Feature Stories

I don’t know why I’m a musician, because I don’t really care about music

Joe Garrison is a musical survivalist. The 64-year-old jazz and new music composer has shaped his artistic life to favor more beginnings than ends. Like his hero, Igor Stravinsky, he’s learned that to reinvent himself ...

The holy grail of Christmas presents

Model railroading is the world's greatest hobby

The Internal Revenue Service is on fire! Red-and-blue emergency flashers scat about the structure, but this is a fire that will never, ever be put out. “As you can see,” Nick Pecoraro offers, “the firemen ...

Urban agriculture is what we call it

“I’m not a farmer. I’m a community organizer."

Cats are a problem. We gotta enclose the areas where we’re growing.” Diane Moss breaks it down for a visitor. “You gotta be careful with your compost. It’s composting,” she explains, “and that brings the ...

RezRadio reaches the world

And no car or beer ads.

“On the reservation they have a saying,” Fox chuckled, “‘B.C.—before casino.’’’

It's all play until someone gets murdered

For lack of a better word: sick, sick, sick.

Perez admitted that he had communicated to many persons his fantasy of abducting a female.

Nobody Cares, Zogo

Clash of the arts interests

“‘Nobody cares about your shitty arts organization.’ Those were her exact words,” recalls United Artists of San Diego chief executive Tatjana Zogovic, who goes by the name Tasha Zogo. She’s referring to a phone call ...

HOA tricks, lies, and deceives ... and residents still don't care

Maybe paying the board is a good idea

“Why are all these foreclosed homes submitting ballots?”

The mobster's nephew

Nobody messed with Frank Bompensiero...but Joey did.

One conjecture about why people are so fascinated by organized crime figures attributes it to a timid envy of those who flout the law so boldly. But after selling his book at a four-hour signing ...

Green invasion

Showdown with the bull thistle

What exactly is an invasive plant, and why should we give a rotten rhizome if one crops up in our side yard? Dan Gluesenkamp answers: “One widely accepted definition includes two components: It’s not native ...

Point Loma is a drippy mess

Don't worry about that water leak

Chrissy Seigler noticed a leaky water main valve on the sidewalk in front of her Point Loma home. The water was seeping out from the lid and dribbling down the street. In early June, Seigler ...

When your Airbnb guest won't leave

And they’re addicted to a video game

It's a steamy afternoon in August, and Kristen Lang sits, frazzled and deflated, on the patio at Ponce's, hoping to cool her exasperation with a margarita. When her husband moved out two years ago, leaving ...

From couch potato to Potato Chip Rock

Sunshine tax refund

Julian Duval is about to rock my world. The 68-year-old president of the San Diego Botanic Garden drives me around the garden in a golf cart talking my ear off and making me laugh with ...

Local woman aids women warriors battling ISIS

We had to go to the mountain

San Diego attorney Jacqueline Isaac, 29, is a woman on a mission — several missions — not least among them hauling fresh, non-weaponry supplies through war zones to Kurdish female fighting units in Iraq. “We’ve ...

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