Content for Wednesday, January 29, 2014

News & Stories

I only date vegans

Where’s the beet?

Got on the train a meat-eater; got off the train a vegan.

Tribal tuba

American banda Estrella de Pacifico sings some songs about Mexican thug life — with that fun polka beat.

American kids don’t just pick up the clarinet or tuba like Mexican youth do. Dario Velasco, 20, is a student at Southwestern College who plays in Estrella de Pacifico, one of a handful of local ...

Behold Oscar's shorts

Little ones

Another Oscar season, another opportunity to wonder aloud why it is that, in this age of supposedly dwindling attention spans, there has not been an explosion of interest in the short-film form. Tired of formulaic ...

The Answer Man: 25 years of facts ... mostly

All the greatest questions and answers from Matthew Alice’s Straight from The Hip column which ran for over 25 years in the San Diego Reader.

You stay strange, San Diego

Marcelo Radulovich and Enrique ‘Bugs’ Gonzalez made a record, Nohayquepreocuparsepornada, “a bit of rock, noise, quirky pop, funk, drone, no-time-signature ambience, shades of jazz, acoustic and electric, all wrapped up and served as songs, with surreal stories and observations as lyrics, in English and Spanish.”

The Commons Bar's Skinny Scorpion

The owner of The Commons Bar, Jake Pescatello, does more than deliver the rent and sign the paychecks of his employees. Starting in his father’s modest East Coast restaurant empire as a dishwasher and busboy, ...

City attorney sued regarding private emails

Lawyer Cory Briggs accuses Goldsmith of violating Public Records Act

The battle with San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith over public records requests is heating up. Yesterday, Cory Briggs, attorney for watchdog group San Diegans for Open Government, filed a lawsuit against the city and ...

Banter and start a band

Buddy Banter is poor but they love what they do.

While the rest of the country braces for the next ice age, San Diegans take lackadaisical bike rides to neighborhood brew pubs to catch a buzz with a few friends under the burning winter sun. ...

Marine rescue

Shocks of Mighty, the rock-steady band Michael Thompson formed, turns 20 this year. Trumpet player/singer Thompson’s allegiance to the proto-ska sounds created in Jamaica in the early ’60s wasn’t what his other bandmates wanted six ...

Sausage-wise

After a salad day, Ed sneaks a sausage at Fathom.

I sit here shivering. Ends of fingers white, no blood. Only my hands are warm. And that’s because I’ve got them wrapped around a toasty-warm glass of, uh, beer. No kidding! I was just as ...

Builders paying for cops' Faulconer campaign

Big money for both sides in mayor's race continues to arrive from far and wide

A well-financed campaign on behalf of Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer for mayor that is being waged by the San Diego Police Officers Association has been bankrolled not by the cops themselves, but by a ...

Lower Santa Ysabel trail to Boden Canyon

Hike along a bubbling creek and beside a towering riparian forest festooned with native grape vines.

The Lower Santa Ysabel Trail, now reserved for hikers and equestrians, takes you beside a lush riparian forest of towering sycamores, willows cottonwoods, and spreading oaks, draped with native grape vines as it travels beside ...

Meet the Dishcrawl Ambassador

On a Tuesday evening in late September, Lindsay Marks stands in the center of a group of people at Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill and Bar on Broadway. She wears a cheek-stretcher of a smile ...

Tucked away in Mission Hills

Current Owner: Deborah Szekely Listing Price: $1,945,000 Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 This week’s property is hidden in Mission Hills, tucked away along a dead-end street and shielded by a wall of towering bamboo interrupted ...

When skin touches skin

I stretched my arm out across the bed, but when my hand felt only fabric, a pang of panic gripped me. I cast about in the darkness, a sense of desperation rising in my chest, ...

San Diego's top spots for picnics

“The park offers a bird’s-eye view of downtown skyscrapers, planes lifting off from the airport, Mission Bay, the ocean...”

In San Diego clubs Sunday-Wednesday, February 2–5

Sunday 2It’s Super Bowl Sunday, dontchaknow. For you humans not into it, here are a few “fit-in” talking points: “I hope the Broncos win. That means the Chargers were knocked out by the Super Bowl ...

Pepsi conceals carcinogens, charges San Diegan

Class-action suit filed in federal court here

The soft drinks Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and Pepsi One contain excessive amounts of a carcinogen, methylimidazole (4-MeI), and parent company Pepsico is keeping that secret, according to a lawsuit filed January 23 in federal court. ...

In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, January 30–February 1

Thursday 30Punch-drunk poet Phil Alvin brings his barroom-rocking Blasters to Soda Bar Thursday night. Alvin and his younger brother Dave gave L.A. a taste of American Music in the early ’80s, a record that pricked ...

Missive in a bottle

Nice Legs is the title of a collection of short stories published by guitarist Jack Beddows and a songwriter-producer named Larry Zeiger. Each of the stories, they tell the Reader, was inspired by the drinking ...

La Mesa considers ban on e-cigarette sales

Mayor Madrid pulls back from total ban proposal

Facing the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, the City of La Mesa on Tuesday, January 28, took up a consideration to ban their sale within city limits at the behest of mayor Art Madrid. "We ...

Political blind dates

A lot has been written about special interests getting in bed with the state legislature, figuratively speaking. Now a group of prominent women Democrats from San Diego has raised the bar with a “speed dating” ...

Wolf on Wall Street? No, Scumbag

Tony Elgindy, back living in San Diego area after a long spell in prison, helped finger the Wolf of Wall Street, who got off easy for egregious crimes.

Brick Bye Brick?

Another local music venue has its back against the wall

Could Saturday be the last show at Brick by Brick? On Tuesday afternoon rumors started circulating that the venerable Bay Park nightspot was rescheduling some of its shows booked for February. Tuesday evening Brick by ...

Like Hedgecock, unlike son

In January 1986, a month after quitting as San Diego mayor following his conviction in a campaign money laundering scandal, Roger Hedgecock was asked by the Evening Tribune his pick to win that year’s Super ...

Letters to the editor (and to the writers and to the people of San Diego)

Half His Drive I just finished your cover story about Theo Tucker. If someone in America’s Finest City doesn’t grab this promising young man and offer him a full-time position at a living wage, you ...

The Penitent

I had a little Sorrow, Born of a little Sin, I found a room all damp with gloom And shut us all within; And, “Little Sorrow, weep,” said I, “And, Little Sin, pray God to ...

Ibn Taymiya

God — praises to Him — is not His own creature, and not a part of His creation or an attribute of it. He is the Praised and Exalted, set apart in His holy Existence, ...

January 23 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 4. Martin Guillen, Oceanside, 4. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 4. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 4. * Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 4. Randy Paddock, ...

January 23 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 4. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 4. L. Barling, El Cajon, 4. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 4. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 4. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 4. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 4. Leslie Chase, Campo, ...