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Terminal art

It makes San Diego look appealing.

I’m standing in Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport on a Monday morning in early July. My escort, Constance White, the airport art program manager, leads me through the new food-court atrium, past ...

Ray-gun rock

“Superman had such an impact on my life, so I have a tattoo with a rendering of a Neal Adams drawing on my arm,” says Gabriel Valentin, whose band Digital Lizards of Doom will be ...

How shall there be a dawn of wisdom for him?

From Ramacaritmanas, by Tulsidas

Ramacaritmanas Rama is the Sun, the true Being, Consciousness, Bliss; him the night of Delusion touches not. He is the Fundamental Light, the Adorable: how shall there be a dawn of wisdom for him? Happiness ...

At the Home of the Destitute Dying, Calcutta

Inside, we meet a young physician, an American from Minnesota, a year out of medical school. When he first came to Mother Teresa’s he always wore his surgical mask, always treated his patients with the ...

Former SD councilman fleeced in scam

Ed Struiksma taken by Pennsylvanian who ran an up-front loan scam

Michael McManus of Philadelphia was sentenced Tuesday (October 7) to 16 years in prison for running an up-front loan scam that fleeced $26 million from more than 1000 hopeful entrepreneurs who gave him up-front money ...

Transatlantic ambitions

“I only use Da Mama Tokus because Facebook wouldn’t let me have Mama. I’m Mama Tokus.” She corrects a visitor while seated across the way from the convention center. Tokus has just finished a show ...

Michael Cuesta on his Messenger of doom

At their best, the films of Michael Cuesta raise awareness. His debut feature, L.I.E., was a daring attempt to show the human side of a child molester. His latest film, Kill the Messenger, is based ...

ISIS fighters caught at Mexico-U.S. border? Really?

Rep. Duncan Hunter makes the claim on Fox News program

The Department of Homeland Security strongly challenged Rep. Duncan Hunter's assertion on October 7 that ISIL fighters have been captured while trying to enter Texas across the border with Mexico. Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman ...

Full-blooded American redneck

Russel Hayden sings backup and plays lap steel, banjo, and harmonica for local country band Nancarrow. He started playing locally in a late-’80s punk band called P.S. Your Cat Is Dead. Having toured the world ...

East Village — craft coffee neighborhood?

Bean Bar and their custom Spirit are part of a new crew downtown.

Speaking to local roasters and baristas, I keep hearing the same assessment: third-wave coffee in San Diego has lagged way behind the Bay Area and cities such as Austin, and (especially) Portland. But, they like ...

We like sweet things

Ed finds many forms of sustenance among Somali vendors.

Oh, man. What’s up? When a place you’ve been going to every now and then for years turns up in world headlines, you sit up with a jerk. When the news hit that a San ...

Not gummy worms or gummy sharks or gummy frogs or gummy penguins...

Tough judgment at the gummy bear taste-test table.

“Gummy bears have a magical light-capturing quality to them that makes people smile.”

Rage against the University

On October 10, attorneys for the Ché Café, UCSD’s student-run music venue and organic-food co-op, will fight an order to vacate the space after 34 years. The directive was delivered in July of this year ...

German Currents flow back to Balboa Park

The German Currents Film Festival returns this weekend to Balboa Park for its fourth annual two-day, four-film celebration. This year, the festival doubled its venues by holding its opening-night gala at the Natural History Museum, ...

Southern woe

Bright Star may be too sweeping for its own good.

Billy Cane is home from World War II. He wants to follow his “bright star” and write for the prestigious Asheville Southern Journal. The editor, Alice Murphy, works with the Southern Renaissance headliners: Faulkner, Eudora ...

The crew did a heroic job clearing Kelly Ditch Trail

Popular hiking trail in the Cuyamacas is open again.

The Kelly Ditch Trail is a 5.6-mile hiking path extending from William Heise County Park to Lake Cuyamaca. Prior to 2003, it passed through one of the most magnificent oak and coniferous forests in San ...

Cosmopolitan ink

Tattoo appropriation transcends hipsters.

Dear Hipster: A lot of people seem to identify tattoos with hipsters, but I feel like hipsters hardly have a monopoly on tattoos. Plenty of my friends, who aren’t what I think of as “hipsters” ...

The Horrors aim to improve your Halloween mood

Plus Poliça, Tijoux, Zoso, and the best of the rest in the San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 12According to Wikipedia, Ana Tijoux is the daughter of Chilean parents living in political exile in France, which rock writers agree informs her songcraft. Tijoux broke internationally with Latin hip-hop collective Makiza, from which ...

Jodie Foster's Army invades La Jolla

Plus pub rock, sock-hop pop, and Nuggets huggers

Thursday 9English electronic alt-rockers Kasabian jack in at House of Blues behind this year’s 48:13, which I’m guessing is its run time. Named “the best live act in the world today” by Q magazine, Kasabian ...

So You Think You Can Kizomba

She explained how students bounced around, frequently switching partners. “It’s, like, ‘Hi, how are you? Here’s my chest,’ okay, boom, ‘Hi, how are you? Here’s my chest,’ over and over.”

Not the Israel my parents fought for

The bombs are wrong, says Miko Peled.

What does Miko Peled think of what’s been happening in Gaza? “There’s only one way to describe what’s happening now. It’s a massacre. There is no way to justify it, to excuse it, to paint ...

Papa’s peculiar predicament

U-T San Diego’s publisher Douglas Manchester, known as “Papa” whenever the paper writes about him, has decided to downsize his proposal to build residential units next to the U-T’s Mission Valley headquarters. The new 200-unit ...

What if your girl borrowed your phone instead of your shirt?

Where does the borrowed t-shirt fall in the hierarchy of outrage?

Soul to the Nth Power

The Nth Power is a Louisiana soul band that debuted at the 2012 Jazzfest, held annually in New Orleans at the Fair Grounds Race Course. They are Weedie Braimah, Nate Edgar, Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hill, ...

One rattlesnake, skinned and cleaned

Save a turtle — eat more rattlesnake soup.

This recipe has a special place in my heart, mostly because I personally shot this rattlesnake as it was attempting to attack me while I was dove hunting in the mountains near San Diego. I ...

Could Brown reappoint unpopular Peevey?

Mike Peevey, president of the CPUC, has a reputation for being crude. Worse, he works for utility profits at the expense of ratepayers.

Kite-surfer knocks out swimmer’s teeth — why?

On August 28th, a female surfer, after finishing a surf session at Tourmaline Surfing Park made the mistake of going back into the water for a swim. Not only is this not legal in a ...

Balls and chains

Democrat Fabian Nuñez — the San Diego born-and-bred ex-speaker of the California Assembly who obtained an abbreviated prison term for his son by being friends with GOP governor Arnold Schwarzenegger — has come up with ...

Letters to the editor

A Little Diversity Re: “Beach Blanket Banter,” October 5 cover story. The story was somewhat interesting, but as I continued reading I was hoping to come across a segment that involved kids from more urban ...

Golden freebies

The San Diego Unified Port District is reporting yet more dinner freebies for its board and executives. According to a July 11 disclosure only recently posted online, commissioners Marshall Merrifield and Bob Nelson, along with ...

Yellowtail in the sacks

October 7 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 20 Anglers, 1 Boat, 22 Pacific Bonito, 2 Kelp Bass, 47 Barred Sand Bass, 16 California Yellowtail Dana Landing 4 Anglers, 1 Boat, 40 Yellowtail, 1 Yellowfin Tuna, ...

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