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Yelp giveth, and Yelp taketh away

Businesses chafe under the review site's increasing power

“How sad to know that your job is in jeopardy because you didn’t pour water quickly enough for one angry customer.”

Three poems by Brian Jobe

LIberal arts teacher/poet

In Vento et Rapida Aqua Even if her words could be written on wind and rapid water, they were seductive and sussurant — and electric. I sought her again and again, wanting to be bitten ...

Justin DeCesare collects

Contributors’ cell game

Republican-turned-Democrat Nathan Fletcher, whose failed mayoral bid was backed by billionaire Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, has endorsed Justin DeCesare’s bid for the seventh district city-council seat held by GOP incumbent Scott Sherman. A former real ...

Before Neverland

Pan: Peter’s prequel

If the names Mary Martin and Walt Disney top the Peter Pan pantheon, and if Hook — Spielberg’s nadir — remains forever anchored at the bottom of Mermaid Lagoon, then Joe Wright’s Pan ranks somewhere ...

Go for the fruit and score a bulging torta also

Generous crispy whale of a thing

Was Frederico's Mexico-style frutería the first across the border?

SDSU rock-and-roll anthropologists dig deep into campus music history

Ella was a badass

“Jaime and I have become rather obsessed with the history of live music at SDSU,” says Seth Mallios, professor of anthropology at San Diego State and co-author of Let It Rock!, a five-volume book series ...

Director Ariel Kleiman on Partisan

How he managed to make the whole “child assassin” scenario feel ordinary

Partisan tells the story of an urban commune, led by the charismatic Gregori (Vincent Cassel), and supported by its children, who are trained to carry out assassinations in the outside world. (Kleiman, who co-wrote the ...

Cannonball's Rum Manhattan breaks the surface with a balance of taste and texture

Not one, but two, variations on a classic

While the usual vodka- and gin-based poolside-fixtures are welcomed mixtures on the menu, Cannonball’s general manager Ray Means says Cannonball also serves up the brown liquors and offers seasonal variations on classic cocktails. “We could ...

The game has changed for San Diego jazz scene

Gilbert Castellanos talks about his double-the-jazz jam at Panama 66

“I found out my jam session at Seven Grand was being canceled with just one week’s notice,” trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos related to the Reader over breakfast at Swami’s in North Park. “I mean, the manager, ...

Beth Hart: The blues in tattoos

The saucy singer hits Belly Up Friday night

She is the embodiment of every one of the best of the blues stylists I grew up listening to during the ’60s and the ’70s. Beth Hart has got Janis Joplin and Etta James and ...

The Lot brings luxury cinema to La Jolla Village

“It’s 100 percent about social interaction.”

“Today, you can watch a movie in a ton of different places,” acknowledges Adolfo Fastlicht, owner of the LOT, a new premium entertainment and dining venue on La Jolla’s Fay Avenue. “Many people don’t mind ...

Shifty sandbars

This World Junior Surfing Championship, back in California for the first time since 2005, will host competition October 11–18 south of the Oceanside Pier in four divisions: under-18 boys, under-16 boys, under-18 girls, and under-16 ...

Exercise both your body and spirit in Monserate Mountain Preserve

Climb to vistas in northern San Diego County

Monserate Mountain Preserve, located in San Diego’s North County, is the second largest of 11 preserves within the 2700-acre Fallbrook Land Conservancy. The preserve began with an acquisition of 225 acres in 2000; more acreage ...

Kitty Plague was getting back to rocking, then Miss Kitty got preggers

Wookie Plague

“When we first started recording this album over 18 months ago with Jeff Forrest at Doubletime Studio, Stephen Case was on drums and John Falk was on bass,” says sole Kitty Plague survivor Mark Haemmerle ...

Style and substance run Full Gallop at the Globe

Diana Vreeland adores artifice, even vulgarity

“...It’s a way of life. Without it you’re nobody. And I’m not talking about a lot of clothes.”

Monthlong series showcases local filmmaker

Paul Espinosa Film Series kicks off October 10

The Paul Espinosa Film Series kicks off Saturday, October 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., with an opening night reception at the Seuss Room of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library. The award-winning independent filmmaker’s personal ...

City hall child slavery act?

No precedent for lowering San Diego’s voting age

Should San Diego lower the city’s voting age from 18 to 16? Not such a great idea, opines deputy city attorney Sharon Spivak, a onetime Union-Tribune city hall reporter, in a response to a request ...

Royal pain in the wedding

“Every single conflict can be boiled down into one underlying problem, and that’s one person in the family not being happy with another person’s choices.”

If "gentrification is driving poverty," are hipster consumers pushing the gas pedal?

Class War has a message but perhaps their example is flawed

Attack on Cereal Killer Cafe nothing to fret.

My morning walk with Jim James

My Morning Jacket frontman talks Waterfall, recording gizmos, and walking for inspiration

In late 2013, My Morning Jacket set up camp north of San Francisco in Marin County to begin recording the collection of songs that became The Waterfall. The band selected a new studio called Panoramic ...

Where to get a great pumpkin

Make like Charlie Brown

“The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed over 2000 pounds.”

Border crossing rules have changed at San Ysidro

The days of walking freely into Mexico are over

In fact, you will need some steenking papers to enter Mexico.

Out-of-towners influence the Strawberry Field vote

Carlsbad shopping mall debate continues

The homework is done on Carlsbad mayor Matt Hall.

On languages, bike paths, and horse feathers

For a Good Time, Read Re: News Ticker, October 1, “San Diego Sheriff’s Costly Overtime Overpay” Of course that’s what we do! We swap shifts all the time. Better yet, instead of swapping days, you ...

Will Faulconer’s political chums clash over Airbnb?

Look for the Union label

Sometimes labels can be tricky things to find, especially inside political underwear. When home-stay booking firm Airbnb retained the services of the Sacramento super-lobbying outfit California Strategies, run by ex–Pete Wilson aide Bob White, it ...

Boogie rock from Saskatoon

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

Thursday 8Canada band Sheepdogs bring their brand of boogie rock to town Thursday night. The ten-year-old Saskatoon troupe is touring in support of their brand new record, Future Nostalgia, a set that gets classic guitar ...

Help, lord, my hope increase

From “The Hymn of St. Thomas the Apostle”

O let thy wretch find that relief Thou didst afford the faithful thief. Please for me, love! Allege and show That faith has farther, here, to go And less to lean on. Because then Though ...

Wolf Alice and the grunge daddy

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

Sunday 11Soda Bar stages Off with Their Heads on Sunday. The Minneapolis four-piece trades in melodic hardcore seasoned with straight-ahead punk rock, and it looks as if they are picking up a tour that was ...

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