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When your location is like, so retro

Flannel grafting the unsuspecting burgs

Hey Hipster: The dictionary defines “slumming” as, “to visit slums, especially from curiosity...to visit or frequent a place, group, or amusement spot considered to be low in social status.” Technically, this is what moving to ...

Take up the cause of Schmidt

Austria's local hero Franz Schmidt get a rare performance at this year's Proms

The BBC Proms is taking up the cause of Franz Schmidt in a concert on September 10 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. A performance of Schmidt’s Symphony No. 2 will be given by the Vienna ...

The sweat test

Buddy, don't take it easy — get out there!

I recently heard a kid at the park complaining about being sweaty. He went over to his parent and got some water and was told to “take it easy, buddy.” I realize this is a ...

Hipsters don't like hipsters

Only mainstream critics are charmed by movies featuring the young and hip

Dear Hipster: Are there any movies about hipsters? Google comes up with a list of movies hipsters watch, or hipster characters, but I envision a pretty cool, funny movie about hipsters and hipster culture — ...

A glimpse of old Burma on Yangon's Circle Train

In backpacker hotspot Myanmar, the best journey might be going in a circle.

Nyein Sanda works in an office not much larger than a closet in the central train station in Yangon, Myanmar. His ticket booth on platform 7 hosts a constant stream of tourists looking to ride ...

Were 1960s English mods more Vogue than Vice?

Modern ideas of the past sometimes don't match the memories of those who were there

DJ: I think you should reconsider your commentary on 1960s English mods. I lived through that scene when my parents moved to London for my father’s job. Granted, I was a fairly young teenager at ...

Small, local businesses on notice

Do good or get what you want?

Vote with your dollars.

Rocking with the Society in Liberty Station

Watermedia association's 50th celebrated by double-size crowd

If strolling around NTC/Liberty Station on Friday, August 7, you might have heard some '50s and '60s rock and roll music. Following the sound, you would have arrived at the San Diego Watercolor Society. This ...

Are dedicated followers of fashion the best or the worst?

Cutting edge of popular culture or indentured servitude to the cult of cool?

Dear Hipster: Would you please explain the difference between a hipster and a “Dedicated Follower of Fashion?” — Puzzled, David Fifty years and a tattoo sleeve. Hey-oooo! Next! See what I did there? That was ...

Bloody pleased with Stone in Australia

Despite heavily taxed market and cold-shipment cost

Back in 2010, Stone Brewing CEO Greg Koch described the problem of gray-market beer being sold to foreign markets during a video interview with Australia's Brews News website: "Unethical retailers or wholesalers here in the ...

Get on it!

Move fast if you want to do a half marathon in August

If you’re thinking about doing a half marathon event this month, you better get on it. The Stairway to Heaven trail half-marathon is already sold out but it looks as though the America’s Finest City ...

Art meets nature in the Canaries

Lanzarote offers an off-beat artsy vibe, stunning beaches and volcanic wonders.

The island of Lanzarote, part of Spain’s Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, is for many budget tourists synonymous with cookie-cutter resort towns and all-inclusive holiday packages. The truth is that the island’s ...

Latest Panca mural in Tijuana defaced

Neighbor in Colonial Federal takes action

"There's a generational gap," explains David Peña, who moved south of the border about a year ago with his brother after graduating with a B.A. in art from CalState Long Beach. David teamed up with ...

Columbia, South Carolina: study in contrasts

The state's capital is steeped in Confederate history and contradiction.

South Carolina is a state of contradictions, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its capital. Last June, Kristin Morris, the Nickelodeon’s marketing manager, summed up contemporary South Carolina’s dichotomy, noting: “We’re a progressive ...

Stop hating and ask the cool cat where he got his café racer

Dear Hipster: What is the typical life cycle of a Hipster fad? You guys don’t usually annoy me. Hey, every group has its own uniforms, totems, and mores. But, lately I’ve seen (heard) a troubling ...

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