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Todd Solondz discusses Wiener Dog

Writer-director Todd Solondz’s Wiener Dog follows the titular animal through four stories with four different owners: a sweetly curious boy (Keaton Nigel Cooke), a compassionate young woman (Greta Gerwig), a frustrated middle-aged man (Danny De ...

Switchfoot switches gears this year

Guitarist Drew Shirley talks up a cause, the new album, and a record-release at sea

It’s easy to forget that multi-platinum alt-gospel rock act Switchfoot was an indie band from its recorded debut in 1997 all the way through 2003. The glory days came with their major-label releases such as ...

Jimmy Page is in; that Huffamoose

A case that merits deciding in court

Dear Hipster: Well, lookee here now! Led Zeppelin — or at least the songwriting team of Plant and Page — on trial for plagiarism. Back when Marvin Gaye’s estate sued Robin Thicke, I tried to ...

Combining convention centers and stadiums doesn’t work

Beware the convadium con

It is comforting to know that the presidential race is not the only wacko thing going on in this country. Voters in McKinney, Texas, have authorized spending $63 million on a new high school football ...

Why does the editor of the Reader allow it?

This, and other questions posed in this week's batch of letters to the editor

Basic Human Need Why doesn’t Siobhan Braun tell the whole story about the sex trade in “We Need Our Hearts Broken Over This”? Why are politicians and law enforcement going after the Johns instead of ...

Liberals spending

Saldaña’s bid got five-figured financial help

Former Democratic state assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, who has left the party and become an independent, came in third to mayor Kevin Faulconer and Democrat Ed Harris in this year’s race for San Diego mayor. The ...

Mudcrutch, Schizos, and Conchords the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 30Wouldn’t it be nice if Beach Boy Brian Wilson performed Pet Sounds at the fairgrounds Thursday night? God only knows. I have every faith that Wilson and his crack band could do the collection ...

A country-fried Fourth, the four-headed hip-hop monster

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 3Back to Brick by Brick on Sunday night, when Ignite lights up the Bay Park bar after Skipjack, Eken Is Dead, and Somatic. The OC’s melodic-hardcore quintet Ignite is touring in support of this ...

Heat and surf tax lifeguards

Nerf gun assailant no joke

June 19 — Fall from a motor bike at Seaforth boat rental lot; 80y/o male with unknown medical condition. LG’s and Fire respond. Patient transported by medic 21 to UCSD. — 21 y/o stingray patient ...

SD Fringe: Eleanor's Story and Baby Mama

Two one-woman shows

Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany Ingrid Garner based her one-woman show on her grandmother Eleanor Ramrath-Garner’s first-hand accounts about an American-born girl living in Berlin during the Nazi regime and throughout World ...

Barrel-blend it yourself at AleSmith

Beakers and no crowds in Anvil & Stave tasting room

The last weekend of June, AleSmith Brewing Company debuted a new tasting-room concept at its Miramar brewery. Dubbed Anvil & Stave, the first-of-its-kind-bar offers visitors a chance to blend barrel-aged AleSmith beers to taste. As ...

Ocean Beach may sacrifice high-traffic grass

Approval sought for war memorial near lifeguard station

Is a strip of beach-front grass in a park in Ocean Beach the right location to place a memorial that honors veterans? An important decision looms at city hall. The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation ...

Summer brings record heat, magnolias, and June bugs

Desert explorers should take along enormous quantities of water

The Heat of Summer will most likely reach its feverish peak in inland San Diego County during the coming month — July. (Coastal San Diego is different: since its weather is greatly affected by the ...

SD Fringe: Phantom of the Empire and Bin Laden: The One Man Show

Mind openers

Phantom of the Empire: Return of the Opera At last year’s Fringe Festival, Turning Tydes Theatre Company performed Les Midge: An Unexpected Journey of Hobbit Proportions — i.e., a mash-up of the musical Les Miserables ...

I wanna Liv!

Where have you gone, Liv Tyler?

A promising young luminary beading together a string of pearly performances will gain my loyalty more effectively than yanking a thorn from my paw. After Little Murders and Elliott Gould’s first two pictures for Altman ...

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