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Unaffordable: Home price soar, salaries lag

Hot competition for a slice of the American pie.

The median price for a single-family home in San Diego County at the end of 2016’s first quarter, according to the California Association of Realtors, stood at just over $554,000. Assuming you’ve got access to ...

Declaration of prayer and fasting

The Congress…Desirous…to have people of all ranks and degrees duly impressed with a solemn sense of God’s superintending providence, and of their duty, devoutly to rely… on his aid and direction…do earnestly recommend Friday, the ...

Ms. Moz

Tijuana No's Ceci Bastida reimagines Morrissey

Ceci Bastida fronted ska-punk band Tijuana No, considered by many to be Tijuana’s most successful band. Between 1989 and 2000 Tijuana No toured the U.S. and Mexico and released three albums, spearheading Tijuana’s thriving ska ...

Book booze

Bring your library card and a designated driver

The old downtown public library was notorious for hosting legions of homeless inebriates haunting the stacks. Now the city is looking for a vendor who can purvey the hard stuff to higher-dollar crowds. “From a ...

Brian Jenkins answers the camera's call

Another San Diego musician moves from the music studio to the movie studio

“I think I’m done with music. I’ve taken it as far as I can.” Riot House Records label owner and bassist/guitarist Brian Jenkins has joined the growing list of hometown musicians-turned-filmmakers with the release of ...

This poet loves all beauteous things

Three poems by Robert Seymour Bridges

The North Wind in October In the golden glade the chestnuts are fallen all; From the sered boughs of the oak the acorns fall: The beech scatters her ruddy fire; The lime hath stripped to ...

Meet the sake master

“Drink out of the corner or you might get some...spill.” Too late.

Am I seeing things? Like, I notice a gal at the entrance of a crowded eatery, speaking Japanese, and giving elaborate bowing farewells to two customers. We’re near 13th and Market. A sign says “BeShock ...

Election law brawl

Soros versus Lincoln

San Diego Republicans are facing off against liberal billionaire George Soros in an improbable big-money brawl about whether the city should change its election laws. The way it is now, candidates for city office who ...

King Hedley II graces the stage at Cygnet

Language matters

Theater critic Jeremy Gerard said August Wilson “writes plays not for Broadway, but which Broadway simply must have — even if it means getting them last.” Those expecting prepackaged emotions and a tidy take-home message ...

The Bulbs: high-watt rock

Borderland band joins SoundDiego at Blonde Bar

Anytime the Bulbs rehearse or play a show, border crossings are involved. Two of the Bulbs live in the U.S. The other two live in Tijuana. “I guess you could say we are a bi-national ...

Rare oak dots the hike to Eagle Peak

This hike has breathtaking views of the San Diego River Gorge

The Eagle Peak Preserve, located about 4.5 miles north of Eagle Peak, is a conservation area managed by the San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF) that has breathtaking views of the San Diego River Gorge. ...

Jennifer Connelly discusses Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut

American Pastoral takes on nothing less than the fragile impermanence of the American Dream

Matthew Lickona: When Dawn is in the depths of her sadness and misery, she tells the Swede that she should have married one of the nice Holy Cross boys she knew when she was young. ...

Mark Dresser keeps on steppin'

Jazz bassist puts a bicoastal band together for this year's Sedimental You

“So I’m glad there is a buzz and it’s not accidental” says bassist Mark Dresser, on a Skype call from his office at UC San Diego. We’re discussing the pre-album promotion for his disc due ...

Children of the corn maze

Halloween can be more than candy and costumes

The largest corn maze in Southern California is in Temecula. The Big Horse Corn Maze (951-389-4621) covers a whopping 11 acres and takes one to two hours to navigate at an easy pace (45 minutes ...

Tasmanian devil

The surf at Pedra Branca has taken 22 lives

My first thought upon seeing the images of the wave at Pedra Branca (“White Rock” in Portuguese) was of a Hollywood tsunami. It had to be a certain death for any human other than Snake ...

John Brizzolara passes away

John Brizzolara, a Reader writer from 1989 to 2013, died in his sleep at Father Joe’s Villages on October 11. He was 65. Brizzolara wrote about his struggles with alcoholism and other ailments to which ...

The biggest kit in the world

Drummer Terry Bozzio sets it up at Dizzy's

Drummer Terry Bozzio’s survived playing with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, and a slew of prog-rock lineups. He brings a concert-length solo performance on “the world’s largest tuned drum and percussion” set to Dizzy’s on October ...

Hipster Halloween costume rundown

Good reasons to avoid costumes that are in poor taste

Dear Hipster: Any good ideas for Halloween costumes? — Micaela My fave, the pop-culturally appropriate Hipster Halloween Costume Rundown. This year, the easy choice is scary clowns. I’m not sure if the whole “clown attack” ...

Kelly Reichardt on the minds of Mary Tyler Moore and Kristen Stewart

Email exchange with Certain Women's writer-director

Seconds after the email offering an interview with Kelly Reichardt crossed my desk, a reply in the affirmative was sent. Hopefully I made the best of our brief time together. Scott Marks: Can you give ...

Redefining sportsmanship in the age of egregious greed and persistent lying

Professional sports are corrupt

The dictionary defines “sportsmanship” as “fair play; respect for opponents; polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport.” That definition is woefully out of date. Now the definition of “sportsmanship” is “egregious greed; ...

Already lost

Trump is supposed to be legitimizing the slum-lord exploitation practices of his father.

Trump Card at The La Jolla Playhouse is a monologue show by Mike Daisey. It is, as one might guess, about Donald Trump. I saw the show on Friday, October 7, two days before it ...

Holy Sons is about facing your personal reality

Emil Amos of Grails and Om brings his solo thing to town

Are we all not musical descendants of the Beatles? Or, have too many spins of Abbey Road left an indelible impression on one’s ability to hear music in any other way? There’s a distinctive Fab ...

Kris Michell offers “year-round vibrancy”

Wonder woman

As questions continue about why San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer has endorsed a hike in the city’s hotel tax to pay for a new $1.8 billion Chargers downtown stadium and meeting venue, the controversy has ...

Mission Valley is no Napa Valley

Plus letters on the n-word, Faulconer, and concert-going old farts

Trying to Become Tierrasanta Perhaps this article should have had the following title: “When They Provide Freeway Access to Your Giant Development.” Five-thousand new homes being built and the 10-15,000 residents don’t want better access? ...

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