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Four children, two cars, and a forest of walnut trees

Three poems by Emily Grosholz

A Summer Place The chestnut tree is sick, its bark scaled By yellow lichen, its leaves curled and brown, Falling already in August when the wind rises Across the patio our rented farmhouse opens Against ...

Kamau's gold

San Diego musician/producer Kamau Kenyatta wins another Grammy

“I was at home working on a new project,” says musician/producer Kamau Kenyatta explaining why he had to miss this year’s Grammy awards. Kenyatta helmed the sessions behind Gregory Porter’s Take Me to the Alley, ...

Congressman Issa missed at town-hall meeting

Facing repeal of Affordable Care Act, protesters ask, "Where is Darrell?"

Hundreds of North County residents packed Jim Porter Recreation Center in Vista on Tuesday night (February 21), while a thousand or more were left to gather outside for a town-hall event missing only its guest ...

Lobbyists in Mission Valley land rush

Stadium payoffs

The controversial plan by a stealthy group of La Jolla money men known as FS Investors to replace city-owned Qualcomm Stadium with a soccer venue and high-end commercial and housing development is turning into a ...

Pulled-pork sandwich hunted down in Hillcrest

“Yes, it’s our smoker. We have it going pretty much all the time.”

Huh. A smoker. And smoking away right now. Not some guy — a wood-burning meat smoker. I’m loping up Indiana Street. Where it forks into Park and Robinson, and right beside a li’l ol’ bungalow, ...

Lap up the Dog's Brew

From Moondoggies to premiere beer destination

When 22-year-old college student Brett Miller and partner Dean Marchant bought the bar at 4479 Everts Street in 1989, it was hemorrhaging money due to poor and often absent management. While pursuing his degree to ...

$250,000 immigration art

"The artwork design should be light and airy, and communicate a sense of welcome and embrace."

Public art, $1.2 million worth, is being commissioned by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority to adorn the main airport’s forthcoming Federal Inspection Services facility, says a February 8 call for proposals. “This opportunity ...

Cardiff shreds

Camp Shred hits the beach on March 11 and 12

It was never this good in Beach Blanket Bingo. Kut U Up’s singer/bassist Chris Cote assembled the lineup for Camp Shred, a combination campout, beach party, music fest, and surf-industry demo held at the Cardiff ...

Boot up for snow-play

My California-born hubby has never even owned a pair of winter boots.

Snow fever, it comes regularly to this East Coast transplant. The relatives back there chuckle at me when I mention “going to the snow” — those poor folks don’t have the luxury of escaping it ...

Easy stroll around Discovery Lake in San Marcos

Immerse yourself in nature in any season at this neighborhood-friendly lake.

DISCOVERY LAKE TRAIL Distance from downtown San Diego: 36 miles. Allow 40 minutes driving time. (San Marcos). From CA-163 N, merge onto I-15 N, then take exit 32 onto CA-78 W. Take exit 13 (Twin ...

Roxy reunion

Power-pop four-piece Roxy Monoxide reunites for a night for the Big Stir Powerpop Show

“The Big Stir Powerpop Show was something I first organized last year in San Diego in conjunction with L.A. band the Armoires, who hold monthly Big Stir shows up in North Hollywood,” says singer/guitarist Scott ...

Tuner, composer, space traveler

Joe Garrison knows pianos but still working on the whole music thing

Reclusive jazz composer Joe Garrison is unveiling a new CD called The People Upstairs with his large ensemble Night People. The musician makes his living tuning pianos and long ago he came to this revelation: ...

A dystopia of sorts

Home is where the motel is

Veronica Medina sits in an office overflowing with blankets, shoes, and donated school supplies. A native of San Ysidro, she has a perennial smile and wears pink lipstick that accents her jolly laugh. She doesn’t ...

Find the Easter egg hidden in Urinetown

Hint: Don't be the bunny

Following O.B. Playhouse’s production of Urinetown: The Musical (directed by Jennie Gray Connard), I could ramble about the ins and outs of the real-life Malthusian trap on the edge of which we, the global population, ...

Beads (Fat Tuesday), birds (raptors), birdies (Dave Freeman), and dogs (American Kennel Club)

Start Mardi Gras on Saturday, go from there

Thursday | 23 Celebrating African-American Women in the Arts To commemorate Black History Month, the Women’s Museum of California celebrates African-American women in the arts by honoring jazz musician and composer Jeannie Cheatham, Moxie Theatre ...

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