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The Birds of Bodega, CA

Hitchcock's film legacy endures in two tiny Northern California coastal towns.

In 1963 the smash-hit movie The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, terrified film audiences and was the talk of the town for months after its opening. The story of a small California town under siege ...

Belching Beaver getting big

Six-packs, sours, and a full restaurant in the works

Belching Beaver Brewing has been in serious expansion mode this spring. In March, the company more than quadrupled its capacity by moving in to a 30-barrel production brewery in Oceanside. Meanwhile, its original 15-barrel Vista ...

San Diego brewers fare well against a world of competition

Council and Intergalactic win big in L.A.

Sixteen San Diego–based breweries (and one meadery) earned medals in April at the the 2016 Los Angeles International Beer Competition. Out of more than a thousand entries covering 97 categories, San Diego companies made a ...

Youth and 20/20 vision in Indian Wells

The BNP Paribas Open goes down in Coachella Valley every March.

A chance meeting in the desert provided answers on the requirements for becoming an official at a major professional tennis tournament, like the one at Indian Wells. Just a 2.5-hour drive from San Diego, the ...

America's largest park: Death Valley

Make the 5.5-hour drive now for the El Niño superbloom, while it lasts.

A visit to Death Valley can be a wonderful opportunity to clear your mind of some of the mental clutter we accrue in our daily routines and enjoy a digital detox while soaking in some ...

Pit stop in Tehachapi

North of L.A. & west of 395, Red House BBQ makes the case for a small-town lunch stop.

If you're like me, you dread driving through any part of Los Angeles when heading north by road. Having driven different routes at varying times on several days of the week, I’ve found it will ...

The Queen Mary's Sir Winston's smoking deck

First-class aboard the historic ship in Long Beach. (Cigar optional.)

There is no smoking on the Queen Mary. Signs are posted everywhere stating just that. So, when we arrived at the topmost deck to dine at the luxurious Sir Winston's Restaurant and Lounge, I noted ...

San Diego beer facing local competition in Bay Area

Excited about drinking everything in San Francisco

As popular as San Diego breweries are, few distribute nationally. Green Flash says it’s in 50 states, which means Alpine now is, too. Stone's at 41, while AleSmith's at 19 and rising. Of course, Ballast ...

German art right before Hitler

How it was, how it is

In many of these photos, things have an existential aura of their own and seem to be observing us.

Lights, cameras, money

San Diego city hall still wants to set up a film commission

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and fellow San Diego politicos who seem on the verge of losing the Chargers to Los Angeles are busy plotting at least one form of revenge: a new movie-making push to draw ...

See (and surf) SoCal's sand dunes

What to do, where to eat & stay on these close-to-home desert adventures.

I typically love the sea, sun and sand. Interestingly though, not all the sands I’m drawn to lie in coastal regions. In fact, most of the sand on Earth is stacked in massive piles in ...

Music video number zwei

Beethoven, Mahler, and — Dudamel!

How do we get to music video number zwei in our curated playlist? We started with Beethoven's Fifth and then we found out about Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic creating a Fifth virtual ...

Tweet seats have got nothing on virtual reality

The Los Angeles Philharmonic brings a concert to the masses, but who benefits?

Tweet seats? The Los Angeles Philharmonic thinks that’s cute. “You’ve got tweet seats? We’ve got Beethoven in 3-D virtual reality.” That’s right. The L.A. Phil has developed a virtual reality performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. ...

80 L.A. layoffs may forebode Union-Tribune woes

County supervisors "strongly urge" Times be run by local or sold to L.A. interests

The bad news continues for Tribune Publishing, the underperforming corporate owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and other troubled newspapers. The latest inside report, via Poynter.org, has it that 80 workers may ...

U-T’s Democratic publisher Beutner ousted

Attempted Union-Tribune takeover by L.A. billionaire figures in Clinton political intrigue

Austin Beutner, who rode into San Diego this May as top gun of the newly rechristened Union-Tribune, has been fired by Tribune Publishing, the Chicago news chain for which Beutner simultaneously served as chief of ...

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