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Atheists, Evangelists, and Prophets take over Balboa Park

Walk in the park of shame.

Billy Stewart wants to know if I am ready to accept Jesus Christ into my heart. He stands under a cluster of palm trees along the Prado in Balboa Park. A navy-blue ball cap with ...

Record-release roundup

This week’s new releases include First Flask from barroom rockers Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas, as well as a four-song EP from boogie masters Shakedown Daddies called Shake’n. Reunited bluegrass stars Nickel Creek will drop A ...

Reaching out

We All Shop There Re: City Lights: “Scripps Ranch to Walmart: Put it in Mira Mesa,” March 20 Oh, Jenny. So funny you are. Silly girl, don’t you know that every single neighborhood in America ...

One chicken per 1000 square feet okayed in La Mesa

Art Madrid and the rooster on Maryland Avenue notwithstanding

The La Mesa City Council voted 4-1 on March 25 to amend the municipal code and allow people to keep domestic fowl such as chickens in single-family residential zones. Roosters are prohibited, and councilmembers called ...

Opera president denies ugliest rumors

City wouldn't cut Civic Center rent.

Karen Cohn, chairwoman of San Diego Opera, says if some moneybags comes forward with a fat gift, the opera would love to start business again. I interviewed her because Ian Campbell, general director, said he ...

Maintenance deferred

It’s an open and shut case, according San Diego’s city auditor. The operator of Old Town’s Presidio Golf Course, owned by the city, was using it as an illegal parking lot over last year’s Cinco ...

Calypso on a Baja beach

Only the Belly Up has a greater tradition of bringing live music to North County than Gilles Knafo. He opened the Calypso Cafe in 1995 as a Mediterranean-style restaurant and dinner club. His seven-night-a-week blues, ...

The San Diego bikeist (cue trumpet fanfare)

First: what is a “bikeist,” anyway? I’ll begin by telling you what a bikeist is not. Importantly, a bikeist is not a “bikelist.” From The Urban Dictionary: Bikelist (pronounced: bike-a-list) — Someone who rides a ...

Jimmy Ruelas & the Resonator Guitar

Jimmy Ruelas, from Linda Vista, plays a resonator guitar made by National Steel. Those kinds of guitars always sound vaguely out of tune to me, but then, it is old technology that dates back to ...

Waterfalls, boulders, and beaches in Cougar Canyon

Hike into a lush desert riparian setting with waterfalls, pools, and shady trees.

Cougar Canyon is one of the delights of Coyote Canyon. It has willows, sycamores, and cottonwood trees in a lush riparian oasis where waterfalls cascade into deep pools surrounded by huge boulders and sandy beaches. ...

Stomp holes in the floor

Spring Awakening's lovely/evil

This idea for a musical sounds doomed from the start: base the story on a 100-plus-year-old play so controversial several countries banned it, which closed after one night on Broadway; talk and sing openly about ...

Bees on the Brain

Honey, the Environmental Protection Agency is failing you.

Hilary Kearney reminds me of a modern Joni Mitchell. She wears her stick-straight, shoulder-length, blond hair in a side-swept part. When I first met Hilary, she was barefoot and standing in her kitchen. Minutes earlier, ...

Salty Frog

Like most sterling life decisions, the Salty Frog was born out of little more than camaraderie and a sturdy dollop of beer-addled whimsy. Jason Hasty, his wife Alisha, and Kanai (pronounced “Can-I”) — a buddy ...

True band love

For fans of ’90s indie-rock, Speedy Ortiz sounds like more than a throwback. They come across as an authentic representative of that musical era. The tangled guitar lines, which always seem to find their way ...

In the San Diego music clubs Thursday–Saturday, March 27–29

Thursday 27Grease-punk preacher Reverend Horton Heat will wrap up his short week at Casbah Thursday night. Heat’s touring in support of his latest rockabilly record, Rev, and will headline sets by death-o-billy Danes Nekromantix (they’ve ...

Edison stockholders buoyed by $3 billion San Onofre deal

Nuclear waste to sizzle until 2022

Shares in Edison International, the parent company of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operator Southern California Edison, have hit new year-long highs daily since last Friday (March 21), and stock analysts are predicting that Edison ...

Tic tact

Barb narrowly avoids being suspected of crack-smoking.

“I wasn’t doing cocaine in the greenroom, I promise,” I said with a somewhat crazed nervous giggle. She smiled, nodded slowly, and then excused herself to go get changed.

David Bowie at the Thrift Trader?

Whether or not drivers are visually disturbed by the strobe light punctuating Hirsch the Machine Hirsch’s performance, few of those passing the El Cajon Boulevard/30th Street intersection are likely to pin it to Thrift Trader’s ...

The “Grand Chateau at Rancho Santa Fe” is no misnomer

Current Owner: John Isaac Listing Price: $15,800,000 Beds: 8 Baths: 10 The “Grand Chateau at Rancho Santa Fe” is a 20,000-square-foot estate in a well-known enclave for the ultra-wealthy, home to many of San Diego’s ...

San Diego water: You will pay

Even if the drought miraculously ends, water will be taking money from your pocketbook.

March was supposed to come in with a deluge. But populated areas got disappointingly little rain. And the rest of the month has been desert-dry. An El Niño may help later, but that’s iffy. Maybe ...

High-pressure sales job

How to get students to attend UCSD? Get the professors to work the phones. That’s according to a memo last month by executive vice chancellor Suresh Subramani. “Research indicates that faculty interaction is a key ...

The Brothers Gow, true bros who are going somewhere

Drop out, rock out.

“Move to San Diego as soon as possible, and don’t waste your time anywhere else.”

No sewer sleeping

San Diego is looking for a few good watchdogs to monitor its sewers. “The City needs enhanced security guard services at its various water and wastewater critical infrastructure sites located throughout San Diego County on ...

Song of Myself: from Section 24

A passage from Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman, a kosmos, of Manhattan the son, Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding, No sentimentalist, no stander above men and women or apart from them, No more modest than immodest. Unscrew the locks ...

“A Fourefould Meditation on the Foure Last Things”

Lo! here the look which Angels do admire! Lo! here the spring from whom all goodness flows! Lo! here the sight that men and saints desire! Lo! here the stalks on which our comfort grows! ...

In the San Diego music clubs Sunday–Wednesday, March 30–April 2

Sunday 30I’m just going to go ahead and call Saintseneca my surprise find of the week. These ANTI- folkies from Columbus, Ohio, are all kinds of weird Amerikana, in the vein of Violent Femmes and, ...

March 20 Crossword Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 12. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 12. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 12. Leslie Chase, Campo, 12. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 12. Maria Coda, Oceanside, 12. * Allan Dorfman, Del Mar, 12. Jacque Glick, El ...

March 20 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 12. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 12. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 12. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 12. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 12. Martin Guillen, Oceanside, 12. Vincent Lee, San Diego, 12. Ralph Levy, La ...

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