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In search of a party and Star Wars relics

No Yoda in dunes near Yuma

when I glanced over the Facebook event page advertising a Star Wars cosplay convention in the dunes outside of Yuma, I automatically assumed it would be a party. I pictured spacetini-sipping Slave Leias and inebriated ...

Lord Buckley’s application not flat-out rejected

His imitation of black culture was the sincerest form of flattery

Dear Hipster: May I suggest Lord Buckley for the Hipster Hall Of Fame? He even titled one of his albums Hipsters, Flipsters, and Finger Poppin Daddies, released in 1955! — Tim It’s easy to see ...

2016 San Diego Guide to the Arts

Saving our souls

Relevancy for the less-than-rabid — Ian Pike The Cali-Baja art scene — Chad Deal Art spaces that cultivate communities — Barbarella Fokos Beyond selfie curation — Deirdre Lickona The theater scene has rhythms — Jeff ...

Old Farty-Fart skips question, launches into diatribe

Modern denim is often too light to patch.

Dear Hipster: So, I’ve been planning on writing to you for some weeks now, but I just never got around to it. Too lazy, or whatever. But, today I got to thinking, “Hey! If I’m ...

Being a barista or bartender is a respectable career goal

Remarkably gauche

Dear Hipster: I’d always heard that it’s impolite to make small talk about jobs, yet strangers at parties and other gatherings all too often ask me “what I do.” I’m not ashamed of my job ...

The next thing for mustachio’d, tweedy manliness

Inspired by Tolkien

Hipster Magister, I nominate J.R.R. Tolkien for the Hipster Hall of Fame. The man invented the fantasy genre before it was cool. None of the generations of imitators have come anywhere close to matching him. ...

No to weather systems, yes to Beefheart

Looking through the Hipster Archive of Obscure Errata

Hipster: When it comes to the highly anticipated unveiling of the 2016 Hipster Hall of Fame class, the name we are all waiting to hear is, in fact, “tropical storm El Niño.” Getting two weeks ...

Take a ride on Cambodia's Bamboo Train

"It's 120 degrees, I am soaking wet, and having the time of my life."

On my third run I am getting the hang of things, taking cues from the pig next to me to see how far he leans into the turns while ducking in time to avoid the ...

Q: What to do with all those old t-shirts?

A: Seamstering

Hey Hipster: Love your column so I can keep up on what’s hip as a junior-senior! I noted with interest your resolution to get rid of your old concert T-shirts. NO! NO! Don’t do it! ...

Lawsuit filed over paramilitary training facility in Alpine

Shoot first. Ask later

As promised, environmental attorney Marco Gonzalez has filed a lawsuit against the County of San Diego for granting a permit to a 160-acre firearms training facility called Covert Canyon tucked away in the mountains of ...

Scene: North Park, late ’70s

Before it was cool

Dear Hipster: I grew up in North Park in the late ’70s, and I went to Alice Birney Elementary School. Since I lived in North Park before it was cool, does that make me an ...

Quartzsite: Arizona's rock city

This colossal swap meet goes down November–March in western Arizona.

What do you get when you cross one million snowbirds and desert rats, and add blocks of swap-meet junk? You get Quartzsite, AZ, in January. Starting in the fall, tens of thousands of bargain hunters ...

Certain pleasures are best enjoyed infrequently

Los Panchos has their ratios down

Every San Diegan knows the value of a kick-ass breakfast burrito and the wretchedness of a disappointing one. I only have one or two breakfast burritos a year, so it’s imperative I know where to ...

Wire you sculpting?

"Bending wire helped my creative brain not go crazy," says Wireman

On December 30, I.B. Long was doing his weekly assessment of graffiti and other maintenance issues along Newport Avenue for the local business association. Long had seen the wire man in the sky attached to ...

Was Captain Beefheart a hipster?

He could probably cozy up to the bar at BLAH, order an IPA, and not seem at all out of place.

An all-points bulletin to the Hipster Congressional Fact Finding Committee.