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I teach war

The stories not told

We are the generation of freedom fries.

The Office ain't all bad

Happy hour, a tuned-up focus on music, clean bathrooms may lure the wary

Supporters of long-standing punk haven Scolari’s Office had a knee-jerk reaction of disdain when, in 2008, the place traded hands, remodeled, and reclaimed its title from the ’50s, “The Office.” It felt off. Its manicured ...

Herstorical L7

Los Angeles grunge girls reunite for a night at San Diego Music Thing

L7, the loud and raunchy female quartet featuring guitarists Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner, bassist Jennifer Finch, and drummer Dee Plakas, formed in 1985, broke big in 1992, broke up in 2001, and reunited last ...

Lowering the water-to-beer ratio

Conservation becoming a factor in local craft

Last spring, California governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order mandating 25 percent reduced water consumption by the state's roughly 400 water agencies. Thus far, the mandate has impacted landscaping but not hampered beer production. ...

These big chunks are swoon-worthy

Had asked for tender. It is tender. Had hoped for tasty. Oh, man...

I knew it the moment I hauled open the door. This. Is. A. Mistake. Could see the businessmen inside cracking their chopsticks apart, flattening down their silk ties. I mean, this is Nobu, right? The ...

The Cult's Ian Astbury checks in from Texas

Tripping over the moment

The Cult, fronted by Ian Astbury, invades House of Blues on November 19, stumping for their new album Hidden City, the final installment in a three-album trilogy. Astbury took questions over the phone — and ...

Houndmouth rings the Band's bell

Indiana Americana coming to Belly Up Friday the 13th

Houndmouth is one of those bands for which the songs seem to play themselves, minus fanfare or any particular direction. That’s an illusion, of course. The melodies and the storylines rise above the sloppy musicianship ...

Kabbs at a dollar an inch

Local garage band on their Reheated cassette etc.

Brian Clinebell, singer with the garage band Kabbs, went to SDSU to study graphic design. His art schooling got him into making ads and T-shirts for Fallen Footwear, Lurkville Skateboards, and DC Shoes. And that ...

Roots Covenant is me

San Diego reggae band on the trials of being a San Diego reggae band

“The scene here’s really healthy,” says Mike Benge. The Helix High School band director is talking about the popularity of reggae music in San Diego. “It’s one of the more healthy music scenes here, next ...

We’ll all be judged for our actions in this life

Unfortunately, we’ll fail to meet God’s standard

Q&A with Pastor-elder Craig Marshall of Grace Bible Church in Kearny Mesa.

Panoramic views without the crowds

A strenuous climb up unique Sycuan Peak

Put on your sturdiest boots and enjoy this short workout climb near Jamul.

German art right before Hitler

How it was, how it is

In many of these photos, things have an existential aura of their own and seem to be observing us.

It's all play until someone gets murdered

For lack of a better word: sick, sick, sick.

Perez admitted that he had communicated to many persons his fantasy of abducting a female.

San Diego rockers invade Spain and Italy

Robert Lopez and friends bring a Schizophonic Little Richard to Europe

Last month, a San Diego traveling circus invaded Spain and Italy to perform a run of shows. The three-act tour, which featured the Little Richards, Schizophonics, and Diana Death y Sus Novios, benefitted from the ...

Conference call with cinematic deity Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Director’s first film in eight years opens November 13

“He’s really just a regular dude,” said Eugene, the interpreter trying to calm my nerves while waiting for cinematic deity Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Millennium Mambo, Flight of the Red Balloon) to finish his cigarette and join ...

Juan Vargas, international hipster

Thanks to repeated free trips to Germany

Congressman Juan Vargas and his staff are getting ever more familiar with Germany, thanks to repeated free trips there provided by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Robert Bosch Stiftung, two big ...

The NHL could go to Vegas

Except...think Las Vegas and you don’t think of hockey

Vegas on ice.

Solid candidate for proto-hipsterdom found!

Kick off the Hipster Hall of Fame

Dunlop’s manly beard alone makes him a candidate.

King of Costco looks to offload Bird Rock mansion

Complete with secluded sandy beach

Beds: 6 Baths: 8 Current Owners: Sinegal Family Asking Price: $16,900,000 This week, what sellers’ agents describe as “La Jolla’s premier ocean front residence” and its “spectacular views of Windansea Beach and ‘Big Rock’ surf ...

Eileen Bowman's superb Judy Garland stands out amid excellent performances

Intrepid Theatre stages The End of the Rainbow

"You gotta see the whole picture,” Judy Garland tells fiancé Mickey Deans in Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow. “Everything just comes to me at once and crashes from one thing to another. I can’t ...

Shining Spotlight

An old-fashioned notion that some things simply need reporting

Spotlight, which takes its name from a team of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe, is a touching ode to the old-fashioned notion that some things simply need reporting; never mind the effort, the expense, ...

San Diego has had its Volkswagen-type scandals

Jack in the Box reacted wisely; Sequenom still suffering

Corporate crises can kill. In the immediate aftermath of a major scandal, so-called experts warn that the guilty company could go under. Now, German automaker Volkswagen could succumb, warn some. The company, which touted itself ...

Two poems by Annabelle Moseley

2014 Long Island Poet of the Year

Planting at Your Grave It is warm for November and the earth is dry and brittle, starved for flowers. I have to claw at the grass, pull it back by the hair trek back and ...

Sempra’s generosity

The best Italian cuisine in Brentwood, anyone?

The Constitution posits a barrier between church and state, but in California nothing can keep politicians and Sempra lobbyists apart, judging by the giant utility’s recent disclosure of its third quarter lobbying activities. On July ...

Talmadge responds

Neighbor Against Neighbor As a 20-plus year resident of Talmadge, I read “Two Talmadges” (November 5 cover story) thoroughly, and with great interest. The ultimate resolution of traffic issues in the community lies within the ...

Acoustic Squeeze, Psychedelic Furs

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

Sunday 15Acoustic Squeeze! Come get some “Black Coffee in Bed,” “Pulling Mussels,” “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” and “Tempted” when English pop-rock duo Difford & Tilbrook put on a singer/songwriter clinic at House of Blues.... From ...

Put on your Thinging caps

San Diego Music Thing has landed in your back yard — what do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO!?!

Thursday 12Okay, San Diego Music Thingers, put on your “Thinging” caps because you’ve got to figure out how to see all the bands you want to see of the hundred-plus that are playing on 12 ...

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