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Man on the run

4000 Miles at Ion Theatre

Leo bikes 4000 miles from Seattle to his grandmother’s Manhattan apartment. In Amy Herzog’s 95-minute piece, Leo doesn’t get along with his mother, whom we never see, but has more to share with a generation ...

Oktoberfest is upon us

Best events for early October in San Diego

Friday | 30 Nemr Lebanese/American comedian Nemr has pioneered stand-up comedy throughout the Middle East, where he performs in English. He grew up in San Diego and then moved back to Lebanon with his family. ...

Bug season

Get your spiny lobster limit starting October 1

This October first, a lot of divers and boaters will enter the ocean in the dark during the first hours of the month with one thing in mind: lobster. When you hear “lobster,” most think ...

Tuna casserole made funny in Manifest Destinitis

Yankee flu symptoms include “a deep, abiding terror of losing one’s land, family, language, and Spanish culture.”

San Diego sees many world premieres in various stages of readiness. The San Diego Rep’s opening night for Manifest Destinitis didn’t feel new at all. To a person the cast and designers performed as if ...

Listen for the “wacka-wacka” in Live Oak Park

Visit one of the oldest parks in the county and discover an Indian kitchen

Live Oak County Park is one of the area’s oldest parks where Fallbrook is said to have begun. It is a sprawling 27-acre tract in the middle of an old-growth grove of coast live oaks, ...

Cosmos, Okkervil, El Ten Eleven

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

Thursday 29Actors Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline made a baby, Greta Kline, aka Ingrid Superstar, aka Frankie Cosmos, a talented singer/songwriter of the NYC anti-folk variety. Lyrically charmingly verbose but musically concise, Cosmos writes poetry ...

Bunnymen, Cosmonauts, Shonen Knife, and Sia!

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

Sunday 2Formed in Liverpool in 1978 by singer/guitarist Ian McCulloch and guitarist/programmer Will Sergeant, Echo & the Bunnymen list toward the darker end of the new-wave spectrum. Their signature track, “Killing Moon,” off of 1984’s ...

Stars come out for this year's San Diego International Film Festival

Festival runs September 28 – October 1

“Putting on a festival is kinda like having a baby,” writes Tonya Mantooth, executive and artistic director at the San Diego International Film Festival. “You don't remember the pain until you go into labor, aka ...

Act two, scene five alone is worth the money

Humor turns things inside out in The Producers at San Diego Musical Theatre

After he screened a rough cut of A History of the World, Part One to friends, Mel Brooks ran down the aisle yelling, “I can fix it! I can fix it!” He didn’t fix The ...

Comic joys and boy-toys

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Scripps Ranch Theatre

According to Christopher Durang, author of Vanya and Sonia and Masha, and Spike, “My play is not a Chekhov parody. I take Chekhov scenes and characters and put them in a blender.” Although his characters ...

The Del Mar mud run is this week

Plus the Tour de Fat and the Naked and Famous

Thursday | 22 “Indietronica bands appear to be bigger than the sum of their parts. And if it’s a night-time slot, you forget there’s a band, you forget there’s a stage, because a Naked and ...

Secret Canyon: Pine Valley Creek Wilderness Trail

Follow the verdant corridor of Pine Valley Creek, cross a gorge, and follow a historic flume.

Pine Valley Creek flows from the Laguna Mountains into Barrett Reservoir, passing through Secret Canyon on its descent. Most of the trail (about 14 miles) traverses the 13,000-acre Pine Creek Wilderness in the Cleveland National ...

Professional rookies

“Why didn’t you tell me life would be hard because I’m Asian?”

Jennifer Chen sees a therapist for the first time. And she comes prepared: a list of her phobias, one of her shortcomings, another with her attributes. She can’t simply explore personal issues. She must be ...

Birds on the brain, in the sky, and, thirdly, up close

Where to see your fine-feathered friends

My ten-year-old has birds on the brain ever since she got a pet parakeet, and she’s eager to see some that don’t live in cages. Natalie at Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Del Mar ...

It’s tough to spot a drunk boater

Certification course covers boating law and navigation, to specifics on hunting, skiing, and fishing.

California’s waters can get crowded. Just ask any sportfishing captain chasing yellowfin these days. The sportfishing fleet electronics and chumming only inspires private boaters to shadow them. A few of the sportfishers have been known ...

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