Downtown San Diego Stories

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Downtown Johnny Brown's happy hour takes off on Fridays

Mark this for Friday. I came in here around six last Friday evening, on the hunt for Stone Brewing's November "Enjoy By" beer. It's a series of brews that last for a month and are ...

Reptile Super Show in downtown San Diego

Mutant snakes, biting frogs

Ricardo Contreras said he arrived at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, to ensure he would be first in line for the Reptile Super Show. Organizers of the two-day event opened the doors at 10 ...

Communication: San Diego Symphony (2 of 2)

No need to interpret when you communicated clearly.

While I was fuming about Lang Lang during the intermission, I saw my old friend Gerry two rows over. We chatted a bit about the trumpets sounding better this year. He mentioned how tight and ...

Best of Beer Week: November 2

Reboot and get your fill of San Diego Beer Week seconds

San Diego Originals: In the beginning, there was but a handful of fledgling operations bringing craft beer to locals. For one day, beer bar The High Dive will celebrate those innovators with special beers from ...

Bike rider crashes at Santa Fe Depot

Reportedly had plastic jug labeled "vodka"

San Diego Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a call about an injured man at the Santa Fe Depot trolley platform on Saturday afternoon, October 26, at about 1:45 p.m. An Amtrak mechanical employee called ...

Lang Lang: San Diego Symphony (1 of 2)

I waited with anticipation for Saturday night’s concert at the Jacobs Music Center. It was sold out. There is nothing I love more in this world than a sold out concert at the symphony. The ...

Opinions sought for improvements to C Street and beyond

Most ask Downtown San Diego Partnership for parks and green space

The Downtown San Diego Partnership took over a block of C Street this afternoon, October 24, astroturfing the sidewalks and inviting passersby in for an event the group billed "tactical urbanism." A band performed at ...

Police protest EDM?

Former 4th&B concert venue won’t open under Avalon name as expected this fall. New owners say they are lining up permits before they begin construction; insiders say the city doesn’t want electronic dame music.

A smoldering pile: San Diego Symphony (2 of 2)

The music from the Opus Gala

The theme of the Opus Gala at San Diego Symphony was "The Roaring '20s." The concert started with John Harbison. Harbison is a fairly well known American composer. He's one of those names that crops ...

Green surprise at the Greyhound

Downtown's shabby corner is reborn - healthy

Trotting down Broadway around nine at night, heading to the brick hotel where the Greyhound Depot used to be, at First Avenue. Used to be a pretty shabby corner, too. But recently I'd seen signs ...

Opus Gala: San Diego Symphony (1 of 2)

At of 8:00 pm on Friday, the 11th of October, the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center was opened at Symphony Hall. At the Opus Gala on Saturday night, the Jacobs’ were brought onstage to ...

Cops naysay downtown opening of Phantom Lounge

“Highest crime area in the city”

Phantom Lounge and Nightclub may open soon downtown at 1014 Fifth Avenue (just north of Broadway). This will be the third Phantom Lounge location in San Diego County. Unlike the two existing businesses, this one ...

Prokofiev 5: San Diego Symphony (2 of 2)

Swagger.

There was a good reason for Augustin Hadelich to join the audience for Prokoviev's 5th Symphony. I was at the Saturday night concert which meant Augustin had already heard the Prokofiev on Friday. He knew ...

The Top Knot

How to achieve the effortless look of the top knot

This fall it’s all about the top knot. Buns have been in vogue for decades but this season, the traditional yawn-worthy updo has been replaced with an updated effortless and chic look. The top knot ...

The Fussy Fork

Does anything scream summer like fresh corn?

A blogger eats her way through San Diego in search of vegan restaurants.

Fashion Week San Diego Spectators

I am a strong believer that disasters come in threes. On Friday night my first disaster came in the form of a robbery--the self-pay parking machine ate my $5 bill. The injustice left me $10 ...

He inspires romance: San Diego Symphony (1 of 2)

Augustin Hadelich and San Diego Symphony.

When I saw the size of the orchestra on the stage at Symphony Hall for David Bruce’s Night Parade, I knew we were in for a rumpus. I love, love, loved, this piece of music ...

The Local to go the brewery route

Crafty eatery and drinking hole entering brewing arena

Popular watering hole The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole (1065 Fourth Avenue, Downtown) is working on establishing its own brewery. A an early adapter to the craft beer model, The Local regularly serves a long ...

San Diego Center for Spiritual Living

As an altar boy, John Poleski’s pastor at the time said, “Watch that Poleski boy — he’s going to be a priest someday!”

A Weekend with Pablo Picasso at San Diego Rep.

I’ve always been wary of theatrical biographies of famous people. Too often they assume you already know, say, James Joyce or Ludwig Van B., Ty Cobb or Rosa Parks. So the bios skip past the ...

Masked man threatens suicide on Blue Line trolley

“He looked so innocent.”

Wearing a Padres luchador mask on the evening of Saturday, September 14, a man on a southbound Blue Line trolley began a rant almost immediately after boarding: “All of these fucking people on the trolley,” ...

Chaplos' Gaslamp Quarter

If there was any doubt that bartending and cocktail culture is becoming a community effort in San Diego, Chaplos bartender Bek Allen’s new namesake drinks she mixes behind her bar will put them to rest ...

Arrested on the Amtrak to L.A.

Aggravated armless man instigates tussle

San Diego police arrested a man with no arms on Wednesday, September 4, at the Santa Fe Depot on Kettner Boulevard after he allegedly began threatening passengers and then became violent with a female employee ...

Scrumptious nuptials

“Americans munch 10 billion of these a year...the size of the donut hole changes with the economy.”

Ed gets the "dough" part, but what about the "nut"? And why the hole? Our frugal fork finds the answers and a couple of guys who are redesigning the donut.

Gang's Singapore Sling

Gin has had a hard row of it in San Diego — that’s according to Jason O’Bryan, one of the top barristers at the Asian fusion Gang Kitchen. “You would think that the starting ingredient ...

Can we get some Tchaikovsky please?

The pops season concludes

The big bang finale of the pops season is coming up on Labor Day Weekend. The program is ALL Tchaikovsky. That is to say the program is nothing but Tchaikovsky with just a hint of ...

New Coaster ticketing app

Riders bypass ticket machines

The North County Transit District has rolled out a free new mobile ticketing app for smart phones. It appeared in the Google store in mid-July and iTunes Store in August. After downloading the app, users ...

Last Call

Three local productions must close this Sunday and should not go gently to that final curtain.

In the Heights at San Diego Rep Sam Woodhouse (director), Javier Velasco (choreographer) and at least half of San Diego – or so it would seem – have turned the San Diego Rep’s Lyceum Stage ...

Are smaller brewpubs over and out?

Local brewpubs closing at unprecedented rate

Readers of San Diego Beer News are hip to the fact new brewing companies are opening at a rapid clip, with a glut of other businesses working their way to their public debut. But the ...

San Diego builds into convention center glut

Shhh...

The convention center industry knows there is a huge glut of space. Why don't San Diego expansion boosters mention it?

Street neighbor: at God's Extended Hand

Doing better here than in Illinois

A man leaning against the façade of God’s Extended Hand at 1625 Island Ave. — a religious soup kitchen — will talk to me. He will not reveal his name but a mutual familiarity with ...

$79 for Elite Exterior Detail, Paint Sealant, Headlight Polish, and Air Duct Sanitation at Eco Detail

Regularly $325

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In the Heights by the San Diego Repertory Theatre

The Rep has opened its 38th season with a spectacular production of the Tony Award-winning musical. The evening seems to grow with every song. In fact, after a while when one tough act to follow ...

Scotty Ziegler and his Vault

San Diego painter and "builder of all things cool" has a sweet facility downtown that's immune to the effects of sun and moon.

BofA requests larger signage for downtown headquarters

You know what acquitted sidewalk chalker Jeff Olson thinks?

Bank of America is seeking larger building signage for its 20-story regional headquarters downtown at 450 B Street. Civic San Diego received a request from BBL, Inc., to install two signs larger than the current ...

Another Pair of Restaurants Changing Hands

The Linkery to become Waypoint, Downtown Johnny Brown's a brewpub

A few months back, I contacted restaurateur Jay Porter to see if he’d like to have himself and his businesses spotlighted for a chef feature I was working on. To my surprise, he wasn’t interested. ...

Trayvon Martin demonstration comes between Westboro Baptist Church protesters and the Comic-Con crowd

“That was crazy,” says cop

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church — known for picketing the funerals of American servicemen killed overseas — showed up at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 20, just as they had in 2010 to protest the ...

Yarn bomber Marcy Kraft’s downtown Rubik’s Cubes

Artist sets up for Comic-Con crowd

Ever seen the South Park trees wearing colorful banded crocheted sweaters and wondered who did that? I've unraveled the mystery! I was downtown with my Nikon shooting Comic-Con attendees and came across a slew of ...

Burrito Boys

More practical than church

The “Burrito Boys” is a group of young and old men who make burritos in Tierrasanta on a Saturday night and take them downtown to give away to the homeless and hungry on Sunday. The “Burrito Babes” apply the hot sauce.

Former San Diego Hardware Co. becomes saloon

“Babes” and “bastards” may get live entertainment

The historic San Diego Hardware Company building in the Gaslamp Quarter is almost done with its transformation into a new bar/restaurant called Lucky Bastard Saloon. According to sandiego.eater.com, the majority owner of Lucky Bastard Saloon ...

Plaza Bar's sixty slices of salami

Ed skips Paris, goes to the Plaza Bar at the Westgate Hotel instead.

Downtown San Diego affordable housing project advances

Adjacent lots purchased, site enlarged

The on-again, off-again affordable Atmosphere apartment project in downtown San Diego is on again, but hurry up and wait if you want to qualify for an apartment there. The San Diego City Council approved the ...

Rockin' Baja, Toscana, and the perfect afternoon

Ed hits a wine bar and then a lobster restaurant

With a $30 budget (and on a mission to spend every cent of it), Ed hits Toscana Café & Wine Bar and the Rockin’ Baja Lobster.

San Diego's tallest building

Heymatt: How tall is the tallest building in San Diego? Is there a limit as to how high you can build in the county? — Jeff, via email There’s an easy answer to the first ...

5th Avenue Style in the Gaslamp

Mickey Mouse tattoos and chunky boots

I am continually amazed over the stillness of the Gaslamp Quarter during daytime hours. It’s an eerie sight to find the streets empty of cocktail dress and dangerously tall stiletto clad bar goers. At 12pm ...

Maizbaan cooks up one hot stew

Maizbaan’s Pakistani cuisine is so good, Ed returns days later for another meal.

We spend every dime on our costumes

Some don't do it for the money.

Interviews with women of the San Diego burlesque scene/business.

What 4th&B will be

John Lyons, one of the owners of the venue who will take over 4th&B, has an unusual challenge. He will be competing for business with the nearby House of Blues, a chain he cofounded with ...

Downtown TailGate on hold

SDSU alum's brewpub delayed but it's full steam ahead for new beer series.

Lords of the Drink

The art of the sip.

Alchemy's Ricardo Heredia, Noble Experiment's Anthony Schmidt, and the U.S. Grant's Jeff Josenhans share their glass art.

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