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Chiquibaby’s isn't trying to be anything but a bar

An evening of obscure karaoke corridos and two buckets of beer

San Diego is home to a number of Mexican bars that follow more or less the same format. You’re probably already familiar with it. You can hear the corridos blasting from blocks away. Buckets of ...

Katching up with Kut U Up

The Riding in Vans with Boys band on their comeback

Chris Cote was returning from Australia last week when he says he almost triggered a biosecurity brouhaha. “I was bringing my wife back this tiny cactus in this cool little aboriginal vase when I realized ...

Carlsbad Aloha

Vacuuming up french toast, sausage, and fried rice at Al’s

"Drink this. It’s 9500 years old.” The lady’s thrusting a glass of what looks like water at me in front of this food truck, “California Braise.” Truck’s new around here. And they serve this Carlsbad ...

The Reader's record-release roundup for May

Local bands dishing new discs

Gone Baby Gone’s Love Stories CD drops Thursday, April 28, at Bar Pink, while Ohana, the first self-produced album from reggae rockers Pepper, premieres at a sold-out show at Casbah. Alt-blues band Fighting Able will ...

Texas Music Hall of Famer Augie Meyers

Keyboard great joins Action Andy & the Hi-Tones at Ken Club Saturday night

The keyboard player from a long-defunct San Antonio band digs deep into his memories to come up with the last time he played San Diego. “I think it was back in the ’90s,” says Augie ...

Sand quality study

Sixteen sampling events proposed

Those controversial La Jolla seals can look forward to more disturbances. “The City of San Diego plans to conduct a sand quality study at the Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla,” says an April 4 ...

Hunka hunka Bernie Love

Local indie kids throw a Berning Man fundraiser at the Tree House in Golden Hill

“It’s been percolating for a while. I’ve been wanting to do something to help the campaign,” says local musician/promoter Jakob McWhinney about his upcoming Bernie Sanders rally, appropriately called #BerningMan. The day-long concert is scheduled ...

Cantebria Trail was part of the Ecke poinsettia empire

This coastal Encinitas trail offers surprising diversity in an urban setting

You will be pleasantly surprised to discover so many varieties of California native plants along this short urban canyon walk. This is an easily accessed trail, welcoming all levels. The trail is popular with neighbors ...

Once a wealthy man’s sport

Yachts are getting smaller

April 29 through May 1, the San Diego Yacht Club’s 2016 Yachting Cup will be filling San Diego Bay with colorful sails and crews vying for winner’s flags. Nearly one hundred entrants from a dozen ...

A Filmless Festival comes highly recommended, but be warned

“More frightening than any horror I’ve seen come out of Hollywood in years.”

Fear no art! The shibboleth must not have made its way to Songzhuang, a suburb of Beijing and home to China’s largest “artists village.” One day before the curtain is scheduled to go up on ...

Rogue river

North Coast Rep's Way Downriver, set in Louisiana, 1927

Though most had "lived within the shadow of the levee," some "had never even seen the river."

A call for sonnets

When in the spring fair April shows her face

We present the five winning entries (in alphabetical order) of our sonnet contest in honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (April 23, 1616). Eulogy for Broadway (Downtown San Diego) By Georges Alvina ...

Playstation killed the arcade star in Kurt Vincent’s game doc

The Lost Arcade screens as part of the Asian Film Spring Showcase

An email arrived late Friday, asking that I consider reviewing a particular film at this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase, running April 28–May 5 at UltraStar Mission Valley. The subject matter held ...

The Tao of Wu leads to The Art of Happiness

If you have time to be on your phone, you have time to meditate.

What’s something you’ve read recently? “The Art of Happiness, by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler. Cutler follows the Dalai Lama around and the Dalai Lama kind of explains to him — not the ...

Sincerity has no place at the karaoke mic

Erect an ironic fortress

Dear Hipster: I work for a small, professional business with about 12 other people. I love the fact that our “office” is very collegial and informal, but the flip side of that is that everybody ...

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