Content for Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Prepared for life, not for college

Highs and lows at High Tech High

Where most school websites are built for parents who need calendar information or want to check out next year’s fourth-grade teachers, High Tech High’s is a full-fledged marketing campaign. Many of the pages include statistics, ...

Six haiku (or “lowku”)

In a field of flowers two abandoned bicycles. ♪ Busy with words he drinks the fly in his cup. ♪ Dark night: no refuge from the banging gate. ♪ my new fix-it-yourself manual used as ...

Political cheetah

The Sycuan Indian tribe, which runs an East County casino and also owns two downtown hotels, has turned up as a contributor to the GOP Lincoln Club — waging political war on behalf of downtown ...

The Paws like the lo-fi indie-rock

The guys in Paws like the lo-fi indie-rock of the 1990s. And why not? At their respective ages, the ’90s scene is vintage. They’ve not been around too long, having released their debut seven-inch single ...

Rewritten Law

It is not surprising that Unwritten Law is still going. The pop-punk band had radio hits (“Seein’ Red,” “Up All Night,” “Save Me [Wake Up Call]”), six albums, Warped Tours, and plenty of fans who ...

Cozy café with a dark side

Human skulls dangled from the ceiling in birdcages.

La Cupula is everything I’d hoped a vampire bar in Tijuana would be. At first I’d pictured an all-out monster mash: freaks sipping gore-toned cocktails and stomping around to industrial remixes of 45 Grave. It ...

Culture-war questions

The teens wear “purity rings” and know that “true love waits” until marriage.

Now, this was more than 50 years ago, but maybe times haven’t changed. The wife of one of Mississippi’s largest landowners wanted more culture in education. So, she circulated a petition to have French taught ...

Folk Arts V

“Right here? This is the shop’s fifth location.” Earlier this summer, Brendan Boyle bought out Folk Arts Rare Records, founded nearly half a century ago by Lou Curtiss. Inside the new location on El Cajon ...

Folk arts IV

“It’s euphoric to sing in a four-part harmony band,” says Jeff Berkley, one-fourth of Berkley Hart Selis Twang. “It’s joyful and feels like you’re gonna lift off the ground. I think the audiences feel that, ...

Real or gringo way?

Ed floats in to Johnny’s Deli; his torta isn’t so lucky.

Just as well you get a plastic knife and fork. It is a mess — a hot mess at that.

Tuna king

There can be only one.

Dear Hipster: Now that the Reader is running these dock totals, maybe you can answer a question for me. Which is the better tuna, yellowfin or bluefin? — Mark, O.B. I’ve consulted with a few ...

It’s all a matter of relationship

Love is what we, as humans, were made for.

Membership: 185 Pastor: J.D. McQueen Age: 31 Born: Peoria, Ill. Formation: Eureka College, Eureka, IL; Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Nashotah, WI Years Ordained: 6 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to ...

Pure Daniel

“He wanted to stay around Southern California, you know he never ventured into New York. That’s where you’ve got to go to get an international reputation. Had he been exposed to a larger audience, he ...

Everything is nothing

The Zero Theorem runs in a counter-parallel universe to Terry Gilliam’s masterwork, Brazil, a film he’s dedicated a career to remaking. The setting looks the same. The church that computer genius Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) ...

Hardwood re-creation

Almost hidden behind a large fence in the Spanish Landing area of San Diego Bay, directly across from Lindbergh Field, sits the ongoing, full-scale, re-creation of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s Spanish galleon. The San Salvador delivered ...

This Coronado Cays beauty has a dock for the super yacht

Current Owner: Rosario Guerra Beds: 4 Baths: 6 Price: $5,990,000 This week, for the first time, the column highlights a Coronado Cays property, a private community of homes along a series of manmade islets along ...

Buzzcocks, a Bang! day, and all the Epic Future Radness you can fit in your earholes

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 18Rock writer Robert Christgau called the Buzzcocks punk’s “most incandescent singles band,” and in the next sentence charged the English group of “defying punk’s party line and inventing ‘power pop’ in the process.” All ...

Big loan brewer

Criminal defense attorney Bob Brewer of Del Mar, who ran a lackluster campaign against Republican District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis this spring, has finally folded his campaign committee. A disclosure statement filed with the county Registrar ...

The thought of marrying a Jew gave me the creeps

I needed my Huichol-Spanish-Portuguese-maybe-Arab man.

I think the term “interracial” is a misnomer. We are all members of the human race.

Not about Ray Rice

Will women in lingerie football uniforms rule the world?

How many of you remember...or should I say, follow the Lingerie Football League, now doing business as the Legends Football League (LFL)? Click over to lflus.com and check out the video, LFL USA FEMALE ATHLETES ...

The selfie way of life

Love them, hate them, take them anyway.

Dear Hipster: Why doesn’t hating selfies seem to do any good? It seems like everybody hates them, but there’s no evidence to suggest that selfie-taking is anything but on the rise. How is that even ...

A new startup called “googol”

Google is an unintentional misspelling of googol.

The Reader under review

Sharing Is Good I noticed in the September 11 issue that there is a letter titled “You Really Suck.” Looks like a guy named Mark from La Mesa wrote it. I disagree. I think the ...

There is such a thing as a free ride

Flag them down, ride for free.

At a time when the taxi-versus-rideshare hubbub takes on momentum, a player slinks into San Diego and sets up shop downtown. The Free Ride offers a wave-us-down ride service in a coverage area between Little ...

Mother’s drunk of politics

Democratic state senator Ben Hueso, busted for drunk driving after a well-publicized bender on a capitol balcony during which he was photographed by fellow Latino Caucus legislator Lorena Gonzalez, is perhaps not a surprising magnet ...

Hacked-out, spectacular view

A view of an unbroken 3000-foot drop to the desert floor.

Views of the desert and an exploration of part of the original Sunrise Highway.

Picture of crude force

Inside Marsden Hartley’s head and heart

Rilke announced in a poem the arrival of the great war god who would renew humanity.

Speak no evil

My surf buddy Jason McLachlan stopped by my house last night, fuming mad. He had just finished a short sunset session, so he should have been a happy guy. Here is his story: “I just ...

Grown-ups just want to lounge in the hot tub

“I can’t afford a pool,” lamented my friend Shawn. “So what?” I replied. “Grown-ups just want to lounge in the hot tub. And it’s less water, and it feels great on your back.” Jay Gavin, ...

Three Total Slackers, two Bots, and a Zammuto

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

Sunday 21Brooklyn garage-rock trio Total Slacker follows Florida’s space-punk Flashlights into Casbah Sunday night. Total Slacker’s an appropriate name in that they tend to appropriate (the other meaning) ’90s mush-mouthed slack rockers Pavedoh and Sebament. ...

Buenos Avenue freeze-out

“The reaction has, by and large, been great.” Clay Hackett checks in with the Reader to talk about his newest creation, the Catalyst. “The Catalyst is an online magazine that covers [San Diego] rock and ...

Dock report

September 16 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 10 Anglers, 1 Boat, 1 Lingcod, 1 California Barracuda, 22 Pacific Bonito, 6 Rockfish, 10 Kelp Bass Fisherman's Landing 121 Anglers, 5 Boats, 425 Yellowfin Tuna, 42 Yellowtail, ...

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