Out & About

Feed your need for speed this week

Or talk like a pirate, taste South Park, and love Spock

Thursday | 15 Hit restaurants, bistros, and take-outs on a tour of 40 esteemed eateries and new hot spots throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, and East Village. Free shuttle service. Will call at Rustic ...

Dinosaur Jr., Animal Collective, Cold War Kids

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

Sunday 18From Norway, indie-pop quintet Highasakite visits the Soda Bar Sunday night behind this year’s Camp Echo record, which Pop Matters says “would be a largely forgettable collection of mood-heavy, danceable synth-rock,” if not for ...

Guerilla Toss, Kraftwerk, Bob Log III

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

Thursday 15I’ve got a funk-punk itch that can only be scratched by Guerilla Toss. The Brooklyn-via-Boston band’s label, DFA, describes their sound as “new age rage.” I’m listening now, and a-yup. So visceral, so good. ...

Sacred Brahmins

The Cocktail Hour at North Coast Repertory Theatre

A dying tradition. Like the old New England dining rooms, which A. R. Gurney, Jr., also wrote about, the cocktail hour was a special time for East Coast Brahmins at day’s end. They could unwind, ...

Where endangered species thrive

An island in Encinitas

The Manchester Preserve is an island in an urban-suburban setting where endangered species such as the Del Mar manzanita, Orcutt’s hazardia, San Diego thornmint, and California gnatcatcher can thrive. Since the Center for Natural Lands ...

Date night suggestions

Here are some cheap or free (but fun) options

Bills need to be paid, the kids need to eat, and the bank account is light after a round of expensive dentistry for the family. (If booze is the number-one curse of the Irish, bad ...

Rise above plastics

Surfirider Foundation hosts discussion

Since the mid-1980s, we have read of plastics in the ocean. Most of the plastics found are tiny particles that are consumed and passed through the food chain. Larger pieces of plastic, such as grocery ...

This week’s haps: Fleet Week, Burgers & Beer, Brazilian Day, and Blondie

San Diego’s best events for September 8-14

Thursday | 8 The Del Mar Village Association hosts the first evening Taste of Del Mar. This year the focus is not only on the culinary arts and talents of Del Mar’s top chefs but ...

Zombies, Blondie, Midnight Pine

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

Thursday 8The English psychedelic-pop group the Zombies, best known for ’60s radio hits “Tell Her No,” “She’s Not There,” and “Time of the Season,” last year released the warmly received Still Got That Hunger record. ...

Spotlights shine on the Casbah stage

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

Sunday 11Brooklyn’s “sludgegaze” trio Spotlights will be the gig to see this week. Touring in support of this year’s very recommendable set of slow-core heaviosity (think Hum, Melvins, Bloody Valentines), Tidals, is the husband-wife team ...

Labor Day Pier Swim, since 1929

86 Labor Days and counting

The modern version of Oceanside Pier was completed in 1987, some 99 years after the first structure jutting into the sea was erected on the spot in 1888. Through the late 1800s and early 1900s, ...

Cuyamaca Rancho’s East Mesa Loop — this trail has it all

This rugged, less-visited, and gorgeous side of the park features mountain views, rolling grasslands, dark forests, and deep canyons.

Most visitors to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park see the reservoir, hike Cuyamaca and Stonewall peaks, and visit Green Valley, but fewer set out for the East Mesa, which is strange because this area contains some ...

Seagoing action

San Marcos Middle School students head to Birch Aquarium

On a gray day in May, a group of San Marcos Middle School girls and other visitors gathered in the Birch Aquarium galleria to try something that had not been done at the aquarium before: ...

Love’s Labor’s Lost in the towering eucalypti of the Old Globe’s festival stage

Talk the talk

The Old Globe’s got a charmer on its outdoor stage. Director Kathleen Marshall, scenic designer John Lee Beatty, Peter Golub’s original music, and a uniformly fine cast turn Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost into a Greenbelt ...

How to spend Labor Day weekend in San Diego

Choose from stickball in Little Italy, Baconfest, beach polo, Horrible Imaginings, and more

Friday | 2 Master sculptors Benjamin Probanza from Mexico and Katsuhiko Chaen from Japan are joining other internationally renowned artists from Russia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, and Canada to battle the best from the ...

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