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The cult of the pit

You love me now, but will you when I’m four?

I have a dog in this fight. Or, rather, I had a cat. Mr. Whiskers was my buddy for 12 years. He sat by my computer while I worked, came with me on walks under ...

Baby whale bites dust

Mexican environmental authorities recently buried a juvenile gray whale that died after becoming trapped on the shoreline near the border of Playas de Tijuana and Rosarito Beach. The young whale, about 42 feet long and ...

Dirge in Woods

A wind sways the pines, And below Not a breath of wild air; Still as the mosses that glow On the flooring and over the lines Of the roots here and there. The pine-tree drops ...

Szikla’s new baby, Cloudside

Scott Szikla did what most singer/songwriter/guitarists do — he started a band. First it was the Shattered Hope, then Silent Lune. But it was because of his entrepreneurial spirit and outgoing personality that he got ...

Follow what is of God, but leave alone what is not of God

From A Study of the Ideology of the Sufis

Abu Bakr al-Kalabadhi I have heard Abu l-Hasan Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Farisi say: “The elements of Sufism are ten in number. The first is the isolation of unification; the second is the understanding of audition; ...

The history of the world is written in food

Garlicky delish

So good to be back. I first came here two years ago. Then popped in earlier this winter when I discovered their happy hour. Devoured a totally delicious $3 eggplant roll. Promised more in this ...

We roast to sweetness

About as micro as a micro-roaster can be

Experienced third-wavers the Bonner family have been quietly building their business in Golden Hill and Sherman Heights.

Digital tip jar

Like many music fans, Jeff Storm loves the selection he gets from streaming music services such as Spotify and Pandora. Unlike most of them, he feels guilty that the artists he loves are getting streamed ...

They Might Be Giants rocks science

The problem with confetti

“The frightening afterbirth of grunge lives on with bouncers enforcing photo policies with the death penalty.”

Vista’s Belching Beaver to construct second brewery in Oceanside

Damn, the Beav sure is growing fast!

Few brewing companies have shown such a burning desire to grow — and grow now — as Vista-based Belching Beaver Brewery. Less than a year after their early 2012 debut, they became one of the ...

Enter Shikari has no bad reviews

Judge for yourself at Soma this Friday

Enter Shikari brings the full menu to the stage: post hardcore, alt metal, metal core, electronica, trance, industrial, and that sound that is death to most subwoofers, dubstep. They’re from Hertfordshire, a city that is ...

Ex Machina belongs in the success column of AI movies

Interview with writer-director Alex Garland

Artificial intelligence — the notion of a sentient machine — has had a bit of a run at the movies of late, with some entries (Her) more successful than others (Chappie). I’m putting Ex Machina ...

Betty turns 21

Helmet to play album in its entirety on tour

In 1992, New York–based alt-metal band Helmet released its major-label debut, Meantime, which featured the single “Unsung.” The song’s video was in heavy rotation on MTV. The following year, Helmet released Betty, an album that ...

The 100th anniversary of Anzac Day approaches

They clung to cliff faces

On April 25, 1915, Allied assault troops, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, landed on the Gallipoli peninsula in western Turkey. Their fighting force was 16,000 men against an entrenched 12,000 mostly Turkish fighters. Put ...

Photogenic fun at the Truckhaven Rocks outside Borrego Springs

Mountain range in miniature

These wind-eroded sandstone blocks are fun to explore.

Instead of dying, they just go to Live Wire

Over it before you were into it

Look past the uniform and into the youthful soul of the ones who won't let go.

Mayoral aides turned lobbyists

During the eight-year reign of Republican San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders, his chief media gatekeeper Darren Pudgil was famous for tightly controlling access to the higher reaches of city hall. At the mayor’s news conferences, ...

Meet the men (and woman) from Man from Reno

Boyle, hard-boiled

With a title like Man from Reno, one would half expect it to end on a dissolve of Glenn Ford riding off into a Columbia Pictures sunset. Instead, we get a departure in form from ...

Shake Before Europe

San Diego’s space-rock–inspired Shake Before Us will play the Cosmic Trip Festival in France next month. “We will be playing ten shows in five different countries,” singer/keyboardist Will Lerner tells the Reader. “We were approached ...

Resurrected

“Obviously, as kids we didn’t know the story, and if you don’t know the story, you don’t know how extraordinary, how incredible, how...horrible it is.”

But, but — what about the Boomers?

If only we knew what the 76 million people with all the money and power were thinking.

Just Asking: Are hipsters really so endlessly fascinating that they need an entire column devoted to answering questions about them every week? How about a weekly column called Ask a Baby Boomer? That would be ...

Apps for kids

Well-spent screen time

“Point your device at the sky and it will tell you what you see.”

Nature Boy makes a solid case

Find your wilderness!

For many people, the life of a person who loves the outdoors seems foreign. They ask, “Why subjugate yourself to the harshness of the outdoors when life can be so comfortable?” This question is often ...

Las Colinas is something to Yelp about

Definitely not coming back

“For the only jail I’ve been to, I guess it’s okay. I slept well and wasn’t disturbed. The holding cell I was confined to had a phone and I was able to make unlimited phone ...

Mission Bay? Eww

Once a natural wetland, now an aquatic park of biological pollution

Long known as False Bay, the former marshlands were dredged between the 1940s and 1960s to create Mission Bay, the nation’s largest man-made aquatic park, much of it islands and peninsulas. While not scarred by ...

Travel freebies for politicos include water tours and $4600 airfare

Mission to China

County supervisor Ron Roberts spent some quality time on the road last year, thanks to an arm of the Chinese government. According to his annual personal financial disclosure statement, filed March 20, Roberts was part ...

What's in the in-box

RIYL Great selection for last week’s Rhyme and Verse, Rudyard Kipling’s “If” (April 16). Because of San Diego’s military presence, I strongly recommend one of his other poems, “The Thousandth Man.” I did not know ...

After a year of Undercover at the Office, Zeppelin will bring it on home

Plus Waxahatchee, Buck 65, and Helmet does Betty in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 26The lovefest surrounding Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee would be concerning if she weren’t so rock solid, as far as human artstic types go. This year’s Ivy Tripp, like 2013’s Cerulean Salt, is a killer record, ...

Casbah crowd honors Hollywood impresario Kim Fowley

Plus the punky-tonk Lydia Loveless and resurrected Dead Milkmen in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 23“I grew up on an 80-acre farm, literally a farm girl, feeding cattle every day. That’s always going to be a part of me, but I don’t necessarily want to perpetuate the country music ...

Barely enough passengers to pay for the fuel

April 21 dock totals A cloudy and cool day seemed to have kept a lot of anglers at home... We know work days and school days aren't much of a hurdle when the fishing bug ...

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