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What WikiLeaks reveals about San Diego

Burghers beg and badger big politicos.

Presidential politics is about the imperial exercise of power, but this year, agents from a much older empire have seemingly penetrated the deepest realms of America’s ruling establishment, scattering secrets both profound and embarrassing across ...

Lucy Ring's spaghetti western

"We’re all big fans of trippy filmmakers like Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch"

“We changed our name to the Lucy Ring because Sean Cox started playing with us, and he was so good, he quickly began singing some lead,” says bassist/singer David Hyman of the band formerly known ...

The First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving

December 18 was original Thanksgiving Day

Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings ...

Hipsters are not required to give up their skinny jeans by age 30

If the hipster world is anything like Middle Earth, Frodo hasn’t even left the Shire yet.

Hipster: How long have you had your column? Isn’t there some rule that says you’ve aged out of hipsterdom? Don’t hipsters follow a modified Logan’s Run rule? What gives? — Dan Dan. My man. Haven’t ...

Hip-hop believin'

Rapper Biggie Babylon's "Small Town Girl" scores a hit with a Journey riff

In 2006 local Iraqi-American rapper Timz got national attention when his anti-war video got him exposure on Fox News. “From there it went viral,” says Alvin Shamoun, who, like Timz, was also a member of ...

Quid pro Peters

More from the WikiLeaks dump

An old Bill Clinton White House hand has shown up in the WikiLeaks dump of Hillary Clinton campaign honcho John Podesta’s emails, singing the free-trade praises of La Jolla Democratic House member Scott Peters. “I ...

Sophisticated stuff at the Dog Haus

Dawgs off the chain

"Go!” This is Carla. “You can make it!” Eight. Friday night. Tapped out. Cupboard’s bare. Broke, broke, pelado. Except, heh-heh, just saw an ad that says free hot dogs today and tonight only, at the ...

It's not Ben, it's you

Ashen Earth drummer Ben Wilson comes clean: “I was a philosophy major in college and I am a huge nerd.”

Inspired by Swedish and Polish death metal, Ashen Earth founders Jeff Meredith (vocals) and David Cox (guitar) have taken their fascination with bands like Bloodbath and Decapitated and matched it with the prog leanings of ...

I muster a halfhearted “You are going to be fine”

Four poems by James W. Bray Jr.

Hallowed Ground I lay in a field of marble flowers surrounded by my brothers and sisters tears of the unrecalled echo around this solemn place carried on the wind kissing every soul and washing away ...

The engine behind Chicago Transit Authority

...is now the engine behind California Transit Authority

They started in college in 1967 as a Top 40 cover band. They called themselves the Big Thing. There were seven of them, and their original songs showcased the opposite sides of the band: tight-assed ...

Why burn happy memories?

Lately, I’ve waded into murky, nostalgic waters more than I prefer. I blame the dwindling sunlight of the waning summer, something about the way the shorter days call out the ephemeral and fleeting nature of ...

Pirate promotion

Orange County–based concert promoter John Reese doesn’t want to take on the "two behemoths"

A former bouncer who launched his own security company and then parlayed his concert access into a gig as the tour manager for Guns ’N Roses, penetrated San Diego’s closed-shop concert business. “I think its ...

Worst election night ever cocktail bash

Pick your poison as the person is picked

Cocktails that honor and shame your fave candidate.

Teresa Palmer on Mel Gibson’s new film

Interview with Hacksaw Ridge costar

Mel Gibson’s latest film tells the story of Desmond Doss, a man compelled by duty to join the Army during World War II and compelled by belief to avoid committing acts of violence. Palmer, who ...

Will soccer save golf?

Yes, footgolf is angering also

Hole 5 at the Balboa Park Golf Course is a sloping nightmare. Option one is to drive your ball a bit to your left where it will (hopefully) come to a rest on the edge ...

Pleasant (if small) surprises in Mission Trail Regional Park

Rain reveals the most pleasant surprises

Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) is one of San Diego’s many treasures. It is one of the nation’s largest natural urban parks — one with a long history of use from Native Americans and Spanish ...

Joe Exotic has the answer...and a kick-ass Instagram game

Vote for Joe...because America, meow

Dear Hipster: Election is almost upon us! Who will you (and the rest of the hipsters) vote for? — Dawn I actually thought I was going to get away with not fielding this particular inquiry. ...

Bike 7, 50, or 100 miles to Oceanside

Bike the Coast/Taste the Coast this Saturday

This Saturday, November 5, some 2400 bike riders will be pedaling their way along the coast or up the San Luis Rey River in the Bike the Coast/Taste the Coast Ride and Exposition at Oceanside ...

San Diego Asian Film Festival returns

New director, same good quality

The Pacific Arts Movement’s San Diego Asian Film Festival breezes through town this week and for the first time in its 17-year history, festival founder Lee Ann Kim will not be in the driver’s seat. ...

San Diego Beer Week kicks off

For a quieter time, the Asian Film Festival and Art San Diego

Thursday | 3 Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States and has showcased everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of ...

Pansy Division's Chris Freeman on Beatles, Kiss, and Trump

Soundtrack of my life

Out-and-proud punk-poppers Pansy Division hit Soda Bar November 4. Co-founder Chris Freeman took some email queries. What are the band’s most memorable San Diego gigs? “Opening for Green Day at the Sports Arena on Halloween ...

What’s in surfers’ guts?

Researching the specific funk of surfers

This October, UC San Diego School of Medicine doctoral student and native Hawaiian surfer Cliff Kapono sets out on a nine-month global journey to swab surfers in search of unique microorganisms. “If surfers have a ...

Joan Kroc gave away Ray’s fortune

Ray Kroc’s hamburger money was well spent

For years, I believed that the late Joan Kroc was an angel. When San Diegans called her “St. Joan of the Arches” (as in the golden arches of the McDonald’s burger chain), I didn’t feel ...

The American Dream side-slips away in Disgraced

Amir's profile

Donald Trump has no problem with racial profiling. He’d love to stop every Muslim at the border. And, hey, if the police “see somebody that’s suspicious,” he said in a speech, “they will profile. Look ...

Homeless PR agent

Tapping a Democratic practitioner of the art of spin

San Diego Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer, a veteran of the high-dollar public relations world via the firm of NCG Porter Novelli, has tapped a Democratic practitioner of the art of spin to run his flagging ...

Sunday night soloists Ty Segall, King Tuff, and Cairo Gang

...plus Southern Culture on the Skids, Purling Hiss, Peter Hook, and Protomartyr this week

Sunday 6Ty Segall, King Tuff, and Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang) fill a solo-Sunday-nighters bill at the Hideout. Mr. Segall’s latest, this year’s Emotional Mugger, is a satisfyingly noisy garage-psych affair, as is almost everything produced ...

King Khan and BBQ times two

...plus the Garden, Nobunny, and the Schizophonics' MC5 Revue this weekend

Thursday 3By the time you read this, Crawler follower, I will be in a meat-sammy stupor and have a beard full of barbecue sauce as I watch the stars pop over Pappy & Harriet’s in ...

Pre-election letters

Last call for input before Election Day

Mt. Rushmore Types I was so very sorry to learn about the passing of John Brizzolara. Brizz was a fine writer and a helluva character. I greatly admired his writing style and unique view of ...

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