Content for Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Murphy Canyon Mystery

"I thought I was being murdered."

If someone nabs your shopping cart, let them have it and walk away.

Campeche: not Cancún

For those seeking an off-the-beaten-path alternative to Cancún and Mérida, Campeche is a captivating, underrated baroque colonial town on the west coast of the Yucatan peninsula. Capital of the state with the same name, it's ...

Only in Sleep

Only in sleep I see their faces, Children I played with when I was a child, Louise comes back with her brown hair braided, Annie with ringlets warm and wild. Only in sleep Time is ...

Itai in reverse

“Our drummer, Shae Moseley, came up with the band name after watching a documentary about how microphones are made,” says former Mashtis mainman Itai Faierman of his new ensemble. “A Speaker in Reverse is essentially ...

Cops and jobbers

Mayor Kevin Faulconer is looking for a new executive director for San Diego’s much-maligned police review board. Two years ago the body, officially known as the Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices, came in for ...

Small print and cheap shots

Cheap Shot I realize that Neal Obermeyer has great latitude with editorial content, but I think his June 26 installment was a cheap shot. The SDPD has had its problems with rogue officers over the ...

Dizzy for Neruda

San Diego jazz guitarist and singer Chuck Perrin admits that he wasn’t initially transfixed by the poetry of Pablo Neruda. “I do not speak Spanish,” he explains, “[so] I didn’t really come to appreciate the ...

I don't care because you do

Who needs politics when you have an espresso?

Dear Hipster: I am set to go to a Padres game with some people from work, one of whom is my boss. He talks a big game re: politics, and his comically conservative world view ...

Corporate quinoa

Ed gets the lowdown on inside-out superfoods

‘Look, I’m telling you,” says my buddy Daley, “this place is the real deal. Ya gotta have the quinoa burger.” He’s talking about this health chain. I mean, Daley was in the Army. Likes no-nonsense ...

El Dorado rebrand

“There are a lot of really crazy rumors going around town about El Dorado,” says Ryan Kuntz, manager of the East Village cocktail lounge. “‘I heard it was going out of business.’ ‘I heard it ...

Excess baggage

Fueled by implausibility, and for a good portion of the ride much better for it, Bong-Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer posits a nonstop, Earth-encircling train containing the microcosmic survivors of a society killed off by a global ...

Serious climb for a serious view

This is a challenging hike with a variety of habitats and great views.

North Fortuna Mountain, at 1291 feet, is the third-tallest mountain in Mission Trails Regional Park after Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak but the most challenging to climb because of the steep ascent and descent. The ...

Brick back in the mix

As was first reported by the Reader on May 2 of this year, ex-members of As I Lay Dying bought Brick by Brick, which has been closed since February. The Bay Park music venue was ...

Kiss my axe

It's classic-rock radio week, with Kiss, Def Leppard, and the Nuge

Sunday 6The Big Gig this week’d be the classic-rock radio “Heroes 2014” tour, featuring the not-so-heavy metal Def Leppard and glam-metal band Kiss, down at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chulo Veesta. Yes, it’s the ...

And the Emmy goes to...

I found out later that, when the nominees were being announced, Mom had anxiously dug her nails into my sister Heather’s leg. “Yup, that’s gonna bruise,” Heather said.

Global chair warming

The social medium known as Twitter has exposed the annual “Golden Fleece” awards dinner run by the downtown lobbying group calling itself the San Diego County Taxpayers Association to new online fame. The most recent ...

Ronnie, Rusty, Nipsey, and Ringo

...and where to rock your Fourth o' July barbecue bib

Thursday 3Beyond the beehive, the ex-Ronnette/ex-Mrs. Phil Spector, Ronnie Spector (“Be My Baby,” “Walking in the Rain”), is enjoying a ride on the retro gravy train, rocking a haystack hairdo and touring behind her new ...

Fourteen more things you’ll never see in San Diego again

1) Hubcap and the Drink That Knocked You on Your Butt. Well, that didn’t last long. No more $5 El Take It Easy during Happy Hour? 2) Vogue, the Little Theater That Could. Guess what? ...

Quadrennial poseurs

Hipsters invade enemy territory for the Cup

Dear Hipster: My hipster friends, normally not soccer fans, insist on watching the World Cup. They’re even calling it “football.” Did I miss something? — Andy the Baseball Fan Just as the Olympics gives regular ...

How can convention centers be so dumb?

Faulty convention-center projections swallowed whole.

Although their forecasts are usually wrong by 50 percent, cities keep hiring convention center consultants.

Paint the town red, white, and blue

Top events and things to do in San Diego over the 4th of July

Following a successful debut in 2013, this event brings “the beautiful, the bizarre, and the unexpected” to San Diego with over 35 world premieres, 7 United States premieres, and 22 local premieres of all manner ...

The many trials of Madame Tingley, part five of five

“I saw very plainly that [Katherine Tingley] had impure intentions,” said Henry Reuthling from his seat in the witness box. “What do you mean by impure?” Reuthling: “I mean that her suggestions were of a ...

Brown out

It’s election year, which explains why Democratic governor Jerry Brown has been spotted down in San Diego signing the state budget and personally picking up checks for his campaign. Brown is up against Republican ex–Wall ...

Without entreaty you took me into your care

Prayer of Mary Ward O parent of parents, and friend of all friends, without entreaty you took me into your care and by degrees led me from all else that at length I might see ...

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