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Happy Trumpsgiving!

Who wants some crow?

SCENE: The Mencken dining room, Thanksgiving. In attendance are host Walter Mencken, English novelist Evelyn Waugh, writer and critic H.L. Mencken, Pogo Possum, Roman emperor Claudius, writer and humorist James Thurber, writer and agitator Hunter ...

A Thanksgiving Poem

"With incense sweet our thanks ascend..."

The sun hath shed its kindly light, Our harvesting is gladly o’er Our fields have felt no killing blight, Our bins are filled with goodly store. From pestilence, fire, flood, and sword We have been ...

Hipster cold remedies

Somewhere between reality and the wishful optimism of New Age woo-woo

Dear Hipster: Winter is coming, and that means it’s time to get sick, right? Every year, I succumb to some sort of nasty ailment between Thanksgiving and Christmas. No amount of Ricola and handwashing seems ...

Kids still get a hardcore voice

San Diego teens pick up where their big brothers' bands left off

Take Offense lead guitarist Greg Cerwonka says playing at Saturday’s hardcore five-band mosh-fest is just part of the circle of punk-rock life. “When we were younger we would see older bands we looked up to,” ...

Can the San Diego River change course?

A return to a more natural state

The San Diego River begins as a trickle in the Cuyamaca Mountains northwest of the town of Julian. It then flows to the southwest until it reaches the El Capitan Reservoir and continues west through ...

Charity starts at home

KPBS and the state’s pension fund

How much do retired executives of KPBS, the San Diego State University–run, tax-funded public broadcasting operation that spins local news in ways seen by critics as benefiting the university’s donors — including the ultimately failed ...

The Bar One sausage saps Ed's resistance

“That one is really good,” says Alex. “I like the spicy.”

We’re walking, walking — hold it! Swear this used to be a hair salon. But now we’re looking at a kind of Italian bar that spills out onto the sidewalk. I try to figure out ...

Drink your charred corn

Make a cocktail from Campfire's fall menu

Campfire’s Charred Corn Cocktail is exactly what its name describes. “We think the drink is delicious,” Campfire’s chief drink master Leigh Lecap says. “You smell corn in the aroma. Its appearance is mysterious — it’s ...

Soul man: Lee Fields & the Expressions

Soul singer Lee Fields brings his Special Night tour to Belly Up

A hit with the younger crowd — this, after four decades of pounding the road and getting older all the while. Lee Fields is 65. And the irony is, the better he gets, the more ...

Mutt and meat in Fallbrook

Arrive early for Firehouse Que and Brew's daily lunch specials

Like most of the county, Fallbrook has been plagued by fire throughout its history. Most recently, over 200 structures were destroyed in the 2007 “Rice Fire,” which found the region’s resources spread thin for a ...

Worldwide hipsterdom

A reproducible aesthetic

Dear Hipster: Are hipsters based only in the U.S. or are they worldwide? — Brad Part of what makes hipster style interesting is the relative uniformity of hipster enclaves throughout the world. From San Diego ...

Where is Joe Strummer when you need him?

San Diego songsmith Jon Kanis about to drop his new album, Fundamentalism Is the Only Way

Jon Kanis spent around two years working on his upcoming full-length, Fundamentalism Is the Only Way, co-producing with Christopher Hoffee (Atom Orr, Truckee Brothers) at Chaos Recorders in Escondido. “The album was conceived to be ...

The strangest place pastor Caleb Lines found God

Disciples of Christ aren’t looking to change anyone

University Christian Church – Disciples of Christ Membership: 130 Pastor: Caleb Lines Age: 31 Born: Monett, MO Formation: Missouri State University, Springfield, MO; Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT Years Ordained: 5 San Diego Reader: ...

Sixty-five miles of trails in Balboa Park

Hike the perimeter loop

Balboa Park has 65 miles of trails that differ in length, difficulty, and scenery with 19 trails beginning at one of five gateways located at Golden Hill, Marston Point, Morley Field, Park Boulevard, and Sixth ...

Gold in the drought age

Sol Invictus rules

A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, And the dry stone no sound of water. Only There is shadow under this red ...

Warren Beatty’s latest film in ten years is not totally void of charm

Rules Don’t Apply to this guy

The trailer for Rules Don’t Apply, with its promise of one notorious playboy starring as another equally profligate real-life womanizer, set the bar high. You see, rules don’t apply to Warren Beatty. They never have. ...

Fishing 200 miles south of San Diego

Success at the boca

The peaks of the volcanoes emerge from the fog that blankets the shallow upper San Quintín Bay outside my window. I hear the geese, the first of the brants that spend winters here, honking in ...

"Modern Coastal Living" for sale on Mission Bay

Space for you and 20 friends

Beds: 7 Baths: 8 Current Owner: Jeanne Bender-Zehrer List Price: $11,375,000 “This Villa on the Bay is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Modern Coastal Living on the bay,” according to listing materials for the seven-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bath ...

Ways to entertain yourself, now that the election is over

For starters, learn the history of wood-cased pencils

Dear Hipster: How the heck am I supposed to ironically entertain myself now that I can’t hate-watch that trainwreck of an election? — David As far as the classic hipster pastime of “watching stuff in ...

Don't call Black Sabbitch a tribute

...they are the female version of Black Sabbath

It’s not often that a band is born out of a name, but that was the case with Black Sabbitch. “We were just goofing around one night and someone said the name ‘Black Sabbitch,’ and ...

Skate by the sea (and other ways to work off Thanksgiving dinner)

The week's best events

Thursday | 24 Join more than 10,000 runners bright and early at Balboa Park for San Diego’s original and longest-running turkey trot. Participants will follow the route through Balboa Park to a family-friendly festival at ...

Not territorial yet

First time at Tabletops

Name: Christopher Mirendil Age: 30 Occupation: Engineer Location: Tabletops, Cardiff by the Sea On a two- to three-foot day, I find Christopher Mirendil nursing a bloody foot after a surf session at Tabletops. “Today I ...

SDG&E takes another shot at picking your pocket

Wants ratepayers to chip in $379 million for 2007 fires

In recent years, the words “California Public Utilities Commission” have come to mean one thing: corruption. The commission has concentrated on boosting profits of the investor-owned utilities — Sempra Energy, Edison International, and Pacific Gas ...

Welcome to the future, music student

The Avant Garde Music Company curriculum combines tradition and high-tech

“The school kind of opened as a response to a pre-existing demand,” says Avant Garde Music Company founder Antonio Grajeda, on a Skype call from Chula Vista, where they are gearing up for a grand ...

Free turkeys, free publicity

Getting more than you give

Republican San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, who recently came in second to Democratic ex–San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom for California governor in the latest Field Poll, continues to collect big special-interest donations to One San ...

Gemma Ray, Peter Murphy, Lee Fields

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

Sunday 27Bronx-born rapper Kool Keith (aka Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis, etc. etc.) hits House of Blues on Sunday. Keith told a reporter recently that he has so many guises that “I don’t even ...

Karl Denson, Nik Turner sax attack

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

Thursday 24Happy Thankszzzzzz... Friday 25“‘Brown Sugar.’ That’s a blast. I love playing it. I’ve got that solo in it. But being there, hanging out with those guys? That’s just surreal.” That’s Karl Denson talking to ...

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