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Verdi is a deceptive bastard

SDO's La Traviata both solid and uneven

The value of a solid production is somewhat undervalued by the experienced opera aficionado. If you’re around opera long enough then you will have a handful of peak experiences by which you judge every other ...

Ben Lecomte prepping Discoverer at Pt. Loma for Tokyo-San Francisco voyage

The longest swim

Eight hours per day, 180 days, 5500 miles: that’s the length of the longest swim, to be attempted by Ben Lecomte across the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo to San Francisco. Alongside him will be his ...

UCSD students achieve something important in Spring Awakening

Who says kids are too checked out to sit through an entire play without Snapchatting something?

In no particular order, here are five things that struck me at closing night of UCSD’s 2017 Muir Musical, Spring Awakening: One, I didn’t see a lot of cell phones flashing in the darkness, which ...

In new book, Filner admits his sex addiction, mistakes

"Now I see it wasn't the sex I was after; it was the power."

Former Mayor Bob Filner, who was forced to resign from office after a short stay, has written a self-published book, Trumping Trump: Making Democrats Progressive Again. It is available on Amazon. One irony is that ...

Woman files appeal in Mira Mesa shooting of husband by San Diego police

Shakina Ortega says judge failed to inform the jury that officer not liable for monetary judgement.

The family of a man who was shot and killed by a police officer will ask a federal appellate court to overturn a jury's March 2017 verdict that found the officer acted in self-defense. Shakina ...

Lemon Grove Pets vs. animal advocate Lani Stacks

Dead fish, dead rabbit seen

Complaints about Lemon Grove Pets have piled up over the years. Online reviews describe crowded cages, empty bowls, and odors. The store, which sells fish, birds, cats, rabbits and other small pets and animal supplies, ...

La Traviata's cheap trick

Wait, I'm better. No, I'm not. The end.

Since La Traviata opened at San Diego Opera on Saturday, April 22, I’m going to use it as an excuse to float a theory about the final lines of the opera. Just before Violetta dies ...

Homies behind in Qualcomm Stadium cash war

But SoccerCity foes putting up major money as signatures arrive.

The battle between a Wall Street hedge fund multimillionaire from La Jolla and two old-line developers over the destiny of Qualcomm Stadium is looking more formidable than ever. On Thursday April 13, a political committee ...

Bay Parkers praise Highway 101 signs on Morena Blvd.

But one old-timer says 101 was where I-5 is now.

The last stop for Dave Potter, before ordering historic Highway 101 signage to put up along Morena Boulevard, was to get one last final thumbs-up from the Clairemont community planning group on April 18. Potter, ...

Lucky Charms? Trix? Cap’n Crunch Berries?

Milkshakes + sugary breakfast cereal at North Park’s Milk Bar

Having conquered the unlikely combination of fried chicken, coffee, and donuts, the proprietors of North Park’s Streetcar Merchants could have sat on their hands and waited for chicken to fry. But instead they turned the ...

The hills are alive with the rust tint of monkey-flowers

Look wherever native vegetation clothes the landscape

Monkey-Flowers of various species are putting on an excellent display this month around San Diego. Look for these low, shrublike plants with tubular yellow, orange, or red flowers wherever native vegetation clothes the landscape — ...

San Diego characters: counterculture and crime

Skateboarder Gator up for murder, Karen Wilkening’s arrest and jail time, Metabolife’s brush with law, Michael Page and music underground

Sandals, Bell-Bottoms, a Medallion The canyon was just a dream for a little boy. We had trails, paths, and forts. There was a lot of bamboo growing in the canyon, which isn’t indigenous to this ...

Larger yellows, smaller blues, and smokin’ bonito

Fun to catch, and excellent eating

The yellowtail bite slowed down substantially as over 500 of the 702 yellows caught this past week were caught last Sunday. That said, the average size went up to a more normal 15 to 20 ...

Come for the beer, stay for the punchlines

With a countywide tally nearing 150, breweries use yuks to draw patrons

San Diego has surpassed the 140-brewery mark and seems likely to hit 150 by the end of the year. With that much competition, breweries have found creative ways to attract customers, ranging from hosting donut-beer ...

A duck walks into a bar...and does not walk out

Subtle fusion makes for a new experience

I’ve heard plenty of jokes that begin “a duck walks into a bar…,” and none have ended with the duck being eaten. So any thirsty mallards reading this take note: Whistling Duck Tavern does feature ...

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