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Deport the eucalyptus

Taking them all out would not be fine and dandy.

“Deport the eucalyptus back to Australia!” That’s Johnny Sevier, a certified arborist, on the tree he loves to hate but that many San Diegans revere, the ubiquitous eucalyptus. Long an arboreal staple in San Diego ...

Creation of First Man and First Woman

Using signs but without speaking, the gods tried to instruct the people, but they were not understood…. The gods appeared on four days in succession and attempted to communicate through signs.… On the fourth day ...

There must be better ways than saying “no”

Three poems by Rachel Hadas

Dawns Each dawn is an amazement. From the subterranean corridors of night, my slippery crags and sucking mudslides, desperate scrambles, floundering through snow, wallowing waist-deep through murky waters. Your maze of unlit streets, criss-crossing freeways, ...

Dine in ambiance and luxury

And raise some money for the Democrats

Two members of San Diego’s Democratic congressional delegation have been picking up some big-money love from a controversial Washington DC lobbyist tied to the real estate development business. First it was La Jolla’s Scott Peters, ...

Vintage Henry

Mrs. Henry goes "one-hundred percent analog" on new double-record set

“We recorded this album one hundred percent analog with engineer Jordan Andreen at Audio Design Recording here in San Diego,” says Daniel Cervantes of Mrs. Henry’s upcoming self-titled two-volume set. “Tracked on vintage gear, while ...

Goat-bloated from Café Royale

Most coffee roasters throw away the shell, but it has the best flavors!”

It’s the kids. They’re all over the table. And into the spaghetti and goat. All except Anas and Khalid. The two older boys are plowing into their own plate of chicken drumsticks. Their dad has ...

Charley don’t like 50-year-old guys acting like little girls

"I get my waves."

Name: Charley Stevens Age: 28 Occupation: Bartender Location: Sunset Cliffs Subs Charley Stevens speaks like a surfer with slow and lazy vowels. He moved to Ocean Beach four years ago. He learned to surf in ...

Lorraine Castellanos — an introverted extrovert

Singer/guitarist on gathering groups and repertoire

‘It’s so new that I don’t know where it’s going to go,” says musician Lorraine Castellanos over coffee at Lestat’s on Adams Avenue on a windswept afternoon. She is speaking of her latest project, a ...

Johnny Brown’s out

The city intends to class up the joint

Downtown Johnny Brown’s, whose location across the San Diego Concourse from City Hall made it a dingy watering hole for San Diego city hall politicos, folded earlier this year. Now the site is up for ...

Blueberries wane

By 1986, the organics had proven so successful the entire farm became certified organic.

Summer is coming, and while summer squash harvests are well underway for farms around the county, as June progresses we’ll see more and more local tomatoes, especially good news as a couple of producers will ...

Eve of construction

Eve Selis talks rollerblading and how it lead to her new release

Stories about musicians suffering for their art are legion. Few of them involve rollerblading. But Eve Selis says her new record, See Me with Your Heart, never would have happened if she hadn’t torn her ...

No bay at Border Field State Park for about 7000 years

Explore a beach and estuary at the extreme southwest corner of the continental USA

Border Field State Park is where delegations from both the U.S. and Mexico began the survey of the border in 1850 after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was concluded on February 2, 1848, officially ending ...

The only fitting approach

Stupid Fucking Bird at Cygnet

About halfway through the first act of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird, after the “showing” of the play-within-the-play, but before the “We need new forms” speech, occurs a brief dialogue between ...

Flower choices for the low-water garden

Pretty, but not too thirsty

On the hottest day of last summer, we hosted a wedding reception in our backyard. The thermometer hit 103 degrees as the guests arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon. Our guests clustered in the shady ...

The photo is not the boss of Kim Reasor

A sinister blame creeps in

No one ogles the industrial vistas of Southern California. Those unsightly realms where giant cranes stipple the skyline. Where ship containers are stacked unemptied of their new Curvy Barbie dolls for Walmart. Where thickets of ...

I've made thousands off those idiots

San Diego artists on their Gigtown gigs

While the local booking company Gigtown remains controversial, one San Diego band and a hardcore critic are glad they’re here. Launched last year by Andy Altman with a reported $3 million investment by his father, ...

How to deal with a frenemy

And, of course your parents don’t know how to use Facetime

Dear Hipster: I have a pretty tight circle of friends, one of whom, who I don’t consider a close friend, exhibits some pretty disreputable behavior. Basically, he never has anything nice to say about anyone, ...

Debating Love & Friendship

Dueling reviews discussed

I think I was maybe 12 when I first saw Citizen Kane. Here’s what I knew going in: Orson Welles had been the voice of the Shadow in my brother’s beloved collection of old radio ...

See sea dragons, teeny art, and sculptures by Dr. Seuss

Plenty to see in June

Friday | 3 As part of First Friday Art Walk, 4˝x6˝ pieces of art by artists, civic leaders, and local celebrities will be displayed and available for sale to benefit the education department at the ...

An aunting expedition to SeaWorld

"We’re not just going to look at the penguins. We’re going to meet a penguin."

My sister Jane was along to spend time with me and properly watch after her progeny, lest I drop one of them into the shark-petting pool or something.

Gory reunion

Get the details on Diana Death's Gory Details

“I’m getting my old band back together.” Diana Death is jet-lagging from her recent trip to London and back. She tells me the original plan was to travel as part of the El Vez Punk ...

The ruby sea dragon

From Perth to La Jolla

It washed up on a Perth beach nearly a hundred years ago and had been stashed away in Western Australia Museum’s collection from 1919 until recently, when scientists at Scripps Institute of Oceanography obtained and ...

Skate park in City Heights still not open

A year behind schedule and a lawsuit on the way

City Heights was supposed to have a skate park by now. While construction of one free-to-use municipal skate park is now nearing completion and another is slated to open in 2017, District 9 councilwoman Marti ...

Acid-funk Allstars

Greyboy, Denson, Vokab, Belly Up

Doubtless that anybody in the Green Circle Bar in San Diego in 1993 heard a future Rolling Stone when the house deejay introduced his latest project, a collaborative between the turntables and live music he ...

Union-Tribune hearts Faulconer

Gala comes three days before the June 7 primary

Whether by coincidence or not, a lavish high-society fundraising bash for the USO has been turned into a well-timed campaign tribute to San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, thanks to his longtime patron, Republican kingpin Doug ...

Lose the doofus Marine haircuts and the Smith Brothers Cough Drop beards

A hodgepodge of letters

Touched I was in a hurry and wasn’t going to pick up the last Reader at my local Circle K. As I started to pull away, I changed my mind. For some reason, I (out ...

Jello, Broncho, Budos, So So Glos

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

Thursday 2Anton Newcombe and this year’s Brian Jonestown Massacre (yes, lead tambourine Joel Gion is in the current lineup) are playing a sold-out show at Belly Up Thursday night. Real suckwhammy, that. I thought I ...

How they deal with the world

Wolf Children (Japan, 2012, FUNimation) is a heartwarming Japanese anime about a mother who struggles to raise her kids that happen to be part wolf. The kids try to figure out who they want to ...

Eric Bachmann, Gory Details, Freak Heat Waves

...plus X-Fest Sunday at Sleep Train and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 591X’s annual X-Fest rolls into Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on Sunday. The event’s been a San Diego staple for more than 30 years, and this year delivers recent Rock and Roll Hall ...

May 26 Crossword Contenders

Jason Passchier, San Diego, 7. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 6. L. Barling, El Cajon, 6. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 6. Dennis Butterworth, San Diego, 6. Chris Byzewski, San Diego, 6. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. Annette Coppede, ...

May 26 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 6. Gregory Chauncey, La Jolla, 6. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. Alford Claibone, San Diego, 6. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 6. Rafael Gaceta, San Diego, 6. Don Ganoe, San Diego, 6. Larry ...

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