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The government made me a sex offender

Same name, same birthdate

I stood silently as the customs official swiped my passport through the card reader at his station. He swiped it again then lifted his head and stared at me judgmentally. Turning to his terminal, he ...

Paterson’s hometown pride

Life surrounds us with poetry

Paterson refers both to the film’s New Jersey locale and lead character (Adam Driver), a married bus driver who fancies himself a poet. Imagine The Honeymooners’ Ralph Kramden as the Bard of Bensonhurst: Cook me ...

John Cotton explains his mission

A simpler expression of the Christian faith

To exhort all that are planted at home, or intend to plant abroad, to look well to your plantation, as you desire that the sons of wickedness may not afflict you at home, nor enemies ...

Sprinkle Stephen Pearcy over Southern California

The Ratt frontman is back with solo Smash...and suggests Ratt may be right behind him

Back to work on Ratt and related projects, singer Stephen Pearcy celebrates the release of a new solo album, Smash, on January 27. The former San Diegan took some questions from L.A. Been back to ...

NFL’s nastiest word

“Subsidy,” as foul-mouthed as you can get

Sports media were atwitter last week after new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn made a couple of verbal faux pas. “I am so proud to be the new coach of the San Dieg — ugh, L.A. ...

San Diego mead boom ahead?

Seven honey-wine brewers to barrel into the scene in 2017

The success of craft beer has inspired new local ventures into cider and even sake in the past year, but it's a third beer alternative that is suddenly exploding in San Diego: mead. Oceanside's award-winning ...

Numbers aren't lion at 91X

Alt-rock flagship station fires another program director in ratings woes

After “Shotgun” Tom Kelly, Mike Halloran may be San Diego’s best known rock-radio DJ. According to one friend, Halloran is doing now what he usually does when he loses a radio gig. “He’s out riding ...

Fill your piehole Japanese style

Grilled squid, sautéed pork ginger, lemon chicken, sautéed pork kimchi, on and on, $3.95 each.

"Hi! Welcome! Yókoso!” It’s this lady at the cashier desk. Love that about Japanese eateries. I know it’s just business, but welcomes like this kinda make you feel good. I had just hopped off the ...

Electronic moth

Ian Tordella's new group, Moth & Sons, out of its cocoon

“We were thinking about ‘Big Moth’ as a name,” says saxophonist Ian Tordella, referring to the search for identity on a new project and recording. “But we decided on ‘Moth & Sons’ because it’s a ...

Nathan, hot dog

Fletcher castigates the county board

Twice-defeated San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher has taken to the news and opinion website financed by his political godfather — La Jolla billionaire Democrat Irwin Jacobs — to castigate the county board of supervisors ...

New year, new hairstyle

“But what ’do should I do?”

“It’s a new year, I need a new ’do,” I told Patrick. “A new what?” He looked up from his book. “A new ’do, doofus. You know, a hairdo.” “Well,” his eyes got that sexy ...

Order this Swedish pizza in the name of hipster science

Dare to tangle with the beast

Dear Hipster: Why do some people hate pineapple on pizza so much? — Diane I don’t know, but I can speculate. Personally, I think that Hawaiian burrito at JV’s Mexican is a straight-up delight, and ...

Paul W.S. Anderson puts an end to Resident Evil

3D or not 3D: that is the question!

I became aware of Paul W.S. Anderson while teaching film classes at Chicago’s Columbia College. It was around the time Anderson’s Mortal Kombat was released on home video and one of my students couldn’t wait ...

Muslim no more

Former Muslims/Soft Packer Matt Lamkin celebrates a record-release this week

Ten years ago the Muslims were one San Diego’s most promising bands. Founders Matt Lamkin and Matty McLoughlin renamed themselves the Soft Pack and moved to L.A. The stripped-down indie-rock band put out two records ...

Imagine eating woodrat stew in Felicita Park

Walk the site of one of the oldest and largest Native American villages in San Diego County.

Felicita Park provides a nice mix of easy-walking loop trails with negligible elevation conducive for young children in strollers and any fitness level. The ancient towering oaks provide shade, making this 53-acre fenced county park ...

Schizophonic freak-out

Mr. and Mrs. Beers tell their tale

The Schizophonics’ appreciation of different musical styles comes through in everything they do. Led by husband and wife Pat (guitar, vocals) and Lety (drums) Beers, the band offers a potent blend of punk, rock, and ...

Where surfing pros come from

The next Rachel Tilly could emerge from Scholastic Surf Series

Southern California’s Scholastic Surf league is divided into three areas: San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Each high school team consists of six to nine shortboard men, three longboard men, two ...

Watch women bash each other! The week's hot tickets

Spring season opener for the Derby Dolls, plus Mickey Mouse and Tiger come to town

Thursday | 26 Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Characters from Frozen, Toy Story, Cars, and The Little Mermaid will race across the ice and perform high-speed stunts. Plus, “get warmed up for the show ...

Mexico: Just another place to get a dog

Raise your hipster cred by getting a pup from south of the border

Dear Hipster: Why does it seem all the hipsters go to Mexico to get their dogs? Not to sound too Trump-y, but what’s wrong with our local dogs? — Ed Till recently, a run-of-the-puppy-mill mongrel ...

The Bank of Internet had a good year

But Seeking Alpha ties it to Barry Minkow and Galanis family

People wanting stocks to go up are called “longs.” People wanting stocks — or a particular stock — to go down are called “shorts.” Shorts borrow a stock, sell it, and hope to make a ...

Lemuria — violence with a smile

...feel-good indie-rock punk-pop with a garage band’s sense of the disorganized

The word “lemuria” can mean many things. Lemuria is a Belgian band, for example, or was a religious holiday celebrated in ancient Rome, or is a song title recorded by a Swedish symphonic metal band ...

Faulconer’s marauders

Stepping on the mayor’s news

With the Chargers safely out of town, Kevin Faulconer’s allies have been upping their post-game attack on team owner Dean Spanos and special counsel Mark Fabiani for setting up the mayor for political failure. “Throughout ...

Double Portraits

He wouldn’t say it, wouldn’t say he would love her forever

Double Portrait All those times I said “forever” as in, “Will you love me forever?” then waited for you to say, “Yes, I will love you forever,” while you drained your glass and said instead, ...

Segall, Lamkin, Leithauser

...as well as da Donks, the Magnificent, and Devendra Banhart around town this weekend

Thursday 26“Rad and Awesome had a baby,” says da Donks’ Facebook page. San Diego’s desert-rocking Donkeys clop into Casbah Thursday night. Da Donks dropped a doozie of a disc last year in Midnight Palms, an ...

Our First Amendment rights

Letters on the Chargers, SDG&E, Tavara Ridge, and Mexico's gas protests

Lights Out Re: News Ticker, January 19: “Spanos’s Sweetheart Chargers Park Deal” Good riddance to the Chargers and to Spanos. The NFL and Spanos do not pay taxes on any profit they make. Yet, he ...

Sunday's punk day, Run the Jewels on Monday

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

Sunday 29Sunday’s punk day, as Death Eyes and Stalins of Sound rage under the spire at Tower Bar...and Age of Collapse and Endless Nameless spin a pit at Whistle Stop.... Something more subtle? Dreams Made ...

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