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Borderland brews

Taste my beer

More than 20 tap rooms opened in Tijuana last year, many of them in the same Plaza, giving the area a feel of a daily beer fest. Partially thanks to San Diego, the Baja region ...

The Ramones of post-rock

Jazzy Tortoise takes The Catastrophist to Belly Up on Tuesday

Jeff Parker officially joined Tortoise on January 1, 1997. He had been playing in an unofficial capacity with the band for some time before that. He sat in during hometown gigs in their native Chicago ...

The rain is raining all around

Three poems about the seasons by Robert Louis Stevenson

Flower God, God of the Spring FLOWER god, god of the spring, beautiful, bountiful, Cold-dyed shield in the sky, lover of versicles, Here I wander in April Cold, grey-headed; and still to my Heart, Spring ...

Strictly Strickland

Come up with $2000 or “raise $8000”

Wealthy Democratic money bundler Christine Forester of La Jolla is throwing a May 4 fundraiser for Ted Strickland, an ex–Ohio governor running for U.S. Senate this year. To be a cohost of the party, donors ...

Chiquibaby’s isn't trying to be anything but a bar

An evening of obscure karaoke corridos and two buckets of beer

San Diego is home to a number of Mexican bars that follow more or less the same format. You’re probably already familiar with it. You can hear the corridos blasting from blocks away. Buckets of ...

Katching up with Kut U Up

The Riding in Vans with Boys band on their comeback

Chris Cote was returning from Australia last week when he says he almost triggered a biosecurity brouhaha. “I was bringing my wife back this tiny cactus in this cool little aboriginal vase when I realized ...

Carlsbad Aloha

Vacuuming up french toast, sausage, and fried rice at Al’s

"Drink this. It’s 9500 years old.” The lady’s thrusting a glass of what looks like water at me in front of this food truck, “California Braise.” Truck’s new around here. And they serve this Carlsbad ...

The Reader's record-release roundup for May

Local bands dishing new discs

Gone Baby Gone’s Love Stories CD drops Thursday, April 28, at Bar Pink, while Ohana, the first self-produced album from reggae rockers Pepper, premieres at a sold-out show at Casbah. Alt-blues band Fighting Able will ...

Texas Music Hall of Famer Augie Meyers

Keyboard great joins Action Andy & the Hi-Tones at Ken Club Saturday night

The keyboard player from a long-defunct San Antonio band digs deep into his memories to come up with the last time he played San Diego. “I think it was back in the ’90s,” says Augie ...

Sand quality study

Sixteen sampling events proposed

Those controversial La Jolla seals can look forward to more disturbances. “The City of San Diego plans to conduct a sand quality study at the Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla,” says an April 4 ...

Hunka hunka Bernie Love

Local indie kids throw a Berning Man fundraiser at the Tree House in Golden Hill

“It’s been percolating for a while. I’ve been wanting to do something to help the campaign,” says local musician/promoter Jakob McWhinney about his upcoming Bernie Sanders rally, appropriately called #BerningMan. The day-long concert is scheduled ...

Cantebria Trail was part of the Ecke poinsettia empire

This coastal Encinitas trail offers surprising diversity in an urban setting

You will be pleasantly surprised to discover so many varieties of California native plants along this short urban canyon walk. This is an easily accessed trail, welcoming all levels. The trail is popular with neighbors ...

Once a wealthy man’s sport

Yachts are getting smaller

April 29 through May 1, the San Diego Yacht Club’s 2016 Yachting Cup will be filling San Diego Bay with colorful sails and crews vying for winner’s flags. Nearly one hundred entrants from a dozen ...

A Filmless Festival comes highly recommended, but be warned

“More frightening than any horror I’ve seen come out of Hollywood in years.”

Fear no art! The shibboleth must not have made its way to Songzhuang, a suburb of Beijing and home to China’s largest “artists village.” One day before the curtain is scheduled to go up on ...

Rogue river

North Coast Rep's Way Downriver, set in Louisiana, 1927

Though most had "lived within the shadow of the levee," some "had never even seen the river."

A call for sonnets

When in the spring fair April shows her face

We present the five winning entries (in alphabetical order) of our sonnet contest in honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (April 23, 1616). Eulogy for Broadway (Downtown San Diego) By Georges Alvina ...

The opportunity classical scholars have been waiting for

Dear Hipster: If a misogynist hates women, a misandronist hates men, and a misanthrope hates everybody; what do you call a hater of hipsters? — Deb A “misoneist” hates anything new or novel, but since ...

Playstation killed the arcade star in Kurt Vincent’s game doc

The Lost Arcade screens as part of the Asian Film Spring Showcase

An email arrived late Friday, asking that I consider reviewing a particular film at this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase, running April 28–May 5 at UltraStar Mission Valley. The subject matter held ...

The Tao of Wu leads to The Art of Happiness

If you have time to be on your phone, you have time to meditate.

What’s something you’ve read recently? “The Art of Happiness, by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler. Cutler follows the Dalai Lama around and the Dalai Lama kind of explains to him — not the ...

Sincerity has no place at the karaoke mic

Erect an ironic fortress

Dear Hipster: I work for a small, professional business with about 12 other people. I love the fact that our “office” is very collegial and informal, but the flip side of that is that everybody ...

You want to live in heaven? Or hell?

At a young age I knew I would be a pastor, even as a child....

Membership: “less than 100” Pastor: Kurt Bergquam Age: 54 Born: Grand Forks, ND Formation: Berean Bible College, San Diego; Christian Bible College and Seminary, Blue Springs, MO Years Ordained: 25 San Diego Reader: What’s your ...

A whale of a house

Full barbecue service area? Do go on

Current Owner: Chenago Family Trust Beds: 5 Baths: 6 List Price: $15,950,000 Advertising remarks for the estate at 8410 Whale Watch Way, situated on a hillside about a half-mile from La Jolla Shores, begin with ...

Convention centers lose bundles of money

Losses are subsidy for hotels, restaurants

Convadium con is a variation on the convention center sham.

Greenhouse politics

Mega-million-dollar super PAC in action

San Francisco hedge-fund mogul Tom Steyer, said to be considering a run for California governor two years hence, is investing some of his big money in a new effort to register voters in San Diego ...

Still waiting on that call from Selena Gomez

Correction Subsequent to publication, Eric Petosky, public information officer for the California Gambling Control Commission, provided a correction to an April 21 Neighborhood News story (“Palomar Card Club License Permanently Revoked”): “Both the cardroom and ...

May Day, Subways, Tortoise, Explosions

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

Sunday 1There’s some kind of May Day something-er-other going on at Til-Two on Sunday starting at noon with Batlords and the Last Years and including a buncha bands like Spacewax, Midnight Eagle, the Grids, Santa ...

The Get Down Stay Down, Gone Baby Gone, Buckfast Superbee

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

Thursday 28What’s got into Thao Nguyen? Sister’s got a bass-heavy bug and a bone to pick with just about everyone. This year’s A Man Alive is so alive, turning in the lazy indie-folkie strum-n-sung-alongs for ...

April 21 Crossword Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 1. (winner!) L. Barling, El Cajon, 1. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 1. (winner!) Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 1. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 1. John Bruno, Escondido, 1. Mark Burton, San Diego, 1. (winner!) ...

April 21 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 1. Gregory Chauncey, La Jolla, 1. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 1. Alford Claibone, San Diego, 1. Tommy DiPietro, Lakeside, 1. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 1. Rafael Gaceta, San Diego, 1. Don Ganoe, ...

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