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Sip pulque, wait for wings to sprout from back

They say it’s the drink of the gods.

Long before Tecate roja and caguamas of Indio dominated Mexican bartops, Aztec priests, warriors, and sacrificial victims sipped a milky agave wine called pulque. Fabled among its acolytes as a wellspring of fertility and divine ...

Don’t damage the vernal pools in Carmel Mountain Preserve

This loop hike passes through chaparral and coastal sage scrub and has vernal pools in early spring

Carmel Mountain Preserve encompasses about 300 acres overlooking Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve with views of the ocean and, in wet springs, the trail passes within close proximity to several small vernal pools. This is ...

Celebrate Irish heritage, even though you’re not Irish

Corned-beef taco time and green beer everywhere

“I like this new trend of Saint Patrick’s week instead of just one day,” says Patrick as he prepares to haul the Kelly clan to the 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival ...

Spring has sprung! Butterflies, cherry blossoms, and kids at the river

Top event picks this week

Friday | 10 Cherry Blossom Festival This year marks the Japanese Friendship Garden’s 12th annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration in hanami, the Japanese tradition of welcoming spring and appreciating the temporal beauty of nature. ...

Anonymous and Alpha

San Diego Rep stages Sex with Strangers

When he learns the cabin has no wi-fi, he shouts, “I can’t get online. People will think I’m dead!”

Davina & the Vagabonds, Meat Puppets, Anna Meredith

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

Sunday 12From Scranton, scruffy punk-rock four-piece the Menzingers will headline sets by Rozwell Kid and Jeff Rosenstock at the Irenic in North Park. The Menzingers are touring in support of this year’s Epitaph set, After ...

Social D, Big Thief, Japandroids

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

Thursday 9In mid-’70s D.C., around the same time “Tricky Dick” was making tapes, so was hard-rock guitarist Punky Meadows with his glam-metal band Angel (“The Tower,” anyone?), which would be discovered by Gene Simmons and ...

After Greenough

Who will claim the title of Kneeboard Surfing USA champ this year?

Kneeboard surfing has a devout but small fraction of the surfing population keeping the sport alive. The kneeboard came along in the early 1950s as post-war economic success made waterskiing popular. By the turn of ...

Dracula is rather a fearless fellow

My acting bucket list: Ruff Yeager

Actor, writer, director, and cofounder of the Roustabouts, a new theater company: Ruff Yeager Titus, Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare. “First, you need to understand that I’m not a fan of the horror genre or ...

This weekend check out CRSSD, cannabis, and Holi Hai

And the two-year anniversary of Sparks Gallery

Friday | 3 Sparks Two-Year Anniversary Celebrate Sparks Gallery’s two-year anniversary with wine, small bites, performances, and music. Jewelry trunk show by Bette Barnett, live sculpting by Southern CA Sculptors, music by Joseph Luna Duo, ...

Insalubrious karma

Lisa Kron’s Well and 2.5 Minute Ride in repertory at the Diversionary

Lisa Kron’s mother Ann has been chronically ill for decades. So why can’t she get better? Come on. Other people do. They have ailments for years then suddenly heal and move on with their lives. ...

Hike from La Jolla Shores Beach to Torrey Pines State Beach

Miles of beach with shore birds, cliffs, and some rock scrambling

This hike offers views of breaking waves, tall, stratified cliffs, and shore birds such as the marbled godwit, whimbrel, and Heermann’s gull. Flying just above the waves you may see individuals or long lines of ...

Stevie Nicks, Pretenders, a Redwoods Revue

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

Thursday 2One of the Big Rock Shows to hit town this week pairs Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stevie Nicks and the Pretenders at Viejas Arena at SDSU. This tour, which was supposed to ...

Desert Daze, Shins, Six Organs

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

Sunday 5There’re two Big Rock Shows to choose from Sunday night, as funk-rock Angelenos the Red Hot Chili Peppers take the stage at the Valley View Casino Center at the Sports Arena end of the ...

Fear of a black-man label

Blue Door closing, but not without revelation

LAST CALL. Moxie Theatre’s excellent production of Tanya Barfield’s Blue Door must close this Sunday. It’s said Moxie is a “women-centered” theater. That’s not completely true. Here’s an exception. In Leo Tolstoy’s novella The Death ...

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