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How broke are you?

On the water, underwater. The pride, the shame, the debt.

A stray dog for Christmas Without a safety net: JoAnne (not her real name) earns $12 per hour driving a shuttle for a major auto dealer. She also drives Uber and Lyft on the side ...

Earth Making

Before making humans, Someone Powerful had created plants and animals and had told them to stay awake and watch for seven days and seven nights. (This is just what the young men do today when ...

Corporate (park) jams

Pitbull Audio puts its gear where its parking lot is...and lets bands play it

Pitbull Audio opened their National City storefront in 2014. They’re an independent musical instrument and pro-audio retailer that has to compete with big-box chains, such as Guitar Center and Sam Ash. One of the methods ...

Gaslamp Tavern’s Heisman

The drink named for Helix High School graduate and Heisman recipient Marcus Allen

Since the Gaslamp Tavern is a come-as-you-are watering hole for the local crowd and parched tourists alike, Gaslamp Tavern bartender Marshall Gillen has come up with a way to draw the home team and visitors ...

To China

Have campaign cash, will travel

Republican county supervisor Ron Roberts, who will finally be departing his job in two years because of term limits, has found another way to use leftover campaign cash from his last run for the board ...

Israeli food is drenched in history at 2Brothers

Genuine Mediterranean

“Our pita bread? We import it from Israel. U.S. pita is made from different flour.”

This Broncho has a reverb tank

Tulsa quartet tours through town behind this year's sticky 'gazer Double Vanity

Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Broncho has traded in the new-wave sound prevalent on their last album, Just Enough Hip to Be a Woman, for a reverb-drenched collision of ’80s synth-rock and dreamy shoegaze. With three LPs out, ...

The great sigh of our still blue marble

Two poems by Michael S. Glaser

Climate Change It is the great sigh of our still blue marble: Each new storm a gasp for air, a crying out from the rivers of truth that are poisoning our political seas. Who makes ...

Dark-rock duo Blood Ponies tracking that fuzz all over town

Feral ponies

"Our music is dark, heavy post-punk, made by two people who make a surprising amount of noise," says Jeff Terich, who partners with Candice Renee in Blood Ponies. “It sounds best at night when our ...

Microtrenching threatens city streets

Will Google get what it wants?

High-tech giant Google, Inc., all over the corridors of San Diego power in its quest to build a new fiber-optic communications system in the city, has been pulling out all the stops, an influence-peddling disclosure ...

The Golden Age of Debt takes the La Jolla Playhouse stage

Spin, euphemism, glittering generalities — ah, yes, the language of today.

David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross takes place in 1983. His desperate real estate salesmen will do anything to put their name on the board with a big sale. That would validate their worth, literally prove ...

Throw Rag throw-down

Salton Sea's desert-rock quartet back together for a few...

San Diego rocker/promoter Davit Buck has regrouped his Homeless Sexuals to join locals the Downs Family, the Screamin’ Yeehaws, and one of his favorite area bands, the veteran Salton Sea desert rockers Throw Rag, at ...

Zippy shredding units

A bit on the Takayama dynasty

Donald Takayama was probably the first professional surfer in the sport, according to Dale Velzy, notable longboard rider and board shaper. In the early 1950s, Velzy saw the young Takayama surfing at Makaha Beach on ...

Book-clubbers meet over gin and St. Germaine cocktails

Don’t miss out on a golden age of accessible epicurianism

Dear Hipster: I think I have a rather unique problem. I am a member of a private, co-ed book club. We are mostly middle-agers, with a few younger and a few older people mixed in. ...

Cruise loos

The salty-dog bowel-and-bladder conundrum

David is the guy who, upon hearing a fart joke at a party, rolls his eyes and repeats the adage that, given enough time, all conversations seem to devolve into discussions of bodily functions.

Take an alternative scenic route to Cuyamaca Peak

Conjeos Trail Loop via Milk Ranch Road

The Conejos Trail in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is a beautiful, less-traveled trail with a striking view of Lake Cuyamaca to the northeast, Middle Peak and North Peak to the north, and El Capitan Reservoir ...

What do Marilyn and Snoop require backstage?

Big star riders

Before Marilyn Manson makes his appearance at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Wednesday, August 17, his backstage rider specifies that “All rooms shall have private flush toilets (Porta Johns are specifically not acceptable).” In addition, “Promoter ...

Here comes Hell or High Water

Interview with director David Mackenzie and costar Gil Birmingham

The stars align in the Western sky. Hell or High Water is the sort of film that tempts the critic — well, tempts me, anyway — to start writing the sort of copy that might ...

New Chargers stadium guarantees higher prices

Family of four now pays almost $480 per game at the Q

Last month, a poll by the Union-Tribune and 10News delivered encouraging news: only 30 percent of respondents were in favor of a stadium subsidy; 40 percent opposed it and 30 percent weren’t sure. Although more ...

Take that slow ride with Foghat

British hard-rock band bellies up to Belly Up

Through classic-rock radio’s reliance on one song, over the decades Foghat has been reduced to a footnote in the pantheon of rock and roll. Listeners young and old seem never to tire of hearing, yet ...

Utah’s spousal San Diego freebies

Free spending was uncovered

A July 20 audit of the Utah Local Governments Trust by Utah’s state auditor tells the tale. Trustees, who oversee an insurance co-op for municipalities and other government entities, have been running amok with public ...

9/11 Pentagon theories abound

Loads of letters on our July 28 cover story

Retraction Inquiry Regarding your retraction in the August 4 issue of the story of the July 28 Neighborhood News story, “Tasting Rooms, Breweries Blamed for Problems.” If you’re retracting that the “400 percent increase in ...

Throw Rag then Gloomsday, Buffalo or Donkeys

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

Thursday 11Captain Sean Wheeler and his “sailor rock” quartet from Salton Sea, Throw Rag, are back together for the So-Cal Hoedown this Saturday in Santa Ana, which features Wanda Jackson, the Blasters, Street Walkin’ Cheetahs, ...

B-52s, L.A. Witch, Guided by Voices

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

Sunday 14The Athens, Georgia, quartet B-52s upped new wave’s odd-pop ante in the 1980s with smash hits such as “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho,” and “Love Shack.” And despite meeting the supposed requirements for induction into ...

August 4 Crossword Contenders

Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 4. Dennis Butterworth, San Diego, 4. Chris Byzewski, San Diego, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Allan Dorfman, Del Mar, 4. Gian Ghio, Chula Vista, 4. Chad Griffith, Poway, 4. Sue Janisch, ...

August 4 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Alford Claibone, San Diego, 4. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 4. Rafael Gaceta, San Diego, 4. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 4. Larry Lewis, Poway, 4. Terry Messina, ...

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