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Cheap grub not so easily come by

San Diego ranks so-so in affordable dining

WalletHub, the statistical aggregating firm that compares quality of life in cities and states, ranked 150 cities in affordability of restaurants as well as diversity, accessibility, and quality of them. San Diego doesn't do well. ...

Skunk’s on tour

“When I was in Sublime, we mostly played shitty shows in San Diego to a few devoted individuals, or [we] skipped over it altogether and pushed into Mexico,” says Perro Bravo mainman Miguel Happoldt, best ...

Can’t leave the country, can’t go to L.A.

Julie Harper faces trial again, accused of second-degree murder

Even though a jury acquitted her of first-degree murder at the end of a trial two weeks ago, Carlsbad housewife Julie Harper could still face the possibility of 40 years in prison if she is ...

1962 Karmann Ghia

The damn thing tried to kill me and make it look like an accident. It was a sinister dark red, the color you’d get if you added black ink to blood. I bought it for ...

Derailed by dentistry

It’s tough to believe that the New Pornographers have been chugging along for 15 years now. During this tenure, bandleader Carl Newman and company have delivered their infectious blend of sugary indie rock to the ...

Not saying that secularism is evil, but...

The world misses something important when we turn away from our spiritual journeys.

Interview with The Good Lie stars Arnold Oceng and Kuoth Wiel and screenwriter Margaret Nagle

Good gracious, did I like The Good Lie better than I thought I would after seeing the trailer. My suspicion was that Reese Witherspoon would get her life changed in heartwarming, gently comical fashion by ...

First Nations-Asian

Surprise, surprise — Ed opts for the poor-man’s lobster

I’ve never been Number One at anything. Not till now. But so happened I was loping down Orange Avenue, past where another eatery, Rhinoceros, had always been, — just at the moment the new “Islander” ...

Zeppelin on steroids

Seventrain’s roots in ’80s Van Halen.

“I had so much fun jumping around in the crowd, I nearly lost consciousness twice.”

Minus the disco ball

Vince Clarke, the keyboardist/non-singing half of synth-pop duo Erasure, called in to the Reader having “just arrived in Chicago.” His half-continent connection’s a bit scratchy, with dropouts, but he seems alert and earnest. He looks ...

Pull that tap wide open

Draw-it-yourself at Pacific Beach's Barrel Republic, a unique suds arcade.

Suds lovers, rejoice! It’s your turn to draw that draft, thanks to Barrel Republic’s pour-it-yourself tap room, which opened last November. “A lot of people compare it to Yogurtland,” says barmaid Nikki, one of the ...

Get out of jail free fare

Democratic Assembly speaker Toni Atkins has been getting plenty of special-interest love from local car dealers of late. The New Car Dealers of San Diego kicked in $4100 to her reelection campaign on September 23. ...

The best ceviche in San Diego

El Gringo and his señora dropped in at the 57 Degrees Wine Bar in San Diego Sunday for the Ceviche Showdown. A panel of four celebrity judges sampled a bit of each pescado plate to ...

Emotional gamesmanship

Shepard seeks to convey "what it feels like to be two-sided."

Cygnet Theatre Shep-reps, staging True West and Fool for Love

Insert Michelle Monaghan interview here

This space was originally slated for a 750-word interview with Michelle Monaghan, star of The Best of Me, the new Nicholas Sparks tear-jerker opening wide this weekend. We met last month when Michelle was in ...

Now they are just Rubblebucket

Rubblebucket is a Brooklyn band with its roots in the South. You could pick John Brown’s Body, or a house party, as their starting point. Trumpeter/singer Alex Toth and singer/bari-saxist Kalmia Traver (she also goes ...

That which is cool must first pass through uncoolness

Olive Garden and the rules of ironic redemption, plus breadsticks.

The guy with cheap plastic glasses and Bigfoot, in skinny jeans, at Olive Garden.

Abundant evidence of the Kumeyaay

Hike Kumeyaay Trail through oak woodlands and chaparral strewn with boulders and beautiful views of Lake Wohlford.

Band crushing on Pins, Pup, Grieves, and Bear Hands

...and the rest of the highlights from Sunday night through humpnight

Sunday 19U.K. she-punk quartet Pins plays the Hideout behind their new joint, Girls Like Us, on Sunday night. Nylon.com likes it and we like Nylon.com, which included Pins in their weekly “Band Crush” column and ...

Bruisers of Brill, buckets of rubble

One Perfume Genius and four Dirty Rotten Imbeciles

Thursday 16New York City rocksteady crew the Slackers will brew their ska-based stew of rock-and-soul reggae riddims for a Casbah crowd on Thursday. Slackers are touring in support of their new CD, My Bed Is ...

Pull!

Empty your head, pull the trigger.

“Two, five, ten — who knows how many thousand snow geese have lifted from a marsh forming one huge skein of geese, a swarm of geese, a living tornado of geese, and is flying toward ...

UCSD’s Canadian alien

UCSD has hired its very first “vice chancellor and chief financial officer,” according to an October 6 message from chancellor Pradeep Khosla, and the new employee is from Canada. Pierre Ouillet, formerly vice president of ...

These people want to work, and nothing is beneath them

They say the smile is the hardest part.

The last couple of times Brenda Peterson had job openings in her court-reporting company, she filled the positions with members of an unlikely pool of candidates: ex-convicts, or more politely put, the formerly incarcerated. It ...

Rough brotherhood

God and guns.

Fury’s title refers to an American tank that started out WWII fighting Germans in Africa and is now pushing toward Berlin as the enemy makes its last stand. Its crew — evangelical Shia LaBoeuf, brutish ...

7 steps from "fitted" to "three sheets"

Take your fitted sheet and stuff it.

Dear Hipster: You are my last hope in solving this serious problem. Help me! How do you fold a fitted sheet? — Derek Easy! Here’s a step by step guide: Google “how to fold a ...

Is Tourmaline’s lifeguard station 28 dangerous?

One of the common sense rules that are told to visitors to our beaches is that you should only go into the ocean in front of a lifeguard station. Starting about three years ago, the ...

Raze the arena?

On October 6, reporter Joe Lewis filed a report on 10News about the Valley View Casino Center. Lewis quoted the mayor of National City, who six years ago said, “The facility is in terrible condition ...

Del Mar resort is “still relevant for today’s beach front living”

Dang. Probably can’t afford this one either.

Current Owner: Robert Driver Family Trust Beds: 4 Baths: 4 Price $20,000,000 This luxury waterfront resort is located in a small gated community along the northern beaches of Del Mar, just across San Dieguito Lagoon ...

We don’t want to work for the maquiladoras

Tapping the power to change things in Tijuana.

Miguel Buenrostro sits on the second floor of the old Mexicoach station, half a block from the nocturnal nexus of Sexta and Revolución. We are in a vacant, black-walled room that will soon be converted ...

Reader feedback

Stop and Look Up Re: “Terminal Art,” October 9 cover story. I very much like the new art in the terminal at Lindbergh Field. I saw the ribbon of the light titled The Journey this ...

Up in the valley

The real-estate development business is booming in Mission Valley, at least on paper. U-T San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester is leading the way with plans to build 200 residential units in the parking lot of ...

Mahi? Mahi!

October 14 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 32 Anglers, 1 Boat, 116 Pacific Bonito, 5 Barred Sand Bass, 44 Kelp Bass, 2 California Sheephead, 9 Rockfish, 1 California Halibut, 3 California Yellowtail Fisherman's Landing 57 ...

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