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I succumbed to Spanglish

Tijuana destroys both languages.

“Tengo que ir hacer laundry, then I have to study en la biblioteca,” I’m paraphrasing what the Latina students in my college sounded like. My first real encounter with Spanglish speakers was in Minnesota. Spanglish ...

Record-releases to kick off 2017

San Diego bands dropping discs in the new year

When Grizzly Business plays a release party for Spanish Old-Fashioned on January 7 at Soda Bar, “Attendees can definitely expect a ghost of Christmas past to join us on the stage,” according to cofounder Walter ...

A New Year without El Niño

Recreational groundfish season comes to an end

On New Year’s Eve, local groundfish might have a reason to celebrate. In the angling community over the past couple winters, our lucky New Year’s baby has been the El Niño conditions that kept yellowtail ...

As tilapia goes by

“Oh, wow!” says Mary Beth. “Ed, you’ve gotta try this shrimp soup. It’s the best.”

Oh, boy. Fish looks up at me from the plate. His open mouth seems to be saying something. “Help!” “See that?” I ask Mary Beth. “Your imagination,” she says, “is running rampant. It’s a tilapia. ...

Inspired by the bombing of Fort McHenry

Our national anthem's origin story

Star Spangled Banner [first verse] O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, ...

Now you know: San Diego singer/songer, boss juggler Sam Bybee

Sam likes open mic

"Here’s why open mics are important to me,” says Sam Bybee. “Fifteen years ago, there wasn’t much in the way of outlets for artists of any kind who were welcome to come and hone their ...

Rancho Santa Fe megamillionaire fails to disclose lobbying activities

Black’s black marks

Charles Black, a key figure in the drive by Rancho Santa Fe mega-millionaire and ex–Padres owner John Moores to build the team’s Petco Park, has copped a plea with San Diego’s ethics commission for failing ...

Stung on her first day

"I have been surfing the reefs trying to get used to having stuff underneath me besides the sand."

Name: Darian Alexandra Age: 23 Location: Pacific Beach Occupation: Server at Kono’s Cafe Darian Alexandra moved to Pacific Beach from northern Indiana on Christmas day 2014 with the sole purpose of learning to surf. She ...

Lost to 2016

San Diego musicians who passed this past year

The grim reaper has taken a major toll on the world’s music community this year and San Diego has been not been exempt. Here’s a look back at those we lost in 2016: January 2, ...

How Lizard Canyon got its name is no surprise

Hike in a desert canyon for a breathtaking geologic landscape

Rangers began exploring Anza-Borrego Desert State Park systematically during the 1950s. They kept detailed logs and recorded their findings. When a wash or canyon did not have a name, they assigned one. Ranger Frank Fairchild ...

The Middlebrow Monk's best films of 2016

Critical listicle!

Matthew Lickona here. One of the painful things about looking back over the year in reviews is you get an eyeful of your unfortunate overuses. I’m going to try to excise “riveting,” “gripping,” and “fascinating” ...

Theater year in review: performance

Curtain call of 2016's favorite performers

For San Diego Theater in 2016, I wish everyone could have seen the following: 1918 at the Fringe Festival. La Moana, a dance troupe from New Zealand, arrived with no fanfare and blew audiences to ...

Like a dodgeball ninja

Deception and blood on the gym floor.

If you mention dodgeball to someone over 18 years of age the most likely response will be to either praise or denigrate the 2004 film of the same name starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. ...

Little drummer girl Carmen Murray

"We’ve always had African drums around the house.”

“I got the recommendation from [hand-drum pro] Monette Marino,” confides 14-year-old percussionist Carmen Murray. “The symphony asked her for a young player and I got the call one day before the audition. I just played ...

Make cash king in 2017

You can buy a lot of used vinyl with the money you won't be spending on cigarettes

Dear Hipster:What will you do differently in 2017?— B. Despite my general disdain for mainstream concerns, I’ve come to appreciate the New Year’s Resolution, at least in a conceptual sense. Despite the fact that the ...

Must-see movies of 2016

Top ten of the last year

10) Hirokazu Koreeda’s Our Little Sister At their estranged father’s funeral, the oldest of three sisters takes it upon herself to ask her little-known teenage half-sister — the product of an adulterous relationship that “crushed ...

Don’t tell your father I never voted for Nixon

Three poems by Keith Ekiss

Hubert Humphrey — Richard Avedon, March 12th, 1976 Whether or not he won, Humphrey looks like the candidate who lost: no sensual lip, cheeks drawn, eyes slanted wary of hawks. Vietnam has ended. In a ...

New Year’s Eve events all over San Diego this weekend

...and the International Car Show rolls into town

Thursday | 29 Four hundred vehicles from 40 manufacturers will be on display, including 20 all-new debuts. This year’s show has 15,000 square feet dedicated to an Exotics Vault with vehicles from the likes of ...

Slow Hollows' new-gen new wave

L.A. act brings back hook-heavy synth-pop

Rock radio in the years leading up to Van Halen was overwhelmed with the sounds of a format called new wave, otherwise known as synth pop. A lot of that music was exported from Britain. ...

Trump economy: Boring in San Diego?

There’s political uproar, but the economy may snooze

Economic forecasters are befuddled. Will President Trump ignite destructive trade wars? Or will a crackdown on companies shipping jobs overseas jack up employment and stimulate the economy? Will his planned massive tax cuts thrust the ...

General Atomics has some explaining to do

GA’s hot potato

La Jolla–based military contractor General Atomics, maker of the Predator drone and other lucrative pieces of battle-ready hardware, also provides radiation monitoring systems for atomic reactors. The company’s latest installation came in July of this ...

Puzzling letters

Not There :( I really miss the Sudoku contest where you had a chance to win a t-shirt or a hat. I keep hoping it’s going to come back, but every time I open the ...

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