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Stories of mom

Reader writers share memories of high-waisted denim and pink lipstick

Wonder and Hope — Mom always convinced me it would be an adventure. By Ian Anderson The Animal Keeper— Animals spoke to my mother “in a language only she understood.” By Whitney Butler La Gringa ...

From The Book of Kings

"That if he walked upon a rock his feet / Would sink therein."

The tale is told that Rustam had at first Such strength bestowed by Him who giveth all That if he walked upon a rock his feet Would sink therein. Such puissance as that Proved an ...

Robots punching monsters

I’ve picked a big, technically advanced, epic-style movie, which is Pacific Rim (USA, 2013, Warner Brothers). It serves up robots punching monsters! I don’t really know what else needs to be said. There is a ...

Medical Marijuana, Inc., sued

Former boardmembers of pot business claim fraud in sale of company

The current owners of the country's first publicly traded medical marijuana business utilized fraud and deception to gain control of the company, a pair of former boardmembers claim in a lawsuit filed last week. According ...

Eastlakers don't eat what the suits serve up

Developer Baldwin & Sons called out for "bogus" traffic projections

Chula Vista city councilmember Patricia Aguilar held a town-hall meeting on Monday, May 4, at the Hub inside Otay Ranch Town Center. She wanted to hear public comments about the proposal by developer Baldwin & ...

Reason to Rebel finds a reason to challenge

North County reggae-rockers have a new drummer and a new record

Although it is advertised as a Reason to Rebel record release, Saturday’s Casbah show will not have any new vinyl pressings for sale. “We were going to release a split seven-inch with [L.A.’s] Mothers Anger,” ...

Two Lake poems

A Midnight Dawn When tinkling glass Rang in my ear, I walked the hall Where Chanticleer Had crowed up dawn With crackling mirth, Red feathers flashing From his perch, While from the breach In the ...

Where score is central to movie plot

Blue is the first film in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy. Blue explores the life of a widowed composer trapped by the legacy of her husband. The story unfolds as the main character attempts to ...

Have a holly-jolly summertime

Bad taste doesn't have to be ironic.

Dear Hipster: I like to play my Christmas-themed Pandora station every six weeks or so, even if it isn’t Christmastime. I think it’s funny to listen to Burl Ives in July. My friends don’t agree. ...

Get hot at Pho Hoa

I take a chunk of meat, collect some noodles and bean sprouts, and shove them in my maw.

Pyrate Punx slam for autism

Local show promoters find a cause and a new place to play

“Yes, it’s gone. I hear it’s going to be a shoe factory.” Erik Reed was proud of the shows he promoted at the Stronghold, the Barrio Logan art collective and music venue that has hosted ...

Boomtown lobbyist

Bid deadline passes for Cleveland Elementary, site of 1979 school shooting

Eight children were wounded, a principal and a custodian died, and Bob Geldof got a song out of it. Now the site of San Diego’s former Cleveland Elementary school is drawing the attention of a ...

Bomb shelter shoegaze

Israeli indie act Vaadat Charigim visits San Diego

An aural collection of every kind of shoegaze/dream pop you’ve ever heard, but with a hard left turn. Vaadat Charigim is the name of a band from Tel-Aviv, a trio consisting of guitarist/vocalist Yuval Haring, ...

A reason to make Far from the Madding Crowd

Interview with director Thomas Vinterberg

Matthew Lickona: There are those who say that when a film is set in the past, it’s in order to comment on the present. Was there a particular reason to make this film now? Thomas ...

Stunning visuals and skilled storytelling

The Fall, directed by Tarsem, is an undiscovered gem. Set in a hospital in the 1920s, an injured stuntman forms a friendship with an immigrant girl. He begins to tell her an epic story. Yet, ...

G-Eazy, or not

San Diego State marketing major "Tilts" for gigs

On the morning that SDSU sophomore Tyler Kistler talks to the Reader, 210 of 600 tickets have so far been sold to satisfy Kistler’s end of a deal to have the rapper G-Eazy perform a ...

On the trampoline scene in a big way

San Diego's best spots to jump for joy ... and exercise

“We turn off the main lights and turn on black lights, party lights, and fog machines.”

"Lean on Me," in creole

San Diego students bring instrumental aide to Haitian children

Some high-school students might spend their summer vacationing in Mexico. Not Max Oestreicher. The 17-year-old plans to spend his vacation in Haiti. For the second year in a row. Oestreicher, who lives in La Mesa ...

City-council Democrats hitting the road

Political fellow travelers

San Diego’s city hall has been a point of departure for lots of local politicos of late, most famously Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has gone to the East Coast and back several times and ...

Garden party potentate

“How do you plan to police this? Is this all honor system?” Bill nodded. “Those are my two favorite words,” I said. Bill smirked at me. “Because to you, ‘honor system’ means the same as ‘sucker system’?”

Gangsterland

Interview with Black Souls director Francesco Munzi

Last March — and with one foot out the door to catch a screening of The Gunman — a call comes in from Reading Cinema’s Jo Brantferger. They’re opening something in two months called Black ...

Water? In the desert? Yup.

Rich riparian areas and shaded grottos await adventurous hikers in Sheep Canyon

Sheep Canyon has one of the larger streams flowing east out of the San Ysidro Mountains. Its bubbling waters cascade over boulders and down waterfalls into clear pools, and its banks are lined with shady ...

See the suicidal from their pinhole shaft of light

Suicide is the Result of Severe Brain Dis-ease: The Brain is Diseased, Dis-eased The last two weeks have brought five suicides to my attention. Not my personal loved ones, but people and families that are ...

Hip-ocrisy or versatility?

The crush of modern life demands certain compromises, like Slurpees.

Hello Mr. Hipster: I am not very big on hipster culture, but I do know that hipsters tend to act very anti-corporation. I live in South Park, and the whole area is fighting Target from ...

NightmAirbnb

Nosy neighbors call down city’s wrath upon room sharer

Rachel Smith purchased her Burlingame home in 2007 after receiving an inheritance. The 70-year-old retired high school teacher fell in love with the five-bedroom three-bath, 2996-square-foot historical Craftsman home built in 1912. It was more ...

The Animal Keeper

There was never a time animals didn’t roam free inside my childhood home — ruining the carpet, pissing off my dad, running to my mom for handouts from the kitchen counter. Each meal she prepared ...

For the love of dog

The Author Responds Thank you everyone, angry, agreeing, or otherwise, for this incredible response to the April 23 cover story, “You Love Me Now, but Will You When I’m Four?” I have learned a lot. ...

Shuffle your feet

I felt a pain in my right foot. It felt as if I had made contact with a piece of broken glass. I noticed a slightly bleeding wound. Within minutes, an excruciating feeling crept up ...

We didn’t understand her exhaustion

My mother doesn’t get as much space in my early memories as does my dad. She worked during the day and went to school at night for years that felt like decades in my little ...

Tuna have found U.S. waters

Still quite the bump out there for the queasy. Bet Dramamine sales are up. That said, the guys that are getting out on private boats and kayaks are getting a few more yellowtail and occasional ...

Wanted for cash: SDSU drop-outs

They don’t know it yet, but thousands who graduated from San Diego State University are regarded by campus fundraisers as “lost.” To hit up the missing, the school has been combing through “thousands of digital ...

La Gringa Jodida

My mother was born Jody Ann Teschner in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on July 9, 1957, and raised in the suburbs. I don’t know much about my grandparents, except that my grandfather fought as a lieutenant colonel ...

Have a Sonic Mother's Day!

Plus Dead Meadow, Deftones, Xiu Xiu, and Ex-Cult in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 10Happy Mother’s Day, mother f!!!er. Seriously, though, call your mom.... And then Sunday night, from Tacoma, Washington, garage-rock originals the Sonics will be at Belly Up. That is all. Wait, no it isn’t. Buy ...

Bummers, Gators, and air guitarers

Plus Slow Magic, Prayers, D.O.A., and Growlers in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 7Last year our “mysterious unknown friend” Slow Magic got busy, playing over 100 shows and festivals behind his handmade masks and draped in colorful cloths. The DJ will synthesize his mixes with live drumming ...

The otherness that burdened my mother

My mother first stepped foot in America in 1957 at the age of six. She was porcelain-skinned and freckle-faced with a shock of curly red hair. My grandfather waited on the tarmac as his family ...

We Complain. She Listens.

My mom walks funny. It’s not a physical problem. It’s a mindset. There’s pride in her steps. She walks strongly. She walks as if she is the first line of defense in case of ambush. ...

Unique challenges yield unique triumphs

I’m proud to be the Y-chromosome-equipped period at the end of a long line of strong, self-sufficient women. My great grandmother, Viola, not only raised her own produce and livestock in the far-flung rural expanses ...

I could lose you forever

When I’m an old lady, this is the story I will tell about my mother.

When I am an old woman who repeats the same stories over and over again, the one I will tell of my mother will not be about the bread she baked some Saturday mornings, or ...

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