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San Diego's porn studios

Lights. Camera. Legal action.

The Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter wants to make you feel like a star. Adhered to the wall behind the front desk is a colorful photo looking out at a raucous crowd ...

No comment on restaurant surcharges

"I wasn't told when I came in and I wasn't told when I ordered."

Kevin Vasquez dines out a lot. He expects to pay tax and feels good about tipping. But the 6.9 percent surcharge a local restaurant added to his bill after January 1, well, that was hard ...

Vinyl in the pink

Western Settings' Will Castro talks about his La Escalera Records and the good news for vinyl sellers

Will Castro lives and dies by the pressing plants that make the vinyl releases for his local label La Escalera Records. Demand for vinyl keeps increasing. But turnaround time is getting worse. Castro says it ...

O.B. graffiti queen not too Sharpie

Cops ensnare Mama Bear — and then she returns

In early October 2016, residents in Ocean Beach began complaining on Facebook about graffiti that started appearing everywhere around town. “Has anyone been noticing this 'Mama Bear' person tagging up the seawall and memorial benches ...

Chargers leave, Chargers pay

Take a bite out of city debt

With San Diego facing a torrent of red ink for years to come, city officials have been scrambling for extra cash to plug their ever-growing deficit holes. “Expenditures will outpace annual growth in revenues in ...

Healthy happy hour in La Jolla

Greed cometh

New year resolution time: gonna eat healthy. Gonna eat less. Gonna live on nuts and twigs. Or...eat Thai? ’Cause I keep seeing Thai cuisine on lists of the world’s healthiest diets. And especially my all-time ...

The many sides of Ariel Levine

From Bon Scott's Big Balls to Bowie's boas

“We’re gonna do the album from start to finish,” Ariel Levine tells me by phone from his Middletown apartment. Levine is a singer/composer/guitarist transplant from New York. “I’ve lived here for five years now.” The ...

San Diego’s priciest condo, a block west of Horton Plaza

It is likely a resident will never touch the front door

Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Current Owner: Raskin Family List Price: $4,750,000 The region’s priciest condo, a 26th-floor corner unit in the Meridian building at 700 Front Street, promises prospective buyers “exclusive living style in the ...

Life and death and statistics

Some points of deadly interest

There are many statistics in the big city, and the San Diego County medical examiner’s office is seemingly on top of them all. Notes the office’s annual report: “With San Diego County’s land area of ...

Boresese

Scorsese’s painful piety

Silence isn’t golden. He may not be the hardest working man in show business — not with just one theatrical release every two years — but at 74, and with almost 60 features, shorts, and ...

Beach volleyball — a San Diego thing

Find a 2x2 or 4x4 game at Mission Bay Park

One gray winter morning in 1997, about this time of year, I was working on the old Federal Building in Balboa Park. We were beginning the demo for the new Hall of Champions project. As ...

Dinner-party vegan means no harm

Vegan eggnog gets even the most recalcitrant aunts and cousins laughing

Dear Hipster: You hipsters and your crazy food predilections are killing me. I had my sister over for the holidays. She brought her new hipster boyfriend, who won’t eat corn, milk, and (obviously) gluten. If ...

A city canyon with a great variety of native plants

Easy access to 32nd Street Open Space

Along with ease of access and walkability, a unique feature of 32nd Street Open Space is the breadth of variety of the most common chaparral plants found across the county, which include California sagebrush, laurel ...

Mingus and poul fri among newest Tijuana residents

Haitian chicken fight song

Cue the upright bass solo in G minor. Enter trombones. Enter drums. Enter saxophones. All in a long crescendo. “My solo in it is a deeply concentrated one,” said jazz man Charles Mingus about “Haitian ...

Pacific PonyCon, just one of many things to do this week

Don’t miss the one-night-only tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

Thursday | 5 The SoundON Modern Music Festival brings together an international roster of composers and performers in a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music with concerts, workshops, panel discussions, open rehearsals, and art. Featuring ...

It smells like dead animals

Is “Zero Waste” making a stink at the Miramar landfill?

The smell of turkey wasn’t the only thing in the air Thanksgiving morning in Kim Bustos’s University City neighborhood. Bustos called the city at 7:30 a.m. to report a really bad smell coming out of ...

Doctor of politics

Peter Navarro joins Trump administration

Former San Diego mayoral, congressional, and supervisorial candidate Peter Navarro isn’t the only local making national news during the presidential transition. The University of California Irvine economics professor will serve as head of the newly ...

An interesting time at Alpine Community Church

Things have changed a lot since Pastor Thomas Truscott was in the seminary.

Alpine Community Church Membership: 110 (with 30–40 friends) Pastor: Thomas Truscott Age: 76 Born: Detroit, MI Formation: Simpson College, Indianola, IA; San Francisco Seminary (Presbyterian), San Anselmo, CA; McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL Years Ordained: ...

Bowie and Brown Sabbath

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

Sunday 8In celebration of the late, great David Bowie’s birthday (he would have been 70), Casbah stages Ariel Levine, who will perform Bowie’s last album, Blackstar, in its entirety, and Bowiephonics, the Schizophonics’ take on ...

The Devils and Fu Manchu

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

Thursday 5The Year of the Devil begins in earnest Thursday night, when rootsicana band Devil Makes Three takes the stage at the Observatory and the “Devil’s 3 Way” hits Casbah. I jest, they’re not so ...

Macabre content

"Thank you for this bit of joy in my stressful life."

They Don’t Speak Spanish at All I would like to comment on this week’s article regarding people speaking Spanglish in the Tijuana area. I used to live in Mexico, and a lot of Americans on ...

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