartment building, ...

January 30 Sudoku Contenders

Evil * Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 5. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. * Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 5. Martin Guillen, Oceanside, 5. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 5. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 5. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 5. Randy ...

January 30 Crossword Contenders

* Mary Arana, Encinitas, 5. * Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 5. L. Barling, El Cajon, 5. * Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 5. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 5. * Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 5. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, ...