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NFL seeks larger (court) audience

Ex-Charger Ken Neil filed originally in state court, league seeks federal justice

The National Football League and a group of related entities, including equipment manufacturers, moved June 3 to have a concussion-related suit tried in U.S. District Court, instead of Superior Court. The defendants, who were served ...

Car-crazies in I.B.

“They don’t want to win trophies.”

About 50 cars and some motorcycles — from lowriders and hotrods to Harley-Davidsons — showed up for an informal car show on Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach on June 3. Derek Spencer, who sports a ...

Interview with Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia director Nicholas Wrathall

Gone are the days when public intellectuals roamed the television airwaves. (Gone, for many, are the television airwaves.) They may have been partisan, but they were not merely pundits. They classed up the joint, offering ...

Cory Briggs, environmental ambulance-chaser?

City attorney takes aim at lawyer and his non-profits

City attorney Jan Goldsmith and the attorneys working for him are doing their best to try and dig out the thorn in their side whose name is Cory Briggs. Briggs is an environmental lawyer who ...

$6 million glass home for sale

Project has mob-associated ties

A luxurious glass house in Pacific Beach has gone on the market for $5.995 million. "Press a button and part of the roof — 30 feet above the floor at the house's entryway — retracts ...

The Sickstring Outlaws: Straight Outta Bakersfield

“Our best gig,” writes Drew Gino Zollo, “was opening up for a sold-out David Allen Coe show right here in Ramona.” The Sickstring Outlaws are a rugged country band based in the North County. “We ...

Five minutes in, eyes are glued

Jim Carrey took the “I’m funny but take me serious” route to a whole different level with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. One of the only movies I crave watching over and over. Simply ...

Don’t call me Shirley

The Big Lebowski is near and dear to my heart. It’s great the first time but even better the second, third, and thirty-ninth times. A sign of a good movie is when the characters stick ...

Borrego's own Jurassic Park

Visit the T-rex, the Spinosaurus, and even Ricardo

Tour Borrego Valley’s spectacular southern Sky Art metal sculptures.

Buzzo’s new voice(s)

Recalling previous trips to San Diego with his long-running, ever-heavier band the Melvins, Buzz Osborne, coming to the Casbah on June 10, tells the Reader that he remembers “lots of [gigs] over the years but ...

Stock shots

“The shot of me that’s on the front of the new GoPro box?” says Tyler Jordan. “It’s on all their billboards, too.” That’s him, for example, on the side of the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. ...

Want to play the arena?

San Diego’s live-music venue options have been shrinking over the past five years. Bucking that trend is the arrival of a new venue — within a venue. While it still does not have an name, ...

Sophisticated simplicity

Fresh grapefruit is the key to Tipsy Crow’s Salty Dog

‘We have signs outside that say, ‘Home of the Salty Dog,’ so people think we’re claiming we invented the Salty Dog,” bartender Daniel Baker says with a laugh. “But I have to tell them that, ...

Budgetary trauma, outsourced

Should San Diego open its police department “psychological services” contract to competitive bidding? No, says the department in a memo to city council. “The utilization of another counseling firm would require all employees utilizing services ...

Watch the Damn Movie

“I don’t want to watch something I’ve never seen and am really excited to see, because with a crowd like this, there’s gonna be talking, and I don’t want to be the bitch who tells everyone to shut up.”

Swing dancing is the happiest dancing

“Swing dancing is the happiest dancing around,” says Margie Adams, owner of 2 to Groove in Clairemont Mesa (619-291-3775; 2togroove.com). I like happy, so I asked for more info. “If you’re a newcomer, I suggest ...

All the wine glasses on the high shelf shatter

Bedford finds an aria and a cream river at Café 1134

Opera? On Orange Avenue? I was ambling up Coronado’s main street, trying to figure out what to do for the three hours Carla usually takes to get her hair frou-froued up over here — Diane ...

King Buzzo's acoustic machine kills artists

Plus Wild bands, Blood Brothers, and blown-cone goth Babies

Sunday 8It’s “wild” night in Normal Heights, as Soda Bar stages Wild Ones with Idyll Wild. Wild Ones is a five-piece dream-pop band from Portland in Oregon. Idyll Wild are “a band of ghosts from ...

Hillbilly-tinged steampunk

So many missed opportunities, so many sweet-ass zingers lost to the space-time continuum

The Bucking Delorian is the kind of place you want to fall in love with. I mean, it’s a freaking Back to the Future–themed bar in downtown Lakeside! But, not unlike the broken promises of ...

To lobby is divine

The tortured saga of the City of San Diego’s high-priced Washington lobbyist entered yet another round of possible contention with a request last week by GOP mayor Kevin Faulconer for proposals from a fresh round ...

Parking structure, SDSU style

Trustees of the California State University system advanced a plan to spend $142.7 million to build Plaza Linda Verde at San Diego State. The so-called mixed-use facility, in the works since 2011, “will house 659 ...

Lost and found in Detroit

Plus dance jams, rebel rock, a record swap, and one hard-headed woman

Thursday 5After years of anonymity, toiling in Detroit as a day laborer, singer/songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who had released two LPs in the early ’70s (Cold Fact, Coming from Reality) and then was rumored to have ...

Lions out of cage

It’s been less than a year since Soft Lions started playing together, but they are releasing an EP titled Earth Energy, on June 7 at Soda Bar. The self-described “moody post–riot grrl jams” feature members ...

The many trials of Madame Tingley, part three

The siege of Point loma goes global

Tingle, tingle, little star / Oft I wonder who you are. / What you do that isn’t right, / Every blessed, spooky night. In mid-October, 1901, as Madame Katherine Tingley’s Universal Brotherhood gained popularity, the ...

Cubicle Wars

Post Title: All the Battles I Fought When I Worked in a Cubicle Post Date: February 23, 2014 As an HSP, I’m highly tuned in to my environment, and lots of little things become big ...

Aged out

Exiting foster care can be as difficult as entering

It takes much more than a village.

Classic on so many levels

Brazil’s City of God, about growing up in favelas (slums), is great. Any more realistic and it’d be a documentary. One DVD extra is a documentary about the current state of favelas. They interview not ...

Welcome to Hell

Steven said the voice was suddenly closer to him, when he heard “Welcome to hell!” It was after 8 p.m. and dark. “I happened to turn around and look, and this guy was coming up ...

I Am

I am — yet what I am, none cares or knows; My friends forsake me like a memory lost: I am the self-consumer of my woes; — They rise and vanish in oblivion’s host, Like ...

Militant in the communion of the church

After I came to years of discretion, by all the best means I could, to inform myself whether the religion of England were indeed the very same which being prefigured and prophesied in the Old ...

May 29 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 10. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 10. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 10. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 10. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 10. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 10. Mark Burton, San Diego, 10. Leslie Chase, Campo, ...

May 29 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 10. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 10. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 10. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 10. Paula Davis, Spring Valley, 10. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 10. George Elam, Vista, 10. Martin Guillen, Oceanside, ...

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