Content for Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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Urban wineries

You should have it clear in your pointy little head that you’re not going to get rich at this.

Most people’s impression is that San Diego’s wine is crappy.

Up, India, and conquer the world with your spirituality!

Up, India, and conquer the world with your spirituality! Aye, as has been declared on this soil first, love must conquer hatred, hatred cannot conquer itself. Materialism and all its miseries can never be conquered ...

Now you know Major Minus

The Major Minus started off as a fluke in May 2014, but since that time has recorded a debut album, plans to shoot a music video, and is mapping out its first tour this summer. ...

On Growing Old

Be with me, Beauty, for the fire is dying; My dog and I are old, too old for roving. Man, whose young passion sets the spindrift flying, Is soon too lame to march, too cold ...

Unplanned million

Big military contractors and related Navy ship-building businesses spent more than $1 million to defeat the Barrio Logan community plan last year, according to a February 2 campaign disclosure statement. The No on B & ...

Kiss-friendly tipple

For Valentine’s Day you can hardly do better than the Divine Aspect

It ain’t pink or red, doesn’t include anything remotely chocolate, and it doesn’t come with a rose garnish, but for Valentine’s Day you’d hardly do better than suggest a drink that brings out a bit ...

A kidney between friends

“I am asking my friends to help me at this scary time,” says bassist David Ybarra. The 51-year-old South Park resident has been a mainstay of San Diego’s music community since the early 1980s, a ...

I.B.'s menudo institution

Back from the dead with the whole hog

The hoof stares me in the face. “Eat me!” it says. Oh, Lordy. But this is what I came for. It’s Sunday. Feeling a little hung over, truth to tell. “You sure this works?” I ...

This park is your park

City to repo 80´x 120´ plot of parkland

A parcel of land on Olive Street in Bankers HIll will be made into a city park just as a local family intended it to be when they granted the parcel of land to the ...

As San Diego's economy hollows...

52,000 jobs paying $38K to $56K a year were lost in past decade

San Diego County lost 52,000 middle-wage jobs (paying $38,000 to $56,000 a year) between 2004 and 2014, according to new data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. "What we have been failing to ...

The Stone Foxes find their own way in

“I killed Robert Johnson with strychnine.” It’s a clever first-person accounting of the vaunted blues man’s death at the hands of a cuckold who slipped the singer a bad bottle of whiskey on the sly ...

Vista’s lavender vortex

While at a desert music festival last November, Jarrod Heidt hooked up with some of the bands he’d book at his new Vista venture. “It was the third annual Borrego Mi Diego. It was like ...

Bonded and disciplined

Smart S&M

Fifty Shades of Grey was not screened in time to make deadline. It’s a good thing. My trenchcoat and hollowed-out popcorn box are still at the dry cleaners. Mostly, the hubbub has me confused. In ...

Ice skating for tweens and teens

Put the boredom on ice

“Word has it that the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa is the ‘it’ spot for tweens and teens on Friday nights.”

Sipping with the Style Gods

How did hipsters end up with coffee and the hippies got tea?

Dear Hipster: How come the hipsters got coffee and the hippies got tea? Is that a coincidence or is there something about tea that makes it more friendly to the granola-crunching, patchouli-smelling set? — Geoff, ...

GroundFrog Day

Report from Snohomish

The mayor assured us it had happened, the great frognosticator let out a croak, thus proclaiming an early Spring for the friendly, frog-worshiping citizens of Snohomish, Washington.

A couple’s bond

If this is Valentine’s Day weekend, The Duke of Burgundy must be a deeply felt lesbian BDSM romance. Don’t arrive looking for titillation; there’s little in the way of sex and/or nudity. But writer-director Peter ...

Violence jackpot

California state auditor Elaine Howle strongly criticized San Diego State University last June for not having a so-called confidential advocate for victims of sexual violence. “When UC Berkeley establishes its new position, all of the ...

Benjamin Franklin's example

Post Title: What if Benjamin Franklin were alive today? How would his 12 virtues apply to a modern-day setting? Post Date: December 11, 2012 Many historians and biographers have written extensively about Franklin and his ...

Hard-nosed and heartwarming stories

What are you reading? “I just re-read a book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, by Patrick Lencioni. He’s actually from Bakersfield, where I’m from. I found that out after I read ...

The King and I

From February 17 through 19, the California King Tides Initiative is asking the public to assist in photographing the extreme high tides along our coastline to highlight how homes, infrastructure, and ecological habitats may be ...

You may turn down rental car insurance and still pay for it

Local attorneys pursue case against Dollar Rent A Car

Travelers turn down rental car insurance but still get charged.

Lies, morals, and almost factual facts

Garden-Variety Thief To Kleptomom. Here’s a news flash: you’re not a kleptomaniac. You’re a garden-variety thief. You’re just one step away from a peanut butter and jam sandwich lunch at Las Colinas. Ever heard of ...

Perpetual motion machine of contemporary vanity

We aren't all masters of self-portraiture, but come on.

Dear Hipster: I’ve noticed a lot of my friends post pretty much the same exact selfie over and over and over again on Facebook and Instagram. I don’t have a problem with selfies and stuff, ...

Hawaiian holiday

Free meals on the Hawaiian island of Maui were on the post-election to-do lists of some California legislators, thanks to cell-phone giant AT&T. The firm’s lobbying report for the final quarter of 2014 reveals that ...

Swami's surf report

...plus Hopeless Jack, Eddie Spaghetti, and Meghan Trainor

Sunday 15Swami John Reis & the Blind Shake catch a wave to Casbah behind their brand-new instrumental-rock record, Modern Surf Classics. Catch up with Reis in last week’s “Swami’s new trip” feature in the Reader. ...

Cupid sent me

Cro-Mags, Stone Foxes, Dodos, and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 12John Joseph “Bloodclot” McGowan and his New York City metalcore crew Cro-Mags set up at Soda Bar after hardcore border band Bumbklaat and punk quartet Nerve Control. DJ Heather Hardcore will spin ’round sets. ...

Breaking down the stages

At this time, the Reader’s Local Music Database lists 1610 upcoming music events on our Shows page, taking place at 224 venues. Over 1300 are live-music events, with the rest mostly DJ and karaoke sets. ...

February 10 dock totals

So, that's fishing. One week the fish are practically jumping into the boat, the next you're wondering where they went. Kinda like that for the Pacific Queen and the Aztec on their 1.5 Day trips ...

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